Black Banners of ISIS: The Roots of the New Caliphate [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 23:46
2017 | EPUB | 1.27MB
A medieval Islam historian’s incisive portrait of ISIS, revealing the group’s deep ideological and intellectual roots in the earliest days of Islam
With tremendous speed, the Islamic State has moved from the margins to the center of life in the Middle East. Despite recent setbacks, its ability to conquer and retain huge swaths of territory has demonstrated its skillful tactical maneuvering, ambition, and staying power. Yet we still know too little about ISIS, particularly about its deeper ideology.
In this eye-opening book, David J. Wasserstein offers a penetrating analysis of the movement, looking closely at the thousand-year-old form of Islamic apocalyptic messianism the group draws upon today. He shows how ISIS is not only a military and political movement but also, and primarily, a religious one with a coherent worldview, a patent strategy, and a clear goal: the re-creation of a medieval caliphate. Connecting the group’s day-to-day activities and the writings and sayings of its leaders with the medieval Islamic past, Wasserstein provides an insightful and unprecedented perspective on the origins and aspirations of the Islamic State.
Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:44
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 15 mins | 172.4MB
A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst's urgent call to protect devices and networks against malicious hackers and misinformed policymakers.
New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country's electricity - and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a US presidential election.
And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting book, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.
Project Manager Training System: 7 Skills to Efficiently Manage Projects on Time [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:27
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 57 mins | 164.36MB
Managing projects effectively and on time can be tough. But how would you like a system to manage several projects at once and bring in all of them on time and on budget? What if you could clearly identify your priorities and consistently meet your deadlines? What if factoring in your hard-won wisdom and keenest insights suddenly became systematic for you? How would you like to have more work/life balance and even be able to go home on time?
It's no pipe dream -- now you can! Project Manager Training System will teach you techniques that make strategic planning a breeze. Using this tightly honed process to systematically factor tasks into your daily work schedule, you can be sure that all your projects meet your organization's biggest goals.
This audiobook trains you to build structures into the project management skills you already have. You'll easily confront day-to-day tasks while accomplishing projects on time and establishing personal and professional balance.
This excellent program takes you by the hand to create a master plan for all your projects. With this top-down view of the big picture, everything starts to flow. Mastering your projects and the structure that supports them will enable you to manage your life and work as one big project -- one you can savor with confidence and precision. This life-changing program will show you how to:
- zoom to the optimal perspective to be productive in the moment;
- clearly communicate your expectations and increase team engagement -- even with challenging personalities;
- reverse engineer projects to merge them with daily plans;
- capture and structure all the elements of your work into a daily plan;
- organize resources and plan for interruptions to create a realistic approach;
- maximize the diversity of available resources to delegate work and ensure it is done correctly;
- keep track of what you need to know and recall it at the right time; and
- use recognition, rapport, and reprogramming to overcome barriers and stay on target.
Start a Successful Business (Inc Magazine): Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:26
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 20 mins | 147.32MB
Let Inc. help launch your dreams.
Makers, doers, and dreamers - for decades they have turned to Inc. for help in getting their businesses off the ground. The publication's keen advice clarifies the process, while startup stories fuel aspirations and spark action.
Warby Parker shook up the eyewear sector with its innovative, socially conscious business model. Skullcandy tapped into the surfing, skateboarding, and hip-hop scenes - and built a standout audio brand. All along, Inc. was there, capturing triumphs, setbacks, and lessons learned.
Now, Start a Successful Business gathers these important lessons into a single path-charting guide. From brainstorming to crowdfunding to building partnerships, the book walks new and aspiring founders through seven crucial stages:
- Come up with a brilliant business idea
- Select the best structure and strategy for your startup
- Figure out funding
- Get the word out - and get customers
- Dig deep to discover their wants and needs
- Become an exceptional leader
- Prepare to go global
Throughout, celebrated entrepreneurs share ideas that worked for them, including where Sarah Blakely got the inspiration for Spanx, how Elon Musk stays insanely productive, why Rent the Runway ditched the business plan, and how a hashtag accelerated Airbnb's success.
With a fleet of trusted experts by your side, starting a business will be faster, less confusing - and a whole lot more fun.
On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:25
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 241.04MB
Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden -- just steps from Adolf Hitler's alpine retreat -- Irmgard Hunt had a seemingly happy, simple childhood. In her powerful, illuminating, and sometimes frightening memoir, Hunt recounts a youth lived under an evil but persuasive leader. As she grew older, the harsh reality of war -- and a few brave adults who opposed the Nazi regime -- aroused in her skepticism of National Socialist ideology and the Nazi propaganda she was taught to believe in.
In May 1945, an eleven-year-old Hunt watched American troops occupy Hitler's mountain retreat, signaling the end of the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. As the Nazi crimes began to be accounted for, many Germans tried to deny the truth of what had occurred; Hunt, in contrast, was determined to know and face the facts of her country's criminal past.
On Hitler's Mountain is more than a memoir -- it is a portrait of a nation that lost its moral compass. It is a provocative story of a family and a community in a period and location in history that, though it is fast becoming remote to us, has important resonance for our own time.
Pearl Harbor Attacked: Every Known Surviving Radio Broadcast from Dec 7, 1941 [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:24
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 39 mins | 375.85MB
December 7, 1941 - a day that will live in infamy!
When the Japanese ambassador was visiting with our Secretary of State, he did not know what we already knew - that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had begun. On a quiet Sunday morning in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, Japanese planes were dropping bombs on our fleet at anchor, our planes on the ground, and the town itself. Our entry into World War II had begun.
Listen live as the first reports of the attack come in, interrupting a football game broadcast. The live reports from the scene, the speculation and shock - these broadcasts play in order as they were broadcast throughout the day.
Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 23:22
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 27 mins | 342.85MB
When a powerful mystic steps on the hand of a radical young hippie doctor from Detroit, it changes lives and the world. Sometimes Brilliant is the adventures of a philosopher, mystic, hippie, doctor, groundbreaking tech innovator, and key player in the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history. His story, of what happens when love, compassion and determination meet the right circumstances to effect positive change, is the kind that keeps hope and the sense of possibility alive.
After sitting at the feet of Martin Luther King at the University of Michigan in 1963, Larry Brilliant was swept up into the civil rights movement, marching and protesting across America and Europe. As a radical young doctor he followed the hippie trail from London over the Khyber Pass with his wife Girija, Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm commune to India. There, he found himself in a Himalayan ashram wondering whether he had stumbled into a cult. Instead, one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, opened Larry’s heart and told him his destiny was to work for the World Health Organization to help eradicate killer smallpox. He would never have believed he would become a key player in eliminating a 10,000-year-old disease that killed more than half a billion people in the 20th century alone.
Brilliant’s unlikely trajectory, chronicled in Sometimes Brilliant, has brought him into close proximity with political leaders, spiritual masters, cultural heroes, and titans of technology around the world—from the Grateful Dead to Mikhail Gorbachev, from Ram Dass, the Dalai Lama, Lama Govinda, and Karmapa to Steve Jobs and the founders of Google, Salesforce, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay and Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush and Obama. Anchored by the engrossing account of the heroic efforts of the extraordinary people involved in smallpox eradication in India, this is a riveting and fascinating epidemiological adventure, an honest reckoning of an entire generation, and a deeply moving spiritual memoir. It is a testament to faith, love, service, and what it means to engage with life’s most important questions in pursuit of a better, more brilliant existence.
The Right - and Wrong - Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 20:42
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 14 mins | 199.69MB
Nearly a quarter century ago Carter Cast seemed to have it all together: he had a first-class education, an all-American athletic career, and was a very bright and energetic rising star on the fast track at a Fortune 100 company, PepsiCo. But blissfully unaware of how negative perceptions were shaped, he was stunned when called into his boss's office, and told he was "unpromotable" because he was "obstinate", "resistant", and "insubordinate".
Baffled, scared, and embarrassed, that defining moment led to Cast's years-long effort to try to understand why he came so close to going off track, discovering that what he saw as idiosyncratic was actually widespread. His research shows that 98 percent of people have at least one derailment risk factor and that half to two-thirds actually go off the rails. More often than not, people get fired, demoted, or plateau not because they lack the "right stuff," but because they let the "wrong stuff" act out. Derailment often afflicts talented people who are either unaware of a debilitating weakness or an interpersonal blind spot, or are arrogant enough to believe that feedback doesn't apply to them.
Cast's experiences and research led to five defining archetypes - Captain Fantastic, the One-Trick Pony, the Solo Flyer, Version 1.0, and the Whirling Dervish - that express traits that cut across gender and every level of seniority and that play out everywhere, from big corporations to small law firms, from education institutions to raw start-ups. He shows how these archetypes fail and succeed, and how to recognize blind spots that can lead to downfall. He provides ways to improve self-understanding - digging into topics like values, needs, and motives - and provides the listener with new ways to take charge of his or her career.
The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life's Game [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 20:41
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 10 mins | 170.28MB
In a televised social experiment before millions of viewers, police sergeant Derrick Levasseur demonstrated that techniques used by undercover detectives could help people achieve their goals in everyday social situations. The result: he walked away with more than half a million dollars.
In The Undercover Edge, Derrick shares his personal mind-set surrounding human behavior and motivation. Even more than that, he provides easy yet groundbreaking tools acquired while overcoming personal adversity and working more than a decade in law enforcement, showing listeners:
- The power of observation and creating a profile
- The effect of using silence to extract and evaluate information
- The benefits of interpreting body language and developing your sixth sense
- The importance of self-awareness and adapting to your environment
- The value of developing a personal ops plan with a defined mission
Derrick's approach will help you create a solid foundation at home, build confidence in the workplace, and become a stronger, more capable leader.
Hacking Trump or, How POTUS Sucker Punched America, Torpedoed Democracy & Left Us a Choice: Impeachment or Autocracy [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:39
2018 | EPUB | 1.51MB
Was there really ever a time before Trump? A time before Steve, Kellyanne, Jared and Ivanka? It feels impossible to imagine now. He’s been president for a year, but to those who never normalized the daily insults against common sense and democracy from the White House, it seems like it’s been a decade of nonstop outrage, buffoonery and that kind of straight-up Trumptini—shaken and stirred—that only The Donald can deliver. As we push against our own victimization, we need to push against collective amnesia, and hack the Trump story rather than be blinded by its cat video distractions.
Hacking Trump is a portrait of the forces and personalities that shaped the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. It is also an act of memory against forgetting, and a personal remembrance, with a novelist’s perspective. Cutting through the hazy, unstable ether of recent history and searching for the roots of the GOP’s tax cut-or-die dysfunction and its obsession with a reality star president, Hacking Trump does what only good literature can do—decipher the past to uncover a deeper truth about our future.
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 20:38
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 46 mins | 212.09MB
Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future.
"From Russia to South Africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. Media freedom and judicial independence have eroded. The right to vote remains, but the right to have one's vote counted fairly may not. Until the US presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands.... That complacent optimism has been upended by the political rise of Donald Trump. The crisis is upon Americans, here and now."
Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably. As he and his family enrich themselves, the presidency itself falls into the hands of the generals and financiers who surround him.
While much of the country has been focused on Russia, David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. In Trumpocracy, he documents how Trump and his administration are steadily damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush's speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened. Whether the Trump presidency lasts two, four, or eight more years, he has changed the nature of the office for the worse, and likely for decades.
In this powerful and eye-opening book, Frum makes clear that the hard work of recovery starts at home. Trumpocracy outlines how Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for our nation and our everyday lives, and what we can do to prevent it.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 20:36
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 20 mins | 257.85MB
From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.
What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.
Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari's journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin.
Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions - ones that work. It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today.
SAS Operation Storm: Nine Men Against Four Hundred [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:35
2011 | EPUB | 1.23MB
"How many are they?" The reply came in the finest traditions of accurate situation reporting, "f***ing hundreds of them!" Mirbat, South Oman, July 19, 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. SAS Operation Storm is the inside story—told by those who took part—of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point was Mirbat, a secret battle which defines the world we all live in today. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West.
This is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people—some as young as ten years old—outnumbered by at least twenty five to one. Thousands of bullets, rockets, shells, mortars, and grenades were fired in a six hour fire-fight of staggering intensity, the tipping point in a clandestine war which went unreported at the time. Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end—the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience.
The authors have also talked to many other survivors from both sides, including the pilots who flew with the SAS, the SAS soldiers who joined the battle towards the end, and some of the insurgents who fought against them. SAS Operation Storm is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds—minute by minute, bullet by bullet.
The Character Gap: How Good Are We? (Philosophy in Action) [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:34
2017 | EPUB | 0.9MB
We like to think of ourselves, our friends, and our families as decent people. We may not be saints, but we are still honest, relatively kind, and mostly trustworthy. Miller argues here that we are badly mistaken in thinking this. Hundreds of recent studies in psychology tell a different story: that we all have serious character flaws that prevent us from being as good as we think we are - and that we do not even recognize that these flaws exist. But neither are most of us cruel or dishonest. Instead, Miller argues, we are a mixed bag.
On the one hand, most of us in a group of bystanders will do nothing as someone cries out for help in an emergency. Yet it is also true that there will be many times when we will selflessly come to the aid of a complete stranger - and resist the urge to lie, cheat, or steal even if we could get away with it. Much depends on cues in our social environment. Miller uses this recent psychological literature to explain what the notion of "character" really means today, and how we can use this new understanding to develop a character better in sync with the kind of people we want to be.
The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 20:32
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 36 hrs 56 mins | 0.99 GB
The basis for the 2017 film The Post, The Pentagon Papers are a series of articles, documents, and studies examining the Johnson Administration's lies to the public about the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing to light shocking conclusions about America's true role in the conflict.
With a brand-new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story is sure to provoke discussion about free press and government deception, and shed some light on issues in the past and the present so that we can better understand and improve the future.
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:30
2018 | EPUB | 3.43MB
When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain.
When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings. They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.
In The Yes Brain, the authors give parents skills, scripts, ideas, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the overwhelmingly beneficial “yes” state. You’ll learn
- the four fundamentals of the Yes Brain—balance, resilience, insight, and empathy—and how to strengthen them
- the key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of a comfort zone vs. needing the “cushion” of safety and familiarity
- strategies for navigating away from negative behavioral and emotional states (aggression and withdrawal) and expanding your child’s capacity for positivity
With inspirational anecdotes, fun and helpful illustrations, and a handy Yes Brain Refrigerator Sheet to keep your family on point, The Yes Brain is an essential tool for nurturing positive potential and keeping your child’s inner spark glowing and growing strong—and gifting your children with a life of rich relational connections, meaningful interactions with the world, and emotional equanimity.
Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:27
2018 | EPUB | 71.37MB
The memoir of one woman’s emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II.
Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. It was his great-granddaughter Elizabeth who sought to rediscover his legacy, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten…
The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community depicted in Moshe Rynecki’s paintings simply blended into the background of Elizabeth Rynecki’s life when she was growing up. But the art transformed from familiar to extraordinary in her eyes after her grandfather, Moshe’s son George, left behind journals detailing the loss her ancestors had endured during World War II, including Moshe’s art. Knowing that her family had only found a small portion of Moshe’s art, and that many more pieces remained to be found, Elizabeth set out to find them.
Before Moshe was deported to the ghetto, he entrusted his work to friends who would keep it safe. After he was killed in the Majdanek concentration camp, the art was dispersed all over the world. With the help of historians, curators, and admirers of Moshe’s work, Elizabeth began the incredible and difficult task of rebuilding his collection.
Spanning three decades of Elizabeth’s life and three generations of her family, this touching memoir is a compelling narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing.
The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism [PDF]
05 February 2018, 18:28
2017 | PDF | 77.12MB
In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including future Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter and future journalistic giant Walter Lippmann, became disillusioned by the sluggish progress of change in the Taft Administration. The individuals started to band together informally, joined initially by their enthusiasm for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose campaign. They self-mockingly called the 19th Street row house in which they congregated the "House of Truth," playing off the lively dinner discussions with frequent guest (and neighbor) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. about life's verities. Lippmann and Frankfurter were house-mates, and their frequent guests included not merely Holmes but Louis Brandeis, Herbert Hoover, Herbert Croly - founder of the New Republic - and the sculptor (and sometime Klansman) Gutzon Borglum, later the creator of the Mount Rushmore monument.
Weaving together the stories and trajectories of these varied, fascinating, combative, and sometimes contradictory figures, Brad Snyder shows how their thinking about government and policy shifted from a firm belief in progressivism - the belief that the government should protect its workers and regulate monopolies - into what we call liberalism - the belief that government can improve citizens' lives without abridging their civil liberties and, eventually, civil rights. Holmes replaced Roosevelt in their affections and aspirations. His famous dissents from 1919 onward showed how the Due Process clause could protect not just business but equality under the law, revealing how a generally conservative and reactionary Supreme Court might embrace, even initiate, political and social reform.
Across the years, from 1912 until the start of the New Deal in 1933, the remarkable group of individuals associated with the House of Truth debated the future of America. They fought over Sacco and Vanzetti's innocence; the dangers of Communism; the role the United States should play the world after World War One; and thought dynamically about things like about minimum wage, child-welfare laws, banking insurance, and Social Security, notions they not only envisioned but worked to enact. American liberalism has no single source, but one was without question a row house in Dupont Circle and the lives that intertwined there at a crucial moment in the country's history.
James May's Man Lab: The Book of Usefulness [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:27
2011 | EPUB | 6.42MB
For at least two decades now modern man has been on the brink of a crisis. Persuaded by both the post-feminist political landscape and his representation in the popular media to remodel himself as an endearingly hopeless halfwit, he now exists only as an object of pity.
James and his happy band of brothers (plus a few women, but we try to edit them out) are engaged on a quest to lead maledom to a broad sunlit upland strewn with slim books of English verse and neatly stacked with correctly sharpened tools arranged in descending size order. From here they confront the mysteries of romance and fashion, the cult of men's cooking and the daunting underworld of hardcore DIY. Read it and remember that, as a chap, your first duty is to be dependable. And then you can have a pint.
Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:25
2015 | EPUB | 4.79MB
This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that developed between the Renaissance and the Revolution.
Through close readings and an examination of little-known texts from diverse disciplines, Thomas Parker traces terroir’s evolution, providing insight into how gastronomic mores were linked to aesthetics in language, horticulture, and painting and how the French used the power of place to define the natural world, explain comportment, and frame France as a nation.
Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:24
2004 | EPUB | 6.27MB
Feces, urine, flatus, phlegm, vomitus - unlike ourselves, our most educated forebears did not disdain these functions, and, further, they employed scatological references in all manner of works. This collection of essays was provoked by what its editors considered to be a curious lacuna: the relative academic neglect of the copious and ubiquitous scatological rhetoric of Early Modern Europe, here broadly defined as the representation of the process and product of elimination of the body's waste products.
The contributors to this volume examine the many forms and functions of scatology as literary and artistic trope, and reconsider this last taboo in the context of Early Modern European expression. They address unflinchingly both the objective reality of the scatological as part and parcel of material culture - inescapably a much larger part, a much heavier parcel then than now - and the subjective experience of that reality among contemporaries.
Less Rightly Said: Scandals and Readers in Sixteenth-Century France [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:23
2009 | EPUB | 42.1MB
Well-known scholars and poets living in sixteenth-century France, including Erasmus, Ronsard, Calvin, and Rabelais, promoted elite satire that "corrected vices" but "spared the person"―yet this period, torn apart by religious differences, also saw the rise of a much cruder, personal satire that aimed at converting readers to its ideological, religious, and, increasingly, political ideas.
By focusing on popular pamphlets along with more canonical works, Less Rightly Said shows that the satirists did not simply renounce the moral ideal of elite, humanist scholarship but rather transmitted and manipulated that scholarship according to their ideological needs. Szabari identifies the emergence of a political genre that provides us with a more thorough understanding of the culture of printing and reading, of the political function of invectives, and of the general role of dissensus in early modern French society.
Good Sugar Bad Sugar [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:22
2016 | EPUB | 1.21MB
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Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 18:21
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 10 mins | 197.61MB
The role of social media in the events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath in the Muslim world has stimulated much debate, yet little in the way of useful insight. Now Haroon Ullah, a scholar and diplomat with deep knowledge of politics and societies in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, draws the first clear picture of the unprecedented impact of Twitter, Facebook, and other means of online communication on the recent revolutions that blazed across Muslim nations.
The author carefully analyzes the growth of social media throughout the Muslim world, tracing how various organizations learned to employ such digital tools to grow networks, recruit volunteers, and disseminate messages. In Egypt, where young people rose against the regime; in Pakistan, where the youth fought against the intelligence and military establishments; and in Syria, where underground Islamists had to switch alliances, digital communications played key roles.
Ullah demonstrates how social media have profoundly changed relationships between regimes and voters, though not always for the better. Looking forward he identifies trends across the Muslim world and the implications of these for regional and international politics.
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:19
2017 | EPUB | 3.88MB
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Former first daughters and #1 bestselling authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush share intimate stories and reflections from the Texas countryside to the storied halls of the White House and beyond.
Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines.
But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story. In SISTERS FIRST, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.
Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:17
2017 | EPUB | 1.34MB
Human by Design invites you on a journey beyond Darwin’s theory of evolution, beginning with the fact that we exist as we do, even more empowered, and more connected with ourselves and the world, than scientists have believed possible.
In one of the great ironies of the modern world, the science that was expected to solve life’s mysteries has done just the opposite. New discoveries have led to more unanswered questions, created deeper mysteries, and brought us to the brink of forbidden territory when it comes to explaining our origin and existence. These discoveries reveal the following facts:
- Fact 1. Our origin—Modern humans appeared suddenly on earth approximately 200,000 years ago, with the advanced brain, nervous system, and capabilities that set them apart from all other known forms of life already developed, rather than having developed slowly and gradually over a long periods of time.
- Fact 2. Missing physical evidence—The relationships shown on the conventional tree of human evolution are speculative connections only. While they are believed to exist, a 150-year search has failed to produce the physical evidence that confirms the relationships shown on the evolutionary family tree.
- Fact 3. New DNA evidence—The comparison of DNA between ancient Neanderthals, previously thought to be our ancestors, and early humans tells us that we did not descend from the Neanderthals.
- Fact 4. A rare DNA fusion—Advanced genome analysis reveals that the DNA that sets us apart from other primates, including in our advanced brain and nervous system, is the result of an ancient and precise fusion of genes occurring in a way that suggests something beyond evolution made our humanness possible.
- Fact 5. Our extraordinary abilities—We are born with the capacity to self-heal, to self-regulate longevity, to activate an enhanced immune response, and to experience deep intuition, sympathy, empathy, and, ultimately, compassion—and to do each of these on demand.
In this book, New York Times best-selling author and 2017 Templeton Award nominee Gregg Braden crosses the traditional boundaries of science and spirituality to answer the timeless question at the core of our existence—Who are we?—and to reveal science-based techniques that awaken our uniquely human experiences of deep intuition, precognition, advanced states of self-healing, and much more! Beyond any reasonable doubt, Human by Design reveals that we’re not what we’ve been told, and much more than we’ve ever imagined.
Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 18:16
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 55 mins | 383.87MB
Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.
The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realize that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonization. Indeed, nine convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also traveled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before.
In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, acclaimed historian Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety. Through this deep dive, listeners come to understand the Pacific Islands as they were and as they were perceived, and how these seemingly utopian lands became a place where mutineers, convicts, and eventually the natives themselves, were chained.
The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Health with Traditional Ayurvedic Herbalism [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 18:15
2008 | EPUB | 3.59MB
Ashwaganda for stamina and vitality... arjuna for heart health... dandelion for breast wellness... gokshura to reach a sexual peak... Traditional Ayurveda, using the principles of the three doshas, constitutional body typing and highly individualized therapies, is the oldest continously practiced healing system on Earth.
Over those many centuries, generations of Ayurvedic scholars and physicians have reviewed, inspected, dissected and refined the system to perfect a highly effective form of health, balance and healing. Now, two of the world's leading Ayurvedic herbalists, both leaders of the holistic health renaissance, and who, together, bring a total of over 75 years of practice to this work, have crafted a manual for making Ayurveda understandable and eminently, practically useful. THE WAY OF AYURVEDIC HERBS is more than an herb manual. It is a life path to well-being.
Close to Om: Stretching Yoga from Your Mat to Your Life [Audiobook]
05 February 2018, 03:24
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 28 mins | 242.16MB
This program is read by the author and includes three exclusive bonus meditations.
Andrea Marcum's Close to Om is a practical and philosophical yoga audiobook that promotes and teaches mindfulness in both your yoga practice and your everyday life.
Before Marcum was a sought-after celebrity yoga teacher, she was someone who thought she couldn't do yoga because she couldn't be still. Now, after 16 years of teaching yoga, she works with network executives, global brands, Hollywood actresses, and everyone in between.
Yoga is the yoke of body, mind, and spirit, and in Close to Om, Marcum offers a guide to teach all three aspects of yoga. Showcasing Marcum's signature unique style, this program combines the teaching of poses with the exploration of yoga philosophy and insight into meditation and mindfulness.
By the end of Close to Om, listeners will not only know a lot about yoga and its poses, but they'll also know more about themselves: who they are, what they want, and how to get there - on and off their mat. The progression in Close to Om is the architecture of every yoga practice - and will show listeners that how they do their yoga is how they do their life.
Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits: A 4-Week Stretching Plan to Achieve Amazing Health [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:22
2017 | EPUB | 1.49MB
Experience amazing health benefits by learning how to do the splits in just 4 weeks!
Whether you spend your days running marathons or slouching over a keyboard, everyone can benefit from stretching and the increased flexibility that comes along with it. With only five minutes of stretching a day, you’ll be doing perfect splits in four weeks and experiencing a host of health benefits such better circulation, fewer joint injuries, toned muscles, improved balance, and much more!
With world-renowned yoga teacher Eiko’s revolutionary program, people of any age and fitness level can say goodbye to those mysterious aches and pains that are caused by stiff, contracting muscles, and see unbelievable results. All you need is this book, two legs, and a floor, and you're on your way to doing the splits!
Bodyweight Strength Training: 12 Weeks to Build Muscle and Burn Fat [PDF]
05 February 2018, 03:21
2017 | EPUB | 49.72MB
Burn fat and build strength with this easy 12-week plan from Bodyweight Strength Training
When it comes to getting fit and feeling good, knowing what to do and finding the time to do it is more than half of the battle. Eliminating the hassle of gym memberships, SHAPE editor-at-large and celebrity trainer Jay Cardiello lays out a fool-proof 12-week plan to show readers how strength training can help them get into shape and burn fat. With essential exercises for your legs, back, abdomen, and arms, plus easy-to-follow workout plans that suit any schedule, Bodyweight Strength Training does the heavy lifting for you.
Bodyweight Strength Training contains:
- Personalized Plans catering to various schedules and fitness levels
- Over 90 Illustrations making exercises clear and easy-to-repeat
- Essential Workouts requiring only 10 to 13 minutes out of your day to start
Strength training exercises include: Sumo Squats, Scapular Holds, Torso Twists, Push-Ups, Triceps Press-Ups, and much more!
A proven track record for success with professional athletes and celebrities alike, Jay Cardiello shares his strategy here to help you get strong and stay lean.
Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:20
2017 | EPUB | 0.67MB
"An obsessive, mystical, terrifying, and even phantasmagorical exploration of anesthesia’s shadowy terra incognita." ―The New Yorker
Anesthetize: to render insensible
First there’s the injection, then the countdown―and next thing you know, you’re awake. Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness is the story of the time in between, an exploration of that most crucial and baffling gift of modern medicine: the disappearing act that enables us to undergo procedures that would otherwise be impossibly, often fatally, painful.
In the past 150 years, anesthesia has made surgical intervention routine, from open-heart surgery to the facelift. But how much do anesthesiologists really know about what happens when their patients go under? Can we hear and retain what’s going on? Is pain still pain if we don’t remember it? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body’s experience of being sliced open and ransacked―and how can we help ourselves through it all?
Kate Cole-Adams weaves her own personal experiences with surgery and its aftermath with the explorations and personal accounts of others, doctors and patients alike―accounts of people who wake under the knife, who experience traumatic reactions, dreams, hallucinations, and submerged memories―accounts that evoke and illuminate the provisional nature of the self.
Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Cole-Adams leavens science with personal experience, and brings an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.
Motorcycle Porn: Portraits and Stories [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:17
2017 | EPUB | 157.32MB
Motorcycle Porn: Portraits and Stories is a book of prime motorcycle images taken by Frank J. Bott who works in Tooele, Utah. Frank is an aficionado of both photography and motorcycles. His photographs of the machines are extraordinary. The images were taken using a large cyclarama with lighting from a gigantic softbox allowing the light to wrap around these spectacular machines.
This amazing collection of images––an extensive project of Franks J. Bott to document these unique bikes––contains a considerable assortment of motorcycles from the skillfully customized and hand built to the painstakingly restored to the historically significant vintage to the best-of-the-best. Each has a set of photographic portraits, including fine details, that tells its unique story. These stories are include the motorcycle's history, customizing or restoring, engineering, beauty, or rider experiences. Motorcycles represented are Ducati, Yamaha, Triumph, Harley, and Honda to name a few. This is a book for riders, owners, dreamers, mechanics, collectors, and all enthusiasts of motorcycles.
Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Throwing Beautiful, Functional Pots [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:16
2018 | EPUB | 57.16MB
At one time or another, every potter gets frustrated at the wheel. Whether struggling to center the clay or attach a handle with precision, potters of all levels crave advice and answers, and world-renowned ceramicist and YouTube sensation Simon Leach has plenty to give.
In Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook he presents clear tutorials and loads of original instruction on all of the core techniques, from studio setup to basic throwing, to applying appendages, trimming, glazing, and firing. For each technique, detailed step-by-step photography captures the subtle, intricate movements that typically fly by too fast to be learned when watching a video lesson; callouts then lead readers to the relevant video on the DVD so they can see the technique demonstrated in real time—an ideal combination that makes learning from the master easy.
Half Hour Hero: Real Food, Real Fast [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:15
2017 | EPUB | 106.75MB
Want to eat well but feel you don't have the time?
Roz Purcell will show you how tasty and healthy whole foods can be - and how easy it is to fit them into a busy lifestyle. Using readily available ingredients and store cupboard essentials, Roz's whole foods recipes are quick, simple, nutritious and most of all, delicious.
In less than thirty minutes, you can prepare, cook, and enjoy natural food that helps you look and feel healthier and happier.
With over 100 easy to follow recipes, Half Hour Hero will prove that healthy eating can be fuss-free. From tasty breakfasts, hearty dinners, indulgent desserts, to snacks and tonics to enjoy on the go, Roz will show you how to cook quick dishes that will put natural whole foods at the heart of any life, no matter how hectic.
Eating well has never been so simple.
Paleo in 28: 4 Weeks, 5 Ingredients, 130 Recipes [PDF]
05 February 2018, 03:14
2015 | PDF | 115.03MB
Lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle with Paleo in 28’s all-in-one paleo cookbook and diet plan.
When it comes to making changes to your diet, getting started is always the hardest part. That’s why Paleo in 28 offers you more than just a paleo cookbook—it paves a path to the paleo lifestyle in just four weeks. Featuring tasty recipes and weekly guides to help you reach your goals, Paleo in 28 is your day by day companion for embracing the paleo lifestyle in a sustainable way.
A paleo cookbook and diet plan, Paleo in 28 includes:
- Flexible Weekly Meal Plans for stress-free menu planning and shopping
- 130 Tasty Recipes that require no more than five ingredients each for quick and easy preparation
- Handy Charts to help plan your week and track your progress
- A Comprehensive Overview with everything you need to know to start leading the paleo life
- As the only paleo cookbook you’ll need, recipe highlights include: Coconut Porridge, Bacon Cauliflower Soup, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Honey Roasted Salmon, Almond Butter Bars, and much more!
Set other paleo cookbooks aside and follow Kenzie Swanhart, author of the popular food blog Cave Girl in the City, as she channels her experiences with the paleo diet here for you to feed on.
The 21-Day Healthy Smoothie Plan: Invigorating Smoothies & Daily Support for Wellness & Weight Loss [PDF]
05 February 2018, 03:13
2015 | PDF | 168.39MB
Transform Your Health with One Simple, Delicious Daily Smoothie
We all have good intentions when it comes to smart eating, but making better habits stick can be a challenge. Incorporating one nutrient-packed smoothie into your daily routine offers incredible benefits, and The 21-Day Healthy Smoothie Plan will give you everything you need to make smoothies a delicious part of your healthy lifestyle.
The 21-Day Healthy Smoothie Plan offers:
- An easy-to-follow, 21-day plan to get you hooked on smoothies
- A 3-day detox cleanse for when you need an extra smoothie boost
- Troubleshooting guides for common smoothie snafus
- Daily inspirational quotes and intentions to motivate you
- 30 delicious salad recipes to complement your daily smoothie
Stick to the smoothie plan, and turn your best intentions for healthy eating into reality.
The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook: High-Impact Recipes to Make You Stronger Than Ever [PDF]
05 February 2018, 03:11
2016 | PDF | 50.38MB
Say goodbye to the chicken breasts, broccoli, and egg whites you’re used to. Now you can build muscle, shed weight, and lift more—all while enjoying delicious, flavorful meals with The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook!
For over a decade, bodybuilding expert and personal fitness trainer Kendall Lou Schmidt has helped hundreds of clients, including many world-class athletes and elite physique contenders, achieve spectacular results through easy and effective recipes and customizable meal plans, available now in this book. Her exclusive trade secrets for getting stronger and leaner are some of the best in the biz, and are available now in The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook.
With The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook, you don’t need fancy gadgets or hard-to-find ingredients. You’ll use common kitchen utensils and inexpensive ingredients to make satisfying meals that boost your bodybuilding goals. Get the most out of every calorie you eat with these tasty and effective bodybuilding meals.
- Grow Stronger Use the specialized Muscle-Building resources that accompany each recipe
- Get Leaner Comprehensive nutrition tables help you adjust your portions
- Make It Last Consult weekly result-driven meal plans for reaching your long-term bodybuilding goals
- Eat Healthier Substitute unhealthy ingredients for lean, green, protein-packed alternatives
Getting the bodybuilding results you want doesn’t require a bland diet! Enjoy recipes like: Peanut Butter- Nutella Shake * Pulled Chicken Tacos with Veggies * 15-Minute Beef Chili * Pork Chile Verde * Grilled Balsamic and Rosemary Salmon * Apple Pie Pockets * and much more!
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet [PDF]
05 February 2018, 03:10
2018 | PDF | 50.26MB
Keep up with keto on even your busiest days with The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook
Finding quick and easy keto recipes that fit with your lifestyle and schedule can be difficult. That’s why Jen Fisch, the blogger behind Keto in The City and a busy working mom, shares her favorite stress-free keto meals in The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook. With 130 recipes that require no more than 5-ingredients, including many one-pot or 30-minute recipes, this cookbook offers a simple solution to keeping the ketogenic diet easy.
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook includes:
- 130 Recipes for keto-friendly breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks
- 5-Ingredient Recipes for stress-free cooking
- One Pot Meals for fast prep and clean-up
- Time Saving for ready-made meals in 30-minutes or less
Ketogenic diet recipes include: BLT Breakfast Salad, Broccoli-Cheese Soup, Baked Zucchini Gratin, Garlic Butter Shrimp, Barbacoa Beef Roast, Berry Cheesecake Fat Bomb, and much more!
Stay on the ketogenic diet with these hassle-free recipes for hectic schedules.
Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 03:09
2018 | EPUB | 161.32MB
Focused on the art of crafting complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, this book features 100 compelling and delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan.
These 100 recipes for wholesome and nourishing vegan food from blogger, nutritionist, and Food52 author Gena Hamshaw help you make delicious vegan meals that deliver balanced and sustained energy. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins, which together make for a complete meal--things like Smoky Red Lentil Stew with Chard, and Falafel Bowls with Freekah and Cauliflower. Photographs accompany each recipe, showing how Gena's simple techniques and fresh ingredients yield delicious meals. Additional tips and tricks for taking food on the go, and for cooking ahead on the weekend for quick weekday lunches and dinners, round out the collection.