China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia [EPUB]

China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia [EPUB]
China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia by Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson
2018 | EPUB | 1.37MB

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

China Matters is a concise overview of China today, and the implications for Australia. Written by Australia-based, internationally renowned China-watchers Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson, it examines the country’s unique dynamism and contradictions. It delves into everything from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese government in Australia. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand China’s complexities and how Australia should respond to secure our future.

Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent [EPUB]

Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent [EPUB]
Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent by Keith Somerville
2017 | EPUB | 3.46MB

Over the last half century, sub-Saharan Africa has not had one history, but many. Histories that have intertwined, converged and diverged. They have involved a continuing process of decolonization and state-building, conflict, economic problems but also progress and the perpetual interplay of structure and agency.

This new view of those histories looks in particular at the relationship between territorial, economic, political and societal structures and human agency in the complex and sometimes confusing development of an independent Africa. The story starts well before the granting of independence to Ghana in 1957, but the book also looks at Africa in the closing decades of the old millennium and opening ones of the new. This is a book, too, about the history of the peoples of Africa and their struggle for economic development against the global economic straitjacket into which they were strapped by colonial rule and decolonisation. The importance of imposed or inherited structures, whether the global capitalist system, of which Africa is a subordinate part, or the artificial and often inappropriate state borders and political systems is discussed in the light of the exercise of agency by African peoples, political movements and leaders.

The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan [EPUB]

The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan [EPUB]
The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) by Simon Partner
2018 | EPUB | 100.02MB

In April 1859, at age fifty, Shinohara Chūemon left his old life behind. Chūemon, a well-off farmer in his home village, departed for the new port city of Yokohama, where he remained for the next fourteen years. There, as a merchant trading with foreigners in the aftermath of Japan’s 1853 “opening” to the West, he witnessed the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, the civil war that followed, and the Meiji Restoration’s reforms. The Merchant’s Tale looks through Chūemon’s eyes at the upheavals of this period.

In a narrative history rich in colorful detail, Simon Partner uses the story of an ordinary merchant farmer and its Yokohama setting as a vantage point onto sweeping social transformation and its unwitting agents. Chūemon, like most newcomers to Yokohama, came in search of economic opportunity. His story sheds light on vital issues in Japan’s modern history, including the legacies of the Meiji Restoration; the East Asian treaty port system; and the importance of everyday life―food, clothing, medicine, and hygiene―for national identity. Centered on an individual, The Merchant’s Tale is also the story of a place. Created under pressure from aggressive foreign powers, Yokohama was the scene of gunboat diplomacy, a connection to global markets, the birthplace of new lifestyles, and the beachhead of Japan’s modernization. Partner’s history of a vibrant meeting place humanizes the story of Japan’s revolutionary 1860s and their profound consequences for Japanese society and culture.

Fatal Flight: The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship [EPUB]

Fatal Flight: The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship [EPUB]
Fatal Flight: The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship by Bill Hammack
2017 | EPUB | 1.02MB

Fatal Flight brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship--a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated fifty, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room. The British expected R.101 to spearhead a fleet of imperial airships that would dominate the skies as British naval ships, a century earlier, had ruled the seas. The dream ended when, on its demonstration flight to India, R.101 crashed in France, tragically killing nearly all aboard.

Combining meticulous research with superb storytelling, Fatal Flight guides us from the moment the great airship emerged from its giant shed--nearly the largest building in the British Empire--to soar on its first flight, to its last fateful voyage. The full story behind R.101 shows that, although it was a failure, it was nevertheless a supremely imaginative human creation. The technical achievement of creating R.101 reveals the beauty, majesty, and, of course, the sorrow of the human experience.

The narrative follows First Officer Noel Atherstone and his crew from the ship's first test flight in 1929 to its fiery crash on October 5, 1930. It reveals in graphic detail the heroic actions of Atherstone as he battled tremendous obstacles. He fought political pressures to hurry the ship into the air, fended off Britain's most feted airship pilot, who used his influence to take command of the ship and nearly crashed it, and, a scant two months before departing for India, guided the rebuilding of the ship to correct its faulty design. After this tragic accident, Britain abandoned airships, but R.101 flew again, its scrap melted down and sold to the Zeppelin Company, who used it to create LZ 129, an airship even more mighty than R.101--and better known as the Hindenburg.

Set against the backdrop of the British Empire at the height of its power in the early twentieth century, Fatal Flight portrays an extraordinary age in technology, fueled by humankind's obsession with flight.

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World [EPUB]

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World [EPUB]
Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World by Louis Galambos
2018 | EPUB | 14.83MB

In this engaging, fast-paced biography, Louis Galambos follows the career of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, offering new insight into this singular man who guided America toward consensus at home and a peaceful victory in the Cold War.

The long-time editor of the Eisenhower papers, Galambos may know more about this president than anyone alive. In this compelling book, he explores the shifts in Eisenhower’s identity and reputation over his lifetime and explains how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. As a career military officer, Eisenhower’s progress was uneven. Galambos shows how Ike, with the help of Brigadier General Fox Conner, his mentor and patron, learned how to profit from his mistakes, pivot quickly, and grow as a military and civilian leader. On D-Day, Eisenhower guided the largest amphibian force in history to a successful invasion of France and a decisive victory. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, he turned to politics and was elected president in 1952.

While today’s fiercely partisan political climate makes it difficult to imagine a president forging consensus in Washington, that’s exactly what Eisenhower did. As America’s leader in an era of profound postwar changes at home and abroad, President Eisenhower sought a middle way with compromise and coalition building. He provided his country with firm-handed leadership, bringing prosperity and peace to the American people in the dangerous years of the Cold War―an accomplishment that made him one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.

Destined to be the best short biography of the 34th president of the United States, Eisenhower conclusively demonstrates how and why this master of the middle way became the successful leader of the free world.

Hinduism and Nature [EPUB]

Hinduism and Nature [EPUB]
Hinduism and Nature by Nanditha Krishna
2017 | EPUB | 4.59MB

The basis of Hinduism is dharma or righteousness, incorporating duty, cosmic law and justice. Five thousand years ago, the Vedas showed a clear appreciation of the natural world and its ecology, the importance of the environment and the management of natural resources.

Hinduism and Nature delves into the religion's deep respect for all life forms, the forests and trees, rivers and lakes, animals and mountains, which are all manifestations of divinity. Nature is venerated all over India: every village has a sacred grove, every temple a sacred garden and sacred tree. In this fascinating book, scholar and environmentalist Nanditha Krishna explores both the classical and the tribal traditions that venerated nature, and convincingly argues that we can save the environment only by seeking answers in ancient wisdom.

Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe [EPUB]

Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe [EPUB]
Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe by Nirmal John
2018 | EPUB | 0.74MB

A journalist accused of hacking the inbox of a billionaire
A company which fought back when it's data was stolen
An entrepreneur who fought an international battle to end piracy
A hacker who decided to take a start-up hostage by stealing its data

Full of riveting stories of hackers, police and corporates, Breach reads like a thriller. The book brings to light several incidents which till now were brushed under the carpet. It has instances of piracy, data theft, phishing, among many others.

Even though he focuses on India, Nirmal John takes great pains to show links between underground international networks working to undermine data security.

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood [EPUB]

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood [EPUB]
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood by Aviva Romm
2017 | EPUB | 10.28MB

A Yale-trained, board-certified family physician with a specialty in women's health and obstetrics delivers a proven 28-day program to heal the overwhelmed, overloaded systems, and prevent and reverse the myriad of symptoms affecting the vast majority of women today.

Weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune conditions—for years, health practitioners have commonly viewed each as individual health problems resulting from a patient’s genetic bad luck, poor lifestyle choices, or lack of willpower. Patients, too, have turned to different doctors to alleviate their specific symptoms: an endocrinologist for a thyroid problem; a gynecologist for hormonal issues; an internist for weight, diabetes, and high blood pressure; a rheumatologist for joint problems, and even to therapists or psychologists.

While these ailments may seem unrelated, Dr. Aviva Romm contends that they are intrinsically connected by what she calls Survival Overdrive Syndrome, a condition that occurs when the body becomes overloaded. SOS can result from childhood survival patterns or adult life stressors that are compounded by foods we eat, toxins in our environment, viral infections, lack of sleep, disrupted gut microflora, and even prescribed medications.

Two of the systems most affected are the adrenal system and the thyroid, which control mood, hormones, inflammation, immunity, energy, weight, will power, blood sugar balance, cholesterol, sleep, and a host of other bodily functions. When these systems become overwhelmed they lead to symptoms that can develop into full blow illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and heart disease—all of which have medically provable origins in SOS.

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution explains SOS, how it impacts our bodies and can lead to illness, and most importantly, offers a drug-free cure developed through Dr. Romm’s research and clinical work with tens of thousands of patients. In as little as two weeks, you can lose excess weight, discover increased energy, improve sleep, and feel better. With The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, you can rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind and mood—and achieve long-lasting health.

F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness--and What We Can Do About It [EPUB]

F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness--and What We Can Do About It [EPUB]
F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness--and What We Can Do About It by Danny Wallace
2018 | EPUB | 0.82MB

From the brilliant comedic mind behind the hit movie Yes Man, a hilarious and pitch-perfect look at the rudeness that's all around us -- where it comes from, how it affects us, and what we can do about it

You're not just imagining it: People are getting more and more rude - from cutting in line, gabbing on their phones and clipping their nails on public transportation, to hurling epithets on Twitter and in real life (including a certain President who does both). And the worst part is that it's contagious, leading reasonably courteous people to stoop to new lows in order to respond to the ever-coarsening encounters we face every day.

In this engaging and illuminating new book, bestselling author and all-around curious guy Danny Wallace looks at the reasons behind the rudeness, and what we can do to stop it. His quest to stop the madness includes interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, NASA scientists, politicians, and other experts. He joins a Radical Honesty group, talks to LA drivers about road rage, and confronts his own online troll in a pub--all to better understand the scourge that's turning normal people into bullies, tantruming toddlers, trolls, and other types of everyday monsters.

Want to be part of the solution? Let Danny Wallace be your smart and funny guide.

Hunter S. Thompson: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations [EPUB]

Hunter S. Thompson: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations [EPUB]
Hunter S Thompson: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) edited by David Streitfeld
2018 | EPUB | 2.33MB

A carefully selected volume of rare (and in some cases never-before-published) conversations with the iconic writer, thinker, and rabble-rouser Hunter S. Thompson

More than a decade after his death, Hunter S. Thompson is as popular--and as relevant--as ever. Vigorously political, he both anticipated the situation in Washington now and here, in a collection that ranges from an early conversation with Studs Terkel, to a decade-long exchange with editor David Streitfeld, to his last public interview (no longer available online), his prescience is both exhilarating and profound.

The Kata and Bunkai of Goju-Ryu Karate: The Essence of the Heishu and Kaishu Kata [EPUB]

The Kata and Bunkai of Goju-Ryu Karate: The Essence of the Heishu and Kaishu Kata [EPUB]
The Kata and Bunkai of Goju-Ryu Karate: The Essence of the Heishu and Kaishu Kata by Giles Hopkins
2018 | EPUB | 112.84MB

Challenging timeworn conventions of karate training and revealing the original intent of classical kata—or forms—through detailed descriptions of self-defense applications known as bunkai, this is a crucial addition to any martial-arts library. Containing more than 265 photos, the book is divided into chapters that illuminate each of the ten classical kata of Goju-ryu.

Drawing on more than forty years of experience in the martial arts, Giles Hopkins Sensei takes us on a journey into the Goju-ryu karate system, providing a principles-based method for analysis of kata practice. Arguing against the commonly held notion that kata techniques can have multiple interpretations, he insists that a kata cannot simply mean what the user wants it to mean, but contains specific martial principles that must be followed for it to work effectively.

The step-by-step descriptions of the receiving, controlling or bridging, and finishing techniques contain in-depth analysis of commonly misunderstood aspects of kata. Each chapter concludes with an engaging anecdote from the author’s time in Okinawa, the birthplace of Goju-ryu, connecting it with the kata under discussion. Equally useful for the novice and for more advanced karate practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of kata and bunkai.

Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers: Adventures with America's Great Outdoorsman [EPUB]

Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers: Adventures with America's Great Outdoorsman [EPUB]
Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers: Adventures with America's Great Outdoorsman edited by Mark Dawidziak
2017 | EPUB | 12.17MB

For history and nature fans

  • Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most beloved U.S. presidents of all time.
  • Handsomely designed with more than 40 illustrations and photographs.
  • A nice gift for history buffs and naturalists.

In addition to being a politician, frontiersman, and rancher, Roosevelt was an enthusiastic hunter who fought passionately for conservation. He played a significant role in setting aside land for the national parks. He participated in expeditions to benefit the New York Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, and while in the White House, his children enjoyed the company of a menagerie of ponies, cats, dogs, lizards, rabbits, a macaw, snakes, and guinea pigs. Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers is a collection of delightful anecdotes—including the famous story about the “Teddy” bear—that reveal the Bull Moose’s ongoing fascination with the natural world.

Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer [EPUB]

Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer [EPUB]
Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer by Paul Ham
2017 | EPUB | 2.31MB

By looking deeply into the Führer's childhood, war experiences, and early political career, this rigorous narrative seeks to answer this question: How did the early, defining years of Hitler’s life affect his rise to power?

When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. It was a time he would later call the “most stupendous experience of my life.”

That war ended with Hitler in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded by mustard gas. The world he eventually opened his newly healed eyes to was new and it was terrible: Germany had been defeated, the Kaiser had fled, and the army had been resolutely humbled.

Hitler never accepted these facts. Out of his fury rose a white-hot hatred, an unquenchable thirst for revenge against the “criminals” who had signed the armistice, the socialists he accused of stabbing the army in the back, and, most violently, the Jews―a direct threat to the master race of his imagination―on whose shoulders he would pile all of Germany’s woes.

By peeling back the layers of Hitler’s childhood, his war record, and his early political career, Paul Ham’s Young Hitler: The Making of the Führer seeks the man behind the myth. More broadly, Paul Ham seeks to answer the question: Was Hitler’s rise to power an extreme example of a recurring type of demagogue―a politician who will do and say anything to seize power; who thrives on chaos; and who personifies, in his words and in his actions, the darkest prejudices of humankind?

Trapped: The Story of the Cherry Mine Disaster [EPUB]

Trapped: The Story of the Cherry Mine Disaster [EPUB]
Trapped: The Story of the Cherry Mine Disaster by Karen Tintori
2018 | EPUB | 25.48MB

A gripping account of the worst coal mine fire in US history—the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 259 men. "Drawing on diaries, letters, written accounts of survivors and testimony from the coroner's inquest...Tintori's engaging prose keeps readers on the edge" (Publishers Weekly).

Inspired by a refrain of her girlhood—"Your grandfather survived the Cherry Mine disaster"—Karen Tintori began a search for her family's role in the harrowing tragedy of 1909. She uncovered the stories of victims, survivors, widows, orphans, townspeople, firefighters, reporters, and mine owners, and wove them together to pen Trapped, a riveting account of the tragic day that would inspire America's first worker's compensation laws and hasten much-needed child labor reform.

On a Saturday morning in November of 1909, four hundred and eighty men went down into the mines as they had countless times before. But a fire erupted in the mineshaft that day and soon burned out of control. By nightfall, more than half the men would either be dead or trapped as officials sealed the mine in an attempt to contain the blaze. Miraculously, twenty men would emerge one week later, but not before the Cherry Mine disaster went down in history as the worst ever coal mine fire in the US—and not before all the treachery and heroism of mankind were revealed.

The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace [EPUB]

The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace [EPUB]
The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace by Beatrice Chestnut PhD
2017 | EPUB | 0.84MB

The 9 Types of Leadership draws on the Enneagram, an amazingly accurate descriptor of personality, to help people in the workplace create more effective relationships, so they can be more productive and happy at the office.

In the past few years, mindfulness and other approaches to self-awareness have begun to transform the American workplace. But while it is increasingly widely accepted in the business world that the most direct route to success lies in adopting practices that actively promote leaders’ self-awareness, social skill, and “emotional intelligence,” the best and most efficient path to developing a more conscious workforce often remains unclear.

The Enneagram provides this pathway to greater self-awareness and social skillfulness. Like a GPS for social interactions, the Enneagram helps you orient yourself when you get caught up in people problems you don’t know how to work your way out of.

By providing extremely detailed and accurate descriptions of nine recognizable personalities, the Enneagram is an unmatched tool for business people to use to decode the mysteries involved in understanding why people do what they do, why we have conflicts with some people but not others, and how we can become aware of our blind spots. Most importantly, it can help leaders to know themselves in a deeper way so they can more effectively lead others and more powerfully model conscious behaviors for their direct reports.

And Now, The Weather...: A Celebration of Our National Obsession [EPUB]

And Now, The Weather...: A Celebration of Our National Obsession [EPUB]
And Now, The Weather...: A Celebration of Our National Obsession by Alison Maloney
2017 | EPUB | 11.31MB

Along with the fine art of queuing and proper tea, talking about the weather is the essence of Britishness. We’re all a little bit obsessed by it. Will it snow this Christmas? Was this year really the warmest on record? And where on earth did "raining cats and dogs" come from?

According to recent research, 94% of British people admit to having discussed the weather in the past six hours, while 38% say they have in the past 60 minutes. Since Records Began is an almanac, a miscellany, and a celebration of our most famous obsession. Including beautiful illustrations, maps and line drawings, And Now, The Weather... is a perfect gift for the cloudspotter in your life.

Features include:

  • The Lore of Weather – myths, legends and old wives tales about the weather.
  • Lost in Translation – Colloquial names for weather around the country, from Custard Winds to Mizzle.
  • Extreme Weather – Bizarre events in the history of British Weather including red rain and a downpour of frogs and fish.
  • Plus tables showing record breaking sunshine, wind speed, rainfall, heat etc.

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [EPUB]

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [EPUB]
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Kathryn Harkup
2018 | EPUB | 2.23MB

The year 1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science-fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a huge impact on gothic horror and science fiction genres. The name Frankenstein has become part of our everyday language, often used in derogatory terms to describe scientists who have overstepped a perceived moral line. But how did a 19-year-old woman with no formal education come up with the idea for an extraordinary novel such as Frankenstein? The period of 1790–1820 saw huge advances in our understanding of electricity and physiology. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, and newspapers were full of tales of murderers and resurrectionists.

It is unlikely that Frankenstein would have been successful in his attempts to create life back in 1818. However, advances in medical science mean we have overcome many of the stumbling blocks that would have thwarted his ambition. We can resuscitate people using defibrillators, save lives using blood transfusions, and prolong life through organ transplants--these procedures are nowadays considered almost routine. Many of these modern achievements are a direct result of 19th century scientists conducting their gruesome experiments on the dead.

Making the Monster explores the science behind Shelley's book. From tales of reanimated zombie kittens to electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Mary Shelley and inspired her most famous creation, Victor Frankenstein. While, thankfully, we are still far from being able to recreate Victor's "creature," scientists have tried to create the building blocks of life, and the dream of creating life-forms from scratch is now tantalizingly close.

A History of Judaism [EPUB]

A History of Judaism [EPUB]
A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman
2018 | EPUB | 75.11MB

A panoramic history of Judaism from its origins to the present

Judaism is by some distance the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. Despite the extraordinarily diverse forms it has taken, the Jewish people have believed themselves bound to God by the same covenant for more than three thousand years. This book explains how Judaism came to be and how it has developed from one age to the next, as well as the ways in which its varieties have related to each other.

A History of Judaism ranges from Judaism's inception amidst polytheistic societies in the second and fi rst millennia, through the Jerusalem Temple cult in the centuries preceding its destruction, to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early modern times and, finally, the many expressions of the modern and contemporary Jewish worlds. Throughout, Martin Goodman shows how Judaism has been made and remade over the millennia by individuals as well as communities, and shaped by the cultures and philosophies in which Jews have been immersed.

It becomes a truly global story, spanning not only the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, but also China, India and America, andone that untangles the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate running through Judaism's history. Goodman demonstrates that its numerous strains have often adopted incompatible practices and ideas - about the authority of ancestral traditions, the meaning of scripture, the nature of God, the afterlife and the End of Days - but that disagreement has almost always been tolerated without schism.

There have been many histories of the Jewish people but remarkably few attempts to describe the history and evolution of Judaism itself. This panoramic book, the fi rst of its kind in almost seventy years, does glorious justice to the inexhaustible variety of one the world's great religions.

Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff Is Keeping You Stuck [EPUB]

Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff Is Keeping You Stuck [EPUB]
Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff Is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris
2018 | EPUB | 2.61MB

Get to the Heart of Why It's So Hard to Let Go of Your Stuff

What's your clutter actually covering up? Once you're aware of the real issue, letting go is simple and decluttering can happen immediately. Using step-by-step instructions and easy-to-understand explanations, Tisha Morris shows you how to move into a new phase of life by ridding yourself of all that's holding you back. Everything in your home is an extension of your identity, and when you keep old stuff for too long, you get stuck in the past.

Clutter Intervention teaches you about the psychological, emotional, and energetic components underlying your possessions, making it easier for you to let go and live authentically. Discover ways to clear out items associated with your past relationships, jobs, and unhealed grief. Learn how to handle blind spots, common excuses, and overcompensation. This book isn't about living with less. It's about living in alignment with the life you want.

The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House [EPUB]

The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House [EPUB]
The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House by Corie Richter
2013 | EPUB | 2.05MB

Buying a new home can be an expensive endeavor. Many people dream of building their own home but mistakenly believe that doing so is not cost effective. However, you can save 20 to 40 percent or more by building your own home. In The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Home and Saving Thousands on Your New House you will discover that your dream can become reality.

From basic planning to construction methods, this new book will take you through all the steps of building your own home. You will learn how to: choose a site, draw up a construction time line, apply for construction loans and financing, obtain essential insurance information, buy or prepare inexpensive plans, find and negotiate with subcontractors, comply with building codes, select features and fixtures, choose the style of the house, decide on the size of the rooms, and get building permits. You will learn about building materials and foundations, floors, walls, paint, windows, decks, garage doors, roofing, flashings, chimneys, plumbing, wiring, ceilings, floors, railings, and attics.

In addition, you will learn how to design a home that will meet your needs, perform constructions tasks safely, and build amenities. This book will inform you about common problems to watch for, including foundation, roofing, walls, stairs, sidewalks, driveways, heating and cooling, electrical capacity, and wiring.

This book will detail money-saving options and environmentally friendly techniques, while at the same time allowing you to monitor the quality of the materials and the workmanship, fine-tune the design, and make sure the results are exactly what you had envisioned.

Listen Up or Lose Out: How to Avoid Miscommunication, Improve Relationships, and Get More Done Faster [EPUB]

Listen Up or Lose Out: How to Avoid Miscommunication, Improve Relationships, and Get More Done Faster [EPUB]
Listen Up or Lose Out: How to Avoid Miscommunication, Improve Relationships, and Get More Done Faster by Robert Bolton,‎ Dorothy Grover Bolton
2018 | EPUB | 0.96MB

Want better results? Talk less and listen more.

Listening might seem like the easiest thing in the world to do. But most people retain only a fraction of what they hear, resulting in miscommunications and lost opportunities.

When you actively listen, you learn to gather perspectives, bridge differences, and resolve problems. Absorbing what a person is saying, thinking, and feeling sets the stage for dramatically improved relationships and increased professional success.

Listen Up or Lose Out pulls this underused tool out from the shadows and highlights its role in effective communications. Step by step, the book breaks down listening into a set of learnable skills, explaining how to:

  • Avoid the urge to criticize, question, or advise
  • Focus on the speaker’s point of view
  • Ask the right questions, in the right order
  • Restate the speaker’s key points and keep the conversation moving
  • Read people’s feelings and reflect them back
  • Find solutions together

Skilled listeners experience fewer conflicts, make better decisions, and discover opportunities that others might miss. No amount of talking beats great listening!

Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager Revised Edition: Gain the Mindset and Skillset for Getting What You Need to Succeed [EPUB]

Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager Revised Edition: Gain the Mindset and Skillset for Getting What You Need to Succeed [EPUB]
Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager Revised Edition: Gain the Mindset and Skillset for Getting What You Need to Succeed by Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler, Laurence Hawkins
2017 | EPUB | 1.35MB

The co-author of the phenomenal New York Times bestselling classic The One Minute Manager explores the skills needed to become an effective self leader in this essential work, now updated throughout.

Just as Ken Blanchard’s phenomenal bestselling classic The One Minute Manager gives leaders the three secrets to managing others, so this follow-up book gives people the three secrets to managing themselves. In Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, readers will learn that accepting personal responsibility for their own success leads to power, freedom, and autonomy.

Through a captivating business parable, Ken Blanchard and coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins show readers how to apply the world-renowned Situational Leadership II method to their own development. The story centers on Steve, a young advertising executive who is about to lose his job. Through a series of talks with a One Minute Manager protégé named Cayla, Steve learns the three secrets of self leadership. His newfound skills not only empower Steve to keep his job, but also show him how to ditch his victim mentality to continue growing, learning, and achieving.

For decades, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses around the world have followed Ken Blanchard’s management methods to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. Now, this newly revised edition of Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager empowers people at every level of the organization to achieve success.

The One-Percent Edge: Small Changes That Guarantee Relevance and Build Sustainable Success [EPUB]

The One-Percent Edge: Small Changes That Guarantee Relevance and Build Sustainable Success [EPUB]
The One-Percent Edge: Small Changes That Guarantee Relevance and Build Sustainable Success by Susan Solovic,‎ Ray Manley
2018 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Want to stay competitive? Keep evolving.

Solid profits, a strong brand, steady customers — all of these can vanish when market shifts disrupt business as usual. So how do you keep from losing ground? How do you stay a step ahead of competitors?

The solution is surprisingly straightforward: innovate tweak by tweak. By making incremental adjustments to every aspect of the business — marketing, customer service, finances, products, people — then repeating the process, fixing weaknesses and spotting opportunities becomes a winning habit.

Entrepreneur Susan Solovic, an expert in business survival tactics, explains how to continually grow, improve, and move the business forward. With hundreds of strategies, examples, and a six-step process, The One-Percent Edge explains how to:

  • Put energy into profitable areas and trim dead weight
  • Raise prices by selling value instead of things
  • Access new markets by adapting products or services<
  • Hire the right team players
  • Turn customers into brand ambassadors
  • Find your own niche and avoid imitating
  • And more

When change happens swiftly and often, even successful brands are vulnerable. Businesses with the edge are constantly evolving . . . and pulling ahead of the pack.

Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly about Finances, and Live a Richer Life [EPUB]

Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly about Finances, and Live a Richer Life [EPUB]
Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly about Finances, and Live a Richer Life by Kathleen Burns Kingsbury
2017 | EPUB | 1.95MB

Anyone concerned about finances―and that's just about everyone―will welcome this step-by-step guide to opening up about a difficult subject. It offers a strategy that can save money, improve relationships, and help people raise fiscally responsible children.

  • Discusses the societal, familial, and personal roadblocks that make talking about money and finance challenging
  • Explores gender differences when it comes to talking about money and how "money silence" contributes to the wage gap for women
  • Reveals the cost of living in "money silence," including how it contributes to the high U.S. divorce rate, how it inhibits the ability of some parents to raise financially literate and responsible children, and how it stops families from successfully passing on wealth
  • Identifies common money myths that fuel financial misunderstandings and mistakes, and offers tools for uncovering these fallacies
  • Shows how the financial advising industry has colluded with the idea that men and women don't need to talk about family finances as a couple―and how advisors can advocate for change
  • Shares practical, easy-to-implement tips and tools for talking about money with partners, parents, siblings, children, and employers/employees
  • Offers a "Money Talk Challenge" coaching exercise at the end of each chapter, with a special section on how advisors can use these tools with clients

Crime, Media, and Reality: Examining Mixed Messages About Crime and Justice in Popular Media [EPUB]

Crime, Media, and Reality: Examining Mixed Messages About Crime and Justice in Popular Media [EPUB]
Crime, Media, and Reality: Examining Mixed Messages About Crime and Justice in Popular Media by Venessa Garcia, Samantha G Arkerson
2017 | EPUB | 4.81MB

In today's society, the public perception of crime has been skewed by how the media depicts it. People use the media for enjoyment, companionship, surveillance, and interpretation. The problem is that it becomes hard to separate fact from entertainment. This raises several questions. How are we consuming media? Are we consuming reality within the news? And are we consuming harmless pleasure from entertainment media?

In Crime, Media, and Reality: Examining Mixed Messages about Crime and Justice in Popular Media, Venessa Garcia and Samantha Garcia Arkerson focus predominantly on the social constructions of crime and justice and how we absorb them. They look at the influence of crime news and true crime television series that prevent the public from understanding pure entertainment from the realities of crime and justice. They bring to light the social science knowledge missed by media "infotainment," which has blurred the line between information and entertainment.

Throughout, all different forms of media are discussed, news media, crime dramas and true crime television series. In doing so, they keep all of its fascinating coverage while uncovering the reality of crime and justice. This book adds significant information to the constructs held by the general public by placing media depictions into historical, legal, and social context.

The Sex Doll: A History [EPUB]

The Sex Doll: A History [EPUB]
The Sex Doll: A History by Anthony Ferguson
2018 | EPUB | 2.8MB

This scholarly study of the centuries-long history of fornicatory dolls examines the enduring obsession with creating an idealized, silent female sexual object and the manifestations of this desire through the ages in mythology, literature, art, philosophy and science.

This particular sexual impulse has been expressed in a great variety of forms such as statues, mannequins, sex dolls, and gynoids (robots). In particular this study focuses on the evolution of the sex doll through its original incarnation as a sack cloth effigy, through the marketing of inflatable dolls, to the current elaborate cyber-technology figures, in an attempt to discover the hidden drives and desires which fuel this ongoing fantasy of creating a perfect, powerless, silent partner.

An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical ingredients for retaining and enhancing beauty [EPUB]

An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical ingredients for retaining and enhancing beauty [EPUB]
An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical ingredients for retaining and enhancing beauty by L'Officine Universelle Buly
2017 | EPUB | 57.68MB

Allow yourself to be transported back to beauty’s golden age with An Atlas of Natural Beauty. First established as a Parisian trendsetter in the 19th century, the beauty emporium has been reincarnated as L'Officine Universelle Buly on Rue Bonaparte in Paris.

Invention and natural beauty are at the heart of Buly and this exquisitely designed book allows you to sample their unique aesthetic heritage as a French apothecary as well as discover the modern uses, properties and home beauty recipes for over 80 seeds, flowers, oils, trees, fruits and herbs.

Including an exotic and diverse range of botanicals – from apricot and avocado to argan oil and aloe vera – there are explanations for where the ingredient came from, its history, how it has been used in the past and recipes for how to use it as a beauty solution now.

This is the perfect guide for all modern natural beauty enthusiasts as the virtues of each ingredient are highlighted and clearly explained to ensure naturally radiant skin is easily achievable.

Sea Robins, Triggerfish & Other Overlooked Seafood: The Complete Guide to Preparing and Serving Bycatch [EPUB]

Sea Robins, Triggerfish & Other Overlooked Seafood: The Complete Guide to Preparing and Serving Bycatch [EPUB]
Sea Robins, Triggerfish & Other Overlooked Seafood: The Complete Guide to Preparing and Serving Bycatch by Matthew Pietsch,‎ James Fraioli
2017 | EPUB | 53.71MB

Today, our oceans contain an abundance of delicious, underutilized, and lesser-known varieties of fish. Frequently, these unfamiliar species are pulled up when commercial fishermen are looking for something else. These nontargeted species―known as bycatch―are often dumped back into the ocean, dead or barely alive.

What if we didn’t discard those perfectly edible fish? What if we introduced them to consumers looking for a change on the menu who care about where their seafood comes from? That’s what Sea Robbins, Triggerfish, & other Overlooked Seafood is all about―taking the pressure off heavily targeted species like swordfish and tuna and introducing home cooks and professional chefs to many new species being unloaded on today’s docks.

Let’s celebrate these other fish in the sea by enjoying a bounty of mouthwatering recipes prepared by Chef Matthew Pietsch, owner of the celebrated Michigan restaurant Salt of the Earth. Pietsch’s vast culinary knowledge and skill demonstrated through his fun, straightforward approach, will guide seafood lovers every step of the way as he and James Beard award winner James O. Fraioli encourage seafood consumers to support and promote those underutilized and underappreciated fisheries while still enjoying quality seafood at an affordable price.

A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages [EPUB]

A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages [EPUB]
A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages by Susan Signe Morrison
2016 | EPUB | 32.99MB

What have a deaf nun, the mother of the first baby born to Europeans in North America, and a condemned heretic to do with one another? They are among the virtuous virgins, marvelous maidens, and fierce feminists of the Middle Ages who trail-blazed paths for women today. Without those first courageous souls who worked in fields dominated by men, women might not have the presence they currently do in professions such as education, the law, and literature.

Focusing on women from Western Europe between c. 300 and 1500 CE in the medieval period and richly carpeted with detail, A Medieval Woman's Companion offers a wealth of information about real medieval women who are now considered vital for understanding the Middle Ages in a full and nuanced way. Short biographies of 20 medieval women illustrate how they have anticipated and shaped current concerns, including access to education; creative emotional outlets such as art, theater, romantic fiction, and music; marriage and marital rights; fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, contraception and gynecology; sex trafficking and sexual violence; the balance of work and family; faith; and disability. Their legacy abides until today in attitudes to contemporary women that have their roots in the medieval period. The final chapter suggests how 20th and 21st century feminist and gender theories can be applied to and complicated by medieval women's lives and writings.

Doubly marginalized due to gender and the remoteness of the time period, medieval women's accomplishments are acknowledged and presented in a way that readers can appreciate and find inspiring. Ideal for high school and college classroom use in courses ranging from history and literature to women's and gender studies, an accompanying website with educational links, images, downloadable curriculum guide, and interactive blog will be made available at the time of publication.

The Work I Did: A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels [EPUB]

The Work I Did: A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels [EPUB]
The Work I Did: A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels by Brunhilde Pomsel,‎ Thore D Hansen,‎ translated by Shaun Whiteside
2018 | EPUB | 0.44MB

'I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing. It was all a well-kept secret. We believed it. We swallowed it. It seemed entirely plausible'

Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins'. How are we to reconcile this description with her chosen profession? Employed as a typist during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017. Her life, mirroring all the major breaks and continuities of the twentieth century, illustrates how far-right politics, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships can rise, and how political apathy can erode democracy.

Compelling and unnerving, The Work I Did gives us intimate insight into political complexity at society's highest levels – at one of history's darkest moments.

Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes [EPUB]

Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes [EPUB]
Rise Up Women: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson
2018 | EPUB | 13.29MB

Almost one hundred years ago, British women led a hard-fought campaign to gain the right to vote--and this is their story.

Britain's women's suffrage campaign began in the nineteenth century, but the twentieth century ushered in a more militant campaign. On June 30, 1908, two schoolteachers broke windows at 10 Downing Street to protest being turned away from Parliament, and when Parliament dissolved without passing the Conciliation Bill, the Women's Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U.) led the Black Friday riot on November 18, 1910. Two years later, Ellen Pitfield set fire to a waste basket at the General Post Office and was sentenced to six months for arson. By 1913, suffragettes were winning public sympathy by citing harrowing stories of imprisoned women on hunger strikes being drugged with bromide and force fed.

During the First World War women had done many of the jobs previously done by men, and their vital work was rewarded politically by the Representation of the People Act, giving the vote to all women twenty-one years or older. It was passed in the House of Lords on June 19, 1917, and became law on February 6, 1918. Perhaps the ultimate victory was a law passed on November 21, 1918, that allowed women to stand as Members of Parliament in the next general election.