Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital [EPUB]

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital [EPUB]
Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital by Chris Myers Asch, George Derek Musgrove
2017 | EPUB | 7.77MB

Monumental in scope and vividly detailed, Chocolate City tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. Emblematic of the ongoing tensions between America's expansive democratic promises and its enduring racial realities, Washington often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification. But D.C. is more than just a seat of government, and authors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove also highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights.

Tracing D.C.'s massive transformations--from a sparsely inhabited plantation society into a diverse metropolis, from a center of the slave trade to the nation's first black-majority city, from "Chocolate City" to "Latte City"--Asch and Musgrove offer an engaging narrative peppered with unforgettable characters, a history of deep racial division but also one of hope, resilience, and interracial cooperation.

It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan [EPUB]

It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan [EPUB]
It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan edited by Jerri Bell, Tracy Crow
2017 | EPUB | 2.88MB

This inspiring anthology is the first to convey the rich experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words—from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East.

Serving with the Union Army during the Civil War as a nurse, scout, spy, and soldier, Harriet Tubman tells what it was like to be the first American woman to lead a raid against an enemy, freeing some 750 slaves. Busting gender stereotypes, Josette Dermody Wingo enlisted as a gunner’s mate in the navy in World War II to teach sailors to fire Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns. Marine Barbara Dulinsky recalls serving under fire in Saigon during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and Brooke King describes the aftermath of her experiences outside the wire with the army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In excerpts from their diaries, letters, oral histories, and pension depositions—as well as from published and unpublished memoirs—generations of women reveal why and how they chose to serve their country, often breaking with social norms, even at great personal peril.

The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good [Audiobook]

The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good [Audiobook]
The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good [Audiobook] by David Goldfield, read by Mike Chamberlain
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 23 hrs 10 mins | 638.54MB

In The Gifted Generation, historian David Goldfield examines the generation immediately after World War II and argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era.

Following the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation, the returning vets and their children took the unprecedented economic growth and federal activism to new heights. This generation was led by presidents who believed in the commonwealth ideal: the belief that federal legislation, by encouraging individual opportunity, would result in the betterment of the entire nation. In the years after the war, these presidents created an outpouring of federal legislation that changed how and where people lived, their access to higher education, and their stewardship of the environment. They also spearheaded historic efforts to level the playing field for minorities, women and immigrants.

But this dynamic did not last, and Goldfield shows how the shrinking of the federal government shut subsequent generations off from those gifts. David Goldfield brings this unprecedented surge in American legislative and cultural history to life as he explores the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi [Audiobook]

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi [Audiobook]
Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi [Audiobook] by Thomas Weber, read by Alex Hyde-White
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 15 mins | 400.54MB

An award-winning historian charts Hitler's radical transformation after World War I from a directionless loner into a powerful National Socialist leader

In Becoming Hitler, award-winning historian Thomas Weber examines Adolf Hitler's time in Munich between 1918 and 1926, the years when Hitler shed his awkward, feckless persona and transformed himself into a savvy opportunistic political operator who saw himself as Germany's messiah. The story of Hitler's transformation is one of a fateful match between man and city. After opportunistically fluctuating between the ideas of the left and the right, Hitler emerged as an astonishingly flexible leader of Munich's right-wing movement. The tragedy for Germany and the world was that Hitler found himself in Munich; had he not been in Bavaria in the wake of the war and the revolution, his transformation into a National Socialist may never have occurred.

In Becoming Hitler, Weber brilliantly charts this tragic metamorphosis, dramatically expanding our knowledge of how Hitler became a lethal demagogue.

The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention [EPUB]

The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention [EPUB]
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher
2006 | EPUB | 6.79MB

Blending the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct, an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language.

Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning?

Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.

As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.

A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism [EPUB]

A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism [EPUB]
A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism by Carol Berkin
2017 | EPUB | 2.54MB

The momentous story of how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams navigated the crises of the 1790s and in the process bound the states into a unified nation

Today the United States is the dominant power in world affairs, and that status seems assured. Yet in the decade following the ratification of the Constitution, the republic's existence was contingent and fragile, challenged by domestic rebellions, foreign interference, and the always-present danger of collapse into mob rule.

Carol Berkin reveals that the nation survived almost entirely due to the actions of the Federalist leadership--George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. Reacting to successive crises, they extended the power of the federal government and fended off foreign attempts to subvert American sovereignty. As Berkin argues, the result was a spike in nationalism, as ordinary citizens began to identify with their nation first, their home states second.

While the Revolution freed the states and the Constitution linked them as never before, this landmark work shows that it was the Federalists who transformed the states into an enduring nation.

With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon [EPUB]

With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon [EPUB]
With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon by Gene Fax
2017 | EPUB | 42.22MB

With Their Bare Hands traces the fate of the US 79th Division-men drafted off the streets of Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia-from their training camp in Maryland through the final years of World War I, focusing on their most famous engagement: the attack on Montfaucon, the most heavily fortified part of the German Line, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918.

Using the 79th as a window onto the American Army as a whole, Gene Fax examines its mistakes and triumphs, the tactics of the AEF commander-in-chief General John J. Pershing, and how the lessons it learned during the Great War helped it to fight World War II. Fax makes some startling judgments, on the role of future Army Chief-of-Staff, Colonel George C. Marshall; whether the Montfaucon battle-had it followed the plan-could have shortened the war; and if Pershing was justified in ordering his troops to attack right up to the moment of the Armistice.

Drawing upon original documents, including orders, field messages, and the letters and memoirs of the soldiers themselves, some of which have never been used before, Fax tells the engrossing story of the 79th Division's bloody involvement in the final months of World War I.

Attention, Not Self [PDF]

Attention, Not Self [PDF]
Attention, Not Self by Jonardon Ganeri
2017 | PDF | 3.08MB

Jonardon Ganeri presents an account of mind in which attention, not self, explains the experiential and normative situatedness of human beings in the world. Attention consists in an organisation of awareness and action at the centre of which there is neither a practical will nor a phenomenological witness. Attention performs two roles in experience, a selective role of placing and a focal role of access. Attention improves our epistemic standing, because it is in the nature of attention to settle on what is real and to shun what is not real. When attention is informed by expertise, it is sufficient for knowledge. That gives attention a reach beyond the perceptual: for attention is a determinable whose determinates include the episodic memory from which our narrative identities are made, the empathy for others that situates us in a social world, and the introspection that makes us self-aware. Empathy is other-directed attention, placed on you and focused on your states of mind; it is akin to listening. Empathetic attention is central to a range of experiences that constitutively require a contrast between oneself and others, all of which involve an awareness of oneself as the object of another's attention. An analysis of attention as mental action gainsays authorial conceptions of self, because it is the nature of intending itself, effortful attention in action, to settle on what to do and to shun what not to do. In ethics, a conception of persons as beings with a characteristic capacity for attention offers hope for resolution in the conflict between individualism and impersonalism.

Attention, Not Self is a contribution to a growing body of work that studies the nature of mind from a place at the crossroads of three disciplines: philosophy in the analytical and phenomenological traditions, contemporary cognitive science and empirical work in cognitive psychology, and Buddhist theoretical literature.

The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict, and the Quest for Meaning [EPUB]

The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict, and the Quest for Meaning [EPUB]
The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict, and the Quest for Meaning by Harry Freedman
2016 | EPUB | 2.13MB

Harry Freedman, author of The Talmud: A Biography, recounts the fascinating and bloody history of the Bible.

In 1535, William Tyndale, the first man to produce an English version of the Bible in print, was captured and imprisoned in Belgium. A year later he was strangled and then burned at the stake. His co-translator was also burned. In that same year the translator of the first Dutch Bible was arrested and beheaded. These were not the first, nor were they the last instances of extreme violence against Bible translators. The Murderous History of Bible Translations tells the remarkable, and bloody, story of those who dared translate the word of God.

The Bible has been translated far more than any other book. To our minds it is self-evident that believers can read their sacred literature in a language they understand. But the history of Bible translations is far more contentious than reason would suggest. Bible translations underlie an astonishing number of religious conflicts that have plagued the world.

Harry Freedman describes brilliantly the passions and strong emotions that arise when deeply held religious convictions are threatened or undermined. He tells of the struggle for authority and orthodoxy in a world where temporal power was always subjugated to the divine, a world in which the idea of a Bible for all was so important that many were willing to give up their time, security, and even their lives.

Drawing Birds [EPUB]

Drawing Birds [EPUB]
Drawing Birds (Dover Art Instruction) by Raymond Sheppard
2018 | EPUB | 45.61MB

Throughout history, people have been obsessed with bird imagery, from carvings on the temple walls of ancient Egypt to modern-day murals, posters, and even tattoos. This helpful instructional volume by a renowned artist and teacher offers a wealth of well-illustrated advice on depicting all manner of birds. British illustrator Raymond Sheppard was celebrated for his nature and animal studies, and this book combines two of his most valuable guides, How to Draw Birds (1940) and More Birds to Draw (1956).

Suitable for beginners as well as advanced artists, this single-volume edition of Sheppard's two great guides provides in-depth studies of the shapes and visual construction of a variety of birds, from domestic fowl to birds on the wing. Topics include anatomy; the representation of wings, feathers, and flight; and details for drawing beaks, feet, and plumage. Common birds such as thrushes, redwings, blackbirds, and starlings appear here, along with many other species, in addition to ducks in and out of the water and birds of prey such as the barn owl, buzzard, and golden eagle. Written with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, Drawing Birds offers an abundance of pointers that will benefit amateur and professional artists alike.

Drawing Farm and Zoo Animals [EPUB]

Drawing Farm and Zoo Animals [EPUB]
Drawing Farm and Zoo Animals (Dover Art Instruction) by Raymond Sheppard, Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe
2018 | EPUB | 99.85MB

For the first time in a single-volume edition, this guide combines the works of two of Britain's leading animal illustrators of the 20th century, Raymond Sheppard's Drawing at the Zoo and Charles Tunnicliffe's How to Draw Farm Animals. Artists of all skill levels will benefit from the book's tremendous variety of domestic and wild animal studies, each accompanied by helpful pointers.

Even the smallest of zoos offers models with an abundant variety of shapes and patterns. It's not always easy to capture animals in motion, so in Drawing at the Zoo, Raymond Sheppard proposes starting with sleeping creatures and the less excitable types to help overcome the practical difficulties. Other suggestions include what not to do, notes on distinctive animal characteristics, and a survey of basic shapes, all illustrated by the author's own work. Charles F. Tunnicliffe, author of How to Draw Farm Animals, grew up on a farm and drew and painted animals all his life. In addition to dozens of fascinating examples of his sketches, his book includes informative comments on farm life that provide essential tips for the realistic portrayals of horses, cattle, pigs, and sheep as well as the farmer's dog and the farmyard cat.

Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930–1980 [EPUB]

Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930–1980 [EPUB]
Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930–1980 by Leonard Bell
2017 | EPUB | 69.65MB

From the 1930s through the 1950s, a substantial number of forced migrants – refugees from Nazism, displaced people after World War II and escapees from Communist countries – arrived in New Zealand from Europe. Among them were an extraordinary group of artists and writers, photographers and architects whose European modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. In words and pictures, Strangers Arrive tells their story.

Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Every Multi-Cooker [EPUB]

Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Every Multi-Cooker [EPUB]
Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Every Multi-Cooker by Heather Rodino, Ella Sanders
2018 | EPUB | 49.78MB

Have delicious meals on your table in under an hour!

Make the easiest, tastiest meals in a flash! Let your multi-cooker work for you, and have any of the tasty soups, starters, sides, hearty dinners and desserts in this cookbook on your table in 60 minutes or less. Keep cozy with Tuscan White Bean Soup or Chicken Cacciatore, shake things up with Pesto Spaghetti Squash or Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, and indulge in Salted Caramel Cheesecake or Chocolate Bread Pudding. With Super Fast Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook, you can relax and unwind while your multi-cooker does all the work on these easy, fast, and flavorful meals!

The Devout Hand: Women, Virtue, and Visual Culture in Early Modern Italy [EPUB]

The Devout Hand: Women, Virtue, and Visual Culture in Early Modern Italy [EPUB]
The Devout Hand: Women, Virtue, and Visual Culture in Early Modern Italy by Patricia Rocco
2017 | EPUB | 33.85MB

After the Counter-Reformation, the Papal State of Bologna became a hub for the flourishing of female artistic talent. The eighteenth-century biographer Luigi Crespi recorded over twenty-eight women artists working in the city, although many of these, until recently, were ignored by modern art criticism, despite the fame they attained during their lifetimes. What were the factors that contributed to Bologna’s unique confluence of women with art, science, and religion?

The Devout Hand explores the work of two generations of Italian women artists in Bologna, from Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614), whose career emerged during the aftermath of the Counter Reformation, to her brilliant successor, Elisabetta Sirani (1638–1665), who organized the first school for women artists. Patricia Rocco further sheds light on Sirani’s students and colleagues, including the little-known engraver Veronica Fontana and the innovative but understudied etcher Giuseppe Maria Mitelli. Combining analysis of iconography, patronage, gender, and reception studies, Rocco integrates painting, popular prints, book illustration, and embroidery to open a wider lens onto the relationship between women, virtue, and the visual arts during a period of religious crisis and reform.

A reminder of the lasting power of images, The Devout Hand highlights women’s active role in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Christian reform and artistic production.

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life [EPUB]

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life [EPUB]
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life by Sam Wang, Sandra Aamodt
2008 | EPUB | 6.96MB

Does drinking really kill brain cells? Does listening to Mozart make your baby smarter? For all the mileage we've gotten from our own brains, most of us have essentially no idea how they work. We're easily susceptible to myths (like the "fact" that we use only 10% of our brains) and misconceptions (like the ones perpetrated by most Hollywood movies), probably because we've never known where to turn for the truth.

But neurologists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang are glad to help. In this funny, accessible book, we get a guided tour of our own minds, what they're made of, how they work, and how they can go wrong. Along the way, we get a host of diagrams, quizzes, and "cocktail party tips" that shed light on the questions we nag each other about. (Can a head injury make you forget your own name? Are dolphins smarter than chimpanzees?)

Fun and surprisingly engrossing, Welcome to Your Brain shows you how your brain works, and how you can make it work better.

Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life [Audiobook]

Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life [Audiobook]
Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life [Audiobook] by Patty Azzarello, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 39 mins | 293.82MB

A straight-shooting Silicon Valley executive reveals insider career strategies to becoming a great leader, developing your network, succeeding without wasting time, and managing trade-offs between your work and life so your life works.

Patty Azzarello became the youngest general manager at Hewlett-Packard at age 33, ran a $1 billion software business at 35, and became a CEO at 38 - all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk. In Rise, Azzarello shares the insider secrets to advancing your career (while having a life) in three practical steps:

  • Do better: Set ruthless priorities, and work and lead more strategically to deal with frustrating obstacles.
  • Look better: Build your credibility with the people who can help (or blacklist) you.
  • Connect better: Develop your network without being political. Get on "the list" of people who get the best opportunities.

Whether you are just starting up the corporate ladder, stuck midcareer, transitioning, or eyeing the corner office, Rise shows you the difference between getting ahead and just working hard.

Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes [PDF]

Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes [PDF]
Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes by Dan Plesch
2017 | PDF | 5.14MB

Human Rights after Hitler reveals thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland to the Pacific. These cases provide a great foundation for twenty-first-century human rights and accompany the achievements of the Nuremberg trials and postwar conventions. They include indictments of perpetrators of the Holocaust made while the death camps were still operating, which confounds the conventional wisdom that there was no official Allied response to the Holocaust at the time. This history also brings long overdue credit to the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which operated during and after World War II.

From the 1940s until a recent lobbying effort by Plesch and colleagues, the UNWCC's files were kept out of public view in the UN archives under pressure from the US government. The book answers why the commission and its files were closed and reveals that the lost precedents set by these cases have enormous practical utility for prosecuting war crimes today. They cover US and Allied prosecutions of torture, including "water treatment," wartime sexual assault, and crimes by foot soldiers who were "just following orders." Plesch's book will fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of the Second World War as well as provide ground-breaking revelations for historians and human rights practitioners alike.

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition [Audiobook]

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition [Audiobook]
Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition [Audiobook] by Charles Eisenstein, read by Steve Wojtas
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 5 mins | 411.55MB

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity; destroyed community; and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

This book is about how the money system will have to change - and is already changing - to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. Author Charles Eisenstein also considers the personal dimensions of this transition, speaking to those concerned with "right livelihood" and how to live according to their ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money. Tapping in to a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, Sacred Economics presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen.

Warrior Workouts, Volume 1: Over 100 of the Most Challenging Workouts Ever Created [EPUB]

Warrior Workouts, Volume 1: Over 100 of the Most Challenging Workouts Ever Created [EPUB]
Warrior Workouts, Volume 1: Over 100 of the Most Challenging Workouts Ever Created by Stewart Smith
2017 | EPUB | 8.81MB

From a Navy SEAL comes the absolute best in result-driven fitness regimens, drawn from the same essential training and workout plans used for police officers, military, and firefighters to keep them fit and in optimum physical condition.

Get fit now with these awesome collections of workouts designed by a Navy SEAL for maximum fitness. Developed and tested by best-selling fitness author and expert Stewart Smith, these workouts will challenge you like no other exercise program available. Whether you are an everyday athlete or aspire to greatness, Warrior Workouts will leave no man--or woman--standing!

Warrior Workouts features challenging workouts, including:

  • Spartan Run/PT: A brutal run to push your limits!
  • Spec Ops Leg Day: Leg day will never be the same!
  • Devil’s Mile: Take on the devil with this crazy workout!
  • Blue Falcon Workout: Go head-to-head with a friend and see who wins!
  • The Upper Body Round Robin: Your favorite workouts—remixed!
  • Hellacious 100s: 10 workouts, 1000 reps, ZERO breaks!
  • Sandbaby 500 with Kettlebell and TRX: Put your whole body to the test with this unforgettably tough workout!

CLEAR, PROVEN RESULTS FROM LEGENDARY FITNESS EXPERT. Combining comprehensive exercise information with instructional photos and diagrams, Warrior Workouts takes all of former Navy SEAL Stew Smith's teaching experience and puts it in your hands.

ONLINE SUPPORT THROUGH GETFITNOW PLATFORM. Comprehensive online support via social media, community forums, and website featuring additional content such as exclusive exercise videos, nutritional tips, live updates from authors, and more.

REACH YOUR ABSOLUTE PHYSICAL PEAK. Designed to push the human body to the brink, Warrior Workouts challenges you to dig deep and find strength you never knew you had.

COMPLETE FITNESS PLAN FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS. Warrior Workouts contains a comprehensive workout schedule designed to drive you beyond the limits of your strength, speed and endurance to achieve never-before-seen results.

Crossing the River Kabul: An Afghan Family Odyssey [EPUB]

Crossing the River Kabul: An Afghan Family Odyssey [EPUB]
Crossing the River Kabul: An Afghan Family Odyssey by Kevin McLean
2018 | EPUB | 2.63MB

Baryalai Popal sees his Western-educated professors at Kabul University replaced by communists. He witnesses his classmates “disappearing.” The communist takeover uproots Popal from his family and home. Thus begins Crossing the River Kabul, the true story of Popal’s escape from Afghanistan and his eventual return.

Kevin McLean weaves together Popal’s stories in this memoir, which is also a fascinating look at Afghanistan from the viewpoint of Popal and generations of his politically influential family. From the exile of Popal’s grandfather from Kandahar in 1898 to his father’s tutoring of two boys who as adults would play important roles in Afghanistan—one as king and the other as president—to his uncle’s presence at the fateful meeting that led to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Popal’s family history is intertwined with that of his nation.

Popal fled his country following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1980. After being imprisoned as a spy in Pakistan, he managed to make his way to Germany as a refugee and to the United States as an immigrant. Twenty years later he returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to reclaim his houses, only to find one controlled by drug lords and the other by the most powerful warlord in Afghanistan.

Popal’s memoir is an intimate, often humorous portrait of the vanished Afghanistan of his childhood. It is also the story of a father whose greatest desire is to see his son follow in his footsteps, and a son who constantly rebels against his father's wishes. Crossing the River Kabul is a story of choice and destiny, fear and courage, and loss and redemption.

Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy [Audiobook]

Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy [Audiobook]
Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy [Audiobook] by Doug Wead, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 28 mins | 370.14MB

Here is the first insider account of the precipitous fall of Hillary Clinton. How the scandals of a lifetime finally reached critical mass. How, in the last few days of the campaign, some on her staff saw the ghostly shroud of defeat creeping over them but were helpless to act, frozen by the self-denial of the group.

Here is an explanation of why the national media and their corporate owners kept Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren out of the race. Why they wanted their investment in the Clintons to work and how they were willing to go to great lengths to make that happen.

Don't have time to read the tens of thousands of leaked emails from inside the Clinton machine?

The author has done it for you and has come back from the experience with a stunning peek into the world of a political leader who privately declared that she wanted a hemisphere "with open trade and open borders".

Finally, here is the story of the rise of Donald Trump.

How his opponents sought to derail him.

This is the story of how Donald Trump's message and brand transcended the traps laid by his enemies. How, against all odds, he won the presidency. And here are the details of his plan to make American great again.

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential [EPUB]

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential [EPUB]
Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential by Karena Virginia, Dharm Khalsa
2017 | EPUB | 3.8MB

For new and experienced students, practical guidance in kundalini yoga for happiness, health, and fulfillment

Kundalini is a universal life force within each of us that, once awakened, holds the power to transform every facet of our lives. Kundalini yoga is the art and practice of activating this radiant energy. With Essential Kundalini Yoga, Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa present the core principles and practices of this revered tradition in an inviting and accessible guide.

“Kundalini yoga opens joyous space for connecting deeply with the energy states of our being,” write Karena and Dharm, “It brings vital health to the body and opens our consciousness to new potentials of awareness.”

Created for the modern practitioner, this book offers clear, comprehensive instruction in the key insights and practices of kundalini yoga. From philosophy and lifestyle, to working with anatomy and physical asana, to activating our energy bodies, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a uniquely practical and in-depth manual. Highlights include:

  • Gorgeous photos illuminating step-by-step instructions
  • Detailed instructions, explanations, and illustrations for core kundalini practices—mantra, pranayama, bhanda, asana, kriya, meditation, and more
  • Seven traditional kundalini yoga routines, including a pituitary gland series for intuition, yoga for the immune system, and detoxing for radiance
  • Understand the science of the practice, including its effects on the glandular system, spine, nervous system, and skeleton
  • Meditations, mantras, and yoga poses to activate each of the chakras and bring health to your energetic body
  • Remedies for common emotional challenges—dealing with fear, shame, and depression, among others
  • Kundalini secrets for getting better sleep, aging gracefully, enhancing fertility, cultivating vitality, and more

Rooted in tradition and infused with a sense of infinite possibility, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a joyful invitation for practitioners of all levels to awaken the vital energy within and receive the gifts that emerge from connecting more deeply with your own potential for creativity, abundance, and joy.

The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance [Audiobook]

The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance [Audiobook]
The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance [Audiobook] by Friederike Fabritius,‎ Hans W Hagemann, read by Karen Saltus
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 14 mins | 227.21MB

A cutting-edge guide to applying the latest research in brain science to leadership - to sharpen performance, encourage innovation, and enhance job satisfaction.

There's a revolution taking place that most businesses are still unaware of. The understanding of how our brains work has radically shifted, exploding long-held myths about our everyday cognitive performance and fundamentally changing the way we engage and succeed in the workplace.

Combining their expertise in both neuropsychology and management consulting, neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius and leadership expert Dr. Hans W. Hagemann present simple yet powerful strategies for:

  • Sharpening focus
  • Achieving the highest performance
  • Learning and retaining information more efficiently
  • Improving complex decision making
  • Cultivating trust and building strong teams

Based on the authors' popular leadership programs, which have been delivered to tens of thousands of leaders all over the world, this clear, insightful, and engaging audiobook will help both individuals and teams perform at their maximum potential, delivering extraordinary results.

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria [EPUB]

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria [EPUB]
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek
2017 | EPUB | 1.06MB

At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians-the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds-who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family's home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria's future.

The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics. Teeming with insights, the narrative weaves acute political analysis with a century of intimate family history, ultimately delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost [EPUB]

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost [EPUB]
The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost by Donna Freitas
2017 | EPUB | 0.57MB

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. Have smartphones and social media created a generation of self-obsessed egomaniacs?

Absolutely not, Donna Freitas argues in this provocative book. And, she says, these alarmist fears are drawing attention away from the real issues that young adults are facing.

Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that what young people are overwhelmingly concerned with--what they really want to talk about--is happiness. They face enormous pressure to look perfect online--not just happy, but blissful, ecstatic, and fabulously successful. Unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Far from wanting to share everything, they are brutally selective when it comes to curating their personal profiles, and worry obsessively that they might unwittingly post something that could come back to haunt them later in life. Through candid conversations with young people from diverse backgrounds, Freitas reveals how even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia that they see online. And sometimes, as on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, what they see instead is a depressing cesspool of racism and misogyny. Yet young people are also extremely attached to their smartphones and apps, which sometimes bring them great pleasure. It is very much a love-hate relationship.

While much of the public's attention has been focused on headline-grabbing stories, the everyday struggles and joys of young people have remained under the radar. Freitas brings their feelings to the fore, in the words of young people themselves. The Happiness Effect is an eye-opening window into their first-hand experiences of social media and its impact on them.

UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour [EPUB]

UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour [EPUB]
UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour by Donna Kaz
2016 | EPUB | 7.59MB

Donna Kaz was 24 years old when she moved to New York City in the fall of 1977 to pursue a career in theatre. She rented a spacious loft apartment on gritty Fifth Avenue in Chelsea and landed a job serving beers and burgers at the classic bar, Jimmy Day's, in Greenwich Village. She was on her way until a tall, blonde, handsome actor sat in her station during a lunch shift. That actor was William Hurt who swept Kaz off her feet and carried her to Hollywood and back for a three-plus year love affair that was both fantastical and physically dangerous. It took Kaz fourteen years to begin to admit she had survived domestic violence. Once she realized the extent of the abuse she had been subjected to she pulled a gorilla mask over her head and became "Aphra Behn," a bad-ass feminist, activist and member of THE GUERRILLA GIRLS.

UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour, follows the unmasked DONNA KAZ, and the masked APHRA BEHN through their often surprising 25 year journey. In a braided narrative that flips between 1977 and 1997, Donna Kaz describes, with an ironic and humorous voice, what it was like go from being on the arm of William Hurt and an insider on the sets of movies like Altered States and Bodyheat, to an anonymous outsider donning a scary gorilla mask to protest sexism at Broadway's Tony Awards. Donna Kaz hobnobs with actress Kathleen Turner and director Lawrence Kasden, while Aphra Behn organizes sticker campaigns focused at the big New York City theatres which produce season after season of only plays by white male playwrights. When the Roundabout Theatre's toilet stalls (in both women's and men's rooms) are plastered with Guerrilla Girls' stickers stating: In this theatre, the taking of photographs, the use of a recording device and the production of plays by women is strictly prohibited - the Roundabout announces their next season will include two plays by women. Aphra and the Guerrilla Girls take all the credit and go on to create comedic art and theater that blasts the blatant sexism of the theater world while proving feminists are funny at the same time.

That these two narratives--that of a young victim of domestic violence at the hands of the successful actor, William Hurt, and that of an artist so fed up with sexism in the theater world that she puts on a gorilla mask and takes the name of a dead woman artist to provoke change--have been lived by one woman is remarkable. Donna Kaz offers a very compelling firsthand account--illuminated by more than thirty behind-the-scenes photographs, stickers and posters --of her transition from a silent survivor to an unapologetic activist.

After reading UN/MASKED you will be able to adopt the Guerrilla Girls' tactics, from making smart, funny art to wearing fake fur masks, to organizing campaigns that influence change in the art and theatre worlds. You will glean insights into what it is like to be in love with a man who is also your assailant, and how the cycle of violence is an extremely difficult vortex to escape from. You will find inspiration in the story of how Donna Kaz became Aphra Behn and eventually decided to reveal how her early life dictated a path towards feminism and her ultimate decision to go underground and become the feminist masked avenger Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn.

This debut memoir from Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, is a new addition to investigations into abusive relationships and the tradition of feminist narrative nonfiction. It is a memoir of a woman-turned-survivor-turned-radical-feminist who takes off her mask and, by merging her identities, reveals all.

Healthy Drinks: 60 Vital Recipes for Green Smoothies, Juice Shots, Broths, Detox Water, Kombucha, and More [EPUB]

Healthy Drinks: 60 Vital Recipes for Green Smoothies, Juice Shots, Broths, Detox Water, Kombucha, and More [EPUB]
Healthy Drinks: 60 Vital Recipes for Green Smoothies, Juice Shots, Broths, Detox Water, Kombucha, and More by Anna Ottosson
2018 | EPUB | 39.06MB

Dieting is no longer the smartest way of cleansing your body or losing weight. Instead of depriving yourself of certain foods, why not add in a quick boost of healthy drinks to the mix? Vitamin and infused waters, tonics, shots, juices, and other nutrient-packed drinks are a quick, delicious, and powerful pick-me-up that will enhance your vitality with just a swig (or two).

Get high on fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients―a virgin Margarita or sugar-free lemonade is a great substitute for a glass of rosé. A homemade slush takes just a minute to make and is the perfect thirst quencher for you and the rest of the family. Vitamin water is full of everything your body needs instead of the usual sugary drinks filled with artificial sweeteners. Why not even have a go at making your own kombucha, the elixir that has taken over the cooling cabinets in Los Angeles thanks to its salutary powers for the stomach; or boil your own broth, the drink that has replaced mugs of latté on the streets of New York? Learn to make a:

  • Classic green avocado drink
  • Raw kombucha
  • “50 Shades of Green” tonic
  • Chocolate smoothie with raspberry-chia topping
  • Oxtail bone broth
  • And more!

Healthy Drinks treats you to sixty recipes of wholesome drinks that are bursting with nutrition, vitamins, and flavors from all over the globe―and that are also beautiful to look at!

Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes [EPUB]

Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes [EPUB]
Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes by Melanie Potock
2018 | EPUB | 32.17MB

Your kids can learn to love vegetables—and have fun doing it!

So long to scary vegetables; hello to friendly new textures, colors, and flavors! Here is a foolproof plan for getting your kids to love their vegetables. Just follow the “Three E’s”:

  • Expose your child to new vegetables with sensory, hands–on, educational activities: Create Beet Tattoos and play Cabbage Bingo!
  • Explore the characteristics of each veggie (texture, taste, temperature, and more) with delectable but oh–so–easy recipes: Try Parsnip-Carrot Mac’n’Cheese and Pepper Shish Kebabs!
  • Expand your family’s repertoire with more inventive vegetable dishes—including a “sweet treat” in every chapter: Enjoy Pears and Parsnips in Puff Pastry and Tropical Carrot Confetti Cookies!

With 100 kid–tested activities and delicious recipes, plus expert advice on parenting in the kitchen, Adventures in Veggieland will get you and your kids working (and playing!) together in the kitchen, set­ting even your pickiest eater up for a lifetime of healthy eating.

The Career Catapult: Shake Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory [Audiobook]

The Career Catapult: Shake Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory [Audiobook]
The Career Catapult: Shake Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory [Audiobook] by Roopa Unnikrishnan, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 22 mins | 120.5MB

We live in an evolving economic environment, one in which job security and career certainty are distant memories. The old rules for navigating the turbulent waters of employment just don't apply anymore. In the face of these ongoing changes, it's easy to become fearful and discouraged.

In The Career Catapult, innovative career consultant Roopa Unnikrishnan shows you how to gaze into this uncertain future and shape it to your advantage - regardless of your current position in the hierarchy.

Leaping into a revised career trajectory requires quick and purposeful movement. In The Career Catapult, Roopa offers five essential disciplines that will catapult you along the fast track:

  • Dig Deep to Soar. Examine your skills and resources to accurately assess your marketplace value.
  • Stalk Innovations and Trends. Explore the context in which you can offer your value.
  • Jolt Your Network. Use your assets, including networks that can drive significant value.
  • Prototype Possibilities. Free yourself to imagine. Visualize the full array of possibilities and test-drive them. Find ways to don the mantle of the new role.
  • Go Extreme. Is your desired future achievable? Yes! Take that confident leap into your future.

Eskiboy [EPUB]

Eskiboy [EPUB]
Eskiboy by Wiley
2017 | EPUB | 20.92MB

Richard Kylea Cowie MBE, or Wiley, is one of the most innovative and influential musicians of today. Over the course of twenty years he has redefined British music: releasing ten top-twenty singles, selling over 4 million records, and helping to launch a new generation of stars. He started a movement in east London in the early 2000s that is now beginning to take over the world.

Eskiboy tells his story in full, for the first time, from childhood trauma to white-label releases, to lifetime achievement awards and beyond. In 96 short chapters, it covers the friendships and rivalries and the tragedies and triumphs of two decades in music, and explores the history and future of grime and the Eskimo Sound.

Featuring lyrics, never-before-seen photographs and contributions from the people who know him best, Eskiboy is a celebration of a singular musical icon, and the world he has created.

Mapping Naval Warfare: A visual history of conflict at sea [EPUB]

Mapping Naval Warfare: A visual history of conflict at sea [EPUB]
Mapping Naval Warfare: A visual history of conflict at sea by Jeremy Black
2017 | EPUB | 147.02MB

Naval operations and warfare were (and remain) a key element for mapping. This beautiful book looks at a series of key conflicts from the sixteenth century to the present day and explains how they were represented through mapping and how the maps produced helped naval commanders to plan their strategy.

There are plentiful maps and a good story to tell, both about naval history and about mapping at sea. Conflicts covered include the the American Revolution, Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life [Audiobook]

Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life [Audiobook]
Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life [Audiobook] by Preston Smiles, read by the Author
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 13 mins | 60.83MB

Former bad boy turned inspirational messenger Preston Smiles shakes things up in the world of personal development, sharing a uniquely modern, love-based approach to how to live with more excitement, clarity, and confidence.

Preston Smiles, born in Compton and raised in Los Angeles, is no stranger to a life of adventure. As a teen he joined a local gang that was first involved in petty theft but later escalated into more dangerous crimes. One night when Preston was 15, he was faced with a decision to take a routine ride of mischief with the friends or stay home. Intuition told him not to go. Within an hour everyone in that car was shot. This tragic event shook him to his core and catapulted him to finding higher purpose for himself.

Love Louder presents a positive approach to getting more love and meaning out of life. With the lessons Preston has learned through the years, he distills ancient wisdom and new thought teachings into 33 timeless tools to living your best life and asks questions such as:

  • What do you truly believe you deserve? Are your actions reflecting that?
  • What are you a slave to? Facebook? Twitter? Alcohol? Him? Her?
  • Do you have the need to be right all the time?

Love Louder can help you tackle these everyday challenges and teach you how to live with more excitement, productivity, clarity, and confidence. Full of insights and powerful anecdotes, Preston's motivational story is a heartwarming listen for anyone seeking guidance on overall happiness and fulfillment in life.

Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality [EPUB]

Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality [EPUB]
Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality (The Library of America) edited by Brooks D Simpson
2018 | EPUB | 0.88MB

The violent aftermath of the Civil War comes to dramatic life in this sweeping new collection of firsthand writing

There are few periods in American history more consquential but less understood than Reconstruction, the tumultuous twelve years after Appomattox, when the battered nation sought to reconstitute itself and confront the legacy of two centuries of slavery. This Library of America anthology brings together more than one hundred contemporary letters, diary entries, interviews, petitions, testimonies, and newspaper and magazine articles by well-known figures--Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Andrew Johnson, Thaddeus Stevens, Ulysses S. Grant, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain, Albion Tourgée--as well as by dozens of ordinary men and women, black and white, northern and southern, to tell the story of our nation's first attempt to achieve racial equality.

Through their eyes readers experience the fierce contest between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans resulting in the nation's first presidential impeachment; the adoption of the revolutionary Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments; the first achievements of black political power; and the murderous terrorism of the Klan and other groups that, combined with northern weariness, indifference, and hostility, eventually resulted in the restoration of white supremacy in the South.

Throughout, Americans confront the essential questions left unresolved by the defeat of secession: What system of labor would replace slavery, and what would become of the southern plantations? Would the war end in the restoration of a union of sovereign states, or in the creation of a truly national government? What would citizenship mean after emancipation, and what civil rights would the freed people gain? Would suffrage be extended to African American men, and to all women?

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science [EPUB]

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science [EPUB]
The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science by Basil Mahon
2017 | EPUB | 2.5MB

This biography of Oliver Heaviside profiles the life of an underappreciated genius and describes his many contributions to electrical science, which proved to be essential to the future of mass communications.

Oliver Heaviside (1850 -1925) may not be a household name but he was one of the great pioneers of electrical science: his work led to huge advances in communications and became the bedrock of the subject of electrical engineering as it is taught and practiced today. His ideas and original accomplishments are now so much a part of everyday electrical science that they are simply taken for granted; almost nobody wonders how they came about and Heaviside's name has been lost from view.

This book tells the complete story of this extraordinary though often unappreciated scientist. The author interweaves details of Heaviside's life and personality with clear explanations of his many important contributions to the field of electrical engineering. He describes a man with an irreverent sense of fun who cared nothing for social or mathematical conventions and lived a fiercely independent life.

His achievements include creating the mathematical tools that were to prove essential to the proper understanding and use of electricity, finding a way to rid telephone lines of the distortion that had stifled progress, and showing that electrical power doesn't flow in a wire but in the space alongside it.

At first his ideas were thought to be weird, even outrageous, and he had to battle long and hard to get them accepted. Yet by the end of his life he was awarded the first Faraday Medal.

This engrossing story will restore long-overdue recognition to a scientist whose achievements in many ways were as crucial to our modern age as those of Edison's and Tesla's.

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

I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals [EPUB]
I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals by Liam Drew
2017 | EPUB | 1.32MB

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

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

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

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

Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves [EPUB]

Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves [EPUB]
Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves by Jeremy Sherman
2017 | EPUB | 20.02MB

If the universe is aimless, how do selves and aims emerge? Why do living beings have aims when inanimate things do not? Current science encourages us to reject the ghost-in-the-machine explanation—that something called spirit, soul, mind, or will was somehow breathed into matter—and instead accept that selves are just matter, in aimless mechanistic motion like everything else. But what about life’s many emergent qualities, the multifarious purposes that shape actual physical behavior not just in human lives, but in all of life? Even the simplest life forms have adaptive functions, traits that accomplish goals or ends. How can we explain the nature and origin of selves and aims without resorting to supernatural forces or explaining them away as nothing but cause-and-effect mechanisms?

In Neither Ghost nor Machine, Jeremy Sherman explains the emergence of selves and aims in an aimless universe. He distills for a general audience the theory developed by renowned neuroscientist Terrence Deacon, which extends the breakthrough constraint-based insight that inspired evolutionary, information, and self-organization theory. Emergent dynamics theory provides a testable hypothesis for how mattering arose from matter, function from physics, and means-to-ends behavior from cause-and-effect dynamics. It offers a physics of purpose, demonstrating that there is a strictly physical explanation for the emergence and nature of selves and aims, one that shows our existence in an otherwise inanimate universe is not absurd. Neither Ghost nor Machine bridges the gap between the hard and soft sciences, suggesting fresh and exciting solutions to philosophical mysteries that have perplexed humanity for millennia, from free will to causality to morality.

Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World [EPUB]

Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World [EPUB]
Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World by Les Johnson, Joseph E Meany
2018 | EPUB | 1.66MB

Two scientists give an enthusiastic, layperson's overview of a new supermaterial now in development that could transform many features of daily life, from creating new conveniences to improving health and safety.

What if you discovered an infinitesimally thin material capable of conducting electricity, able to suspend millions of times its own weight, and yet porous enough to filter the murkiest water? And what if this incredible substance is created from the same element that fills the common pencil? That's graphene--a flat, two-dimensional, carbon-based molecule with a single sheet measuring only one atom thick.

In this layperson's introduction to this revolutionary substance, a physicist and a chemist explain how graphene was developed, discuss the problems in scaling up production for large-scale commercial use, and forecast the potentially transformative effects of incorporating graphene into everyday life. Recent research developments include adding graphene to Silly Putty to make extremely sensitive and malleable medical sensors and compressing and fusing flakes of graphene to create a three-dimensional material that's ten times stronger than steel.

This widely adaptable substance promises to change the way we interact with smartphones, laptops, information storage, and even condoms. It may also enable significant improvements to air purification, water filtration technologies, and drug delivery.

This entertaining and widely accessible book offers a fascinating look into one of the most exciting developments in materials science in recent decades.

101 Essential Tips: Growing Vegetables [PDF]

101 Essential Tips: Growing Vegetables [PDF]
101 Essential Tips: Growing Vegetables by Tom Stevenson
2015 | PDF | 13.26MB

Whether you're growing vegetables in a container garden, you have a dedicated plot outside, or you're an advanced gardener looking to add to your knowledge, 101 Essential Tips: Growing Vegetables has something for you. Supplement your diet and add healthy food while you develop a fun hobby with 101 Essential Tips: Growing Vegetables.

Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son [EPUB]

Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son [EPUB]
Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck
2017 | EPUB | 9.17MB

Rescued from ISIS is the inspiring and terrifying tale of one man's journey to the Middle East to save his child from radical Islam, and its surprising worldwide repercussions.

Dimitri Bontinck lived every parent's worst nightmare. His teenage son, introduced to Islam by his girlfriend, fell into the clutches of a radical mosque. Dimitri watched helplessly as his son, Jay, transformed from a gentle boy to a soldier in training, wearing traditional robes and following a strict diet. Completely brainwashed, Jay snuck out of the house and traveled to Syria, all but vanishing. Too late, Dimitri learned that their country, Belgium, was the leading hotbed of Islamic radicalization. Large numbers of teenagers were being lured into this world and expertly indoctrinated into radical Islam. One by one, they disappeared into the Middle East, most never to be seen again.

With no one to help him, Dimitri--a white, Christian-raised atheist--set off on his own to save his son. Using only his military training, a lot of courage, and a little luck, he gradually embedded himself deeper and deeper into the Middle East. After months of searching and several close calls―including being thrown in a jail cell and beaten―he was able to find his son and bring him home. The world was shocked at his unprecedented success, and he started receiving pleas from families around the world, asking that he rescue their children, as well. Increasingly fearful for his own life but unable to ignore these cries for help, Dimitri accepted his newfound role as The Jihadi Hunter.

Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster [EPUB]

Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster [EPUB]
Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster by Boze Hadleigh
2016 | EPUB | 0.29MB

Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster is the companion volume to Boze Hadleigh’s classic Hollywood Gays. In this rare and no-holds-barred collection of exclusive interviews with Hollywood icons from the Golden Age of movies and TV—Dame Judith Anderson, Barbara Stanwyck, Capucine, Ann B. Davis, Nancy Kulp, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Moorehead, Edith Head, Patsy Kelly — among others—renowned entertainment journalist and historian Boze Hadleigh goes straight to the source and opens the film world’s closet door into the past, and brings this volume full circle to the present with new material.

Howard Hughes Hell's Angel: America's Notorious Bisexual Billionaire [EPUB]

Howard Hughes Hell's Angel: America's Notorious Bisexual Billionaire [EPUB]
Howard Hughes Hell's Angel: America's Notorious Bisexual Billionaire by Darwin Porter
2014 | EPUB | 17.27MB

From his reckless pursuit of love as a rich teenager to his final days as a demented fossil, Howard Hughes changed the worlds of aviation and entertainment forever.

This biography reveals inside details about his destructive and usually scandalous associations with other Hollywood players. Set amid descriptions of the unimaginable changes that affected America between 1905 and 1976, this critically acclaimed biography gives an insider's perspective about what money can buy―and what it can't.

Lessons from Everest: Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of the World [EPUB]

Lessons from Everest: Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of the World [EPUB]
Lessons from Everest: Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of the World by Dr Tim Warren
2013 | EPUB | 5.16MB

"Into Thin Air" meets "The Secret" with a splash of humor! After a devastating failed attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 2007 and a brief period of mourning, Dr. Tim Warren became focused on learning the lessons that had been revealed to him while hiking alone for three days down the Khumbu Valley of Nepal to heal his damaged lung tissue in the luxury of oxygen-rich lower altitude. He felt an overpowering desire to return to the mountain the next year and experienced a clear vision of himself at the summit and arriving safely back in base camp.

After testing those lessons over the next year-and-a-half, and within an inch of his life, he achieved this goal. Equally importantly, he realized that the lessons learned on the "Big E" were universal to people seeking to overcome difficulties in life or simply to edge a little closer to their full potential. Lessons From Everest describes seven lessons, each a stepping stone to greater understanding and awareness of the reader's inner journey to their own Everest with a healthy dose of seat-of-your-pants adventure.

Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition by Barbara Carrellas
2017 | EPUB | 31.48MB

If you think sexual and spiritual bliss can't be found in today's fast-paced world, you haven't experienced Urban Tantra. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Urban Tantra, acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to discover new frontiers. With a juicy mix of erotic how-to and heart-centered spiritual wisdom, this updated edition includes a brand-new introduction, up-to-date references and resources, a new take on the possibilities and responsibilities of Tantra in today’s world, plus new and cutting-edge information to reach an expanded community—added information on multi-partner play, more intersections for Tantra and BDSM, practices for asexuals and aromantics, expanded practices for trans and gender nonconforming people, and more.

With more than one hundred easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, no matter one's gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes. Urban Tantra expands the notions of pleasure and opens new heights of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction [Audiobook]

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction [Audiobook]
Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction [Audiobook] by Gary Wilson, read by Noah Church
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 5 hrs 21 mins | 145.94MB

When high speed Internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms. Perhaps most surprisingly, for the first time in history erectile dysfunction was becoming a significant problem for young men. This led to one of the largest informal experiments in the history of science. Tens of thousands of people have tried abstaining from sexually stimulating material in a process they call "rebooting." Many of them reported startling changes, from improved concentration and elevated mood to a greater capacity for real-life intimacy.

Gary Wilson has listened to the stories of those who have tried giving up Internet porn and related them to an account of how the reward system of the brain interacts with its environment. And now a growing body of research in neuroscience is confirming what these pioneers have discovered for themselves - Internet pornography can be seriously addictive and damaging.

In Your Brain on Porn Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of Internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience. In a voice that is generous and humane, he also offers advice for those who want to stop using Internet pornography. The publication of Your Brain on Porn is a landmark in our attempts to understand, and remain balanced in, a world where addiction is big business.

The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook]

The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook]
The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook] by Olivia Fox Cabane,‎ Judah Pollack, read by the Authors
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 37 mins | 265.68MB

In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane offered a groundbreaking approach to becoming more charismatic. Now she teams up with Judah Pollack to reveal how anyone can train their brain to have more eureka insights.

The creative mode in your brain is like a butterfly. It's beautiful and erratic, hard to catch, and highly valued as a result. If you want to capture it, you need a net. Enter the executive mode, the task-oriented network in your brain that helps you tie your shoes, run a meeting, or pitch a client. To succeed, you need both modes to work together - your inner butterfly to be active and free but your inner net to be ready to spring at the right time and create that "aha!" moment. But is there any way to trigger these insights, beyond dumb luck?

Thanks to recent neuroscience discoveries, we can now explain these breakthrough moments - and also induce them through a series of specific practices. It turns out there's a hidden pattern to all these seemingly random breakthrough ideas. From Achimedes' iconic moment in the bathtub to designer Adam Cheyer's idea for Siri, accidental breakthroughs throughout history share a common origin story. In this book you will learn to master the skills that will transform your brain into a consistent generator of insights.

Drawing on their extensive coaching and training practice with top Silicon Valley firms, Cabane and Pollack provide a step-by-step process for accessing the part of the brain that produces breakthroughs and systematically removing internal blocks. Their tactics range from simple to zany, such as:

  • Imagine an alternate universe where gravity doesn't exist, and the social and legal rules that govern it
  • Map Disney's Pocahontas story onto James Cameron's Avatar
  • Rid yourself of imposter syndrome through mental exercises
  • Literally change your perspective by climbing a tree
  • Stimulate your butterfly mode by watching a foreign film without subtitles

By trying the exercises in this book, listeners will emerge with a powerful new capacity for breakthrough thinking.

Once There Were Giants: The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing [EPUB]

Once There Were Giants: The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing [EPUB]
Once There Were Giants: The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing by Jerry Izenberg
2017 | EPUB | 2.69MB

A celebration and memorial of the greatest era of heavyweight fighters from 1962 to 1997, as witnessed ringside by an International Boxing Hall of Fame sportswriter.

Once upon a time, of all the memories made in ballparks and arenas from California to New York, there was nothing to rival that magic moment that could grab a heavyweight fight crowd by its collective jugular vein and trigger a tsunami of raw emotion before a single punch had even been thrown.

That’s the way it was when the heavyweight giants danced in the boxing ring during the golden eras of the greats Ali, Frazier, Holmes, and Spinks, to name a few. There will never again be a heavyweight cycle like the one that began when Sonny Liston stopped Floyd Patterson and ended when Mike Tyson bit a slice out of Evander Holyfield’s ear; when no ersatz drama, smoke, mirrors, and noise followed a fighter’s entry into the ring; when the crowds knew that these men were not actors on a stage but rather giants in a ring with a single purpose—to fight other giants.

By the ringside, acclaimed sportswriter Jerry Izenberg watched history as it was being made during those legendary days, witnessing fights like the Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle and preserving them in punchy yet tremendous prose. Delivering both his eyewitness accounts and revelatory back stories of this greatest era of heavyweight boxing, Izenberg invites readers to a place of recollection.

Once There Were Giants is his memorial to this extraordinary time, the likes of which we shall never see again.