Leaders Made Here: Building a Leadership Culture [EPUB]

Leaders Made Here: Building a Leadership Culture [EPUB]
Leaders Made Here: Building a Leadership Culture by Mark Miller
2017 | EPUB | 1.88MB

Great leaders create great organizations. However, a scarcity of leaders today means a shortfall in performance tomorrow. Don’t gamble with your company’s future!

You don’t need to hope that leaders emerge from the ranks or that search firms can find the leaders you need in a timely fashion. Hope is not a strategy! You can build an organizational culture that will ensure your leadership pipeline is full and flowing.

Bestselling author and Chick-fil-A executive Mark Miller describes how to nurture leaders throughout the organization, from the front lines to the executive ranks. Leaders Made Here outlines a clear and replicable approach to creating the leadership bench every organization needs.

To bring his ideas to life, Miller uses the story of Blake, a new CEO, and Charles and old friend and colleague, as they search for the best practices from around the world to ensure a continuous supply of their most precious asset – leaders. Blake and his team then translate their findings into a practical plan that any organization can use to create a leadership culture, sustained competitive advantage, and long-term success.

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters [Audiobook]

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters [Audiobook]
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters [Audiobook] by Sean B Carroll, read by Patrick Lawlor
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 17 mins | 200.16MB

How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon.

One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated—there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar—there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet.

A bold and inspiring synthesis by one of our most accomplished biologists and gifted storytellers, The Serengeti Rules is the first book to illuminate how life works at vastly different scales. Read it and you will never look at the world the same way again.

The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty [EPUB]

The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty [EPUB]
The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch, Rachel Schneider
2017 | EPUB | 2.66MB

What the financial diaries of working-class families reveal about economic stresses, why they happen, and what policies might reduce them

Deep within the American Dream lies the belief that hard work and steady saving will ensure a comfortable retirement and a better life for one's children. But in a nation experiencing unprecedented prosperity, even for many families who seem to be doing everything right, this ideal is still out of reach.

In The Financial Diaries, Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider draw on the groundbreaking U.S. Financial Diaries, which follow the lives of 235 low- and middle-income families as they navigate through a year. Through the Diaries, Morduch and Schneider challenge popular assumptions about how Americans earn, spend, borrow, and save―and they identify the true causes of distress and inequality for many working Americans.

We meet real people, ranging from a casino dealer to a street vendor to a tax preparer, who open up their lives and illustrate a world of financial uncertainty in which even limited financial success requires imaginative―and often costly―coping strategies. Morduch and Schneider detail what families are doing to help themselves and describe new policies and technologies that will improve stability for those who need it most.

Combining hard facts with personal stories, The Financial Diaries presents an unparalleled inside look at the economic stresses of today's families and offers powerful, fresh ideas for solving them.

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas [EPUB]

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas [EPUB]
The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas by Daniel Drezner
2017 | EPUB | 0.64MB

The concept of the "public intellectual" has a rich and colorful history. It began in the early twentieth century, when the new mass media catapulted intellectuals who were able to write for the general public to semi-stardom. The first wave included figures like Walter Lippmann―who coined the term "stereotype" and is widely considered the founder of media studies―and by the 1950s, public intellectuals as a species had become a powerful and influential force in the American cultural landscape. By the 1970s, the standard definition of the public intellectual had solidified: a person (often university-affiliated, but not always) able to discuss and dispute any serious issue, typically in venues like The New York Review of Books, and occasionally influence politics.

The traditional definition of the public intellectual remains with us, but as Daniel W. Drezner shows in The Ideas Industry, it has been gradually supplanted by a new model in recent years: the "thought leader." In contrast to public intellectuals, thought leaders gain fame as purveyors of a single big idea. Also, instead of battling it out with intellectual combatants in the pages of The Partisan Review, The Public Interest, and their descendants, they often work through institutions that are closed to the public and which release information selectively. Thought leaders and their associated ideas tend to become brands―hedgehogs to the public intellectual fox. They have also proven to be quite successful, as evidenced by TED, Aspen Ideas, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the like. Furthermore, they often align with one side of a politically polarized debate and enjoy the support of ideologically friendly private funders. Drezner identifies increasing inequality as a prime mover of this shift, contending that our present-day class of plutocrats not only wants to go back to school, it wants to force "schools"-in the form of intellectuals with elite affiliations-to come to them. And they have the money to make this happen. Drezner, however, does not see the phenomenon as necessarily negative. While there are certainly some downsides to the contemporary ideas industry, he argues that it is very good at broadcasting intellectual content widely and reaching large audiences of people hungry for new thinking. Both fair-minded and trenchant, The Ideas Industrywill reshape our understanding of contemporary public intellectual life in America and the West.

Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong [Audiobook]

Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong [Audiobook]
Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong [Audiobook] by Patrick M Markey, Christopher J Ferguson, read by Charles Constant
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 45 mins | 186.16MB

The media and politicians have been sounding the alarm for years, and with every fresh tragedy involving a young perpetrator comes another flurry of articles about the dangers of violent media. The problem is this: Their fear isn't supported by the evidence. In fact, unlike the video game-trained murder machines depicted in the press, school shooters are actually less likely to be interested in violent games than their peers. In reality, most well-adjusted children and teenagers play violent video games, all without ever exhibiting violent behavior in real life. What's more, spikes in sales of violent games actually correspond to decreased rates of violent crime.

If that surprises you, you're not alone - the national dialogue on games and violence has been hopelessly biased. But that's beginning to change. Scholars are finding that not only are violent games not one of society's great evils, they may even be a force for good.

In Moral Combat, Markey and Ferguson explore how video games - even the bloodiest - can have a positive impact on everything from social skills to stress, and may even make us more morally sensitive.

Court Reporter [EPUB]

Court Reporter [EPUB]
Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells
2018 | EPUB | 2.81MB

From true crime to petty crime - this is the memoir of one of Australia's most experienced court reporters.

As a seasoned court reporter, the ABC's Jamelle Wells has filed thousands of stories on murderers, sex offenders, thieves, bad drivers, family feuds and business deals gone wrong. In more than 10 years, Jamelle has witnessed many of Australia's most notorious and high-profile court cases. In the line of duty, she has sat next to criminals and their families, been chased, spat on, stalked and carted off by ambulance for emergency surgery after an accident outside ICAC.

Every day in courts across Australia the evidence, facts and theories are played out in a kind of theatre, with their own characters, costumes and traditions. But ever-present is the human tragedy of ordinary people's lives disrupted, destroyed and forever altered. The judges, the lawyers and barristers, the witnesses and the victims - all striving to play their part in the quest for fairness, justice and always, the truth of what really happened.

From the calculated and cruel, to the unfair and unlucky, from pure evil to plain stupid - Jamelle Wells has seen it all.

The Court Reporter is a tough and fearless journalist's memoir that looks at the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity [Audiobook]

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity [Audiobook]
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity [Audiobook] by Kim Scott, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 23 mins | MB

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. When you become a manager, it's your job to say it--and your obligation.

Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring its obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging its ruinous empathy. When you do neither its manipulative insincerity.

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you're all proud of.

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author's experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 4th Edition [EPUB]

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 4th Edition [EPUB]
Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society), 4th Edition by Mark Juergensmeyer
2017 | EPUB | 3.52MB

Why would anybody believe that God could sanction terrorism? Why has the rediscovery of religion’s power in recent years manifested in such a bloody way? What, if anything, can be done about it?

Terror in the Mind of God, now in its fourth edition, answers these questions and more. Thoroughly revised and expanded, the book analyzes in detail terrorism related to almost all the world’s major religious traditions: European Christians who oppose Muslim immigrants; American Christians who support abortion clinic bombings and militia actions; Muslims in the Middle East associated with the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Hamas; Israeli Jews who support the persecution of Palestinians; India's Hindus linked to assaults on Muslims in the state of Gujarat and Sikhs identified with the assassination of Indira Gandhi; and Buddhist militants in Myanmar affiliated with anti-Muslim violence and in Japan with the nerve gas attack in Tokyo’s subway.

Drawing from extensive personal interviews, Mark Juergensmeyer takes readers into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion. Identifying patterns within these cultures of violence, he explains why and how religion and violence are linked and how acts of religious terrorism are undertaken not only for strategic reasons but to accomplish a symbolic purpose. Terror in the Mind of God continues to be an indispensible resource for students of religion and modern society.

Death Ride of the Panzers: German Armor and the Retreat in the West, 1944-45 [EPUB]

Death Ride of the Panzers: German Armor and the Retreat in the West, 1944-45 [EPUB]
Death Ride of the Panzers: German Armor and the Retreat in the West, 1944-45 by Dennis Oliver
2018 | EPUB | 49.02MB

Death Ride of the Panzers is a unique guide to the Nazi tanks, vehicles, and crews of World War II. It features never-before-seen photographs from the US National Archives and the author's personal collection, annotated artist renderings, and detailed explanations and historical context for each collection of images. Readers will also be able to trace the combat histories of these subjects through orders of battle, maps and organizational diagrams, vehicle allocation charts, and unit biographies.

The forensic approach for which Dennis Oliver is known creates a broad, comprehensive record of German soldiers and hardware from early 1944 to the end of the conflict in 1945. Death Ride of the Panzers provides the context and chronology necessary for the general reader and the primary sources and hardware specifics that appeal to the expert, making this book perfect for the readers with historical interest, modelers, and WWII buffs alike.

Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics [Audiobook]

Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics [Audiobook]
Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics [Audiobook] by R Marie Griffith, read by Jo Anna Perrin
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 13 mins | 363.6MB

From an esteemed scholar of American religion and sexuality, a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars

Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both those who advocated for greater openness in sexual matters and those who resisted new sexual norms turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable.

How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century [EPUB]

How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century [EPUB]
How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century by Lydia Edwards
2017 | EPUB | 19.22MB

Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries.

Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric choice, trimming, or undergarments. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history – as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer.

This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Récamier ruffles. Equipping the reader with all the information they need to 'read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion.

Under an Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown [EPUB]

Under an Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown [EPUB]
Under an Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown by Elana Freeland
2018 | EPUB | 5.67MB

It is difficult to believe that our planet has been weaponized before our very eyes, but that is exactly what has happened. First, we were seduced by the convenience of a wireless world; then, atmospheric weather experimentation in the guise of carbons “climate change” converted the air we breathe into an antenna. Now, the geo-engineering we’ve been subjected to for two decades is being normalized as the “Star Wars” Space Fence rises around and within us.

Is this the Space Age we were promised?

The Trunk Dripped Blood: Five Sensational Murder Cases of the Early 20th Century [EPUB]

The Trunk Dripped Blood: Five Sensational Murder Cases of the Early 20th Century [EPUB]
The Trunk Dripped Blood: Five Sensational Murder Cases of the Early 20th Century by Mark Grossman
2018 | EPUB | 3.31MB

A trunk dripping blood, discovered at a railway station in Stockton in 1906, launched one of the most famous murder investigations in California history--still debated by crime historians.

In 1913, the dismembered body of a young pregnant woman, found in the East River, was traced back to her killer and husband, who remains the only priest ever executed for homicide in the U.S.

In 1916, a successful dentist, recently married into a prestigious family, poisoned his in-laws--first with deadly bacteria, then with arsenic--claiming the real murderer was an Egyptian incubus who took control of his body.

Drawing on court transcripts, newspaper coverage and other contemporary sources, this collection of historical American true crime stories chronicles five murder cases that became media sensations of their day, making headlines across the country in the decades before radio or television.

A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli [EPUB]

A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli [EPUB]
A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli by Darl Larsen
2018 | EPUB | 2.44MB

As a follow-up to their first true feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the comic troupe next decided to tackle a “shadow” version of the Christ story. Shot in the Middle East and produced during Margaret Thatcher’s ascendant years, the film satirized—among other matters—authoritarianism and religious zealotry. Upon its release, Monty Python’s Life of Brian was both a critical and commercial success, and has been since hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all time. But the film also faced backlash from religious groups for its blasphemy, perceived or otherwise.

In A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All of the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli, Darl Larsen identifies and examines the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the film. In this resource, Larsen delineates virtually every allusion and reference that appears in the film—from first-century Jerusalem through 1970s Great Britain. Organized chronologically by scene, the entries in this cultural history cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places, as well as the many social, cultural, and historical elements that populate this film.

By closely examining each scene, this book explores the Pythons’ comparisons of the Roman and British Empires and of Pilate and Margaret Thatcher. In addition, Larsen helps to situate Life of Brian in the “Jesus” re-examination of the postwar period, while also taking a close look at the terror groups of first-century Judea and the modern world. A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian will appeal to scholars of history, film, British culture, and pop culture, as well as to the many fans of this iconic group.

HEY, U UP? (For a Serious Relationship): How to Turn Your Booty Call into Your Emergency Contact [EPUB]

HEY, U UP? (For a Serious Relationship): How to Turn Your Booty Call into Your Emergency Contact [EPUB]
HEY, U UP? (For a Serious Relationship): How to Turn Your Booty Call into Your Emergency Contact by Emily Axford,‎ Brian Murphy
2018 | EPUB | 5.34MB

Who better to write a very humorous manual about evolving modern relationships than two CollegeHumor veterans and viral-video stars who happen to be a real-life husband-and-wife team? With candor, bite, and charm, HEY, U UP? takes readers on an eight-chapter journey through the trials of hooking up to the foibles of marriage, and combines the authors’ prescriptive advice with the unfolding story of their own relationship.

HEY, U UP? tackles all the milestones of relationships today—both glorious and embarrassing— with sections ranging from “How to Ask Someone Out After You’ve Slept with Them” all the way to “Establish Your Family as the Christmas Family by Turning Your Significant Other Against Their Own Parents.”

In addition to the laugh-out-loud essays, lists, questionnaires, and even flowcharts further enliven the pages.

Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future [EPUB]

Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future [EPUB]
Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future by Edward Struzik
2017 | EPUB | 2.29MB

For two months in the spring of 2016, the world watched as wildfire ravaged the Canadian town of Fort McMurray. Firefighters named the fire “the Beast.” It acted like a mythical animal, alive with destructive energy, and they hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it’s not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like the Beast are commonplace. A glance at international headlines shows a remarkable increase in higher temperatures, stronger winds, and drier lands– a trifecta for igniting wildfires like we’ve rarely seen before.

This change is particularly noticeable in the northern forests of the United States and Canada. These forests require fire to maintain healthy ecosystems, but as the human population grows, and as changes in climate, animal and insect species, and disease cause further destabilization, wildfires have turned into a potentially uncontrollable threat to human lives and livelihoods.

Our understanding of the role fire plays in healthy forests has come a long way in the past century. Despite this, we are not prepared to deal with an escalation of fire during periods of intense drought and shorter winters, earlier springs, potentially more lightning strikes and hotter summers. There is too much fuel on the ground, too many people and assets to protect, and no plan in place to deal with these challenges.

In Firestorm, journalist Edward Struzik visits scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and introduces the scientists, firefighters, and resource managers making the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century. Wildfires can no longer be treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers are becoming too great and costly. Struzik weaves a heart-pumping narrative of science, economics, politics, and human determination and points to the ways that we, and the wilder inhabitants of the forests around our cities and towns, might yet flourish in an age of growing megafires.

The Neurotic Turn [EPUB]

The Neurotic Turn [EPUB]
The Neurotic Turn edited by Charles Johns
2017 | EPUB | 1.19MB

We live in an age saturated with images. Video screens loop multimillion dollar ads while we sit in the back of taxis. Teenagers scavenge through public parks in search of Pokemon. Technology has created for us a new reality; one which we are still struggling to understand.

Taking their cue from the work of Charles Johns, who has argued that, far from being an ailment, neurosis is in fact the dominant condition of our society today, an array of thinkers have gathered in The Neurotic Turn to address the question: How can the concept of "neurosis" help us understand this new, digitized world in which we live and our place within it?

With essays from Charles Johns, Graham Harman, Benjamin Noys, Patricia Reed, Dany Nobus, John Russon and Katerina Kolozova.

Daughters of the Inquisition: Medieval Madness: Origins and Aftermath [EPUB]

Daughters of the Inquisition: Medieval Madness: Origins and Aftermath [EPUB]
Daughters of the Inquisition: Medieval Madness: Origins and Aftermath by Christina Crawford
2017 | EPUB | 9.81MB

The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Mommie Dearest explores WomanSpirit through the ages, from the Neolithic Goddess to the Inquisition to present day.

Breaking free of the emotional wreckage of her childhood and a devastating illness that challenged her physically, emotionally, and spiritually, Christina Crawford sought out an indomitable and innate inner source of power. Upon reconnecting with the very essence of the female spirit—that which unites all daughters throughout time—Crawford decided to pursue and discover its “herstory.”

Drawing on years of research, she explores every aspect of the evolution of womanhood over the past ten thousand years: culture, government, religion, professions, laws, customs, family, fashion, marriage, commerce, art, industry, and sexuality. Charting the trajectory of female communion, Crawford delves into the Goddess culture of the Neolithic period, in which self-sovereign women governed, built empires, and were deified; explores the Inquisition in which women were demonized, brutalized, and erased from history; and celebrates the rebirth of the WomanSpirit and its influence over generations on the Western world.

Both an enlightening journey and an invaluable reference, Daughters of the Inquisition is a testament to the rise, endurance, survival, and lasting impact of the WomanSpirit—its givers of life, its queens, and its warriors.

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality [EPUB]

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality [EPUB]
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier
2017 | EPUB | 11.04MB

Jaron Lanier, ‘the father of Virtual Reality … a high-tech genius’ (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality – and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world.

Virtual Reality has long been one of the dominant clichés of science fiction. Now Virtual Reality is a reality: those big headsets that make people look ridiculous, even while radiating startled delight; the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are trialled, aircraft and cities are designed. But VR is far more interesting than any single technology, however spectacular. It is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is – and how we think and feel.

More than thirty years ago, legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier pioneered its invention. Here, in what is likely to be one of the most unusual books you ever read, he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought experiment and his memoir of a life lived at the centre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a hint of what life would be like without any limits.

As Lanier shows, we are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience. While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will test us in return, for how we choose to use it will reveal who we truly are.

Welcome to a mind-expanding, life-enhancing, world-changing adventure.

The Honest Body Project: Real Stories and Untouched Portraits of Women & Motherhood [EPUB]

The Honest Body Project: Real Stories and Untouched Portraits of Women & Motherhood [EPUB]
The Honest Body Project: Real Stories and Untouched Portraits of Women & Motherhood by Natalie McCain
2017 | EPUB | 19.91MB

Stories that share and embrace women’s joys, heartaches, and honest experiences.

Only 4 percent of women around the world consider themselves to be beautiful, according to research done by Dove, and twenty million women suffer from significant eating disorders at some point in their life—The Honest Body Project was created to combat this tragic problem of poor body image in our society.

Founded by photographer Natalie McCain, this project is opening the eyes of women around the world and helping them to see the beauty both outside and inside of themselves. It is a collection of black and white portraits and stories, raw and untouched, from hundreds of women who have bared their hearts and souls to be a part of the project. Natalie tastefully photographs the women in their underwear, showing off their natural shapes and “imperfections.” There is no editing done after the fact, and the natural beauty of these women—from all backgrounds and walks of life—shines through the lens. Together, they create a beautiful, honest picture of both motherhood and what it means to be a woman. Topics include body image issues, breast cancer, depression (postpartum and otherwise), anxiety, bottle feeding versus breast feeding, aging, and more.

The Honest Body Project is a breath of fresh air, breaking down walls and helping women learn that they are not alone in their hardships. It wants to help women everywhere contribute to a better world, and to learn to love themselves and appreciate their bodies for what they are: perfectly imperfect. It is time to celebrate the true form of women.

Ascending with Both Feet On the Ground: Words to Awaken your Heart [EPUB]

Ascending with Both Feet On the Ground: Words to Awaken your Heart [EPUB]
Ascending with Both Feet On the Ground: Words to Awaken your Heart by Jeff Brown
2012 | EPUB | 2.01MB

Perhaps the first of its kind, Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground is a collection of author Jeff Brown's most inspiring and well-loved Facebook quotes, "soul bytes", excerpts, and aphorisms. In Jeff's hands, a Facebook status becomes a kind of spiritual graffiti, a grassroots opportunity to inspire, support, and connect with humanity. With a writing style that is unforgettably heartfelt and original, Jeff calls out to our inner knowing and reminds us of the magnificent life that awaits us. This little treasure book is no generic quote book. It is an impactful, stirring, and enlivening piece of art that will keep you company on the journey home. Exhilarating, compassionate, and insightful, these truth-soundings will help you to excavate your purpose, befriend your confusion, confront your avoidance, ground your spirituality, and open your heart.

At its core, Ascending reflects the grounded spirituality that threads through all of Jeff's writing, one that celebrates enrealment, a way of being that is inclusive and honoring of all that is human. Nothing and no one gets left out on the path home. Everything - feelings, personal identifications, practical challenges, mystical moments, the dust that falls off our awakening hearts - is part of our spirituality.

Simultaneously mystical and practical, Ascending beautifully reflects the indistinguishable weave between spiritual and emotional life that is becoming deeply important to seekers on the path. Also included are Jeff's most inspiring blog posts, including "Apologies to the Divine Feminine (from a Warrior in Transition)", now read and loved by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Goddess Power: Awakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life [EPUB]

Goddess Power: Awakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life [EPUB]
Goddess Power: Awakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life by Isabella Price
2017 | EPUB | 2.08MB

Path of the Goddess: At the dawn of religion, God was a Woman. The Divine Feminine is known by innumerable names and symbol-rich manifestations across the world's cultures. Throughout the ages the Goddess has been honored and worshiped as the Virgin Mary, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Diana, Kuan Yin, Kali, Oshun, Athena, Pele, Sarasvati, Demeter, and White Buffalo Calf Woman, to mention just a few. Many conceptions of the Goddess are mysterious and seemingly paradoxical. Yet at its source, the Divine Feminine is one. Goddess Power takes you on a fascinating and, at times, surprising journey into the enduring essence of the Divine Feminine.

Inside this book you will learn:

How the Goddess path offers an empowering message and inspiration The importance of re-establishing a healthy balance and integration of both the "masculine" and the "feminine" archetypes That the notion of God as archetypal "Sky-Father" is fairly recent in Western culture Why the wisdom of the Goddess/Sacred Feminine has been ignored, distorted, and oppressed for centuries How archetypes, mythic narratives, and qualities of Goddesses are alive within you and how they reveal intimate truths about yourself and others How Goddesses can serve as empowering guides in your personal and professional life Why especially black Goddesses/dark-skinned Mothers (e.g., Kali or Black Madonna) are a powerful symbol and catalyst for change in our times, both individually and collectively And much, much more!

Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy [EPUB]

Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy [EPUB]
Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy by Francine Segan
2013 | EPUB | 17.54MB

In Pasta Modern, Italian food authority Francine Segan challenges the notion that pasta must be traditional or old-world. In this beautifully photographed cookbook, Segan details the hottest, newest, and most unusual pasta dishes from Italy's food bloggers, home cooks, artisan pasta makers, and vanguard chefs.

The 100 distinctive pasta recipes, including many vegan and vegetarian specialties, range from simple and elegant (Gemelli with Caramelized Oranges and Crispy Pancetta) to more complex (Neapolitan Carnevale Lasagna) to cutting-edge (Cappuccino Caper Pasta). Tips and anecdotes culled from Segan's Italian travels enhance the easy-to-follow directions, and a glossary of more than 50 extraordinary dried pastas showcases shapes to revive any pasta lover's repertoire. For contemporary, authentic Italian pasta, Pasta Modern is the go-to guide.

Madrid: A Culinary History [EPUB]

Madrid: A Culinary History [EPUB]
Madrid: A Culinary History (Big City Food Biographies) by Maria Paz Moreno
2017 | EPUB | 3.82MB

As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is nowadays considered one of the most interesting “food towns” in the world. This is perhaps due to the wide variety of specialty dishes that its cuisine boasts, ranging from the old-fashioned and traditional to the modern, and even the futuristic; a cuisine that has consistently received high praise from the likes of New York Times’ critic Mark Bittman and TV celebrity chefs such as Anthony Bourdain and Mario Battali, to name just a few. But how did a once humble and unsophisticated city like Madrid become the vibrant food metropolis that it is today? How did contemporary madrileño cuisine come to be, and what are its main identifying dishes? What role have its legendary restaurants, cafés and markets played in putting Madrid in the map as one of the world’s top food destinations?

Maria Paz Moreno looks at the gastronomical history of Madrid throughout the ages. She traces the historical origins and evolution of Madrid’s cuisine, exploring major trends, most innovative chefs, restaurants and dishes, and telling the story of this fascinating city from the point of view of a food lover. She discusses the diverse influences that have shaped Madrid’s cuisine over the centuries, including the introduction of foods from the New World since the 16th century, the transition from famines to abundance during the second part of the 20th century, the revolution of the Michelin-starred young chefs at the beginning of the 21st century, and how madrileños’ sense of identity is built through their food. The sense of community created through communal eating experiences is also explored, focusing on the culture of sharing tapas, as well as traditional and avant-garde eating establishments, from restaurants to bars to chocolaterías, and even markets and festivals where food plays an important part. Anyone wishing to know more about the city, the culture, the richness of its food and people, will find a delightful review in these pages.

Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine [EPUB]

Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine [EPUB]
Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine by Liza Gershman
2018 | EPUB | 105.68MB
A lush journey through Cuba, its paladars, and its flavorful cuisine

For Cubans, food is a complex story―a tapestry of love and loss woven so deeply into their culture that it goes well beyond that of history or sustenance. Gershman, who’s love affair with Cuba began long before her first visit, takes you along on a photojournalistic journey through the streets of Cuba and its paladares through her stunning photographs of the country’s glorious sights, the lively people, and, of course, the amazing variety of food.

Much more than a cookbook, Cuban Flavor is an introduction to a revolutionary era of Cuban cuisine: a new frontier. Growth and transition foster the seed of invention and innovation, and these shifts often begin with food. From the succulent spiced meat of the national Ropa Viejo, simmered in a tomato-based criollo sauce, to the sweet and sticky Arroz Con Leche or the local favorite, Flan served in a soda can, Cuban cuisine has something for every palate. Pair these delights with a warm, sultry night, an old convertible, and a jazz band, and sit back as you fall deeply in love again . . . or for the very first time.

This visually arresting volume features more than fifty Cuban recipes, from appetizers to main courses and drinks to desserts. Along with color photographs of the dishes, you’ll also get to meet the people who create them. This remarkable volume offers a taste of the little-known culture to a public that has long been deprived of its intoxicating flavors.

The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East [EPUB]

The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East [EPUB]
The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East by Chetna Makan
2016 | EPUB | 14.42MB

Chetna Makan is known for her unique recipes, which introduce colorful spices, aromatic herbs and other Indian ingredients into traditional Western baked favorites.

Whether it's a sponge cake with a cardamom and coffee filling; puff pastry bites filled with fenugreek paneer; a swirly bread rolled with citrusy coriander, mint and green mango chutney; or a steamed strawberry pudding flavoured with cinnamon, Chetna's Indian influences will transform your baking from the familiar to the exotic, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Discover rare but precious traditional bakes from India, as well as new spice-infused recipes. Delve into the history of Indian herbs and spices and learn how to match foods and flavors.

Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India [EPUB]

Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India [EPUB]
Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India by Chetna Makan
2017 | EPUB | 14.86MB

Chetna Makan has travelled to the four corners of India - Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai - sampling the extreme varieties of street food on offer. Each area has subtle differences in ingredients and techniques, making the cuisine completely unique and full of character.

In Chai, Chaat & Chutney, Chetna has taken inspiration from the street and created delicious recipes that are simple to cook at home. The result is a completely fresh take on Indian cuisine - try Tamarind Stuffed Chillis, Chana Dal Vada with Coconut Chutney and Sticky Bombay Chicken from the South or let your senses venture to the North for Chole, one of the ultimate curries, sweet Carrot Halwa, Pani Puri and Cardamom & Pistachio Kulfi.

The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects [EPUB]

The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects [EPUB]
The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects by The Editors of Faerie Magazine
2017 | EPUB | 51.88MB

In this exquisite anthology, Editor in Chief Carolyn Turgeon and the editors of Faerie Magazine welcome you into an enchanted realm rich with myth, mystery, romance, and abundant natural beauty. Organized into four sections—Flora and Fauna, Fashion and Beauty, Arts and Culture, and Home, Food, and Entertaining—this gorgeous volume offers an array of exquisite vintage and contemporary fine art and photography, literature, essays, do-it-yourself projects, and recipes that provide hours of reading, viewing, and dreaming pleasure, along with a multitude of ideas for modern-day living and entertaining with a distinctive fairy touch.

With an inset image on the front cover, ornate silver foil patterning on the front, spine, back, and edges, and a satin bookmark, The Faerie Handbook is an eye-catching volume for fairy fans of all ages.

The Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich [EPUB]

The Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich [EPUB]
The Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich by Harry S Dent Jr
2017 | EPUB | 19.97MB

After the Roaring '20s came the Great Depression. After the Roaring 2000s came the Great Recession.

We're now entering the winter season of the 80-Year Four Season Economic Cycle. It's during this season that we'll clear the decks with a devastating crash and debilitating deflation. The economy and markets will shed the excesses created during the preceding fall bubble boom season and prepare the soil for new blossoming in innovation and a spring boom.

After the blustering bull market of 2009-2015, we are now preparing for a shakeout more painful than anything we've seen before. We have eight years of unprecedented government stimulus and money creation to thank for stretching this bubble beyond imagination and making the burst more painful than anything we've ever experienced.

There's no better guide to financial cycles than Harry S. Dent Jr., the bestselling author of The Demographic Cliff and many other books, and the editor of the Boom & Bust newsletter. For more than 30 years he has earned a reputation for eerily accurate predictions about the world economy and the financial markets.

Now Dent has an urgent new warning about the next crisis. The consequences will be devastating--but there's a bright side that he's calling "the sale of a lifetime." For anyone who heeds the signs and follows Dent's advice, the looming correction is a once-in-a-century opportunity to gather immense wealth.

In this pressing book, you'll learn not only why a collapse is imminent, but how to identify bubbles and tune in to the cycles driving that drive booms and busts.

Practical, accessible, and illuminating, The Sale of a Lifetime will protect you from the tough challenges ahead and help you cash in on the unique opportunities of the next few years. At stake is nothing less than your entire financial future.

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book [EPUB]

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book [EPUB]
The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey, Dr Sarah Schenker, Dr Michael Mosley
2018 | EPUB | 25.18MB

Combat diabetes with this essential companion to New York Times bestselling Dr. Michael Mosley’s groundbreaking The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, featuring over a hundred delicious and healthy recipes.

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet revealed new, staggering scientific studies on diabetes and demonstrated a revolutionary 8-week plan, including an 800-calorie daily diet, to reverse the disease’s effects.

Now continue battling diabetes with these simple and delectable recipes that can lower your blood sugar level and help you shed unwanted pounds. Also discover updated nutritional advice, tips for home cooks of every skill level, and detailed menu plans.

It’s never too late to fight off diabetes, and with the recipes in The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Cookbook, it’s possible to ensure more long-term health benefits in an easy and effective manner!

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet: How to Beat Diabetes Fast (and Stay Off Medication) [EPUB]

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet: How to Beat Diabetes Fast (and Stay Off Medication) [EPUB]
The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet: How to Beat Diabetes Fast (and Stay Off Medication) by Michael Mosley
2016 | EPUB | 36.79MB

Dr Michael Mosley, author of the bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet, reveals a game-changing approach to one of the greatest silent epidemics of our time - raised blood sugar levels.

The food we eat today, high in sugar and easily digestible carbohydrates, is not only making us fat, but is putting us at risk of type 2 diabetes, strokes, dementia, cancer and a lifetime on medication. More than a third of adults in the UK now have raised blood sugar levels and most don't know it.

In this timely book, Dr Mosley explains why we pile on dangerous abdominal fat and shows us how to shed it, fast. He demolishes common myths, such as the claim that steady weight loss is always better than rapid weight loss and that those who lose weight rapidly will inevitably put it back on.

This is a book not just for those at highest risk but for anyone who has struggled with their weight and wants to regain control of their health.

The Ogre: Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent [EPUB]

The Ogre: Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent [EPUB]
The Ogre: Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent by Doug Scott
2017 | EPUB | 13.7MB

Some mountains are high; some mountains are hard. Few are both.

On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of the Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse.

Rising to over 7,000 metres in the centre of the Karakoram, the Ogre – Baintha Brakk – is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited by Scott and Bonington in 1977 – on expedition with Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, Nick Estcourt, Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine – it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third.

The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: in the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington’s first ascent and their dramatic week-long descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs. Using newly discovered diaries, letters and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned – and themselves still a long way from safety.

The Ogre is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.

Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry [EPUB]

Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry [EPUB]
Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, Transform Your Industry by Maciej Kranz
2016 | EPUB | 5.56MB

Connect your organization to the Internet of Things with solid strategy and a proven implementation plan

Building Internet of Things provides front-line business decision makers with a practical handbook for capitalizing on this latest transformation. Focusing on the business implications of Internet of Things (IoT), this book describes the sheer impact, spread, and opportunities arising every day, and how business leaders can implement IoT today to realize tangible business advantages. The discussion delves into IoT from a business, strategy and organizational standpoint, and includes use-cases that illustrate the ripple effect that this latest disruption brings; you'll learn how to fashion a viable IoT plan that works with your organization's strategy and direction, and how to implement that strategy successfully by integrating IoT into your organization tomorrow.

For business managers, the biggest question surrounding the Internet of Things is what to do with it. This book examines the way IoT is being used today—and will be used in the future—to help you craft a robust plan for your organization.

  • Grasp the depth and breadth of the Internet of Things
  • Create a secure IoT recipe that aligns with your company's strategy
  • Capitalize on advances while avoiding disruption from others
  • Leverage the technical, organizational, and social impact of IoT

In the past five years, the Internet of Things has become the new frontier of technology that has everyone talking. It seems that almost every week a major vendor announces a new IoT strategy or division; is your company missing the boat? Learn where IoT fits into your organization, and how to turn disruption into profit with the expert guidance in Building the Internet of Things.

The Challenger Customer: Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results [Audiobook]

The Challenger Customer: Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results [Audiobook]
The Challenger Customer: Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results [Audiobook] by Matthew Dixon,‎ Pat Spenner,‎ Brent Adamson,‎ Nick Toman, read by Steve Kramer
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 40 mins | 238.76MB

Based on an exhaustive study of hundreds of sales reps and thousands of customers across multiple industries, the authors found that every potential customer contact falls into one of seven distinct profiles. While many are worth talking to, the highest performing reps concentrated their time on a specific few. Most sales reps prefer to approach customers who are open and eager to meet with them, people with clearly articulated needs that make them easy to connect to solutions. The authors call these customers Talkers. The high performers spent their time, instead, with customers who were less eager to meet, generally skeptical and difficult to manage, and much more apt to be agnostic about one supplier over another. They call these customers Mobilizers.

High performers understand what their average-performing colleagues don't: in a world in which complex deals require widespread consensus across a diverse - and typically dysfunctional - set of customer stakeholders, only Mobilizers have the skill and the will to fight for large-scale, disruptive change and, ultimately, help win the deal. Challenger sellers, in other words, target Challenger customers.

The authors unveil research that identifies Mobilizers and provide a roadmap for how sales and marketing teams can find them, engage them with disruptive insight, and leverage them to drive consensus across the customer organization.

Once you have identified the Mobilizers among your customers, almost any rep, with the right coaching, tools, and marketing support can start a chain reaction that leads to a whole organization getting on board with even the most provocative ideas.

Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film [Audiobook]

Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film [Audiobook]
Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film [Audiobook] by Alexandra Zapruder, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 10 mins | 389.68MB

The moving untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world.

Abraham Zapruder didn't know when he began filming President Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963, that his home movie would change not only his family's life but American culture and history as well. Now his granddaughter tells the whole story of the Zapruder film for the first time. With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, federal government, and the arts community. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder tells how 26 seconds of film changed a family and raised some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time.

The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain [Audiobook]

The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain [Audiobook]
The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain [Audiobook] by Victor Prince, read by Rudy Sanda
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 59 mins | 137.74MB

Stretching across 500 miles of northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for centuries. Setting off as a competitive, shrewd negotiator with little patience for small talk, Victor Prince emerged as a very different person - more balanced, more caring, more present in the moment, but looking to the future. Prince translates this growth experience into seven leadership skills, each linked to values that have guided Camino travelers for centuries. With reflections from the road and for the workplace back home, he recounts how he learned to:

  • Live in the moment
  • Welcome each day, its pleasures and its challenges
  • Make others feel welcome
  • Share
  • Feel the spirit of those who have come before you
  • Appreciate those who walk with you today
  • Imagine those who will follow you

By aligning the path to leadership with a literal journey, The Camino Way offers fresh perspectives on bringing people together and achieving goals - with a pilgrim's heart, a way-farer's grit, and a leader's vision.

De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less [Audiobook]

De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less [Audiobook]
De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less [Audiobook] by Douglas E Noll, read by Aleya Dao
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 8 mins | 196.54MB

Discover how to successfully and efficiently calm an angry person or diffuse a volatile situation in 90 seconds or less with this proven and accessible peacekeeping method by self-described "lawyer turned peacemaker" Douglas E. Noll.

We live in an increasingly divided world, and most of us have encountered our fair share of aggressive people and difficult confrontations. Fortunately, we now have the tools to become peacemakers and transform emotionally volatile situations and hurt feelings to calm, nonaggressive ones.

Tested on prison inmates, De-Escalate offers a new set of social listening and communication skills based on the latest findings in neuroscience and meditation. Along with practical exercises and scenario-based examples, each chapter focuses on specific themes, such as dealing with emotionally charged teenagers and frustrated coworkers. Additionally, Noll shares practical tips on how to be civil in an uncivil society.

With De-Escalate, we can bring peace to all facets of life, cultivate healthier relationships, and participate in creating a more caring and compassionate future for us all.

Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero [Audiobook]

Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero [Audiobook]
Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero [Audiobook] by Cate Lineberry, read by J D Jackson
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 19 mins | 228.82MB

Facing death rather than enslavement - a story of one man's triumphant choice and ultimate rise to national hero.

It was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a 23-year-old slave named Robert Smalls did the unthinkable and boldly seized a Confederate steamer. With his wife and two young children hidden on board, Smalls and a small crew ran a gauntlet of heavily armed fortifications in Charleston Harbor and delivered the valuable vessel and the massive guns it carried to nearby Union forces.

To be unsuccessful was a death sentence for all. Smalls' courageous and ingenious act freed him and his family from slavery and immediately made him a Union hero while simultaneously challenging much of the country's view of what African-Americans were willing to do to gain their freedom.

After his escape, Smalls served in numerous naval campaigns off Charleston as a civilian boat pilot and eventually became the first black captain of an Army ship. In a particularly poignant moment Smalls even bought the home that he and his mother had once served in as house slaves.

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir [Audiobook]

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir [Audiobook]
Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir [Audiobook] by Irvin D Yalom, read by Peter Berkrot
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 18 mins | 310.98MB

Best-selling writer and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom puts himself on the couch in a lapidary memoir

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye on himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is 12 and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the birth of the insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply a man's life story; Yalom's reflections on his life and development are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.