Illuminated Manuscripts (Shire Library) [EPUB]

Illuminated Manuscripts (Shire Library) [EPUB]
Illuminated Manuscripts (Shire Library) by Richard Hayman
2018 | EPUB | 32.53MB

Illuminated manuscripts are among the most beautiful, precious and mysterious works of Western art. Before the printing press was invented, books were produced by hand, and their illustration using brightly colored pigments and gold embellishments was a labor of love and an act of piety in itself. The results are stunning. The works emanating from the scriptoria of monasteries were mainly religious texts, including illuminated bibles, psalters, and works for private devotion known as books of hours.

Illuminated Manuscripts describes the origin and history of illumination in the Middle Ages, covering the artists and their techniques, and the patrons who commissioned them. It explains the subject matter found in medieval works, such as saints and Bible stories and the use of ornamental flourishes, and is illustrated with many fine examples of the genre including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.

Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi [EPUB]

Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi [EPUB]
Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi by Sadia Dehlvi
2018 | EPUB | 24.88MB

In Jasmine and Jinns, Sadia Dehlvi weaves tales of Delhi's ancient past with stories of her growing up in the city. As part of a large and hospitable family, she learned early the skill and pleasures of entertaining at home. In this lovingly crafted volume of food and memories, she recalls the conversations and carefully prepared dastarkhwan that enriched her childhood. She takes us inside her home and the kitchens of other Dilliwalas, sharing with us origin stories and recipes of many classic dishes including biryani, qorma, kofta, shaami kebab and kheer. In addition to these, there are recipes for season specialities and festivals.

These home-cooked dishes are a distillation of Delhi's old cuisines and a reminder of how rich and historically layered our daily lives are. From home to bazaar, Sadia takes us through the famous by-lanes of the old city to show us where the best jalebi, dalbiji, aloo poori, dahi bhalla, nihari and mithai continue to be served. In her telling, and the photographs that accompany her words, the city she knows so well comes alive in all its magical, delicious complexity.

Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius-with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs [EPUB]

Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius-with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs [EPUB]
Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius-with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs by Karen Page
2017 | EPUB | 73.95MB

Unlock your creative potential with the world's most imaginative chefs.

In this groundbreaking exploration of culinary genius, the authors of The Flavor Bible reveal the surprising strategies great chefs use to do what they do best. Beyond a cookbook, Kitchen Creativity is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise, and cook like the world's best chefs.

Great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Kitchen Creativity distills brilliant insights into these creative processes from more than 100 top restaurant kitchens, including the Bazaar, Blue Hill, Daniel, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, Gramercy Tavern, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Oleana, Rustic Canyon, Saison, Single Thread, and Topolobampo.

Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method (and occasional madness) of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn foundational skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes (Stage 1: Mastery), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective (Stage 2: Alchemy). Einstein's secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses (Stage 3: Creativity). Part II's A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings.

You'll also discover:

  • experts' criteria for creating new dishes, desserts, and drinks;
  • comprehensive seasonality charts to spark inspiration all year long;
  • how to season food like a pro, and how to create complex yet balanced layers of flavor;
  • the amazing true stories of historic dishes, like how desperate maitre d' "Nacho" Anaya invented nachos; and
  • proven tips to jump-start your creative process.

The ultimate reference for culinary brainstorming, Kitchen Creativity will spur your creativity to new heights, both in the kitchen and beyond.

FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story [EPUB]

FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story [EPUB]
FLASH: Writing the Very Short Story by John Dufresne
2018 | EPUB | 13.26MB

An engaging and frank guide to writing the very short story, full of sound advice, exemplary models, and provocative exercises.

The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story. John Dufresne’s characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind writers of the joy in the creative process, making this a perfect guide for any writer interested in trying a new form.

Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema [PDF]

Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema [PDF]
Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema by Barry Forshaw
2015 | PDF | 6.19MB

Sex and Film is a frank, comprehensive analysis of the cinema's love affair with the erotic. Forshaw's lively study moves from the sexual abandon of the 1930s to filmmakers' circumvention of censorship, the demolition of taboos by arthouse directors and pornographic films, and an examination of how explicit imagery invaded modern mainstream cinema.

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips (Updated Edition) [EPUB]

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips (Updated Edition) [EPUB]
Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips (Updated Edition) by Richard I'Anson
2017 | EPUB | 61.51MB

Sharpen your skills and your pictures with this updated edition of Lonely Planet's bestselling Best Ever Photography Tips. Featuring 45 practical tips and ten golden rules from award-winning travel photographer Richard I'Anson, it's packed with insight into the creative and technical skills required to produce brilliant images.

Designed for novices and experienced photographers alike, this concise guide also includes essential advice on kit, techniques, editing and sharing, to help you capture great moments wherever you are in the world - whether you're using a smartphone or DSLR. Plus, each tip and trick is accompanied by a photograph to show you how it's done.

Inside, you'll learn how to:

  • Take control of the picture-taking process
  • Shoot Raw files
  • Become proficient with image-editing software
  • Adjust your exposure and depth of field
  • Use short telephoto and wide-angle lenses
  • Shoot wildlife, nightlife, people, cities, landscapes and your lunch
  • Anticipate the moment and talk to strangers
  • Avoid lens flare
  • Record light trails
  • Learn how to compose, control and critique your photographs

Hawksmoor Restaurants & Recipes [EPUB]

Hawksmoor Restaurants & Recipes [EPUB]
Hawksmoor Restaurants & Recipes by Huw Gott, Will Beckett
2018 | EPUB | 122.52MB

From inauspicious beginnings, Hawksmoor has become a restaurant institution. Both the company and the restaurants have won numerous awards, and the distinctly British food, revolving around charcoal-grilled steaks and seafood, has made Hawksmoor amongst the busiest restaurants in the country. Now with seven restaurants, including a dedicated cocktail bar, Hawksmoor brings you Restaurants & Recipes, an essential read for anyone interested in the realities of restaurants, revealing the trials and tribulations faced along the way, as well as the people, places and plates that have made it so successful. From refined, tweaked and perfected Hawksmoor favourites like Mac ’n’ Cheese to the Steak Slice that caused a social media storm, and from a light and elegant Lobster Slaw to big carnivorous sharing feasts, this book will make you look at the classics anew and fall in love with a whole new collection of dishes for the first time.

Bringing together recipes from all the Hawksmoor restaurants, and with insights like how to cook the titans of steaks like the Tomahawk, and the intricate cocktail spec sheets used by the bar staff, Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes is the ultimate bible for booze and beefy perfection – an immaculately researched, sometimes irreverent look into Hawksmoor’s obsessions and inspirations.

My Modern Indian Kitchen: Over 60 recipes for home-cooked Indian food [EPUB]

My Modern Indian Kitchen: Over 60 recipes for home-cooked Indian food [EPUB]
My Modern Indian Kitchen: Over 60 recipes for home-cooked Indian food by Nitisha Patel
2017 | EPUB | 11.69MB

This collection of foolproof Indian recipes by Nitisha Patel offers ideas for Street Food and Snacks, Curries, Foods for Feasts, Vegetarian Dishes, Rice, Chutneys, and Raitas, as well as lightly spiced, often fruity Desserts.

Magical spice powders, sizzling dried whole spices, noisy popping saucepans, aromatic smells, colorful foods... this is what sums up great home-cooked Indian food. In this book, Nitisha walks you through a myriad of spices to understand how each one adds flavor, as well as how they complement each other for different dishes. Most traditional Indian dishes incorporate the use of various different purées, pastes and spice blends. They all contribute to different functions of a dish whether that be aroma, flavor, taste, texture, mouth feel, or appearance, and so she begins by setting out the basic pastes, purées, masalas, and toppings that can be used throughout the book. The excitement, freshness, and snack-friendly appeal of street food leads to an explosive mixture of flavors in recipes for Fish Pakoras, Smokin' Fiery Chicken Wings, Batata Vadas (deep-fried spiced potato), Samosa Chaat, and Dhokla Muffins.

The beauty of curry is that nothing defines what makes a good curry—recipes vary meaning that the possibilities are endless. Nitisha's recipes for curry include Keralan Jumbo Shrimp Curry, Uncle Rambo's Goat Curry, Paneer Kadhai, and Gosht Aloo Saag Masala. Celebratory dishes are also here, with Masala Grilled Lobster, Tandoori Spatchcock Poussin, and Hariyali Salmon. While vegetarian dishes are great as sides and main meals: try a variety of dhals, Channa Masala, and Pili Pili Chips. And if all that wasn't feast enough, finish up with some sweet treats, such as Pistachio and Rose Water Ice Cream, and Mango and Mint Kulfi.

Protein Pow: Quick and Easy Protein Powder Recipes [EPUB]

Protein Pow: Quick and Easy Protein Powder Recipes [EPUB]
Protein Pow: Quick and Easy Protein Powder Recipes by Anna Sward
2017 | EPUB | 25.03MB

75 all-natural, gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian recipes.

ProteinPow.com is the place for high-protein recipes using protein powder―Anna Sward was one of the pioneers to “think outside the shake.” Nearly 100,000 followers wait daily for her innovative ideas. This cookbook gathers together the latest in her delicious collection, with a focus on protein powder bars, energy bites and cups, mug cakes, and pancakes―items that are incredibly easy to make, taste great, and can be easily taken to work, the gym, the movies . . . wherever, whenever you need a hit of protein. Recipes include:

  • Apple Pie Bars
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
  • Peanut Butter Protein Cups
  • Mini Tiramisu Mug Cakes

A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment [EPUB]

A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment [EPUB]
A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment by Spring Washam
2017 | EPUB | 15.02MB

“A Fierce Heart is a book whose time is an eternal now: sacred help, made beautifully accessible, by the wild and determined spirit of a no-nonsense female teacher, a bodhisattva, brown as Earth, real as Oxygen.” – Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible meditation centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha’s 2,500-year-old teachings with powerfully written chapters that get to the heart of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.

Woven throughout the book are stories from the author’s life, family, and community, along with many soulful, heartfelt stories from all over the world. Washam’s teachings truly focus on strength, courage and wisdom, making the Dharma welcoming to as large and wide a community as possible. Anyone who has suffered will benefit from the life-saving teachings of this charismatic teacher. Her humor, enthusiasm, and energy are a balm.

Cholesterol Cures: The Breakthrough Menu Plan to Slash Cholesterol [EPUB]

Cholesterol Cures: The Breakthrough Menu Plan to Slash Cholesterol [EPUB]
Cholesterol Cures: The Breakthrough Menu Plan to Slash Cholesterol by Editors of Rodale Health Books
2017 | EPUB | 10.6MB

Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally!

If you have high cholesterol, you probably understand the importance of improving your overall cholesterol profile. You may know, too, that diet and exercise are vital factors in the cholesterol equation.

What you may not realize is that specific foods and nutritional supplements, along with certain physical activities and other lifestyle factors, have a direct correlation to healthy cholesterol levels. Research proves it! By introducing these natural remedies into your self-care regimen, you may be able to lower your cholesterol without drugs--safely, effectively, and for life.

In this newly revised and updated edition of Cholesterol Cures, you'll discover what the latest research reveals about familiar remedies such as garlic, oats, and fish oil supplements, as well as more recent finds such as grape seed extract, pomegranates, and coenzyme Q10. Even better, you'll learn what current studies have to say about "forbidden foods" like red meats, eggs, and dairy. Were you thinking they'd be gone for good? Think again! You can enjoy them as part of a healthy, cholesterol-friendly diet. Cholesterol Cures shows you how.

You'll also find:

  • healthy Indulgences--profiles of dietary treats with surprising cholesterol-lowering benefits
  • the 500-food fat and cholesterol counter--to guide you to smart food choices
  • the Breakthrough Menu Plan--to help you cut your cholesterol by 30 points in 30 days!

Ethics 101: From Altruism and Utilitarianism to Bioethics and Political Ethics, an Exploration of the Concepts of Right and Wrong [EPUB]

Ethics 101: From Altruism and Utilitarianism to Bioethics and Political Ethics, an Exploration of the Concepts of Right and Wrong [EPUB]
Ethics 101: From Altruism and Utilitarianism to Bioethics and Political Ethics, an Exploration of the Concepts of Right and Wrong (Adams 101) by Brian Boone
2017 | EPUB | 23.61MB

Explore the mysteries of morality and the concept of right and wrong with this accessible, engaging guide featuring basic facts along with an overview of modern-day issues ranging from business ethics and bioethics to political and social ethics.

Ethics 101 offers an exciting look into the history of moral principles that dictate human behavior. Unlike traditional textbooks that overwhelm, this easy-to-read guide presents the key concepts of ethics in fun, straightforward lessons and exercises featuring only the most important facts, theories, and ideas. Ethics 101 includes unique, accessible elements such as:

  • Explanations of the major moral philosophies including utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and eastern philosophers including Avicenna, Buddha, and Confucius.
  • Classic thought exercises including the trolley problem, the sorites paradox, and agency theory
  • Unique profiles of the greatest characters in moral philosophy
  • An explanation of modern applied ethics in bioethics, business ethics, political ethics, professional ethics, organizational ethics, and social ethics

From Plato to Jean-Paul Sartre and utilitarianism to antirealism, Ethics 101 is jam-packed with enlightening information that you can’t get anywhere else!

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution [EPUB]

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution [EPUB]
The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution by Marci Shore
2017 | EPUB | 2.1MB

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential

What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.

In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore’s book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it—and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.

Inside Studio 54 [Audiobook]

Inside Studio 54 [Audiobook]
Inside Studio 54 [Audiobook] by Mark Fleischman,‎ Denise Chatman,‎ Mimi Fleischman, read by David Colacci
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 12 mins | 363.35MB

In Inside Studio 54, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd, to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled-up 100-dollar bills.

In the early 80s, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail.

Inside Studio 54 invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built connections as a hotel, restaurant, and club owner that lead him to Studio 54.

Inside Studio 54 takes the listener from Brazil to the heights of debauchery in the Virgin Islands and finally to New York City. A star-studded thrill ride through decadent and drug-fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.

Sad Topographies [EPUB]

Sad Topographies [EPUB]
Sad Topographies by Damien Rudd
2017 | EPUB | 46.49MB

Sad Topographies is an illustrated guide for the melancholic among us. Dispirited travellers rejoice as Damien Rudd journeys across continents in search of the world's most joyless place names and their fascinating etymologies. Behind each lugubrious place name exists a story, a richly interwoven narrative of mythology, history, landscape, misadventure and tragedy.

From Disappointment Island in the Southern Ocean to Misery in Germany, across to Lonely Island in Russia, or, if you're feeling more intrepid, pay a visit to Mount Hopeless in Australia - all from the comfort of your armchair.

With hand drawn maps by illustrator Kateryna Didyk, Sad Topographies will steer you along paths that lead to strange and obscure places, navigating the terrains of historical fact and imaginative fiction. At turns poetic and dark-humoured, this is a travel guide quite like no other.

Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy [EPUB]

Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy [EPUB]
Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy by Kirsten Sevig
2017 | EPUB | 73.82MB

A portable “happy place” of whimsical illustrations

Kirsten Sevig’s Instagram fans―100,000 strong and counting―have been clamoring for a book of her art. She paints rainbow-colored rooftops, striped pears, birds in hats, teacups, cats, and more―all drawn to bring joy to anyone who views them. When the weather is rainy and gray, Sevig paints herself some sunshine. When she feels sad, she paints something colorful to cheer herself up; when anxious, something soothing and repetitive; when overwhelmed, she makes a series of small decisions about what to put on the page and begins to feel empowered.

In Striped Pears and Polka Dots, Sevig invites readers into her cozy, sunny world of snail mail, patterned socks and knitted sweaters, ice cream and flaky croissants, and dachshunds in sweaters. This perfect gift book will inspire readers to look around and notice all the little happy-makers that surround them in their daily lives.

The Gentleman's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Being a Man [EPUB]

The Gentleman's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Being a Man [EPUB]
The Gentleman's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Being a Man by Alfred Tong
2017 | EPUB | 8.76MB

Stylishly illustrated by Jack Hughes, The Gentleman's Handbook is the essential guide to living the gentleman's lifestyle. There's never been a tougher time to be a gentleman. In addition to the general vulgarity of the modern world, he has to contend with all manner of things: the dramas of social media, the practicalities of being metrosexual and still taken seriously at work, and juggling his finances in these cash strapped times. Or does he?

Alfred Tong shares his insider tips with every aspiring gentleman, from what to wear and how to keep your clothes looking in top shape, to which jobs to chase after and how to plan the perfect romantic evening, all without breaking the bank.

Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era [EPUB]

Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era [EPUB]
Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era by Laura Young, Janine Parker
2017 | EPUB | 21.85MB

As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. This book is both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today.

It is interspersed with ruminations on the history of ballet, stories from the company’s Balanchine-influenced early years under founder E. Virginia Williams, and recollections from noteworthy tours, including those featuring the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, with whom Young was frequently paired. After retiring from the stage, Young has continued her affiliation with Boston Ballet, both as an administrator and a teacher. Working in collaboration with Janine Parker, Young has written a lively, informed, and entertaining memoir.

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It [EPUB]

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It [EPUB]
The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts
2017 | EPUB | 10.77MB

From the flapper to The Feminine Mystique, a cultural history of single women in the city through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.

You’ve met the extra woman: she’s sophisticated, she lives comfortably alone, she pursues her passions unabashedly, and―contrary to society’s suspicions―she really is happy. Despite multiple waves of feminist revolution, today’s single woman is still mired in judgment or, worse, pity. But for a brief, exclamatory period in the late 1930s, she was all the rage. A delicious cocktail of cultural history and literary biography, The Extra Woman transports us to the turbulent and transformative years between suffrage and the sixties, when, thanks to the glamorous grit of one Marjorie Hillis, single women boldly claimed and enjoyed their independence.

Marjorie Hillis, pragmatic daughter of a Brooklyn preacher, was poised for reinvention when she moved to the big city to start a life of her own. Gone were the days of the flirty flapper; ladies of Depression-era New York embraced a new icon: the independent working woman. Hillis was already a success at Vogue when she published a radical self-help book in 1936: Live Alone and Like It: A Guide for the Extra Woman. With Dorothy Parker–esque wit, she urged spinsters, divorcées, and “old maids” to shed derogatory labels and take control of their lives, and her philosophy became a phenomenon. From the importance of a peignoir to the joy of breakfast in bed (alone), Hillis’s tips made single life desirable and chic.

In a style as irresistible as Hillis’s own, Joanna Scutts, a leading cultural critic, explores the revolutionary years following the Live-Alone movement, when the status of these “brazen ladies” peaked and then collapsed. Other innovative lifestyle gurus set similar trends that celebrated guiltless female independence and pleasure: Dorothy Draper’s interior design smash, Decorating Is Fun! transformed apartments; Irma Rombauer’s warm and welcoming recipe book, The Joy of Cooking, reassured the nervous home chef that she, too, was capable of decadent culinary feats. By painting the wider picture, Scutts reveals just how influential Hillis’s career was, spanning decades and numerous best sellers. As she refashioned her message with every life experience, Hillis proved that guts, grace, and perseverance would always be in vogue.

With this vibrant examination of a remarkable life and profound feminist philosophy, Joanna Scutts at last reclaims Marjorie Hillis as the original queen of a maligned sisterhood. Channeling Hillis’s charm, The Extra Woman is both a brilliant exposé of women who forged their independent paths before the domestic backlash of the 1950s trapped them behind picket fences, and an illuminating excursion into the joys of fashion, mixology, decorating, and other manifestations of shameless self-love.

The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd [EPUB]

The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd [EPUB]
The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd by Joanna Kafarowski
2017 | EPUB | 17.22MB

The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd ― the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century.

Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New York’s distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was raised during a glittering era.

After inheriting a staggering family fortune, she began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the late 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic Ocean. Over the next three decades, she achieved international notoriety as a rugged and audacious polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Yet despite organizing, financing, and directing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.

Mrs Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World's Bestselling Devotional [EPUB]

Mrs Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World's Bestselling Devotional [EPUB]
Mrs Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World's Bestselling Devotional by Michelle Ule
2017 | EPUB | 27.7MB

Among Christian devotional works, My Utmost for His Highest stands head and shoulders above the rest, with more than 13 million copies sold. But most readers have no idea that Oswald Chambers's most famous work was not published until ten years after his death. The remarkable person behind its compilation and publication was his wife, Biddy. And her story of living her utmost for God's highest is one without parallel.

Bestselling novelist Michelle Ule brings Biddy's story to life as she traces her upbringing in Victorian England to her experiences in a WWI YMCA camp in Egypt. Readers will marvel at this young woman's strength as she returns to post-war Britain a destitute widow with a toddler in tow. Refusing personal payment, Biddy proceeds to publish not just My Utmost for His Highest, but also 29 other books with her husband's name on the covers. All the while she raises a child alone, provides hospitality to a never-ending stream of visitors and missionaries, and nearly loses everything in the London Blitz during WWII.

The inspiring story of a devoted woman ahead of her times will quickly become a favorite of those who love true stories of overcoming incredible odds, making a life out of nothing, and serving God's kingdom.

Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law [Audiobook]

Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law [Audiobook]
Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law [Audiobook] by James Q. Whitman, read by James Anderson Foster
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 36 mins | 153.96MB

Nazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis?

The unsettling answer is yes. In Hitler's American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. Contrary to those who have insisted that there was no meaningful connection between American and German racial repression, Whitman demonstrates that the Nazis took a real, sustained, significant, and revealing interest in American race policies. As Whitman shows, the Nuremberg Laws were crafted in an atmosphere of considerable attention to the precedents American race laws had to offer. German praise for American practices, already found in Hitler's Mein Kampf, was continuous throughout the early 1930s, and the most radical Nazi lawyers were eager advocates of the use of American models.

But while Jim Crow segregation was one aspect of American law that appealed to Nazi radicals, it was not the most consequential one. Rather, both American citizenship and antimiscegenation laws proved directly relevant to the two principal Nuremberg Laws - the Citizenship Law and the Blood Law. Whitman looks at the ultimate, ugly irony that when Nazis rejected American practices, it was sometimes not because they found them too enlightened but too harsh. Indelibly linking American race laws to the shaping of Nazi policies in Germany, Hitler's American Model upends understandings of America's influence on racist practices in the wider world.

Making Sense of the Alt-Right [Audiobook]

Making Sense of the Alt-Right [Audiobook]
Making Sense of the Alt-Right [Audiobook] by George Hawley, read by Eric Martin
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 22 mins | 147.03MB

During the 2016 election, a new term entered the American political lexicon: the "alt-right", short for "alternative right". Despite the innocuous name, the alt-right is a white-nationalist movement. Yet it differs from earlier racist groups: it is youthful and tech-savvy, obsessed with provocation and trolling, amorphous, predominantly online, and mostly anonymous.

And it was energized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign. In Making Sense of the Alt-Right, George Hawley provides an accessible introduction to the alt-right, giving vital perspective on the emergence of a group whose overt racism has confounded expectations for a more tolerant America.

Hawley explains the movement's origins, evolution, methods, and its core belief in white identity politics. The book explores how the alt-right differs from traditional white nationalism, libertarianism, and other online illiberal ideologies such as neoreaction, as well as from mainstream Republicans and even Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.

The alt-right's use of offensive humor and its trolling-driven approach, based in animosity to so-called political correctness, can make it difficult to determine true motivations. Yet through exclusive interviews and a careful study of the alt-right's influential texts, Hawley is able to paint a full picture of a movement that not only disagrees with liberalism but fundamentally rejects most of the tenets of American conservatism.

Hawley points to the alt-right's growing influence and makes a case for coming to a precise understanding of its beliefs without sensationalism or downplaying the movement's radicalism.