The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess: From Club Player to Master [EPUB]

The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess: From Club Player to Master [EPUB]
The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess: From Club Player to Master by Mikhail Shereshevsky
2018 | EPUB | 15.91MB

In 2014 the Russian Chess Federation started a wide-ranging programme aimed at the revival of chess in Russia. One of the first actions that were taken was commissioning legendary Byelorussian chess coach Mikhail Shereshevsky to recapitulate and condense his famous training methods.

In doing so Shereshevsky has created a totally reworked compendium of his acclaimed classics Endgames Strategy and The Soviet Chess Conveyor, with many new examples and exercises. Furthermore, he has added a new and highly effective approach on how to calculate variations.

Club players all over the world who wish to improve their game have now access to Shereshevsky’s famous training programme in one volume and can learn how to build an opening repertoire, how to work with the chess classics to maximum benefit, how to master the most important endgame principles and how to effectively and efficiently calculate variations.

The Shereshevsky Method offers a unique opportunity to improve your game with one of the supreme examples of Russian chess training excellence. Studying this manual will enrich your understanding of chess enormously and help your progress on the way to chess mastery.

How to Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got [EPUB]

How to Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got [EPUB]
How to Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got by Sam Beckbessinger
2018 | EPUB | 5.37MB

We never get an instruction manual about how money works. We never have to pass a test to get our Money License before we can take a new credit card for a drive. Most of what we learn about money comes from advertising or from other people who know as little as we do. No wonder we make such basic mistakes. No wonder we feel disempowered and scared. No wonder so many of us just decide to stick our heads in the damn sand and just never deal with it. I wrote this book, because so many of the people I spoke to told me that they wished someone would.

In this clear and engaging basic guide to managing your finances, Sam Beckbessinger covers topics from compound interest and inflation to “Your brain on money”, negotiating a raise, and particularly local South African phenomena like “black tax”. The book includes exercises and “how-to’s”, doesn’t shy away from the psychology of money, and is empowering, humorous and helpful. The book you wish you’d had at 25, but is never too late to read.

Flowstones: Beautiful Creations from Polymer Clay [EPUB]

Flowstones: Beautiful Creations from Polymer Clay [EPUB]
Flowstones: Beautiful Creations from Polymer Clay by Amy Goldin
2018 | EPUB | 30.98MB

Flowstones are mesmerizing to look at and to hold―and they're easy to make!

Conceived of by artist Amy Goldin, “flowstones” are crafted by molding a sheet of polymer clay around a smooth river rock. They impart a sense of calm to the holder, grounded by the weight and soothed by the smooth surface. Each stone’s unique shape and pattern gives it a beauty all its own.

In Flowstones, Goldin shares beautiful photographs of the many stones she has created, captured in nature, where their striking appearance contrasts with landscapes of smooth river rocks, grassy parks, and sandy beaches. Goldin includes step-by-step illustrated instructions so even the most hesitant crafters can enjoy creating these delightful objects.

Fresh Clean Home: Make your own natural cleaning products [EPUB]

Fresh Clean Home: Make your own natural cleaning products [EPUB]
Fresh Clean Home: Make your own natural cleaning products by Wendy Graham
2018 | EPUB | 57.62MB

Recipes for natural cleaning products from green living blogger Wendy Graham.

Learn how to make your home smell as fresh as a daisy with these eco-friendly, money-saving, germ-busting recipes.

Using a base of essential oils and natural ingredients, these cleaning products are easy to make, are kinder to your skin and to the environment, while being as effective as any shop-bought solution.

The recipes use simple, inexpensive ingredients that are widely available such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and citrus fruit, and will leave your home sparkling clean. You can even customise the fragrances to make your home smell crisp, time and time again.

Fresh Clean Home guides the reader from the kitchen to laundry and the bathroom, and also includes a section of recipes for specific household cleaning products, such as window and mirror cleaner, carpet and upholstery spot cleaner and sticky stuff remover.

Clean every nook and cranny, with surface cleaners and bathroom shiners, laundry powder and fabric conditioner, kettle descaler and more, for a beautiful, fresh clean home.

How New York Breaks Your Heart [EPUB]

How New York Breaks Your Heart [EPUB]
How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes
2018 | EPUB | 90.67MB

Bill Hayes's critically acclaimed memoir Insomniac City provided a first look at his unique street photography. Now he presents an exquisite collection that captures the full range of his work and the magic of chance encounters in New York City.

Hayes's "frank, beautiful, bewitching" street photographs "unmask their subjects' best and truest selves" (Jennifer Senior, New York Times): A policeman pauses at the end of a day. Cooks sneak in cigarette breaks. A pair of movers plays cards on the back of a truck. Friends claim the sidewalk. Lovers embrace. A flame-haired girl gazes mysteriously into the lens. And park benches provide a setting for a couple of hunks, a mom and her baby, a stylish nonagenarian . . .

How New York Breaks Your Heart reveals ordinary New Yorkers at their most peaceful, joyful, distracted, anxious, expressive, and at their most fleeting--bringing the texture of the city to vivid life. Woven through with Hayes's lyric reflections, these photos will, like the city itself, break your heart by asking you to fall in love.

Kill Bad Meetings [EPUB]

Kill Bad Meetings [EPUB]
Kill Bad Meetings: Cut 50% of your meetings to transform your culture, improve collaboration, and accelerate decisions by Kevan Hall, Alan Hall
2018 | EPUB | 1.15MB

CUT 50% OF YOUR MEETINGS AND IMPROVE THE ONES THAT REMAIN

Meetings are essential to collaboration and decision making, but they are often irrelevant, time consuming and badly run. People spend an average of 2 days per week in meetings and 50% of it is wasted. This book will help you win back that wasted day a week by cutting out the half of face to face and virtual meetings that do not need to happen and radically improving the ones that remain.

The two authors, one an experienced CEO and consultant to major multinationals, the other a millennial line manager working within one of the world's largest companies, find common ground, and occasional disagreements on creating new ways of meeting both face to face and through technology that are far more engaging and effective for everyone.

The book focuses on three main areas:

  • Dealing with the business and corporate cultural challenges in changing the way we meet
  • Cutting out the unnecessary topics and participants that make up 50% of todays meetings
  • Designing and running faster and more focused face to face and online meetings with more relevant content; clearer decisions and actions, and much higher levels of participation

Full of examples and practical tools that will improve everything from your regular team meetings to management meetings, online conferences, global meetings and big events. This book will lead you through practical actions and targets to kill the meetings that do not need to happen and radically improve the ones that remain.

Marketing to Gen Z: The Rules for Reaching This Vast--and Very Different--Generation of Influencers [EPUB]

Marketing to Gen Z: The Rules for Reaching This Vast--and Very Different--Generation of Influencers [EPUB]
Marketing to Gen Z: The Rules for Reaching This Vast--and Very Different--Generation of Influencers by Jeff Fromm, Angie Read
2018 | EPUB | 3.79MB

Today’s teens are a force to be reckoned with.

Businesses focused on Millennials . . . beware! Their successors are right around the corner — promising bigger challenges, but much greater opportunities.

Drawn from original quantitative research and interviews, Marketing to Gen Z paints a fascinating portrait of the newest buyers now entering the scene. Having internalized the lessons of the Great Recession, this pivotal generation blends the pragmatism and work ethic of older generations with the high ideals and digital prowess of youth. For brands, reaching this mobile-first and socially-conscious cohort requires real change, not just tweaks to the Millennial plan.

Marketing to Gen Z offers dozens of examples and insights for connecting and conversing, including how to:

  • Get past the 8-second filter
  • Avoid blatant advertising and tap influencer marketing
  • Reflect their values
  • Understand their language and off-beat humor
  • Adapt content and social media strategies
  • Offer the shopping experiences they expect
  • And more

By 2020, Generation Z is expected to comprise 40 percent of all consumers. The time to learn who they are and what they want is NOW.

Joseph Pike: The Happy Catholic Artist [EPUB]

Joseph Pike: The Happy Catholic Artist [EPUB]
Joseph Pike: The Happy Catholic Artist by James Downs
2017 | EPUB | 9.7MB

Joseph Pike has been described as an artist of unusual merit , who recorded with outstanding ability the architecture of all periods which exists in contemporary Britain . A master of the art of pencil drawing, he produced evocative sketches of old churches, and colleges, monasteries and modern offices, picturesque street scenes in historic towns such as Rugby and Chester, as well as a great number of London landmarks. His illustrations were commissioned by authors, architects and publishers, reproduced in books and on postcards, sold as prints and exhibited on the walls of the Royal Academy.

When he died in 1956, the Catholic Herald referred to him as a distinguished artist, though not personally well known , and until the publication of this biography little has been written about his life and work. Joseph Pike: The Happy Catholic Artist reveals the man behind the art, beginning with his roots in Bristol and his education by the monks of Ampleforth Abbey, marking the beginning of a lifelong association with the Benedictines. Early attempts to launch a professional career as an artist were interrupted by military service in the First World War, and it was only through dogged determination and hard work that he managed to establish himself in the 1920s.

Although there is little explicit religious content in his work, Joseph Pike was a devout Roman Catholic who worked with many of the leading figures in the literary and artistic revival that transformed Catholic culture in interwar Britain. This biography explores his friendships with the likes of Ronald Knox and Bede Camm, his work for the Benedictine monks of Caldey Island and the Dominican Friars in London and Oxford, and demonstrates how his artwork helped preserve the memory of the Catholic martyrs and forgotten shrines of historic England.

This is the story of a remarkable artist and quiet, modest man, hugely admired by his contemporaries, whose contribution to 20th century British art deserves greater recognition.

Colored Pencil on Copper Jewelry: Enhance Your Metalwork the Easy Way [EPUB]

Colored Pencil on Copper Jewelry: Enhance Your Metalwork the Easy Way [EPUB]
Colored Pencil on Copper Jewelry: Enhance Your Metalwork the Easy Way by Roxan O'Brien
2017 | EPUB | 18.53MB

At last, an easy way to add gorgeous color to your metalwork without the use of a kiln! Armed with colored pencils and a few simple techniques, you can have the beautiful look of enameled jewelry in much less time.

Copper is an affordable option for metalwork, and with the techniques in this book, you can add endless colorful designs to your necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches. By following the illustrated instructions, you will be able to draw and color any design you like onto your jewelry with just a few easy-to-find tools. Give coloring a try on the 10 included projects, or branch out with your own ideas. Once you have mastered the basics, you will have opened a whole new realm of creative options for your jewelry designs.

Yoga Mind: Journey Beyond the Physical: 30 Days to Enhance Your Practice and Revolutionize Your Life from the Inside Out [Audiobook]

Yoga Mind: Journey Beyond the Physical: 30 Days to Enhance Your Practice and Revolutionize Your Life from the Inside Out [Audiobook]
Yoga Mind: Journey Beyond the Physical: 30 Days to Enhance Your Practice and Revolutionize Your Life from the Inside Out [Audiobook] by Suzan Colón, read by Janina Edwards
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 39 mins | 185.55MB

Suzan Colon, yoga teacher and former senior editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, digs deep into the spiritual philosophy behind yoga and distills 30 essential components to enrich your practice and revolutionize your life from the inside out.

We live in an increasingly stressful world, and we know about the hazardous effects stress can have on our health. But meditating and mindfulness can sometimes seem elusive, unattainable, and impossible to fit into our busy days. Even the word "yoga" usually makes many people think of complicated, twisty poses - but that's not everything. In its complete sense, yoga is a collection of life lessons for wellness and well-being and a spiritual technology from ancient times that is now more relevant, and necessary, than ever.

In Yoga Mind, Suzan Colon shares 30 essential components to increase self- awareness and inner balance to use throughout your day - in traffic, on the train, at your job, and home. She outlines how we can use yoga to cultivate resilience in challenging times, reduce stress, and enrich our relationships with family, work, and ourselves.

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights [Audiobook]

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights [Audiobook]
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights [Audiobook] by Adam Winkler, read by William Hughes
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 31 mins | 399.74MB

In this groundbreaking portrait of corporate seizure of political power, We the Corporations reveals how American businesses won equal rights and transformed the Constitution to serve the ends of capital.

Corporations - like minorities and women - have had a civil rights movement of their own and now possess nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Uncovering the deep historical roots of Citizens United, Adam Winkler shows how that controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision was the capstone of a 200-year battle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business.

Bringing to resounding life the legendary lawyers and justices involved in the corporate rights movement - among them Daniel Webster, Roger Taney, Lewis Powell, and even Thurgood Marshall - Winkler's tour de force exposes how the nation's most powerful corporations gained our most fundamental rights and turned the Constitution into a bulwark against the regulation of big business.

The Virility Paradox: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In [Audiobook]

The Virility Paradox: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In [Audiobook]
The Virility Paradox: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In [Audiobook] by Charles J Ryan, read by PJ Ochlan
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 5 mins | 223.03MB

Testosterone propels our drive for exploration and risk, for competition and creation, and even our survival. The effects of testosterone permeate the traditions, philosophy, and literature of every known culture - without it, the world would be a drastically different place. It also has a role in humanity's darker side, contributing to violence, hubris, poverty, crime, and selfishness. Recent revelations of the science of testosterone show that high levels will deplete compassion and generosity, and even reduce the affection we show our children.

In The Virility Paradox, internationally renowned oncologist and prostate cancer researcher Charles Ryan explores this complex chemical system responsible for a diverse spectrum of human behaviors and health in both men and women. Ryan taps his vast experience treating prostate cancer with testosterone-lowering therapy, observing that this often leads to profound changes in the patients' perspectives on their lives and relationships. Often, for the better.

He also explores the connections between testosterone and conditions like dementia, autism, and cancer, as well as the biological underpinnings of sexual assault and the effects it has on on everything from crime to investing to everyday choices we make.

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump [Audiobook]

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump [Audiobook]
The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump [Audiobook] by Corey Robin, read by Mike Chamberlain
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 48 mins | 269.82MB

Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is "boring," said the founding father of the American right. "Devoting your life to it," as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. It's like sex." With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. What is conservatism, and what's truly at stake for its proponents? If capitalism bores them, what excites them?

In The Reactionary Mind, Robin traces conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution. He argues that the right was inspired, and is still united, by its hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free market; others oppose it. Some criticize the state; others celebrate it. Underlying these differences is the impulse to defend power and privilege against movements demanding freedom and equality -- while simultaneously making populist appeals to the masses. Despite their opposition to these movements, conservatives favor a dynamic conception of politics and society -- one that involves self-transformation, violence, and war. They are also highly adaptive to new challenges and circumstances. This partiality to violence and capacity for reinvention have been critical to their success.

Written by a highly-regarded, keen observer of the contemporary political scene, The Reactionary Mind ranges widely, from Edmund Burke to Antonin Scalia and Donald Trump, and from John C. Calhoun to Ayn Rand. It advances the notion that all right-wing ideologies, from the eighteenth century through today, are improvisations on a theme: the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back. When its first edition appeared in 2011, The Reactionary Mind set off a fierce debate. It has since been acclaimed as "the book that predicted Trump" (New Yorker) and "one of the more influential political works of the last decade" (Washington Monthly). Now updated to include Trump's election and his first one hundred days in office, The Reactionary Mind is more relevant than ever.

The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens [Audiobook]

The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens [Audiobook]
The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens [Audiobook] by Bernard E Harcourt, read by Stephen R Thorne
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 6 mins | 251.35MB

Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard E. Harcourt, are facets of a new and radical governing paradigm in the United States - one rooted in the modes of warfare originally developed to suppress anticolonial revolutions and, more recently, to prosecute the war on terror.

The Counterrevolution is a penetrating and disturbing account of the rise of counterinsurgency, first as a military strategy but increasingly as a way of ruling ordinary Americans. Harcourt shows how counterinsurgency's principles - bulk intelligence collection, ruthless targeting of minorities, pacifying propaganda - have taken hold domestically despite the absence of any radical uprising. This counterrevolution against phantom enemies, he argues, is the tyranny of our age. Seeing it clearly is the first step to resisting it effectively.

TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL's 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change [Audiobook]

TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL's 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change [Audiobook]
TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL's 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change [Audiobook] by Brent Gleeson, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 56 mins | 246.1MB

Decorated Navy SEAL and successful businessman Brent Gleeson shares his revolutionary approach to navigating and leading change in the workplace - with a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Mark Owen.

Inspired by his time as a Navy SEAL and building successful organizations in the business world, Brent Gleeson has created a revolutionary approach for today's existing and emerging business leaders and managers to improve their ability to successfully navigate organizational change.

In TakingPoint, Gleeson will share his 10-step program that he uses for his high-profile clients, giving leaders and managers actionable insights and a framework for successful execution. With a strong emphasis on communication, culture, accountability, and trust, Gleeson's methods have helped hundreds of companies transform the way they think about change, and can help yours do the same. Steps include:

  • Culture: The Single Most Important Enabler
  • Trust: Fueling the Change Engine
  • Accountability: Ownership at All Levels
  • Mindset: Belief in the Mission
  • Mission: Defining and Communication the Intent
  • Inclusion: The Power of Participation and Acceptance
  • Fatigue: Managing Fear and Staying Energized
  • Discipline: Focus and Follow-Through
  • Resiliency: The Path of Lasting Change

Never has change been more consistent and disruptive as it is now. Business leaders at all levels can't just react to change. They have to lead change. They have to take point.

Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter [Audiobook]

Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter [Audiobook]
Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter [Audiobook] by Scott Gerber, Ryan Paugh, read by Chris Kipiniak
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 2 mins | 194.62MB

Abandon the networking-for-networking's-sake mentality in favor of a more powerful and effective approach to creating and enhancing connections.

Stop networking. Seriously, stop doing it. Now. It is time to ditch the old networking-for networking's-sake mentality in favor of a more powerful and effective approach to creating and enhancing connections. In Superconnector, Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh reveal a new category of professionals born out of the social media era: highly valuable community-builders who make things happen through their keen understanding and utilization of social capital. Superconnectors understand the power of relationship-building, problem-solve by connecting the dots at high levels, and purposefully cause different worlds and communities to interact with the intention of creating mutual value.

How can you become a Superconnector? Gerber and Paugh share instructive anecdotes from a who's who roster of high achievers, revealing how to systematically manage a professional community and maximize its value. Of utmost importance is practicing Habitual Generosity, acting on the knowledge that your greatest returns come when you least expect them, and that by putting others' needs first the good karma will flow back to you tenfold. Gerber and Paugh also explore winning strategies such as The Art of Selectivity, a well-honed ability to define which relationships matter most for you and decide how you will maintain them over time. Full of helpful advice on how to communicate with anyone about anything, Google-proof your reputation, and much more, Superconnector is a must-hear for those seeking personal and business success.

Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life [Audiobook]

Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life [Audiobook]
Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life [Audiobook] by One R Pagan, read by Eric Martin
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 44 mins | 185.91MB

In the evolutionary arms race that has raged on since life began, organisms have developed an endless variety of survival strategies. From sharp claws to brute strength, camouflage to venom - all these tools and abilities share one purpose: to keep their bearer alive long enough to reproduce, helping the species avoid extinction. Every living thing on this planet has developed a time-tested arsenal of weapons and defenses. Some of these weapons and defenses, however, are decidedly more unusual than others.

Inside this funny, fascinating field guide to nature's most colorful characters, you'll meet killer snails, social bacteria, and an animal with toxic elbows. But Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities - it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies.

Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagán reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life's natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival.

The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms [Audiobook]

The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms [Audiobook]
The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms [Audiobook] by Alexander Maclaren, read by David Cochran Heath
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 28 mins | 150.77MB

What a many-colored career that was which began amidst the pastoral solitudes of Bethlehem, and ended in the chamber where the dying ears heard the blare of the trumpets that announced the accession of Bathsheba's son! None of the great men of scripture pass through a course of so many changes as David; none of them touched human life at so many points; none of them were so tempered and polished by swift alternation of heat and cold, by such heavy blows and the friction of such rapid revolutions. These quick transitions of fortune, and this wide experience, are the many-colored threads from which the rich web of his psalms is woven.

And while his life is singularly varied, his character is also singularly full and versatile. In this respect, too, he is most unlike the other leading figures of Old Testament history. Contrast him, for example, with the stern majesty of Moses or the unvarying tone in the gaunt strength of Elijah. These and the other mighty men in Israel are like the ruder instruments of music - the trumpet of Sinai, with its one prolonged note. David is like his own harp of many chords, through which the breath of God murmured, drawing forth wailing and rejoicing, the clear ring of triumphant trust, the low plaint of penitence, the blended harmonies of all devout emotions.

Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era [Audiobook]

Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era [Audiobook]
Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era [Audiobook] by Jorge Ramos, read by Ozzie Rodriguez
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 57 mins | 136.48MB

"There are times when I feel like a stranger in this country. I am not complaining and it's not for lack of opportunity. But it is something of a disappointment. I never would have imagined that after having spent 35 years in the United States I would still be a stranger to so many. But that's how it is".

Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist, Univision's longtime anchorman and widely considered the "voice of the voiceless" within the Latino community, was forcefully removed from an Iowa press conference in 2015 by then-candidate Donald Trump after trying to ask about his plans on immigration.

In this personal manifesto, Ramos sets out to examine what it means to be a Latino immigrant, or just an immigrant, in present-day America. With current research and statistics, a journalist nose for a story, and his own personal experience, Ramos shows us the changing face of America while trying to find an explanation for why he, and millions of others, still feel like strangers in this country.

"It is precisely this pattern of confrontation...that has won Ramos the trust of so many Hispanics. They know that in many countries south of the United States, direct questions can provoke not simply a loss of access but also a loss of life." - Marcela Valdes, The New York Times

Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 [Audiobook]

Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 [Audiobook]
Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 [Audiobook] by Warren K Wilkins, read by Richard Peterson
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 17 hrs 41 mins | 487.85MB

Moving through the jungle near the Cambodian border on May 18, 1967, a company of American infantry observed three North Vietnamese Army regulars, AK-47s slung over their shoulders, walking down a well-worn trail in the rugged Central Highlands. Startled by shouts of "Lai day, lai day" ("Come here, come here"), the three men dropped their packs and fled. The company commander, a young lieutenant, sent a platoon down the trail to investigate. Those few men soon found themselves outnumbered, surrounded, and fighting for their lives. Their first desperate moments marked the beginning of a series of bloody battles that lasted more than a week, one that survivors would later call "the nine days in May border battles".

Nine Days in May is the first full account of these bitterly contested battles. Fought between three American battalions and two North Vietnamese Army regiments, this prolonged, deadly encounter was one of the largest, most savage actions seen by elements of the storied 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Drawing on interviews with the participants, Warren K. Wilkins recreates the vicious fighting in gripping detail.

This is a story of extraordinary courage and sacrifice displayed in a series of battles that were fought and won within the context of a broader, intractable strategic stalemate.

My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die [Audiobook]

My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die [Audiobook]
My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die [Audiobook] by Kevin Toolis, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 33 mins | 208.24MB

Death is a whisper in the Anglo-Saxon world. But on a remote island off the coast of Co. Mayo, it has a louder voice. Along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio station runs a thrice daily roll call of ordinary deaths. The islanders go in great numbers, often with young children, to wake with their dead. They keep the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands. It is a communal triumph in overcoming the death of the individual.

In this beautifully written memoir, Kevin Toolis gives an intimate eyewitness account of the death and wake of his father and explores the wider history of the Irish wake. With an uplifting, positive message at its heart, My Father's Wake celebrates the spiritual depth of the Irish wake and asks if we can find a better way to deal with our mortality by living and loving in the acceptance of death.

More Important Than Money: An Entrepreneur's Team [Audiobook]

More Important Than Money: An Entrepreneur's Team [Audiobook]
More Important Than Money: An Entrepreneur's Team [Audiobook] by Robert Kiyosaki, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 25 mins | 322.1MB

What's more important than money?

Seven entrepreneurs know this secret to success: it's the people you can trust and turn to for advice and guidance...the team you build to support your plans and goals and dreams.

Many people have million dollar ideas. They're confident that their new product or service or innovation will make them rich and that all their dreams will come true. The problem is: Most people don't know how to turn their million-dollar idea into millions of dollars.

According to many social scientists, the most important thing in life is a person's social and professional network. In other words, the people around us - our associates, our team, our friends. The people we surround ourselves with - and the people we go to for advice and guidance - can mean the difference between success and failure. And as he taught in Rich Dad Poor Dad, if the people around you have a poor person's mindset, it's likely that you'll be, or stay, poor. Your team, in life and in business, will determine if your million-dollar idea will give you a million-dollar payday.

In More Important Than Money, Robert Kiyosaki teams up with his most trusted Advisors who contribute not only chapters on the strengths and talents they bring to the team, but offer candid and insightful individual Profiles and excerpts from each of the 14 Rich Dad Advisor series books. Listeners will meet all of Robert's Rich Dad Advisors and learn why they are among his most valuable assets.

Metabolism Revolution: Lose 14 Pounds in 14 Days and Keep It off for Life [Audiobook]

Metabolism Revolution: Lose 14 Pounds in 14 Days and Keep It off for Life [Audiobook]
Metabolism Revolution: Lose 14 Pounds in 14 Days and Keep It off for Life [Audiobook] by Haylie Pomroy, read by Erin Bennett
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 26 mins | 151.23MB

Lose 14 pounds in 14 days - harness the power of food to reset your metabolism for good with this breakthrough program complete with recipes and a detailed, easy-to-use diet plan from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet.

The diet industry has been plagued with crazy fad diets that do nothing but slow your metabolism and prime your body for yo-yo weight gain. It's time for a change. If you want to lose weight fast, do it in a healthful way, and have the tools and resources to keep it off for life, this is the book for you.

Best-selling author, leading health and wellness entrepreneur, celebrity nutritionist, and motivational speaker Haylie Pomroy has the answers. Drawing on her fundamental "food as medicine" techniques, she's created the Metabolism Revolution diet, which strategically manipulates macronutrients to speed the body's metabolic rate, a guaranteed way to kick start a stalled metabolism. Following the Metabolism Revolution plan, you will burn fat, build muscle, improve your skin, boost energy levels, and look and feel great - all while losing weight quickly and keeping it off for life.

Backed by the latest science, Haylie's new program, her easiest to follow and most powerful one yet, allows you to determine your body's "metabolic intervention score" and create a customized plan to achieve healthy, rapid weight loss. Complete with meal maps, shopping lists, and more than 60 fabulous recipes, Metabolism Revolution is the proven way to quickly and deliciously drop the weight and leave you slimmer, healthier, and more energetic than ever.

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

Listen Up or Lose Out: How to Avoid Miscommunication, Improve Relationships, and Get More Done Faster [Audiobook]
Listen Up or Lose Out: How to Avoid Miscommunication, Improve Relationships, and Get More Done Faster [Audiobook] by Dorothy Grover Bolton,‎ Robert Bolton, read by Patrick Lawlor
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 23 mins | 231.4MB

Want better results? Talk less and listen more.

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

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

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

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

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

How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland [Audiobook]

How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland [Audiobook]
How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland [Audiobook] by Douglas Grindle, read by Peter Lerman
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 24 mins | 287.48MB

Douglas Grindle provides a firsthand account of how the war in Afghanistan was won in a rural district south of Kandahar City and how the newly created peace slipped away when vital resources failed to materialize and the United States headed for the exit.

By placing the reader at the heart of the American counterinsurgency effort, Grindle reveals little-known incidents, including the failure of expensive aid programs to target local needs, the slow throttling of local government as official funds failed to reach the districts, and the United States' inexplicable failure to empower the Afghan local officials even after they succeeded in bringing the people onto their side. Grindle presents the side of the hard-working Afghans who won the war and expresses what they really thought of the U.S. military and its decisions. Written by a former field officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, this story of dashed hopes and missed opportunities details how America's desire to leave the war behind ultimately overshadowed its desire to sustain victory.

White like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing [Audiobook]

White like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing [Audiobook]
White like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing [Audiobook] by Gail Lukasik PhD, read by Bernadette Dunne
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 57 mins | 273.84MB

In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother's decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother's fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother's racial lineage, tracing her family back to 18th-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.

With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers. A Washington Post Notable Book of 2017's Most Inspiring Stories.