Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion [Audiobook]

Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion [Audiobook]
Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion [Audiobook] by Jay Heinrichs, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 34 mins | 401.67MB

Everyone is always trying to persuade us of something: politicians, advertising, the media and most definitely our families. Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. With all the wisdom of the ages, from classical oratory to contemporary politics and pop culture, Thank You for Arguing shows you how to win more than your fair share of arguments as well as:

  • How to shine at work, avoid speeding tickets and outwit argumentative partners
  • Cicero's secrets to moving an audience, Donald Trump's savvy speechmaking and the art of giving a TED talk
  • Tactics like Setting Your Goals, Making Them Like You and Gaining the High Ground
  • Defuse an angry accuser and benefit from your own mistakes
  • The art of rhetoric, from eloquence and friendship to wit and irrefutable logic

Written by one of today's most popular online language experts, Thank You for Arguing is brimming with time-tested rhetorical tips and persuasion techniques that will change your life. And that's not hyperbole.

Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir [Audiobook]

Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir [Audiobook]
Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir [Audiobook] by Mark Weinberg, read by George Newbern
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 29 mins | 178.46MB

Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency - told through the movies they watched together every week at Camp David.

What did President Ronald Reagan think of Rocky IV? How did the Matthew Broderick film WarGames inform America's missile defense system? What Michael J. Fox movie made such an impression on President Reagan that he felt compelled to mention it in a speech to the Joint Session of Congress?

Over the course of eight years, Mark Weinberg travelled to Camp David each weekend with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He was one of a few select members invited into the Aspen Lodge, where the First Family screened both contemporary and classic movies on Friday and Saturday nights. They watched movies in times of triumph, such as the aftermath of Reagan's 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, such as the explosion of the Challenger and the shooting of the president and Press Secretary Jim Brady.

Weinberg's unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse of the Reagans - unscripted, relaxed, unburdened by the world, with no cameras in sight. Each chapter discusses a legendary film and what the Reagans thought of it and provides warm anecdotes and untold stories about his family and the administration. From Reagan's pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president The New Yorker once famously dubbed "The Unknowable".

Movie Nights with the Reagans is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the eyes of one of Hollywood's former stars: one who was simultaneously transforming the Republican Party, the American economy, and the course of the Cold War.

The Good Hustle: Creating a Happy, Healthy Business with Heart [Audiobook]

The Good Hustle: Creating a Happy, Healthy Business with Heart [Audiobook]
The Good Hustle: Creating a Happy, Healthy Business with Heart [Audiobook] by Dr Polly McGee, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 9 mins | 171.24MB

A revelation and revolution, combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with contemporary business practice in a compelling blend of mindfulness, spirituality and entrepreneurial action.

When business strategist Polly McGee spent two months in an ashram becoming a yoga teacher, she hoped to learn enough about life and balance to help her stop falling on her asana. She didn't expect to discover a unique way of combining the spiritual pathway to happiness with the process of creating sustainable heart-centred businesses that so many of her clients had been searching for.

The message of The Good Hustle is both revelation and revolution, combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with contemporary business practices in a compelling blend of mindfulness, spirituality and entrepreneurial action. If you've ever yearned to do something meaningful that matters and create a business with heart, The Good Hustle is your go-to handbook on the real-life path to enlightenment.

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?: A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick [Audiobook]

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?: A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick [Audiobook]
Can You Die of a Broken Heart: A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick [Audiobook] by Dr Nikki Stamp, read by Kate Blakk
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 45 mins | 214.15MB

In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat.

When the actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, we interpreted it as literal 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? How do times of emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or exercise, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men when they are more fatal in women?

Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a fascinating insight into the workings of our most vital organ and how our emotions and lifestyle affect its every beat. Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and what it's like to perform a life-saving transplant.

Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster debut from a unique young voice.

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 [Audiobook]

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 [Audiobook]
Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 [Audiobook] by Albert Marrin, read by Jim Frangione
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 44 mins | 158.03MB

From National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic - and the chances for another worldwide pandemic.

In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself.

Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of 18 months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people - one-third of the global population at the time - came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million.

In this powerful book, nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge - and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss [Audiobook]

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss [Audiobook]
Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss [Audiobook] by Stephanie Wittels Wachs, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 51 mins | 189.09MB

The space between life and death is a moment. But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs's life forever.... Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother's struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is The Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of listeners.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother's spirit animal.

The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover's Companion [EPUB]

The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover's Companion [EPUB]
The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover's Companion by Justin Kennedy
2017 | EPUB | 17.38MB

Foreword by Master Cicerone Rich Higgins

Discover a world of beer with this sensational handbook, packed with style guides, how-tos, and fascinating anecdotes about the origins and evolution of both well-known and esoteric beers—and ten unique "scratch and sniff" stickers devoted to aromas inherent in your favorite brews.

To truly know a beer, it isn’t enough to taste it. You must breathe in its distinctive aroma—a specialty blend of hops, malt, water, and yeast that differentiate one beer style from another. Divided into eight chapters, each segment of this book introduces you to a new aspect of beer. Whether illuminating the process of making beer, or teaching you how to start your very own at-home beer cellar, The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer bursts with fun information and factoids to dispense at your next bottle share—a wealth of insider knowledge that adds body, depth, and flavor to every page.

The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer is for anyone who has even delighted in the pleasures of an aged lambic, marveled at the crispness of properly made pilsner, or longed to seek out some of the world’s most unique brews.

Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More [EPUB]

Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More [EPUB]
Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More by Andris Lagsdin
2017 | EPUB | 284.81MB

A simple but transformative product that supercharges your home oven, the Baking Steel offers a whole new way to cook and bake that blows pizza stones and stovetop griddles away. With Baking with Steel, you'll harness this extraordinary tool to bake restaurant-quality baguettes, grill meats a la plancha, and enjoy pizza with a crust and char previously unimaginable outside a professional kitchen.

Diabetic Living Eat Smart, Lose Weight: Your Guide to Eat Right and Move More [EPUB]

Diabetic Living Eat Smart, Lose Weight: Your Guide to Eat Right and Move More [EPUB]
Diabetic Living Eat Smart, Lose Weight: Your Guide to Eat Right and Move More by Diabetic Living Editors
2017 | EPUB | 80.2MB

A practical and innovative guide to weight loss for people who want to take control of their health with simple changes to their diet and lifestyle—from the experts at Diabetic Living

This newest addition to the Diabetic Living collection is ideal for people with diabetes who want to lose weight by learning how to eat healthfully and move more. The first part of the book features more than 100 healthful, calorie-conscious, and carb-counted recipes—from budget-friendly meals to perfectly portioned snacks—plus tips on how to conquer cravings and stay on track. The second part shows easy ways to add movement every day. Everyone will find ways to meet their weight loss goals and get fit, including how to get started with stretching exercises tailored to specific needs. All exercises include variations so that readers will not have to buy gym equipment to complete a workout.

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [Audiobook]

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [Audiobook]
The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [Audiobook] by Curtis Allen Stone, read by Diego Footer
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 35 mins | 231.99MB

There are 20 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:

  • Low capital investment and overhead costs
  • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
  • Easy access to markets

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know [Audiobook]

The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know [Audiobook]
The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know [Audiobook] by Jon Bonné, read by Emily Woo Zeller
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 19 mins | 64.23MB

There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful?

Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the useless, needlessly complicated stuff the "experts" have been telling you. In The New Wine Rules, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: A wine's price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink rosé any time of year. And don't save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day.

You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity [Audiobook]

You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity [Audiobook]
You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity [Audiobook] by Susan Greenfield, read by LIsa Armytage
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 15 mins | 117.55MB

What is it that makes you distinct from me? Identity is a term much used but hard to define. For that very reason, it has long been a topic of fascination for philosophers but has been regarded with aversion by neuroscientists - until now.

Susan Greenfield takes us on a journey in search of a biological interpretation of this most elusive of concepts, guiding us through the social and psychiatric perspectives and ultimately to the heart of the physical brain.

Greenfield argues that as the brain adapts exquisitely to environment, the cultural challenges of the 21st century, with its screen-based technologies, mean that we are facing unprecedented changes to identity itself.

The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature [Audiobook]

The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature [Audiobook]
The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature [Audiobook] by Clemens G Arvay, read by Kyle Hebert
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 49 mins | 160.39MB

The Biophilia Effect celebrates our interconnection with nature and shows how to deeply engage the natural world wherever you live to dramatically improve your health. This unabridged audio presentation shares fascinating biomedical research into nature’s healing effects on our bodies, practical tools and activities, and inspiring stories about the remarkable benefits of being in nature. This translation of the German bestseller explores:

  • Biophilia—psychotherapist and philosopher Erich Fromm’s term for people’s love for nature
  • How nature alleviates pain and accelerates recuperation
  • Yards and gardens as a source of inspiration, happiness, and health
  • How landscapes interact with the human psyche
  • Nature’s influence on the mind, heart, and other vital organs of the body

“The biophilia effect happens when we connect with our roots,” writes Arvay. “The biophilia effect stands for wilderness and the conception of nature, for natural beauty and aesthetics, and for breaking free and healing. That is what this book is about.” The Biophilia Effect is your guide to accessing the sacred bond we share with nature, wherever you call home.

The Jealousy Cure: Learn to Trust, Overcome Possessiveness, and Save Your Relationship [Audiobook]

The Jealousy Cure: Learn to Trust, Overcome Possessiveness, and Save Your Relationship [Audiobook]
The Jealousy Cure: Learn to Trust, Overcome Possessiveness, and Save Your Relationship [Audiobook] by Robert L Leahy, read by Fred Stella
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 23 mins | 203.82MB

Could jealousy be a positive thing? In this groundbreaking book, Robert L. Leahy - author of the hugely popular self-help guide, The Worry Cure - invites you to gain a greater understanding of your jealous feelings, keep jealousy from hijacking your life, and create healthier relationships.

We've all heard tales of the overly jealous spouse or significant other. Maybe we've even been that jealous person, though we may not want to admit it. It's hard to imagine anyone sailing through life without either having feelings of jealousy or being the target of someone's jealousy. But what if jealousy isn't just a neurotic weakness? What if it signals that your relationship matters to you? In short - what if jealousy serves a purpose?

In The Jealousy Cure, renowned psychologist Robert L. Leahy takes a more nuanced approach to tackling feelings of jealousy. In this compelling book, you'll uncover the evolutionary origins of jealousy, and how and why it's served to help us as a species. You'll also learn practices based in emotional schema theory, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness to help you overcome the shame jealousy can bring, improve communication with your partner, and ultimately make room for jealousy while also making your relationship more meaningful. You will learn that confronting jealousy in your relationship does not have to be a catastrophe, but can redirect you and your partner to build more trust, acceptance, and connection.

We often feel jealous because we fear losing the things or people that matter to us the most. With this insightful guide, you'll discover how jealousy can both help and hurt your relationship, and learn proven-effective skills to keep jealousy in its place.

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 [Audiobook]

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 [Audiobook]
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 [Audiobook] by Tina Brown, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 41 mins | 458.79MB

Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive '80s in New York and Hollywood.

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine.

Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions - the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. Within the diary's cinematic minutes, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country, and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter.

Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South [Audiobook]

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South [Audiobook]
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South [Audiobook] by Radley Balko,‎ Tucker Carrington, read by Robert Fass
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 45 mins | 405.9MB

This is a tale of two tragedies.

At the heart of the first is Dr. Steven Hayne, a doctor the State of Mississippi employed as its de facto medical examiner for two decades. Beginning in the late 1980s, he performed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 autopsies per year, five times more than is recommended, performed at night in the basement of a local funeral home. Autopsy reports claimed organs had been observed and weighed when, in reality, they had been surgically removed from the body years before. But Hayne was the only game in town. He also often brought in local dentist and self-styled "bite mark specialist" Dr. Michael West, who would discover marks on victim's bodies, at times invisible to the naked eye, and then match those marks - "indeed and without doubt" - to law enforcement's lead suspect.

This leads to the second tragic tale: that of Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks, two black men each convicted in separate cases of the brutal rape and murder of young girls. Dr. Hayne's autopsy and Dr. West's bite-mark matching formed the bases for the convictions. Combined, the two men served over 30 years in Mississippi's notorious penitentiary - Parchman Farm - before being exonerated in 2008. Brooks' and Brewer's wrongful convictions lie at the intersection of both the most pressing problem facing this country's criminal justice system - structural injustice built on the historic foundation of race and class as well as with the much more contemporary but equally egregious problem of invalid forensic science. The old problem is inextricably bound up with and exacerbates the new.

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

The Birth of the RAF, 1918: The World's First Air Force [Audiobook]

The Birth of the RAF, 1918: The World's First Air Force [Audiobook]
The Birth of the RAF, 1918: The World's First Air Force [Audiobook] by Richard Overy, read by Mr Jonathon Keeble
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 8 mins | 114.38MB

The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over 10 years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war, the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen.

The RAF was created in 1918 as a revolutionary response to this new form of warfare - a highly contentious decision (resisted fiercely by both the army and navy, who had until then controlled all aircraft) but one which had the most profound impact, for good and ill, on the future of warfare.

Richard Overy's superb new audiobook shows how this happened, against the backdrop of the first bombing raids against London and the constant emergency of the Western Front. The RAF's origins were as much political as military and throughout the 1920s still provoked bitter criticism. Published to mark the centenary of its founding, this is an invaluable audiobook, filled with new and surprising material on this unique organisation.

Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970 [Audiobook]

Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970 [Audiobook]
Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970 [Audiobook] by Joe Fair, read by David de Vries
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 29 mins | 123.71MB

Call Sign Dracula provides an outstanding, valuable, and worthy in-depth look into the life of a US Army Infantry soldier serving with the famed 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) in Vietnam. It is a genuine, firsthand account of a one-year tour that shows how a soldier grew and matured from an awkward, bewildered, inexperienced, 18-year-old country bumpkin from Kentucky, to a tough, battle-hardened fighting soldier.

You will laugh, cry, and stand in awe at the true-life experiences shared in this memoir. The awfulness of battle, fear beyond description, the sorrow and anguish of losing friends, extreme weariness, the dealing with the scalding sun, torrential rain, cold, heat, humidity, insects, and the daily effort just to maintain sanity were struggles faced virtually every day. And yet, there were the good times. There was the coming together to laugh, joke, and share stories from home. There was the warmth and compassion shown by men to each other in such an unreal environment. You will see where color, race, or where you were from had no bearing on the tight-knit group of young men that was formed from the necessity to survive. What a bunch they were!

...then the return to home and all the adjustments and struggles to once again fit into a world that was now strange and uncomfortable.

Call Sign Dracula is an excellent and genuine memoir of an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War.

Garden Builder: Plans and Instructions for 35 Projects You Can Make [EPUB]

Garden Builder: Plans and Instructions for 35 Projects You Can Make [EPUB]
Garden Builder: Plans and Instructions for 35 Projects You Can Make by JoAnn Moser
2018 | EPUB | 40.42MB

Garden Builder is a treasure trove of lovely yard, patio and garden projects you can build yourself!

Perfect for any gardener or outdoor enthusiast with a few basic DIY skills, it is packed with 31 complete project plans, each one featuring finished photos of the project along with cut lists and shopping lists, a construction diagram, and step-by-step instructions (complete with photos) show exactly how to build every project.

Most projects are made from durable exterior-rated wood and can be created with basic carpentry skills. But several of these highly desirable garden accessories are made with materials like concrete, metal, and wire.

Garden Builder is positively loaded with projects, a few you can look forward to building include:

  • Trellises
  • Raised beds
  • Harvest boxes
  • Garden Benches
  • Planters
  • Garden Art

Simply follow the clear and comprehensive instructions, and you'll have a garden that's rich in design elements, useful aids, and practical furnishings.

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally [EPUB]

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally [EPUB]
Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally by Mark Highland
2017 | EPUB | 54.7MB

Get your hands dirty in the garden! Practical Organic Gardening is a comprehensive guide to organic gardening practices that focuses on hands-on, up-to-date information and high-quality visual information.

Practical Organic Gardening sprouts homegrown, healthy edibles and other safe plants that are nourishing and tasty for your family, pets, and beneficial wildlife. Organic gardening isn't just for environmentalists anymore. Over the last several years it has been a popular gardening method. Believe it or not, it organic gardening has actually been around for most of the last century, but interest in organic gardening has soared in recent years as gardeners have become more aware of the quality of their food.

Now is your chance to learn with this comprehensive book. Written by Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic, this is far from a hippie manifesto; it is a scientifically driven, modern-day dive into the organic methods, products, and practices that will appeal to any home gardener looking to make the transition from conventional to organic.

Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces [EPUB]

Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces [EPUB]
Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces by Jessica Walliser
2017 | EPUB | 51.19MB

Container Gardening Complete has everything you need to know to successfully garden in a small space, including step-by-step directions, photographs, and information on more than 125 plants.

The ideal book for urban gardeners, indoor gardeners, and vegetable gardeners, Container Gardening Complete is a thorough visual guide that will get you growing quickly! Whether you are growing vegetables, fruits, or flowers on an apartment balcony; creating a small vegetable garden for personal use; or decorating steps and walkways, this hard working book is your go-to resource.

The methods described in this book are foolproof and easy to follow, with step-by-step directions and photographs, scalable projects for differing needs, and many great ideas for upscaled containers from things you have around your home. You’ll get to know the ins and outs of gardening in a small space, from the importance of drainage, irrigation, and other watering concerns to ornamental combinations of plants, and the very best vegetables, fruits, and nonedibles for container gardening.

Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants [EPUB]

Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants [EPUB]
Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants by Authors of Cool Springs Press
2018 | EPUB | 67.94MB

Gardening Complete is the most up-to-date and complete guide to gardening for homeowners. Inside, eight of North America’s top gardening experts—and Cool Springs Press authors—present 19 subjects of critical interest to anyone who wants to learn or broaden gardening skills. Whether your main interest is in designing landscapes and gardens, ornamental gardening to make your yard more attractive, or gardening to provide nutritious edibles for the family table, this book will become your definitive source of information. It is intended for serious beginning to intermediate gardeners, but even veteran gardeners will be intrigued by what these experts have to say about core gardening skills and common horticultural subjects.

Gardening Complete is a practical book that demonstrates how to accomplish the routine activities of gardening, including: planning and planting your garden, essential care for the garden during the growing season, dealing with pests and diseases, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. While many gardening books focus on regional plant species or devote large sections to some form of plant catalog, this book is different. Gardening Complete serves not only as a self-contained manual for gardening skills and information in all regions, but also as a sampler that may help you determine where to focus your gardening hobby in the future or even help you identify authors you’d like to explore further. Each of the eight authors has an impressively broad background in publishing and lecturing on gardening, and you may discover a new favorite writer in these pages. We haven’t just allowed these authorities to express their individual views—we’ve encouraged them to do so. As is true in a healthy garden, we’ve aimed at diversity for this book.

This book is not an organic gardening book per se, but if you have any previous familiarity with Cool Springs Press or any of these authors, you will know that we tend to take a low-impact approach to gardening. Thus, our authors generally offer advice that is gentle to the soil, to the environment, and to beneficial insects and animals.

Success in your yard and garden awaits you with the help of Gardening Complete. Our authros are among the most passionate gardeners you will ever meet, and they have helped thousands of home gardeners just like you.

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out [EPUB]

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out [EPUB]
How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out by Chantal Aida Gordon,‎ Ryan Benoit
2018 | EPUB | 160.79MB

From the founders of the popular gardening blog The Horticult comes a guide to the window box, the container garden that is by far the most accessible garden for any skill level, space, or quality of light. The sixteen indoor and outdoor projects range from succulents to veggies and showcase a variety of full sun- and shade-loving foliage. Bright photography and a thorough introduction to soil, watering, and plants make this great for anyone who's green to gardening.

This easy gardening book shows renters and homeowners alike how they can own just a few square feet of green no matter where they live. Also included are information on choosing a window box (and instructions for building one from scratch), soil and drainage tips, and ideas for minimizing mess indoors.

The Shivfit Way: A Comprehensive Functional Fitness Programme [EPUB]

The Shivfit Way: A Comprehensive Functional Fitness Programme [EPUB]
The Shivfit Way: A Comprehensive Functional Fitness Programme by Shivoham, Shrenik Avlani
2018 | EPUB | 8.34MB

Shivoham is the trainer behind Aamir Khan's muscular look in Dhoom 3, Sonakshi Sinha's bodacious curves in Dabangg, Jacqueline Fernandez's lean physique and Abhishek Bachchan's fitness. One of India's foremost functional fitness trainers, Shivoham shows you how to work out without any equipment or machines. In this book, he combines cardio, strength training and weight exercises for a full-body workout. Shivoham also offers a whole new perspective on what it means to be fit and how to motivate yourself to start exercising.

The book outlines the eight basic movements of all exercises that will help you achieve a strong body. Accompanied by pictures for each exercise, advice on different diets, over 100 detailed workouts and an interactive section that will help you track your progress, The Shivfit Way will ensure you meet all your fitness goals. You won't just get back in shape, you'll also look forward to working out.

Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon [EPUB]

Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon [EPUB]
Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon by Catherine Hewitt
2018 | EPUB | 44.29MB

Catherine Hewitt's richly told biography of Suzanne Valadon, the illegitimate daughter of a provincial linen maid who became famous as a model for the Impressionists and later as a painter in her own right.

In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists’ most beautiful model. But behind her captivating façade lay a closely-guarded secret.

Suzanne was born into poverty in rural France, before her mother fled the provinces, taking her to Montmartre. There, as a teenager Suzanne began posing for―and having affairs with―some of the age’s most renowned painters. Then Renoir caught her indulging in a passion she had been trying to conceal: the model was herself a talented artist.

Some found her vibrant still lifes and frank portraits as shocking as her bohemian lifestyle. At eighteen, she gave birth to an illegitimate child, future painter Maurice Utrillo. But her friends Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas could see her skill. Rebellious and opinionated, she refused to be confined by tradition or gender, and in 1894, her work was accepted to the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, an extraordinary achievement for a working-class woman with no formal art training.

Renoir’s Dancer tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.

Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union [EPUB]

Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union [EPUB]
Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union by Niall O'Dowd
2018 | EPUB | 1.02MB

An unprecedented narrative of the relationship that swung the Civil War.

When Pickett charged at Gettysburg, it was the all-Irish Pennsylvania 69th who held fast while the surrounding regiments broke and ran. And it was Abraham Lincoln who, a year earlier at Malvern Hill, picked up a corner of one of the Irish colors, kissed it, and said, “God bless the Irish flag.”

Lincoln and the Irish untangles one of the most fascinating subtexts of the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the men and women coming to America to escape the Irish famine.

Renowned Irish-American journalist Niall O’Dowd gives unprecedented insight into a relationship that began with mutual disdain. Lincoln saw the Irish as instinctive supporters of the Democratic opposition, while the Irish saw the English landlord class in Lincoln’s Republicans. But that dynamic would evolve, and the Lincoln whose first political actions included intimidating Irish voters at the polls would eventually hire Irish nannies and donate to the Irish famine fund. When he was voted into the White House, Lincoln surrounded himself with Irish staff, much to the chagrin of a senior aide who complained about the Hibernian cabal. And the Irish would repay Lincoln’s faith—their numbers and courage would help swing the Civil War in his favor, and among them would be some of his best generals and staunchest advocates.

Candle Making Basics: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Candle Making Basics: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Candle Making Basics: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started, 2nd Edition by Eric Ebeling
2018 | EPUB | 41.69MB

The complete guide to candle making, from equipment and materials to finished product. Step-by-step photographs and expert advice guide you through the process, showing you how to avoid common mistakes along the way.

Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times [EPUB]

Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times [EPUB]
Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times edited by Craig Aaron
2018 | EPUB | 68.27MB

In These Times, the national, biweekly magazine of news and opinion, has provided groundbreaking coverage of the labor movement, the environment, feminism, grassroots politics, minority communities, and the media for twenty-five years. Filled with new writing commissioned specially for this anniversary volume, images, and text highlights of the last quarter-century in the magazine, Appeal to Reason: The First 25 Years of In These Times showcases contributors to the magazine like Noam Chomsky, David Brower, and Alice Walker, to name just a few. But it also asks an important question: Where do we go from here?

For answers, Appeal to Reason turns to more than twenty leading progressive writers—including Barbara Ehrenreich, Juan Gonzalez, Salim Muwakkil, and Robert W. McChesney—who take a fresh look at the lessons of the past and suggest directions for the future. Exploring issues ranging from globalization and criminal justice to the environment and culture, Appeal to Reason lays a political and intellectual foundation for the debates, discussions, and movements of the next twenty-five years.

Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House [EPUB]

Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House [EPUB]
Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House by Matthew Collin
2010 | EPUB | 2.28MB

“I can’t recommend this marvellous piece of work enough.” —Irvine Welsh

Altered State—now updated—is the definitive text on ecstasy culture, using a cast of characters to track the origins of the scene through psychedelic subcults, underground gay discos, and the Balearic paradise of Ibiza. It examines the ideologies and myths, documenting the criminal underside to the blissed-out image, and shedding light on the social history of the most spectacular youth movement of the twentieth century.

Fortuna: Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy [PDF]

Fortuna: Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy [PDF]
Fortuna: Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy by Daniele Miano
2018 | PDF | 31.96MB

What is good luck and what did it mean to the Romans? What connections were there between luck and childbirth, victory in war, or success in business? What did Roman statesmen like Cicero and Caesar think about luck? This volume aims to address these questions by focusing on the Latin goddess Fortuna, one of the better known deities in ancient Italy. The earliest forms of her worship can be traced back to archaic Latium, and though the chronological scope of the discussion presented here covers the archaic age to the late Republic, she was still a widely recognized allegorical figure during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The primary reason for Fortuna's longevity is that she was a conceptual deity, symbiotically connected to the concept of chance and good fortune. When communities, individuals, and social groups interacted with the goddess, they were inevitably also interacting with the concept: renegotiating it, enriching it with new meanings, and challenging established associations. All the available literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources on Fortuna are explored here in depth, including analyses of all the attested sanctuaries of the goddess in Italy, an updated study of inscribed gifts offered to her by a variety of individuals, and discussion of how authors such as Cicero and Caesar wrote about Fortuna, chance, and good luck. This study of the goddess based on conceptual analysis serves to construct a radically new picture of the historical development of this deity in the context of the cultural interactions taking place in ancient Italy, and also suggests a new approach to polytheism based on an exploration of the connection between gods and goddesses and concepts.

The Fortifications of Arkadian City States in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods [PDF]

The Fortifications of Arkadian City States in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods [PDF]
The Fortifications of Arkadian City States in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods by Matthew P. Maher
2017 | PDF | 219.15MB

This illustrated study comprises a comprehensive and detailed account of the historical development of Greek military architecture and defensive planning, specifically in Arkadia in the Classical and Hellenistic periods.

Employing data gathered from the published literature, and collected during the field reconnaissance of every site, the fortification circuit of each Arkadian polis is explored. In this way, the book provides an accurate chronology for the walls in question; an understanding of the relationship between the fortifications and the local topography; a detailed inventory of all the fortified poleis of Arkadia; a regional synthesis based on this inventory; and the probable historical reasons behind the patterns observed through the regional synthesis.

Maher argues that there is no evidence for fortified poleis in Arkadia during the Archaic period. However, when the poleis were eventually fortified in the Classical period, the fact that most appeared in the early fourth century BC, strategically distributed in limited geographic areas, suggests that the larger defensive concerns of the Arkadian League were a factor. Although the defensive responses to innovations in siege warfare and offensive artillery of the Arkadian fortifications follow the same general developments observable in the circuits found throughout the Greek world, there does exist a number of interesting and noteworthy, regionally specific, patterns. Such discoveries validate the methodology employed and clearly demonstrate the value of an exclusively regional focus for shedding light on a number of architectural, topographical, and historic issues.