A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook]

A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook]
A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook] by Jon Butterworth, read by Wayne Forester
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 34 mins | 184.34MB

What is the universe made of? How do we know? And what don't we know yet? Over the last 60 years, scientists around the world have worked together to explore the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces that govern their behaviour. The result so far is the Standard Model of elementary particles: a theoretical map of the basic building blocks of the universe. With the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012, the map as we know it was completed but also extended into strange and wonderful new realms.

A Map of the Invisible is an explorer's guide to the Standard Model and the extraordinary world of particle physics as pioneering physicist Jon Butterworth charts the terrain of atoms and quarks, electrons and neutrinos and the forces that shape the universe. Step by step, discovery by discovery, we journey into the world of the unseen, from everyday physics to the latest research, from the smallest particle to black holes and dark matter and beyond to the outer reaches of the cosmos and the frontiers of human knowledge.

As the journey progresses, A Map of the Invisible provides an essential introduction to our world and to particle physics. It is a landmark work of nonfiction by one of the great scientists and science writers of today.

Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age [EPUB]

Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age [EPUB]
Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age by Miles Young
2018 | EPUB | 21.29MB

From Miles Young, worldwide non-executive chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, comes a sequel to David Ogilvy's bestselling advertising handbook featuring essential strategies for the digital age.

In this must-have sequel to the bestselling Ogilvy On Advertising, Ogilvy chairman Miles Young provides top insider secrets and strategies for successful advertising in the Digital Revolution. As comprehensive as its predecessor was for print and TV, this indispensable handbook dives deep into the digital ecosystem, discusses how to best collect and utilize data-the currency of the digital age-to convert sales specifically on screen (phone, tablet, smart watch, computer, etc.), breaks down when and how to market to millennials, highlights the top five current industry giants, suggests best practices from brand response to social media, and offers 13 trend predictions for the future.

This essential guide is for any professional in advertising, public relations, or marketing seeking to remain innovative and competitive in today's ever-expanding technological marketplace.

Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality [Audiobook]

Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality [Audiobook]
Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality [Audiobook] by Hector Macdonald, read by Robert Fass
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 34 mins | 263.7MB

For fans of Nudge, Sway, and The Art of Thinking Clearly, a fascinating dive into the many ways in which "competing truths" shape our opinions, behaviors, and beliefs.

True or false? It's rarely that simple.

There is more than one truth about most things. The Internet disseminates knowledge but it also spreads hatred. Eating meat is nutritious but it's also damaging to the environment. When we communicate we naturally select the truths that are most helpful to our agenda.

We can select truths constructively to inspire organizations, encourage children, and drive progressive change. Or we can select truths that give a false impression of reality, misleading people without actually lying. Others can do the same, motivating or deceiving us with the truth. Truths are neutral but highly versatile tools that we can use for good or ill.

In Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality, Hector Macdonald explores how truth is used and abused in politics, business, the media and everyday life. He shows how a clearer understanding of truth's many faces renders us better able to navigate our world and more influential within it. Combining great storytelling with practical takeaways and a litany of fascinating, funny, and insightful case studies, Truth is a sobering and engaging read about how profoundly our mindsets and actions are influenced by the truths that those around us choose to tell.

The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century [Audiobook]

The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century [Audiobook]
The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century [Audiobook] by Robert D Kaplan, read by Eric Martin
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 24 mins | 260.23MB

A bracing assessment of US foreign policy over the past two decades, anchored by a major new essay commissioned by the Pentagon about changing power dynamics among China, Eurasia, and America - from the best-selling author of The Revenge of Geography.

Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic and deep reading that ranges from the lessons of Thucydides and Sun Tzu to contemporary outcomes in the Middle East, Robert D. Kaplan makes a powerful case for what timeless principles and factors should shape America's role in the world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy, a delineation between American interests versus American values, an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare, a projection of military power via a strong navy, and much more.

In a series of vivid and clear-eyed assessments, renowned foreign policy analyst Kaplan describes an increasingly unstable world - and how American strategy should adapt accordingly.

What Happened to Bernie Sanders [Audiobook]

What Happened to Bernie Sanders [Audiobook]
What Happened to Bernie Sanders [Audiobook] by Jared H Beck Esq, read by Peter Berkrot
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours | 220.58MB

One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the US 2016 presidential election is still being fought by both parties. As the case of Russian hacking and collusion is investigated, and Hillary Clinton desperately attempts to explain what happened to her and why she lost, a more important question, one haunted by shadowy tactics and campaign double-dealing, rings out: what happened to Bernie Sanders?

Jared H. Beck, Esq., the lawyer suing the Democratic National Committee and Debbie Wasserman Schultz for collusion and fraud - for conspiring as a whole to make sure Hillary Clinton was the Democratic presidential candidate - has now written the book on what truly transpired during the Democratic primaries and National Convention.

Using uncovered documents and other primary sources, Beck shows that Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton because he never had a chance to win. He illustrates how a web of forces, emanating from elite interests through the mainstream media and Democratic political establishment, and fronted by the Democratic National Committee, operated to ensure that Clinton would secure the nomination. The story of the 2016 Democratic primaries is not one of being "stronger together" or "making America great again"; it is one of how corruption has critically eroded America's political institutions to the point of crippling democracy itself.

The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy [Audiobook]

The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy [Audiobook]
The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy [Audiobook] by Daniel Kalder, read by Chris Ciulla
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 25 mins | 426.06MB

The Infernal Library is a harrowing audiobook tour of "dictator literature" in the 20th century, featuring the soul-killing prose and poetry of Hitler, Mao, and many more, which shows how books have sometimes shaped the world for the worse.

Since the days of the Roman Empire dictators have written books. But in the 20th century despots enjoyed unprecedented print runs to (literally) captive audiences. The titans of the genre - Stalin, Mussolini, and Khomeini among them - produced theoretical works, spiritual manifestos, poetry, memoirs, and even the occasional romance novel and established a literary tradition of boundless tedium that continues to this day.

How did the production of literature become central to the running of regimes? What do these books reveal about the dictatorial soul? And how can books and literacy, most often viewed as inherently positive, cause immense and lasting harm? Putting daunting research to revelatory use, journalist Daniel Kalder asks and brilliantly answers these questions.

Marshalled upon the beleaguered shelves of The Infernal Library are the books and commissioned works of the century's most notorious figures. Their words led to the deaths of millions. Their conviction in the significance of their own thoughts brooked no argument. It is perhaps no wonder then, as Kalder argues, that many dictators began their careers as writers.

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote [Audiobook]

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote [Audiobook]
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote [Audiobook] by Elaine Weiss, read by Tavia Gilbert
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 27 mins | 452.61MB

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible.

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great 20th-century battles for civil rights.

The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty [Audiobook]

The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty [Audiobook]
The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty [Audiobook] by Mary Hollingsworth, read by Anne Flosnik
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 53 mins | 355.75MB

A fresh, revelatory, and shockingly revisionist narrative of the rise and fall of the House of Medici, by the acclaimed author of The Cardinal’s Hat and The Borgias.

Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained massive political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. Among their number were no fewer than three popes and a powerful and influential queen of France. Their influence brought about an explosion of Florentine art and architecture. Michelangelo, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo were among the artists with whom they were socialized and patronized.

Thus runs the "accepted view” of the Medici. However, Mary Hollingsworth argues that the idea that the Medici were enlightened rulers of the Renaissance is a fiction that has now acquired the status of historical fact. In truth, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias―tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own. In this dynamic new history, Hollingsworth argues that past narratives have focused on a sanitized and fictitious view of the Medici―wise rulers, enlightened patrons of the arts, and fathers of the Renaissance―but that in fact their past was reinvented in the sixteenth century, mythologized by later generations of Medici who used this as a central prop for their legacy.

Hollingsworth's revelatory re-telling of the story of the family Medici brings a fresh and exhilarating new perspective to the story behind the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance.

Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena [Audiobook]

Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena [Audiobook]
Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena [Audiobook] by Linda S Godfrey, read by Emily Durante
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 41 mins | 295.89MB

Have you ever seen something you couldn’t explain?

This meticulously researched and thrilling exploration of the otherworldly will challenge your idea of reality. Mysterious wolf-people, sentient mists, and UFOs…if you've ever heard a curious bump in the night, caught a glimpse of a strange-looking someone (or something) out of the corner of your eye, or seen an unusual craft dart across the sky before it vanishes without a trace, there's only one person to call: Linda S. Godfrey. An expert in strange creatures and lore, she has offered reporting on bigfoots, werewolves, strange energy forms, and other bizarre beings for years.

Godfrey will enthrall even skeptics as she leads you through the mystical, legendary, and scientific angles of these creatures and the myths that surround them. Within these pages, you will encounter:

  • First-hand testimony of a terrifying transformation from woman to beast (during a church service, no less)
  • The Lost Lizard People of Los Angeles
  • A growling, phantomlike home invader
  • Wolfmen who walk on two legs
  • People stalked by invisible predators

Delivering a broad mix of modern-day and historical sightings, and supported by Godfrey's interviews with eyewitnesses, Monsters Among Us is essential reading for anyone hunting for the real accounts behind their childhood campfire stories.

Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act [Audiobook]

Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act [Audiobook]
Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act [Audiobook] by Robin Ryan, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 27 mins | 232.42MB

Retirement has changed, and Robin Ryan, America's most trusted career coach, is here to guide you through your retirement reinvention.

In Retirement Reinvention, America's most trusted career coach shatters the myths that retirement is the end of work, that it is a time of decline, that new career opportunities are for young people alone, and that people only work during their retirement because they need money. The old model of retirement is changing, and now the majority of today's retirees intend to keep working in the next phase of their lives. In this helpful new career-focused guide, Robin Ryan offers practical advice for the next act of your life and career.

Robin Ryan has been helping clients land their dream job for over 20 years. Now, she shows you how to take the skills that you have been honing for your entire career and put them to use to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling retirement. Full of actionable advice, Retirement Reinvention provides step-by-step instructions to help you leave your old career behind, pinpoint interests and skills, and define new, satisfying opportunities that will fit within the balance you want to strike between work and leisure. From starting a new business to shifting to the non-profit sector, to volunteering; Robin Ryan will guide you through your own retirement reinvention.

Discrimination and Disparities [Audiobook]

Discrimination and Disparities [Audiobook]
Discrimination and Disparities [Audiobook] by Thomas Sowell, read by Robertson Dean
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 1 min | 139.64MB

Discrimination and Disparities challenges believers in such one-factor explanations of economic outcome differences as discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. It is listenable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

The point of Discrimination and Disparities is not to recommend some particular policy "fix" at the end, but to clarify why so many policy fixes have turned out to be counterproductive, and to expose some seemingly invincible fallacies behind many counterproductive policies.

The final chapter deals with social visions and their human consequences.

Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America [Audiobook]

Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America [Audiobook]
Can It Happen Here: Authoritarianism in America [Audiobook] edited by Cass R Sunstein, read by Kaleo Griffith
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 5 mins | 332.48MB

With the election of Donald J. Trump, many people on both the left and right feared that America's 240-year-old grand experiment in democracy was coming to an end, and that Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel, It Can't Happen Here, written during the dark days of the 1930s, could finally be coming true. Is the democratic freedom that the United States symbolizes really secure? Can authoritarianism happen in America?

Acclaimed legal scholar, Harvard Professor, and New York Times best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein queried a number of the nation's leading thinkers. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, these distinguished thinkers and theorists explore the lessons of history, how democracies crumble, how propaganda works, and the role of the media, courts, elections, and "fake news" in the modern political landscape - and what the future of the United States may hold.

Contributors include:

  • Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School
  • Eric Posner, law professor at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University
  • Timur Kuran, economics and political science professor at Duke University
  • Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard Law School
  • Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business
  • Jack Goldsmith, Professor at Harvard Law School, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and co-founder of Lawfare
  • Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law at New York University
  • Jon Elster, Professor of the Social Sciences at Columbia University
  • Thomas Ginsburg, Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University
  • Duncan Watts, sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research

A Tokyo Romance [Audiobook]

A Tokyo Romance [Audiobook]
A Tokyo Romance [Audiobook] by Ian Buruma, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 20 mins | 174.34MB

A classic memoir of self-invention in a strange land: Ian Buruma's unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo's underground culture as a young man in the 1970s

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middle class youth, what he longed for wasn't so much the exotic as the raw, unfiltered humanity he had experienced in Japanese theater performances and films, witnessed in Amsterdam and Paris. One particular theater troupe, directed by a poet of runaways, outsiders, and eccentrics, was especially alluring, more than a little frightening, and completely unforgettable. If Tokyo was anything like his plays, Buruma knew that he had to join the circus as soon as possible.

Tokyo was an astonishment. Callow and unformed, Buruma found a feverish and surreal metropolis where nothing was understated and everything shouted for attention - neon lights, crimson lanterns, Japanese pop, advertising jingles, cabarets, and PA systems. He encountered a city in the midst of an economic boom where everything seemed new, aside from the isolated temple or shrine that had survived the firestorms and earthquakes that had leveled the city during the past century. History remained in fragments: the shapes of wounded World War Two veterans in white kimonos, murky old bars that Mishima had cruised in, and the narrow alleys where street girls had once flitted.

Buruma's Tokyo, though, was a city engaged in a radical transformation. And through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theater, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers, and moments on set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation of his own. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free.

A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him. With his signature acuity, Ian Buruma brilliantly captures the historical tensions between East and West, the clash of conflicting cultures, and the dilemma of the gaijin in Japanese society, constantly free yet always on the outside. The result is a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic, and sexual.

The Shape of Water [Audiobook]

The Shape of Water [Audiobook]
The Shape of Water [Audiobook] by Guillermo del Toro,‎ Daniel Kraus, read by Jenna Lamia
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 27 mins | 381.57MB

Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook.

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release - one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film - The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the big screen and as an audio performance.

Prepare for an experience unlike anything you've ever heard or seen.