Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy [EPUB]

Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy [EPUB]
Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (Markets and Governments in Economic History) by Douglas A. Irwin
2017 | EPUB | 2.07MB

Should the United States be open to commerce with other countries, or should it protect domestic industries from foreign competition? This question has been the source of bitter political conflict throughout American history. Such conflict was inevitable, James Madison argued in The Federalist Papers, because trade policy involves clashing economic interests. The struggle between the winners and losers from trade has always been fierce because dollars and jobs are at stake: depending on what policy is chosen, some industries, farmers, and workers will prosper, while others will suffer.

Douglas A. Irwin’s Clashing over Commerce is the most authoritative and comprehensive history of US trade policy to date, offering a clear picture of the various economic and political forces that have shaped it. From the start, trade policy divided the nation—first when Thomas Jefferson declared an embargo on all foreign trade and then when South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union over excessive taxes on imports. The Civil War saw a shift toward protectionism, which then came under constant political attack. Then, controversy over the Smoot-Hawley tariff during the Great Depression led to a policy shift toward freer trade, involving trade agreements that eventually produced the World Trade Organization. Irwin makes sense of this turbulent history by showing how different economic interests tend to be grouped geographically, meaning that every proposed policy change found ready champions and opponents in Congress.

As the Trump administration considers making major changes to US trade policy, Irwin’s sweeping historical perspective helps illuminate the current debate. Deeply researched and rich with insight and detail, Clashing over Commerce provides valuable and enduring insights into US trade policy past and present.

The Odyssey: A New Translation [EPUB]

The Odyssey: A New Translation [EPUB]
The Odyssey: A New Translation by Homer, translated by Peter Green
2018 | EPUB + PDF | 2.27/2.91MB

The Odyssey is vividly captured and beautifully paced in this swift and lucid new translation by acclaimed scholar and translator Peter Green. Accompanied by an illuminating introduction, maps, chapter summaries, a glossary, and explanatory notes, this is the ideal translation for both general readers and students to experience The Odyssey in all its glory.

Green’s version, with its lyrical mastery and superb command of Greek, offers readers the opportunity to enjoy Homer’s epic tale of survival, temptation, betrayal, and vengeance with all of the verve and pathos of the original oral tradition.

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece [EPUB]

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece [EPUB]
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson
2018 | EPUB | 73.73MB

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.

Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.

Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001’s leading man-ape; and many others.

A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.

The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld [Audiobook]

The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld [Audiobook]
The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld [Audiobook] by T J English, read by Tim Andres Pabon
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hrs 7 mins | 525.83MB

A fascinating, cinematic, multigenerational history of the Cuban mob in the US from "America’s top chronicler of organized crime"* and New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne.

By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation," the Cuban mob’s power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Florida’s exile community—those who had been chased from the island by Castro’s revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation.

An epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets, The Corporation reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster stories that has been overlooked—until now.

Drawing on the detailed reporting and impressive volume of evidence that drive his bestselling works, English offers a riveting, in-depth look at this powerful and sordid crime organization and its hold in the US.

The Natural Home: Simple, Pure Cleaning Solutions and Recipes for a Healthy House [EPUB]

The Natural Home: Simple, Pure Cleaning Solutions and Recipes for a Healthy House [EPUB]
The Natural Home: Simple, Pure Cleaning Solutions and Recipes for a Healthy House by Isabelle Louet, Sylvie Fabre
2018 | EPUB | 118.77MB

A charming, comprehensive, and easy-to-use guide to cleaning your home naturally and organically, resulting in a toxin-free environment for you and your family.

With THE NATURAL HOME, you'll discover how to clean everything in your house the healthy way with just a few inexpensive, easy-to-find products using tried and true cleaning methods that have been around for centuries.

Organized by product and location in the home, the book includes an in-depth explanation of natural products like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda which can be used to clean most areas in your home. There's a cleaning guide by room; tips for maintaining materials like marble, stainless steel, and wood; solutions for every stain; natural fragrances for your home; laundry tips; and natural products for pets. Also included are recipes for cleaning products you can make on your own that will help disinfect, whiten, deodorize and remove even the toughest stains in bathrooms, kitchen, carpets, and clothing.

Beautifully designed with two-color interiors and filled with dozens of illustrations, THE NATURAL HOME is a charming gift book that shows you how to keep your home sparkling, green, and healthy.

Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation [EPUB]

Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation [EPUB]
Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation by Marc Dierikx
2018 | EPUB | 63.07MB

Comprehensive biography of Anthony Fokker, the famed Dutch pilot and daredevil aviator

Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation tells the larger-than-life true story of maverick pilot and aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker. Fokker came from an affluent Dutch family and developed a gift for tinkering with mechanics. Despite not receiving a traditional education, he stumbled his way into aviation as a young stunt pilot in Germany in 1910. He survived a series of spectacular airplane crashes and rose to fame within a few years. A combination of industrial espionage, luck, and deception then propelled him to become Germany's leading aircraft manufacturer during World War I, making him a multimillionaire by his midtwenties.

When the German Revolution swept the country in 1918 and 1919, Fokker made a spectacular escape to the United States. He set up business in New York and New Jersey in 1921, and shortly thereafter became the world's largest aircraft manufacturer. The U.S. Army and Navy acquired his machines, and his factories equipped legendary carriers such as Pan American and TWA at the dawn of commercial air transport.

Yet despite his astounding success, his empire collapsed in the late 1920s after a series of ill-conceived business decisions and deeply upsetting personal dramas. In 1927, aviator Richard Byrd solicited a Fokker three-engine plane to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. The plane was damaged on a test flight and Charles Lindbergh beat him to it. Lindbergh's solo adventure in the Spirit of St. Louis earned him--and cost Fokker--a lasting place in the history books. Using previously undiscovered records and primary sources, Marc Dierikx traces Fokker's extraordinary life and celebrates his spectacular achievements.

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners [EPUB]

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners [EPUB]
How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners by Blake Brocksmith, Gary Dorfman, Douglas Lichterman
2018 | EPUB | 18.89MB

This easy-to-understand beginner’s guide provides an introduction to playing the harmonica and includes helpful information about basic techniques, tools, and music knowledge.

Learn to play the harmonica with this step-by-step guide perfect for beginners. With just this book and your harmonica in hand, you’ll learn basic music skills, discover how and why your harmonica works, play some simple tunes, and start to improvise your own music.

A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen [EPUB]

A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen [EPUB]
A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen (Columbia Global Reports) by Basharat Peer
2017 | EPUB | 1.27MB

What happens when a democratically elected leader evolves into an authoritarian ruler, limiting press freedom, civil liberties, and religious and ethnic tolerance?

India and Turkey are two of the world's biggest democracies --multi-ethnic nations that rose from their imperial past to be founded on the values of modernity. They have fair elections, open markets, and freedom of religion.

Yet this is an account of how the charismatic strongmen Narendra Modi, in India, and Recep Tyyip Erdogan, in Turkey, used the power they had won as elected heads of state to push their countries toward authoritarian ways.

Journalist Basharat Peer knows only too well how the tyranny of the majority can exact a terrible human toll; it's a story he told in Curfewed Night, his memoir of growing up in war-torn Kashmir. For this book, Peer spent a year and a half traveling across India and Turkey to chronicle the rise of Modi and Erdogan, and to tell the stories of the men and women they have victimized, who have showed courage and endured great suffering because of their love of true democratic traditions. It is more important than ever to understand the failings of democracies like India and Turkey if liberal traditions are to be protected and nourished.

Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, 2nd Edition by The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
2018 | EPUB | 158.87MB

Practice hatha yoga at home with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for each asana (pose), anatomical illustrations, a vegetarian diet transition plan with recipes, and mindfulness techniques.

Achieve a healthy body, mental alertness, and inner serenity through the practice of hatha yoga. Combining step-by-step asanas, detailed anatomical illustrations, programs, mindfulness techniques, plant-based diet advice, and recipes, this is the complete practice and lifestyle guide for students of all abilities. Progress your way through the 12 classic asanas (poses), then continue your practice with 9 programs with 20-, 40-, or 60-minute sequences for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Master breathing and mindfulness techniques to recharge your energy levels and combat stress. Embrace a healthier way of eating with diet advice and more than 40 nutritious recipes. Written by the experts from the world-renowned Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, this book has everything you need in one complete package.

That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women [EPUB]

That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women [EPUB]
That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women by Kimothy Joy
2018 | EPUB | 49.24MB

An artist and activist committed to the empowerment of women and girls has created a gorgeous illustrated volume, blending watercolor and short biography to showcase the contributions of more than fifty influential female leaders whose words and actions are a passionate call to arms.

Distraught by the results of the 2016 election and the realization that the nation was not ready for its first female president, Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history—those who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances—to learn from their experiences.

Turning to art, Joy channeled her feelings to the canvas, bringing these strong women to life in bold watercolor portraits surrounded by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. With each creation, Joy found catharsis and hope. She shared her watercolors with her online community and encouraged everyone to raise their own voices and recharge for the battles ahead.

Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has gathered her stunning illustrations and quotes and paired them with surprising, illuminating biographies of her subjects to inspire women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of over fifty women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society.

Reclaiming the derogatory cultural barb "that’s what she said," this stunning book celebrates strong female leadership throughout history and empowers current and future generations to find their voices and inspire change in their communities.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think [EPUB]

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think [EPUB]
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
2018 | EPUB | 20.6MB

“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” ―Melinda Gates

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra [EPUB]

The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra [EPUB]
The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra by Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
2017 | EPUB | 26.97MB

A candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.

By the time Weisman met Sinatra in 1976, he was already the Voice, a man who held sway over popular music and pop culture for forty years, who had risen to the greatest heights of fame and plumbed the depths of failure, all the while surviving with the trademark swagger that women pined for and men wanted to emulate. Passionate and generous on his best days, sullen and unpredictable on his worst, Sinatra invited Weisman into his inner circle, an honor that the budding celebrity manager never took for granted. Even when he was caught up in a legal net designed to snare Sinatra, Weisman went to prison rather than being coerced into telling prosecutors what they wanted to hear.

With Weisman's help, Sinatra orchestrated in his final decades some of the most memorable moments of his career. There was the Duets album, which was Sinatra's top seller, the massive tours, such as Together Again, which featured a short-lived reunion of the Rat Pack--until Dean Martin, having little interest in reliving the glory days, couldn't handle it anymore--and the Ultimate Event Tour, which brought Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr. on board and refreshed the much-needed lining of both their pocketbooks. Weisman also worked with many other acts, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and an ungrateful Don Rickles, whom Weisman helped get out from under the mob's thumb.

Over their years together, Weisman became a confidant to the man who trusted few, and he came to know Sinatra's world intimately: his wife, Barbara, who socialized with princesses and presidents and tried to close Sinatra off from his rough and tough friends such as Jilly Rizzo; Nancy Jr., who was closest to her dad; Tina, who aggressively battled for her and her siblings' rights to the Sinatra legacy and was most like her father; and Frank Jr., the child with the most fraught relationship with the legendary entertainer. Ultimately Weisman, who had become the executor of Sinatra's estate, was left alone to navigate the infighting and hatred between those born to the name and the wife who acquired it, when a mystery woman showed up and threatened to throw the family's future into jeopardy.

Laden with surprising, moving, and revealing stories, The Way It Was also shows a side of Sinatra few knew. As a lion in winter, he was struggling with the challenges that come with old age, as well as memory loss, depression, and antidepressents. Weisman was by his side through it all, witness to a man who had towering confidence, staggering fearlessness, and a rarely seen vulnerability that became more apparent as his final days approached.

The Geraldo Show: A Memoir [EPUB]

The Geraldo Show: A Memoir [EPUB]
The Geraldo Show: A Memoir by Geraldo Rivera
2018 | EPUB | 25.32MB

During my half a century in public life, my image and reputation have had more ups and downs than the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. I have been called savior and sinner, fool and wise man, crusader and exploiter, hothead and dope. I am routinely scorned, admired, beloved, and belittled—which one is usually based on when the viewer tuned in. Were you around for my early days as a crusading local newsman? Did you waste an evening with me inside Al Capone’s empty vault? Were you watching when the bombs dropped in Afghanistan or Iraq, or did you tune in to the raucous talk show when my nose was broken in the best television studio brawl ever caught on tape?

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and my employment by the conservative rabble-rousers of Fox News—and, more recently, with the coming of the Age of Trump—my professional life has been even more difficult to define. How could a sincerely progressive native-born Jew-Rican New Yorker like me ever work for an outfit better suited to the vibes of Orange County, California, the Dixie, Appalachia, or the Mountain West? How could I not condemn and obstruct a wrecking ball like Donald Trump?

Over five decades, I have met most of the era’s good and bad guys, from Ronald Reagan to Charles Manson, Fidel Castro to Yasser Arafat, Muhammad Ali to John Lennon, and Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson. Two figure heavily in this book, both longtime friends: Roger Ailes, the disgraced yet undeniably brilliant creator of Fox News; and Donald Trump, once a flamboyant playboy, billionaire businessman, and now 45th President of the United States.

At the vigorous twilight of a long and largely improvised life lived in plain sight, I have little left to prove. Faced with a series of random chances, for better and worse, what I made of my life is what I made of those chances. Time has enlightened and humbled me.

Sincerely,

Geraldo Rivera

Ultimate Papercraft Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques [EPUB]

Ultimate Papercraft Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques [EPUB]
Ultimate Papercraft Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Marie Clayton
2017 | EPUB | 102.92MB

The book covers all the basic papercraft techniques, many of which can be achieved using only paper, scissors and glue. There is also a chapter on materials as well as a useful tools section for more advanced papercrafting techniques.

Once you've got the basics covered, you will be amazed at the variety of paper techniques there are to explore. Various paper treatments are covered in the sections on colouring, decorating and texturing. You will learn how to make beautiful cards for family and friends in the cardmaking chapter, and add a special personal touch to gifts by making your own envelopes, giftwrap and gift boxes. The scrapbooking chapter is packed full of ideas on ways to preserve memories of trips and events. Decorative techniques can be found in the papercutting and origami chapters, and there is a final chapter on other papercrafts which includes techniques such as papier maché, decoupage, quilling and advice on the best ways to make your own paper.

Quick and Easy Low Calorie Cookbook: 100 Recipes, All 100 Calories, 200 Calories or 300 Calories [EPUB]

Quick and Easy Low Calorie Cookbook: 100 Recipes, All 100 Calories, 200 Calories or 300 Calories [EPUB]
Quick and Easy Low Calorie Cookbook: 100 Recipes, All 100 Calories, 200 Calories or 300 Calories by Heather Thomas
2018 | EPUB | 18.13MB

Whether you're on a diet or just want to maintain your ideal weight, these quick and easy recipes, of either 100, 200 or 300 calorie portions, enable you to watch your calorie intake while eating tasty dishes that leave you feeling full. You'll find a wide range of recipes for every individual taste and occasion, from family favourites to classic meals from around the world, and even healthy versions of familiar fast foods and takeaways. All recipes are low-fat, low to medium GI and within our easy-to-use calorie bands, allowing you to relax and simply enjoy eating.

The Classic Food of Northern Italy [EPUB]

The Classic Food of Northern Italy [EPUB]
The Classic Food of Northern Italy by Anna Del Conte
2018 | EPUB | 10.85MB

The original edition of ‘Classic Food of Northern Italy’ in 1996 won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. In this updated edition, Anna Del Conte revisits classic dishes to show the best of northern Italian cuisine – both rustic and sophisticated.

In this collection of over 150 recipes Anna has chosen the very best ideas sourced from acclaimed restaurants, elegant home kitchens, rural inns and country farmsteads. Many of the traditional dishes may not be familiar, such as flatbread made with chickpea flour, Ligurian Ciuppin or macaroni pie in a sweet pastry case, but she also presents definitive versions of popular dishes such as Pesto, Ragu and Ossobuco. Her recipes are thoroughly researched and tested; she provides the home cook with a trusted and essential companion. This timeless cookbook is the quintessential bible for very kitchen.

Italian Kitchen [EPUB]

Italian Kitchen [EPUB]
Italian Kitchen by Anna Del Conte
2012 | EPUB | 20.8MB

With its beautiful design, stunning photos, and classic recipes from one of the world's great food writers, Italian Kitchen belongs in every home. Anna Del Conte's signature flair and expertise resonate on each page as she covers the fundamentals of preparing Antipasti, Pasta, Risotto, and Dolci, as well as regional specialties. The dishes—which will appeal to regular families as well as avid foodies—include simple starters like tomato bruschetta; timeless pasta sauces, including pesto and Bolognese; distinctive risottos; and delectable desserts, such as Chocolate and Pear Cake.

First published in four separate volumes, these recipes are now together in a single, exquisite edition.

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History [EPUB]

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History [EPUB]
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver
2018 | EPUB | 27.35MB

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors, and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice, and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-color photography. Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: It’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty [EPUB]

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty [EPUB]
Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler
2018 | EPUB | 40.75MB

Fight garden pests and increase your yields the natural way with this tried and true technique!

Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden, but there's more to the method than you might think. Vegetables Love Flowers will walk you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate.

With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive--and beautify your garden in the process.

Easy Chicken Recipes: 103 Inventive Soups, Salads, Casseroles, and Dinners Everyone Will Love [EPUB]

Easy Chicken Recipes: 103 Inventive Soups, Salads, Casseroles, and Dinners Everyone Will Love [EPUB]
Easy Chicken Recipes: 103 Inventive Soups, Salads, Casseroles, and Dinners Everyone Will Love by Addie Gundry
2018 | EPUB | 186.71MB

From a perfectly golden roaster chicken surrounded with herbed potatoes to soups, salads, and casseroles that make myriad uses of the resulting leftovers, Easy Chicken Recipes by Addie Gundry is perfectly poised to answer home cooks' twin boredom with and reliance upon the old standby: a chicken dinner.

This book includes easy appetizers like spicy chicken potstickers, inventive casseroles like Frontier Chicken and noodle casserole, comforting soups, backyard favorites like Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and more quick and easy weeknight dishes for the oven, the skillet, the slow cooker, and the grill. Each recipe is paired with a gorgeous, full-color, finished-dish photo.

Visual Guitar Theory: An Easy Guide to Recognizing and Understanding Essential Fretboard Patterns [EPUB]

Visual Guitar Theory: An Easy Guide to Recognizing and Understanding Essential Fretboard Patterns [EPUB]
Visual Guitar Theory: An Easy Guide to Recognizing and Understanding Essential Fretboard Patterns by Chad Johnson
2018 | EPUB | 46.79MB

Many guitarists spend years, or entire lives, feeling their way around the guitar neck in the dark. But it doesn't have to be that way! Experiencing the freedom that comes with a little theoretical knowledge is not as difficult as it may seem. With Visual Guitar Theory , you'll quickly "connect the dots" by seeing and understanding the shapes and patterns that make music work, with over 500 full-color fretboard diagrams, detailed lessons, quizzes, and an organized, progressive teaching approach. Topics covered include: intervals; building triads; transposing chord shapes; inversions; building scales; and much more.

Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times [EPUB]

Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times [EPUB]
Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times by Stephanie Izard, Rachel Holtzman
2018 | EPUB | 129.06MB

From beloved Chicago restaurateur Stephanie Izard, named one of "10 Breakthrough Rock Star Chefs of 2016" by Rolling Stone, comes a cookbook with flavor and fun at the forefront, with more than 100 recipes and 100 photographs.

Since becoming Top Chef's first female winner, Stephanie Izard opened three restaurants in Chicago, traveled around China, and became an Iron Chef. And now she's here to share her next adventure: a cookbook with recipes that hit all of the right salty, savory, tangy, and sweet notes. Her craveable, knockout food pairings--the ones her fans have been clamoring for--will surprise and delight any home cook: Banh Mi Burgers, Duck Breast with Brown Butter Kimichi, Roasted Shishito Peppers with Sesame Miso and Parmesan, and Sticky Sweet Potato Cake with Blueberry-Tomatillo Jam.

Simple Acts to Save Our Planet: 500 Ways to Make a Difference [EPUB]

Simple Acts to Save Our Planet: 500 Ways to Make a Difference [EPUB]
Simple Acts to Save Our Planet: 500 Ways to Make a Difference by Michelle Neff
2018 | EPUB | 7.47MB

Simple Acts to Save Our Planet shows you how to be more active in saving our planet every day by performing some “Simple Acts of Kindness”—for the Earth.

Treat the environment with kindness with these easy, manageable activities that range from simple home updates, to gardening basics, to supporting the local community. You’ll learn simple techniques to help protect the planet every day, like starting a compost pile to reduce food waste, utilizing travel mugs and reusable containers, and choosing eco-friendly products. By working to implement these simple strategies into your everyday life, you can take an active stand to protect the environment now— and make a real difference for the future.

The Art World Demystified: How Artists Define and Achieve Their Goals [EPUB]

The Art World Demystified: How Artists Define and Achieve Their Goals [EPUB]
The Art World Demystified: How Artists Define and Achieve Their Goals by Brainard Carey
2018 | EPUB | 3.5MB

The Art World Demystified unfolds the confusing and often treacherous terrain of the art world, revealing the inner workings of a system that has few rules but many opportunities. In this volume, artists will find their own questions reflected and addressed, including:

  • How does an artist penetrate the inner circle of the art world?
  • How do museums choose exhibits?
  • How can an artist reach critics and get feedback?
  • How do artists make a living, and how much can they expect to make?
  • What are the “rules” of the art world?
  • Why is it all so mysterious?

Author and successful artist Brainard Carey explores these queries and more, giving concise answers and guidance on such issues as talking to curators, navigating suitable promotion, and maintaining motivation, alongside profiles of well-known artists. He enables, and encourages, readers to not only navigate the mysteries of the artist’s career, but also to create their own mythologies by presenting their work in a way that generates interest, questions, and an invitation to the inner circle.

Bring It: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining [EPUB]

Bring It: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining [EPUB]
Bring It: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen
2018 | EPUB | 161.99MB

Bring It! is the ultimate source for potluck, picnic, or dinner party-worthy dishes that combine simple prep with big taste!

The word "potluck" may inspire memories of church dinners and mystery covered dishes. But today's potlucks are essentially outsourced dinner parties, which make gathering around a shared table a cinch. Inside Bring It!, you will find dozens of impressive-looking recipes that come together easily, and are perfect for carrying to any occasion.

Author Ali Rosen has put a long career in the food world to use, drawing on chef and restaurant secrets for easy dishes that will have friends begging for the recipe. Must-have dishes include:

  • Pimento Cheese and Crab Dip
  • Snap Pea Salad with Parmesan and Bacon
  • Pistachio and Anchovy Pasta
  • Short Ribs with Quick Pickled Shallots
  • S'mores Bars

Each recipe includes a note called "How to Bring It," for make-ahead, reheating, and transport instructions. Flavors are designed for maximum impact, but won't take hours to cook, or require special ingredients. Have dinner with the neighbors, sit down to a picnic in the park, or bring a dish to the school luncheon. They come together easily, hold well, and travel beautifully. They'll have you rethinking the potluck.

Always Delicious: Over 175 Satisfying Recipes to Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Keep the Weight Off Permanently [EPUB]

Always Delicious: Over 175 Satisfying Recipes to Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Keep the Weight Off Permanently [EPUB]
Always Delicious: Over 175 Satisfying Recipes to Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Keep the Weight Off Permanently by David Ludwig
2018 | EPUB | 41.8MB

The delectable cookbook companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Always Hungry?, with over 175 delicious recipes!

In Always Hungry? renowned endocrinologist Dr. David Ludwig showed us why traditional diets don't work, and how to lose weight without hunger, improve your health, and feel great. The reception to the book has been strong and his online community is active and growing rapidly. Now, in Always Delicious, Dr. Ludwig and Dawn Ludwig have created over 150 easy-to-make and tasty recipes that ignore calories and target fat cells directly. With recipes like Spinach Feta Quiche, Citrus Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Thai Coconut Fish Soup, and Pear Cranberry Pie, which are full of luscious high fat ingredients, savory proteins, and natural carbohydrates, this indispensable cookbook is a liberating new way to tame hunger and lose weight . . . for good.

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing [EPUB]

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing [EPUB]
High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen
2018 | EPUB | 0.72MB

Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Suns, and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas, High-Risers braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, America’s most iconic public housing project.

Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000—all of it packed onto just seventy acres a few blocks from Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast. Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource—it was home. By 2011, every high-rise had been razed, the island of black poverty engulfed by the white affluence around it, the families dispersed.

In this novelistic and eye-opening narrative, Ben Austen tells the story of America’s public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. It is an account told movingly through the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise. Beautifully written, rich in detail, and full of moving portraits, High-Risers is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation’s effort to provide affordable housing to the poor—and what we can learn from those mistakes.

State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future [EPUB]

State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future [EPUB]
State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future by Manuel Pastor
2018 | EPUB | 3.12MB

A leading sociologist’s brilliant and revelatory argument that the future of politics, work, immigration, and more may be found in California

Once upon a time, any mention of California triggered unpleasant reminders of Ronald Reagan and right-wing tax revolts, ballot propositions targeting undocumented immigrants, and racist policing that sparked two of the nation’s most devastating riots. In fact, California confronted many of the challenges the rest of the country faces now—decades before the rest of us.

Today, California is leading the way on addressing climate change, low-wage work, immigrant integration, overincarceration, and more. As white residents became a minority and job loss drove economic uncertainty, California had its own Trump moment twenty-five years ago, but has become increasingly blue over each of the last seven presidential elections. How did the Golden State manage to emerge from its unsavory past to become a bellwether for the rest of the country?

Thirty years after Mike Davis’s hellish depiction of California in City of Quartz, the award-winning sociologist Manuel Pastor guides us through a new and improved California, complete with lessons that the nation should heed. Inspiring and expertly researched, State of Resistance makes the case for honestly engaging racial anxiety in order to address our true economic and generational challenges, a renewed commitment to public investments, the cultivation of social movements and community organizing, and more.

Grill It Up: Flavorful & Fun Recipes for the BBQ [EPUB]

Grill It Up: Flavorful & Fun Recipes for the BBQ [EPUB]
Grill It Up: Flavorful & Fun Recipes for the BBQ by Steve Tillett
2018 | EPUB | 19.14MB

Smoke it, brine it, mop it, or grill it! But do it low and slow.

Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, corn on the cob―everyone has a barbecued favorite. And with so many different cooking styles, creating an endless amount of grilled possibilities is easy when you have great recipes for dry rubs and “special” sauces to make ordinary meats and vegetables, extraordinary.

Drizzle some Alabama White Sauce over a juicy sirloin steak or season it with Steve’s Famous Dry Rub to serve along with some Garlic Baked Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus, followed by S’more Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert. Not feeling that hungry? Grill up a Tuna Melt or some Mix ‘n Match Veggie Kebabs. When you Grill It Up you’ll soon discover that grills weren’t made for just steaks, burgers, and hot dogs.

Women of Influence: The Leadership Guide for Business Professionals [Audiobook]

Women of Influence: The Leadership Guide for Business Professionals [Audiobook]
Women of Influence: The Leadership Guide for Business Professionals [Audiobook] by Dawn Jones, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 19 mins | 231.0MB

With more women moving into advanced leadership roles, there are subtle do's and don'ts that will help or hinder your leadership journey. This audio program shows you how to effectively navigate your path to success as a leader.

Whether you are the president, CEO, or in a supervisory or managerial role, you are in a position of influence. Women of Influence gives you the concepts and confidence to lead regardless of generation, gender, or personality. In this audio program, you will learn how to:

  • Tap into your strengths while bringing out the best in others
  • Assertively communicate your message - so that others "get" what you are saying - without being mean while you're saying it
  • Project your online image and make sure it's representing the professional you
  • Manage your time now by eliminating the biggest time-wasters in your life

As a bonus, you'll get the inside secrets from top executives about how to step through the glass ceiling and effectively convey your ideas while eliminating the games people play.

The Way of Leadership: Timeless Strategies for Success from Zen and Taoist Masters [Audiobook]

The Way of Leadership: Timeless Strategies for Success from Zen and Taoist Masters [Audiobook]
The Way of Leadership: Timeless Strategies for Success from Zen and Taoist Masters [Audiobook] translated by Thomas Cleary, read by David Warrilow
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 31 mins | 97.38MB

Proven to be invaluable resources for anyone in a position of power, here are three of China's greatest classical works on leadership, warriorship, and strategy:

The Art of War: This timeless guide is perhaps the most influential book of strategy in the world today.

Zen Lessons: These core teachings of China's greatest Zen masters cover leadership and spiritual practice, decision making, how to inspire respect, and much more.

The Book of Leadership and Strategy: Written by eight Taoist masters of the early Han dynasty, this text explains how to achieve wisdom and success in any endeavor.

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future [Audiobook]

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future [Audiobook]
The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future [Audiobook] by Andrew Yang, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 54 mins | 190.07MB

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes - and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy.

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society?

In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire - but is it unavoidable?

In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future - one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income - and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry [Audiobook]

The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry [Audiobook]
The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry [Audiobook] by James P Womack,‎ Daniel T Jones,‎ Daniel Roos, read by Fred Sanders
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 23 mins | 313.78MB

The classic, nationally best-selling book that first articulated the principles of lean production, with a new foreword and afterword by the authors.

When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Twenty years later Toyota passed GM as the world's largest auto maker. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.

Authors Womack, Jones, and Roos provided a comprehensive description of the entire lean system. They exhaustively documented its advantages over the mass production model pioneered by General Motors and predicted that lean production would eventually triumph. Indeed, they argued that it would triumph not just in manufacturing but in every value-creating activity from health care to retail to distribution.

Today The Machine That Changed the World provides enduring and essential guidance to managers and leaders in every industry seeking to transform traditional enterprises into exemplars of lean success.

The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic [Audiobook]

The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic [Audiobook]
The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic [Audiobook] by Benjamin Carter Hett, read by Steven Crossley
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 25 mins | 315.0MB

The Death of Democracy is a riveting audiobook account of how the Nazi Party came to power, and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen.

Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In this dramatic audiobook, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time.

To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. From the late 1920s, the Weimar Republic’s very political success sparked insurgencies against it, of which the most dangerous was the populist anti-globalization movement led by Hitler. But as Hett shows, Hitler would never have come to power if Germany’s leading politicians had not tried to coopt him, a strategy that backed them into a corner from which the only way out was to bring the Nazis in. Hett lays bare the misguided confidence of conservative politicians who believed that Hitler and his followers would willingly support them, not recognizing that their efforts to use the Nazis actually played into Hitler’s hands. They had willingly given him the tools to turn Germany into a vicious dictatorship.

Benjamin Carter Hett is one of America’s leading scholars of 20th-century Germany and a gifted storyteller whose portraits of these feckless politicians show how fragile democracy can be when those in power do not respect it. He offers a powerful lesson for today, when democracy once again finds itself embattled and the siren song of strongmen sounds ever louder.

The Beauty Diet: Unlock the Five Secrets of Ageless Beauty from the Inside Out [Audiobook]

The Beauty Diet: Unlock the Five Secrets of Ageless Beauty from the Inside Out [Audiobook]
The Beauty Diet: Unlock the Five Secrets of Ageless Beauty from the Inside Out [Audiobook] by David Wolfe, read by Brett Barry
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 12 mins | 199.15MB

The beauty bible for a new generation: In this invaluable natural guide, internationally acclaimed nutrition and natural beauty expert David Wolfe offers proven strategies designed to improve appearance, vitality, and health from the inside out.

Each year, women absorb five pounds of toxins using common beauty products. Wolfe, one of America's foremost nutrition experts, argues that you shouldn't have to trade good health for exceptional beauty. There are safe, effective, and, most importantly, natural ways to enjoy glowing skin and gorgeous hair. In The Beauty Diet, he offers these solutions for cleansing and nourishing the body, slowing the aging process, and transforming your health from the inside out so that your beauty radiates like never before.

Grounded in science and based on a foundation of rejuvenation and the enjoyment of life, The Beauty Diet is a guide to unleashing the potential for beauty within you. Wolfe explains how the human body chemically reacts to various elements of nutrition, physical activity, and sleep - information you can use to look and feel better instantly.

Natural, toxin-free beauty is not only the best way to achieve lasting beauty; it is the only way. Under Wolfe's guidance, learn the simple dietary and lifestyle changes, like implementing organic superfoods and detoxifying through proper mineralization - balancing your acid and alkaline levels - that have lasting results. Featuring simple, clean recipes for delicious meals and smart tips for using natural resources such as cryotherapy, activated charcoal, probiotics, and more, The Beauty Diet is the ultimate resource for the healthiest route to radiant beauty.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power [Audiobook]

Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power [Audiobook]
Saudi, Inc: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power [Audiobook] by Ellen R Wald PhD, read by Paul Ansdell
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 27 mins | 315.41MB

The Saudi royal family and Aramco leadership are, and almost always have been, motivated by ambitions of long-term strength and profit. They use Islamic law, traditional ideology, and harsh justice to maintain stability and their own power, but underneath the thobes and abayas and behind the religious fanaticism and illiberalism lies a sophisticated and ruthless business enterprise.

Over more than a century, fed by ambition and oil wealth, al Saud (as the royal family is known) has come from having next to nothing to ruling as absolute monarchs. Their story starts with Saudi Arabia's founder, the lowly refugee Abdul Aziz, embarking on a daring gambit to reconquer his family's ancestral home: the mud-walled city of Riyadh. And it ends with al Saud's most ambitious move yet: taking Aramco, the multinational business that has made them the wealthiest family in the world, public.

Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class [Audiobook]

Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class [Audiobook]
Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class [Audiobook] by Luke Barr, read by Stefan Rudnicki
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 38 mins | 237.57MB

In a tale replete with scandal and opulence, Luke Barr, author of the New York Times best-selling Provence, 1970, transports readers to turn-of-the-century London to discover how celebrated hotelier César Ritz and famed chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy Hotel to spawn the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, where women and American Jews mingled with British high society, signaling a new social order and the rise of the middle class.

In early August 1889, César Ritz, a Swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. He had come at the request of Richard D'Oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world's best hotel. D'Oyly Carte soon seduced Ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the chef de cuisine known for his elevated, original dishes. The result was a hotel and restaurant like no one had ever experienced, run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways - which created quite a scandal once exposed.

Barr deftly re-creates the thrilling Belle Epoque era just before World War I, when British aristocracy was at its peak, women began dining out unaccompanied by men, and American nouveaux riches and gauche industrialists convened in London to show off their wealth. In their collaboration at the still celebrated Savoy Hotel, where they welcomed loyal and sometimes salacious clients, such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier created the modern kitchen brigade and codified French cuisine for the ages in his seminal Le Guide Culinaire, which remains in print today, and Ritz, whose name continues to grace the finest hotels across the world, created the world's first luxury hotel. The pair also ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. Fine dining would never be the same - or more intriguing.

Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss [Audiobook]

Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss [Audiobook]
Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss [Audiobook] by Tyra Banks, Carolyn London, read by the Authors
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 2 mins | 193.85MB

Supermodel and super CEO of our time Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn show readers why when you kick perfection to the curb and showcase your unique beauty ain't nobody gonna stop you!

In Perfect Is Boring, Tyra Banks and her mother, Carolyn, get raw, real, and cray-in-a-good-way as they share what they've learned on Tyra's journey from insecure preteen to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse. Though she'll be the first to tell you she is not her daughter's best friend - 'cause she ain't that kinda mama! - there's no doubt that Carolyn's signature mix of pep talks and tough love got Tyra to where she is today, and here they pay it forward to empower readers with a reminder that perfect really isn't all that.

Whether they're writing about watching Tyra's most imperfect moment go viral (does "Be Quiet Tiffany!" ring any bells?), no-holds-barred sex talks, or how they've overcome everything from fashion industry discrimination to media fat-shaming and a misguided attempt at a music career, they never lose their sense of humor or we-got-your-back-spirit. Full of smart, wise, and often hilarious lessons for mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons everywhere - including "Take Responsibility for Yourself", "Lip Gloss + Pizza Sauce = Boss", and "Fix It or Flaunt It" - Perfect Is Boring is a must-listen for anyone who needs a kick in the booty, a pat on the back, or a good reason to laugh out loud.

On Grand Strategy [Audiobook]

On Grand Strategy [Audiobook]
On Grand Strategy [Audiobook] by John Lewis Gaddis, read by Mike Chamberlain
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 2 mins | 303.66MB

A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades.

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work.

Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond. A thrilling experience for history lovers and a necessary one for anyone serious about the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is the very definition of a master class.

Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days [Audiobook]

Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days [Audiobook]
Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days [Audiobook] by Joey Coleman, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 27 mins | 260.79MB

Popular speaker and consultant Joey Coleman talks to companies all over the country about how to turn a one-time purchase into a lifelong customer.

Coleman's theory of customer loyalty is that it's not about getting the sale: It's about the 100 days after the sale. During that brief window, as quickly as the customer experiences joy, euphoria, and excitement, buyer's remorse sets in. Twenty to 70 percent of newly acquired customers won't make another purchase because a company neglected them at the exact moment they needed affirmation.

Coleman offers a system designed to dramatically increase customer retention and as a result, the bottom line. He identifies eight distinct emotional needs customers undergo during the 100 days following a purchase, whether it's as small as a new drink at Starbucks or as big as a house. If you can understand and anticipate these phases, you can use a myriad of techniques - in-person, email, mail, and video - to cement a long and valuable partnership. For instance:

  • In the "Acclimate" stage, customers need language or totems that make them feel like part of a tribe. Take the software group that had to teach nontechnical users a fairly complex installation process. They turned the installation manual into beautiful puzzle that could be displayed when completed.
  • In the "Adopt" stage, customers should be welcomed to the highest tier of tribal membership with both public and private recognition. For instance, Sephora's VIB Rogue member welcome gift is a metallic card (private recognition) and a members-only shade of lipstick (for public display).
  • By the final stage, "Advocate", customers have embraced tribal membership and are primed to offer powerful referrals. That's why Dropbox waits until a free trial has expired before offering hefty bonuses for referrals.

Drawing on nearly two decades of consulting and keynoting, Coleman provides strategies to increase customer loyalty that listeners can customize based on industry and company size. His methodology has been incorporated by Hyatt Hotels, Zappos, and NASA to huge success. It requires minimal financial investment and will be fun for teams to implement. This audiobook is required listening for managers as well as for sales and marketing teams looking for nuts-and-bolts direction.

My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting [Audiobook]

My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting [Audiobook]
My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting [Audiobook] by W T Hamilton, read by Traber Burns
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 5 mins | 140.54MB

In 1842, following the doctor's orders for a change of climate, William Thomas Hamilton found himself accompanying a party of trappers on a yearlong expedition. Heading into the wild, Hamilton would prove himself to be a fast learner, as adept with a firearm as with sign language: this early experience would be the making of him. As the 19th century progressed, along with many other trappers, Hamilton found himself drawn into the Indian Wars brought about by territorial expansion.

Exploring, trapping, trading, and fighting, Hamilton shows how every aspect of a mountain man's life relied on his wits and knowledge in order survive the inhospitable environments.

First published in 1905, when the experiences of such pushing, adventurous, and fearless men were becoming a thing of the past, Hamilton's unassuming memoir relates an extraordinary life in a disappearing American West.

Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups [Audiobook]

Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups [Audiobook]
Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups [Audiobook] by Jen Griswold, read by Erin Bennett
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 16 mins | 147.23MB

Whether you are a professional looking to hone your business skills, thinking of launching a new career or side gig, or ready to turn your hobby into a business, this book is for you!

In Mission Entrepreneur Jen Griswold, veteran, CEO, and mentor, shares the journey that led her from 20 years in the military to over $20 million in annual sales. As a wife and mother with a full-time career, Jen watched her peers as they experienced the struggles of keeping their careers afloat while managing family, relocations, and the demands of a busy life. The lessons she learned from her time in the military can be applied to start-ups, to help you launch your business, build wealth, and find happiness.

From her extensive training in the Air Force and her experiences coaching women over the past few years, Griswold has discovered that by giving back to her military community, she can change the world a little bit every day. Using her lifetime of experience and lessons from military life, Jen inspires women to manage the bumpy journey to becoming successful entrepreneurs. Whether a mom, a spouse, or a CEO...women know what they want, and they're going for it! You can, too!

Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too [Audiobook]

Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too [Audiobook]
Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too [Audiobook] by Gary Vaynerchuk, read by ‎ Rich Roll‎ Amy Schmittauer, Gary Vaynerchuk
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 2 mins | 223.57MB

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

In his 2009 international best seller Crush It, Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success. In Crushing It! Gary explains why that's even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier - and not just financially - than they ever imagined possible by following Crush It principles. The secret to their success (and Gary's) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That's what Crushing It! teaches listeners to do.

In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms such as Musical.ly. For those with more experience, Crushing It! illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.

Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it's not about getting rich. It's a blueprint to living life on your own terms.

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America [Audiobook]

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America [Audiobook]
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America [Audiobook] by T Christian Miller,‎ Ken Armstrong, read by Hillary Huber
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 6 mins | 277.89MB

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth.

On August 11, 2008, 18-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her. Within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story: details of the crime didn't seem plausible, and her foster mother thought she sounded as though she were reciting a Law & Order episode. The police swiftly pivoted and began investigating Marie. Confronted with inconsistencies in her story and the doubts of others, Marie broke down and said her story was a lie - a bid for attention. Police charged Marie with false reporting. One of Marie's best friends created a web page branding her a liar.

More than two years later, Colorado detective Stacy Galbraith was assigned to investigate a case of sexual assault. Describing the crime to her husband that night - the attacker's calm and practiced demeanor, which led the victim to surmise "he's done this before" - Galbraith learned that the case bore an eerie resemblance to a rape that had taken place months earlier in a nearby town. She joined forces with the detective on that case, Edna Hendershot, and the two soon realized they were dealing with a serial rapist: a man who photographed his victims, threatening to release the images online, and whose calculated steps to erase all physical evidence suggested he might be a soldier or a cop. Through meticulous police work the detectives would eventually connect the rapist to other attacks in Colorado - and beyond.

Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated today - and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War [Audiobook]

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War [Audiobook]
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War [Audiobook] by Charles Emerson, read by Kevin Stillwell
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hrs 53 mins | 543.09MB

Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features last summers in grand aristocratic residences or its most destructive ones: the unresolved rivalries of the great European powers, the fear of revolution, violence in the Balkans.

In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this prelude to war" narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe's capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open.

The world in 1913 was more modern than we remember, more similar to our own times than we expect, more globalized than ever before. The Gold Standard underpinned global flows of goods and money, while mass migration reshaped the world's human geography. Steamships and sub-sea cables encircled the earth, along with new technologies and new ideas. Ford's first assembly line cranked to life in 1913 in Detroit. The Woolworth Building went up in New York. While Mexico was in the midst of bloody revolution, Winnipeg and Buenos Aires boomed. An era of petro-geopolitics opened in Iran. China appeared to be awaking from its imperial slumber. Paris celebrated itself as the city of light, Berlin as the city of electricity.

Full of fascinating characters, stories, and insights, 1913: In Search of the World before the Great War brings a lost world vividly back to life, with provocative implications for how we understand our past and how we think about our future.