Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence [EPUB]

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence [EPUB]
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
2017 | EPUB | 0.41MB

A New York City therapist examines the paradoxical relationship between domesticity and sexual desire and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

One of the world’s most respected voices on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a bold, provocative new take on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist, Perel examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Through case studies and lively discussion, Perel demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships. Wise, witty, and as revelatory as it is straightforward, Mating in Captivity is a sensational book that will transform the way you live and love.

The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market [EPUB]

The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market [EPUB]
The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market by Don Thompson
2017 | EPUB | 3.35MB

Within forty-eight hours in the fall of 2014, buyers in the Sotheby’s and Christie’s New York auction houses spent $1.7 billion on contemporary art. Non-taxed freeport warehouses around the globe are stacked with art held for speculation. One of Jeff Koons’ five chromium-plated stainless steel balloon dogs sold for 50 percent more at auction than the previous record for any living artist. A painting by Christopher Wool, featuring four lines from a Francis Ford Coppola movie stenciled in black-on-a-white background, sold for $28 million. In The Orange Balloon Dog, economist and bestselling author Don Thompson cites these and other fascinating examples to explore the sometimes baffling activities of the high-end contemporary art market. He examines what is at play in the exchange of vast amounts of money and what nudges buyers, even on the subconscious level, to imbue a creation with such high commercial value.

Thompson analyzes the behaviors of buyers and sellers and delves into the competitions that define and alter the value of art in today’s international market, from New York to London, Singapore to Beijing. Take heed if your millions are tied up in stainless steel balloon dogs―Thompson also warns of a looming bust of the contemporary art price balloon.

Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture [EPUB]

Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture [EPUB]
Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture by Julian Barnes
2002 | EPUB | 3.23MB

Anyone who loves France (or just feels strongly about it), or has succumbed to the spell of Julian Barnes's previous books, will be enraptured by this collection of essays on the country and its culture.

Barnes's appreciation extends from France's vanishing peasantry to its hyper-literate pop singers, from the gleeful iconoclasm of nouvelle vague cinema to the orgy of drugs and suffering that is the Tour de France.

Above all, Barnes is an unparalleled connoisseur of French writing and writers. Here are the prolific and priapic Simenon, Baudelaire, Sand and Sartre, and several dazzling excursions on the prickly genius of Flaubert. Lively yet discriminating in its enthusiasm, seemingly infinite in its range of reference, and written in prose as stylish as haute couture, Something to Declare is an unadulterated joy.

A Short History of Myth [EPUB]

A Short History of Myth [EPUB]
A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
2006 | EPUB | 1.8MB

Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

She shows us that the history of myth is the history of humanity, and our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe, and of ourselves. Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results [EPUB]

True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results [EPUB]
True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results by Edgar Papke
2013 | EPUB | 1.5MB

Alignment is the single most critical business challenge for any organization and its leaders. Without it, inefficiency, conflict, and disengagement will cripple your ability to provide value to your customers. Companies live or die based on their ability to communicate and deliver on the promise their brand makes to its customers. To do this effectively, leaders need to clearly define the vision and strategies that support that brand intention and ensure these are manifested in the roles, expectations, and goals of each and every member of the organization. A blueprint for businesses of all types and sizes, True Alignment reveals how to:

  • Decipher customer expectations
  • Define the brand as a solution to the customer's needs
  • Turn the unique selling proposition into the mission
  • Create a company culture where everyone is aligned to this vision - and responsible for living the brand promise
  • And more

Whether you're a manager, a business owner, an executive, or CEO, True Alignment is an essential resource that will help you compete and succeed in today's complex and rapidly changing business environment.

The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success [EPUB]

The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success [EPUB]
The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success by Edgar Papke
2015 | EPUB | 2.56MB

"When leaders fail to confront conflict, they become the 'biggest elephant' in the room."

In a survey of more than 4,000 CEOs, executives, and managers, more than 90 percent admitted they were uncomfortable confronting or engaging in conflict.

Yet leaders must realize that every conflict presents an opportunity to reach higher levels of performance. In The Elephant in the Boardroom, award-winning leadership psychologist Edgar Papke explores the unique and challenging relationship that leaders have with conflict, and offers the know-how needed to use conflict as the engine of innovation and creativity. As a result, you will learn how to act courageously and be better equipped to lead and win in today's complex and turbulent world.

The Elephant in the Boardroom will help you:

  • Better understand the unique relationship leaders have with conflict.
  • Gain the self-knowledge required to confront conflict and attain higher levels of leadership performance.
  • Learn how to foster cultures of openness and higher accountability.
  • Identify the sources of dysfunctional conflict to create constructive change effectively.
  • Learn to use a proven, seven-step model for effectively managing and leveraging conflict.

Are you ready to confront the "big elephant in the room," and manage the elephants living and thriving in your organization?

Prepper's Survival Retreats: Your Strategic Relocation Plan for an Uncertain Future [EPUB]

Prepper's Survival Retreats: Your Strategic Relocation Plan for an Uncertain Future [EPUB]
Prepper's Survival Retreats: Your Strategic Relocation Plan for an Uncertain Future by Charley Hogwood
2018 | EPUB | 3.61MB

BE PREPARED FOR LONG-TERM SURVIVAL

The big question for a lot of preppers is simply, “Where do we go?” There are a variety of options available, so how do you know what’s best for you and your family? In this book, you’ll learn how to break down the task of strategic relocation into a manageable plan of action, including:

  • Picking a Geographical Location
  • Area Reconnaissance and Intel Gathering
  • Home/Land Buying Basics
  • Off-Grid Options
  • Home Fortifications
  • Building a Retreat for Your Group/Community

The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly [EPUB]

The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly [EPUB]
The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly by Stuart Kells, Ian D Gow
2018 | EPUB | 0.98MB

Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, contemplating joining a professional services firm, or simply curious about the fate of the global economy.

The Bullseye Principle: Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed [PDF]

The Bullseye Principle: Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed [PDF]
The Bullseye Principle: Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed by David Lewis,‎ G Riley Mills
2018 | PDF | 5.77MB

Critical communication lessons for sustained corporate success

The Bullseye Principle is the definitive how-to guide for communicating, collaborating, and executing as a leader in the corporate arena. With these “soft skills” trending above technical knowledge in executive wish lists, this book provides invaluable guidance for new and experienced leaders alike; from the planning stages to the outcome and beyond, the discussion features critical insight and actionable tips based on award-winning methods. Polish your presence, utilize intention, influence emotion, engage workers, build relationships, make connections, and leverage the power of storytelling—it all comes down to technique. This book shows you everything you need to know to start communicating more effectively, starting today.

The success of any communication rests more on how the information is conveyed than what that information actually is; at every level, in every sphere, effective leaders strive to master key skills that inspire, empower, motivate, and more. This book gives you a solid blueprint for effective communication in nearly any situation, merging the practical and theoretical to help you:

  • Master the most challenging business interactions
  • Become more influential as a leader and communicator
  • Adopt a 3-step methodology to collaborate more effectively
  • Build your personal brand and executive presence toward sustained success

Most people believe that their communications skills are satisfactory for their jobs—most managers would disagree. That gap in perception presents a problem that ripples beyond your chances of promotion—where your communication fails, it has the capacity to affect the organization as a whole. The Bullseye Principle helps you build a robust repertoire of communication skills that put you ahead of the pack.

Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success [PDF]

Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success [PDF]
Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success by Scott Amyx
2018 | PDF | 1.25MB

Has success eluded you, no matter how hard you try?

Are you frustrated by trying to achieve your dreams by copying others? Internationally-acclaimed speaker and founder of the cutting-edge venture capital Amyx Ventures, Scott Amyx reveals how you can attain real success in your life, your way. His theory of Strive is a challenge to the conventional wisdom that has held so many people back from achieving their goals and enjoying lasting happiness. Scott rose from obscure poverty to globe-trotting success, and he invites you to share in his journey by adopting a new mindset towards your personal challenges: embrace them. Scott shows you how through stories of the most unlikely individuals who embraced difficult personal change to become outrageously successful. He helps you take stock of your own habits and practices to identify how your routine and misconceptions are holding you back. Fascinating insights from throughout history up through today’s cutting-edge research show how embracing discomfort fuels lasting success.

Shape your life in new, exciting ways. You can have control over your career, your outlook, your actions, and your priorities. This book helps you get a fresh start to begin building the successful life you want.

  • Discover what really drives success---and how conventional wisdom is wrong
  • Clearly identify your own personal challenges---and how to overcome them
  • Delve into the latest research on high performance to create a better you
  • Learn how high-achievers approach challenge, change, and success

Strive is an unconventional approach to attaining your dreams because it takes what makes you unique and turns it to your advantage. Have you been duped by common myths of success? Are you disappointed by the constant struggle in life? Scott reveals how only you have the power to change your trajectory. Strive is your handbook for getting comfortable with discomfort, embracing and enjoying new challenges, and achieving real, lasting success.

Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures [EPUB]

Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures [EPUB]
Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures by James Michael Dorsey
2018 | EPUB | 4.65MB

Author and explorer James Michael Dorsey has spent two decades visiting the world’s most remote tribal cultures. In BABOONS FOR LUNCH and Other Sordid Adventures, he tells his remarkable travel stories in rollicking accounts that keep readers off balance and eager for more.

Many stories are funny, others are poignant, and quite a few are heart stopping, while others are unique insights into remote ways of life most of the world does not know exists.

In this book the reader will climb a remote volcano in Ethiopia, cross the Sahara Desert with nomads, undergo a tribal exorcism, and visit shamans, healers, witch doctors, and holy men.

This is not your average travel book, but an entree to some of the world’s remote corners and people.

The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation [EPUB]

The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation [EPUB]
The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Antoine van Agtmael,‎ Fred Bakker
2018 | EPUB | 19.97MB

The remarkable story of how rustbelt cities such as Akron and Albany in the United States and Eindhoven in Europe are becoming the unlikely hotspots of global innovation, where sharing brainpower and making things smarter-not cheaper-is creating a new economy that is turning globalization on its head

Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker counter recent conventional wisdom that the American and northern European economies have lost their initiative in innovation and their competitive edge by focusing on an unexpected and hopeful trend: the emerging sources of economic strength coming from areas once known as "rustbelts" that had been written off as yesterday's story.

In these communities, a combination of forces-visionary thinkers, local universities, regional government initiatives, start-ups, and big corporations-have created "brainbelts." Based on trust, a collaborative style of working, and freedom of thinking prevalent in America and Europe, these brainbelts are producing smart products that are transforming industries by integrating IT, sensors, big data, new materials, new discoveries, and automation. From polymers to medical devices, the brainbelts have turned the tide from cheap, outsourced production to making things smart right in our own backyard. The next emerging market may, in fact, be the West.

Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy [EPUB]

Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy [EPUB]
Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy by Ethan J Kytle, Blain Roberts
2018 | EPUB | 27.96MB

In the tradition of James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me, a deeply researched book that uncovers competing histories of how slavery is remembered in Charleston, South Carolina—the heart of Dixie

A book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey’s Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the U.S. slave population stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the congregation of Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822.

As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was.

Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide. Denmark Vesey’s Garden joins the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting new interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States.

The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. [EPUB]

The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. [EPUB]
The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by Jason Sokol
2018 | EPUB | 20.25MB

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King's death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. At the time of his murder, King was a polarizing figure--scorned by many white Americans, worshipped by some African Americans and liberal whites, and deemed irrelevant by many black youth. In The Heavens Might Crack, historian Jason Sokol traces the diverse responses, both in America and throughout the world, to King's death. Whether celebrating or mourning, most agreed that the final flicker of hope for a multiracial America had been extinguished.

A deeply moving account of a country coming to terms with an act of shocking violence, The Heavens Might Crack is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand America's fraught racial past and present.

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture [EPUB]

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture [EPUB]
Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture by Benjamin Woo
2018 | EPUB | 0.72MB

Comic book superheroes, fantasy kingdoms, and futuristic starships have become inescapable features of today’s pop-culture landscape, and the people we used to deride as “nerds” or “geeks” have ridden their popularity and visibility to mainstream recognition. It seems it’s finally hip to be square. Yet these conventionalized representations of geek culture typically ignore the real people who have invested time and resources to make it what it is.

Getting a Life recentres our understanding of geek culture on the everyday lives of its participants, drawing on fieldwork in comic book shops, game stores, and conventions, including in-depth interviews with ordinary members of the overlapping communities of fans and enthusiasts. Benjamin Woo shows how geek culture is a set of interconnected social practices that are associated with popular media. He argues that typical depictions of mass-mediated entertainment as something that isolates and pacifies its audiences are flawed because they do not account for the conversations, relationships, communities, and identities that are created by engaging with the products of mass culture.

Getting a Life combines engaging interview material with lucid interpretation and a clear, interdisciplinary framework. The volume is both an accessible introduction to this contemporary subculture and an exploration of the ethical possibilities of a life lived with media.

Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race [EPUB]

Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race [EPUB]
Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race by Tim Fernholz
2018 | EPUB | 40.87MB

The inside story of the new race to conquer space, as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos spend billions of their own money to explore the final frontier

For the larger‑than‑life personalities now staking their fortunes on the development of rocket ships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, a lucrative opportunity — or the key to humanity’s salvation.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take center stage in this fast‑paced narrative as they attempt to disrupt the space economy, feed their own egos, and maybe even save the world. We also meet a supporting cast of equally fascinating entrepreneurs, from the irrepressible British mogul Richard Branson to satellite Internet visionary Greg Wyler. All are united in the profound conviction that commercial space transportation will transform our world for the better.

Tim Fernholz’s fly‑on‑the‑wall reporting captures an industry in the midst of disruption, as NASA seeks to preserve its ambitious space exploration program, traditional aerospace firms like Boeing and Lockheed Martin scramble to adapt to new competitors, lobbyists tussle over public funds and lawmakers try to prevent this new space race from sparking global conflict.

With privileged access to top executives at SpaceX, including Musk himself, as well as at Blue Origin, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Virgin Galactic, Fernholz spins this high‑stakes marathon into a riveting tale of rivalry and survival.

Literary Theory: An Anthology, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Literary Theory: An Anthology, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Literary Theory: An Anthology, 3rd Edition (Blackwell Anthologies) edited by Michael Ryan, Julie Rivkin
2017 | EPUB | 13.09MB

The new edition of this bestselling literary theory anthology has been thoroughly updated to include influential texts from innovative new areas, including disability studies, eco-criticism, and ethics.

  • Covers all the major schools and methods that make up the dynamic field of literary theory, from Formalism to Postcolonialism
  • Expanded to include work from Stuart Hall, Sara Ahmed, and Lauren Berlant.
  • Pedagogically enhanced with detailed editorial introductions and a comprehensive glossary of terms

Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World [Audiobook]

Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World [Audiobook]
Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World [Audiobook] by Miles J Unger, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 28 mins | 425.32MB

When Picasso became Picasso: the story of how an obscure young painter from Barcelona came to Paris and made himself into the most influential artist of the 20th century

In 1900, an 18-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. It was in this glittering capital of the international art world that, after suffering years of poverty and neglect, he emerged as the leader of a bohemian band of painters, sculptors, and poets. Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world.

For most of these years Picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre. Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life.

Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. In 1906, Picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul Cezanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself. The painting proved so shocking that even his friends assumed he'd gone mad. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in 20th-century art.

This is the story of an artistic genius with a singular creative gift. It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world's most captivating city.