Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck [EPUB]

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck [EPUB]
Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon
2014 | EPUB | 1.69MB

We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter.

To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.

With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are.

Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century's most burning questions about manners, including:

  • Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude?
  • What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn?
  • How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?
  • What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.?

Combining science with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that's not too rude to say).

Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately [EPUB]

Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately [EPUB]
Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately by Daniel Lubetzky
2015 | EPUB | 2.36MB

For the socially conscious, the intellectually curious, or the creative soul comes an inspiring, New York Times bestselling handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world—by the visionary founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.

When Daniel Lubetzky started KIND Healthy Snacks in 2004, he aimed to defy the conventional wisdom that snack bars could never be both tasty and healthy, convenient and wholesome. A decade later, the transformative power of the company’s “AND” philosophy has resulted in an astonishing record of achievement. KIND has become the fastest-growing purveyor of healthy snacks in the country. Meanwhile, the KIND Movement—the company’s social mission to make the world a little kinder—has sparked more than a million good deeds worldwide.

In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND’s business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. Inspired by his father, who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courageous kindness of strangers, Lubetzky began his career handselling a sun-dried tomato spread made collaboratively by Arabs and Jews in the war-torn Middle East. Despite early setbacks, he never lost his faith in his vision of a “not-only-for-profit” business—one that sold great products and helped to make the world a better place.

While other companies let circumstances force them into choosing between two seemingly incompatible options, people at KIND say “AND.” At its core, this idea is about challenging assumptions and false compromises. It is about not settling for less and being willing to take greater risks, often financial. It is about learning to think boundlessly and critically, and choosing what at first may be the tougher path for later, greater rewards. By using illuminating anecdotes from his own career, and celebrating some past failures through the lessons learned from them, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a successful business and a thriving social enterprise. He explores the value of staying true to your brand, highlights the importance of transparency and communication in the workplace, and explains why good intentions alone won’t sell products.

Engaging and inspirational, Do the KIND Thing shows how the power of AND worked wonders for one company—and could empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs to improve their bottom line and change the world.

A Political Economy of the Middle East, 4th Edition [EPUB]

A Political Economy of the Middle East, 4th Edition [EPUB]
A Political Economy of the Middle East, 4th Edition by Melani Cammett, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, John Waterbury
2018 | EPUB | 32.81MB

A Political Economy of the Middle East is the most comprehensive analysis of developments in the political economy of the region over the past several decades, examining the interaction of economic development processes, state systems and policies, and social actors in the Middle East.

The fourth edition, with new authors Melani Cammett and Ishac Diwan, has been thoroughly revised, with two new introductory chapters that provide an updated framework with which to understand and study the many changes in demography, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture, and international labor migration in the recent years.

The new edition also includes: a new chapter that charts the political economy of the Gulf states and, in particular, the phenomenal growth of oil economies; a new chapter on the rise of "crony capitalism;" and increased coverage of the changes in civil society and social movements in the region, including an exploration of the causes, dynamics, consequences, and aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations [Audiobook]

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations [Audiobook]
The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations [Audiobook] by David Pilling, read by Elliot Hill
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 30 mins | 234.89MB

A revelatory and entertaining book about the pitfalls of how we measure our economy and how to correct them, by an award-winning editor of The Financial Times.

According to GDP, the economy is in a golden era: economic growth has risen steadily over the past 70 years and shows no sign of stopping. But if this is the case, why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

In this book, author and prize-winning journalist David Pilling demystifies gross domestic product, a tool that measures the goods and services a country produces in a set period. Revered by economists, GDP is considered evidence of a country's success and well-being. Yet GDP is actually, at best, a numbers game, unequipped to deal with the nuances of the digital economy and developing nations. It also lacks moral judgment: such is the drive for growth that heroin consumption is valued more than volunteer work. By fixating on GDP, experts are ignoring alternative models that better reflect reality and ushering in policies that could even harm us.

In characteristically clear and lively prose, Pilling draws on a quarter century of reporting to argue that our steadfast loyalty to GDP is informing misguided policies - and contributing to a growing mistrust of experts that is shaking the foundations of our democracy. We live in a society in which a priesthood of economists, wielding impenetrable mathematical formulas, sets the framework for public debate. Ultimately, it is economists who set the agenda for how much we can spend on our schools, highways, and defence; who decide how much unemployment is acceptable and whether it is right to print money or bail out profligate banks. The backlash we are currently witnessing suggests that people are turning against the economists and their faulty representation of our lives.

Despite decades of steady economic growth, many citizens feel more pessimistic than ever and are voting for candidates who voice undisguised contempt for the technocratic elite. For too long economics has relied on a language which fails to resonate with people's lived experience, and we are now living with the consequences.

Codename Suzette: An extraordinary story of resistance and rescue in Nazi Paris [EPUB]

Codename Suzette: An extraordinary story of resistance and rescue in Nazi Paris [EPUB]
Codename Suzette: An extraordinary story of resistance and rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson
2017 | EPUB | 5.51MB

The thrilling and previously untold story of Suzanne Spaak, who abandoned her life of opulence to save the Jewish children of Occupied Paris during the Second World War.

Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family and married into the country's leading political dynasty. Her brother-in-law was the prime minister while her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter René Magritte. In occupied Paris she was part of the cultural elite and a neighbour of Colette and Jean Cocteau. But Suzanne was living a double life.

Her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups 'kidnapped' hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers.

Codename Suzette is a masterpiece of research and narrative, bringing to life a truly remarkable woman and painting a vivid and unforgettable picture of wartime Paris.

Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock [EPUB]

Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock [EPUB]
Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock by Amy Werbel
2018 | EPUB | 32.81MB

Anthony Comstock was America’s first professional censor. From 1873 to 1915, as Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, Comstock led a crusade against lasciviousness, salaciousness, and obscenity that resulted in the confiscation and incineration of more than three million pictures, postcards, and books he judged to be obscene. But as Amy Werbel shows in this rich cultural and social history, Comstock’s campaign to rid America of vice in fact led to greater acceptance of the materials he deemed objectionable, offering a revealing tale about the unintended consequences of censorship.

In Lust on Trial, Werbel presents a colorful journey through Comstock’s career that doubles as a new history of post–Civil War America’s risqué visual and sexual culture. Born into a puritanical New England community, Anthony Comstock moved to New York in 1868 armed with his Christian faith and a burning desire to rid the city of vice. Werbel describes how Comstock’s raids shaped New York City and American culture through his obsession with the prevention of lust by means of censorship, and how his restrictions provided an impetus for the increased circulation and explicitness of “obscene” materials. By opposing women who preached sexual liberation and empowerment, suppressing contraceptives, and restricting artistic expression, Comstock drew the ire of civil liberties advocates, inspiring more open attitudes toward sexual and creative freedom and more sophisticated legal defenses. Drawing on material culture high and low, including numerous examples of the “obscenities” Comstock seized, Lust on Trial provides fresh insights into Comstock’s actions and motivations, the sexual habits of Americans during his era, and the complicated relationship between law and cultural change.

Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, 2nd Edition by Dr Randy Olson PhD
2018 | EPUB | 1.45MB

When Randy Olson first described his life-changing encounter with an acting teacher in Don’t Be Such a Scientist, it seemed like the world of science was on the cusp of gaining new respect in the public eye. Through his writing, speaking, and films, Olson challenged scientists to toss out jargon in favor of a more human approach, bringing Hollywood lessons to the scientific community. Yet today, in everything from government funding cuts to climate change denial, science is under attack. And while communicating science is more crucial than ever, the scientific community still struggles to connect with everyday people.

The time is right for a new edition of Olson’s revolutionary work. In Don’t Be Such a Scientist, Second Edition, Olson renews his call for communication that stays true to the facts while tapping into something more primordial, more irrational, and ultimately more human. In more than 50 pages of new material, Olson brings his pioneering message to this new age, providing tools for speaking out in anti-science era and squaring off against members of the scientific establishment who resist needed change.

Don’t Be Such a Scientist, Second Edition is a cutting and irreverent manual to making your voice heard in an age of attacks on science. Invaluable for anyone looking to break out of the boxes of academia or research, Olson’s writing will inspire readers to “make science human”—and to enjoy the ride along the way.

Radical Sacrifice [Audiobook]

Radical Sacrifice [Audiobook]
Radical Sacrifice [Audiobook] by Terry Eagleton, read by Roger Clark
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 56 mins | 191.0MB

A trenchant analysis of sacrifice as the foundation of the modern, as well as the ancient, social order

The modern conception of sacrifice is at once cast as a victory of self-discipline over desire and condescended to as destructive and archaic abnegation. But even in the Old Testament, the dual natures of sacrifice, embodying both ritual slaughter and moral rectitude, were at odds. In this analysis, Terry Eagleton makes a compelling argument that the idea of sacrifice has long been misunderstood.

Pursuing the complex lineage of sacrifice in a lyrical discourse, Eagleton focuses on the Old and New Testaments, offering a virtuosic analysis of the crucifixion, while drawing together a host of philosophers, theologians, and texts—from Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida to the Aeneid and The Wings of the Dove. Brilliant meditations on death and eros, Shakespeare and St. Paul, irony and hybridity explore the meaning of sacrifice in modernity, casting off misperceptions of barbarity to reconnect the radical idea to politics and revolution.

Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che [EPUB]

Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che [EPUB]
Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che by Max Elbaum
2018 | EPUB | 1.9MB

Revolution In The Air is the first in-depth study of the long march of the US New Left after 1968. It tells the story of the ‘new communist movement’ which was the most racially integrated and fast-growing movement on the Left. Thousands of young activists, radicalized by the Vietnam War and Black Liberation, and spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism. These admirers of Mao, Che and Amilcar Cabral organized resistance to the republican majorities of Nixon and Ford.

By the 1980s these groups had either collapsed or become tiny shards of the dream of a Maoist world revolution. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early ‘good sixties’ and a later ‘bad sixties,’ Max Elbaum is particularly concerned to reclaim the lessons of the new communist movement for today’s activists who, like their sixties’ predecessors, are coming of age at a time when the Left lacks mass support and is fragmented along racial lines.

Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies [EPUB]

Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies [EPUB]
Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies by Consumer Dummies
2018 | EPUB | 13.37MB

Find workplace success

There are some things that will never go out of style, and good business skills are one of them. With the help of this informative book, you’ll learn how to wear multiple hats in the workplace no matter what comes your way—without ever breaking a sweat.

Compiled from eight of the best Dummies books on business skills topics, Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies offers everything you need to hone your abilities and translate them into a bigger paycheck. Whether you’re tasked with marketing or accounting responsibilities—or anything in between—this all-encompassing reference makes it easier than ever to tackle your job with confidence.

  • Manage a successful operation
  • Write more effectively
  • Work on the go with Microsoft Office 365
  • Deal with marketing, accounting, and projects with ease

If you’ve ever dreamed about being able to juggle all your work responsibilities without ever dropping the ball, the book is for you.

This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back [EPUB]

This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back [EPUB]
This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back by Ken Ilgunas
2018 | EPUB | 1.52MB

Private property is everywhere. Almost anywhere you walk in the United States, you will spot “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs on trees and fence posts. In America, there are more than a billion acres of grassland pasture, cropland, and forest, and miles and miles of coastlines that are mostly closed off to the public. Meanwhile, America’s public lands are threatened by extremist groups and right-wing think tanks who call for our public lands to be sold to the highest bidder and closed off to everyone else. If these groups get their way, public property may become private, precious green spaces may be developed, and the common good may be sacrificed for the benefit of the wealthy few.

Ken Ilgunas, lifelong traveler, hitchhiker, and roamer, takes readers back to the nineteenth century, when Americans were allowed to journey undisturbed across the country. Today, though, America finds itself as an outlier in the Western world as a number of European countries have created sophisticated legal systems that protect landowners and give citizens generous roaming rights to their countries' green spaces.

Inspired by the United States' history of roaming, and taking guidance from present-day Europe, Ilgunas calls into question our entrenched understanding of private property and provocatively proposes something unheard of: opening up American private property for public recreation. He imagines a future in which folks everywhere will have the right to walk safely, explore freely, and roam boldly—from California to the New York island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters.

The Great Shellfish Cookbook: From Sea to Table [EPUB]

The Great Shellfish Cookbook: From Sea to Table [EPUB]
The Great Shellfish Cookbook: From Sea to Table: More than 100 Recipes to Cook at Home by Matt Dean Pettit
2018 | EPUB | 319.15MB

Matt Dean Pettit, chef, co-owner and founder of Rock Lobster restaurants and Matty's Seafood Brands, is back with a new book to delight your taste buds. Whether you've been to one of his restaurants, picked up some of his food from your local supermarket, experimented in the kitchen with lobster recipes from his first book, The Great Lobster Cookbook, or are looking for a fresh, go-to resource, Matt's enthusiasm is contagious. As you can probably guess, seafood is one of his true loves and The Great Shellfish Cookbook brings that love to life.

The Great Shellfish Cookbook takes any level of home cook on a delicious food tour that focuses on Matt's favorite kinds of shellfish. In much the same way as he demystified lobster in his first book, Matt is back to teach you shellfish 101, show you how and where to buy fresh shellfish, how to store it, and, of course, how to cook it. Inside, you'll find both fun and approachable dishes for every meal, featuring crab, oysters, mussels, scallops, squid, octopus, clams, prawns, and, of course, lobster. If you're a home cook ready to expand your horizons, you'll love the chapter on exotic shellfish like periwinkles, conch, crawfish and sea urchin. And with a focus on sustainability and protecting our oceans, you'll learn how to enjoy your favorite shellfish dishes while balancing a respect for our environment.

A new cookbook classic for all seafood lovers, The Great Shellfish Cookbook will have you running to the kitchen to prepare new and exciting recipes for your family and friends.

The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free [EPUB]

The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free [EPUB]
The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free by Dr Steven R Gundry, MD
2018 | EPUB | 85.13MB

From renowned cardiac surgeon and acclaimed author Dr. Steven R. Gundry, the companion cookbook to New York Times bestselling The Plant Paradox, offering 100 easy-to-follow recipes and four-color photos.

In the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry introduced readers to the hidden toxins lurking in seemingly healthy foods like tomatoes, zucchini, quinoa, and brown rice: a class of plant-based proteins called lectins. Many people are familiar with one of the most predominant lectins—a substance called gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. But while cutting out the bread and going gluten-free is relatively straightforward, going lectin-free is no small task.

Now, in The Plant Paradox Cookbook, Dr. Gundry breaks down lectin-free eating step by step and shares one hundred of his favorite healthy recipes. Dr. Gundry will offer an overview of his Plant Paradox program and show readers how to overhaul their pantries and shopping lists to make delicious, simple, seasonal, lectin-free meals. He’ll also share his hacks for making high-lectin foods safe to eat, including methods like pressure-cooking grains and peeling and deseeding tomatoes.

With a quick-start program designed to boost weight loss and recipes for smoothies, breakfasts, main meals, snacks, and desserts, The Plant Paradox Cookbook will show readers of The Plant Paradox—and more—how delicious it can be to eat lectin-free.

Where Three Worlds Met: Sicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean [EPUB]

Where Three Worlds Met: Sicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean [EPUB]
Where Three Worlds Met: Sicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean by Sarah Davis-Secord
2017 | EPUB | 1.49MB

Sicily is a lush and culturally rich island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout its history, the island has been conquered and colonized by successive waves of peoples from across the Mediterranean region. In the early and central Middle Ages, the island was ruled and occupied in turn by Greek Christians, Muslims, and Latin Christians.

In Where Three Worlds Met, Sarah Davis-Secord investigates Sicily's place within the religious, diplomatic, military, commercial, and intellectual networks of the Mediterranean by tracing the patterns of travel, trade, and communication among Christians (Latin and Greek), Muslims, and Jews. By looking at the island across this long expanse of time and during the periods of transition from one dominant culture to another, Davis-Secord uncovers the patterns that defined and redefined the broader Muslim-Christian encounter in the Middle Ages.

Sicily was a nexus for cross-cultural communication not because of its geographical placement at the center of the Mediterranean but because of the specific roles the island played in a variety of travel and trade networks in the Mediterranean region. Complex combinations of political, cultural, and economic need transformed Sicily’s patterns of connection to other nearby regions—transformations that were representative of the fundamental shifts that took place in the larger Mediterranean system during the Middle Ages. The meanings and functions of Sicily’s positioning within these larger Mediterranean communications networks depended on the purposes to which the island was being put and how it functioned at the boundaries of the Greek, Latin, and Muslim worlds.

Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE [EPUB]

Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE [EPUB]
Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE (The History of Philosophy) edited by Brian Duignan
2010 | EPUB | 4.61MB

Presents an introduction to philosophy in the ancient world, discussing the writings of the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as the teachings of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and the early Jewish and Christian authors.

The human mind has long hungered to understand deep truths. Though ideas of this nature are often impossible to explain definitively, numerous individuals dedicate their lives to seeking answers that transcend the mechanical and approach the metaphysical.

The books in this absorbing series invite readers to pose their most probing questions alongside the philosophers who came before them and learn about the various strains of thought that developed over time in response. Students will also discover the interplay between philosophy and religion as well as the mathematical basis for much philosophical thought.

Medieval Philosophy: From 500 to 1500 CE [EPUB]

Medieval Philosophy: From 500 to 1500 CE [EPUB]
Medieval Philosophy: From 500 to 1500 CE (The History of Philosophy) edited by Brian Duignan
2010 | EPUB | 20.63MB

The burgeoning of Christianity throughout Europe saw an attendant transformation in the field of philosophy. The philosophers of the Middle Ages endeavored to reconcile two seemingly incompatible concepts: religion and reason. While both ultimately involve belief in something, their approaches differ radically.

By drawing extensively from the work of their predecessors, like Plato and Aristotle, medieval philosophers were able to find logical bases for their theological beliefs, thus using rationality to better comprehend their faith. This fascinating volume looks at the individuals who pioneered these new schools of thought and their lasting effects on our understanding of the nature of reality.

Modern Philosophy: From 1500 CE to the Present [EPUB]

Modern Philosophy: From 1500 CE to the Present [EPUB]
Modern Philosophy: From 1500 CE to the Present (The History of Philosophy) edited by Brian Duignan
2018 | EPUB | 5.31MB

Presents the history of modern philosophy and includes profiles of notable philosophers, discussing the writings of the Renaissance, Rationalism, Enlightenment, and Empiricism.

The human mind has long hungered to understand deep truths. Though ideas of this nature are often impossible to explain definitively, numerous individuals dedicate their lives to seeking answers that transcend the mechanical and approach the metaphysical.

The books in this absorbing series invite readers to pose their most probing questions alongside the philosophers who came before them and learn about the various strains of thought that developed over time in response. Students will also discover the interplay between philosophy and religion as well as the mathematical basis for much philosophical thought.

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change [Audiobook]

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change [Audiobook]
Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change [Audiobook] by Leonard Mlodinow, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 34 mins | 208.49MB

From the best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkard's Walk, a groundbreaking new look at the neuroscience of change - and how elastic thinking can help us thrive in a world changing faster than ever before.

With rapid technological innovation leading the charge, today's world is transforming itself at an extraordinary and unprecedented pace. As jobs become more multifaceted, as information streams multiply, and as myriad devices place increasing demands on our attention, we are confronted every day with a plethora of new challenges. Fortunately, as Leonard Mlodinow shows, the human brain is uniquely engineered to adapt.

Drawing from cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology, Mlodinow takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey through the mechanics of our own minds as we navigate the rapidly shifting landscapes around us. Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a collection of traits and abilities that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, pattern recognition, mental fluency, divergent thinking, and integrative thinking. These are the qualities that enabled innovators from Mary Shelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-size popcorn to the creator of the modern grocery store, and from Nike to Pokémon Go to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. And they're the qualities that will enable each of us to succeed, personally and professionally, in the radically changing environments of today.

With his keen acumen and rapid-fire wit, Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world.

Brainchains: Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world [EPUB]

Brainchains: Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world [EPUB]
Brainchains: Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world by Theo Compernolle
2014 | EPUB | 5.58MB

Prof Dr Theo Compernolle studied over 600 publications, surveyed 1200 professionals and wrote another easy readable and practical book.

As a medical doctor, neuropsychiatrist and scholar with decades of experience in medical schools and business schools in many countries, he integrates science from many domains.

What is your most important tool to be successful as a professional? Your brain!

What do you know about your thinking brain? Nothing.

The sad result: a majority of knowledge workers ruin the performance of their magnificent brain, and obstruct the matchless potential of their brain-ICT collaboration (Information and Communication Technologies).

Taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of your brain you will also get the best results from your brain-ICT synergy.

-Part 1: How your reflecting brain, your archiving brain and your reflex brain influence your thinking
-Part 2: The BrainChains: how always being connected, multitasking, stress and lack of sleep ruin your performance
-Part 3: Practical tools and tips to unchain your brain

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia [EPUB]

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia [EPUB]
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes
2008 | EPUB | 9.38MB

There have been many accounts of the public aspects of Stalin's dictatorship: the arrests and trials, the enslavement and killing in the gulags. No previous book, however, has explored the regime's effect on people's personal lives, what one historian called "the Stalinism that entered into all of us." Now, drawing on a huge collection of newly discovered documents, The Whisperers reveals for the first time the inner world of ordinary Soviet citizens as they struggled to survive amidst the mistrust, fear, compromises, and betrayals that pervaded their existence.

Moving from the Revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin and beyond, Orlando Figes re-creates the moral maze in which Russians found themselves, where one wrong turn could destroy a family or, perversely, end up saving it. He brings us inside cramped communal apartments, where minor squabbles could lead to fatal denunciations; he examines the Communist faithful, who often rationalized even their own arrest as a case of mistaken identity; and he casts a humanizing light on informers, demonstrating how, in a repressive system, anyone could easily become a collaborator.

A vast panoramic portrait of a society in which everyone spoke in whispers—whether to protect their families and friends, or to inform upon them—The Whisperers is a gripping account of lives lived in impossible times.

The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea [Audiobook]

The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea [Audiobook]
The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea [Audiobook] by Bob Burg,‎ John David Mann, read by the Authors and Ana Gabriel Mann
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 9 mins | 115.22MB

From the bestselling authors of The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, and The Go-Giver Leader comes another compelling parable about the paradox of getting ahead by placing other people's interests first.

The Go-Giver Influencer is a story about two young, ambitious businesspeople: Gillian Waters, the chief buyer for Smith & Banks, a midsized company that operates a national chain of pet accessory stores; and Jackson Hill, the founder of Angels Clothed in Fur, a small but growing manufacturer of all-natural pet foods.

Each has something the other wants. To Jackson, Smith & Banks represents the possibility of reaching more animals with his products--if he can negotiate terms and conditions that will protect his company's integrity. To Gillian, Angels Clothed in Fur could give her company a distinctive, uniquely high-quality line that will help them stand out from their competitors--if Angels Clothed in Fur can be persuaded to give them an exclusive.

At first, the negotiations are adversarial and frustrating. Then, coincidentally, Gillian and Jackson each encounter a mysterious yet kindly mentor. Over the next week, while neither one realizes the other is doing the same, both Gillian and Jackson learn the heart of both mentors' philosophies: The Five Secrets of Genuine Influence.

The story ends in a way that surprises everyone--and with lessons we can all apply in our efforts to resolve conflicts and influence others.

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity [Audiobook]

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity [Audiobook]
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity [Audiobook] by Sally Kohn, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 2 mins | 194.03MB

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously "nice", she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us.

In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She travels to Rwanda, to the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples - including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

As Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, whether it's the girl she bullied as a child or her own deep partisan resentment, she points the way toward change. No one is more poised to lead us out of this wilderness of hate than Sally Kohn. Her engaging, fascinating, and often funny book will open your eyes and your heart.

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species [Audiobook]

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species [Audiobook]
The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species [Audiobook] by Carlos Magdalena, read by Roy McMillan
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 2 mins | 221.59MB

Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah.

From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction.

He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them propagate and prosper. Now he's here to spread the gospel.

The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.

The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies [Audiobook]

The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies [Audiobook]
The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies [Audiobook] by Randine Lewis, read by Erin Bennett
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 27 mins | 376.42MB

A groundbreaking alternative approach to treating infertility using traditional Chinese medicine - on its own or in conjunction with the latest Western-based reproductive technology.

Dr. Randine Lewis offers you a natural way to support your efforts to get pregnant. In The Infertility Cure, Dr. Lewis outlines her simple guidelines involving diet, herbs, and acupressure so that you can make use of her experience and expertise to create a nurturing, welcoming environment for a healthy baby.

The Infertility Cure addresses:

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Immunological fertility problems
  • Male-factor infertility
  • Hormonal imbalances and associated conditions
  • Anovulation, lethal phase defect, amenorrhea, unexplained infertility
  • Endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, tubal obstruction, uterine fibroids
  • Improving the outcome of assisted reproductive techniques

The Infertility Cure opens the door to new ideas about treating infertility that will dramatically increase your odds of getting pregnant - the natural way.

The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama [Audiobook]

The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama [Audiobook]
The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama [Audiobook] by Matt Margolis, read by Richard Cefalos
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 10 mins | 143.91MB

The audiobook that debunks, in compelling detail, the phony media narrative that Barack Obama had a "scandal-free" presidency.

"I'm proud of the fact that [...] we're probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House."

So President Barack Obama boldly declared before leaving office, and numerous times since. But is it true? Not according to Matt Margolis, best-selling co-author of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Margolis lays out the details of literally dozens of Obama administration scandals that have been ignored, downplayed, or covered-up by the mainstream media. From "Fast and Furious", to the illegal IRS targeting of conservative groups, to the recent NSA spying outrage, Margolis makes a powerful case that the Obama years represented nearly a decade of lawless and abusive governance.

While Obama and his allies attempt to spin the narrative that his presidency represented a time of pristine politics, it's critically important that Americans understand the truth - Barack Obama brought to Washington corrupt Chicago machine politics of cronyism and corporate payoffs, combined with audacious Alinskyite tactics aimed at dividing Americans and destroying his opponents.

Obama's legacy will be discussed and debated for decades. But in the early months after he left office, more scandals have been uncovered - most notably an illegal scheme of using the NSA to spy on his political opponents and the frightening decision to block the prosecution of Iranian-backed terrorists. Far from being a virtuous New Camelot, the Obama administration abused its power like few others.

Speer: Hitler's Architect [Audiobook]

Speer: Hitler's Architect [Audiobook]
Speer: Hitler's Architect [Audiobook] by Martin Kitchen, read by Michael Page
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 33 mins | 263.19MB

A new biography of Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler's chief architect and trusted confidant, reveals the subject's deeper involvement in Nazi atrocities.

In his best-selling autobiography, Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and chief architect of Nazi Germany, repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of the genocidal crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. In this revealing new biography, author Martin Kitchen disputes Speer's lifelong assertions of ignorance and innocence, portraying a far darker figure who was deeply implicated in the appalling crimes committed by the regime he served so well.

Kitchen reconstructs Speer's life with what we now know, including information from valuable new sources that have come to light only in recent years, challenging the portrait presented by earlier biographers and by Speer himself of a cultured technocrat devoted to his country while completely uninvolved in Nazi politics and crimes.

The result is the first truly serious accounting of the man, his beliefs, and his actions during one of the darkest epochs in modern history, not only countering Speer's claims of non-culpability but also disputing the commonly held misconception that it was his unique genius alone that kept the German military armed and fighting long after its defeat was inevitable.

Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe [Audiobook]

Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe [Audiobook]
Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe [Audiobook] by Rebecca Erbelding, read by Hillary Huber
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 48 mins | 352.19MB

America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Now, a US Holocaust Museum scholar tells the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Roosevelt's little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained.

In January 1944, a young Treasury lawyer named John Pehle accompanied his boss to a meeting with the president. For more than a decade, the Jews of Germany had sought refuge in the US and been stymied by Congress's harsh immigration policy. Now, the State Department was refusing to authorize relief funds Pehle wanted to use to help Jews escape Nazi territory. At the meeting, Pehle made his best case - and prevailed. Within days, FDR created the War Refugee Board, empowering it to rescue the victims of Nazi persecution, and put John Pehle in charge.

Over the next 20 months, Pehle pulled together a team of DC pencil pushers, international relief workers, pirates, diplomats, millionaires, confidence men, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. Together, they tricked Nazis; forged identity papers; smuggled food into concentration camps; recruited spies; leaked news stories; negotiated ransoms; and funneled millions of dollars into Europe. They bought weapons for the French Resistance and ships to transport Romanian refugees to Palestine. Altogether, they saved tens of thousands of lives.

In Rescue Board, US Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar Rebecca Erbelding uses unrivaled access to archival materials and fresh interviews with survivors to tell the dramatic unknown story of America's last-ditch effort to save the Jews of Europe.

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer [Audiobook]

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer [Audiobook]
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer [Audiobook] by Barbara Ehrenreich, read by Joyce Bean
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 53 mins | 189.99MB

If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together [Audiobook]

If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together [Audiobook]
If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together [Audiobook] by James J Sexton, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 17 mins | 228.09MB

In this pertinent audiobook, hard-hitting divorce lawyer James Sexton shares his insights and wisdom from the frontlines of divorce to keep you out of his office and improve on your relationship

If You're In My Office, It's Already Too Late. James Sexton knows this. After dealing with over 1000 clients whose marriages have dissolved over everything from an ill-advised threesome with the nanny to the uneven division of carpool duties, he also knows all of the what-not-to-dos for couples who want to build - and consistently work to preserve - a lasting, fulfilling relationship.

Described by former clients as a "courtroom gunslinger" and "the sociopath you want on your side", Sexton tells the unvarnished truth about relationships, diving straight into the most common marital problems. These usually derive from dishonest - or nonexistent - communication. Even when the alleged reason for separation is one spouse's new "personal trainer", there's usually a communication problem that predates the fitness kick. Symptom and root cause get confused all the time.

Sexton has spent his career working with spouses-to-be-no-longer. Reverse-engineering a relationship can help to identify and fix what does not work. Ever feel like you're holding back criticism of your spouse because you just can't have that fight right now? Sexton will tell you to "Hit Send Now". Maybe you aren't as adventurous as you used to be, or need some you-time, but for some reason, it seems weird or exhausting to change up the routine now.

Sexton knows where that mentality leads and offers viable alternative paths to take. Though he deals constantly with the heartbreak of others, he still believes in romance and the transformative power of love. This audiobook is his opportunity to use what he has learned to help couples that aren't so far gone get back on track.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job [Audiobook]

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job [Audiobook]
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job [Audiobook] by Sally Helgesen,‎ Marshall Goldsmith, read by the Authors and Suzanne Toren
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 7 mins | 195.7MB

Ready to take the next step in your career...but not sure what's holding you back? Read on.

Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and best-selling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers - men and women - to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different road blocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won't get you there...and you might not even realize your blind spots until it's too late.

Are you great with the details? To rise, you need to do less and delegate more.

Are you a team player? To advance, you need to take credit as easily as you share it.

Are you a star networker? Leaders know a network is no good unless you know how to use it.

Sally and Marshall identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success. Building on Marshall's classic best seller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, their new book, How Women Rise, is essential listening for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms [Audiobook]

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms [Audiobook]
Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms [Audiobook] by Emily Thompson,‎ Kathleen Shannon, read by the Authors
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 41 mins | 157.03MB

From the creators of the hit podcast comes an interactive self-help guide for creative entrepreneurs, where they share their best tools and tactics on "being boss" in both business and life.

Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson are self-proclaimed "business besties" and hosts of the top-ranked podcast Being Boss, where they talk shop and share their combined expertise with other creative entrepreneurs. Now they take the best of their from-the-trenches advice, giving you targeted guidance on:

  • The Boss Mindset: how to weed out distractions, cultivate confidence, and tackle "fraudy feelings"
  • Boss Habits: including a tested method for visually mapping out goals with magical results
  • Boss Money: how to stop freaking out about finances and sell yourself (without shame)

With checklists and other real tools for achieving success, here's a guide that will truly help you "be boss" not only at growing your business, but creating a life you love.

How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain [Audiobook]

How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain [Audiobook]
How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain [Audiobook] by Ruth Goodman, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hours | 273.53MB

Contains an exclusive Q&A with the author, Ruth Goodman.

Historian and popular TV presenter Ruth Goodman offers up a history of offensive language, insulting gestures, insolent behaviour, brawling and scandal in the 16th and 17th centuries - with practical tips on just how to horrify the neighbours.

From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way. But their niggling, antisocial and irritating ways tell us about not only what upset people but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in.

In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover:

  • How to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow, strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard
  • Why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form
  • The politics behind men kissing each other on the lips
  • Why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone
  • The best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides

Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous. It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross-dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed and cursing wasn't just rude - it worked!

Fascism: A Warning [Audiobook]

Fascism: A Warning [Audiobook]
Fascism: A Warning [Audiobook] by Madeleine Albright, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 53 mins | 272.83MB

From one of the most admired international leaders, comes a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism today and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

Based on her personal experience growing up in Hungary under Hitler and the Communist regime that followed World War II, as well as knowledge gleaned from her distinguished diplomatic career and insights from colleagues around the globe, Albright paints a clear picture of how fascism flourishes and explains why it is once again taking hold worldwide, identifying the factors contributing to its rise. Most importantly, she makes clear what could happen if we fail to act against rising fascist forces today and in the near future, including the potential for economic catastrophe, a lasting spike in terrorist activity, increased sectarian violence, a rash of large-scale humanitarian emergencies, massive human rights violations, a breakdown in multilateral cooperation, and nearly irreparable self-inflicted damage to America's reputation and capacity to lead.

Albright also offers clear solutions, including adjusting to the ubiquity of social media and the changing nature of the workplace, and understanding ordinary citizens' universal desire for sources of constancy and morality in their lives. She contends that we must stimulate economic growth and narrow the gap between the rich and poor, urban and rural, women and men, and skilled and unskilled; work across borders to respond to transnational challenges; and ultimately recognize that democracy's unique virtue is its ability - through reason and open debate - to find remedies for its own shortcomings.

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution [Audiobook]

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution [Audiobook]
Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution [Audiobook] by Priya Satia, read by Kirsten Potter
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 52 mins | 491.77MB

By a prize-winning young historian, an authoritative work that reframes the Industrial Revolution, the expansion of British empire, and emergence of industrial capitalism by presenting them as inextricable from the gun trade.

"A fascinating and important glimpse into how violence fueled the industrial revolution, Priya Satia's book stuns with deep scholarship and sparkling prose." (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies)

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology. Empire of Guns, a rich and ambitious new book by award-winning historian Priya Satia, upends this conventional wisdom by placing war and Britain's prosperous gun trade at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the state's imperial expansion.

Satia brings to life this bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal: Samuel Galton of Birmingham, one of Britain's most prominent gunmakers, has been condemned by his fellow Quakers, who argue that his profession violates the society's pacifist principles. In his fervent self-defense, Galton argues that the state's heavy reliance on industry for all of its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain's near-constant state of war.

Empire of Guns uses the story of Galton and the gun trade, from Birmingham to the outermost edges of the British empire, to illuminate the nation's emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state's role in economic development, and the origins of our era's debates about gun control and the "military-industrial complex" - that thorny partnership of government, the economy, and the military. Through Satia's eyes, we acquire a radically new understanding of this critical historical moment and all that followed from it.

Sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach, Empire of Guns is a masterful new work of history - a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its heart.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots [Audiobook]

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots [Audiobook]
Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots [Audiobook] by Nancy Goldstone, read by Laura Kirman
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 59 mins | 384.56MB

The captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots

Young Elizabeth Stuart was thrust into a life of wealth and splendor when her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, died and her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. At 16 she was married to a dashing German count far below her rank, with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen", as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for 30 years.

Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters' education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, was renowned as a scholar when women were all but excluded from serious study and counted the preeminent philosopher René Descartes among her closest friends. Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted painter. Shy, gentle Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great-grandmother, a legacy that endures to this day.

Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, Nancy Goldstone shows how these spirited, passionate women faced danger, tragic loss, and betrayal, and by refusing to surrender to adversity, changed the course of history.

Craft a Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Everyday [Audiobook]

Craft a Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Everyday [Audiobook]
Craft a Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Everyday [Audiobook] by Amy Tangerine, read by Erin Bennett
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 3 mins | 94.56MB

In Craft a Life You Love, listeners will learn how to focus their creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small - yet powerful - changes in their everyday lives. Creativity and craft maven Amy Tangerine shows listeners how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. Chapters explore how to craft the soul, craft the right mindset, craft the right environment, craft good habits, rediscover your creative mojo, and maintain momentum, with each section offering exercises for taking your creative practice to the next level.

For anyone who has felt disconnected from their creativity or has had trouble saving a space for their passions, Craft a Life You Love will teach you how to make time for creativity each and every day.

Cooking for Hormone Balance [Audiobook]

Cooking for Hormone Balance [Audiobook]
Cooking for Hormone Balance: A Proven, Practical Program with Over 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Boost Energy and Mood, Lower Inflammation, Gain Strength, and Restore a Healthy Weight [Audiobook] by Magdalena Wszelaki, read by Nan McNamara
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 23 mins | 121.22MB

From the founder of the popular Hormones Balance online community comes this life-saving program and cookbook filled with more than 125 tempting, nutrient-dense recipes to restore hormonal balance and achieve optimal health - resulting in improved energy, weight loss, lower stress levels, and enhanced emotional wellbeing for a wide-range of hormonal-related conditions.

Millions of women suffer from the life-altering, often debilitating symptoms resulting from hormonal imbalances caused by thyroid conditions, adrenal fatigue, menopause, endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, and PCOS, among others: stubborn weight gain, brain and mood issues, low energy, and more. The good news is that most of these conditions are reversible. Holistic nutrition coach Magdalena Wszelaki knows this firsthand. Developing hyperthyroidism and then Hashimoto's, adrenal fatigue, and estrogen dominance propelled her to leave a high-pressured advertising career and develop a new way of eating that would repair and keep her hormones working smoothly.

Now symptom free, Magdalena shares her practical, proven knowledge so other women may benefit. In Cooking for Hormone Balance, she draws on current research to explain the essential role food plays in keeping our hormones in harmony, and offers easy, flavorful recipes to help us eat our way to good health. She also offers clear, concise action plans for what to remove and add to our daily diet to regain hormonal balance, including guides for specific conditions.

Magdalena provides dozens of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes using 20 hormone-supporting superfoods and 20 hormone-supporting superherbs. From condiments, appetizers, and snacks to soups and salads to main courses and desserts, this comprehensive cookbook shares recipes for kitchen staples such as Creamy Mayo Four Ways and Healing Bone Broth, and options for every meal of the day, including Teff and Cherry Porridge, Sweet Potato and Sage Pancakes, Porcini Mushroom Beef Stew, Creamy Rosemary Chicken, Kohrabi Kraut, Zucchini Olive Oil Bread, Coconut Kefir Chia Pudding, Chocolate Lavender Muffins, and Turmeric Cardamom Latte. While a select number of dishes have become fan favorites on Magdalena's website, 80 percent are new and exclusive to this cookbook.

With make-ahead meals, quick meals ready in under 20 minutes, and time-saving tips and techniques, Cooking for Hormone Balance emphasizes minimal effort for maximum results. In addition, each recipe comes with modifications for Paleo, Paleo for Autoimmunity (AIP), anti-Candida, and low-FODMAP diets. Cooking for Hormone Balance is the comprehensive food-as-medicine approach for tackling hormone imbalance and eating your way to better health.

Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation [Audiobook]

Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation [Audiobook]
Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation [Audiobook] by John Sedgwick, read by Fred Sanders
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 16 mins | 477.18MB

This sweeping American epic reveals one of the greatest untold stories of the 19th century: the fierce rivalry between two great Cherokee chiefs that led to war, forced migration, and the devastation of a once-proud nation.

Blood Moon is the story of the century-long blood feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs from the early years of the United States through the infamous Trail of Tears and into the Civil War. While little remembered today, their mutual hatred shaped the tragic history of the tribe far more than anyone, even the reviled President Andrew Jackson, ever did.

In this epic saga, John Sedgwick brings to life an untold chapter of American history through the relationship between one chief called The Ridge, a fearsome warrior who spoke no English but whose exploits on the battlefield were legendary, and John Ross, who was the Cherokees' primary chief for nearly 40 years, yet displayed the Scottish side of his mixed-blood heritage and spoke not a word of Cherokee. To protect their sacred landholdings from American encroachment, these two men negotiated with almost every American president from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln. At first friends and allies, they broke on the subject of Removal, breeding an enmity that led to a bloody civil war within Cherokee Nation that culminated in the two factions battling each other in the War Between the States.

Dramatic, far-reaching, and unforgettable, Blood Moon paints a portrait of these two inspirational leaders who worked together to lift their people to the height of culture and learning as the most civilized tribe in the nation and then drop them to the depths of ruin and despair as they turned against each other. Theirs is a story of land, pride, honor, and loss that forms much of the country's mythic past today.

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America [Audiobook]

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America [Audiobook]
Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America [Audiobook] by Gregory Pardlo, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 8 mins | 196.57MB

From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.

Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man - a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family's jazz club.

Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity.

Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man's remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape.

A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger's Anthology of Humiliation [Audiobook]

A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger's Anthology of Humiliation [Audiobook]
A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger's Anthology of Humiliation [Audiobook] by Shawn Hitchins, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 24 mins | 172.2MB

Musings from a "one-man flash mob" (Toronto Star)

Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn't shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes - he sacrifices them for an audience's amusement. He roasts his younger self, the effeminate ginger-haired kid with a competitive streak. The ups and downs of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Then the fiery redhead professes his love for actress Shelley Long, declares his hatred of musical theatre, and recounts a summer spent in Provincetown working as a drag queen.

Nothing is sacred. His first major break-up, how his mother plotted the murder of the family cat, his difficult relationship with his father, becoming an unintentional spokesperson for all redheads, and ̶m̶a̶n̶d̶y̶ ̶m̶o̶o̶r̶e̶ many more.

Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family. Like the final scene in a Murder She Wrote episode, A Brief History of Oversharing promises everyone the a-ha! moment Oprah tells us to experience. Paired with bourbon, Scottish wool, and Humpty Dumpty Party Mix, this journey is best heard through a lens of schadenfreude.

21 Rituals to Change Your Life: Daily Practices to Bring Greater Inner Peace and Happiness [Audiobook]

21 Rituals to Change Your Life: Daily Practices to Bring Greater Inner Peace and Happiness [Audiobook]
21 Rituals to Change Your Life: Daily Practices to Bring Greater Inner Peace and Happiness [Audiobook] by Theresa Cheung, read by Deryn Edwards
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 44 mins | 159.18MB

We think our future is shaped by big events the decisions we make, the thoughts we have but in this book Sunday Times bestseller Theresa Cheung will show that it is our daily actions, the things we repeatedly do, that are the key to having the life we want. The simplest and most effective way to make our lives better is to change what we repeatedly do every day starting today.

Repeat an action enough times and it will become a habit, but habits lack thought, consideration and presence. To ensure long-lasting, meaningful change our actions need to be filled with a sense of personal meaning, purpose and power they need to be ritualized.

Creating personal ritual in our lives allows us to bring the presence of the sacred into the everyday. If we pay attention to what we actually do every day, our lives can transform.

The rituals in this book have been created and designed as symbolic acts providing a framework for anyone to use to create positive change in their lives. The 7 morning rituals are designed to help you 'wake with determination'; the 7 afternoon rituals focus on 'living on purpose'; and the 7 evening rituals focus on 'retiring with satisfaction'.

The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 [Audiobook]

The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 [Audiobook]
The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 [Audiobook] by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 58 mins | 384.23MB

A spellbinding narrative of the high-stakes mission that changed the course of America, China, and global politics - and a rich portrait of the towering, complex figure who carried it out.

As World War II came to an end, General George Marshall was renowned as the architect of Allied victory. Set to retire, he instead accepted what he thought was a final mission - this time not to win a war, but to stop one. Across the Pacific, conflict between Chinese Nationalists and Communists threatened to suck in the United States and escalate into revolution. His assignment was to broker a peace, build a Chinese democracy, and prevent a Communist takeover, all while staving off World War III.

In his 13 months in China, Marshall journeyed across battle-scarred landscapes, grappled with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, and plotted and argued with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his brilliant wife, often over card games or cocktails. The results at first seemed miraculous. But as they started to come apart, Marshall was faced with a wrenching choice. Its consequences would define the rest of his career, as the secretary of state who launched the Marshall Plan and set the standard for American leadership, and the shape of the Cold War and the US-China relationship for decades to come. It would also help spark one of the darkest turns in American civic life, as Marshall and the mission became a first prominent target of McCarthyism, and the question of "who lost China" roiled American politics.

The China Mission traces this neglected turning point and forgotten interlude in a heroic career - a story of not just diplomatic wrangling and guerrilla warfare, but also intricate spycraft and charismatic personalities. Drawing on eyewitness accounts both personal and official, it offers a richly detailed, gripping, close-up, and often surprising view of the central figures of the time - from Marshall, Mao, and Chiang to Eisenhower, Truman, and MacArthur - as they stood face-to-face and struggled to make history, with consequences and lessons that echo today.

Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption [Audiobook]

Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption [Audiobook]
Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption [Audiobook] by Lisa Belkin, read by Jay Snyder,‎ Cheryl Smith
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 50 mins | 352.93MB

Now an HBO miniseries

Not in my backyard - that's the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.

  • Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their places? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
  • An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas' Common Ground.
  • A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives

The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live [Audiobook]

The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live [Audiobook]
The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live [Audiobook] by Christian Donlan, read by Daniel Weyman
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 12 mins | 254.11MB

"My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed - a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too embarrassed to tell anybody about it."

Shortly after his daughter, Leontine, was born, Christian Donlan's world shifted an inch to the left. He started to miss light switches and door handles when reaching for them. He would injure himself in a hundred stupid ways every day. First playful and then maddening, these strange experiences were the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological disease.

As his young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he, too, finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory of the brain. He is a tourist in his own body, a stranger in a place that plays bizarre tricks on him, from dizzying double vision to mystifying memory loss.

Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys and anxieties of parenthood and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life.

An Unmapped Mind is a profoundly personal, uplifting and enriching memoir that will change the way you see your body, your mind and the world around you.

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography [EPUB]

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography [EPUB]
Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften
2018 | EPUB | 68.18MB

The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.

Berenice Abbott is to American photography as Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. She was a photographer of astounding innovation and artistry, a pioneer in both her personal and professional life. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography, but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. Famously reticent in public, Abbott’s fascinating life has long remained a mystery―until now.

In Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, author, archivist, and curator Julia Van Haaften brings this iconic public figure to life alongside outlandish, familiar characters from artist Man Ray to cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped first to Greenwich Village and then to Paris―photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, "everyone who was anyone." As the Roaring Twenties ended, Abbott returned to New York, where she soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years.

In the 1930s, Abbott began her best-known work, Changing New York, in which she fearlessly documented the city’s metamorphosis. When warned by an older male supervisor that "nice girls" avoid the Bowery―then Manhattan’s skid row―Abbott shot back, "I’m not a nice girl. I’m a photographer…I go anywhere." This bold, feminist attitude would characterize all Abbott’s accomplishments, including imaging techniques she invented in her influential, space race–era science photography and her tenure as The New School’s first photography teacher.

With more than ninety stunning photos, this sweeping, cinematic biography secures Berenice Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art, while framing her incredible accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species [EPUB]

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species [EPUB]
The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species by Carlos Magdalena
2018 | EPUB | 86.72MB

An impassioned memoir of saving extraordinary plants on the brink of extinction, by a scientist who has been called a "codebreaker" (Telegraph) and "an inspiration" (Jane Goodall)

Carlos Magdalena is not your average horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants. First captivated by the flora of his native Spain, he has travelled to the remotest parts of the globe in search of exotic species. Renowned for his pioneering work, he has committed his life to protecting plants from man-made ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors.

In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the Amazon to the jungles of Mauritius to deep within the Australian Outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab, we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again. Along the way, he offers moving, heartfelt stories about the secrets contained within these incredible organisms.

Passionate and absorbing, The Plant Messiah is a tribute to the diversity of life on our planet, and the importance of preserving it.

Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa's Iconic Cats [EPUB]

Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa's Iconic Cats [EPUB]
Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa's Iconic Cats by Andrew Loveridge
2018 | EPUB | 38.75MB

“Until the lion has its own storyteller, tales of the lion hunt will always glorify the hunter.” —Zimbabwean proverb

In 2015, an American hunter named Walter Palmer shot and killed a lion named Cecil. The lion was one of dozens slain each year in Zimbabwe, which legally licenses the hunting of big cats. But Cecil’s death sparked unprecedented global outrage, igniting thousands of media reports about the peculiar circumstances surrounding this hunt. At the center of the controversy was Dr. Andrew Loveridge, the zoologist who had studied Cecil for eight years. In Lion Hearted, Loveridge pieces together, for the first time, the fascinating life and murky details of this beloved lion’s slaying.

In the tradition of Born Free and Gorillas in the Mist, Lion Hearted chronicles Loveridge’s long acquaintance with a host of charismatic lions that his team has tracked, often from birth to death. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Loveridge learned to love predators at the knee of his father, an eminent herpetologist who stored baby crocodiles in the family bathtub. After earning his doctorate at Oxford, he seized an invitation to study the lions of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. There he meets Stumpy Tail, who, despite her name, has the dignity of the Queen of the Animal Kingdom; Dynamite, a venerable coalition leader who, muscled out by younger males, sets off on an incredible thirty-seven-day, 137-mile journey to find a new home; and Kataza, who escapes another lion’s claws, and whom Loveridge twice saves from death at the hands of humans. And, of course, there is Cecil. Dethroned in an epic battle, he forms an alliance with a former rival. He also becomes a favorite of photographers and tourists—until the fateful night when a Minnesota dentist and his hunting guide entice the trusting cat with a free meal.

Loveridge unravels the complexities of lion society and the dangers the cats face both within their ranks and from the outside world. Despite their ruthless reputation, lions can form deep emotional bonds—females live in prides, a sisterhood of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts that can exhibit military precision when hunting in formation; males band together in coalitions to vie for control of territory and the female prides. They also display a wide range of emotional behavior, including mourning the loss of their mates, partners, and cubs.

Africa’s lion population is estimated to have shrunk by 43 percent in the last twenty years. There may now be as few as 20,000 wild lions across the entire continent—far fewer than the number of elephants. While deploring the killing of lions for sport, Loveridge does not believe that banning trophy hunting, by itself, will halt the decline of Africa’s lion populations. He sees greater threats in human population growth, the loss of habitat to agriculture, and the illegal trade in lion body parts for use in traditional medicines. And he offers concrete proposals for averting the lion’s extinction.

More than a gripping detective story, Lion Hearted is an exploration of humanity’s relationship with the natural world and an attempt to keep this majestic species from disappearing. “Lions are one of the most beloved animals on the planet,” Loveridge observes. “They are the national symbol of no fewer than fifteen countries. . . . Surely, we can think of a better way to save the wild animals we love besides killing them.”

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds [EPUB]

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds [EPUB]
Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds by Rachel Levin
2018 | EPUB | 56.9MB

A humorous and helpful illustrated field guide to fending off 50 of our most feared--or frustrating--wild animals, including survival techniques, wildlife etiquette, and other essential advice.

As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals--from bears, bison, mountain lions, and mice to turkeys, ticks, rats, and raccoons--have become increasingly commonplace. But, wait, what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or stand your ground? How deadly, really, are black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and sharks? Packed with expert tips, fascinating animal facts, and harrowing true tales (from writers like Samin Nosrat and Peter Orner), Look Big is a must-have survival guide for outdoor, urban, and suburban adventurers alike. If you have ever feared the approach of a grizzly, the spray of a skunk, or an army of cockroaches in the kitchen, this book is for you.

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms [EPUB]

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms [EPUB]
Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson, Kathleen Shannon
2018 | EPUB | 29.99MB

From the creators of the hit podcast comes an interactive self-help guide for creative entrepreneurs, where they share their best tools and tactics on "being boss" in both business and life.

Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson are self-proclaimed "business besties" and hosts of the top-ranked podcast Being Boss, where they talk shop and share their combined expertise with other creative entrepreneurs. Now they take the best of their from-the- trenches advice, giving you targeted guidance on:

  • The Boss Mindset: how to weed out distractions, cultivate confidence, and tackle "fraudy feelings"
  • Boss Habits: including a tested method for visually mapping out goals with magical results
  • Boss Money: how to stop freaking out about finances and sell yourself (without shame)

With worksheets, checklists, and other real tools for achieving success, here's a guide that will truly help you "be boss" not only at growing your business, but creating a life you love.

The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, 5th Edition [EPUB]

The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, 5th Edition [EPUB]
The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, 5th Edition by Linda R Monk
2018 | EPUB | 110.59MB

With a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court.

An Engaging, Accessible Guide to the Bill of Rights for Everyday Citizens.

In The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, award-winning author and constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk explores the remarkable history of the Bill of Rights amendment by amendment, the Supreme Court's interpretation of each right, and the power of citizens to enforce those rights.

Stories of the ordinary people who made the Bill of Rights come alive are featured throughout. These include Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper who became a national civil rights leader; Clarence Earl Gideon, a prisoner whose handwritten petition to the Supreme Court expanded the right to counsel; Mary Beth Tinker, a 13-year-old whose protest of the Vietnam War established free speech rights for students; Michael Hardwick, a bartender who fought for privacy after police entered his bedroom unlawfully; Suzette Kelo, a nurse who opposed the city's takeover of her working-class neighborhood; and Simon Tam, a millennial whose 10-year trademark battle for his band "The Slants" ended in a unanimous Supreme Court victory. Such people prove that, in the words of Judge Learned Hand, "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court, can save it."

Exploring the history, scope, and meaning of the first ten amendments-as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, which nationalized them and extended new rights of equality to all-The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide is a powerful examination of the values that define American life and the tools that every citizen needs.

Winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for media about the law.

Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors [EPUB]

Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors [EPUB]
Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors by Emma Frisch
2018 | EPUB | 115.4MB

A transporting, lushly photographed book with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike.

Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave. Featuring 70 accessible recipes, it is the first of its kind in the outdoor-cooking niche to pair useful information with evocative photography of finished dishes and useful illustrations (such as how to pack a cooler and how to build a fire), setting a new standard for camping cookbooks.

Marine Knots: How to Tie 40 Essential Knots [EPUB]

Marine Knots: How to Tie 40 Essential Knots [EPUB]
Marine Knots: How to Tie 40 Essential Knots by Patrick Moreau, Jean-Benoit Heron
2018 | EPUB | 24.56MB

Learn to master dozens of knots essential for boating and all water activities with this innovative illustrated guide.

Packed with helpful step-by-step instructions and beautifully detailed illustrations, Marine Knots includes forty different knots every water sportsperson—including sailors, motor boat enthusiasts, waterskiers, paddle boarders, kayakers, canoers, and more need to practice their craft or hobby safely and confidently. With Marine Knots, you’ll learn how to tie a variety of common knots, including:

  • Stopper Knots
  • Hitch Knots
  • Lashing Knots
  • Eyes or Closed Loops
  • Bend Knots
  • Longitudinal Tension Knots
  • Whipping Knots
  • Symbolic Knots

For everyone who loves spending time on the water, Marine Knots is a reliable, invaluable guide—and the perfect accessory for popular water activities.

Long Weekend: Guidance and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Personal Retreat [EPUB]

Long Weekend: Guidance and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Personal Retreat [EPUB]
Long Weekend: Guidance and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Personal Retreat by Richelle Sigele Donigan, Rachel Neumann
2018 | EPUB | 136.39MB

With simple mindfulness activities, healthy recipes, and suggested itineraries to recharge, build community, and inspire creativity, this beautiful photo book is full of ideas that will inspire anyone seeking relaxation and reconnection. A great gift for all the busy people in your life.... and yourself.

Here is your guide and inspiration for a weekend retreat to inspire renewal. Whether you sneak away with some friends or just turn off your devices and hide the to do list at home, Long Weekend is full of ideas to spend a creative, artistic, technology-free weekend filled with exercises and resources that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Includes basic itineraries for how to shape the time in addition to rituals of renewal provided by experienced retreat leaders Richelle Donigan and Rachel Neumann. Beautiful photographs by lifestyle photographer Ericka McConnell will transport you, so that reading the book feels like a retreat in itself. Great for armchair travelers as well as those looking for help planning a weekend away.