To the Ends of the Earth: The Truth Behind the Glory of Polar Exploration [EPUB]

To the Ends of the Earth: The Truth Behind the Glory of Polar Exploration [EPUB]
To the Ends of the Earth: The Truth Behind the Glory of Polar Exploration by John V H Dippel
2018 | EPUB | 2.9MB

This fascinating social history of polar expeditions examines the cultural trends that produced these daring, even reckless journeys.

From the late-17th to the early 20th century, intrepid explorers from America and Europe risked (and sometimes lost) their lives exploring the forbidding, uncharted landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica. What drove these men to undertake these seemingly impossible journeys? In this deeply researched book, author John Dippel makes a convincing case that dozens of polar expeditions were motivated less by courageous idealism than personal ambition and national rivalries.

The author traces the ways in which men of unbridled ambition responded to society's need for heroes by masking their true intentions behind patriotic sentiments or noble claims about advancing science. In so doing they frequently put their own lives and those of the men in their command at enormous risk. At the same time, they projected an attitude of cultural superiority, looking down on indigenous arctic people. Their disrespect and ignorance of native means of transportation, diet, shelter, and knowledge of the terrain often led explorers into disaster, where men perished from starvation and exposure or nearly lost their minds. In the end, the failure of so many polar expeditions exposed the limits of humanity's control of nature and helped to undermine faith in inevitable progress.

Readers who have heard of the incredible exploits of such famous explorers as Robert F. Scott, Roald Amundsen, James Cook, and Robert Peary will find in this book an intriguing explanation for what impelled these men to endure unimaginable cold, near-starvation, and years of isolation at the ends of the earth.

Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions [EPUB]

Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions [EPUB]
Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions edited by Christine Caldwell, Lucia Bennett Leighton
2018 | EPUB | 1.67MB

A timely anthology that explores power, privilege, and oppression and their relationship to marginalized bodies

Asserting that the body is the main site of oppression in Western society, the contributors to this pioneering volume explore the complex issue of embodiment and how it relates to social inclusion and marginalization. In a culture where bodies of people who are brown, black, female, transgender, disabled, fat, or queer are often shamed, sexualized, ignored, and oppressed, what does it mean to live in a marginalized body? Through theory, personal narrative, and artistic expression, this anthology explores how power, privilege, oppression, and attempted disembodiment play out on the bodies of disparaged individuals and what happens when the body’s expression is stereotyped and stunted. Bringing together a range of voices, this book offers strategies and practices for embodiment and activism and considers what it means to be an embodied ally to anyone experiencing bodily oppression.

Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today [EPUB]

Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today [EPUB]
Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today by Mark Penn, Meredith Fineman
2018 | EPUB | 9.45MB

Ten years after his bestseller Microtrends, Mark Penn identifies the next wave of trends reshaping the future of business, politics, and culture.

Mark Penn has boldly argued that the future is not shaped by society’s broad forces but by quiet changes within narrow slices of the population. Ten years ago, he showed how the behavior of one small group can exert an outsized influence over the whole of America. His bestselling Microtrends highlighted dozens of tiny, counterintuitive trends that have since come to fruition, from the explosion of internet dating to the recent split within the Republican Party.

Today, the world is in perplexing upheaval, and microtrends are more influential than ever. In this environment, Penn offers a necessary perspective.

Microtrends Squared makes sense of what is happening in the world today. Through fifty new microtrends, Penn illuminates the shifts that are coming in the next decade. He pinpoints the unseen hand behind new power relationships that have emerged—as fringe voters and reactionary politics have found their revival, as online influencers overshadow traditional media, and as the gig economy continues to invade new swathes of industry. He speaks to the next wave of developments coming in technology, social movements, and even dating.

Offering a clear vision of the future of business, politics, and culture, Microtrends Squared is a must-read for innovators and entrepreneurs, political and business leaders, and for every curious reader looking to under­stand the wave of the future when it is just a ripple.

The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor [EPUB]

The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor [EPUB]
The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor by Lone Frank
2018 | EPUB | 0.99MB

The electrifying, forgotten history of Robert Heath's brain pacemaker, investigating the origins and ethics of one of today's most promising medical breakthroughs: deep brain stimulation

The technology invented by psychiatrist Robert G. Heath in the 1950s and '60s has been described as among the most controversial experiments in US history. His work was alleged at the time to be part of MKUltra, the CIA's notorious "mind control" project. His research subjects included incarcerated convicts and gay men who wished to be "cured" of their sexual preference. Yet his cutting-edge research and legacy were quickly buried deep in Tulane University's archives. Investigative science journalist Lone Frank now tells the complete sage of this passionate, determined doctor and his groundbreaking neuroscience.

More than fifty years after Heath's experiments, this very same treatment is becoming mainstream practice in modern psychiatry for everything from schizophrenia, anorexia, and compulsive behavior to depression, Parkinson's, and even substance addiction.

Lone Frank uncovered lost documents and accounts of Heath's trailblazing work. She tracked down surviving colleagues and patients, and she delved into the current support for deep brain stimulation by scientists and patients alike. What has changed? Why do we today unquestioningly embrace this technology as a cure? How do we decide what is a disease of the brain to be cured and what should be allowed to remain unrobed and unprodded? And how do we weigh the decades of criticism against the promise of treatment that could be offered to millions of patients?

Elegantly written and deeply fascinating, The Pleasure Shock weaves together biography, scientific history, and medical ethics. It is an adventure into our ever-shifting views of the mind and the fateful power we wield when we tinker with the self.

The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir [EPUB]

The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir [EPUB]
The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir by Matthew Schrier
2018 | EPUB | 1.08MB

“What is your name?” asked General Mohammad.
“Matthew,” I said. I had stopped saying Matt a while ago because it means ‘dead’ in Arabic.

On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Matthew Schrier was headed home from Syria, where he’d been photographing the intense combat of the country’s civil war. Just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the al Nusra Front—an organization the world would come to know as the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.

Over the next seven months he would endure torture and near starvation in six brutal terrorist prisons. He’d face a daily struggle just to survive. And, eventually, he’d escape.

In this gripping, raw, and surprisingly funny memoir, Schrier details the horrifying and frequently surreal experience of being a slight, wisecracking Jewish guy held captive by the world’s most violent Islamic extremists. Managing to keep his heritage a secret, Schrier used humor to develop relationships with his captors—and to keep himself sane during the long months of captivity.

The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir is a tale of patriotism and unimaginable bleakness shot through with light . . . of despair and friendship, sacrifice and betrayal, in a setting of bombed-out buildings and shifting alliances. It’s the story of the first Westerner to escape al Qaeda—not a battle-hardened soldier, but an ordinary New Yorker who figured out how to set his escape plan in motion from a scene in Jurassic Park. From the prisoners’ fiercely competitive hacky sack games and volleyball tournaments (played using a ball made of shredded orange peels and a shoelace) to his own truly nail-biting outbreak, Matthew Schrier’s story is unforgettable—and one you won’t want to miss.

Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca [EPUB]

Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca [EPUB]
Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca by Gerard Armond Powell
2018 | EPUB | 0.38MB

"It was during my eighth or ninth plant medicine journey that I was finally getting a real sense of freedom. I was feeling so elated that I told the moon I had a special request. I explained that this life had been so full of pain for me that I didn't think I could do it all again. So I asked her if in my next life she could make sure that I found the plant medicine as soon as possible. Her reply floored me. She typed, 'Gerry, that's a request about next time, but it's the same one you used last time.'"

Plant medicine? The moon typing? It probably seems incomprehensible. Gerard Armond Powell was a rags-to-riches success story―a member of the 1 percent―but also an extremely unhappy person with multiple addictions. On a fast track to destroying every relationship that ever mattered to him and considering suicide, he was looking for a miracle, a way out. He found it in the form of plant medicine and a shaman who introduced him to the truth of his life, and laid the groundwork for a psycho-spiritual journey that would lead him to reconnect with his soul, heal his addictions, and, finally, achieve a lasting sense of peace and happiness. This experience changed Powell, and convinced him to share the universal truths he learned with as many people as he could, which he does at the acclaimed Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica, and now with readers in Sh*t the Moon Said.

This mesmerizing story gives readers a blueprint to chart their own course to happiness. The first step is to learn who they really are and the possibilities of what they can still become. Second, they have to achieve a reconnection with their souls. And third, they must heal their hearts. Sh*t the Moon Said provides us with an irreverent way of highlighting our shared unconscious wisdom and its life-changing potential. Powell's candid tale and unlikely journey will help inspire readers to know themselves better, and to find the path to their own greatest redemption.

Spirits in Stone: The Secrets of Megalithic America [EPUB]

Spirits in Stone: The Secrets of Megalithic America [EPUB]
Spirits in Stone: The Secrets of Megalithic America by Glenn Kreisberg
2018 | EPUB | 63.91MB

A ground-breaking study of ceremonial stone landscapes in Northeast America and their relationship to other sites around the world

  • Features a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, including cairns, perched boulders, and effigies
  • Details the Wall of Manitou, the Hammonasset Line, landscape astronomy along the Hudson River, and a several-acre area in Woodstock, NY, with large, carefully constructed lithic formations
  • Analyzes the archaeoastronomy, archaeoacoustics, and symbolism of these sites to reveal their relationships to other ceremonial stone sites across America and the world

Presenting a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of lost, forgotten, and misidentified megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, Glenn Kreisberg documents many enigmatic formations still standing across the Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley region, complete with functioning solstice and equinox alignments.

Kreisberg provides a first-person description of the “Wall of the Manitou,” which runs for 10 miles along the eastern slopes of the Catskill Mountains, as well as narratives about related sites that include animal effigies, reproductive organs, calendar stones, enigmatic inscriptions, and evidence of alignments. Using computer software, he plots the trajectory of the Hammonasset Line, which begins at a burial complex near the tip of Long Island and runs to Devil’s Tombstone in Greene County, New York. He shows how the line runs at the same angle that marks the summer solstice sunset from Montauk Point on Long Island, and, when extended, intersects the ancient copper mines of Isle Royal in Upper Michigan. He documents a several-acre area on Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, New York, with a grouping of very large, carefully constructed lithic formations that together create a serpent or snake figure, mirroring the constellation Draco. He demonstrates how this site is related to the Serpent Mount in Ohio and Ankor Wat in Cambodia and reveals how all of the vast, interlocking sites in the Northeast were part of an ancient spiritual landscape based on a sophisticated understanding of the cosmos, as practiced by ancient Native Americans.

While modern historians consider these sites to be colonial era constructions, Kreisberg reveals how they were used to communicate with the spirit world and may be remnants of a long-vanished civilization.

The Treacherous Path: An Insider's Account of Modern Russia [EPUB]

The Treacherous Path: An Insider's Account of Modern Russia [EPUB]
The Treacherous Path: An Insider's Account of Modern Russia by Vladimir Yakunin
2018 | EPUB | 0.27MB

In 1991, Vladimir Yakunin, a Soviet diplomat and KGB officer, returned from his posting in New York to a country that no longer existed.

The state that he had served for all his adult life had been dissolved, the values he knew abandoned. Millions of his compatriots suffered as their savings disappeared and their previously secure existences were threatened by an unholy combination of criminality, corruption and chaos. Others thrived amid the opportunities offered in the new polity, and a battle began over the direction the fledgling state should take.

While something resembling stability was won in the early 2000s, today Russia’s future remains unresolved; its governing class divided.

The Treacherous Path is Yakunin’s account of his own experiences on the front line of Russia’s implosion and eventual resurgence, and of a career – as an intelligence officer, a government minister and for ten years the CEO of Russia’s largest company – that has taken him from the furthest corners of this incomprehensibly vast and complex nation to the Kremlin’s corridors.

Tackling topics as diverse as terrorism, government intrigue and the reality of doing business in Russia, and offering unparalleled insights into the post-Soviet mindset, this is the first time that a figure with Yakunin’s background has talked so openly and frankly about his country.

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul [EPUB]

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul [EPUB]
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (7th Edition) by Caroll Michels
2018 | EPUB | 1.24MB

“Michels explodes the romantic notion of the starving artist.” ―The New York Times

Written for fine artists ready to launch their careers as well as experienced artists who wish to relaunch their careers, How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, Seventh Edition, an acclaimed guide, empowers artists to take control of their careers to create a fulfilling life and earn a decent income. In this newly revised edition, Caroll Michels continues to demystify the inner workings of the art world and challenge the status quo. New chapters discuss such topics as:

  • New business models for artists: Going to the extreme
  • The use of social media and website development as marketing and publicity tools and what does and doesn’t work
  • The confusion between the “art-buying public” and the “general public” and their differences
  • New suggestions for establishing and calculating prices for artwork
  • Neighborhood gentrification and the growing challenges of securing a reasonably priced live/work space
  • How dealers find artists, how to negotiate with dealers, and how to understand a dealer’s agenda

Using her own experiences as an artist as well as the experiences of her clients, Michels crafts a must-read guidebook for anyone interested in embarking upon a successful career as an artist.

Feasts From the Middle East [EPUB]

Feasts From the Middle East [EPUB]
Feasts From the Middle East by Tony Kitous, Comptoir Libanais
2018 | EPUB | 52.58MB

A celebration of authentic Middle Eastern food, Feasts from the Middle East is packed with over 100 deliciously fresh, fragrant and flavourful dishes, inspired by the souks of Lebanon.

Whether you’re after breakfast with a twist, a quick-fix lunch, or a sumptuous spread fit for a gathering of your loved ones, this gorgeous cookery book, featuring vibrant food photography throughout, is packed with recipes you can easily make, eat and share in your own kitchen, lovingly created by Tony Kitous, founder of the Comptoir Libanais restaurants, and the Comptoir chefs.

Recipes include:

  • Aubergine shakshuka
  • Spiced fried squid with harissa sauce
  • Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb
  • Chicken and chickpea stew
  • Fried red mullet with crisp bread and tahina
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Semolina, almond and orange blossom honey cake
  • Fig, halloumi and pistachio tart

Goat: Cooking and Eating [EPUB]

Goat: Cooking and Eating [EPUB]
Goat: Cooking and Eating by James Whetlor
2018 | EPUB | 6.85MB

We should all be eating more goat. It's sustainable, ethical, highly nutritious and low in calories. Why then does it remain so underused and misunderstood? This book tells the story of how food and farming culture developed in the west without the help of this staple of global agriculture, and showcases the best recipes from around the world using this fabulous beast.

Utterly delicious cooked fast and lean or slow-cooked in curries, stews, braises and roasts, from kebabs to stir-fries to sausages, goat is the one meat we should all be eating more often. With 100 dishes created by Cabrito's founder James Whetlor, plus a foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and guest recipes from world-renowned chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Gill Meller, Neil Rankin and Jeremy Lee, Goat is a ground-breaking, bold cookbook. Essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in food and the way we eat today, and set to be the definitive guide on the subject for years to come, Goat is a genre-defining book.

Four Sides Full: A Personal Essay [EPUB]

Four Sides Full: A Personal Essay [EPUB]
Four Sides Full: A Personal Essay by Vona Groarke
2018 | EPUB | 0.91MB

This is above all a poised voice — Selected Poems evidences a poet of great self-awareness and meticulous craft. — Caitríona O’Reilly, The Irish Times

Four Sides Full is a personal essay by one of Ireland’s leading poets. Her seven collections to date have all displayed a fascination with the visual arts but Four Sides Full takes a different approach. In considering frames and what they bring to an artwork it reflects on themes of containment and exclusion, and how a life can flit between.

An unusual fusion of ideas, history and memoir, this essay opens up and out about subjects such as the body, family, the past, love, beauty and solitude. It is a poet’s view magnified by prose, an essay of uncommon clarity and candour.

With its seriousness of purpose, its dignity and its scope, Four Sides Full is a model of style and a triumph in a genre rarely tackled these days.

Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America [EPUB]

Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America [EPUB]
Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America--With Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings (Early American Histories) by James Corbett David
2013 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Dunmore's New World tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, whose long-neglected life boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial world. Dunmore not only issued the first formal proclamation of emancipation in American history; he also undertook an unauthorized Indian war in the Ohio Valley, now known as Dunmore’s War, that was instrumental in opening the Kentucky country to white settlement. In this entertaining biography, James Corbett David brings together a rich cast of characters as he follows Dunmore on his perilous path through the Atlantic world from 1745 to 1809.

Dunmore was a Scots aristocrat who, even with a family history of treason, managed to obtain a commission in the British army, a seat in the House of Lords, and three executive appointments in the American colonies. He was an unusual figure, deeply invested in the imperial system but quick to break with convention. Despite his 1775 proclamation promising freedom to slaves of Virginia rebels, Dunmore was himself a slaveholder at a time when the African slave trade was facing tremendous popular opposition in Great Britain. He also supported his daughter throughout the scandal that followed her secret, illegal marriage to the youngest son of George III―a relationship that produced two illegitimate children, both first cousins of Queen Victoria.

Within this single narrative, Dunmore interacts with Jacobites, slaves, land speculators, frontiersmen, Scots merchants, poor white fishermen, the French, the Spanish, Shawnees, Creeks, patriots, loyalists, princes, kings, and a host of others. This history captures the vibrant diversity of the political universe that Dunmore inhabited alongside the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. A transgressive imperialist, Dunmore had an astounding career that charts the boundaries of what was possible in the Atlantic world in the Age of Revolution.

War Upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War [EPUB]

War Upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War [EPUB]
War Upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War by Stephen I Rockenbach
2018 | EPUB | 1.55MB

War upon Our Border examines the experiences of two Ohio River Valley communities during the turmoil and social upheaval of the American Civil War. Although on opposite sides of the border between slavery and freedom, Corydon, Indiana, and Frankfort, Kentucky, shared a legacy of white settlement and a distinct western identity, which fostered unity and emphasized cooperation during the first year of the war. But subsequent guerrilla raids, military occupation, economic hardship, political turmoil, and racial tension ultimately divided citizens living on either side of the river border. Once a conduit for all kinds of relationships, the Ohio River became a barrier dividing North and South by the end of the conflict.

Centered on the experience of local politicians, civic leaders, laborers, soldiers, and civilians, this combined social and military history addresses major interpretative debates, including how citizens chose allegiances, what role slavery played in soldier and civilian motivation, and the nature of life on the home front. Examining manuscripts, newspapers, and government documents, War upon Our Border employs a microhistorical approach to link the experiences of common people with the sweeping national events of the Civil War era. The resulting study reveals the lingering effect of the war’s memory and how the effort to construct a new regional dynamic continues to shape popular conceptions of the period.

Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis & the Road to War [EPUB]

Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis & the Road to War [EPUB]
Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis & the Road to War by Ian Kershaw
2005 | EPUB | 3.43MB

Britain, as the most powerful of the European victors of World War One, had a unique responsibility to maintain the peace in the aftermath of the Treaty of Versailles. The outbreak of a second, even more catastrophic war in 1939 has therefore always raised painful questions about Britain's failure to deal with Nazism. Could some other course of action have destroyed Hitler when he was still weak?

In this highly disturbing new book, Ian Kershaw examines this crucial issue. He concentrates on the figure of Lord Londonderry - grandee, patriot, cousin of Churchill and the government minister responsible for the RAF at a crucial point in its existence. Londonderry's reaction to the rise of Hitler-to pursue friendship with the Nazis at all costs-raises fundamental questions about Britain's role in the 1930s and whether in practice there was ever any possibility of preventing Hitler's leading Europe once again into war.

The Ripper Code [EPUB]

The Ripper Code [EPUB]
The Ripper Code by Thomas Toughill
2012 | EPUB | 0.67MB

"The Ripper Code" is a fascinating combination of literary and conventional detective work, which is as original as it is enthralling. After showing that the official Ripper files contain little of forensic interest, the author approaches the subject of the killer's identity from an entirely different angle - the life and works of Oscar Wilde. He suggests that the Ripper was a 'friend' of Oscar Wilde, and that Wilde dropped clear hints about this in several of his works, most notably "The Picture of Dorian Gray", which he wrote in 1889, the year after the Ripper murders took place.

The author also claims that Jack the Ripper was placed in an asylum after the last murder in order to keep secret a royal indiscretion, and that Marie Belloc Lowndes based her famous novel The Lodger on what she had learned about the Ripper from her friend Wilde.

This edition contains a brand-new chapter on Montague John Druitt, the police's prime suspect, in which the author explains the significance of his Rosetta Stone-like discovery that Druitt was barred from the prestigious Oxford Union, and uses that breakthrough to decipher the mysteries surrounding him which have defied students of this case since his name first came to light fifty years ago.

Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River [EPUB]

Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River [EPUB]
Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River (Early American Studies) by Matthew Salafia
2013 | EPUB | 1.61MB

In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance made the Ohio River the dividing line between slavery and freedom in the West, yet in 1861, when the Civil War tore the nation apart, the region failed to split at this seam. In Slavery's Borderland, historian Matthew Salafia shows how the river was both a physical boundary and a unifying economic and cultural force that muddied the distinction between southern and northern forms of labor and politics.

Countering the tendency to emphasize differences between slave and free states, Salafia argues that these systems of labor were not so much separated by a river as much as they evolved along a continuum shaped by life along a river. In this borderland region, where both free and enslaved residents regularly crossed the physical divide between Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, slavery and free labor shared as many similarities as differences. As the conflict between North and South intensified, regional commonality transcended political differences. Enslaved and free African Americans came to reject the legitimacy of the river border even as they were unable to escape its influence. In contrast, the majority of white residents on both sides remained firmly committed to maintaining the river border because they believed it best protected their freedom. Thus, when war broke out, Kentucky did not secede with the Confederacy; rather, the river became the seam that held the region together.

By focusing on the Ohio River as an artery of commerce and movement, Salafia draws the northern and southern banks of the river into the same narrative and sheds light on constructions of labor, economy, and race on the eve of the Civil War.

The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic [Audiobook]

The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic [Audiobook]
The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic [Audiobook] by Michael Medved, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 22 mins | 423.29MB

Lucky...or blessed?

The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: At moments of crisis, when the odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous crimes, or the products of brilliant leadership, but the most notable leaders of the past 400 years have identified this good fortune as something else - a reflection of divine providence.

In The American Miracle, best-selling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America's rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness.

Among the stirring, illogical episodes described here:

  • A band of desperate religious refugees find themselves blown hopelessly off course, only to be deposited at the one spot on a wild continent best suited for their survival
  • George Washington's beaten army, surrounded by a ruthless foe and on the verge of annihilation, manages an impossible escape due to a freakish change in the weather
  • A famous conqueror known for seizing territory, frustrated by a slave rebellion and a frozen harbor, impulsively hands Thomas Jefferson a tract of land that doubles the size of the United States
  • A weary soldier picks up three cigars left behind in an open field and notices the stogies have been wrapped in a handwritten description of the enemy's secret battle plans - a revelation that gives Lincoln the supernatural sign he's awaited in order to free the slaves

When millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved’s sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as “fortune’s favorite,” shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.

Work In: The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results [EPUB]

Work In: The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results [EPUB]
Work In: The Athlete's Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results by Erin Taylor
2018 | EPUB | 67.3MB

Work In shares new mental and physical recovery techniques for athletes who give it all in every workout. Yoga and recovery coach Erin Taylor gives athletes practical tools and an integrated plan for real recovery from training―and everyday life. By making yoga and meditation easy for anyone, Taylor gives athletes a way to do recovery right. Just 5 minutes a day of “working in” can prime athletes for faster, fuller recovery and higher performance.

With unprecedented access to training data and workout bragging rights on social networks, athletes are doing everything they can to “win the workout” and keep pace with the athletes around them. Every athlete knows that training brings results, but workouts are only half the equation. Workouts tear the body down. Athletes must also “work in” to gain full recovery, when the body rebuilds for higher performance.

Taylor’s Work In program brings real recovery to athletes wherever they are―at home or on the trail, track, field, or court. Work In techniques can be performance anywhere with minimal or no props and can be easily incorporated into any training plan. Work In offers

  • Low time commitment―just 5 minutes a day to fully integrate recovery into training
  • A 28-day recovery plan to introduce meditation and restorative yoga
  • 11 meditations for athletes and 3 visualizations for brain training and mental focus
  • 27 poses and 4 restorative yoga routines for physical relaxation
  • Tips to get started and prompts to stay engaged

Erin Taylor’s Work In will help athletes balance working out with working in so they can close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed [EPUB]

Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed [EPUB]
Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed by Jay Dicharry
2018 | EPUB | 166.62MB

In Running Rewired, America’s leading endurance sports physical therapist and coach shares a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more durable. Jay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks.

For better or worse, your body drives your running form.Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns. You’ll rebuild your movement and transform your running within one season.

Through his work with athletes at REP Lab and top university sports performance clinics, Dicharry has found that strength training alone is inadequate for runners. To develop the four essential movement skills required for faster, safer running, runners must practice better movement as they build strength. In Running Rewired, you’ll use

  • 11 self-tests for joint mobility, posture stability, rotation, and alignment
  • 83 exercises to fix blocks, move with precision, build strength, and improve power
  • 15 rewire workouts to amplify any training plan from 5K to ultramarathon

Dicharry’s Running Rewired combines the best of real-world coaching and a physical therapy approach to strength and mobility for better running. You’ll find your personal best running form and become a faster, more durable runner.

Cunt, 20th Anniversary Edition: A Declaration of Independence [EPUB]

Cunt, 20th Anniversary Edition: A Declaration of Independence [EPUB]
Cunt, 20th Anniversary Edition: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
2018 | EPUB | 1.73MB

The twentieth-anniversary edition of the original women's empowerment manifesto

An ancient title of respect for women, the word "cunt" long ago veered off its noble path. Inga Muscio traces the road from honor to expletive, giving women the motivation and tools to claim the term as a positive and powerful force in their lives.

In this fully revised anniversary edition of the classic testament to women's empowerment, Muscio explores with candidness and humor such traditional feminist issues as birth control, sexuality, jealousy between women, and prostitution with a fresh attitude for a new generation of women.

Sending out a call for every woman to be the "Cuntlovin' Ruler of Her Sexual Universe," Muscio stands convention on its head by embracing the provocative and celebrating womanhood.

Moscow Diary [EPUB]

Moscow Diary [EPUB]
Moscow Diary by Marjorie Farquharson
2018 | EPUB | 1.96MB

Moscow Diary is the diary kept by Marjorie Farquharson during the period in which she established Amnesty International’s Information Office in Moscow, a unique venture during a fascinating period of change. In 1991, Marjorie was the first westerner working on human rights with a permanent base. It was particularly important because for years the USSR had considered Amnesty an anti-Soviet organisation - “a nest of spies” so to speak.

Marjorie’s role together with her penetrating perceptions and her entertaining style of writing make this a very interesting account which combines insights into the politics of human rights and into the unusually wide range of people Marjorie encountered. Most westerners in Moscow lived a life apart with access to foreign currency shops and good-quality food. Marjorie chose instead to live as an ordinary Muscovite, in one room with a small kitchen, even when, in 1992, the inflation rate in Russia soared to more than 2000%.

The fact that the diary was written 25 years ago doesn’t in any way undermine the author’s efforts to help Russia become “a normal country”, nor does it hide the author’s true passion for the Russian people. A gem of a book capturing a moment in time by a truly humble, self-sacrificing woman.

Integrative Nutrition: A Whole-Life Approach to Health and Happiness [EPUB]

Integrative Nutrition: A Whole-Life Approach to Health and Happiness [EPUB]
Integrative Nutrition: A Whole-Life Approach to Health and Happiness by Joshua Rosenthal
2018 | EPUB | 13.44MB

There is no one-size-fits-all diet.

Fad diets all promise miraculous results for your outward appearance – yet people continue to eat poorly, gain weight and depend on medications and operations to maintain their health.

It's time for a reality check: there is no one-size-fits-all diet. Learn the secrets of intuitive eating and start building a new relationship with your body. Integrative Nutrition is loaded with valuable insights into nutritional theories, simple ways to nurture your body and holistic approaches to maximize health. Integrative Nutrition offers a play-by-play for proper nutrition and personal growth, and is packed with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes.

What Integrative Nutrition can do for you:

  • Learn the truth about food corporations, pharmaceutical companies and obesity.
  • Weigh the strengths and weaknesses of many popular diets and cleanses.
  • Discover why your body craves certain foods and why you should listen to those cravings.
  • Explore the connection between food, sexuality, spirituality and work.
  • Find out how cooking at home can boost your health.
  • Add more to your diet rather than cut back.
  • Release your dependency on restaurant food, fast food and processed food.
  • Don't be a health food addict: enjoy your favorite foods without guilt.

Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings [EPUB]

Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings [EPUB]
Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings by Marlene Wagman-Geller
2018 | EPUB | 0.94MB

Empowering stories of game-changing women

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb- convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women's march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Readers will find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
  • empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
  • motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.

Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him [EPUB]

John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him [EPUB]
John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him by E Lawrence Abel
2018 | EPUB | 13.95MB
When John Wilkes Booth died—shot inside a burning barn and dragged out twelve days after he assassinated President Lincoln—all he had in his pocket were a compass, a candle, a diary, and five photographs of five different women. They were not ordinary women. Four of them were among the most beautiful actresses of the day; the fifth was Booth's wealthy fiancée.

And those five women are just the tip of the iceberg.

Before he shot the president of the United States and entered the annals of history as a killer, actor John Wilkes Booth had quite a way with women. There was the actress who cut his throat and almost killed him in a jealous rage. There was the prostitute who tried to kill herself because he abandoned her. There was the actress who would swear she witnessed him murdering Lincoln, even though she was thousands of miles away at the time. John Wilkes Booth was hungry for fame, touchy about politics, and a notorious womanizer. But this book isn't about John Wilkes Booth---not really. This book is about his women: women who were once notorious in their own right; women who were consumed by love, jealousy, strife, and heartbreak; women whose lives took wild turns before and after Lincoln's assassination; women whom have been condemned to the footnotes of history... until now.

Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Common Garments 1100-1480 [EPUB]

Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Common Garments 1100-1480 [EPUB]
Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Common Garments 1100-1480 by Sarah Thursfield
2015 | EPUB | 106.91MB

The Medieval Tailor's Assistant is the standard work for both amateurs and professionals wishing to re-create the clothing of the Medieval era for historical interpretation or drama. This new edition extends its range with details of fitting different figures and many more patterns for main garments and accessories from 1100 to 1480.

It includes simple instructions for plain garments, as well as more complex patterns and adaptations for experienced sewers. Advice on planning outfits and materials to use is given along with a range of projects and alternative designs, from undergarments to outer wear. Early and later tailoring methods are also covered within the period.

There are clear line drawings, pattern diagrams and layouts and over eighty full-colour photographs that show the garments as working outfits. The garments are presented with brief notes on their historical background in three mainlayers, underwear, main garments and outer garments for men, women and children.

There is a section on 'How to use the book' with detailed instructions on techniques, planning, materials and, in particular, cutting methods from 1100. In this new edition there are over 400 line illustrations and a further 80 colour photographs as well as patterns for 151 garments and accessories.

Written in Blood: Courage and Corruption in the Appalachian War of Extraction [EPUB]

Written in Blood: Courage and Corruption in the Appalachian War of Extraction [EPUB]
Written in Blood: Courage and Corruption in the Appalachian War of Extraction by Michael Kline,‎ edited by Wess Harris
2018 | EPUB | 5.97MB

Featuring Appalachia's leading scholars and activists, Written in Blood offers an accurate and uncensored understanding of coal mining history. Combining new revelations from the past with sketches of a sane path forward, this collection considers our past, present, and future. Sociologist Wess Harris further documents the infamous Esau scrip system for women, suggesting an institutionalized practice of forced sexual servitude that was part of coal company policy.

In a conversation with award-winning oral historian Michael Kline, federal mine inspector Larry Layne explains corporate complicity in the 1968 Farmington Mine disaster which killed 78 men and catalyzed the passage of major safety reform. Moving to the next generation of thinkers and activists, attorney Nathan Fetty examines current events in Appalachia, and musician Carrie Kline suggests paths forward for people wishing to set their own course rather than depend on the kindness of corporations.

Flat Belly 365: The Gut-Friendly Superfood Plan to Shed Pounds, Fight Inflammation, and Feel Great All Year Long [EPUB]

Flat Belly 365: The Gut-Friendly Superfood Plan to Shed Pounds, Fight Inflammation, and Feel Great All Year Long [EPUB]
Flat Belly 365: The Gut-Friendly Superfood Plan to Shed Pounds, Fight Inflammation, and Feel Great All Year Long by Manuel Villacorta
2018 | EPUB | 20.75MB

Finally there is a scientifically proven way to shed stubborn pounds and keep them off, especially if you are struggling with excess weight around the mid-section. The secret to beating the bloat and enjoying lasting weight loss is a healthy gut. A healthy gut—fueled by superfoods, anti-inflammatory fats, and prebiotic and probiotic foods—can balance your appetite, reduce cravings, regulate blood sugar, fight inflammation, and fuel your body with key nutrients for optimal health. Award-winning dietitian Manuel Villacorta takes the guesswork out of gut health with his proven plan that sheds pounds, burns belly fat, and makes you feel years younger.

Knowing that variety is the key to his clients' success, Villacorta organized the meal plans according to seasons so you can enjoy different tastes and textures and the food is always accessible, fresh, and inexpensive. For example, in the spring and summer, enjoy refreshing smoothies, gazpachos, and salads including Fig Jicama Salad, Beef Bone Soup, a Chocolate Smoothie Bowl, and California Avocado Gazpacho. In the fall and winter, enjoy heartier soups and warm power bowls, including Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Sweet Potato Bean Bowl, Cannellini Sausage Bowl, and Cauliflower Walnut Soup.

Flat Belly 365 provides an initial "reboot", a 7-day kickstart plan to rev your body into optimal fat-burning, whether you are starting anew after a holiday or if your skinny jeans are a bit too snug. After completing the first week reboot, you can continue with a modified plan, mixing and matching your favorite recipes. After the first week, clients report up to six pounds of weight loss, an average of 1.5 inches lost from their waists, better sleep, and renewed levels of energy.

With Flat Belly 365, you can enjoy your meals and still rock your skinny jeans.

Pincushions & More [EPUB]

Pincushions & More [EPUB]
Pincushions & More by Annie's
2018 | EPUB | 12.28MB

Discover the joy of making small useful projects from your stash and gifting them to others who share your love of sewing and quilting. Pincushions & More gives you the patterns and the inspiration to create 13 unique pincushions and three needlebooks. Let your creativity run free. Templates are given on a 30 x 21 inch insert. Prairie Points tutorial also included in book.

China's Evolving Military Strategy [PDF]

China's Evolving Military Strategy [PDF]
China's Evolving Military Strategy edited by Joe McReynolds
2018 | PDF | 61.14MB

For over two decades, the People's Republic of China has been engaged in a grand project to transform its military into a modernized fighting force capable of defeating the world's most powerful militaries through asymmetric means. However, despite the considerable attention that has been devoted to cataloging Chinese advances in weapons and hardware, much less is known about China's strategic thinking.

China's Evolving Military Strategy fills this gap by offering sector-by-sector expert assessments of the latest trends in Chinese military thought under Xi Jinping, covering not only traditional battle-spaces such as the air and sea but also China's strategy for the new domains of space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare. China's Evolving Military Strategy is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the world's most important bilateral national security relationship.

Backpacker The Survival Hacker's Handbook: How to Survive with Just About Anything [EPUB]

Backpacker The Survival Hacker's Handbook: How to Survive with Just About Anything [EPUB]
Backpacker The Survival Hacker's Handbook: How to Survive with Just About Anything by Ted Alvarez
2018 | EPUB | 29.87MB

Backpacker The Survival Hacker’s Handbook provides detailed instruction on how to use everyday items to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Sure, the quirk is here. For instance, learn how to make a fishhook out of a beer can, start a fire with hand sanitizer, or purify water with bleach. But it goes beyond the quirk to identify real solutions for real scenarios—with real items you carry with you.

The book includes useful tips and tricks from survival experts, and provides step-by-step instructions, along with short stories of survival situations where these modern survival skills have come into play.

The book is organized around basic fundamental concepts of survival: finding food, building shelter, securing water, etc.

Hubble in Space: NASA Images of Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Nebulae, Black Holes, Dark Matter, & More [EPUB]

Hubble in Space: NASA Images of Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Nebulae, Black Holes, Dark Matter, & More [EPUB]
Hubble in Space: NASA Images of Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Nebulae, Black Holes, Dark Matter, & More edited by Amherst Media
2018 | EPUB | 178.79MB

Hubble in Space is a book of images from the Hubble telescope curated and edited by Beth Alesse who works in Los Angeles, California. The images were collected using space-based instruments of the Hubble telescope from 1990 to 2017, many in combination with data from numerous other telescopes and instruments.

This amazing selection contains new images of space and classic Hubble favorites. All the major players of space are represented in this colorful array of images: planets, moons, comets, exoplanets, solar systems, stars, supernovas, the Milky Way, galaxies, black holes, nebulae, and more. Experience the near and far of our universe, evidence of its primordial beginnings, its vastness, and a great variety of evidence of stellar and galactic evolution through these awe-inspiring colorful images.

The Science-Fiction & Fantasy Quiz Book [EPUB]

The Science-Fiction & Fantasy Quiz Book [EPUB]
The Science-Fiction & Fantasy Quiz Book by Joseph A. McCullough
2015 | EPUB | 8.62MB

In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, what is the name of Tom Bombadil's wife? Which character does Scarlett Johansson play in the 2012 film The Avengers? Who is the protagonist of the video game The Legend of Zelda? Which barbarian hero carried a sword called "Graywand†??

How well do you know the who, where, what, when and how of science fiction and fantasy? Do you dare face the ultimate test of knowledge drawn from the greatest novels, movies, comic books, video games and televisions shows in the history of these genres? Complete with questions ranging from easy to mind-bogglingly hard and including true or false, multiple choice, short answer, and match-up sections, this fun-filled book is the perfect gift for all lovers of science fiction and fantasy.

Filling the Happiness Gap [EPUB]

Filling the Happiness Gap [EPUB]
Filling the Happiness Gap by Will Foster
2017 | EPUB | 1.85MB

Have you ever thought "Once I have X in my life or Y out of my life, then I'll be happy"? If the answer is yes, you've come to the right place.

Filling the Happiness Gap is a 21-day programme designed to increase happiness through the use of Gratitude for what you have, Acceptance of what you don't and an ability to live in the Present moment (GAP).

Life coach Will Foster researched hundreds of happiness experts, from Greek philosophers like Aristotle to modern-day positive psychologists like Tal Ben Shahar, and applied their wisdom to his own life and the lives of his clients. From testing these methods out on his thousands of clients in 1-on-1 life coaching and personal training with CEOs, mums, athletes, and anyone in between over the last decade, he discovered that the best formula for feeling happier is focusing on the cool stuff in your life, accepting what you can't (and can) control, and becoming more mindful of 'the present'.

And that's where Will differs from others: his aim is to make you happier, which is a measurable, realistic and noticeable goal, rather than happy, which is vague, unattainable and unrealistic (our lives are a spectrum of emotions!).

Written in conversational tone, with humour and honesty, this book will show you how to tackle some of life's most common challenges and stresses, and how to approach them in a realistic and effective way.

The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest [EPUB]

The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest [EPUB]
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest by Joan Baxter
2018 | EPUB | 1.04MB

The Mill --Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest explores the power that a single industry can wield. For fifty years, the pulp mill near Pictou in northern Nova Scotia has buoyed the local economy and found support from governments at all levels. But it has also pulped millions of acres of forests, spewed millions of tonnes of noxious emissions into the air, consumed quadrillions of litres of fresh water and then pumped them out again as toxic effluent into nearby Boat Harbour, and eventually into the Northumberland Strait.

From the day it began operation in 1967, the mill has fomented protest and created deep divisions and tensions in northern Nova Scotia. This story is about people whose livelihoods depend on the pulp mill and who are willing to live with the "smell of money." It's about people whose well-being, health, homes, water, air, and businesses have been harmed by the mill's emissions and effluent. It's about the heartache such divisions cause and about people who, for the sake of peace, keep their thoughts about the mill to themselves.

But it's also about hope, giving voice to those who led the successive groups that have protested and campaigned for a cleaner mill--First Nations, fishers, doctors, local councillors, tourism operators, artists and musicians, teachers and woodlot owners. Their personal stories are interwoven into a historical arc that traces the mill's origins and the persistent environmental and social problems it causes to this day.

Baxter weaves a rich tapestry of storytelling, relevant to everyone who is concerned about how we can start to renegotiate the relationship between economy, jobs, and profits on one hand, and human well-being, health, and the environment on the other. The Mill tells a local story with global relevance and appeal.

Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology [Audiobook]

Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology [Audiobook]
Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology [Audiobook] by Gary Dorrien, read by Robert King Ross
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 35 hrs 35 mins | 968.85MB

What role, if any, did Immanuel Kant and post-Kantian idealists such as Hegel play in shaping modern theology?

In Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit , noted theologian Gary Dorrien argues that Kantian and post-Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology. In this thought-provoking new work, Dorrien contends that while pre-Kantian rationalism offered a critique of religion's authority, it held no theory about the creative powers of mind, nor about the spiritual ground and unifying reality of freedom. As Kant provided both of these, he can be considered the originator of modern religious thought. Dorrien reveals how the post-Kantian idealists also played an important role, by fashioning other forms of liberal religious thought through alternative solutions to the Kantian problems of subjectivity and dualism.

Dorrien carefully dissects Kant's three critiques of reason and his moral conception of religion, and analyses the alternatives to Kant offered by Schleiermacher, Schelling, Hegel, and others. Dorrien goes on to provide a substantial account of the development of liberal theology in Britain , and the thought of Paul Tillich and Karl Barth, showing how these, as well as the dominant traditions of German liberal theology, and even the powerful critiques of liberal religious idealism proffered by Kierkegaard and the left-Hegelian school, were rooted in Kantian or post-Kantian idealism. Presenting these notoriously difficult arguments in a wonderfully lucid and accessible manner, Dorrien solidifies his reputation as a pre-eminent social ethicist. Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit offers deeply illuminating insights into the impact of 19 th -century philosophical idealism on contemporary religious thought.

American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic [Audiobook]

American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic [Audiobook]
American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic [Audiobook] by John Temple, read by Charlie Thurston
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 17 mins | 283.5MB

The king of the Florida pill mills was American Pain, a megaclinic expressly created to serve addicts posing as patients. From a fortresslike former bank building, American Pain's doctors distributed massive quantities of oxycodone to hundreds of customers a day, mostly traffickers and addicts who came by the vanload. Inked muscleheads ran the clinic's security. Former strippers operated the pharmacy, counting out pills and stashing cash in garbage bags. Under their lab coats, the doctors carried guns, and it was all legal...sort of.

American Pain chronicles the rise and fall of this game-changing pill mill and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis. The narrative, which swings back and forth between Florida and Kentucky, is populated by a diverse cast of characters. This includes the incongruous band of wealthy bad boys, thugs, and esteemed physicians who built American Pain as well as the penniless Kentucky clans who transformed themselves into painkiller trafficking rings. It includes addicts whose lives were devastated by American Pain's drugs and the federal agents and grieving mothers who labored for years to bring the clinic's crew to justice.