The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 16:22
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 34 minutes | 318.45MB
A bold challenge to our obsession with efficiency - and a new understanding of how to benefit from the powerful potential of serendipity.
Algorithms, multitasking, the sharing economy, life hacks: our culture can't get enough of efficiency. One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. There is no doubt that we're performing at higher levels and moving at unprecedented speed, but what if we're headed in the wrong direction?
Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our ingrained assumptions about efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and above all an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected.
Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 16:18
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 20 minutes | 339.21MB
From the authors of the best-selling The Finest Hours comes the riveting, deeply human story of President John F. Kennedy and two U-2 pilots, Rudy Anderson and Chuck Maultsby, who risked their lives to save America during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
During the ominous two weeks of the Cold War's terrifying peak, two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy and the U-2 aerial spy program.
On October 27, 1962, Kennedy, strained from back pain, sleeplessness, and days of impossible tension, was briefed about a missing spy plane. Its pilot, Chuck Maultsby, was on a surveillance mission over the North Pole, but had become disoriented and steered his plane into Soviet airspace. If detected, its presence there could be considered an act of war.
As the president and his advisers wrestled with this information, more bad news came: another U-2 had gone missing, this one belonging to Rudy Anderson. His mission: to photograph missile sites over Cuba. For the president, any wrong move could turn the Cold War nuclear.
Above and Beyond is the intimate, gripping account of the lives of these three war heroes, brought together on a day that changed history.
What the Future Looks Like [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:38
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 41 minutes | 211.85MB
Science fact, not science fiction, on the cutting–edge developments that are already changing the course of our future
Every day, scientists conduct pioneering experiments with the potential to transform how we live. Yet it isn't every day you hear from the scientists themselves! Now, award-winning author Jim Al-Khalili and his team of top-notch experts explain how today's earthshaking discoveries will shape our world tomorrow - and beyond.
Pull back the curtain on genomics, robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, synthetic biology, transhumanism, interstellar travel, colonization of the solar system, teleportation, and much more.
And find insight into big-picture questions such as:
- Will we find a cure to all diseases?
- The answer to climate change?
- And will bionics one day turn us into superheroes?
These scientists are interested only in the truth - reality-based and speculation-free. The future they conjure is by turns tantalizing and sobering: There's plenty to look forward to, but also plenty to dread. And undoubtedly the best way to for us to face tomorrow's greatest challenges is to learn what the future looks like - today.
Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:37
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 42 minutes | 321.6MB
Renowned speaker, parenting expert, and New York Times best-selling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Dr. Wendy Mogel offers an essential guide to the new art of talking to children and shows how a change in voice can transform conversations and ease the relationship between parents and children.
Dr. Wendy Mogel's New York Times best seller, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is the bedside bible for a generation of parents. Several years ago Mogel began giving "voice lessons" to parents who were struggling with their kids, demonstrating how a shift in tone, tempo, and body language led to a surprising outcome: the children responded by cooperating with greater alacrity and communicating with more warmth, respect, and sincerity. As the parents found their voices, so did the children.
In Voice Lessons, Mogel elaborates on this novel clinical approach, revealing how each age and stage of a child's life brings new opportunities to connect through language. Delving into sources as diverse as neuroscience, fairy tales, and anthropology, Mogel offers specific guidance for talking to children across the expanse of childhood and adolescence. She also explains the best ways to talk about your child to grandparents, partners, and exes and to teachers, coaches, and caretakers. Throughout the book, Mogel addresses an obstacle that flummoxes even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.
With the transformative power of the classics How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and You Just Don't Understand, Voice Lessons enlightens parents. "Children will lead you on an incredible journey", writes Mogel, "if they trust you, if you make the time, and if you are willing to follow."
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:35
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 22 minutes | 315.37MB
Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early 50s Chester A. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York machine boss Roscoe Conkling. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and the vast majority of his fellow citizens but by his own conscience. As President James A. Garfield struggled for his life, Arthur knew better than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold.
And yet, from the moment President Arthur took office, he proved to be not just honest but brave, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades. He surprised everyone - and gained many enemies - when he swept house and took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans.
A mysterious young woman deserves much of the credit for Arthur's remarkable transformation. Julia Sand, a bedridden New Yorker, wrote Arthur nearly two dozen letters urging him to put country over party, to find "the spark of true nobility" that lay within him. At a time when women were barred from political life, Sand's letters inspired Arthur to transcend his checkered past - and changed the course of American history.
The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Living and Loving in a Noisy World [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:34
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 52 minutes | 230.46MB
Many introverts in our world: More and more, people are identifying as introverts. Studies show that at least one-third of the people we encounter in our lives are introverts.
Introverts and relationships: The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Loving and Living in a Noisy World is a guide to help tenderhearted and introverted individuals grow and nurture their peace, purpose, and relationships.
Many types of introverts: There are many facets to being an introvert and many variations to each type. But as you peel back the layers to all these you quickly learn that introverts may make up 50 percent of the world's population.
Introverts and sensitivity: Author, speaker, and life coach Brenda Knowles presents eight unique practices to help readers learn that they are not alone or flawed in their sensitivity and introversion. Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner, she has been writing and guiding introverts for five years in space2live and has provided training as a family mediator. Incorporating the Eight Practices into your life yields a calmer sense of self, a deeper understanding of mental and physical self-care, an embracing of positive conflict, growth in responsiveness, and the secret to healing every day.
The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:33
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours and 6 minutes | 277.83MB
A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will.
Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris tell us that our most intimate actions, thoughts, and values are mere byproducts of thousands of generations of mindless adaptation. We are just one species among multitudes and therefore no more significant than any other living creature.
Now comes Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller to make the case that this view betrays a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Natural selection surely explains how our bodies and brains were shaped, but Miller argues that it's not a social or cultural theory of everything. In The Human Instinct, he rejects the idea that our biological heritage means that human thought, action, and imagination are predetermined, describing instead the trajectory that ultimately gave us reason, consciousness, and free will. A proper understanding of evolution, he says, reveals humankind in its glorious uniqueness - one foot planted firmly among all of the creatures we've evolved alongside and the other in the special place of self-awareness and understanding that we alone occupy in the universe.
Equal parts natural science and philosophy, The Human Instinct is a moving and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.
The History of Rome in 12 Buildings: A Travel Companion to the Hidden Secrets of the Eternal City [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:31
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hours and 59 minutes | 110.13MB
Any travel guide to Rome will urge visitors to go the Colosseum, but none answers a simple question: Why is it called the Colosseum?
The History of Rome in 12 Buildings: A Travel Companion to the Hidden Secrets of the Eternal City is compelling, concise, and fun, and takes you behind the iconic buildings to reveal the hidden stories of the people that forged the Roman Empire.
Typical travel guides provide torrents of information but deny their listeners depth and perspective. In this gap is the really good stuff - the stories that make the buildings come alive and vividly enhance any trip to Rome.
The History of Rome in 12 Buildings will immerse you in the world of the Romans, one full of drama, intrigue, and scandal. With its help, you will be able to trace the rise and fall of the ancient world's greatest superpower:
- Find the last resting spot of Julius Caesar.
- Join Augustus as he offers sacrifices to the gods.
- Discover the lie on the façade of the Pantheon.
- Walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
- And so much more.
The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:30
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours and 11 minutes | 280.04MB
The experts say that America's best days are behind us, that mediocre long-term economic growth is baked in the cake, and that politically, socially, and racially, the United States will continue to tear itself apart. But David Smick - hedge fund strategist and author of the 2008 best seller The World Is Curved - argues that the experts are wrong.
In recent decades, a corporate capitalism of top-down mismanagement and backroom deal making has smothered America's innovative spirit. Policy now favors the big, the corporate, and the status quo at the expense of the small, the inventive, and the entrepreneurial. The result is that working and middle class Americans have seen their incomes flatlining and their American dreams slipping away. In response, Smick calls for the great equalizer, a Main Street capitalism of mass small-business startups and bottom-up innovation, all unfolding on a level playing field. Introducing a 14 point plan of bipartisan reforms for unleashing America's creativity and confidence, his forward-thinking book describes a new climate of dynamism where every man and woman is a potential entrepreneur-especially those at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.
Ultimately, Smick argues, economies are more than statistical measurements of supply and demand, economic output, and rates of return. Economies are people - their hopes, fears, dreams, and expectations. The Great Equalizer is a call for a set of new paradigms that inspire and empower average American people to reimagine and reboot their economy. It is a manifesto asserting that, with a new kind of economic policy, America's best days lie ahead.
The Frozen Chosen: The 1st Marine Division and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:29
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hours and 38 minutes | 429.45MB
The Frozen Chosen is an account of the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by the First Marine Division from November to December 1950, following the intervention of Red China in the Korean War. Fought during the worst blizzard in a century, it is considered by the US Marine Corps to be the Corps' finest hour. Fourteen Medals of Honor, a record for any American battle, and 85 Navy Crosses attest to the intensity of the battle.
Based on first-person interviews from surviving veterans who came to be known as the Frozen Chosen, this is the incredible story of heroism and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, as a handful of marines fought desperately against wave after wave of Chinese forces. Sometimes forced into desperate hand-to-hand fighting in intense cold, cut off from reinforcements, and with dwindling supplies and ammunition, the fighting retreat from Chosin marked one of the darkest moments for Western forces in Korea but would go on to resonate with generations of marines as a symbol of the Marine Corps' dogged determination, fighting skill, and never-say-die attitude on the battlefield.
The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison) [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:28
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 46 minutes | 268.87MB
A photographer captured in Syria and imprisoned for seven months recounts his story and how he became the first American ever to escape al-Qaeda.
"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 would face a daily struggle just to survive. And, eventually, he would 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) 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 breakout, Matthew Schrier's story is unforgettable - and one you won't want to miss.
The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them) [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:27
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 20 minutes | 257.55MB
By the world-renowned seismologist, a riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come
Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes - they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes give us natural springs; volcanoes produce fertile soil. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments; influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite, and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves.
In The Big Ones, leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world's greatest natural disasters, whose reverberations we continue to feel today. At Pompeii, Jones explores how a volcanic eruption in the first century AD challenged prevailing views of religion. She examines the California floods of 1862 and the limits of human memory. And she probes more recent events - such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the American hurricanes of 2017 - to illustrate the potential for globalization to humanize and heal.
With population in hazardous regions growing and temperatures around the world rising, the impacts of natural disasters are greater than ever before. The Big Ones is more than just a work of history or science; it is a call to action. Natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energizing and exhaustively researched book, Dr. Jones offers a look at our past, readying us to face down the Big Ones in our future.
The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:26
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 26 minutes | 205.65MB
Internationally renowned dermatologist and research scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe presents, for the first time, the connection between a healthy gut and radiant, clear skin, with a 21-day program to maximize skin health and beauty.
Every year, nearly 80 million Americans will consult their doctors about their skin. In fact, skin disorders beat out anxiety, depression, back pain, and diabetes as the number-one reason Americans see their doctors. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority will receive only a surface-level treatment, leaving the underlying conditions at the root of their skin issues unresolved. Skin doesn't lie; it reflects overall health in unimaginable ways.
In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, internationally renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is much more than skin deep. As a pioneering researcher on the cutting edge of the gut-brain-skin axis, she explains how the spectrum of skin disorders - from stubborn acne and rosacea to psoriasis, eczema, and premature wrinkling - are manifestations of irregularities rooted in the gut. Lasers, scalpels, creams, and prescription pads alone will not guarantee the consistently healthy, glowing skin we all seek. Instead, Dr. Bowe focuses on the microbiome - where trillions of microbes "speak" to your skin via the brain - and highlights the connection between sleep, stress, diet, gastrointestinal health, and the health of your skin.
With simple explanations of the science, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 21-day program, The Beauty of Dirty Skin is your roadmap to great skin from the inside out and the outside in.
Principles of Tai Chi: The only introduction you'll ever need [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:24
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 1 hour and 28 minutes | 40.83MB
An audio adaptation of the best-selling Principles title. This 90-minute audiobook offers a simple and practical introduction to this beautiful martial art that originated in ancient China.
Tai Chi is practised through a series of continuous flowing movements which encourage the flow of chi, or life-force energy.
This 90-minute audiobook offers you a simple and practical way to learn the basic elements of Tai Chi.
- The correct methods of practice
- How Tai Chi can increase your energy
- How Tai Chi can improve your health and enhance personal and spiritual development.
Startups - Business School Crash Course [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:22
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hours and 55 minutes | 164.63MB
AudioLearn's Business School Crash Courses presents Startups.
Written by distinguished professors and professionally narrated for easy listening, this crash course is a valuable tool both during school and when preparing for exams, or if you're simply interested in the subject.
The audio is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical Business school Startups course. Included are both capsule and detailed explanations of critical issues and topics you must know to master the course.
The material is accurate, up-to-date, and broken down into bite-sized sections. There is a Q&A and a key takeaways section following each topic to review questions commonly tested and drive home key points.
Also included in Startups is a comprehensive test containing the top 100 most commonly tested questions with the correct answers.
In this course, we'll cover the following topics:
- Understanding the startup journey
- Advantages of a startup business
- Keys to business startup success
- Getting things ready - the business plan
- Developing your brand - the product
- Managing your resources
- The eternal quest for growth
- Leveraging automation
- What is equity crowdfunding investing
- And creating winning habits
AudioLearn's Business School Crash Courses support your studies, help with exam preparation, and provide a comprehensive audio review of the topic matter for anyone interested in what business students are taught in a typical business school course.
Small Acts of Leadership: 12 Intentional Behaviors That Lead to Big Impact [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:21
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hours and 51 minutes | 132.31MB
In business today, there is no offline and there is no downtime. Professionals are both exhausted and depleted. Being constantly tethered to our work through technology makes us overwhelmed and shortsighted, and deprives us of time for meaningful reflection or thoughtful connection to our professional communities, and often even to our own families.
For us to thrive - not simply survive - in this accelerating economy, we need to adopt small, intentional behaviors and practice them each day. From simply taking care of our rest and exercise to building our self-confidence and embracing challenges, author Shawn Hunter's latest book Small Acts of Leadership will guide you through a series of incremental steps you can take to build a stronger version of yourself and make a broader impact in the world. Weaving in personal life stories and meaningful interviews with business leaders around the world, Hunter presents the listener with 12 critical competencies that are consistently present in the daily behaviors of today's most successful leaders.
Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs, and Guns on the Mafia Coast [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:28
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 18 minutes | 201.51MB
From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe's doorstep.
Caught between Camorra gunrunners selling to ISIS and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy's picturesque coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their underworld, forced to become sex slaves, drug mules, or weapon smugglers.
In this powerful expose, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the trafficked women trapped by black magic, the brave nuns who try to save them, and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.
Of Plymouth Plantation [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:27
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs and 20 mins | 339.18MB
The most important and influential source of information about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, this landmark account was written between 1630 and 1647. It vividly documents the Pilgrims' adventures: their first stop in Holland, the harrowing transatlantic crossing aboard the Mayflower, the first harsh winter in the new colony, and the help from friendly Native Americans that saved their lives.
No one was better equipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford. Revered for his patience, wisdom, and courage, Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621, and he continued to serve in that position for more than three decades. His memoirs of the colony remained virtually unknown until the 19th century. Lost during the American Revolution, they were discovered years later in London and published after a protracted legal battle.
The current edition rendered into modern English and with an introduction by Harold Paget, remains among the most enjoyable books from 17th-century America.
Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:26
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 57 minutes | 163.68MB
From a ''hero for dads everywhere'' (Daily Mirror), a hilarious, insightful, and heartfelt take on parenting based on a viral blog post that Ashton Kutcher called, ''the best description of fatherhood I've ever read.''
One Tuesday evening in 2015, while his three-month-old son Charlie briefly slept, Matt Coyne staggered to his desk, opened his laptop, and wrote a side-splittingly funny Facebook post about early fatherhood: Comparing his diaper-changing skills to that of a Formula One pit crew, birth to a Saw movie, and the sound of a baby crying at three a.m. to ''having the inside of your skull sandpapered by an angry Viking,'' he shared his observations with friends and family -- and soon, to his surprise, the world. In the spirit of that post, which became an instant sensation, Man vs. Baby is the tale of one man's journey through the first year of parenthood, told with wit, humor, and heart.
Part memoir, part tell-it-like-it-is parenting book, this is a ferociously funny, inventively foul-mouthed, and genuinely touching account of a baby's first year, filled with relatable references to Harry Potter, McDonalds, and the villain in Die Hard. Matt covers everything you need to know, from labor (a good time to play ''profanity bingo'') to what you might find in your baby's diaper, a catalogue that includes The Phantom, The Expressionist, and The Jeff Goldblum. Capturing both the comic helplessness of new fatherhood and his deep love and admiration for his partner Lyndsay and child, Matt's story will appeal to anyone who has a baby -- or is even contemplating the idea. Whether you're looking for a reprieve from the news cycle or a reminder of what's most important in life, Man vs. Baby will have you laughing out loud -- and, if you're a new mother or father, filled with relief at being truly understood.
A fresh take on the bewilderment and joy of having a baby from a rip-roaringly talented new voice, this combination memoir and advice book is sure to charm parents everywhere.
Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:25
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 18 hours and 36 minutes | 511.98MB
In 2013, just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected president - Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood - and subsequently led a brutal repression of the Islamist group. These bloody events echoed an older political rift in Egypt and the Middle East: the splitting of nationalists and Islamists during the rule of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's leading authorities on the Middle East, tells how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present.
Gerges tells this story through an unprecedented dual biography of Nasser and another of the 20th-century Arab world's most influential figures - Sayyid Qutb, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the father of many branches of radical political Islam. Their deeply intertwined lives embody and dramatize the divide between Arabism and Islamism. Yet, as Gerges shows, beyond the ideological and existential rhetoric, this is a struggle over the state, its role, and its power.
Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Soul [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:23
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hours and 2 minutes | 111.4MB
From the author of Clean Green Eats, a Japanese-inspired guide to finding balance, joy, and good health - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for wellness - that emphasizes a simple, streamlined method for cleaning up your eating habits and offers modern-day applications of ancient Japanese healing practices and philosophy.
Candice Kumai has always treasured the Japanese traditions that shaped her childhood. In recent years, she's been spending more time in Japan, meeting with relatives and absorbing the culture. It was on one of those trips that she visited a Kintsugi master and found the guiding inspiration for her next book.
Kintsugi is an art form that reconstructs broken pottery, sealing the pieces together with gold to create something that is even more beautiful for all of its cracks and flaws. In Kintsugi Wellness, Candice shows us how this ancient Japanese practice can be applied to our lives to achieve radiant health.
- Part 1: Lifestyle introduces the Japanese art of living and aging well, from spending more time with family + nature and honoring the seasons (and the impact of the seasons your body) to reconnecting with ancestors + learning of adaptation, discipline, humility and kaizen (continuous improvement).
- Part 2: Mind explores the ways in which the mind and body are inextricably linked in Japanese wellness philosophies, showing readers how the philosophy of golden repair can be applied in cleansing rituals, meditation, and soothing traditions.
- Part 3: Heart shows us how to incorporate a greater sense of connection and gratitude into our lives through community, spirituality, personal relationships, nature, respect and family - the cornerstones of Japanese culture.
- Part 4: Nutrition offers detailed information on essential Japanese ingredients (including superfoods like green tea/matcha, miso, and fermented foods) as well as traditional cooking traditions and methods, with forty whole-food recipes including California style bowls, miso, soba, temaki (hand-roll) sushi, bento boxes and more.
The philosophy of kintsugi is not about perfection - it is about healing, becoming whole, and finding the beauty in our imperfections. Written in Candice's warm, conversational style, Kintsugi Wellness offers readers the tools to mend what ails them and to embrace and celebrate what makes them unique.
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:21
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hours and 4 minutes | 552.02MB
Named one of "10 Fascinating Books about Living in a Foreign Country" by Huffington Post.
When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia--her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all--only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian.
What she didn't know was how Italy would work to change them all.
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center is the profoundly moving story of Michelle and her family's adaptation to the people and culture of Spello, Italy. Part searingly-honest memoir, part celebration of Umbrian life, Il Bel Centro is a page-turner with a beating heart.
Michelle Damiani brings fresh perspective to the American-abroad story, and creates a sense of place so authentic that readers feel they, too, have strolled the pink-hued alleys of Spello alongside the Damiani family.
Vivid descriptions evoke the pleasures of medieval village life, from the scent of almond pastries curling into morning fog, to olive trees tossing glints of silver into the achingly blue sky.
At once hilarious and wise, this spellbinding journey will feed your soul and your wanderlust. Il Bel Centro will sweep you into the heart of Italy, where for bakers, pants are optional, and a good lunch will take you straight through till dinner.
"I was not prepared for Italy.
Luckily, Italy was waiting for me anyway."
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center includes recipes for delicious Umbrian dishes as well as professional-quality photographs.
How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:20
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hours and 29 minutes | 68.72MB
"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die", wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always", and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out.
Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression.
Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide.
Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:18
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 42 minutes | 185.07MB
A Wired senior editor and virtual reality expert presents a captivating, candid glimpse into the future "realities" of this emerging technology: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection.
Heralded as the most significant technological innovation since the smartphone, virtual reality is poised to transform our very notions of life and humanity. Though this tech is still in its infancy, to those on the inside, it is the future. VR will change how we work, how we experience entertainment, how we feel pleasure and other emotions, how we see ourselves, and most importantly, how we relate to each other in the real world. And we will never be the same.
Peter Rubin, senior culture editor for Wired and the industry's go-to authority on the subject, calls it an "intimacy engine". While once we needed another person to feel the sensations of closeness, trust, vulnerability, confidence, and titillation, VR will give us the ability to induce these sensations by ourselves for the first time in human history. This metamorphosis, Rubin argues, is going to have a powerful impact on relationships that will ripple throughout our society and our individual lives.
A journey into this uncertain future and a glimpse at the cultural implications and promises of a new reality, Future Presence explores a host of complex questions about what makes us human, what connects us, and what is real. Offering a glimpse into the mind-blowing things happening in universities, labs, and tech companies around the world, Rubin leads listeners on an entertaining tour of the weirdest, wildest corners of this fascinating new universe. Describing this book as "half travelogue and half crystal ball", Rubin will:
- Introduce listeners to the creators and consumers of VR technology
- Show listeners what an experience is like inside the current VR devices
- Explain how this technology will upend everything we know about human connection in the future
At once the incredible, inevitable story of virtual reality's rise and a look towards the future of our fantasies, Future Presence is a deeply personal examination of what connects us, and an analysis of what relationships, empathy, and sex could look like - sooner than we think.
Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:17
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 59 minutes | 247.6MB
An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?
Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another - and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities - was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late 20th-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are.
When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story - introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history - Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history.
The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us?
The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.
Fill Your Funnel: Selling with Social Media [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:15
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hours and 18 minutes | 91.25MB
In sales, filling a sales pipeline with qualified leads is the magic behind predictable income and massive commission checks. In Fill Your Funnel, get step-by-step instructions on using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to generate qualified leads and fill your sales funnel.
Learn what experts Tom Hopkins and Dan Portik know about social media strategies to generate leads. This audiobook contains social media posts and email templates from successful campaigns to show you how to set up an effective social media campaign that drives conversions.
If you're striving to become successful in sales, this book contains the resources you are seeking. Learn how to:
- create an attractive online presence for professionals,
- navigate the differences between Instagram and LinkedIn,
- build social media profiles for salespeople,
- effectively prospect in LinkedIn groups,
- send posts at the most opportune times,
- format a video post, and
- create social media follow-up templates.
Social media selling doesn't need to be hard, if you know the system. By following the system in Fill Your Funnel, you will be set up for an amazing year.
Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:14
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 32 minutes | 207.32MB
The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction - in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level. When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance. On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationships.
Surprisingly, most people have little understanding of dignity, observes Donna Hicks in this important book. Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution and on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, the author explains what the elements of dignity are, how to recognize dignity violations, how to respond when we are not treated with dignity, how dignity can restore a broken relationship, why leaders must understand the concept of dignity, and more. Hicks shows that by choosing dignity as a way of life, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer and more humane world for all.
17 April 2018, 12:13
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 8 mins | 58.91MB
A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic - its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring.
How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture's beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.
Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession - a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus' house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. Whether writing in a cafe or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.
Buddha and Einstein Walk into a Bar [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:12
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 56 mins | 191.32MB
Buddha and Einstein Walk into a Bar explores the revolutionary idea that sensing how long we can live is a latent capacity in us, currently unknown - just like the introduction of fire, the invention of flying, and the discovery of radio waves were before we "discovered" them. Understand how the knowledge of transcendence, consciousness, and self-healing are integral to your well-being
You could drive a car without a fuel gauge, but knowing how much gas you have clearly gives you more control of your vehicle. Using the latest breakthroughs in cosmology, neuroplasticity, superstring theory, and epigenetics, Buddha and Einstein Walk into a Bar helps you to master your entire system of mind, body, and energy and provides practical tools to help you live your longest and healthiest life.
This audiobook will teach you exercises - align the different systems of the body, mindfulness and meditation - how to relieve daily stress, good nutrition - simple rules sustainable for a lifetime, proper rest for mental and physical peak performance - and an active lifestyle - stay vibrant through your entire life.
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:11
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 9 hrs 4 mins | 250.1MB
In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as US attorney for the Southern District of New York and the US deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.
Against Interpretation, and Other Essays [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:09
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 6 mins | 332.72MB
A series of provocative discussions on everything from individual authors to contemporary religious thinking, Against Interpretation and Other Essays is the definitive collection of Susan Sontag's best known and important works.
Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'.
Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since.
A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:07
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 17 mins | 227.67MB
In the cold winter months that followed Franklin Roosevelt's election in November 1940 to an unprecedented third term in the White House, he confronted a worldwide military and moral catastrophe.
Almost all the European democracies had fallen under the ruthless onslaught of the Nazi army and air force. Great Britain stood alone, a fragile bastion between Germany and American immersion in war. In the Pacific world, Japan had extended its tentacles deeper into China.
Susan Dunn dramatically brings to life the most vital and transformational period of Roosevelt's presidency: the hundred days between December 1940 and March 1941, when he mobilized American industry, mustered the American people, initiated the crucial programs and approved the strategic plans for America's leadership in World War II. As the nation began its transition into the preeminent military, industrial, and moral power on the planet, FDR laid out the stunning blueprint not only for war but for the American Century.
Bailout Over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:06
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 21 mins | 258.25MB
A daredevil pilot in the famed 352nd Fighter Squadron, the author of this remarkable memoir bailed out of his burning Mustang two days after D-Day and was launched on a thrilling adventure on the ground in Occupied France.
After months living and fighting with the French Resistance, Fahrenwald was captured by the Wehrmacht, interrogated as a spy, and interned in a POW camp-and made a daring escape just before his deportation to Germany. Nothing diminished this pilot's talent for spotting the ironic humor in even the most aggravating or dangerous situations - nor his penchant for extracting his own improvised and sometimes hilarious version of justice.
A suspenseful World War II account and an outrageously witty tale of daring and friendship, this book brings to vivid life the daily bravery, mischief, and intrigues of fighter pilots, Resistance fighters, and other Allies in the air and on the ground.
Unexplained Mysteries of World War II [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:03
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 30 mins | 242.88MB
Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results of war never seem to make sense. War defies logic. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews, and other publications, author William Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, Breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle.
The book is broken down into multiple sections, and delves into mysteries like: Who torched the Normandie in New York Harbor? Did a New Yorker ad warn of Pearl Harbor? Did Churchill have a “feeling” that saved his life? Ernest Hemingway lives to tell about switching seats. The night when an American and Japanese soldier accidentally shares a foxhole overnight. A U-boat gives a battleship a piggyback ride in the Atlantic.
World War II: Carrier War [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:03
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 8 mins | 114.48MB
At dusk on December 8, 1941, the carrier Enterprise and her escort of cruisers and destroyers entered Pearl Harbor. Officers and men lined the rails, watching in stunned silence. The twisted, smoldering superstructure of the Arizona was still aflame, and there was a stench of charred wood and fuel oil in the air.
"Morale went to nothing just about then," said an officer on one of the escorting cruisers. "We were sick and shocked. We couldn't believe that this had happened to us." Through the night the crew of the Enterprise, under the command of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, took on fuel, provisions, and ammunition. Before dawn it was back at sea.
Clean Green Eats: 100+ Clean-Eating Recipes to Improve Your Whole Life [EPUB]
17 April 2018, 12:00
2015 | EPUB | 19.17MB
Clean up your diet and look and feel better than ever with this simple, beautiful cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes that make it easy and delicious to eat clean and green.
We all know we should eat more green foods, but after a few variations on the same salad, juice or smoothie, it’s easy to run out of ideas that excite our taste buds. In Clean Green Eats, celebrity chef Candice Kumai offers an answer to that dilemma, offering more than 100 simple, unique and delicious recipes made from whole foods packed with of nutrients that will help you lose weight, detox, and look amazing. All of her recipes are effortlessly gluten free (no complicated ingredients required!) and while a plant-based diet is the focus, the idea of “meat as a treat”—eating high-quality, sensible portions of animal protein—is also central to her plan.
Clean Green Eats kicks off with Candice’s one week cleanse, which includes juices, smoothies, and simple meals, and continues with a six-week plan to develop healthy practices that will last a lifetime. There’s no deprivation with Candice’s delicious drinks, breakfasts, snacks, soups, salads, sides, mains, and desserts. Start your day with a Coconut Almond Green Smooth or Cinnamon-Spiced Granola. For lunch, fill up on Farro, Edamame, and Pea Salad. Whip up Asian Ginger Garlic Steak Salad, Superfood Curry Salmon Salad, or Chili Lime Shrimp Tostadas for a delicious dinner. For a fabulous finale, she includes desserts like Vegan Dark-Chocolate Avocado Cake and Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Ice Cream.’
Banish the processed food, sugar, and carb habits that lead to fatigue, belly bloat, poor digestion, and constant cravings—let Clean Green Eats help you look and feel better than ever, no deprivation required!
Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs [EPUB]
17 April 2018, 11:58
2018 | EPUB | 0.68MB
Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s--working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement--he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world--from New York to China--still think that 'GMO' foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. This book explains why.
In 2013, in a world-famous recantation speech, Mark apologised for having destroyed GM crops. He spent the subsequent years touring Africa and Asia, and working with plant scientists who are using this technology to help smallholder farmers in developing countries cope better with pests, diseases and droughts.
This book lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world. Mark takes us back to the origins of the technology and introduces the scientific pioneers who invented it. He explains what led him to question his earlier assumptions about GM food, and talks to both sides of this fractious debate to see what still motivates worldwide opposition today. In the process he asks--and answers--the killer question: how did we all get it so wrong on GMOs?