Woodstock 1969: The Lasting Impact of the Counterculture [EPUB]

Woodstock 1969: The Lasting Impact of the Counterculture [EPUB]
Woodstock 1969: The Lasting Impact of the Counterculture by Jason Lauré, Ettagale Blauer
2018 | EPUB | 58.21MB

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Woodstock festival nears, Woodstock 1969 stands out for its singular voice. Photojournalist Jason Lauré followed his unerring instinct for being in the right place at the crucial moment. He and coauthor Ettagale Blauer trace the historic events that preceded the festival and then envelop the reader with photographs of the headliner rock stars that performed during the landmark three-day concert including the Who, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, and Santana.

Threading his way back and forth from the stage, through a sea of happy audience members, Jason Lauré photographed the communal life that was an essential part of the phenomenon that was Woodstock. Never intrusive, yet working close-up, he managed to capture these innocent moments in the pond and in the woods with the same compassion and intimacy he brought to his coverage of all the crucial events of the era. After Woodstock, he photographed such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, and Jim Morrison of the Doors.

Woodstock 1969 gives the reader an appreciation of the lasting impact of the festival, showing the way it changed the lives of all who experienced it. It served as the high point of the counterculture that started in earnest in the Summer of Love, and also as a leading influence in the decades that followed. The book concludes with a look at Woodstock's lasting legacy, from Greenwich Village and the rock scene of the Fillmore East to the establishment of Earth Day and the burgeoning environmental movement.

Adam Smith: Father of Economics [EPUB]

Adam Smith: Father of Economics [EPUB]
Adam Smith: Father of Economics by Jesse Norman
2018 | EPUB | 29.8MB

A dazzlingly original account of the life and thought of Adam Smith, the greatest economist of all time

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is now widely regarded as the greatest economist of all time. But what he really thought, and the implications of his ideas, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and individual freedom? A prime mover of "market fundamentalism"? An apologist for human selfishness? Or something else entirely?

In Adam Smith, political philosopher Jesse Norman dispels the myths and caricatures, and provides a far more complex portrait of the man. Offering a highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, Norman explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over two centuries to the present day. Finally, he shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us address the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the greatest of all economists but a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture, and society.

Technical Analysis from A to Z (2nd Edition) [EPUB]

Technical Analysis from A to Z (2nd Edition) [EPUB]
Technical Analysis from A to Z (2nd Edition) by Steven B. Achelis
2011 | EPUB | 23.32MB

Millions of traders participating in today’s financial markets have shot interest and involvement in technical analysis to an all-time high. This updated edition of Technical Analysis from A to Z combines a detailed explanation of what technical analysis is and how it works with overviews, interpretations, calculations, and examples of over 135 technical indicators—and how they perform under actual market conditions. Enhanced with more details to make it easier to use and understand, this book reflects the latest research findings and advances. A complete summary of major indicators that can be used in any market, it covers:

  • Every trading tool from the Absolute Breadth Index to the Zig Zag
  • Indicators include Arms Index, Dow Theory, and Elliott Wave Theory
  • Over 35 new indicators

Cooking from Scratch: 120 Recipes for Colorful, Seasonal Food from PCC Community Markets [EPUB]

Cooking from Scratch: 120 Recipes for Colorful, Seasonal Food from PCC Community Markets [EPUB]
Cooking from Scratch: 120 Recipes for Colorful, Seasonal Food from PCC Community Markets by PCC Community Markets
2018 | EPUB | 251.83MB

120 simple and delicious recipes in a cookbook that's chock-full of nutritional information and expert advice from Seattle's popular grocer, PCC Community Markets.

Eating healthy, local food prepared from scratch is at the heart of this cookbook from PCC Community Markets. Going strong for sixty-five years, they are respected and appreciated throughout the NW for their commitment to local producers, sustainable food practices, and healthful, organic seasonal foods.

You will find 120 recipes organized for every meal of the day, including many of PCC's most popular dishes, such as their treasured Emerald City Salad. The book also includes cooking, storing, and shopping tips -everything you need to know to make the most of the local bounty offered in your area, wherever you live.

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity [EPUB]

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity [EPUB]
Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity by Nick Bunker
2018 | EPUB | 48.95MB

In this new account of Franklin's early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young man who elbows his way to success.

From his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia, as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklin's forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite genius.

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy [EPUB]

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy [EPUB]
Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy by Paula Finn
2018 | EPUB | 13.36MB

Behind every great television show is a group of professionals working at the top of their games—but no one is more important than the writers. And while writing comedy, especially good comedy, is serious business—fraught with actor egos, demanding producers, and sleepless nights—it also can result in classic lines of dialogue.

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy is a collection of conversations with the writers responsible for some of the most memorable shows in television comedy. The men and women interviewed here include series creators, show runners, and staff writers whose talent and hard work have generated literally millions of laughs. In addition to Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Lear (All in the Family), this book features in-depth interviews with:

  • James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons)
  • Al Jean (The Simpsons, The Critic)
  • Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners, Get Smart)
  • Treva Silverman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Ken Estin (Cheers)
  • Matt Williams (Roseanne, Home Improvement)
  • Dava Savel (Ellen)
  • Larry Charles (Seinfeld)
  • David Lee (Frasier)
  • Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Mike Reiss (The Simpsons)

From these conversations, readers will learn that the business of writing funny has never been all laughs. Writers discuss the creative process, how they get unstuck, the backstories of iconic episodes, and how they cope with ridiculous censors, outrageous actors, and their own demons and fears. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop will appeal to fans of all of these shows and may serve as inspiration to anyone considering a life in comedy.

The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars [EPUB]

The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars [EPUB]
The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars by Nick McDonell
2018 | EPUB | 11.44MB

Since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, uncounted thousands of civilians have died in the fighting, and as a result of the destruction. These are deaths for which no one assumes responsibility, and which have been presented, historically, as fallout. No one knows their true number.

In The Bodies in Person, Nick McDonell introduces us to some of the civilians who died, along with the rescue workers who tried to save them, U.S. soldiers grappling with their deaths, and everyone in between. He shows us how decent Americans, inside and outside the government and military, looked away from the mounting death toll, even as they claimed to do everything in their power to prevent civilian casualties.

With a novelist's eye — and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews — McDonell brings us the untold story of the innocent dead in America's ongoing wars, from leveled cities to drone operation centers to Capitol back rooms. As we follow him around the world, The Bodies in Person raises questions not only about what it means to be an American, but about the value of a life, what it means to risk one, and what is owed afterward.

The Reducetarian Cookbook: 125 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Omnivores, Vegans, and Everyone In-Between [EPUB]

The Reducetarian Cookbook: 125 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Omnivores, Vegans, and Everyone In-Between [EPUB]
The Reducetarian Cookbook: 125 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Omnivores, Vegans, and Everyone In-Between edited by Brian Kateman
2018 | EPUB | 209.82MB

THE REDUCETARIAN COOKBOOK offers 125 delicious, easy-to-prepare, plant-based recipes that will help you reduce your meat consumption and improve your health.

A reducetarian is someone who reduces their consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy. Eating even 10 percent fewer animal products can bring you significant health benefits, from weight loss to a healthier heart. Adding more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes to your diet is easy thanks to Brian Kateman, the Reducetarian Foundation cofounder and president. With the help of award-winning cookbook author Pat Crocker, Brian offers a wide array of culinary options for every meal of the day that will reduce the amount of meat, eggs, and dairy you eat. Improving your health has never been so easy or delicious.

Recipes featured include: Tuscan Pizza; Spinach and Artichoke Dip; Lentil Sliders; Chocolate Chia Smoothie; Apple Walnut Pancakes; Broccoli Pesto Noodle Bowl; Asian Noodle Salad; Spiced Pumpkin Soup; Shakshuka-Style Tempeh; Portobello, Poblano, and Pecan Fajitas; Linguine with Tomato Sauce; Mac 'n' Cheese; French Vanilla Ice Cream; Easy Lemon Mess; Spiced Oatmeal Cookies; Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie; and more!

36 Bottles of Wine: Less Is More with 3 Recommended Wines per Month Plus Seasonal Recipe Pairings [EPUB]

36 Bottles of Wine: Less Is More with 3 Recommended Wines per Month Plus Seasonal Recipe Pairings [EPUB]
36 Bottles of Wine: Less Is More with 3 Recommended Wines per Month Plus Seasonal Recipe Pairings by Paul Zitarelli
2018 | EPUB | 92.17MB

Too much wine? Not last night, but at the wine store where it's bewildering to choose something good. In this friendly guide, a wine expert curates a shortlist of 36 bottles to try (3 varieties per month--a red, a white, plus something else like a sparkling or rose) and explains in an accessible, humorous style what and who makes each worth drinking. In addition, 30 recipes for monthly meals connect seasonal food to wine, composing beautiful sensory experiences. This book proves you don't need an encyclopedia when a handpicked selection delivers a world of wine.

Wines featured in the book by country of origin:

  • France: Grignan-les-Adhemar; Rose; Breseme Rouge; Quincy; Reuilly; Menetou-Salon; Savoie Blanc; Cote de Broouilly; Cote de Provence Rose; Muscadet; Chinon Rouge; Chablis; Tavel Rose; Montlouis Sec; Cremant de Bourgogne
  • Spain: Amontillado sherry; Tinta de Toro; Cava; Rias Baixas Albarino; Getariako Txakolina
  • Italy: Fiano di Avelino; Chianti Classico; Dry Lambrusco; Alto Adige Pinot Bianco; Langhe Rosso
  • Germany: Mosel Riesling Kabinett
  • Austria: Gruner Veltliner
  • Portugal: Madeira
  • Hungary: Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos
  • Chile: Carmenere
  • America: Rose; sparkling wine; Oregon Pinot Noir; California Zinfandel; Washington State Red
  • Australia: Hunter Valley Semillon
  • New Zealand: Central Otago Pinot Noir

A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast [EPUB]

A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast [EPUB]
A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast by James T. Farmer III
2018 | EPUB | 42.88MB

In the South, weddings, showers. birthdays, a retirement and high holidays, along with many of life's milestones and seasonal splendors all lend themselves to celebrations. Even the luxury of a Sunday evening at home with family-and friends considered to be family-can be a cause for a feast. Through luscious signature recipes, stories and gorgeous photography, Farmer and friends show us what southern hospitality is all about.

The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior [EPUB]

The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior [EPUB]
The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior by Joe Navarro
2018 | EPUB | 1.48MB

From the world's #1 body language expert comes the essential book for decoding human behavior

"The ultimate body language reference. I'll be both referring to and recommending this book on a daily basis for many years to come." --Amy Cuddy

Joe Navarro has spent a lifetime observing others. For 25 years, as a Special Agent for the FBI, he conducted and supervised interrogations of spies and other dangerous criminals, honing his mastery of nonverbal communication. After retiring from the bureau, he has become a sought-after public speaker and consultant, and an internationally bestselling author. Now, a decade after his groundbreaking book What Every BODY is Saying, Navarro returns with his most ambitious work yet. The Dictionary of Body Language is a pioneering "field guide" to nonverbal communication, describing and explaining the more than 400 behaviors that will allow you to gauge anyone's true intentions.

Moving from the head down to the feet, Navarro reveals the hidden meanings behind the many conscious and subconscious things we do. Readers will learn how to tell a person's actual feelings from subtle changes in their pupils; the lip behaviors that betray concerns or hidden information; the many different varieties of arm posturing, and what each one means; how the position of our thumbs when we stand akimbo reflects our mental state; and many other fascinating insights to help you both read others and change their perceptions of you.

Readers will turn to The Dictionary Body Language again and again--a body language bible for anyone looking to understand what their boss really means, interpret whether a potential romantic partner is interested or not, and learn how to put themselves forward in the most favorable light.

City of Segregation: 100 Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles [EPUB]

City of Segregation: 100 Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles [EPUB]
City of Segregation: 100 Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles by Andrea Gibbons
2018 | EPUB | 2MB

A majestic one-hundred-year study of segregation in Los Angeles

City of Segregation documents one hundred years of struggle against the enforced separation of racial groups through property markets, constructions of community, and the growth of neoliberalism. This movement history covers the decades of work to end legal support for segregation in 1948; the 1960s Civil Rights movement and CORE’s efforts to integrate LA’s white suburbs; and the 2006 victory preserving 10,000 downtown residential hotel units from gentrification enfolded within ongoing resistance to the criminalization and displacement of the homeless. Andrea Gibbons reveals the shape and nature of the racist ideology that must be fought, in Los Angeles and across the United States, if we hope to found just cities.

Fandango at the Wall: Creating Harmony Between the United States and Mexico [EPUB]

Fandango at the Wall: Creating Harmony Between the United States and Mexico [EPUB]
Fandango at the Wall: Creating Harmony Between the United States and Mexico by Kabir Sehgal
2018 | EPUB | 46.21MB

Multi-Grammy-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author Kabir Sehgal examines the relationship between the US and Mexico, accompanied by music from Grammy-winning musician Arturo O'Farrill and special guests, an extended foreword from historian Douglas Brinkley, and afterword by Ambassador Andrew Young.

The US-Mexican relationship has involved periods of great friendship with robust trade and loose immigration policies. But its history has also been beset by wars, drug trade, and human trafficking. With the latest xenophobic turn toward Mexico, this book contextualizes the latest swing in the up-and-down, two-hundred-year history of these two countries.

In a lyrical narrative reflecting on Fandango Fronterizo, an annual musical celebration held on both sides of the border wall, Sehgal addresses how the broken US-Mexico relationship has been repaired in the past and continues to adapt today. FANDANGO AT THE WALL provides clarity to the current debate regarding construction of the wall and America's posture toward immigration. Sehgal and his artistic collaborators brought over thirty musicians from various traditions to the San Diego-Tijuana border to record a musical repertoire composed of son jarocho songs from Veracruz, Mexico and Latin jazz. With these tunes accompanying a call-to-action narrative, FANDANGO AT THE WALL demonstrates how music can heal and provide a soundtrack for the US, Mexico, and beyond.

Call to Order: A Miscellany of Useful Hierarchies, Systems, and Classifications [EPUB]

Call to Order: A Miscellany of Useful Hierarchies, Systems, and Classifications [EPUB]
Call to Order: A Miscellany of Useful Hierarchies, Systems, and Classifications by Jackie Strachan, Jane Moseley
2018 | EPUB | 17.4MB

A useful and fascinating guide to rankings, classifications, and hierarchies that make up our world -- from the Richter Scale to the classification of wine to the Jedi Order.

Sure to be classified as more informative and useful than Schott's Miscellany, but easily just as much fun, CALL TO ORDER is an essential illustrated guide that fills in the gaping holes in our knowledge and helps settle plaguing questions. Among them, "Does four-of-a-kind beat a full house in poker?" (Yes.) Does a Marquess outrank a Duke? (No.) And, what classification of sinner populates the Sixth Circle of Hell? (Heretics.) And, how are they punished. (Crammed into burning tombs.)

Can you never pass question three on HQ? Here are the hierarchies, pecking orders, ranks, and standings that order every aspect of our lives, from society, government and religion to culture, music, biology, and environment.

CALL TO ORDER is the definitive catalog of where things stand.

Flour and Stone: Baked for Love, Life and Happiness [EPUB]

Flour and Stone: Baked for Love, Life and Happiness [EPUB]
Flour and Stone: Baked for Love, Life and Happiness by Nadine Ingram
2018 | EPUB | 191.08MB

A luscious celebration of baking for life, love, and happiness—written by a master baker.

Flour and Stone is a petite bakery in Sydney, Australia with a large and loyal following due to its scrumptious treats including panna cotta lamingtons, flaky croissants, chewy cookies, dreamy cakes, and delectable pastries of every kind.

Nadine Ingram and her dedicated team bake with finesse and love to bring pleasure to their customers. Now, Nadine shares her signature recipes, all explained in detail and rigorously tested for the home kitchen.

Family, in every sense, is at the heart of Flour and Stone, and this recipe collection beautifully captures that spirit so you can nurture your own loved ones with the timeless, comforting art of baking. These are the treats you’ll want to eat for the rest of your life.

The Saudi Terror Machine: The Truth About Radical Islam and Saudi Arabia Revealed [EPUB]

The Saudi Terror Machine: The Truth About Radical Islam and Saudi Arabia Revealed [EPUB]
The Saudi Terror Machine: The Truth About Radical Islam and Saudi Arabia Revealed by Pierre Conesa
2018 | EPUB | 1.2MB

The religious diplomacy of Saudi Arabia constitutes a strange black hole in the analysis of radicalism that affects Islam and the Middle East today. Why has Salafism, the most intolerant and sectarian movement of Islam, become so prevalent? Of all the religious radicalisms that rot the planet, it is the only one to enjoy the constant support of a country endowed with immense means: the Saudi kingdom.

This study, whose collaborators wanted to remain anonymous, reveals how the two sides of the kingdom – the conciliatory one of the Saud dynasty and the more aggressive Salafism, propagandist of jihad – has for decades developed a religious strategy to conquer the Muslim community and the West without appearing as an enemy. One of the most striking examples is the absence of sanctions or even accusations by George W. Bush towards Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks even with fifteen identified Saudis among the terrorists.

The kingdom's influence is largely unknown but undoubtedly acts as a key player throughout the Muslim world through their financing of conservative Koranic schools, universities and mosques, as well as other international public and private organizations. But after years of financing radical Islamists in foreign lands, Saudi Arabia now finds itself threatened in their own territory, the monster they have given birth to turned against them.

Moonshine: A Celebration of America's Original Rebel Spirit [EPUB]

Moonshine: A Celebration of America's Original Rebel Spirit [EPUB]
Moonshine: A Celebration of America's Original Rebel Spirit by John Schlimm
2018 | EPUB | 74.01MB

White lightning . . . XXX . . . Firewater.
Whatever you call it, moonshine is America’s original rebel spirit.

This ultimate must-have for aspiring moonshine connoisseurs, boozy history buffs, and party seekers everywhere is a buzz-worthy ride through moonshine’s legendary history. From its roots in the hollows of Appalachia and keeping the good times flowing through Prohibition to its headlining status today as a pop culture icon, Moonshine tells the rip-roaring story of the moonshiners who became folk heroes for the ages and how their batches of XXX endure as the favorite thirst-quencher of millions.

While stirring the rebel in each of us, Moonshine also gives you a bootleg up on hosting get-togethers and parties with a dream stash of 100 recipes for infusions and cocktails using moonshine as a main ingredient—Moonshine Monkey, Dirt Road Colada, Lemongrass & Mint Mojito, Smokey Mountain S’More, and many more. Plus, other fun-starters throughout the book include moonshine-themed playlists and a how-to for throwing an unforgettable moonshiner’s movie night.

Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit proves once and for all that the best things in life still come in jugs and Mason jars.

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century [EPUB]

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century [EPUB]
The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
2018 | EPUB | 28.63MB

From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change

By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. "Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and borax, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by "embalmed milk" every year. Citizens--activists, journalists, scientists, and women's groups--began agitating for change. But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations. Then, in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, "The Poison Squad."

Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and fascinating Dr. Wiley campaigning indefatigably for food safety and consumer protection. Together with a gallant cast, including the muckraking reporter Upton Sinclair, whose fiction revealed the horrific truth about the Chicago stockyards; Fannie Farmer, then the most famous cookbook author in the country; and Henry J. Heinz, one of the few food producers who actively advocated for pure food, Dr. Wiley changed history. When the landmark 1906 Food and Drug Act was finally passed, it was known across the land, as "Dr. Wiley's Law."

Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying "David and Goliath" tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today.

Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror [Audiobook]

Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror [Audiobook]
Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror [Audiobook] by W Scott Poole, read by Andrew Eiden
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hours and 30 minutes | 313.59MB

Historian and Bram Stoker Award nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.

In the early 20th century, World War I was the most devastating event humanity had yet experienced. New machines of war left tens of millions killed or wounded in the most grotesque of ways. The Great War remade the world's map, created new global powers, and brought forth some of the biggest problems still facing us today. But it also birthed a new art form: the horror film, made from the fears of a generation ruined by war.

From Nosferatu to Frankenstein's monster and the Wolf Man, from Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau and Albin Grau to Tod Browning and James Whale, the touchstones of horror can all trace their roots to the bloodshed of the First World War. Historian W. Scott Poole chronicles these major figures and the many movements they influenced. Wasteland reveals how bloody battlefields, the fear of the corpse, and a growing darkness made their way into the deepest corners of our psyche.

On the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that brought World War I to a close, W. Scott Poole takes us behind the front lines of battle to a no-man's-land where the legacy of "the War to End All Wars" lives on.

Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society [Audiobook]

Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society [Audiobook]
Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society [Audiobook] by Jose M R Delgado MD, read by Eric Burns
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 8 hours and 9 minutes | 222MB

Physical control of the mind by direct manipulation of the brain is a novel event in human history. In this volume, Dr. Jose M. R. Delgado describes his pioneering work in implanting electrodes in the brains of cats, monkeys, and men. Through electrical stimulation of specific cerebral structures, Delgado demonstrates how movements can be induced by radio command, hostility may appear or disappear, social hierarchy can be modified, sexual behavior may be changed, and memory, emotions, and the thinking process may be influenced by remote control.

The mind is no longer unreachable, and may be the subject of experimental investigations. According to Delgado, we need to reorient the aims of civilization to restore a balance between its physical and psychological evolution. Our present mechanized society is dangerously self-perpetuating, and should be "psychocivilized" in order to develop wiser minds, to intelligently control our awesome technological advances.

Dr. Delgado believes mankind's primary objective should be "not the development of machines, but of man himself." He writes lucidly about his work, putting it into the context of what is known about the mind and the brain, and exploring long-range ethical and social implications of his discoveries. Despite the ongoing controversy over his work, the result is an exceedingly important and provocative book.

Jose M. R. Delgado was born in Ronda, Spain, and received his medical training at Madrid University, where he was Associate Professor of Physiology until 1950, when he came to Yale University to work with Dr. John Fulton. He became Professor of Physiology at Yale, where he developed techniques for electrical and chemical stimulation of the brain. He published more than 200 scientific papers, and became perhaps the most notorious "mind control" researcher in the history of neuro-behavioral research.

Got Ideas?: How to Turn Your Ideas into Products People Want to Use [Audiobook]

Got Ideas?: How to Turn Your Ideas into Products People Want to Use [Audiobook]
Got Ideas: How to Turn Your Ideas into Products People Want to Use [Audiobook] by Justin Jones, Scott Waddell, read by Jonathan Todd Ross
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hours and 54 minutes | 160.85MB

So you have a brilliant idea for a digital product. Now what?

This concise, easy-to-listen-to manual will walk you through the steps of creating great apps and other products. With an unwavering focus on user experience and a commitment to ongoing iteration, the authors break down all the elements and exercises that go into creating products people won't just buy, but will love to use.

You'll learn about:

  • The foundation of all great digital products, including finding your vision, mapping your user journey, and always mapping your strategy back to your goals
  • How to conduct lean, mean research without a lot of time or money
  • Which development methodology will work best for you, your product, and your scaling team
  • Why user-centric design is integral to any successful product today
  • The secrets to building a small, effective start-up team
  • How to bring your business model to life and attract the right investors at the right time

With hands-on, tactical instruction, you'll create the building blocks of a great product, including:

  • Your very first proof of concept
  • A value proposition you can commit to
  • A tangible product workflow
  • A feasibility audit
  • Iterative prototypes that react to feedback and lessons learned
  • Your first pitch deck

Got Ideas? turns dreamers into viable entrepreneurs and good ideas into excellent products with great user-experience design.

The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality [Audiobook]

The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality [Audiobook]
The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality [Audiobook] by Mitch Horowitz, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 58 minutes | 190.02MB

A guide to creating miracles in your own life through the power of thought.

  • Offers a concise, clear formula of focused exercises and concrete tools to lay out a specific path to manifest your deepest desires
  • Presents the first serious reconsideration of New Thought philosophy since the death of William James in 1910
  • Draws on the work of New Thought pioneers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Napoleon Hill, Neville Goddard, William James, Andrew Jackson Davis, Wallace D. Wattles, and many others

Following in the footsteps of a little-known group of esoteric seekers from the late 19th century who called themselves "the Miracle Club", Mitch Horowitz shows that the spiritual "wish fulfillment" practices known as the law of attraction, positive thinking, "the Secret," and the science of getting rich actually work. Weaving these ideas together into a concise, clear formula, with real-life examples of success, he reveals how your thoughts can impact reality and make things happen.

In this "manual for miracles", Horowitz explains how we each possess a creative agency to determine and reshape our lives. He shows how thinking in a directed, highly focused, and emotively charged manner expands our capacity to perceive and transform events and allows us to surpass ordinary boundaries of time and physical space. Building on Neville Goddard's view that the human imagination is God the creator and Ralph Waldo Emerson's techniques for attaining personal power, he explores the highest uses of mind-power metaphysics and explains what works and what doesn't, illuminating why and how events bend to our thoughts. He encourages listeners to experiment and find themselves "at the helm of infinite possibilities."

Laying out a specific path to manifest your deepest desires, from wealth and love to happiness and security, Horowitz provides focused exercises and concrete tools for change and looks at ways to get more out of prayer, affirmation, and visualization. He also provides the first serious reconsideration of New Thought philosophy since the death of William James in 1910. He includes crucial insights and effective methods from the movement's leaders such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Napoleon Hill, Neville Goddard, William James, Andrew Jackson Davis, Wallace D. Wattles, and many others.

Defining a miracle as "circumstances or events that surpass all conventional or natural expectation", the author invites you to join him in pursuing miracles and achieve power over your own life.

A Pocket Coach Guide to Self-Care [Audiobook]

A Pocket Coach Guide to Self-Care [Audiobook]
A Pocket Coach Guide to Self-Care [Audiobook] by Dr Sarah Jane Arnold, read by Bea Holland
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hours and 34 minutes | 152.07MB

Sleep. Calm. Confidence. Kindness. These are all at your fingertips with this one-stop companion to self-care. From the best-selling author of The Mindfulness Companion and The Can't Sleep Colouring Journal.

Through helpful exercises, guidance and expert narrative, Dr Arnold's techniques will show you how to reduce stress triggers that can feel hard to handle and teach you how to reclaim your equilibrium and rediscover your self-belief.

This audiobook is designed to help you to improve your self-care routine from the moment you wake up. Not only will you feel rested, calm and full of confidence, you will learn to sharpen your self-awareness and implement acts of care and thoughtfulness into your everyday life.

The ultimate on-the-go guide to reducing common stresses and reclaiming your mojo once and for all.

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart [Audiobook]

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart [Audiobook]
Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart [Audiobook] by Mimi Swartz, read by Lydia Mackay
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 35 minutes | 261.35MB

It wasn't supposed to be this hard. If America could send a man to the moon, shouldn't the best surgeons in the world be able to build an artificial heart? In Ticker, Texas Monthly executive editor and two-time National Magazine Award winner Mimi Swartz shows just how complex and difficult it can be to replicate one of nature's greatest creations.

Part investigative journalism, part medical mystery, Ticker is a dazzling story of modern innovation, recounting 50 years of false starts, abysmal failures, and miraculous triumphs, as experienced by one the world's foremost heart surgeons, O.H. "Bud" Frazier, who has given his life to saving the un-savable.

His journey takes him from a small town in west Texas to one of the country's most prestigious medical institutions, The Texas Heart Institute, from the halls of Congress to the animal laboratories where calves are fitted with new heart designs. The roadblocks to success - medical setbacks, technological shortcomings, government regulations - are immense. Still, Bud and his associates persist, finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. A field beside the Nile irrigated by an Archimedes screw. A hardware store in Brisbane, Australia. A seedy bar on the wrong side of Houston.

Until post WWII, heart surgery did not exist. Ticker provides a riveting history of the pioneers who gave their all to the courageous process of cutting into the only organ humans cannot live without. Heart surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, whose feud dominated the dramatic beginnings of heart surgery. Christian Barnaard, who changed the world overnight by performing the first heart transplant. Inventor Robert Jarvik, whose artificial heart made patient Barney Clark a worldwide symbol of both the brilliant promise of technology and the devastating evils of experimentation run amuck.

Rich in supporting players, Ticker introduces us to Bud's brilliant colleagues in his quixotic quest to develop an artificial heart: Billy Cohn, the heart surgeon and inventor who devotes his spare time to the pursuit of magic and music; Daniel Timms, the Brisbane biomedical engineer whose design of a lightweight, pulseless heart with but a single moving part offers a new way forward. And, as government money dries up, the unlikeliest of backers, Houston's furniture king, Mattress Mack.

In a sweeping narrative of one man's obsession, Swartz raises some of the hardest questions of the human condition. What are the tradeoffs of medical progress? What is the cost, in suffering and resources, of offering patients a few more months, or years of life? Must science do harm to do good? Ticker takes us on an unforgettable journey into the power and mystery of the human heart.

Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures: What 100+ Pws Taught Me [Audiobook]

Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures: What 100+ Pws Taught Me [Audiobook]
Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures: What 100+ Pws Taught Me [Audiobook] by Lee G Lovett, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hours and 18 minutes | 281.02MB

This is the second edition of the book.

Why read Stuttering &Amp; Anxiety Self-Cures?

Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures is believed to be unique in that it offers concrete, step-by-step methods to self-cure stuttering, a disease that many doctors and speech therapists have characterized as incurable - all written by an author who has self-cured and has helped (and is helping) others self-cure. This second edition provides a very real, living, breathing, human story of the author's 25-year battle to overcome stuttering (as a young attorney who couldn't say his own name in court), and this second edition reveals what the author has learned by befriending on Facebook some 2,000 people who stutter (PWS) and actively communicating with 100+ PWS and Skyping with 10 to 20 of the same weekly for the past year. Most compelling, those who have Skyped with the author regularly have self-cured. The author has given his book away to countless PWS, and he provides his coaching on Skype at no charge. Anyone who stutters or who suffers speech anxiety, should listen to this unique book.

The Bomb and America's Missile Age [Audiobook]

The Bomb and America's Missile Age [Audiobook]
The Bomb and America's Missile Age [Audiobook] by Christopher Gainor, read by Tom Perkins
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 11 minutes | 223.14MB

The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), designed to quickly deliver thermonuclear weapons to distant targets, was the central weapons system of the Cold War. ICBMs also carried the first astronauts and cosmonauts into orbit. More than a generation later, we are still living with the political, technological, and scientific effects of the space race, while nuclear-armed ICBMs remain on alert and in the headlines around the world.

In The Bomb and America's Missile Age, Christopher Gainor explores the US Air Force's (USAF) decision, in March 1954, to build the Atlas, America's first ICBM. Beginning with the story of the guided missiles that were created before and during World War II, Gainor describes how the early Soviet and American rocket programs evolved over the course of the following decade. He argues that the USAF was wrongly criticized for unduly delaying the start of its ICBM program, endangering national security, and causing America embarrassment when a Soviet ICBM successfully put Sputnik into orbit ahead of any American satellite.

The Third Reich Is Listening: Inside German Codebreaking 1939-45 [Audiobook]

The Third Reich Is Listening: Inside German Codebreaking 1939-45 [Audiobook]
The Third Reich Is Listening: Inside German Codebreaking 1939-45 [Audiobook] by Christian Jennings, read by Simon Shepherd
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 13 hours and 12 minutes | 359.73MB

The codebreakers at Bletchley Park have been immortalised in films such as The Imitation Game and Enigma, but the Germans were also breaking Allied ciphers. The Third Reich Is Listening is the comprehensive account of the successes, failures and science of Germany's codebreaking and signals intelligence operations from 1935 to 1945.

This fast-moving blend of modern history and popular science is told through colourful personal accounts of the Germans at the heart of the story, including a former astronomer who worked out the British order of battle in 1940, a U-boat commander on the front line of the Battle of the Atlantic and the woman from the foreign ministry decrypting Japanese and Italian signals.

It investigates how and why a regime as technologically advanced as the Third Reich both succeeded and failed in its battle to break their enemy's codes and to use the resultant intelligence effectively, and why they failed to recognise the fact that the Allies had cracked the enigma code.

Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots [Audiobook]

Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots [Audiobook]
Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots [Audiobook] by Kate Devlin, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 39 minutes | 208.92MB

The idea of the seductive sex robot is the stuff of myth, legend and science fiction. From the ancient Greeks to 21st-century movies, robots in human form have captured our imagination, our hopes and our fears. But beyond the fantasies there are real and fundamental questions about our relationship with technology as it moves into the realm of robotics.

Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. With advances in technology come machines that may one day think independently. What will happen to us when we form close relationships with these intelligent systems? Sex robots are here and here to stay, and more are coming.

This audiobook explores how the emerging and future development of sexual companion robots might affect us and the society in which we live. It explores the social changes arising from emerging technologies and our relationships with the machines that may someday care for us and about us.

Chapter by chapter, this audiobook will build on the science and the philosophy surrounding our most intimate relationship with technology. The scene is set with the history of the artificial sexual companion, then goes on to explore the 'modern' robot and the 20th-century sci-fi that promised us our own robot slaves.

This is followed by an explanation of artificial intelligence and the urge to create sentient machines. It delves into our own psychology: how does desire affect our own behaviour, and can we become attached to an inanimate object? This then leads to a discussion of the good (robots making society a better place) and the bad (the potential for all to go wrong).

A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit [Audiobook]

A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit [Audiobook]
A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit [Audiobook] by Alan Lightman, read by Bronson Pinchot
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hours and 23 minutes | 146.76MB

From the best-selling author of Einstein's Dreams comes this lyrical and insightful collection of science writing that delves into the mysteries of the scientific process - physics, astronomy, mathematics - and exposes its beauty and intrigue.

In these brilliant essays, Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of imagination, the creative moment, and the alternate ways in which scientists and humanists think about the world. Along the way, he provides in-depth portraits of some of the great geniuses of our time, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, and astronomer Vera Rubin. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and wonderfully original, A Sense of the Mysterious confirms Alan Lightman's unique position at the crossroads of science and art.

Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs [Audiobook]

Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs [Audiobook]
Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs [Audiobook] by Muhammad H Zaman, read by Matthew Boston
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 46 minutes | 211.91MB

The explosion of Internet commerce, coupled with globalization and increased pharmaceutical use, has led to an unprecedented vulnerability in the US drug supply. Today, an estimated 80 percent of our drugs are manufactured overseas, mostly in India and China. Every link along this supply chain offers an opportunity for counterfeiters, and increasingly, they are breaking in.

In 2008, fake doses of the blood thinner Heparin killed 81 people worldwide. In 2012, a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin, containing no active chemotherapy ingredient, was widely distributed in the United States. In early 2013, a drug trafficker was sentenced to prison for distributing an assortment of counterfeit, Chinese-made pharmaceuticals across America. By the time he was arrested, he had already sold over 140,000 fake pills to customers.

Even when the US system works, consumers are increasingly circumventing the safeguards. Skyrocketing health care costs in the US have forced more Americans to become "medical tourists" seeking drugs, life-saving treatments, and transplants abroad, sometimes in countries with rampant counterfeit drug problems and no FDA. Bitter Pills will heighten the public's awareness about counterfeit drugs, critically examine possible solutions, and help people protect themselves.

Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse [Audiobook]

Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse [Audiobook]
Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse [Audiobook] by David W Orr, read by Barry Abrams
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 44 minutes | 238.33MB

Down to the Wire is a sober and eloquent assessment of climate destabilization and an urgent call to action. David Orr describes how political negligence, an economy based on the insatiable consumption of trivial goods, and a disdain for the well-being of future generations have brought us to the tipping point that biologist Edward O. Wilson calls "[T]he bottleneck".

Due to our refusal to live within natural limits, we now face a long emergency of rising temperatures, rising sea-levels, and a host of other related problems that will increasingly undermine human civilization. Climate destabilization to which we are already committed will change everything, and to those betting on quick technological fixes or minor adjustments to the way we live now, Down to the Wire is a major wake-up call.

But this is not a doomsday audiobook. Orr offers a wide range of pragmatic, far-reaching proposals - some of which have already been adopted by the Obama administration - for how we might reconnect public policy with rigorous science, bring our economy into alignment with ecological realities, and begin to regard ourselves as planetary trustees for future generations. He offers inspiring real-life examples of people already responding to the major threat to our future.

Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life [Audiobook]

Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life [Audiobook]
Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life [Audiobook] by Donald Goldsmith, read by Peter Noble
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 52 minutes | 214.8MB

Astronomers have recently discovered thousands of planets that orbit stars throughout the Milky Way. Much of what has captured the imagination of planetary scientists and the public is the unexpected strangeness of these distant worlds. The sizes, masses, and orbits of exoplanets detected so far raise new questions about how planets form and evolve. Still more tantalizing are the efforts to determine which exoplanets might support life.

Astronomers are steadily improving their means of examining these planets, using advanced spacecraft sent into orbits a million miles from Earth. These instruments will provide better observations of these planetary systems, which are nestled close enough to their dim red stars to maintain Earth-like temperatures.

The quest to find other worlds brims with possibility, and Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way that even Earthlings with little to no background in astronomy or astrophysics can understand and enjoy.

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook]

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook]
China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook] by Arthur R Kroeber, read by Paul Heitsch
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hours and 31 minutes | 313.86MB

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know is a concise introduction to the most astonishing economic growth story of the last three decades. In the 1980s, China was an impoverished backwater, struggling to escape the political turmoil and economic mismanagement of the Mao era. Today it is the world's second biggest economy, the largest manufacturing and trading nation, the consumer of half the world's steel and coal, the biggest source of international tourists, and one of the most influential investors in developing countries from southeast Asia to Africa to Latin America.

China's growth has lifted 700 million people out of poverty. It has also created a monumental environmental mess, with smog-blanketed cities and carbon emissions that are a leading cause of climate change. Multinational companies make billions of dollars in profits in China each year, but traders around the world shudder at every gyration of the country's unruly stock markets. Most surprising of all, its capitalist economy is governed by an authoritarian Communist Party that shows no sign of loosening its grip.

How did China grow so fast for so long? Can it keep growing and still solve its problems of environmental damage, fast-rising debt, and rampant corruption? How long can its vibrant economy co-exist with the repressive one-party state? What do China's changes mean for the rest of the world? China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know answers these questions in straightforward language that you don't need to be an economist to understand, but with a wealth of detail drawn from academic research, interviews with dozens of company executives and policy makers, and a quarter-century of personal experience.

Whether you're doing business in China, negotiating with its government officials, or a student trying to navigate the complexities of this fascinating and diverse country, this is the one book that will tell you everything you need to know about how China works, where it came from and where it's going.

Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States [Audiobook]

Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States [Audiobook]
Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States [Audiobook] by Bradley W Hart, read by Chris Ciulla
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hours and 15 minutes | 306.73MB

Hitler's American Friends, by Bradley W. Hart, is an audiobook examining the strange terrain of Nazi sympathizers, nonintervention campaigners, and other voices in America who advocated on behalf of Nazi Germany in the years before World War II.

Americans who remember World War II reminisce about how it brought the country together. The less-popular truth behind this warm nostalgia: Until the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was deeply, dangerously divided.

Bradley W. Hart's Hitler's American Friends exposes the homegrown antagonists who sought to protect and promote Hitler, leave Europeans (and especially European Jews) to fend for themselves, and elevate the Nazi regime.

Some of these friends were Americans of German heritage who joined the Bund, whose leadership dreamed of installing a stateside Führer. Some were as bizarre and hair-raising as the Silver Shirt Legion, run by an eccentric who claimed Hitler fulfilled a religious prophesy. Some were Midwestern Catholics like Father Charles Coughlin, an early right-wing radio star who broadcast anti-Semitic tirades. They were even members of Congress who used their franking privilege - sending mail at cost to American taxpayers - to distribute German propaganda. And celebrity pilot Charles Lindbergh ended up speaking for them all at the America First Committee.

We try to tell ourselves it couldn't happen here, but Americans are not immune to the lure of fascism. Hitler's American Friends is a powerful look at how the forces of evil manipulate ordinary people, how we stepped back from the ledge, and the disturbing ease with which we could return to it.

On the Devil's Tail: In Combat with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1945, and with the French in Indochina 1951-54 [Audiobook]

On the Devil's Tail: In Combat with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1945, and with the French in Indochina 1951-54 [Audiobook]
On the Devil's Tail: In Combat with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1945, and with the French in Indochina 1951-54 [Audiobook] by Paul Martelli, Vittorino dal Cengio, read by James Anderson Foster
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 14 hours and 3 minutes | 383.11MB

This is the riveting true story of Paul Martelli, a 15-year-old German-Italian who fought in Pomerania, on the Eastern Front, in 1945 as a member of the 33rd Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" and later as a soldier with French forces during three years (1951-1954) in the Tonkin area, Vietnam.

Paul recounts his time at the Sennheim military training base, where he was introduced to the rigorous discipline of body and mind. He then goes back to 1940, during the German invasion of France, when he was still a boy in Lorraine, hinting at his motivations for enlisting with the Waffen SS. He reveals his and many young soldiers' exciting and often humorous escapades at Greifenberg, his first love with a German girl helping refugees, and his experiences and feelings during the combats at Körlin, during the strenuous defense of Kolberg, while regrouping at Neustrelitz, and at the German defeat. With a companion, he ends up at a castle delivering a group of women camp prisoners to a Russian officer, living in disguise among enemy soldiers until he escapes and surrender to the Americans.

After his sentence, imprisonment, evasions, and military service in Morocco, Paul is sent to fight in defense of bases north of Hanoi, Vietnam. He survives three years of fierce combats, assaults, ambushes, night patrols, fatal traps, and mortal risks, but, deep down, he compares his service with the Waffen SS during the last year of war with the inefficiency of the French Expeditionary Force in the Far East and comes out deeply frustrated. At almost 26, he has fought and lost in two wars, both against the communists, be they Soviet or Viet-Minh. Unemployed, and with the ideals of a "Nouvelle Europe" in pieces, he briefly joins the French Foreign Legion, his last hope, but in the end chooses another path.

This is a unique memoir, packed with incident and recounting the story of one individual caught up in a series of life-changing events.

The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression [Audiobook]

The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression [Audiobook]
The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression [Audiobook] by Ben Montgomery, read by MacLeod Andrews
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 50 minutes | 240.76MB

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, the story of a Texas man who, during the Great Depression, walked around the world - backward.

Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with nowhere left to turn. After months of struggling to feed his family on wages he earned digging ditches in the Texas sun, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary - something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he'd lost. He decided to walk around the world - backward.

In The Man Who Walked Backward, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Ben Montgomery charts Plennie's backward trek across the America that gave rise to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, and the New Deal. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression as a backdrop, Montgomery follows Plennie across the Atlantic through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, detailing the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police he encountered along the way.

A remarkable and quirky slice of Americana, The Man Who Walked Backward paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history.

Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church [Audiobook]

Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church [Audiobook]
Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church [Audiobook] by John W O'Malley, read by Matthew McAuliffe
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 20 minutes | 227.28MB

The enduring influence of the Catholic Church has many sources - its spiritual and intellectual appeal, missionary achievements, wealth, diplomatic effectiveness, and stable hierarchy. But in the first half of the 19th century, the foundations upon which the church had rested for centuries were shaken. In the eyes of many thoughtful people, liberalism in the guise of liberty, equality, and fraternity was the quintessence of the evils that shook those foundations. At the Vatican Council of 1869-1870, the church made a dramatic effort to set things right by defining the doctrine of papal infallibility.

In Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church, John W. O'Malley draws us into the bitter controversies over papal infallibility that at one point seemed destined to rend the church in two. Archbishop Henry Manning was the principal driving force for the definition, and Lord Acton was his brilliant counterpart on the other side. But they shrink in significance alongside Pope Pius IX, whose zeal for the definition was so notable that it raised questions about the very legitimacy of the council. Entering the fray were politicians such as Gladstone and Bismarck. The growing tension in the council played out within the larger drama of the seizure of the Papal States by Italian forces and its seemingly inevitable consequence, the conquest of Rome itself.

Largely as a result of the council and its aftermath, the Catholic Church became more pope-centered than ever before. In the terminology of the period, it became ultramontane.

The Economist Audio Edition [October 20, 2018]

The Economist Audio Edition [October 20, 2018]
The Economist Audio Edition [October 20, 2018]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 | 189.1MB

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