The Crusader States and their Neighbours: 1098-1291 [EPUB]

The Crusader States and their Neighbours: 1098-1291 [EPUB]
The Crusader States and their Neighbours: 1098-1291 (The Medieval World) by P M Holt
2004 | EPUB | 2.39MB

The book will be welcome for tackling the Crusades from a fresh but important angle; the relations of the Crusader states with their neighbours, both Christian (the Byzantines) and, especially, Islamic - the rulers of Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Cairo etc. It contributes to the very fashionable approach of seeing the Crusades as a prime example of early European colonialism, and investigating them much more for their social, political and ethnic impact on the region than for their ostensible ideological and religious motives.

Holt uses original Arabic sources, which are generally difficult for Western historians, and therefore this book is an important addition to literature about the Crusades.

The Justice of Constantine: Law, Communication, and Control [EPUB]

The Justice of Constantine: Law, Communication, and Control [EPUB]
The Justice of Constantine: Law, Communication, and Control (Law And Society In The Ancient World) by John Dillon
2012 | EPUB | 1.28MB

As the first Christian emperor of Rome, Constantine the Great has long interested those studying the establishment of Christianity. But Constantine is also notable for his ability to control a sprawling empire and effect major changes. The Justice of Constantineexamines Constantine's judicial and administrative legislation and his efforts to maintain control over the imperial bureaucracy, to guarantee the working of Roman justice, and to keep the will of his subjects throughout the Roman Empire.

John Dillon first analyzes the record of Constantine's legislation and its relationship to prior legislation. His initial chapters also serve as an introduction to Roman law and administration in later antiquity. Dillon then considers Constantine's public edicts and internal communications about access to law, trials and procedure, corruption, and punishment for administrative abuses. How imperial officials relied on correspondence with Constantine to resolve legal questions is also considered. A study of Constantine's expedited appellate system, to ensure provincial justice, concludes the book.

Constantine's constitutions reveal much about the Theodosian Code and the laws included in it. Constantine consistently seeks direct sources of reliable information in order to enforce his will. In official correspondence, meanwhile, Constantine strives to maintain control over his officials through punishment; trusted agents; and the cultivation of accountability, rivalry, and suspicion among them.

Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances in Stem Cell Activation [Audiobook]

Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances in Stem Cell Activation [Audiobook]
Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances in Stem Cell Activation [Audiobook] by Joseph Christiano, read by Tom Parks
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 47 minutes | 184.72MB

Addressing chronic back pain, diabetes, joint replacements, osteoarthritis, neurological issues, and more, Joseph "Dr. Joe" Christiano reveals how this cutting-edge therapy can rapidly replace damaged cells in the body with no side effects or allergic reactions.

If you have been disappointed by ineffective treatments, the answer to improving your health may be in your stem cells. Dr. Joe explains how adult stem cell therapy and activators are two of the new technologies in regenerative medicine that will be game changers in medical history.

Adult stem cell therapy is disrupting and revolutionizing the way we think about our health. Stem Cell Revolution features testimonials of people who have seen their pain disappear, COPD reversed, and kidney function restored, among other benefits.

The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living [Audiobook]

The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living [Audiobook]
The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living [Audiobook] by Jevan Pradas, read by Paul Brion
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 12 minutes | 226.12MB

What secrets do Amazonian tribes, Himalayan hermits, and enlightened monks know about health and happiness that have been lost to the world today?

In The Awakened Ape, Jevan Pradas uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body to answer the question: "How can we enjoy life to the fullest?" The results, while unexpected, are completely backed by science.

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be.

You will learn how to meditate-from instructions for the absolute beginner to techniques for deep states of ecstasy and awakening; how to eat the optimally healthy diet for both physical and mental health; how to train the attention span so you can be focused and efficient all day long; how to exercise so that is fun, enjoyable, and something you look forward to; how to get rid of the habit of negative thinking in just one week; how to live like a caveman in the modern world in order to get the most out of your genetics; how to properly go to the bathroom (yes, you have been doing it wrong); and much, much, more....

The Land of Dreams: How Australians Won Their Freedom, 1788–1860 [EPUB]

The Land of Dreams: How Australians Won Their Freedom, 1788–1860 [EPUB]
The Land of Dreams: How Australians Won Their Freedom, 1788–1860 by David Kemp
2018 | EPUB | 6.57MB

The untold story of how Australians laid the foundations for one of the world’s most successful countries.

The Land of Dreams: How Australians Won Their Freedom, 1788–1860 tells the story of how Australians became a free people, gaining the liberties they desired to take control of their own lives, the right to govern themselves and the capacity to address their own political problems through democratic institutions.

As the first book in a path-breaking five-volume Australian Liberalism series, it tells the story of how Australians laid the foundations for one of the world’s most successful countries, with unprecedented levels of personal liberty and social equality.

Australians did not have to fight a war for their independence, but neither did they gain it without a struggle against policies imposed by a British government in which they had no part. It required a brilliant political campaign that walked to the edge of violent resistance and from it Australia gained a national identity and political leaders who would write their constitutions, introduce democracy and later lead the successful political fight for one Australian nation.

Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography [EPUB]

Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography [EPUB]
Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography by Amy S Wyngaard
2015 | EPUB | 5.28MB

Bad Books reconstructs how the eighteenth-century French author Nicolas-Edme Rétif de la Bretonne and his writings were at the forefront of the development of modern conceptions of sexuality and pornography. Although certain details are well known (for example, that Rétif’s 1769 treatise on prostitution, Le Pornographe, is the work from which the term pornography is derived, or that he was an avid foot and shoe fetishist), much of this story has been obscured and even forgotten including how the author actively worked to define the category of obscenity and the modern pornographic genre, and how he coined the psycho-sexual term “fetish” and played a central role in the formation of theories of sexual fetishism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thus this book is also about literary history and how it is written: it explores how Rétif, perceived as a bad author in both senses of the term, and his contributions were glossed over or condemned, such that the originality of his texts has still not been fully established.

Placing Rétif’s novels and short stories in dialogue with his autobiographical writings as well as with contemporary and modern critical commentaries, the various chapters of the book examine the author’s repeated testing of the limits of censorship to define and redefine the boundaries of obscenity; his advancement of the modern form and definition of pornography through a focus on intimacy and (female) pleasure; his detailed narrative explorations of foot and shoe fetishisms that were later appropriated by the sexologists; and his development of theories of eugenics and reproduction in his utopian science fiction.

The history of Rétif’s texts and their reception reveals an evolution in the criteria of what is considered to be “good” or “worthy” literature—a category once defined purely on moral grounds that is increasingly seen in cultural terms. Bad Books corroborates the recent resurgence of interest in the author by showing the import of his texts, which not only designate a number of firsts in the histories of sexuality and pornography, but which also illuminate some of the defining moments in the history of French literary studies.

The Song of Leonard Cohen: A Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship and a Film [EPUB]

The Song of Leonard Cohen: A Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship and a Film [EPUB]
The Song of Leonard Cohen: A Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship and a Film by Harry Rasky
2013 | EPUB | 0.8MB

No other book about Leonard Cohen gets so close to the man, his city, his poems and songs, his friends, his background, and the many original influences that forged this world-famous poet, songwriter and performer.

Based on the documentary film Rasky made in 1979, this book includes texts taken from the film with numerous notes and personal reminiscences from this long-standing friendship with Leonard Cohen. The Song of Leonard Cohen also includes many rare photos of Leonard Cohen and is considered to be one of the best and most intimate portraits of the subject.

Leonard Cohen: The Music and The Mystique [EPUB]

Leonard Cohen: The Music and The Mystique [EPUB]
Leonard Cohen: The Music and The Mystique by Maurice Ratcliff
2015 | EPUB | 5.99MB

Here is the indispensable consumer's guide to the music of Leonard Cohen presented as a track by track analysis of every song recorded on officially released albums, from his 1968 Songs of Leonard Cohen to his most recent studio and live sets from the 21st Century.

Features include and up to date chronology of all of the important events in his career, a special section on compilation albums and photographs and CD cover art.

Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power [EPUB]

Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power [EPUB]
Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power by Max Lerner, edited by Robert Schmuhl, translated by David Greenberg
2018 | EPUB | 0.84MB

Max Lerner taught generations of Americans about their government. For almost half a century, the office of the presidency preoccupied his prodigious energies and unparalleled expertise. Lerner not only wrote about the men who inhabited the Oval Office during that time, he knew them personally, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton—and he knew what made them tick. Here are Lerner’s complete writings on the presidency and American presidents.

Lerner believed that the nature of the office transforms presidents into titans, but wounded titans, bowed and sometimes broken by forces, fate, destiny, or history, that lie beyond their control. Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court; Truman’s efforts to manhandle the steel industry; Eisenhower’s belief that he could control the military-industrial complex; Kennedy’s hyperactive libido and recklessness; Nixon’s conviction he could manipulate political process: every president has had immortal yearnings, and the office that inflated his pride also enlarged his flaws.

With a new foreword, Wounded Titans contains Lerner’s classic essays on the presidency and its development as well as his most famous presidential portraits and the best of his campaign journalism. Learned, wise, illuminating, entertaining, both timely and timeless, Wounded Titans is as large in spirit and scope as the American presidency itself.

The Pharaoh's Treasure: The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization [EPUB]

The Pharaoh's Treasure: The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization [EPUB]
The Pharaoh's Treasure: The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet
2018 | EPUB | 46.67MB

A thought-provoking history of papyrus paper―from its origins in Egypt to its spread throughout the world―revealing how it helped usher in a new era of human history.

For our entire history, humans have always searched for new ways to share information. This innate compulsion led to the origin of writing on the rock walls of caves and coffin lids or carving on tablets. But it was with the advent of papyrus paper when the ability to record and transmit information exploded, allowing for an exchanging of ideas from the banks of the Nile throughout the Mediterranean―and the civilized world―for the first time in human history.

In The Pharaoh’s Treasure, John Gaudet looks at this pivotal transition to papyrus paper, which would become the most commonly used information medium in the world for more than 4,000 years. Far from fragile, papyrus paper is an especially durable writing surface; papyrus books and documents in ancient and medieval times had a usable life of hundreds of years, and this durability has allowed items like the famous Nag Hammadi codices from the third and fourth century to survive.

The story of this material that was prized by both scholars and kings reveals how papyrus paper is more than a relic of our ancient past, but a key to understanding how ideas and information shaped humanity in the ancient and early modern world.

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle [EPUB]

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle [EPUB]
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides
2018 | EPUB | 50.88MB

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War

On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.

As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic--and harrowing--operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.

Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, "Sides has a novelist's eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives."

The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy [Audiobook]

The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy [Audiobook]
The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy [Audiobook] by Mark Urban, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours | 245.62MB

The Skripal Files is the explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia from number one best seller Mark Urban, Diplomatic and Defence Editor for BBC Newsnight.

4th March 2018, Salisbury, England.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were enjoying a rare and peaceful Sunday spent together, completely unaware they had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Hours later both were found slumped on a park bench close to death.

Following their attempted murders on British soil, Russia was publically accused by the West of carrying out the attack, marking a new low for international relations between the two since the end of the Cold War.

The Skripal Files is the definitive account of how Skripal's story fits into the wider context of the new spy war between Russia and the West. The Skripal Files explores the time Skripal spent as a spy in the Russian Military Intelligence, how he was turned to work as an agent by MI6, his imprisonment in Russia and his eventual release as part of a spy swap that would bring him to Salisbury, where on that fateful day he and his daughter found themselves fighting for their lives.

Wartime Sexual Violence: From Silence to Condemnation of a Weapon of War [Audiobook]

Wartime Sexual Violence: From Silence to Condemnation of a Weapon of War [Audiobook]
Wartime Sexual Violence: From Silence to Condemnation of a Weapon of War [Audiobook] by Kerry F Crawford, read by Sheree Wichard
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hours and 32 minutes | 232.85MB

Reports of sexual violence in armed conflict frequently appear in political discussions and news media, presenting a stark contrast to a long history of silence and nonrecognition. Conflict-related sexual violence has transitioned rapidly from a neglected human rights issue to an unambiguous security concern on the agendas of powerful states and the United Nations Security Council. Through interviews and primary-source evidence, Kerry F. Crawford investigates the reasons for this dramatic change and the implications of the securitization of sexual violence.

Views about wartime sexual violence began changing in the 1990s as a result of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and then accelerated in the 2000s. Three case studies - the United States' response to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1820 in 2008, and the development of the United Kingdom's Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative - illustrate that use of the weapon of war frame does not represent pure co-optation by the security sector. Rather, well-placed advocates have used this frame to advance the antisexual violence agenda while simultaneously working to move beyond the frame's constraints. This book is a groundbreaking account of the transformation of international efforts to end wartime sexual violence.

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind [Audiobook]

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind [Audiobook]
Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind [Audiobook] by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, read by the Authors
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 58 minutes | 162.93MB

Extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world's top animal authors, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Sy Montgomery.

Tamed and Untamed - a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas - explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses.

Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, "The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species - from using tools to waging war - is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals' powers."

With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures - from man's best friend to the great white shark - and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.