How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone [Audiobook]

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone [Audiobook]
How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone [Audiobook] by Brian McCullough, read by Timothy Andrés Pabon
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 29 minutes | 367.58MB

Tech guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the Internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.

The Internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first "dotcom".

Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape's Marc Andreessen and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the Internet's rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the Internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us [Audiobook]

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us [Audiobook]
Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us [Audiobook] by Dan Lyons, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 59 minutes | 245.03MB

Why do so many Americans hate their jobs? From New York Times best-selling author Dan Lyons, Lab Rats is a groundbreaking, incisive examination of how the Internet - and ideas championed by Silicon Valley power brokers - changed the way we work, damaged our brains, and left us poorer and insecure.

In the months following the publication of Disrupted, Dan Lyons was astonished as hundreds wrote to him with their own harrowing stories of discrimination, fear-mongering managers, and companies denigrating employees in pursuit of quick profit. The letter writers felt helpless, confused, and victimized.

Lyons began to understand how the problems he had identified in the start-up world are infecting virtually every kind of job in America. Paradoxically, the misery index is soaring at a time when companies are giving more lip service than ever about finding ways to make employees happy. What happened to work in America? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?

As Lyons ventured across America in pursuit of answers, he came to understand how a cluster of ideas enabled by the Internet and promoted by Silicon Valley companies spread to workplaces across the country and the globe. These new notions about work have broken the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees, making us poorer, insecure, and subject to constant change and dehumanizing technologies that have altered our very psychology.

A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation and shows how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.

Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy [Audiobook]

Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy [Audiobook]
Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy [Audiobook] by George Magnus, read by Derek Perkins
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 9 hours and 59 minutes | 272.49MB

Will China rule the world, or will its dream turn into a nightmare? George Magnus, the trusted economic commentator on China, provides a penetrating account of the threats to China's continued rise.

Over the past four decades, China's remarkable transformation has garnered admiration but also sparked concern. Magnus draws on his intimate knowledge of this dynamic nation to uncover the origins of its ascent and show why the economic traps it faces at home and the political challenges it faces abroad pose a serious threat to its continued rise.

President Xi, possibly now leader for life, is determined to realize the Chinese dream of rejuvenating the nation and consigning to history the "century of humiliation". But Magnus warns that the Middle Kingdom's future rests on the willingness of its leader to embrace reform and open up, a philosophy that is at odds with his actions to date.

Engagingly weaving together economics, politics, and history, Red Flags is an authoritative and lucid account of the troubled times that lie ahead for a nation whose economic fortunes are closely intertwined with our own.

The Rabbi's Brain: Mystics, Moderns, and the Science of Jewish Thinking [Audiobook]

The Rabbi's Brain: Mystics, Moderns, and the Science of Jewish Thinking [Audiobook]
The Rabbi's Brain: Mystics, Moderns, and the Science of Jewish Thinking [Audiobook] by Andrew Newberg, David Halpern, read by John Lescault
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 14 hours and 28 minutes | 394.41MB

The topic of neurotheology has garnered increasing attention in the academic, religious, scientific, and popular worlds. But there have been no attempts to explore more specifically how Jewish religious thought and experience may intersect with neurotheology. The Rabbi's Brain engages this groundbreaking area.

Topics included relate to a neurotheological approach to the foundational beliefs that arise from the Torah and associated scriptures, Jewish learning, an exploration of the different elements of Judaism (i.e., reform, conservative, and orthodox), an exploration of specifically Jewish practices (i.e., davening, Sabbath, kosher), and a review of Jewish mysticism. The Rabbi's Brain engages these topics in an easy-to-understand style and integrates the scientific, religious, philosophical, and theological aspects of the emerging field of neurotheology.

By reviewing the concepts in a stepwise, simple yet thorough discussion, listeners, regardless of their background, will be able to understand the complexities and breadth of neurotheology from the Jewish perspective. More broadly, issues will include a review of the neurosciences and neuroscientific techniques; religious and spiritual experiences; theological development and analysis; liturgy and ritual; epistemology, philosophy, and ethics; and social implications, all from the Jewish perspective.

The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care [Audiobook]

The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care [Audiobook]
The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care [Audiobook] by Joseph Q Jarvis, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hours and 22 minutes | 173.95MB

You get what you pay for, right?

Not when it comes to health care in America. We pay twice as much as any other developed nation for health care, yet, we have the worst health of them all. If the safety record of American hospitals were transposed onto the airline industry, a fully loaded 747 would crash every other week! And while we pay the highest taxes for health care in the world, tens of thousands of Americans die each year from treatable illness merely because they can't afford medical care.

How did we reach this shameful state? You'll be shocked to find out not only who's to blame, but more importantly, how easy the solution can be. In this riveting book, Dr. Joseph Jarvis, MD, examines how our nation's focus has radically shifted from the disease to the dollar - drastically harming Americans in the process. With unforgettable stories drawn from Dr. Jarvis's 30-plus years in the medical profession, he gets you thinking about health-care reform in a big way (you'll never get over the drunk miner who spent the night dipping a dead, rabid bat into every bar patron's drink!).

And through other captivating examples, from brothels to nursing homes, he tells us how poorly the average American understands how to make safe health-care choices in the so-called medical marketplace and how poorly politicians serve as arbiters of what good health policy should be.

Most importantly, this book can finally make a difference: Instead of simply pointing fingers and wailing about the outrages, Dr. Jarvis offers a workable solution that can be quickly implemented by each state. Before you finish this book, you'll get a compelling look at how politicians can offer real solutions and how the American electorate can finally do the right thing in health-system reform: Protect our families, our country, and our future.

Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work [Audiobook]

Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work [Audiobook]
Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work [Audiobook] by Alex Rosenblat, read by Emily Beresford
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 28 minutes | 203.56MB

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. An American startup that promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology, Uber instead built a new template for employment using algorithms and Internet platforms. Upending our understanding of work in the digital age, Uberland paints a future where any of us might be managed by a faceless boss.

The neutral language of technology masks the powerful influence algorithms have across the New Economy. Uberland chronicles the stories of drivers in more than 25 cities in the United States and Canada over four years, shedding light on their working conditions and providing a window into how they feel behind the wheel. The book also explores Uber's outsized influence around the world: The billion-dollar company is now influencing everything from debates about sexual harassment and transportation regulations to racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives.

Based on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat's firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.

American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives [EPUB]

American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives [EPUB]
American Tantrum: The Donald J Trump Presidential Archives by Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey
2018 | EPUB | 4.59MB

A devastatingly hilarious satire that cuts closer to the truth of than any nonfiction account: The creator and star of Comedy Central’s acclaimed The President Show opens the vault and imagines Donald J. Trump’s presidential archives, exposing documents from his childhood in Queens to his toddlerhood in the Oval Office.

The Presidential Archives. Every other president has made a mess of it. Barack Obama is currently spending millions of dollars (probably trillions, if you want to know the truth) building a monument to himself. And they don’t even charge admission at these places! No wonder this country is a zillion dollars in debt. And what’s the point?!: These guys are already out of office and old news. We hate to say it, folks, but the presidential library is totally broken and needs to be made great again.

America, we herewith present the FIRST AND ONLY presidential library to be released in real time, while the president is still in office. (Why delay?) But wait, THERE’S MORE! Who wants the hassle of having to go to some boring building in the middle of nowhere? (The Eisenhower Library is in Abilene, Kansas – yikes!) What if you could have your favorite president’s library delivered to your home, today! THAT’S NOT ALL! What if you could carry that library with you EVERYWHERE!

Introducing THE DONALD J. TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1. It’s all here: the 45th U.S. president’s letters, diaries, Oval Office recordings, Moscow hotel tapes, grand jury testimony, sealed indictments, financial records, subpoenas, dossiers, Michael Cohen recordings, AND SO MUCH MORE! Never has wisdom been so accessible!

It’s the last book you will ever need to buy. Or maybe just the last book published, period. Get yours NOW before the first amendment is abolished!

Don’t miss VOLUME 2: THE PRISON YEARS – coming soon! Hopefully!

The Brain: A User's Guide [Audiobook]

The Brain: A User's Guide [Audiobook]
The Brain: A User's Guide [Audiobook] by New Scientist, read by David Thorpe
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 31 minutes | 300.98MB

Everything you need to know about your brain: an eye-opening handbook.

Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play.

As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults.

Featuring witty essays and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

The Laws of Human Nature [Audiobook]

The Laws of Human Nature [Audiobook]
The Laws of Human Nature [Audiobook] by Robert Greene, read by the Author, Paul Michael
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 28 hours and 26 minutes | 775.11MB

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new audiobook on decoding the behavior of the people around you.

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of listeners, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

Life Is Long!: 50+ Ways to Help You Live a Little Bit Closer to Forever [EPUB]

Life Is Long!: 50+ Ways to Help You Live a Little Bit Closer to Forever [EPUB]
Life Is Long: 50+ Ways to Help You Live a Little Bit Closer to Forever by Karen Salmansohn
2018 | EPUB | 125.04MB

Want to live forever? This handy little guide will get you close!

Best-selling author and wellness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a witty, inspiring collection of the top 50+ tips for a long and healthy life, backed by a wide range of longevity research. You'll discover insights from the world’s Blue Zones (where people live extra long) and takeaways from fascinating studies on everything from coffee to fasting to hidden toxins.

Distilling the latest science into longevity practices that are quick to read and jam-packed with playful humor, Life Is Long sheds light on intriguing questions like

  • what spice improves cardiovascular health as much as aerobic exercise?
  • how often should I stand up from my desk?
  • how can brushing my teeth improve my heart health?
  • how do I keep my chromosomes in good shape?
  • and more!

Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood [EPUB]

Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood [EPUB]
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George
2018 | EPUB | 8.18MB

An eye-opening exploration of blood, the lifegiving substance with the power of taboo, the value of diamonds and the promise of breakthrough science

Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Each one of us has roughly nine pints of it, yet many don’t even know their own blood type. And for all its ubiquitousness, the few tablespoons of blood discharged by 800 million women are still regarded as taboo: menstruation is perhaps the single most demonized biological event.

Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to the breakthough of the "liquid biopsy," which promises to diagnose cancer and other diseases with a simple blood test. She introduces Janet Vaughan, who set up the world’s first system of mass blood donation during the Blitz, and Arunachalam Muruganantham, known as “Menstrual Man” for his work on sanitary pads for developing countries. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions, in which the US is known as the “OPEC of plasma.” And she looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.

Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Nine Pints reveals our life's blood in an entirely new light.

The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy [EPUB]

The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy [EPUB]
The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy by Gavin Edwards
2018 | EPUB | 20.06MB

An entertaining and insightful homage to Tom Hanks, America's favorite movie star, from the New York Times bestselling author of the cult sensation The Tao of Bill Murray.

In The World According to Tom Hanks, through deep research and interviews, Gavin Edwards will explore and celebrate how Tom Hanks lives his life, mirroring the way that he embodies optimism and integrity in his movie roles. This book, paired with original illustrations from acclaimed illustrator R. Sikoryak, will give insight into the actor by collecting the best stories about how he behaves in the world, providing a loving retrospective of his film career, and putting it all into the context of his all-American philosophy.

Cycling Workout Handbook: Improve Fitness with 100 of the Best Cycling Workouts [EPUB]

Cycling Workout Handbook: Improve Fitness with 100 of the Best Cycling Workouts [EPUB]
Cycling Workout Handbook: Improve Fitness with 100 of the Best Cycling Workouts by Terri Schneider
2018 | EPUB | 10.69MB
A workout collection for both fitness cyclists and multi-sport athletes.

Whether cycling for fun and fitness or training for a century ride, The Cycling Workout Handbook is your comprehensive training resource from top multi-sport athlete and coach Terri Schneider. The Cycling Workout Handbook includes training programs with calculated periodization and regular recovery cycles for maximum fitness benefit. The Cycling Workout Handbook provides easy-to-follow programs divided weekly and by athletic level. Training tips and expert notes are included, as well as gear recommendations.

Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On and Off Your Mat [EPUB]

Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On and Off Your Mat [EPUB]
Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On and Off Your Mat by Stephanie Spence
2018 | EPUB | 50.09MB

Essential and uplifting advice that will help you get from where you are to who you hope to become.

Often referred to as The Traveling Yogini, beloved yoga teacher Stephanie Spence explores what it means to become our truest selves. Weaving her experience as a writer, mother, and PTSD survivor, Spence affirms that not only is the soul's messy and unpredictable journey inevitable, it is essential to our quest to live a life we thrive in.

Yoga heals―not just the body, but the heart and soul. Whether you've only dabbled with the idea of trying yoga, or have practiced for a long time, yoga is about you. Physically, it increases endurance, strength, and flexibility. Mentally, it reduces stress and helps you find stillness in a chaotic world. Spiritually, it helps you evolve to your highest potential and live in a space of gratitude and peace no matter what's happening around you.

Here, Spence has gathered the wisdom of over a hundred acclaimed yogis to enable readers to live their life to the fullest. Real and raw wisdom from global leaders in the yoga community―from classic yoga superstars to today's rock-your-daily-asana hipsters―will motivate you to live a life beyond your wildest dreams. Filled with universal insights, intimate, comforting stories, and spiritually practical tips, Yoga Wisdom is here to help keep you on the road to truth, authenticity, and balance in all aspects of your life.

Cook's Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking techniques. Compelling voices. One-of-a-kind recipes. [EPUB]

Cook's Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking techniques. Compelling voices. One-of-a-kind recipes. [EPUB]
Cook's Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking techniques, Compelling voices, One-of-a-kind recipes edited by America's Test Kitchen
2018 | EPUB | 255.9MB

This highly curated and designed collection celebrates Cook's Illustrated's 25th anniversary with original essays from the magazine along with their ground-breaking recipes and innovative test kitchen discoveries.

Cook's Illustrated has educated millions of home cooks and thrives by helping them to succeed in the kitchen with recipes that work. In pursuit of recipe perfection, the rigorous testing process leads to some surprising and interesting discoveries. The fascinating path to the key discoveries of the last 25 years are covered in detail in smart, engaging essays that appear with each recipe. Sidebars, step illustrations, and full-page color photos also help to tell the story. Ranging from the best scrambled eggs to the ultimate chocolate cupcakes, these 180 recipes belong in every cook's repertoire and highlight what Cook's Illustrated does best. CI's recipes are not just foolproof, they have changed the way America cooks.

American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition by American Heart Association
2018 | EPUB | 126.73MB

A revised and updated second edition of American Heart Association's beloved, bestselling Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, now with 30 new recipes, 30 to 40 new photographs, and full-color throughout.

Now fully illustrated throughout with 30 to 40 new photographs, revised to meet current AHA guidelines, and refreshed with recipes like Chicken Pho, Pad Thai, Sweet Potato Chili, and Beef Vindaloo to satisfy today's palate, this comprehensive cookbook offers information on the health benefits of slow cooking and how a slow cooker can help you eat well.

From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, the 230 recipes in American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. The slow cooker, America's favorite kitchen appliance, has become increasingly versatile and sophisticated, and here's how it can support a heart-smart diet. Under the spell of its low heat, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits transform into succulent meals. This cookbook takes advantage of the ease for which the slow cooker is beloved and optimizes the nutrient density and flavors in these delicious, nutritious meals.

The best way to ensure good food comes out of your cooker is to put only good-for-you ingredients into it, and with American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, you'll learn how much your slow cooker can do for you while you're enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

The Food of Northern Thailand [EPUB]

The Food of Northern Thailand [EPUB]
The Food of Northern Thailand by Austin Bush
2018 | EPUB | 310.53MB

Food of Northern Thailand is a beautiful deep dive into the regional cuisine of northern Thailand with a documentarian's approach and a photographer's eye.

The food of northern Thailand is a world away from the highly refined, royal court- and Chinese-influenced style of cooking in Bangkok--the Thai food that most of us are familiar with. It's a cuisine with its own distinct identity, one that is rustic and earthy, meaty and fragrant; one with roots in the Thai repertoire but with branches that extend into unfamiliar areas; a cuisine that feels ancient, but is ever evolving.

A writer, photographer, and travel-guide writer, Austin Bush has lived in Thailand for nearly 20 years. In this book, Bush travels across northern Thailand to talk to the region's home cooks, academics, restaurateurs, writers, and hawkers. Their recipes and stories, along with Bush's photographs, capture the people, countryside, markets, and of course, dishes and cooking techniques of northern Thailand. Each of the chapters in the book will focus on a single province, giving a snapshot of the dishes, staple ingredients, cooking methods, and people specific to that area.

The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives [EPUB]

The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives [EPUB]
The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives by Cecilia Ruiz
2018 | EPUB | 43.62MB

A welcome dose of dark humor for these dark times, from acclaimed illustrator Cecilia Ruiz

The Book of Extraordinary Deaths introduces readers to the bizarre demises of thinkers, writers, monarchs, artists, and notable nobodies throughout history. Beginning in the seventh century BC with the unusual death of Draco and journeying chronologically to the present day, Ruiz’s playfully sinister giftbook illustrates and describes the infamous deaths of these unfortunate souls. From stories of the hot-air balloon duel that claimed a Frenchman’s life to the fatal wardrobe malfunction of famed dancer Isadora Duncan, The Book of Extraordinary Deaths is a uniquely clever and gorgeously rendered meditation on life’s ironies and mysteries. With Ruiz’s witty descriptions and rich, captivating illustrations, her characters come to life on the page even as they shuffle off this mortal coil.

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone [EPUB]

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone [EPUB]
How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone by Brian McCullough
2018 | EPUB | 0.61MB

Tech-guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.

The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first “dotcom.”

Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape’s Marc Andreessen and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the internet’s rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

Chroniques: Selected Columns, 2010-2016 [EPUB]

Chroniques: Selected Columns, 2010-2016 [EPUB]
Chroniques: Selected Columns, 2010-2016 by Kamel Daoud, translated by Elisabeth Zerofsky
2018 | EPUB | 4.93MB

This engaging collection of essays showcases the extraordinary passion, insight, and range of Kamel Daoud, bestselling author of The Meursault Investigation.

Kamel Daoud has been a journalist for more than twenty years, writing the most-read column in Algeria, in Le Quotidien d'Oran, while also collaborating on various online media and contributing to foreign publications such as the New York Times. During the 2010-2016 period, he put his name to almost two thousand texts--first intended for the Algerian public, then read more and more throughout the world as his reputation grew.

Whether he is criticizing political Islam or the decline of the Algerian regime, embracing the hope kindled by Arab revolutions or defending women's rights, Daoud does so in his own inimitable style: at once poetic and provocative, he captures his devoted followers with fresh, counterintuitive arguments about the nature of humanity, religion, and liberty.

What Would Alice Do?: Advice for the Modern Woman [EPUB]

What Would Alice Do?: Advice for the Modern Woman [EPUB]
What Would Alice Do: Advice for the Modern Woman by Lewis Carroll
2018 | EPUB | 46.26MB

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Lewis Carroll's masterpieces are among the most quoted works in literature. This handy, pocket-sized volume collects the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today . . . and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland.

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs [EPUB]

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs [EPUB]
The Unexpected Genius of Pigs by Matt Whyman
2018 | EPUB | 5.9 MB

We often consider dogs to be our enduring sidekicks but the truth is domestic pigs have played a role in our lives for nearly as long.

Pigs are highly social and smart. They like to play. They’re inventive, crafty and belligerent – and incredibly singleminded.

Ultimately, we have far more in common with these creatures than we like to admit.

Here is a charming ode to one of the most common, yet surprisingly intelligent, animals populating our landscapes. In this gentle and illuminating study, Matt Whyman embarks on a journey to uncover the heart and soul of an animal brimming with more energy, intelligence and playfulness than he could ever have imagined.

In his bid to understand what makes a pig tick, having climbed a steep learning curve as a keeper himself, Whyman meets a veterinary professor and expert in pig emotion, as well as a spirited hill farmer whose world revolves around hogs and sows.

Packed with fascinating research and delightful anecdotes, this entertaining and informative celebration of all things porcine covers everything from evolution, behaviour and communication to friendship, loyalty and broken hearts – uncovering a surprising notion of family along the way.

The Laws of Human Nature [EPUB]

The Laws of Human Nature [EPUB]
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
2018 | EPUB | 0.95MB

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the people around you

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

The Times On This Day: Facts and Trivia For Every Day of the Year edited by James Owen [EPUB]

The Times On This Day: Facts and Trivia For Every Day of the Year edited by James Owen [EPUB]
The Times On This Day: Facts and Trivia For Every Day of the Year edited by James Owen
2018 | EPUB | 0.65MB

Do you know when the Duke of Albemarle arranged Britain’s first boxing match, between his butler and his butcher? Or when the first speeding fine was issued for exceeding 2 mph in a built-up area?

The Times On This Day is a fascinating delve into often significant, and sometimes unusual, moments throughout history.

From the Register section of The Times, discover the connections between people, events and places across the centuries and learn intriguing facts about world and British history and popular culture.

  • A day-by-day approach to the key events for each day across the years
  • Familiar and lesser-known events are connected across the ages
  • Uncover little-known historical facts about your own special dates
  • Educational and entertaining facts in equal measure
  • Contains a helpful index arranged by year to help you find those key event anniversaries

These fascinating facts, trivia, events, milestones and landmarks are selected from the fields of history, warfare, politics, medicine, science, sport, space exploration, literature, popular culture, etc. Together they offer a blend of key events that have shaped world history or society in one form or other.

Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns [EPUB]

Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns [EPUB]
Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns by R J Young
2018 | EPUB | 2.23MB

The quest, funny and searing, of a young man black man learning to shoot—a fascinating odyssey into race, guns, and self-protection in America

The most RJ Young knew about guns was that they could get him killed. Until, recently married to a white woman and in desperate need of a way to relate to his gun-loving father-in-law, Young does the unimaginable: he accepts Charles’s gift of a Glock.

Despite, or because of, the racial rage and fear he experiences among white gun owners (“Ain’t you supposed to be shooting a basketball?”), Young determines to get good, really good, with a gun. Let It Bang is the compelling story of the author’s unexpected obsession—he eventually becomes an NRA-certified pistol instructor—and of his deep dive into the heart of America's gun culture: what he sees as the domino effect of white fear, white violence, black fear, rinse, repeat. Young’s original reporting on shadow industries like US Law Shield, which insures and defends people who report having shot someone in self-defense, and on the newly formed National African American Gun Association, gives powerful insight into the dynamic. Through indelible profiles, Young brings us up to the current rocketing rise in gun ownership among black Americans, most notably women.

Let It Bang is an utterly original look at American gun culture from the inside, and from the other side—and, most movingly, the story of a young black man's hard-won nonviolent path to self-protection.

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life [EPUB]

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life [EPUB]
Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life edited by Michael Katakis
2018 | EPUB | 381.74MB

Beautifully designed, intimate and illuminating, this is the story of American icon Ernest Hemingway's life through the documents, photographs, and miscellany he kept, compiled by the steward of the Hemingway estate and featuring contributions by his son and grandson.

For many people, Ernest Hemingway remains more a compilation of myths than a person: soldier, sportsman, lover, expat, and of course, writer. But the actual life underneath these various legends remains elusive; what did he look like as a laughing child or young soldier? What did he say in his most personal letters? How did the train tickets he held on his way from France to Spain or across the American Midwest transform him, and what kind of notes, for future stories or otherwise, did he take on these journeys?

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from a Life answers these questions, and many others. Edited and with an introduction by the manager of the Hemingway estate, featuring a foreword by Hemingway’s son Patrick and an afterword by his grandson Seán, this rich and illuminating book tells the story of a major American icon through the objects he touched, the moments he saw, the thoughts he had every day. Featuring over four hundred dazzling images from every stage and facet of Hemingway’s life, many of them never previously published, this volume is a portrait unlike any other. From photos of Hemingway running with the bulls in Spain to candid letters he wrote to his wives and his publishers, it is a one-of-a-kind, stunning tribute to one of the most titanic figures in literature.

House of Vinegar: The Power of Sour, with Recipes [EPUB]

House of Vinegar: The Power of Sour, with Recipes [EPUB]
House of Vinegar: The Power of Sour, with Recipes by Jonathon Sawyer
2018 | EPUB | 124.12MB

An exploration of the acid bite of vinegar and how it influences and elevates all aspects of cooking, from a James Beard Award-winning chef and vinegar evangelist Jonathon Sawyer, with 80 recipes for vinegars and dishes that use them.

From owning a Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant to being a Food & Wine Best New Chef to winning a James Beard award, Jonathon Sawyer has earned almost every food world accolade. In House of Vinegar, his fascinating and compelling chef's take on using vinegar, he utilizes acid to revolutionize dishes by enhancing and balancing flavor. Starting with the history of vinegar, he describes how to make your own vinegars at home, followed by preparations for use in vinaigrettes, sauces, marinades, braises, desserts, and even drinks--dishes like Monday Night Pork Chop with Salsa Verde, Smoky Peach Confit Chicken Wings, Sea Scallop Ceviche, and Olive Oil and Vinegar Gelato. With his unique and engaging voice, Sawyer helps professionals and home cooks alike understand how to channel the power of sour.

Sparta: Fall of a Warrior Nation [EPUB/PDF]

Sparta: Fall of a Warrior Nation [EPUB/PDF]
Sparta: Fall of a Warrior Nation by Philip Matyszak
2018 | EPUB/PDF | 5.62/89.71MB

Universally admired in 479 BC, the Spartans were masters of the Greek world by 402 BC, only for their state to collapse in the next generation. What went wrong? Was the fall of Sparta inevitable? Philip Matyszak examines the political blunders and failures of leadership which combined with unresolved social issues to bring down the nation - even as its warriors remained invincible on the battlefield.

The Spartans believed their constitution and society above the changes sweeping their world, and in resisting change, they were eventually overwhelmed by it. Yet this is also a story of defiance, for the Spartans refused to accept their humiliation and – although never more than a tiny and underpopulated city-state – for many years their city exercised influence far beyond its size and population. This is a chronicle of political failure, but also a lesson in how to go down fighting. Even with the Roman legions set to overwhelm their city, the Spartans never gave up.

Sparta: Fall of a Warrior Nation tells a seldom-told tale, yet one rich in heroes and villains, epic battles and political skulduggery.

The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Updated Edition) [EPUB]

The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Updated Edition) [EPUB]
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Updated Edition) by Victor Cha
2018 | EPUB | 4.28MB

In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on provocative, isolationist North Korea, providing our best look yet at its history and the rise of the Kim family dynasty and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them. Cha illuminates the repressive regime’s complex economy and culture, its appalling record of human rights abuses, and its belligerent relationship with the United States, and analyzes the regime’s major security issues—from the seemingly endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitions—all in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong-il’s death and the transition of power to his unpredictable heir.

Ultimately, this engagingly written, authoritative, and highly accessible history warns of a regime that might be closer to its end than many might think—a political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepared.

Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart by Timothy Pakron [EPUB]

Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart by Timothy Pakron [EPUB]
Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart by Timothy Pakron
2018 | EPUB | 77.44MB

Celebrate the gorgeous and delicious possibilities of plant-based southern cuisine.

Inspired by the landscape and flavors of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in southern cooking.

Finding ways to re-create his experiences growing up in the South--making mud pies and admiring the deep pink azaleas--on the plate, Pakron looks to history and nature as his guides to creating the richest food possible. Filled with as many evocative photographs and stories as easy-to-follow recipes, Mississippi Vegan is an ode to the transporting and ethereal beauty of the food and places you love.

University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education [EPUB]

University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education [EPUB]
University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education by Joshua Hunt
2018 | EPUB | 1.19MB

The dramatic expose of how the University of Oregon sold its soul to Nike, and what that means for the future of our public institutions and our society.

In the mid-1990s, facing severe cuts to its public funding, the University of Oregon—like so many colleges across the country—was desperate for cash. Luckily, the Oregon Ducks’ 1995 Rose Bowl berth caught the attention of the school’s wealthiest alumnus: Nike founder Phil Knight, who was seeking new marketing angles at the collegiate level. And so the University of Nike was born: Knight has so far donated more than half a billion dollars to the school in exchange for high-visibility branding opportunities.

But as journalist Joshua Hunt shows in University of Nike, Oregon has paid dearly for the veneer of financial prosperity and athletic success that has come with this brand partnering.

Hunt uncovers efforts to conceal university records, buried sexual assault allegations against university athletes, and cases of corporate overreach into academics and campus life—all revealing a university being run like a business, with America’s favorite “Shoe Dog” calling the shots. Nike money has shaped everything from Pac-10 television deals to the way the game is played, from the landscape of the campus to the type of student the university hopes to attract.

More alarming still, Hunt finds other schools taking a page from Oregon’s playbook. Never before have our public institutions for research and higher learning been so thoroughly and openly under the sway of private interests, and never before has the blueprint for funding American higher education been more fraught with ethical, legal, and academic dilemmas.

Encompassing more than just sports and the academy, University of Nike is a riveting story of our times.

Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration by Thomas Brothers [EPUB]

Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration by Thomas Brothers [EPUB]
Help: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration by Thomas Brothers
2018 | EPUB | 13.77MB

The fascinating story of how creative cooperation inspired two of the world’s most celebrated musical acts.

The Beatles and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Ellington’s forte was not melody―his key partners were not lyricists but his fellow musicians. His strength was in arranging, in elevating the role of a featured soloist, in selecting titles: in packaging compositions. He was also very good at taking credit when the credit wasn’t solely his, as in the case of Mood Indigo, though he was ultimately responsible for the orchestration of what Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers calls "one of his finest achievements." If Ellington was often reluctant to publicly acknowledge how essential collaboration was to the Ellington sound, the relationship between Lennon and McCartney was fluid from the start. Lennon and McCartney "wrote for each other as primary audience." Lennon’s preference for simpler music meant that it begged for enhancement and McCartney was only too happy to oblige, and while McCartney expanded the Beatles’ musical range, Lennon did "the same thing with lyrics."

Through his fascinating examination of these two musical legends, Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success. While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with a lifetime of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analyses of songs from Lennon and McCartney’s Strawberry Fields Forever to Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge.

Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play [EPUB]

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play [EPUB]
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant
2018 | EPUB | 201.4MB

The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant―a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time

In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.

For the first time, and in his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.

Bryant’s detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016―and hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.

The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make The Mamba Mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.

Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers - And Seize Success [EPUB]

Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers - And Seize Success [EPUB]
Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers - And Seize Success by Dawn Graham
2018 | EPUB | 1.38MB

Don’t settle . . . SUCCEED in the right career! Are you stuck in an unsatisfying job? In the wrong profession? An industry that just isn’t a fit? Get unstuck! Land a new career—one you’re genuinely passionate about.

Switchers helps you realize that dream. Written by celebrated career coach and psychologist Dr. Dawn Graham, the book provides proven strategies that will get you where you want to go. The first step is to recognize that the usual rules and job search tools won’t work for you. Resumes and job boards were designed with traditional applicants in mind. As a career switcher, you have to go beyond the basics, using tactics tailor-made to ensure your candidacy stands out. The book reveals how to:

  • Understand the concerns of hiring managers—and think like they do
  • Craft a resume that catches their attention within six seconds
  • Spotlight transferable skills that companies covet
  • Rebrand yourself—aligning your professional identity with your new aspirations
  • Reach decision-makers by recruiting “ambassadors” from within your network
  • Nail interviews by turning tough questions to your advantage
  • Convince skeptical employers to shelve their assumptions and take a chance on you
  • Negotiate a competitive salary and benefits package—even as a “newbie” to the field

Career changers face unique challenges that demand fresh approaches. Packed with psychological insights, practical exercises, and inspiring success stories, Switchers helps you leap over obstacles and into a whole new field. Want to pull off the most daring—and fulfilling—career move of your life? Read Switchers.

RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share [EPUB]

RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share [EPUB]
RISK: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share edited by Kevin Allison
2018 | EPUB | 0.47MB

A "fascinating" (MetroSource) collection of uncensored, confessional, and at times outrageously funny essays about coming of age, coming out, and the wildest experiences that define us.

Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast RISK!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about. No topics are off-limits in RISK!, no memories too revealing to share. From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport readers into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap.

In these jaw-dropping stories, edited and introduced by RISK! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more. A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. By turns cautionary and inspiring, RISK! presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free.

Featuring essays by:

  • Aisha Tyler
  • A.J. Jacobs
  • Michael Ian Black
  • Marc Maron
  • Lili Taylor
  • Dan Savage
  • Paul F. Tompkins
  • TS Madison
  • Jonah Ray
  • And many more!

How to Bake [EPUB]

How to Bake [EPUB]
How to Bake by Nick Malgieri
2018 | EPUB | 13.82MB

One of America's preeminent bakers and baking teachers reveals the secrets behind creating professional-quality confections. Nick Malgieri shares scores of mouthwatering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies.

In addition to his clear, detailed instructions, Malgieri offers helpful tips for variations on classic recipes as well as suggestions for everything from making a pastry bag to mastering cake and pie toppings. Presented in order from the simplest to most complex, these recipes from the collection of a great pastry chef will add a whole new level of sophistication to your kitchen repertoire.

The Japanese Larder: Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking [EPUB]

The Japanese Larder: Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking [EPUB]
The Japanese Larder: Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking by Luiz Hara
2018 | EPUB | 41.32MB

A follow-up to Luiz’s first book,

Nikkei Cuisine: Japanese Food the South American Way [EPUB]

Nikkei Cuisine: Japanese Food the South American Way [EPUB]

2018 | EPUB | 41.13MB

At its simplest, Nikkei cuisine is the cooking of the Japanese diaspora. Japanese immigrants have found themselves in a variety of cultures and contexts, but have often maintained a loyalty to their native cuisine. This has required local adaptation over the last 100 years: the so-called Nikkei community has embraced a new country’s ingredients and assimilated these into their cooking using Japanese techniques. Nikkei cooking is found wherever in the world Japanese immigrants and their descendants are. But, for historical reasons, two countries have had substantially more Japanese immigrants than the rest of the world – Brazil and Peru.

Nikkei cooking has gained popularity in Europe and the USA due to the influence of chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Toshiro Konishi; the last two decades have seen the emergence of a number of outstanding, creative Nikkei chefs and restaurants all over the world – including Pakta in Barcelona by Albert and Ferran Adria.

Nikkei Cuisine is a ground-breaking cookery book and a must-have for anyone with an interest in Japanese or South American cooking, as well as for those keen to discover cutting-edge cookery and flavours. The recipes range from the simpler Nikkei family favourites (the dishes eaten at home) to the more elaborate and elegant Nikkei dishes served in restaurants around the world.

Woodworker's Guide to Carving: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker [EPUB]

Woodworker's Guide to Carving: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker [EPUB]
Woodworker's Guide to Carving: Straight Talk for Today's Woodworker (Back to Basics) by Skills Institute Press
2010 | EPUB | 94.53MB

The world is complicated enough...your woodworking information shouldn't be. Get the straight talk about carving wood, including

  • Choosing the right rools and accessories and the easy techniques for keeping them sharp.
  • Getting started- everything from selecting wood and setting up your work space, to the basics of carving and the principles of design.
  • The easy-to-learn craft of chip carving and its infinite variations for making borders, lettering, and rosettes.
  • Traditional relief carving and the techniques for creating fans and shells, an iconic acanthus leaf, or stunning scenes of nature.

The best approach to designing and carving a realistic, 3-D bust, duck decoy, or ball-and-claw foot. Get the complete set:

  • Joinery
  • Machines
  • Wood
  • Workshop
  • Cabinets
  • Sharpening

Woodworking should a be fun and stress-free hobby,. Bypass the overwhelming amount of woodworking information and get Back to Basics with the core information you need to succeed. You'll learn what is important to know now and what can be left for later. Best of all, the information is presented in the plainspoken language you would hear from a trusted friend or relative.

Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish (2nd Edition) [EPUB]

Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish (2nd Edition) [EPUB]
Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish (2nd Edition) by Bob Flexner
2016 | EPUB | 64.51MB

Take the Mystery out of Wood Finishing

For more than 18 years, Bob Flexner has been inspiring woodworkers with his writings and teachings on wood finishing. Now, from this best-selling author comes the long-awaited and completely updated second edition of Understanding Wood Finishing—the most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published.

The first edition of Understanding Wood Finishing has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is widely regarded as the bible of wood finishing. "We use Understanding Wood Finishing as the textbook for our students training to go into the furniture industry," says David Miles, wood technology professor at Pittsburg State University. "It's the best written, most accurate, and most thorough wood finishing book in print—by far."

Inside you will find:

  • The latest technical updates on materials and techniques—from spray guns to French polishing
  • Detailed instructions and explanations that take the mystery out of the science
  • More than 300 color photos that help you distinguish between products, make decisions, and solve problems
  • More than 40 must-have reference tables and troubleshooting guides

With its clear writing and engaging style, this is "without a doubt the best researched, most authoritative, and easy-to-follow book on the subject," notes Steve Shanesy, Popular Woodworking magazine editor.

As professional finishers know and as amateurs will surely realize, "finishing is easy once you know what you are doing," says Frank Klausz, a professional cabinetmaker. "Understanding Wood Finishing makes the science of finishing understandable."