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

The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor [Audiobook]
The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor [Audiobook] by Lone Frank, read by Cassandra Campbell
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 45 minutes | 238.54MB

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

The technology invented by psychiatrist Robert G. Heath at Tulane University in 1950s and 60s has been described as one of "the most controversial yet largely undocumented experiments in US history" - controversial to us because Heath's patients included incarcerated convicts and gay men to be 'cured' of their sexual preference; controversial in its day because his work was allegedly part of MKUltra, the CIA's notorious "mind control" project. As a result, Heath's cutting-edge research and legacy were put under lock and key, buried in Tulane's archives. Decades later, it seems the ethical issues raised by his work have also been buried: this very same experimental treatment is becoming mainstream practice in modern psychiatry for everything from schizophrenia, anorexia, and compulsive behavior to depression, anxiety, and even drug and alcohol addiction and aggression.

In the first book to tell the full story, the award-winning science writer Lone Frank has uncovered lost documents and accounts of Heath's pioneering efforts. She has tracked down surviving colleagues and patients. And she has delved into the current embrace of deep brain stimulation by scientists and patients alike. What has changed? Why do we today unquestioningly embrace this technology as a cure? How do we decide what is a disease of the brain to be cured, and what should be allowed to remain unprobed, and unprodded? The Pleasure Shock weaves together biography, neuroscience, psychology, history of science, and medical ethics to explore our views of the mind and the self. How do we decide whether changes to the brain are acceptable therapy or are simply bias and bigotry?

The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease [Audiobook]

The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease [Audiobook]
The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease [Audiobook] by Darin Ingels, read by Rob Shapiro
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 52 minutes | 214.42MB

A comprehensive, natural approach to treating acute and chronic Lyme disease, from a leading naturopathic physician who has managed his symptoms for more than 15 years.

Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the United States, and millions of people worldwide suffer from its shape-shifting symptoms. Now, in The Lyme Solution, Dr. Darin Ingels shares his revolutionary approach to treating and healing acute and chronic Lyme. Drawing on his experience as a naturopathic physician who has treated thousands of cases, and as a patient, Ingels reveals that Lyme is an autoimmune disease as much as it is an infection. Conventional treatments too often rely on toxic doses of antibiotics that weaken your body and worsen symptoms instead of boosting your ability to fight for your health. Including the latest research about the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme, Ingels' uniquely holistic approach provides a path to wellness by fortifying the microbiome, enhancing the immune system, and strengthening the body's ability to heal from within. The Lyme Solution offers a simple five-step plan, including:
  • The most effective early treatment and prevention measures to avoid contracting the disease or stop it in its tracks
  • An immune boosting diet and list of herbal supplements that will increase immunity and reduce inflammation
  • Guidelines for when and how to use antibiotics as an effective part of your treatment plan
  • Tools to identify and eliminate conditions that mimic Lyme disease or exacerbate your symptoms

Whether you are facing acute or chronic Lyme or undiagnosed autoimmune symptoms, the natural, whole-body approach of The Lyme Solution will help you permanently recover your health and reclaim your life.

The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns by Changing Your Brain Chemistry [Audiobook]

The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns by Changing Your Brain Chemistry [Audiobook]
The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns by Changing Your Brain Chemistry [Audiobook] by Loretta Graziano Breuning, read by Amanda Carlin
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hours and 24 minutes | 174.68MB

Learn the scientific benefits of positivism!

Sometimes it's easiest to look for the worst in every situation - our brains have evolved to scan for problems in order to help avoid them. But you can transcend this natural negativity - if you know how.

The Science of Positivity teaches you how cynical thought habits are formed and how you can rewire yourself to go beyond them. Neurochemical expert Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, empowers you to transcend negativity by creating new thought habits. You'll learn simple, practical actions you can take to shift your thinking to a way that causes your brain to reward optimism with the release of happy chemicals. You can even permanently replace cynical thought patterns with realistic and optimistic thoughts.

In just minutes a day for six weeks, you will build new pathways to see the world in new ways. Frustration is an inevitable part of life, but rather than using cynicism to manage frustration, you can rewire your brain to get beyond it.

The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live [EPUB]

The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live [EPUB]
The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live by Christian Donlan
2018 | EPUB | 2.36MB

"My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed - a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too embarrassed to tell anybody about it."

Shortly after his daughter Leontine was born, Christian Donlan's world shifted an inch to the left. He started to miss light switches and door handles when reachingfor them. He would injure himself in a hundred stupid ways every day. First playful and then maddening, these strange experiences were the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological disease.

Ashis young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he too finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory ofthe brain. He is a tourist in his own body, a stranger in a place that plays bizarre tricks on him, from dizzying double vision to mystifying memory loss. Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys andanxieties of parenthood, and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life.

An Unmapped Mind is a profoundly personal, uplifting and enriching memoir that will change the way you see your body, your mind, and the world around you.

The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority [Audiobook]

The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority [Audiobook]
The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority [Audiobook] by D D Guttenplan, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 12 minutes | 196.41MB

A book for this moment: Both an assessment of our current political leadership and a vision of those who can bring substantive change.

Who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America? National political correspondent and award-winning author D.D. Guttenplan's The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging account of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America.

The Next Republic profiles nine successful activists who are changing the course of American history right now:

  • New labor activist and author Jane McAlevey
  • Racial justice campaigner (and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi) Chokwe Antar Lumumba
  • Environmental activist (and newly elected chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party) Jane Kleeb
  • Chicago's first openly gay Latino public official Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
  • #ALLOFUS co-founder Waleed Shahid
  • Young architects of Bernie Sanders amazing rise, digerati Corbin Trent and Zack Exley, founders of Brand New Congress
  • Author and anti-corruption crusader Zephyr Teachout

Additionally, the introduction to The Next Republic ties in the election and first year of the Trump presidency to the current rise of populism of the left, and there are three historical chapters that describe key moments in American history that shed light on current events: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Lincoln Republic, and the Roosevelt Republic. Guttenplan understands the magnitude of the problem of democracy, and at the same time the great possibilities for its resurgence. Like a cross between George Packer's The Unwinding and John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, The Next Republic is both unyielding and deeply hopeful, the first audiobook to come out of the Trump ascendency that stakes a claim for seeing beyond it.

The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos [Audiobook]

The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos [Audiobook]
The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos [Audiobook] by Mario Livio, read by Tom Parks
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 10 hours and 8 minutes | 276.36MB

"The Accelerating Universe is not only an informative book about modern cosmology. It is rich storytelling and, above all, a celebration of the human mind in its quest for beauty in all things." (Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams)

"This is a wonderfully lucid account of the extraordinary discoveries that have made the last years a golden period for observational cosmology. But Mario Livio has not only given the reader one clear explanation after another of what astronomers are up to, he has used them to construct a provocative argument for the importance of aesthetics in the development of science and for the inseparability of science, art, and culture." (Lee Smolin, author of The Life of the Cosmos)

"What a pleasure to read! An exciting, simple account of the universe revealed by modern astronomy. Beautifully written, clearly presented, informed by scientific and philosophical insights." (John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study)

"A book with charm, beauty, elegance, and importance. As authoritative a journey as can be taken through modern cosmology." (Allan Sandage, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington)

Radical Brilliance: The Anatomy of How and Why People Have Original Life-Changing Ideas [Audiobook]

Radical Brilliance: The Anatomy of How and Why People Have Original Life-Changing Ideas [Audiobook]
Radical Brilliance: The Anatomy of How and Why People Have Original Life-Changing Ideas [Audiobook] by Arjuna Ardagh, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 9 hrs 59 mins | 272.23MB

Why did Albert Einstein discover the general theory of relativity, Jane Goodall advance our understanding of primatology, and Steve Jobs change the way we think of computers and phones, while many other people live lives of quiet imitation? What are the components that contribute to an original and brilliant life?

In this highly innovative new book, Arjuna Ardagh shows us how brilliance can become more of a predictable outcome and less of an accident: when four very different kinds of activity and focus co-exist together.

When we can move freely through these four phases of the "Brilliance Cycle" each day, each week, each year, and during the life of a project, Ardagh suggests that every human being has the chance to make a unique contribution to the evolution of human consciousness.

As well as this map of the brilliance cycle, Radical Brilliance also covers many very practical factors that effect peak brain performance, including diet, sleep, supplements, sexuality, friendship, and vacations.

The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 100 Great Works 1100-1900 [EPUB]

The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 100 Great Works 1100-1900 [EPUB]
The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 100 Great Works 1100-1900 by B N Goswamy
2016 | EPUB | 71.83MB

“Wonderful . . . A book to make both layman and connoisseur alike realize why pre-modern Indian painting is one of the great arts of the world.” ―Neil MacGregor

Through close encounters with over a hundred carefully selected works, spanning nearly a thousand years, and ranging from Jain manuscripts and Pahari and Mughal miniatures to Company School paintings, B. N. Goswamy unlocks the many treasures that lie within Indian painting. In an illuminating introduction, and as Goswamy relates the stories behind each work and deciphers the visual vocabulary and language of the painters, he brings to life the cultural, social, and political milieu in which they were created. Lavishly illustrated, and combining erudition with great storytelling, The Spirit of Indian Painting reveals the beauty of this richly varied body of work in a new and brilliant light.

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different [EPUB]

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different [EPUB]
Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different by Philip Ball
2018 | EPUB | 18.2MB

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.”

Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realize that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world: rather, everything is quantum. But if quantum mechanics is correct, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seem obvious or right at all—or even possible.

An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, Beyond Weird is a book about what quantum physics really means—and what it doesn’t. Science writer Philip Ball offers an up-to-date, accessible account of the quest to come to grips with the most fundamental theory of physical reality, and to explain how its counterintuitive principles underpin the world we experience. Over the past decade it has become clear that quantum physics is less a theory about particles and waves, uncertainty and fuzziness, than a theory about information and knowledge—about what can be known, and how we can know it. Discoveries and experiments over the past few decades have called into question the meanings and limits of space and time, cause and effect, and, ultimately, of knowledge itself. The quantum world Ball shows us isn’t a different world. It is our world, and if anything deserves to be called “weird,” it’s us.

Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation [EPUB]

Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation [EPUB]
Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation since 1945 by Rodric Braithwaite
2017 | EPUB | MB

In 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and warfare was never the same again. Armageddon and Paranoia relates how the power of the atom was harnessed to produce weapons capable of destroying human civilisation and considers what this has done to the world.

There are few villains in this story: on both sides of the Iron Curtain, dedicated scientists cracked the secrets of nature, dutiful military men planned out possible manoeuvres and politicians wrestled with potentially intolerable decisions. Patriotic citizens acquiesced to the idea that their country needed the ultimate means of defence. Some tried to grapple with the unanswerable question: what end could possibly be served by such fearsome means? Those who protested went unheard. None of them wanted to start a nuclear war, but all of them were paranoid about what the other side might do. The danger of annihilation by accident or misjudgement has not been entirely absent since.

Rodric Braithwaite, author of bestsellers Moscow 1941 and Afgantsy, paints a vivid and detailed portrait of this intense period in history. Its implications are terrifyingly relevant today, as ignorant and thoughtless talk about nuclear war begins to spread once more.

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 [EPUB]

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 [EPUB]
Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 by Rodric Braithwaite
2010 | EPUB | 0.6MB

The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It is a great story-but it never happened.

In this brilliant, myth-busting account, Rodric Braithwaite, the former British ambassador to Moscow, challenges much of what we know about the Soviets in Afghanistan. He provides an inside look at this little-understood episode, using first-hand accounts and piercing analysis to show the war as it was fought and experienced by the Russians. The invasion was a defensive response to a chaotic situation in the Soviets' immediate neighbor. They intended to establish a stable, friendly government, secure the major towns, and train the police and armed forces before making a rapid exit. But the mission escalated, as did casualties. Braithwaite does not paint the occupation as a Russian triumph. To the contrary, he illustrates the searing effect of the brutal conflict on soldiers, their families, and the broader public, as returning veterans struggled to regain their footing back home.

Now available in paperback, Braithwaite carries readers through these complex and momentous events, capturing those violent and tragic days as no one has done before.

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War [EPUB]

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War [EPUB]
Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War by Rodric Braithwaite
2010 | EPUB | 5.77MB

A brilliantly researched and realized history, an essential addition to the literature of World War II.

The 1941 Battle of Moscow—unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War—marked the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their seemingly unstoppable march across Europe. The Soviets lost many more people in that one battle than the British and Americans lost in the whole of the war. Now, with authority and narrative power, Rodric Braithwaite tells the story in large part through the individual experiences of ordinary Russian men and women.

Setting his narrative firmly against the background of Moscow and its people, Braithwaite begins in early 1941, when the Soviet Union was still untouched by the war raging to the west. We see how—despite abundant secret intelligence—the breaching of the border by the Wehrmacht in June took the country by surprise, and how, when the Germans pushed to Moscow in November, the Red Army and the capital’s inhabitants undertook to defend their city. Finally, in the winter of 1941–1942, they turned the Germans back on the very outskirts.

Braithwaite’s dramatic, richly illustrated narrative of the military action offers telling portraits of Stalin and his generals. By interweaving the personal remembrances of soldiers, politicians, writers, artists, workers, and schoolchildren, he gives us an unprecedented understanding of how the war affected the daily life of Moscow, and of the extraordinary bravery, endurance, and sacrifice—both voluntary and involuntary—that was required of its citizens.

Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India's Regional Cuisine [EPUB]

Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India's Regional Cuisine [EPUB]
Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India's Regional Cuisine edited by Sonal Ved
2018 | EPUB | 243.63MB

Explore the vast scope of Indian cooking in this comprehensive collection of regional recipes from renowned Indian chefs, named for the traditional Indian lunch pail.

Opening Tiffin unlocks for readers the diverse flavors of India. More than 500 recipes are organized by region and further by course, including vegetarian dishes, hearty meat-filled dinners, seafood, 10-minute appetizers, impossibly easy homemade breads, desserts, and drinks. Ingredients vary from coconut to tamarind to curry to masala and everything in between.

Chef Floyd Cardoz writes in the foreword, "I love Indian cuisine, the variety it offers, the cooking techniques, and the use of flavor and texture. I want the world to enjoy and celebrate this multiplicity in food that India has to offer."

Compiled by an Indian food editor from the collections of chefs who specialize in regional cuisine, these authentic dishes are rarely found in other cookbooks. With vibrant illustrations that represent the regional style and tempting photography of the dishes, Tiffin makes Indian cooking more accessible and authentic than ever before.

Hot Sex Tips, Tricks, and Licks: Sizzling Touch and Tongue Techniques for Amazing Orgasms [EPUB]

Hot Sex Tips, Tricks, and Licks: Sizzling Touch and Tongue Techniques for Amazing Orgasms [EPUB]
Hot Sex Tips, Tricks, and Licks: Sizzling Touch and Tongue Techniques for Amazing Orgasms by Jessica O'Reilly
2013 | EPUB | 24.83MB

Mindblowing sex isn't just about intercourse—it is about titillating all of the body's hot spots and erogenous zones to peak arousal and build amazing orgasms. Hot Sex Tips, Tricks and Licks teaches readers how to use their hands, fingers, and tongue to build and prolong arousal, control ejaculation, and give their partner (and themselves) incredible orgasms.

In these pages, you'll learn:

  • Fingering techniques that will take her over the edge
  • Hand-job tricks that will leave him breathless
  • Amazing anal play for both him and her
  • Sensual massage techniques to build and prolong ecstasy

American Intolerance: Our Dark History of Demonizing Immigrants [EPUB]

American Intolerance: Our Dark History of Demonizing Immigrants [EPUB]
American Intolerance: Our Dark History of Demonizing Immigrants by Robert E. Bartholomew, Anja Reumschuessel
2018 | EPUB | 1.04MB

This historical review of the US treatment of immigrants and minority groups documents the suspicion and persecution that often met newcomers and those perceived to be different.

Contrary to popular belief, the poor and huddled masses were never welcome in America. Though the engraving on the base of the Statue of Liberty makes that claim, history reveals a far less-welcoming message. This comprehensive survey of cultural and racial exclusion in the United States examines the legacy of hostility toward immigrants over two centuries.

The authors document abuses against Catholics in the early 19th century in response to the influx of German and Irish immigrants; hostility against Mexicans throughout the Southwest, where signs in bars and restaurants read, "No Dogs, No Negros, No Mexicans"; "yellow peril" fears leading to a ban on Chinese immigration for ten years; punitive measures against Native Americans traditions, which became punishable by fines and hard labor; the persecution of German Americans during World War I and Japanese Americans during World War II; the refusal to admit Jewish refugees of the Holocaust; and the ongoing legacy of mistreating African Americans from slavery to the injustices of the present day.

Though the authors note that the United States has accepted tens of millions of immigrants during its relatively short existence, its troubling history of persecution is often overlooked. President Donald Trump's targeting of Muslim and Mexican immigrants is just the most recent chapter in a long, sad history of social panics about "evil" foreigners who are made scapegoats due to their ethnicity or religious beliefs.

The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change [EPUB]

The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change [EPUB]
The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change by Ellen Ruppel Shell
2018 | EPUB | 1.25MB

Critically acclaimed journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell uncovers the true cost--political, economic, social, and personal--of America's mounting anxiety over jobs, and what we can do to regain control over our working lives.

Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the "winners" might as well inhabit another planet. But work is about much more than earning a living. Work gives us our identity, and a sense of purpose and place in this world. And yet, work as we know it is under siege.

Through exhaustive reporting and keen analysis, The Job reveals the startling truths and unveils the pervasive myths that have colored our thinking on one of the most urgent issues of our day: how to build good work in a globalized and digitalized world where middle class jobs seem to be slipping away. Traveling from deep in Appalachia to the heart of the Midwestern rust belt, from a struggling custom clothing maker in Massachusetts to a thriving co-working center in Minnesota, she marshals evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show how our educational system, our politics, and our very sense of self have been held captive to and distorted by outdated notions of what it means to get and keep a good job. We read stories of sausage makers, firefighters, zookeepers, hospital cleaners; we hear from economists, computer scientists, psychologists, and historians. The book's four sections take us from the challenges we face in scoring a good job today to work's infinite possibilities in the future. Work, in all its richness, complexity, rewards and pain, is essential for people to flourish. Ellen Ruppel Shell paints a compelling portrait of where we stand today, and points to a promising and hopeful way forward.

Antarctica's Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs [Audiobook]

Antarctica's Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs [Audiobook]
Antarctica's Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs [Audiobook] by Michael Salla, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 34 minutes | 315.59MB

Antarctica is a land about to be exposed over its well-guarded secrets and ancient hidden mysteries....

In 1955, as a result of a secret agreement reached between the Eisenhower Administration and a German breakaway group in Antarctica, a transnational corporate space program began to emerge. The secret infusion of personnel and resources from US military contractors into Antarctica allowed this transnational corporate program to steadily grow into a major space power, which would eventually surpass and eclipse the secret space programs run by the US Navy, Air Force, and the classified space programs of other nations. Whistleblower claims substantiate that many of the classified programs conducted there violate the 1961 Antarctic Treaty, and constitute crimes against humanity due to the abuse of a captive slave labor force. Dr. Michael Salla daringly exposes the major corporations involved in these illegal programs, and how the truth is hidden from company shareholders and the public. Today, Antarctica's secrets are slowly being revealed by the increasing volcanic activity that is melting the massive ice shelves, exposing ancient artifacts and crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Full disclosure of Antarctica's history, and current events involving multiple space programs and transnational corporations, will vitally aid in transforming our planet, and prepare humanity for the major geological events that lie ahead as the melting ice unveils all that has previously been hidden.

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 [Audiobook]

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 [Audiobook]
Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 [Audiobook] by Stephen Kotkin, read by John Pruden
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 34 minutes | 151.79MB

Featuring extensive revisions to the text as well as a new introduction and epilogue - bringing the book completely up to date on the tumultuous politics of the previous decade and the long-term implications of the Soviet collapse - this compact, original, and engaging book offers the definitive account of one of the great historical events of the last 50 years.

Combining historical and geopolitical analysis with an absorbing narrative, Kotkin draws upon extensive research, including memoirs by dozens of insiders and senior figures, to illuminate the factors that led to the demise of Communism and the USSR. The new edition puts the collapse in the context of the global economic and political changes from the 1970s to the present day. Kotkin creates a compelling profile of post-Soviet Russia, and he reminds us, with chilling immediacy, of what could not have been predicted - that the world's largest police state, with several million troops, a doomsday arsenal, and an appalling record of violence, would liquidate itself with barely a whimper.

Throughout the book, Kotkin also paints vivid portraits of key personalities. Using recently released archive materials, for example, he offers a fascinating picture of Gorbachev, describing this virtuoso tactician and resolutely committed reformer as "flabbergasted by the fact that his socialist renewal was leading to the system's liquidation" - and more or less going along with it.

At once authoritative and provocative, Armageddon Averted illuminates the collapse of the Soviet Union, revealing how "principled restraint and scheming self-interest brought a deadly system to meek dissolution".

Lose Well [Audiobook]

Lose Well [Audiobook]
Lose Well [Audiobook] by Chris Gethard, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 30 minutes | 259.35MB

Comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard performs his laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn't fit in or couldn't catch a break, showing us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms. This audiobook edition of Lose Well concludes with exclusive bonus conversations with Chris Gethard and special guests who are referenced throughout the audiobook: Gregg Gethard, Mike Dolan, Todd Tondera, Danny Tobia, Mark Moran, Frank Piegaro, and Jeremy Redleaf.

Let's face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won't be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes us feel like failures, that we're destined to a life of loserdom. That's the conventional wisdom. It's also crap, according to comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard, who knows a thing of two about losing. Failing is an art form, he argues; in fact, it's the only the way we're ever going to discover who we are, what we really want, and how to live the kind of life we only dreamed about.

Setting flame to vision boards and tossing out the "seven simple steps" to achieving anything, the host of the eponymous TruTV talk show and the wildly popular podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People illustrates his personal and professional manifesto with hilarious and ultimately empowering stories about his own setbacks, missteps, and public failures, from the cancellation of his Comedy Central sitcom after seven episodes to rediscovering his comedic voice and life's purpose on a public access channel.

With his trademark wit and inspiring storytelling - a cross between David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson - Gethard teaches us how to power through our own hero's journey, whether we're a 15-year-old starting a punk band or a 50-year-old mother of three launching an Etsy page. In the process, he shows us how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to transform inevitable failures into endless opportunities. It might get a little messy, but that's exactly the point. Because the first step in living on your own terms is learning how to lose well, and more often than not, the revolutionary act of failing lets us witness firsthand what awaits us on the other side.

The End of History and the Last Man [Audiobook]

The End of History and the Last Man [Audiobook]
The End of History and the Last Man [Audiobook] by Francis Fukuyama, read by L J Ganser
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 15 hours and 51 minutes | 432.23MB

Ever since its first publication in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man has provoked controversy and debate. Francis Fukuyama's prescient analysis of religious fundamentalism, politics, scientific progress, ethical codes, and war is as essential for a world fighting fundamentalist terrorists as it was for the end of the Cold War. Now updated with a new afterword, The End of History and the Last Man is a modern classic.

The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory: Everything You Need to Know About Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Alternative Love [Audiobook]

The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory: Everything You Need to Know About Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Alternative Love [Audiobook]
The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory: Everything You Need to Know About Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Alternative Love [Audiobook] by Dedeker Winston, read by Stephanie Rose
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 58 minutes | 271.64MB

No one likes a know-it-all, but everyone loves a girl with brains and heart. The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory is an intelligent and comprehensive guide to polyamory, open relationships, and other forms of alternative love, offering relationship advice radically different from anything you'll find on the magazine rack.

This practical guidebook will help women break free of the mold of traditional monogamy, without the constraints of jealousy, possessiveness, insecurity, and competition. The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory incorporates interviews and real-world advice from women of all ages in nontraditional relationships, as well as exercises for building self-awareness, confidence in communication, and strategies for managing and eliminating jealousy. If you're curious about exploring group sex, opening up your current monogamous relationship, or ready to "come out" as polyamorous, this book covers it all!

Whether you're a seasoned graduate, a timid freshman, or somewhere in between, you'll learn how to discover and craft unique relationships that are healthy, happy, sexy, and tailor-made for you. Because when it comes to your love life, being a know-it-all is actually a great thing to be.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race [Audiobook]

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race [Audiobook]
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race [Audiobook] by Beverly Daniel Tatum, read by the Author
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 27 minutes | 366.73MB

The classic, best-selling book on the psychology of racism - now fully revised and updated.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black, white, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

Step Into Your Moxie: A Holistic Approach to Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World [Audiobook]

Step Into Your Moxie: A Holistic Approach to Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World [Audiobook]
Step Into Your Moxie: A Holistic Approach to Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World [Audiobook] by Alexia Vernon, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 24 minutes | 201.68MB

Step Into Your Moxie is a soul-stirring call to action for women to speak up for themselves and the ideas and issues that matter most to them. Alexia Vernon fuses hilarious stories and actionable advice to slay diminishing self-talk and cultivate the mind-set and behaviors to walk into any room (or onto any stage) and move people to action. She has created a timely, refreshingly playful guide for women to communicate with candor, clarity, compassion, and ease every time they open their mouths to speak - in their careers, businesses, communities, and homes.

Wise, witty, and with just the right amount of woo, Step Into Your Moxie is the audiobook women want by their side as they have that daring conversation, give an important presentation, run for office, or tell the people closest to them to step back from those boundaries they've just trespassed. Vernon has devised step-by-step guidance for many types of women: "successful" ones who power through their lives despite poor self-confidence; those who want to amplify their communications in conversations, negotiations, and presentations; and those who need to improve their communications in their homes, relationships, and neighborhoods. These shifts, seemingly small as well as large, change perspectives, lives, and - over time - the world.

Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain [Audiobook]

Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain [Audiobook]
Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain [Audiobook] by Caitlin C Gillespie, read by Jennifer M Dixon
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hours and 50 minutes | 186.61MB

In AD 60/61, Rome almost lost the province of Britain to a woman. Boudica, wife of the client king Prasutagus, fomented a rebellion that proved catastrophic for Camulodunum (Colchester), Londinium (London), and Verulamium (St. Albans), destroyed part of a Roman legion, and caused the deaths of an untold number of veterans, families, soldiers, and Britons. Yet with one decisive defeat, her vision of freedom was destroyed, and the Iceni never rose again.

Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain introduces listeners to the life and literary importance of Boudica through juxtaposing her different literary characterizations with those of other women and rebel leaders. This study focuses on our earliest literary evidence, the accounts of Tacitus and Cassius Dio, and investigates their narratives alongside material evidence of late Iron Age and early Roman Britain. Throughout the book, Caitlin Gillespie draws comparative sketches between Boudica and the positive and negative examples with which listeners associate her, including the prophetess Veleda, the client queen Cartimandua, and the rebel Caratacus. Literary comparisons assist in the understanding of Boudica as a barbarian, queen, mother, commander in war, and leader of revolt.

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlen, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction [Audiobook]

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlen, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction [Audiobook]
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlen, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction [Audiobook] by Alec Nevala-Lee, read by Sean Runnette
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 12 minutes | 360.08MB

Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers - John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard - who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world.

This remarkable cultural narrative centers on the figure of John W. Campbell, Jr., whom Asimov called "[T]he most powerful force in science fiction ever." Campbell, who has never been the subject of a biography until now, was both a visionary author - he wrote the story that was later filmed as The Thing - and the editor of the groundbreaking magazine best known as Astounding Science Fiction, in which he discovered countless legendary writers and published classic works ranging from the I, Robot series to Dune. Over a period of more than 30 years, from the rise of the pulps to the debut of Star Trek, he dominated the genre, and his three closest collaborators reached unimaginable heights. Asimov became the most prolific author in American history; Heinlein emerged as the leading science-fiction writer of his generation with the novels Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land; and Hubbard achieved lasting fame - and infamy - as the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, Astounding describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honors such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein, whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, it reveals the startling extent of Campbell's influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: "I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs." It looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and it illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes [Audiobook]

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes [Audiobook]
The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes [Audiobook] by Joshua M Bernstein, read by Patrick Lawlor
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 17 minutes | 362.11MB

It's a great time to be a beer drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Expert Joshua M. Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Complete Beer Course, demystifying brews and breaking down the elements that make beer's flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions.

Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. Through suggested, targeted tastings, you'll learn when to drink down - and when to dump those beers down a drain.

City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul [Audiobook]

City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul [Audiobook]
City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul [Audiobook] by Ephraim Mattos, Scott McEwen, read by Ephraim Mattos
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 36 minutes | 234.76MB

This is the true story of Ephraim Mattos, a former US Navy SEAL, and what he witnessed while volunteering as a frontline combat medic during the historic battle to retake Mosul from ISIS - the deadliest urban combat the world has seen since WWII.

After leaving the US Navy SEAL teams in spring of 2017, Ephraim Mattos, age 24, flew to Iraq to join a small group of volunteer humanitarians known as the Free Burma Rangers, who were working on the front lines of the war on ISIS. Until being shot by ISIS on a suicidal rescue mission, Mattos witnessed unexplainable acts of courage and sacrifice by the Free Burma Rangers, who, while under heavy machine gun and mortar fire, assaulted across ISIS minefields, used themselves as human shields, and sprinted down ISIS-infested streets - all to retrieve wounded civilians.

In City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul, Mattos recounts in vivid detail what he saw and felt while he and the other Free Burma Rangers evacuated the wounded, conducted rescue missions, and at times fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Iraqi Army against ISIS. Filled with raw and emotional descriptions of what it's like to come face-to-face with death, this is the harrowing and uplifting true story of a small group of men who risked everything to save the lives of the Iraqi people and who followed the credence, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

As the coauthor of the number-one New York Times best-selling American Sniper, Scott McEwen has teamed up with Mattos to help share an unforgettable tale of an American warrior turned humanitarian forced to fight his way into and out of a hell on earth created by ISIS.

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

The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy [Audiobook]
The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy [Audiobook] by Gavin Edwards, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 19 minutes | 226.83MB

An entertaining and insightful homage to Tom Hanks, America's favorite movie star, from The New York Times best-selling 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 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.

The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics [Audiobook]

The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics [Audiobook]
The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics [Audiobook] by David S Heidler, Jeanne T Heidler, read by Molly Parker Myers
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 33 minutes | 369.26MB

The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible.

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his 40s, his sole claim on the public's affections derived from his victory in a 30-minute battle at New Orleans in early 1815. Yet those in his immediate circle believed he was a great man who should be president of the United States.

Jackson's election in 1828 is usually viewed as a result of the expansion of democracy. Historians David and Jeanne Heidler argue that he actually owed his victory to his closest supporters, who wrote hagiographies of him, founded newspapers to savage his enemies, and built a political network that was always on message. In transforming a difficult man into a paragon of republican virtue, the Jacksonites exploded the old order and created a mode of electioneering that has been mimicked ever since.

Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America [Audiobook]

Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America [Audiobook]
Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America [Audiobook] by Fred Burton, Samuel M Katz, read by Rob Shapiro
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 33 minutes | 315.12MB

From the New York Times best-selling coauthors of Under Fire - the riveting story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley.

After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley. But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh.

Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley's abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. Drawing on never-before-seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley's co-workers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the relentless search for Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day.

Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything [Audiobook]

Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything [Audiobook]
Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything [Audiobook] by David D Nolte, read by Joel Richards
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hours and 11 minutes | 363.18MB

Galileo Unbound traces the journey that brought us from Galileo's law of free fall to today's geneticists measuring evolutionary drift, entangled quantum particles moving among many worlds, and our lives as trajectories traversing a health space with thousands of dimensions. Remarkably, common themes persist that predict the evolution of species as readily as the orbits of planets or the collapse of stars into black holes. This book tells the history of spaces of expanding dimension and increasing abstraction and how they continue today to give new insight into the physics of complex systems.

Galileo published the first modern law of motion, the Law of Fall, laying the foundation upon which Newton built the first theory of dynamics. Early in the 20th century, geometry became the cause of motion rather than the result when Einstein envisioned the fabric of space-time warped by mass and energy. Possibly more radical was Feynman's dilemma of quantum particles taking all paths at once - setting the stage for the modern fields of quantum field theory and quantum computing. Yet as concepts of motion have evolved, one thing has remained constant, the need to track ever more complex changes and to capture their essence, to find patterns in the chaos as we try to predict and control our world.

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction [EPUB]

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction [EPUB]
Astounding: John W Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, L Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee
2018 | EPUB | 3.23MB

Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers—John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard—who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world.

This remarkable cultural narrative centers on the figure of John W. Campbell, Jr., whom Asimov called “the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” Campbell, who has never been the subject of a biography until now, was both a visionary author—he wrote the story that was later filmed as The Thing—and the editor of the groundbreaking magazine best known as Astounding Science Fiction, in which he discovered countless legendary writers and published classic works ranging from the I, Robot series to Dune. Over a period of more than thirty years, from the rise of the pulps to the debut of Star Trek, he dominated the genre, and his three closest collaborators reached unimaginable heights. Asimov became the most prolific author in American history; Heinlein emerged as the leading science fiction writer of his generation with the novels Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land; and Hubbard achieved lasting fame—and infamy—as the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, Astounding describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honors such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein, whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, it reveals the startling extent of Campbell’s influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: “I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs.” It looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and it illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.