True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods [EPUB]

True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods [EPUB]
True or Poo: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods by Nick Caruso, Dani Rabaiotti
2018 | EPUB | 16.63MB

From the scientist duo behind the New York Times bestselling sensation Does It Fart? comes a new illustrated compendium of animal facts and falsehoods, from the head-scratching to the repulsive!

After Does It Fart? comes Number Two...a fully illustrated compendium of animal facts and falsehoods--the more repulsive the better.

Do komodo dragons have toxic slobber? Is it true that a scorpion that sheds its tail dies of constipation? Speaking of poo, do rabbits really have a habit of, err, eating their own? And can you really get high from licking toads, or is that...fake newts?

The answers to all these questions and more can be found in True or Poo?, a manual for disgusting and one-upping your friends and enemies for years to come.

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence [EPUB]

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence [EPUB]
Does It Fart: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence by Nick Caruso, Dani Rabaiotti
2018 | EPUB | 11.35MB

The New York Times bestselling sensation! A scientifically rigorous, fully illustrated guide to animal flatulence that will delight readers of all ages.

Dogs do it. Millipedes do it. Dinosaurs did it. You do it. I do it. Octopuses don't (and nor do octopi). Spiders might do it: more research is needed. Birds don't do it, but they could if they wanted to. Herrings do it to communicate with each other.

In 2017 zoologist Dani Rabaiotti's teenage brother asked her a most teenaged question: Do snakes fart? Stumped, Rabaiotti turned to Twitter. The internet did not disappoint. Her innocent question spawned the hashtag #doesitfart and it spread like a noxious gas. Dozens of noted experts began weighing in on which animals do and don't fart, and if they do, how much, how often, what it's made of, what it smells like, and why.

Clearly, the public demands more information on animal farts. Does it Fart? fills that void: a fully authoritative, fully illustrated guide to animal flatulence, covering the habits of 80 animals in more detail than you ever knew you needed.

What do hyena farts smell especially bad? What is a fossa, and does it fart? Why do clams vomit but not fart? And what is a fart, really? Pairing hilarious illustrations with surprisingly detailed scientific explanations, Does it Fart? will allow you to shift the blame onto all kinds of unlikely animals for years to come.

Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare [EPUB]

Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare [EPUB]
Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare by Clare Asquith
2018 | EPUB | 1.55MB

In 16th century England many loyal subjects to the crown were asked to make a terrible choice: to follow their monarch or their God. The era was one of unprecedented authoritarianism: England, it seemed, had become a police state, fearful of threats from abroad and plotters at home. This age of terror was also the era of the greatest creative genius the world has ever known: William Shakespeare. How, then, could such a remarkable man born into such violently volatile times apparently make no comment about the state of England in his work?

He did. But it was hidden. Revealing Shakespeare's sophisticated version of a forgotten code developed by 16th-century dissidents, Clare Asquith shows how he was both a genius for all time and utterly a creature of his own era: a writer who was supported by dissident Catholic aristocrats, who agonized about the fate of England's spiritual and political life and who used the stage to attack and expose a regime which he believed had seized illegal control of the country he loved.

Shakespeare's plays offer an acute insight into the politics and personalities of his era. And Clare Asquith's decoding of them offers answers to several mysteries surrounding Shakespeare's own life, including most notably why he stopped writing while still at the height of his powers. An utterly compelling combination of literary detection and political revelation, Shadowplay is the definitive expose of how Shakespeare lived through and understood the agonies of his time, and what he had to say about them.

Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons [EPUB]

Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons [EPUB]
Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons by Sharon Hatfield
2018 | EPUB | 17.75MB

In Enchanted Ground, Sharon Hatfield brings to life the true story of a nineteenth-century farmer-turned-medium, Jonathan Koons, one of thousands of mediums throughout the antebellum United States. In the hills outside Athens, Ohio, Koons built a house where it was said the dead spoke to the living, and where ancient spirits communicated the wisdom of the ages. Curious believers, in homespun and in city attire, traveled from as far as New Orleans to a remote Appalachian cabin whose marvels would rival any of P. T. Barnum’s attractions.

Yet Koons’s story is much more than showmanship and sleight of hand. His enterprise, not written about in full until now, embodied the excitement and optimism of citizens breaking free from societal norms. Reform-minded dreamers were drawn to Koons’s seances as his progressive brand of religion displaced the gloomy Calvinism of previous generations. As heirs to the Second Great Awakening, which stretched from New York State to the far reaches of the Northwest Territory, the curious, the faithful, and Koons himself were part of a larger, uniquely American moment that still marks the cultural landscape today.

How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace [EPUB]

How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace [EPUB]
How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace
2018 | EPUB | 1.63MB

This book is a quiet revolution, a guide filled with practical advice to help you curb your obsessions and build boundaries between your work, your job, and your life. From business anecdotes about fulfilling orders to more personal stories about Marlee Grace’s recovery from divorce and addiction, this book is full of wisdom and resilience, with plenty of discussion about ritual and routine as ways to create effective and positive creative life change.

In her workshops on healing and creative process, Grace helps people acknowledge their blocks and address them by setting distinct parameters that change their behavior. Now, she brings her methods and ideas to the wider world, offering all of us concrete ways to break free from our devices and focus on what’s really important—our own aliveness.

Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working ventures into the space where phone meets life, helping readers to define their work—what they do out of sense of purpose; their job—what they do to make money; and their breaks—what they do to recharge, and to feel connected to themselves and the people who matter to them. Grace addresses complex issues such as what to do if your work and your job are connected, provides insights to help you figure out how much is too much, and offers suggestions for making the best use of your time.

Essential for everyone who feels overwhelmed and anxious about our hyper-connected world—whether you’re a corporate lawyer, a student, a sales person, or a yoga instructor—How to Not Always Be Working includes practical suggestions and thoughtful musings that prompt you to honestly examine your behavior—how you burn yourself out and why you’re doing it. A creative manifesto for living better, it shows you how to carve sacred space in your life.

The Philosophy of Beards [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Beards [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Beards by Thomas S Gowing
2018 | EPUB | 14.11MB

Sure to be popular in the hipper precincts of Brooklyn (to say nothing of the Pacific Northwest), this eccentric Victorian volume makes a strong case for the universal wearing of beards.

Reminding us that since ancient times the beard has been an essential symbol of manly distinction, Thomas S. Gowing (whom we trust had a spectacular beard) presents a moral case for eschewing the bitter bite of the razor. He contrasts the vigor and daring of the bearded—say, lumberjacks and Lincoln—with the undeniable effeminacy of the shaven. Manliness is found in the follicles, and the modern man should not forget that “ladies, by their very nature, like everything manly,” and cannot fail to be charmed by a fine “flow of curling comeliness.” Even old men can hold on to their vitality via their beards: “The Beard keeps gradually covering, varying and beautifying, and imparts new graces even to decay, by highlighting all that is still pleasing, veiling all that is repulsive.”

A truly strange polemic, The Philosophy of Beards is as charming as it is bizarre, the perfect gift for the manly man in your life.

The Hippie Traveler: Finding The Little Buddha [EPUB]

The Hippie Traveler: Finding The Little Buddha [EPUB]
The Hippie Traveler: Finding The Little Buddha by Ronald Ritter, Sussan Evermore
2015 | EPUB | 2.56MB

I was full of adventure and wanted to reach England by traveling the hippie trail overland from Australia. It was a time in history when young people defied convention and took their backpacks to see the world. In many ways it became a spiritual quest as I felt guided by a stranger in Singapore to travel to Nepal to meet, unknown to me at the time, The Little Buddha, Ossian MacLise.

I was the iconic, itinerant hippie traveller of the sixties and early seventies, working for a year or two then traveling for a year until I had enough money to go again.

My first foray into travel was the great flower power hippie overland route to England. Traveling by bus, train or plane I slowly made my way through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey then onto England before returning to Europe and home to Australia.

Life on the road is exciting, exhausting and life changing. I recommend it for everyone before settling into a world of marriage, children and mortgage.

The enjoyment of this journey remained with me for the rest of my life and I became an itinerant traveler, always looking for the next adventure.

You were born to succeed [EPUB]

You were born to succeed [EPUB]
You were born to succeed: Discover the secrets to free your inner being, so you can easily reach your goals and finally achieve success! by Fausto Petrone
2018 | EPUB | 8.5MB

"Finally! Learn How to Unleash Your Inner Being, so you can easily reach your goals and finally achieve success!"

Discover the Secrets to Unleashing Your Inner Drive So That You Can Easily Accomplish Your Goals and Finally Achieve Success!

In today’s 24/7 connected, digital world, we’re constantly bombarded with images of our friends and family’s success. It seems like everyone you know is showing off what they have and how they got it. While a majority of us know what we want to accomplish in life, most of us don’t quite know how to accomplish our goals and achieve success.

Are You Feeling Lost?

Feeling a little lost about how to get through the middle of your journey to success is nothing new. Not many people know the exact steps to take to accomplish what they set out to do and make success happen.

So How Can You Succeed?

The key to crushing your goals and accomplishing what you set out to do is finding a way to release your inner drive. Fortunately, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide that will show you what you need to do to finally unleash your internal drive so you can accomplish your goals and achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here's exactly what you'll get inside the course:

  • Discover what inner drive is and some of the reasons you may be lacking it.
  • Learn how to find your focus to eliminate distractions and get more done in a shorter amount of time.
  • Discover the easiest way to change your mindset to banish negative self-talk and excuses and discover the freedom of thought.
  • Learn the secrets to controlling your emotions so you can better focus on what needs to be done.
  • Uncover the secrets to gaining more self-confidence so you can continue moving forward and achieve success.
  • Learn how to increase your self-discipline so you can avoid becoming stuck on your path to accomplishing what you set out to do.
  • Learn how to adapt and adjust your plan so you can reach the end of your journey.
  • Discover how to remain persistent and overcome challenges you may face on your journey.
  • Learn how to remove negativity from your life and find positive support to help you see success.
  • Discover how your health can significantly impact your chances for success.
  • And much more!

The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe [EPUB]

The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe [EPUB]
The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe by Rajat Parr, Jordan Mackay
2018 | EPUB | 184.02MB

The first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste. This will be the go-to guide for aspiring sommeliers, wine aficionados who want to improve their blind tasting skills, and amateur enthusiasts looking for a straightforward and visceral way to understand and describe wine.

In this seminal addition to the wine canon, noted experts Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay share everything they've learned in their decades of tasting wine. The result is the most in-depth study of the world's greatest wine regions ever published. There are books that describe the geography of wine regions. And there are books that describe the way basic wines and grapes should taste. But there are no books that describe the intricacies of the way wines from various subregions, soils, and appellations should taste. Now, for the first time ever, you can learn about the differences between wines from the 7 grand crus and 40 premier crus of Chablis, or the terroirs in Barolo, Champagne, and Bordeaux. Paying attention to styles, winemakers, soils, and the most cutting-edge of trends, this book explains how to understand the wines of the world not in the classical way, but in the modern way--appellation by appellation, soil by soil, technique by technique--making it an essential reference and instant classic.

Amy Schumer and Philosophy: Brainwreck! [EPUB]

Amy Schumer and Philosophy: Brainwreck! [EPUB]
Amy Schumer and Philosophy: Brainwreck (Popular Culture and Philosophy) edited by Charlene Elsby, Rob Luzecky
2018 | EPUB | 0.99MB

Why read a book about Amy Schumer and philosophy? After all, Amy Schumer is primarily known as a comedian, though she is also an actor, writer, and producer. One reason is that it will be enlightening. Amy Schumer is one of a handful of contemporary comedians filling the role of public philosopher. To be clear, Amy herself does not claim to be offering wisdom.

This volume contains seventeen fun-filled chapters. One author makes the case that Amy uses humor to encourage her audience to consider important questions, for example, she does this when she discusses the trial of Bill Cosby while evoking fond memories of The Cosby Show. She essentially asks her audience to consider whether they give priority to unconflicted entertainment over justice for rape victims. In another chapter, the author casts a philosophical eye toward the action-comedy film Snatched and finds that it raises questions about responsibility: Is Schumer’s character, Emily, responsible for getting kidnapped in Ecuador? Is Emily responsible for the death of one of her kidnappers? Another author asks whether Snatched can be a great comedy and still get negative reviews? What is the role of art and who determines whether a work of art is good or beautiful? What do Amy Schumer and Friedrich Nietzsche have in common? Is Amy a “sex comic” or an “issue comic”? With her typical self-deprecating comedic style, Amy makes jokes by highlighting the absurd, the illogical, and the hypocritical in gender relations, notions of masculinity and femininity, and superficial values.

But the main reason to read Amy Schumer and Philosophy is that it a pretty awesome read and laughter will most definitely ensue.

Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models [EPUB]

Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models [EPUB]
Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models by Bruce E Levine
2018 | EPUB | 3.6MB

The capacity to comply with abusive authority is humanity’s fatal flaw. Fortunately, within the human family there are anti-authoritarians—people comfortable questioning the legitimacy of authority and challenging and resisting its illegitimate forms. However, as Resisting Illegitimate Authority reveals, authoritarians attempt to marginalize anti-authoritarians, who are scorned, shunned, financially punished, psychopathologized, criminalized, and even assassinated.

Profiling a diverse group of U.S. anti-authoritarians—including Thomas Paine, Ralph Nader, Malcolm X, and Lenny Bruce—in order to glean useful lessons from their lives, Resisting Illegitmate Authority is the first self-help manual for anti-authoritarians. Discussing anti-authoritarian approaches to depression, relationships, and parenting, it provides political, spiritual, philosophical, and psychological tools to help those suffering violence and marginalization in a society whose most ardent cheerleaders for “freedom” are often its most obedient and docile citizens.

Resisting Illegitimate Authority is about bigotry, but not bigotry directed at race, religion, gender, or sexual preference. It is about bigotry directed at rebellious personalities and temperaments.

The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything [EPUB]

The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything [EPUB]
The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything by Bobby Duffy
2018 | EPUB | 1.88MB

'Mandatory reading' Steven Pinker

Do you eat too much sugar? What proportion of your country are immigrants? What does it cost to raise a child? How much tax do the rich pay? Are we more ignorant than we used to be?

Take a minute to answer these questions. No matter how educated you are, this book suggests you are likely to be very wrong indeed. Informed by exclusive research across 40 countries, conducted by global polling firm Ipsos, The Perils of Perception investigates why we don't know basic facts about the world around us.

Using the latest research into the media and decision science, Bobby Duffy asks how we can address our ignorance and why the populations of some countries seem better informed than others. Essential reading in the so-called 'post-truth' era, this book will transform the way you engage with the world.

Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South [EPUB]

Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South [EPUB]
Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South by Pam Kelley
2018 | EPUB | 2.34MB

Meet Money Rock―young, charismatic, and Charlotte’s flashiest coke dealer―in a riveting social history with echoes of Ghettoside and Random Family

Meet Money Rock. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s generous, often to a fault. He’s one of Charlotte’s most successful cocaine dealers, and that’s what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic.

The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as “Maximum Bob.” When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him.

This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies—racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration—help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.

American Tantrum: The Donald J Trump Presidential Archives [Audiobook]

American Tantrum: The Donald J Trump Presidential Archives [Audiobook]
American Tantrum: The Donald J Trump Presidential Archives [Audiobook] by Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey, read by
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 9 minutes | 169.27MB

In American Tantrum, the star of Comedy Central's acclaimed The President Show opens the vault and releases Donald J. Trump's presidential archives. The result is a devastatingly hilarious audiobook that gets closer to truth than any nonfiction account, voiced by the author, Anthony Atamanuik, with guests Neil Casey, Kathy Griffin, Tom Arnold, John Gemberling, and Lennon Parham.

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 One. It's all here: the 45th US president's letters, diaries, Oval Office recordings, Moscow hotel tapes, grand jury testimony, sealed indictments, financial records, subpoenas, dossiers, and so much more!

It's available now at the amazing price of $23.95!* Never has wisdom been so accessible!

It's the last audiobook you will ever need to buy. Or maybe just the last audiobook published, period. Get yours now before the First Amendment is abolished!

*Offer not valid to employees of the US Department of Justice.

Don't miss Volume Two: The Prison Years - coming soon! Hopefully!

Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick [Audiobook]

Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick [Audiobook]
Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick [Audiobook] by David Frye, read by Arthur Morey
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 5 minutes | 249.71MB

In Walls historian David Frye tells the epic story of history's greatest man-made barriers, from ancient times to the present. It is a haunting and frequently eye-opening saga - one that reveals a startling link between what we build and how we live.

With Frye as our raconteur-guide, we journey back to a time before barriers of brick and stone even existed - to an era in which nomadic tribes vied for scarce resources, and each man was bred to a life of struggle. Ultimately, those same men would create edifices of mud, brick, and stone and with them effectively divide humanity: On one side were those the walls protected; on the other, those the walls kept out.

The stars of this narrative are the walls themselves - rising up in places as ancient and exotic as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Greece, China, Rome, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the lower Mississippi, and even Central America. As we journey across time and place, we discover a hidden, thousand-mile-long wall in Asia's steppes; learn of bizarre Spartan rituals; watch Mongol chieftains lead their miles-long hordes; witness the epic siege of Constantinople; chill at the fate of French explorers; marvel at the folly of the Maginot Line; tense at the gathering crisis in Cold War Berlin; gape at Hollywood's gated royalty; and contemplate the wall mania of our own era.

A masterpiece of historical recovery and preeminent storytelling, Walls is alternately evocative, amusing, chilling, and deeply insightful as it gradually reveals the startling ways that barriers have affected our psyches. The questions this book summons are both intriguing and profound: Did walls make civilization possible? And can we live without them?

The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead [Audiobook]

The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead [Audiobook]
The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead [Audiobook] edited by Travis Langley, read by Allyson Ryan
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 13 minutes | 197.09MB

By understanding the psychological forces that drive The Walking Dead's action, fans can better grasp Robert Kirkman's compelling fictional universe. Which characters suffer PTSD, which show the most hope for recovery, and which instead show post-traumatic growth? Has Rick Grimes lost his mind? What's it like for a kid like Carl growing up during the zombie apocalypse? Is the Governor a psychopath, a sociopath, or something even worse? What does that make Negan? What is the emotional cost of killing a walker or even another living person? What does Terror Management Theory tell us about what it means to fight constantly or survival? What is groupthink and how does it affect the decisions made by the people of Woodbury, Terminus, Alexandria, and Rick's "family"? How do they find hope?

In 19 chapters from a range of esteemed contributors, plus "Case Files" sidebars by renowned editor Travis Langley with a foreword by George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead co-creator John Russo, The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead answers these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the millions of passionate graphic novel readers and TV viewers.

Contributors include:

  • John Blanchar
  • Megan Blink
  • Colt J. Blunt
  • Josué Cardona
  • Adam Davis
  • William Blake Erickson
  • Frank Gaskill
  • Jennifer Golbeck
  • Jonathan Hetterly
  • Katrina Hill
  • Alan Kistler
  • Dana Klisanin
  • Stephen Kuniak
  • Martin Lloyd
  • Stephanie Norman
  • Patrick O'Connor
  • Katherine Ramsland
  • Clay Routledge
  • Billy San Juan
  • Janina Scarlet
  • Steven Schlozman
  • Lara Taylor
  • Dave Verhaagen
  • Mara Wood
  • E. Paul Zehr

Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind: MIT Press [Audiobook]

Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind: MIT Press [Audiobook]
Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind: MIT Press [Audiobook] by David Herman, read by Arthur Flavell
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hours and 36 minutes | 398.08MB

With Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind, David Herman proposes a cross-fertilization between the study of narrative and research on intelligent behavior. The book as a whole centers on two questions: How do people make sense of stories, and how do people use stories to make sense of the world? Examining narratives from different periods and across multiple media and genres, Herman shows how traditions of narrative research can help shape ways of formulating and addressing questions about intelligent activity, and vice versa.

Using case studies that range from Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to sequences from The Incredible Hulk comics to narratives told in everyday interaction, Herman considers storytelling both as a target for interpretation and as a resource for making sense of experience itself. In doing so, he puts ideas from narrative scholarship into dialogue with such fields as psycholinguistics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive, social, and ecological psychology. After exploring ways in which interpreters of stories can use textual cues to build narrative worlds, or storyworlds, Herman investigates how this process of narrative worldmaking in turn supports efforts to understand - and engage with - the conduct of persons, among other aspects of lived experience.

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia [Audiobook]

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia [Audiobook]
House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia [Audiobook] by Craig Unger, read by Jason Culp
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 36 minutes | 323.38MB

House of Trump, House of Putin offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House.

It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump's inauguration as president of the United States. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin's long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and associates had ensnared Trump in, starting more than 20 years ago with the massive bailout of a string of sensational Trump hotel and casino failures in Atlantic City. This book confirms the most incredible American paranoias about Russian malevolence.

To most, it will be a hair-raising revelation that the Cold War did not end in 1991 - that it merely evolved, with Trump's apartments offering the perfect vehicle for billions of dollars to leave the collapsing Soviet Union. In House of Trump, House of Putin, Craig Unger methodically traces the deep-rooted alliance between the highest echelons of American political operatives and the biggest players in the frightening underworld of the Russian Mafia. He traces Donald Trump's sordid ascent from foundering real estate tycoon to leader of the free world. He traces Russia's phoenixlike rise from the ashes of the post-Cold War Soviet Union as well as its ceaseless covert efforts to retaliate against the West and reclaim its status as a global superpower.

Without Trump, Russia would have lacked a key component in its attempts to return to imperial greatness. Without Russia, Trump would not be president. This essential book is crucial to understanding the real powers at play in the shadows of today's world.

Every Day Is Extra [Audiobook]

Every Day Is Extra [Audiobook]
Every Day Is Extra [Audiobook] by John Kerry, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 28 hours and 25 minutes | 780.88MB

John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life - from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years - a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry's candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state - Ohio - of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry's passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for 50 years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

The Economist Audio Edition [October 27, 2018]

The Economist Audio Edition [October 27, 2018]
The Economist Audio Edition [October 27, 2018]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 217.16MB

Aussie rules -- What Australia can teach the world

  • Trump and the caravan
  • How to protect Brazil's democracy
  • The case against gender self-ID
  • Drone deliveries take off
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  • China: Keeping veterans happy (friendly fire)
  • S&T: Ethics and autonomous vehicles

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