The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]

The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]
The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth, 2nd Edition [Audiobook] by Harvey Rishikof, Roger Z George, read by Kevin Moriarty
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 19 hours and 29 minutes | 531.33MB

This second edition of The National Security Enterprise provides practitioners' insights into the operation, missions, and organizational cultures of the principal national security agencies and other institutions that shape the US national security decision-making process. Unlike some textbooks on American foreign policy, it offers analysis from insiders who have worked at the National Security Council, the State and Defense Departments, the intelligence community, and the other critical government entities. The book explains how organizational missions and cultures create the labyrinth in which a coherent national security policy must be fashioned.

Taking into account the changes introduced by the Obama administration, the second edition includes four new or entirely revised chapters (Congress, Department of Homeland Security, Treasury, and USAID) and updates to the text throughout. It covers changes instituted since the first edition was published in 2011, implications of the government campaign to prosecute leaks, and lessons learned from more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. This up-to-date book will appeal to students of US national security and foreign policy as well as career policymakers.

Cure Your Phobia in 24 Hours [EPUB]

Cure Your Phobia in 24 Hours [EPUB]
Cure Your Phobia in 24 Hours: Confront your fears and achieve your full potential by Richard Reid
2017 | EPUB | 4.92MB

Burst through the fear!

Is your fear of flying preventing you from taking that life changing holiday? Are you terrified of leaving the house in case you run into a dog? Do you plan your day around avoiding your fears?

If your fear, phobia or anxiety is taking over your life and stopping you from living the way you want, then Cure Your Phobia in 24 Hours is here to help.

Through carefully honed techniques and strategies, psychotherapist and CBT expert Richard Reid will unlock your true inner potential. As well as overcoming your immediate fear or phobia in record time by expanding your comfort zone in a step-by-step plan, Richard will also help you build long term strategies, teaching you to discredit negative thinking and grow confidence to be the fearless person you’ve always want to be.

Reassuring, warm and hugely practical, with accessible guides for every phobia from Agoraphobia to Ornithophobia, advice on how to manage anxiety and panic attacks and easy-to-use, practical guidance to help you on your journey, Richard will be with you every step of the way.

In Sky’s Extreme Phobias, Extreme Cures, Richard helped dozens of people overcome their greatest fears in a matter of hours. With his help, in just 24 hours you too can be phobia-free and ready to grab life with both hands.

Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi [EPUB]

Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi [EPUB]
Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi: A revolutionary new understanding of why mindful healing works by Peter Anthony Gryffin PhD
2018 | EPUB | 3.95MB

Today, more doctors than ever are prescribing tai chi for patients recovering from injury, illness, and surgery.

This book presents over ten years of research into how and why tai chi benefits health from an evidence-based, medical perspective.

Dr. Peter Anthony Gryffin demonstrates the link between health and metarobics, his term for slow, meditative exercises that enhance blood oxygen saturation, diffusion, and oxygen-based metabolism. Metarobics―including tai chi, qigong, and yoga―focus on relaxation and deep breathing. Dr. Gryffin's research shows that these exercises offer a wide range of benefits for treating chronic disease.

Dr. Gryffin cites numerous scientific studies as well as testimonials from patients who have experienced the natural healing benefits of metarobic exercise. Many have surmounted chronic health problems to improve their quality of life. Some even overcame grave diagnoses.

This book features

  • More than 120 scientific studies on tai chi and other metarobic exercises
  • More than 50 case stories from tai chi qigong, and yoga practitioners
  • Clear, straightforward language
  • Tested guidelines to improve your metarobic exercise and maximize health benefits

“This book presents over ten years of research into how and why tai chi benefits health from a physiological perspective,” Dr. Gryffin says. “The links I discovered will allow everyone from novice students to veteran teachers to maximize benefits for health and chronic conditions.”

Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar [EPUB]

Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar [EPUB]
Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar by Allison Maslan
2018 | EPUB | 2.27MB

Scaling a business is not for the faint of heart. It’s a mind-bending journey that causes millions of business owners around the globe to either throw in the towel—or avoid risk entirely and suffer from smallness and mediocrity.

Most of these businesses fail because they are ill prepared to face the real challenges involved in scaling. Either they don’t have the bandwidth to keep up with the sales demand or production, miss out on major opportunities due to fear, or keep making the same mistakes over and over because systems and processes aren’t in sync with the rate of growth.

To truly scale, you must upsize your strategic practices, implement new marketing strategies, find new ways to build your team, and expand your mindset to break through whatever is keeping you stuck at the same level. Then you must be willing to take the leap into the giant unknown – to make your impossible possible.

In Scale or Fail, author Allison Maslan—who has successfully scaled ten companies from scratch and has guided thousands of small businesses to do the same—shares her revolutionary SCALEit Method for successfully growing, replicating, and expanding your business. She also shares pivotal mindset strategies she’s used to break the fear barrier as a trapeze artist so you can move past any obstacle, take strategic Big Picture risks, and fulfill your dreams of business expansion and skyrocketing profit.

Featuring a wealth of real-life success stories, visual tools, and exercises that are prescriptive and inspirational, Scale or Fail offers proven scaling strategies and a proactive approach to:

  • Create your Big Picture Vision and build a plan to achieve it
  • Produce an ever-flowing stream of cash flow with consistent profits
  • Establish a powerhouse team that functions well without you
  • Become a true leader and feel like you deserve your success
  • Improve systems and processes that facilitate scaling
  • Get past the mental and strategic pitfalls that cause revenue bottlenecks

Scale or Fail is adaptable to any type of business—manufacturing, consumer goods, a brick and mortar, a digital service, a wholesaler, a consulting service, and everything in between. Whether you’re six figures and scaling to seven. . . or in the seven figures and scaling to eight or even nine, Scale or Fail provides the roadmap to multiply your business growth—and empower you to soar in the air with the greatest of ease.

The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life [EPUB]

The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life [EPUB]
The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life by Amanda Siebert
2018 | EPUB | 2.34MB

A pragmatic and informative look at better living through cannabis.

Cannabis. Weed. Bud. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s been a health aid, comfort, and life-enhancer for humankind for more than three thousand years. But while cannabis is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, more than a century of prohibition has resulted in confusion about its status: Is it healthy? Is it medicinal? Will it make you crazy?

In this fun, illuminating book, cannabis journalist Amanda Siebert delves deep into the latest research to separate marijuana fact from fiction, revealing ten evidence-based ways this potent little plant can improve your life. She speaks with some of the world’s top researchers, medical professionals, and consultants to answer questions such as: Can cannabis help you get a full night’s sleep? Does it aid in exercise and weight loss? Can it really cure cancer? She also offers practical advice for enjoying its benefits, including easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for consumption and dosage, as well as examples of real people who have used this drug to enhance their lives. Cannabis, it turns out, could be life-changing: it can enrich any diet, slow down aging, and even spice things up in the bedroom.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Updated Edition [EPUB]

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Updated Edition [EPUB]
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Updated Edition by Barbara Tuchman
2017 | EPUB | 129.43MB

The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes and war dominated the lives of serf, noble and clergy alike.

Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries and guilty passions, Tuchman recreates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, above all, knights. The result is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.

Leading from Your Best Self: Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential [EPUB]

Leading from Your Best Self: Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential [EPUB]
Leading from Your Best Self: Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential by Rob Salafia
2018 | EPUB | 2.59MB

Proven techniques for building self-confidence, making personal connections, and developing a professional presence that’s powerful, authentic, and effective.

Increase your poise, presence, and influence for more dynamic leadership

Are you showing up as the best version of yourself? Are you aware of how others experience you? By cultivating executive poise and presence, we not only improve how others see us but enhance our capacity to lead a life of our choosing. While leadership styles may vary, all great leaders are able to connect with others while staying true to themselves. By remaining true to the best aspects of your personality, you too, will be able to lead effectively in every situation.

Leading from Your Best Self delivers a roadmap for developing the poise, presence, and influence needed to succeed at work and in life. As a theater professional, Rob Salafia cultivated a mindset of excellence and learned how to truly connect with his audiences by tapping into and developing his own intrinsic gifts as a performer. He realized that these skills could be put to great use in the business world where it is just as important to build authentic connections with key stakeholders―in this case, employees, bosses, and customers. Now, he shares his insights with you, making this book the next best thing to having your own personal executive coach.

Through specific techniques, activities, and personal stories, Salafia illustrates how to tap into your own inner resources and experiences, show up with greater self-confidence, and make the shift to more inclusive modes of leading. He shares exercises and narratives from real-life clients who have struggled and succeeded to break past their self-imposed limitations.

Leading from Your Best Self shows you how to:

  • Be present and open
  • Discover your Signature Stance
  • Maintain poise under the most stressful of situations
  • Create a solid foundation of self-confidence and your own genuine leadership style
  • Develop a System for Learning, a Platform for Failure, and a Mindset of Excellence
  • Connect authentically with others and build lasting relationships based on trust
  • Use storytelling and metaphor to make your messages meaningful and memorable
  • Understand the sources of influence and power within organizations
  • Create a culture of learning within your own team and organization

Everyone has the capacity to be extraordinary by appreciating and nurturing their best qualities and gifts. This book will help you uncover yours and reach your true potential as a leader and communicator.

Making Wooden Puzzle Playsets: 10 Patterns to Carve, Scroll & Woodburn [EPUB]

Making Wooden Puzzle Playsets: 10 Patterns to Carve, Scroll & Woodburn [EPUB]
Making Wooden Puzzle Playsets: 10 Patterns to Carve, Scroll & Woodburn by Carolea Hower
2015 | EPUB | 18.7MB

For carving, scrolling, and woodburning fun, nothing beats these colorful chunky brainteasers. Combine a clever puzzle and a fun playset in one handy box. Inside this book you’ll find 10 imaginative projects that are sure to captivate and delight everyone who sees them. Carve or scroll a farm in a barn, dragons in their lair, princesses in a castle, Santas at the North Pole, the Nativity in a manger, and more. Each cute puzzle can be completed in just one weekend.

Full-size, ready-to-transfer patterns include woodburning detail lines to enhance each piece. Detailed cutting and painting instructions include step-by-step photos, material/tool lists, and painting guides. These self-contained puzzles are perfect to display or give to friends and family. They’re fun to assemble, but just as entertaining to play with. You’ll burn a puzzle solution onto the back of each carrying case—but try to put the pieces back into place without peeking!

Making Your Own Wine at Home: Creative Recipes for Making Grape, Fruit, and Herb Wines [EPUB]

Making Your Own Wine at Home: Creative Recipes for Making Grape, Fruit, and Herb Wines [EPUB]
Making Your Own Wine at Home: Creative Recipes for Making Grape, Fruit, and Herb Wines by Lori Stahl
2014 | EPUB | 75.63MB

If you've been thinking of trying your hand at home winemaking, delay no longer! It’s easier than you think to make wonderful wine at home. Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine.

Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free instructions and gorgeous color photography. She begins by taking you step by step through making wine from a kit, and then shows you how to go beyond the kit with creative additions. Soon you’ll be making your own flavorful wine from fresh grapes, apples, berries, and even flowers and herbs.

This home winemaking companion offers a wide selection of seasonal winemaking recipes, new twists on traditional favorites, and sweet ways to enjoy and indulge in the wines you create. Even if you have never made wine before, Making Your Own Wine at Home will show you everything you need to master an intriguing and rewarding new hobby.

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr [Audiobook]

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr [Audiobook]
Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr [Audiobook] by Anthony William, read by Sarah Coomes
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 25 minutes | 338.62MB

The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers (and their parents) to millennials, more and more people - women especially - are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, and more.

Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap. As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven't gone away - people aren't healing. Labeling someone with "Hashimoto's", "hypothyroidism", or the like doesn't explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That's because there's a pivotal truth that goes unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person's illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It's something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that's responsible for the laundry list of symptoms attributed to thyroid disease.

In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering listeners to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what's going on with inflammation and autoimmune disease, then offers a life-changing toolkit to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It's an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it's the approach that gets results.

Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, and the Communist Threat in Africa [Audiobook]

Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, and the Communist Threat in Africa [Audiobook]
Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, and the Communist Threat in Africa [Audiobook] by James M Hawes, Mary Ann Koenig, read by Danny Campbell
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hours and 45 minutes | 183.99MB

For the first time, a Navy SEAL tells the story of the US's clandestine operations in North Vietnam and the Congo during the Cold War.

Sometime in 1965, James Hawes landed in the Congo with cash stuffed in his socks, morphine in his bag, and a basic understanding of his mission: recruit a mercenary navy and suppress the Soviet- and Chinese-backed rebels engaged in guerilla movements against a pro-Western government. He knew the United States must preserve deniability, so he would be abandoned in any life-threatening situation; he did not know that Che Guevara was attempting to export his revolution a few miles away.

Cold War Navy SEAL gives unprecedented insight into a clandestine chapter in US history through the experiences of Hawes, a distinguished Navy frogman and later a CIA contractor. His journey began as an officer in the newly-formed SEAL Team 2, where Hawes commanded boats in the CIA's series of covert, hit-and-run raids into North Vietnam. Those raids directly instigated the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

The CIA tapped Hawes to deploy to the Congo, where he would be tasked with creating and leading a paramilitary navy on Lake Tanganyika to disrupt guerilla action in the country. According to the US government, he did not, and could not, exist; he was on his own, 1400 miles from his closest allies, with only periodic letters via air-drop as communication. Hawes recalls recruiting and managing some of the most dangerous mercenaries in Africa, battling rebels with a crew of anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and learning what the rest of the intelligence world was dying to know: the location of Che Guevara.

In vivid detail that rivals any action movie, Hawes describes how he forced Guevara from the country, accomplished a seemingly impossible mission, and returned to a successful civilian life. Complete with never-before-seen photographs and interviews with fellow operatives in the Congo, Cold War Navy SEAL is an unblinking look at a portion of Cold War history never been told.

Is God a Mathematician? [Audiobook]

Is God a Mathematician? [Audiobook]
Is God a Mathematician [Audiobook] by Mario Livio, read by Tom Parks
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 4 mins | 247.33MB

Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history's greatest mathematicians to ask how - if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind - it can so perfectly explain the physical world.

Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that - mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is "a product of human thought that is independent of experience," how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?

Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

Write Naked: A Bestseller's Secrets to Writing Romance & Navigating the Path to Success [Audiobook]

Write Naked: A Bestseller's Secrets to Writing Romance & Navigating the Path to Success [Audiobook]
Write Naked: A Bestseller's Secrets to Writing Romance & Navigating the Path to Success [Audiobook] by Jennifer Probst, read by Kelsey Navarro
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 238.67MB

Learn how to transform your passion for writing into a career. New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst reveals her pathway to success, from struggling as a new writer to signing a seven-figure deal. Write Naked intermingles personal essays on craft with down-to-earth advice on writing romance in the digital age. Probst will teach you how to:

  • Commit to your current work-in-progress, get focused, and complete it on schedule
  • Reveal raw emotions and thoughts on the page to hook your readers
  • Assemble a street team to promote and celebrate your books
  • Overcome writer's block with ease
  • Develop themes that tie together your books and series
  • Write the most difficult elements of romance - including sex scenes - with skill and style

Regardless of the genre, every novelist faces a difficult task. Creating authentic characters and an engaging plot are challenging enough. But attempting to break into the hotter-than-ever romance genre, which is constantly flooded with new titles and fresh faces? It can feel impossible. This is where Probst's Write Naked comes in. To survive - and thrive - you need the help and wisdom of an expert.

Written in Probst's unmistakable and honest voice, Write Naked is filled with the lessons and craft advice every writer needs in order to carve out a rewarding career.

Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture [Audiobook]

Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture [Audiobook]
Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture [Audiobook] by Mark Fallon, read by David Stifel
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 47 mins | 184.88MB

The book the government doesn't want you to hear.

President Trump wants to bring back torture. This is why he's wrong.

In his more than 30 years as an NCIS special agent and counterintelligence officer, Mark Fallon has investigated some of the most significant terrorist operations in US history, including the first bombing of the World Trade Center and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. He knew well how to bring criminals to justice, all the while upholding the Constitution.

But in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, it was clear that America was dealing with a new kind of enemy. Soon after the attacks, Fallon was named deputy commander of the newly formed Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF), created to probe the al-Qaeda terrorist network and bring suspected terrorists to trial. Fallon was determined to do the job the right way, but with the opening of Guantanamo Bay and the arrival of its detainees, he witnessed a shadowy dark side of the intelligence community that emerged, peddling a snake-oil they called "enhanced interrogation techniques".

In Unjustifiable Means, Fallon reveals this dark side of the US government, which threw our own laws and international covenants aside to become a nation that tortured - sanctioned by the highest-ranking members of the Bush administration, the army, and the CIA, many of whom still hold government positions, although none has been held accountable. Until now.

Follow along as Fallon pieces together how this shadowy group incrementally - and secretly - loosened the reins on interrogation techniques at Gitmo and later Abu-Ghraib and black sites around the world. He recounts how key psychologists disturbingly violated human rights and adopted harsh practices to fit the Bush administration's objectives even though such tactics proved ineffective, counterproductive, and damaging to our own national security. Fallon untangles the powerful decisions the administration's legal team - the Bush "War Counsel" - used to provide the cover needed to make torture the modus operandi of the US government. As Fallon says, "You could clearly see it coming. You could wave your arms and yell, but there wasn't a damn thing you could do to stop it."

Unjustifiable Means is hard-hitting, raw, and explosive and forces the spotlight back on to how America lost its way. Fallon also exposes those responsible for using torture under the guise of national security as well as those heroes who risked it all to oppose the program. By casting a defining light on one of America's darkest periods, Mark Fallon weaves a cautionary tale for those who wield the power to reinstate torture.

The Seven Million Dollar Spy [Audiobook]

The Seven Million Dollar Spy [Audiobook]
The Seven Million Dollar Spy: How One Determined Investigator, Seven Million Dollars - and a Death Threat by the Russian Mafia - Led to the Capture of the Most Dangerous Mole Ever Unmasked Inside US Intelligence [Audiobook] by David Wise, read by Kevin Pariseau
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hrs 21 mins | 173.21MB

The Seven Million Dollar Spy reveals, for the first time, the inside story of the dramatic US counterintelligence operation that resulted in the capture of the most dangerous mole working for Russia inside US intelligence. Now, the former senior KGB spy, to whom the US paid seven million dollars for Moscow's file on the mole, is identified by both his real and code names.

The audiobook also reveals how a death threat by the Russian Mafia against the former senior KGB spy over a spoiled caviar deal worth millions was the key to unmasking the mole inside US intelligence.

The Seven Million Dollar Spy tells the story, and final success, of the determined FBI counterspy who spent six years pursuing the mole and approaching 27 potential KGB sources - despite pressure to stop from his superiors who said he was wasting both time and money with nothing to show for it.

Until the 28th spy.

Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors [Audiobook]

Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors [Audiobook]
Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors [Audiobook] by Daniel Kunitz, read by Joe Towne
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 11 mins | 250.71MB

A fascinating cultural history of fitness, from Greek antiquity to the era of the "big-box gym" and beyond, exploring the ways in which human exercise has changed over time - and what we can learn from our ancestors.

We humans have been conditioning our bodies for more than 2,500 years, yet it's only recently that treadmills and weight machines have become the gold standard of fitness. For all this new technology, are we really healthier, stronger, and more flexible than our ancestors? Where Born to Run began with an aching foot, Lift begins with a broken gym system - one founded on high-tech machinery and isolation techniques that aren't necessarily as productive as we think. Looking to the past for context, Daniel Kunitz crafts an insightful cultural history of the human drive for exercise, concluding that we need to get back to basics to be truly healthy.

Lift takes us on an enlightening tour through time, beginning with the ancient Greeks, who made a cult of the human body - the word gymnasium derives from the Greek word for "naked" - and following Roman legions, medieval knights, Persian pahlevans, and 18th-century German gymnasts. Kunitz discovers the seeds of the modern gym in 19th-century Paris, where weight lifting machines were first employed, and takes us all the way up to the game changer: the feminist movement of the 1960s, which popularized aerobics and calisthenics classes. This ignited the first true global fitness revolution, and Kunitz explores how it brought us to where we are today.

Once a fast-food inhaler and substance abuser, Kunitz reveals his own decade-long journey to becoming ultra-fit using ancient principals of strengthening and conditioning. With Lift, he argues that, as a culture, we are finally returning to this natural ideal - and that it's to our great benefit to do so.

Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring, 10th Edition [EPUB]

Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring, 10th Edition [EPUB]
Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring, 10th Edition by Mark Baker, Nicola Williams, Simon Richmond, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Korina Miller, Andy Symington
2018 | EPUB | 258.8MB

Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring is your passport to having big experiences on a small budget, offering the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimise your budget for an extended continental trip. Hit the streets and free museums of one of the world’s greatest capital cities, London; soak up history and art by day and party by night in Berlin; pick your Greek island for fresh food and golden beaches. All with your trusted travel companion.

Inside Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring:

  • Budget-oriented recommendations with honest reviews - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Extensive planning tools and budget calculators
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, art, literature, cinema, landscapes
  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Covers Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia, Russia, the Baltic Coast, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Belgium, Austria, and more
  • Useful features: First Time Europe; Big Adventures, Small Budgets; Off the Beaten Track; Border Crossing; Splurge; and Responsible Travel

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Europe on a shoestring is perfect for budget- and value-conscious travellers taking a big trip, and is packed with amazing sights and experiences, savvy tips and recommendations.

Software Developer Life: Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories [Audiobook]

Software Developer Life: Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories [Audiobook]
Software Developer Life: Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories [Audiobook] by David Xiang, read by Beauxregard Neylon
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hours and 49 minutes | 158.73MB

We've made a dent into the 21st century, and software has been eating the world. Suspenseful tech dramas play out in the news, boot camps churn out entry-level developers in a matter of months, and there's even an HBO show dedicated to Silicon Valley.

In the midst of these trends lies a severe lack of attention to the daily life of the developer - the day-to-day reality that surrounds each line of code. There are plenty of resources available to help the budding developer learn how to code, but what about everything else?

Who should listen to this audiobook?

This audiobook is for anyone interested in getting a sneak peek inside the world of software!

  • The new graduates about to jump into their first jobs
  • The veterans who want a dose of nostalgia and a good chuckle
  • The product managers looking to empathize more with their coding counterparts
  • The disgruntled developers contemplating the meaning of life
  • The high school students thinking about jumping on the computer-science bandwagon
  • The budding programmers looking to become more effective and gain more leverage at work

What's inside the audiobook?

This audiobook is a highlight reel of content revolving around the software developer's life.

Inside, you will find 40 concise chapters covering five broad topics:

  • Career
  • Learning
  • Coding
  • Daily life
  • Stories

Everyone has something unique to share. This audiobook gathers together various perspectives and unique stories to give a well-rounded view of modern software development.

This is not a technical audiobook. This is everything else.

History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times [Audiobook]

History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times [Audiobook]
History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times [Audiobook] by Mary Frances Berry, read by Janina Edwards
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 30 minutes | 231.89MB

Historian and civil rights activist proves how progressive movements can flourish even in conservative times.

Despair and mourning after the election of an antagonistic or polarizing president, such as Donald Trump, is part of the push-pull of American politics. But in this incisive book, historian Mary Frances Berry shows that resistance to presidential administrations has led to positive change and the defeat of outrageous proposals, even in challenging times. Noting that all presidents, including ones considered progressive, sometimes require massive organization to affect policy decisions, Berry cites indigenous peoples' protests against the Dakota pipeline during Barack Obama's administration as a modern example of successful resistance built on earlier actions.

Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Berry discusses that president's refusal to prevent race discrimination in the defense industry during World War II and the subsequent March on Washington movement. She analyzes Lyndon Johnson, the war in Vietnam, and the antiwar movement and then examines Ronald Reagan's two terms, which offer stories of opposition to reactionary policies, such as ignoring the AIDS crisis and retreating on racial progress, to show how resistance can succeed.

The pro-choice protests during the George H. W. Bush administration and the opposition to Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, as well as his budget cuts and welfare reform, are also discussed, as are protests against the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act during George W. Bush's presidency. Throughout these varied examples, Berry underscores that even when resistance doesn't achieve all the goals of a particular movement, it often plants a seed that comes to fruition later.

Berry also shares experiences from her six decades as an activist in various movements, including protesting the Vietnam War and advocating for the Free South Africa and civil rights movements, which provides an additional layer of insight from someone who was there. And as a result of having served in five presidential administrations, Berry brings an insider's knowledge of government.

History Teaches Us to Resist is an essential book for our times that attests to the power of resistance. It proves to us through myriad historical examples that protest is an essential ingredient of politics and that progressive movements can and will flourish, even in perilous times.

Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to Be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful [Audiobook]

Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to Be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful [Audiobook]
Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to Be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful [Audiobook] by Larry Bell, read by Brad Langer
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hours and 11 minutes | 278.18MB

Where can we find a wellspring of inspiration to raise us from our doldrums, rekindle our enthusiasm about everyday events, and encourage us to explore untested possibilities? Maybe we can find it in familiar places: within ideas and examples of people we know that illuminate higher values to aspire to; among simple interests and pleasures that we take for granted and never fully recognize; and connected to unresolved problems that cry out for innovative solutions.

Being motivated fundamentally involves caring enough about someone or something to influence our course of thought and action. There are occasions when its source may come from a realization that the path that we are on is unacceptable, and we must change it, even if we're not certain where to go.

In Reflections on Oceans and Puddles, author and educator Larry Bell summarizes a lifetime of learning to create a marvelous guide for the open-minded, young and old.

Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy [Audiobook]

Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy [Audiobook]
Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy [Audiobook] by David Fleming, edited and read by Shaun Chamberlin
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 20 minutes | 227.67MB

Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming's extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of 404 interlinked dictionary entries, inviting listeners to choose their own path through its radical vision.

Recognizing that Lean Logic's sheer size and unusual structure can be daunting, Fleming's long-time collaborator Shaun Chamberlin has selected and edited one of these potential narratives to create Surviving the Future. The content, rare insights, and uniquely enjoyably writing style remain Fleming's but are presented here at a more accessible length and in conventional format.

Surviving the Future lays out a compelling and powerfully different new economics for a post-growth world. One that relies not on taut competitiveness and eternally increasing productivity - "putting the grim into reality" - but on the play, humor, conversation, and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture.

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s [Audiobook]

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s [Audiobook]
The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s [Audiobook] by William I Hitchcock, read by Arthur Morey
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 25 hours and 38 minutes | 698.76MB

An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike's enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and on the presidency itself.

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times. A former general, Ike kept the peace: He ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, adroitly managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin's death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy, and he advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage and win the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace - but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the "military-industrial complex".

From 1953 to 1961, no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Age of Eisenhower is the definitive account of this presidency, drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA, and the Defense Department and troves of unpublished documents. In his masterful account, Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America, and he astutely assesses Eisenhower's close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The result is an eye-opening reevaluation that explains why this "do-nothing" president is rightly regarded as one of the best leaders our country has ever had.

The Hollow Earth: The Greatest Geographical Discovery in History [Audiobook]

The Hollow Earth: The Greatest Geographical Discovery in History [Audiobook]
The Hollow Earth: The Greatest Geographical Discovery in History [Audiobook] by Raymond Bernard PhD, read by David Bufton
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 19 minutes | 199.57MB

In this audiobook, Bernard claims that flying saucers not only exist, but that they are the vehicles of a super-race that lives in a huge, underground world, whose entrance is at the Earth's north and south poles. In essence, the Earth is really a fat donut, with little holes at the top and bottom. The seawater and geographical forms stay in place as the surface of the donut curves inward and upside down, held in place by gravity. (Not so kooky when you think about it.)

These "extraterrestrials" are actually our ancestors, and they are from the Inner Earth or Agharta. Admiral Byrd's epic 1,700-mile flight into the North Polar opening startled those privy to the information, leading to an official naval "hush up" of anyone knowing the truth. Those who "know too much" about flying saucers have been targeted ever since.

The Propaganda Project [Audiobook]

The Propaganda Project [Audiobook]
The Propaganda Project [Audiobook] by Phil M Williams, read by Tristan Wright
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 8 hours and 41 minutes | 237.13MB

What if it's all a lie?

Since birth, human beings are bombarded by propaganda from the media, religion, schooling, government, culture, and even our friends and family. How do we know our thoughts are really our own?

In a world of infinite information and propaganda screaming at us from every direction, the truth is of paramount importance to our mental health, and can be a matter of life and death for every person on this planet. In The Propaganda Project, I expose the tricks of the propagandist--the tricks needed to legitimize the illegitimate, to make us think up is down, black is white. I dig deep into the muck to extract the truth about government, and the financial interests pulling the strings.

I hope you'll open your mind and journey with me into the belly of the beast. For the rest of you, don't worry, the best slaves think they're free.

The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century [EPUB]

The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century [EPUB]
The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century by Robert D Kaplan
2018 | EPUB | 5.44MB

A bracing assessment of U.S. foreign policy and world disorder over the past two decades, anchored by a major new Pentagon-commissioned essay—from the renowned geopolitical analyst and bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and The Coming Anarchy.

“Elegant and humane . . . [a] prophecy from an observer with a depressingly accurate record of predictions.”—Bret Stephens, The New York Times Book Review

In the late thirteenth century, Marco Polo began a decades-long trek from Venice to China. The strength of that Silk Road—the trade route between Europe and Asia—was a foundation of Kublai Khan’s sprawling empire. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the Chinese regime has proposed a land-and-maritime Silk Road that duplicates exactly the route Marco Polo traveled.

In the major lead essay, recently released by the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, Robert D. Kaplan lays out a blueprint of the world’s changing power politics that recalls the late thirteenth century. As Europe fractures from changes in culture and migration, Eurasia coheres into a single conflict system. China is constructing a land bridge to Europe. Iran and India are trying to link the oil fields of Central Asia to the Indian Ocean. America’s ability to influence the power balance in Eurasia is declining.

This is Kaplan’s first collection of essays since his classic The Coming Anarchy was published in 2000. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic, as well as encounters with preeminent realist thinkers, Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape America’s role in a turbulent world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy; a delineation between American interests and American values; an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare; a projection of power via a strong navy; and more.

From Kaplan’s immediate thoughts on President Trump (“On Foreign Policy, Donald Trump Is No Realist,” 2016) to a frank examination of what will happen in the event of war with North Korea (“When North Korea Falls,” 2006), The Return of Marco Polo’s World is a vigorous and honest reckoning with the difficult choices the United States will face in the years ahead.

The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination: Politics and Culture in Modern America [Audiobook]

The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination: Politics and Culture in Modern America [Audiobook]
The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination: Politics and Culture in Modern America [Audiobook] edited by Nelson Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, read by Paula Faye Leinweber
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 16 hours and 27 minutes | 448.66MB

The legislative attack on public sector unionism that gave rise to the uproar in Wisconsin and other union strongholds in 2011 was not just a reaction to the contemporary economic difficulties faced by the government. Rather, it was the result of a longstanding political and ideological hostility to the very idea of trade unionism put forward by a conservative movement whose roots go as far back as the Haymarket Riot of 1886. The controversy in Madison and other state capitals reveals that labor's status and power has always been at the core of American conservatism, today as well as a century ago.

The Right and Labor in America explores the multifaceted history and range of conservative hostility toward unionism to help explain why, in much of the popular imagination, union leaders are always "bosses" and trade union organizers are nothing short of "thugs". The contributors to this volume explore conservative thought about unions, in particular the ideological impulses, rhetorical strategies, and political efforts that conservatives have deployed to challenge unions as a force in US economic and political life over the century. Among the many contemporary books on American parties, personalities, and elections that try to explain why political disputes are so divisive, this collection of original and innovative essays is essential.

The Trump Card: A Psychiatrist Analyzes Reactions to Donald Trump [Audiobook]

The Trump Card: A Psychiatrist Analyzes Reactions to Donald Trump [Audiobook]
The Trump Card: A Psychiatrist Analyzes Reactions to Donald Trump [Audiobook] by Colin A Ross MD, read by Dennis Pilon
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 27 minutes | 203.69MB

The Trump Card is a political satire, written in a style similar to Dr. Ross' previous book, The Great Psychiatry Scam. The Trump Card is based on the idea that Dr. Ross has added a new card to the Rorschach Ink Blot Test: The Trump Card. The book is not so much about President Trump as it is about attitudes and reactions to him.

The Trump Card is an equal opportunity political satire and does not discriminate on the basis of political affiliation: Dr. Ross critiques both the left and the right. In America, he says, federal politics is now just one more reality TV show, and political commentators and the media are part of the show. This is very good for ratings, but not for the health of the country. Politics in America has deteriorated into an endless series of personal attacks, emotional reactions, and counter reactions, fake news, and behavior that would get an adolescent sent to the office. President Trump is a symptom of this problem, but the problem existed before his Presidency and will exist after it.

The Winner's Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life [Audiobook]

The Winner's Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life [Audiobook]
The Winner's Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life [Audiobook] by Richard Thaler, read by Arthur Morey
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | | 212.54MB

Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Richard Thaler challenges the received economic wisdom by revealing many of the paradoxes that abound even in the most painstakingly constructed transactions. He presents literate, challenging, and often funny examples of such anomalies as why the winners at auctions are often the real losers - they pay too much and suffer the "winner's curse"; why gamblers bet on long shots at the end of a losing day; why shoppers will save on one appliance only to pass up the identical savings on another; and why sports fans who wouldn't pay more than 200 for a Super Bowl ticket wouldn't sell one they own for less than 400. He also demonstrates that markets do not always operate with the trap-like efficiency we impute to them.

There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia [Audiobook]

There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia [Audiobook]
There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia [Audiobook] by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, read by Sylvia Gonzalez
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 6 minutes | 330.12MB

The bloody story of the rise of paramilitaries in Colombia, told through three characters - a fearless activist, a dogged journalist, and a relentless investigator - whose lives intersected in the midst of unspeakable terror.

Colombia's drug-fueled cycle of terror, corruption, and tragedy did not end with Pablo Escobar's death in 1993. Just when Colombians were ready to move past the murderous legacy of the country's cartels, a new, bloody chapter unfolded. In the late 1990s, right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business carried out a violent expansion campaign, massacring, raping, and torturing thousands.

There Are No Dead Here is the harrowing story of three ordinary Colombians who risked everything to reveal the collusion between the new mafia and much of the country's military and political establishment: Jesús María Valle, a human rights activist who was murdered for exposing a dark secret; Iván Velásquez, a quiet prosecutor who took up Valle's cause and became an unlikely hero; and Ricardo Calderón, a dogged journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations. Their groundbreaking investigations landed a third of the country's Congress in prison and fed new demands for justice and peace that Colombia's leaders could not ignore.

Taking readers from the sweltering Medellín streets where criminal investigators were hunted by assassins, through the countryside where paramilitaries wiped out entire towns, and into the corridors of the presidential palace in Bogotá, There Are No Dead Here is an unforgettable portrait of the valiant men and women who dared to stand up to the tide of greed, rage, and bloodlust that threatened to engulf their country.

Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can’t Stop Watching [Audiobook]

Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can’t Stop Watching [Audiobook]
Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can’t Stop Watching [Audiobook] by Kevin Allocca, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 44 minutes | 265.29MB

From YouTube's Head of Culture and Trends, a rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes exploration of Internet video's massive impact on our world. Whether your favorite YouTube video is a cat on a Roomba, 'Gangnam Style', the 'Bed Intruder' song, an ASAPscience explainer, Rebecca Black's 'Friday', or the 'Evolution of Dance', Kevin Allocca's Videocracy reveals how these beloved videos and famous trends - and many more - came to be and why they mean more than you might think.

YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with 400 hours of video uploaded every minute. (It would take you more than 65 years just to watch the vlogs, music videos, tutorials, and other content posted in a single day!) This activity reflects who we are, in all our glory and ignominy. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he'd give them Google. If they wanted to understand us, he'd give them YouTube.

In Videocracy, Allocca lays bare what YouTube videos say about our society and how our actions online - watching, sharing, commenting on, and remixing the people and clips that captivate us - are changing the face of entertainment, advertising, politics, and more. Via YouTube, we are fuelling social movements, enforcing human rights and redefining art - a lot more than you'd expect from a bunch of viral clips.

Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt That Captured America [Audiobook]

Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt That Captured America [Audiobook]
Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt That Captured America [Audiobook] by Chelsia Rose Marcius, read by Christopher Price, Lisa Stathoplos
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hours and 52 minutes | 187.5MB

"Marcius writes with genuine narrative power. Her depth of research provides insights into this historical escape that we can't get anywhere else " (Anthony Flacco, New York Times and international best-selling author)

A gripping true-crime debut of imprisonment, escape, and survival from New York Daily News crime reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius.

On June 6, 2015, inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility, New York State's largest maximum security prison. The media was instantly obsessed with the story: aided by a prison seamstress who smuggled hacksaw blades, chisels, and drill bits inside the facility via a vat of raw hamburger meat, the two convicted murderers sliced their way through steel cell walls, meandered through a maze of tunnels, climbed out of a manhole, and walked off into the night.

Only a handful of inmates had successfully broken out of Clinton since the facility opened in 1845, and not many had made the attempt. Barbed wire, stone walls, and the wilderness of the Adirondacks have all served as physical and psychological barriers to freedom. This seemingly impossible Shawshank-esque escape had the makings of a Hollywood film, and the public hung on to every twist as the story developed.

After nearly three weeks on the run, Matt was shot and killed by US Customs and Border Patrol agent Christopher Voss on June 26, 2015. Two days later New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook shot Sweat twice in the back. He survived. While we have come to learn how Matt and Sweat pulled off perhaps the most elaborate modern-day prison break, no reporter except Chelsia Rose Marcius has talked directly to Sweat to ask the most important question in the case: Of all the inmates who dream of escape, why was he the one who could make it happen?

"The details Marcius has amassed are comprehensive and stunning and serve to heighten the impact of her story. This is first-rate journalism, written about a crime and a criminal from the inside out." (Stephen Singular, New York Times best-selling author)