Strongbow: The Norman Invasion of Ireland [EPUB]

Strongbow: The Norman Invasion of Ireland [EPUB]
Strongbow: The Norman Invasion of Ireland by Conor Kostick
2013 | EPUB | 8.12MB

The coming of the Normans to Ireland from 1169 is a pivotal moment in the country’s history. It is a period full of bloodthirsty battles, both between armies and individuals. With colourful personalities and sharp political twists and turns, Strongbow’s story is a fascinating one.

Combining the writing style of an award-winning novelist with expert scholarship, historian Conor Kostick has written a powerful and absorbing account of the stormy affairs of an extraordinary era.

What Are Your Blind Spots?: Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back [EPUB]

What Are Your Blind Spots?: Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back [EPUB]
What Are Your Blind Spots: Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back by Jim Haudan, Rich Berens
2018 | EPUB | 7.21MB

Uncover your blind spots and reset your leadership approach for long-lasting success in any business

Far too many business leaders today are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people―and they’re failing miserably. Truly resilient, thriving organizations are those that are purpose driven and focus on more than pure profits. Purpose, or an underlying company philosophy, not only drives strategic change, but also encourages customer loyalty and employee engagement. In order to succeed, leaders must be willing to discard old ways of thinking and detrimental business habits―and recognize their blind spots.

Authors Jim Haudan and Rich Berens identify the five most common leadership blind spots that hamper success: Purpose, Story, Engagement, Trust, and Truth. They take you straight into the board room of well-known leadership teams to illustrate how these blind spots play out and the impact they have on organizations. You’ll learn how to identify and overcome your own blind spots and embrace positive, forward-thinking new practices.

What Are Your Blind Spots equips you with the tools needed for a personal leadership reset. You’ll discover how to increase engagement, productivity, and growth in your own organization. This is an invaluable guide for executives, managers, team leaders, and human resource professionals looking for an effective way to engage and motivate employees at every level of an organization.

The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World, 6th Edition [EPUB]

The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World, 6th Edition [EPUB]
The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World, 6th Edition by Kurt Seligmann
2018 | EPUB | 176.99MB

A collector’s edition of the classic, illustrated, and comprehensive history of magic and the occult

  • Written by renowned Surrealist and magic scholar Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962)
  • Includes all 250 illustrations from the original 1948 edition
  • Explores magical practices and beliefs from their origins in the ancient world through the heyday of secret societies in the 18th century

In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioner’s knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He examines the afterlife beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the dream interpretation practices and oracles of ancient Greece, including the mysteries of Eleusis and the magical philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and other Greeks. He uncovers the origins of Gnosticism and the suppression and banishment of magic by the post-pagan, Christian emperors of Rome.

Seligmann reviews the principles of alchemy, sharing famous transmutations and allegorical illustrations of the alchemical process and explores the Hermetica and its remarkable adepts. Investigating the Middle Ages, the author discusses the work of European magicians of the time, including Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Nostradamus, and Pico Della Mirandola. He studies the medieval practices of devil worship, witchcraft, and black magic, as well as the “Cabala” in both its Hebrew and Christian forms. He also examines the art of the Tarot and many lesser known divination techniques. He explores the development of secret societies, including Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism, in the 17th century and the increase in occult publications and magical science in the 18th century.

First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to “mirror” the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the author’s rare library, this collector’s edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition.

The Snowball System: How to Win More Business and Turn Clients into Raving Fans [Audiobook]

The Snowball System: How to Win More Business and Turn Clients into Raving Fans [Audiobook]
The Snowball System: How to Win More Business and Turn Clients into Raving Fans [Audiobook] by Mo Bunnell, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | | 282.96MB

Mo Bunnell's comprehensive system will help you win more clients, build stronger relationships, and bring in more business.

If you're good at doing something, and you need to connect with paying clients in order to keep doing it, this book is for you. There are more of us out there than you might think - from professionals like lawyers and consultants to big company account managers and freelancers of all stripes. And this book will teach you how to sell yourself without selling your soul.

In The Snowball System, Mo Bunnell offers powerful and proven tools for business development. Whether you are gregarious or introverted, whether you are a part of a small startup or a massive multinational, Bunnell's science-based system is effective and efficient, and easily adapted into your day-to-day work. With The Snowball System, you will not only succeed at growing your business, you'll learn to enjoy doing the activities that drive that growth. You'll be happier, and so will your clients.

Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige [Audiobook]

Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige [Audiobook]
Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige [Audiobook] by Yanek Mieczkowski, read by Douglas R Pratt
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 13 hours and 39 minutes | 372.01MB

In a critical Cold War moment, Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency suddenly changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite. What Ike called "A small ball" became a source of Russian pride and propaganda, and it wounded him politically, as critics charged that he responded sluggishly to the challenge of space exploration. Yet Eisenhower refused to panic after Sputnik - and he did more than just stay calm. He helped to guide the US into the Space Age, even though Americans have given greater credit to John F. Kennedy for that achievement.

In Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment, Yanek Mieczkowski examines the early history of America's space program, reassessing Eisenhower's leadership. He details how Eisenhower approved breakthrough satellites, supported a new civilian space agency, signed a landmark science education law, and fostered improved relations with scientists. Yet Sputnik also altered the world's power dynamics, sweeping Eisenhower in directions that were new, even alien, to him, and he misjudged the importance of space in the Cold War's "prestige race".

Offering a fast-paced account of this Cold War episode, Mieczkowski demonstrates that Eisenhower built an impressive record in space and on earth.

The Klondike Stampede [Audiobook]

The Klondike Stampede [Audiobook]
The Klondike Stampede [Audiobook] by Tappan Adney, read by Eric Martin
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hours and 46 minutes | 320.8MB

Gold was discovered in the Klondike in August 16, 1896.

When news of the discovery arrived in Seattle and San Francisco the following year it triggered one of the largest gold rushes in the history of North America.

Tappan Adney, a young writer and photographer who worked for Harper's Weekly, set out on a journey to uncover and record what it was like in the Klondike stampede.

This audiobook is a fascinating portrayal of adventurers and prospectors who descended on the Yukon during this extraordinary event in the late 19th century.

Adney explains in vivid detail the treacherous route that these gold-hunters were forced to make in order to make it to the Yukon. The White and Chilkoot Passes were fatal for many who attempted to get through them with poor equipment. He stayed in Dawson, where the gold rush was centered, from October 2nd through to September 16th the following year. While there he interviewed men and women who hoped to make their fortune, observed the community that had seemingly sprung up overnight, and recorded in detail how the prospectors searched for gold.

Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt [Audiobook]

Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt [Audiobook]
Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt [Audiobook] by Robert Bauval, Thomas Brophy PhD, read by Michael Page
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours and 13 minutes | 278.54MB

Relegated to the realm of archaeological heresy, despite a wealth of hard scientific evidence, the theory that an advanced civilization of black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt existed has been dismissed and even condemned by conventional Egyptologists, archaeologists, and the Egyptian government.

Uncovering compelling new evidence, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy present the anthropological, climatological, archaeological, geological, and genetic research supporting this hugely debated theory of the black African origin of Egyptian civilization.

Building upon extensive studies from the past four decades and their own archaeoastronomical and hieroglyphic research, the authors show how the early black culture known as the Cattle People not only domesticated cattle but also had a sophisticated grasp of astronomy; created plentiful rock art at Gilf Kebir and Gebel Uwainat; had trade routes to the Mediterranean coast, central Africa, and the Sinai; held spiritual and occult ceremonies; and constructed a stone calendar circle and megaliths at the ceremonial site of Nabta Playa.

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name [Audiobook]

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name [Audiobook]
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name [Audiobook] by David M Buerge, read by Arthur Morey
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 43 minutes | 319.69MB

This is the first thorough historical account of Chief Seattle and his times - the story of a half century of tremendous flux, turmoil, and violence, during which a native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community.

When the British, Spanish, and then Americans arrived in the Pacific Northwest, it may have appeared to them as an untamed wilderness. In fact, it was a fully settled and populated land. Chief Seattle was a powerful representative from this very ancient world. Historian David Buerge has been researching and writing this book about the world of Chief Seattle for the past 20 years. Buerge has threaded together disparate accounts of the time from the 1780s to the 1860s - including native oral histories, Hudson Bay Company records, pioneer diaries, French Catholic church records, and historic newspaper reporting.

Chief Seattle had gained power and prominence on Puget Sound as a war leader, but the arrival of American settlers caused him to reconsider his actions. He came to embrace white settlement and, following traditional native practice, encouraged intermarriage between native people and the settlers, offering his own daughter and granddaughters as brides, in the hopes that both peoples would prosper. Included in this account are the treaty signings that would remove the natives from their historic lands, the roles of such figures as Governor Isaac Stevens and Chiefs Leschi and Patkanim, the Battle at Seattle that threatened the existence of the settlement, and the controversial Chief Seattle speech that haunts to this day the city that bears his name.

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East [Audiobook]

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East [Audiobook]
When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East [Audiobook] by Stewart Gordon, read by Derek Perkins
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 36 minutes | 153.13MB

While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas.

Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers - the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.

A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean [Audiobook]

A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean [Audiobook]
A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean [Audiobook] by Roland Philipps, read by Jonathan Cowley
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hours and 23 minutes | 413.73MB

Donald Maclean was one of the most treacherous spies of the Cold War era, a member of the infamous "Cambridge Five" spy ring. Yet little is known of this shrewd, secretive man. The full extent of his betrayal has never been documented - until now. Drawing on the recent release of previously classified files, A Spy Named Orphan meticulously documents the extraordinary story of a man leading a chilling double life until his exposure and defection to the USSR.

Roland Philipps describes someone prone to alcoholic rages, who rose through the ranks of the British Foreign Office while secretly transmitting through his Soviet handlers reams of diplomatic and military secrets detailing intelligence on the making of the atom bomb and the division of power in postwar Europe. His story has inspired an entire genre of spy movies and novels, but no one so far has written the definitive story of the man code-named "Orphan."

Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine [Audiobook]

Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine [Audiobook]
Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine [Audiobook] by Kevin Begos, read by P J Ochlan
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 28 minutes | 230.97MB

The characters in Tasting the Past include a young Swiss scientist who set out to decode the DNA of every single wine grape in the world; Middle Eastern researchers who seek to discover the wines that King David drank; and a University of Pennsylvania academic who has spent decades analyzing wine remains. The science illuminates wine in ways no critic can, and demolishes some of the most sacred dogmas of the industry: well-known French grapes aren't especially noble.

We travel with Begos along the original wine routes - starting in the Caucasus Mountains, where wine was domesticated 8,000 years ago, down to Israel and across the Mediterranean to Greece, Italy, and France, and finally to America, where California and Vermont vineyards are creating new wines by letting native and European grapes breed together. It's a melting pot of new tastes and possibilities. As he samples these wines, Begos offers listeners tasting suggestions that go far beyond the endless bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants.

From this combination of journalism, history, science, and adventure travel, listeners will learn the multicultural roots of wine while enjoying a full-bodied story with a rich, nutty bouquet and plenty of subtle nuances that will linger.

The Art of Sketching: A Step by Step Guide [EPUB]

The Art of Sketching: A Step by Step Guide [EPUB]
The Art of Sketching: A Step by Step Guide by Vivienne Coleman
2018 | EPUB | 18.21MB

Sketching is a wonderful pastime and a great way to build up your drawing skills. You can use it to record your experiences and subjects that interest you, just by jotting down an impression in your sketchbook.

In this inspiring manual, artist Vivienne Coleman guides you through a variety of subjects in easy, confidence-building steps. She shows you how to do complete drawings in just a few minutes, so that you can make sketching part of your daily life. She also demonstrates how sketches can be developed into more detailed work. From pets and people to landscape and urban scenes, this book reveals how versatile and exciting sketching can be. It features:

  • ten-minute sketch ideas
  • essential drawing techniques
  • sketching at home and on the move
  • step-by-step instruction

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence [Audiobook]

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence [Audiobook]
The Secret World: A History of Intelligence [Audiobook] by Christopher Andrew, read by Clive Chafer
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 37 hours and 42 minutes | 1035.88MB

The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada.

Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of World War I, the grasp of intelligence shown by US President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading 18th-century British statesmen.

In this audiobook, distinguished historian Christopher Andrew recovers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia - and shows its relevance today.

Natural Wooden Toys: 75 Projects You Can Make in a Day That Will Last Forever [EPUB]

Natural Wooden Toys: 75 Projects You Can Make in a Day That Will Last Forever [EPUB]
Natural Wooden Toys: 75 Projects You Can Make in a Day That Will Last Forever by Erin Freuchtel-Dearing
2016 | EPUB | 54.91MB

Natural Wooden Toys is an exciting project book that shows you how to make over 75 simple and charming wooden toys. Using just a scroll saw and a few simple tools, you can keep a child playing for months to come! You don t need to have prior woodworking experience to create a selection of fun and imaginative wooden toys.

Each project comes with instructions so simple that your children can also helpwith the making and decorating. Rounded corners, food-colouring finishesand natural materials ensure that each toy is both safe and eco-friendly. The book also includes an informative section on natural finishes for any craft project.

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures [EPUB]

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures [EPUB]
A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures by Cynthia Chen McTernan
2018 | EPUB | 206.78MB

In A Common Table, Two Red Bowls blogger Cynthia Chen McTernan shares more than 80 Asian-inspired, modern recipes that marry food from her Chinese roots, Southern upbringing, and Korean mother-in-law’s table. The book chronicles Cynthia’s story alongside the recipes she and her family eat every day—beginning when she met her husband at law school and ate out of two battered red bowls, through the first years of her legal career in New York, to when she moved to Los Angeles to start a family.

As Cynthia’s life has changed, her cooking has become more diverse. She shares recipes that celebrate both the commonalities and the diversity of cultures: her mother-in-law’s spicy Korean-inspired take on Hawaiian poke, a sticky sesame peanut pie that combines Chinese peanut sesame brittle with the decadence of a Southern pecan pie, and a grilled cheese topped with a crisp fried egg and fiery kimchi. And of course, she shares the basics: how to make soft, pillowy steamed buns; savory pork dumplings; and a simple fried rice that can form the base of any meal. Asian food may have a reputation for having long ingredient lists and complicated instructions, but Cynthia makes it relatable, avoiding hard-to-find ingredients or equipment, and breaking down how to bring Asian flavors home into your own kitchen.

Above all, Cynthia believes that food can bring us together around the same table, no matter where we are from. The message at the heart of A Common Table is that the food we make and eat is rarely the product of one culture or moment, but is richly interwoven—and though some dishes might seem new or different, they are often more alike than they appear.

Woodworking: Traditional Craft for Modern Living [EPUB]

Woodworking: Traditional Craft for Modern Living [EPUB]
Woodworking: Traditional Craft for Modern Living by Andrea Brugi, Samina Langholz
2018 | EPUB | 34.69MB

To both complement and contradict the popular industrial style of the past decade, natural materials such as wood are re-entering the home. Handmade wooden objects, both large and small, from spoons and simple tool holders to dining tables and benches, are becoming must-have staples of the contemporary interior. In this book, Tuscany-based woodworker Andrea Brugi teaches you some of the key woodworking techniques to make 20 carpentry projects in the comfort of your own home, without the need for complicated tools. Each project is accompanied by a series of step-by-step instructions, outlining each stage of the creation.

Following on from Leatherworks, this is the second title in our new series on natural crafts and details Andrea’s personal crafting journey, from growing up among the olive groves of Tuscany, discovering the beauty of nature and of the wood that surrounded him, to his relationship with the many different tools he uses. His work is very much led by the wood he is working with at any given moment – it is the wood that decides the shape and the design of the objects he produces. Accompanied by stunning images throughout, the book cannot fail to inspire you to create the objects within.