24 Hours in Ancient Egypt: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There [EPUB]

24 Hours in Ancient Egypt: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There [EPUB]
24 Hours in Ancient Egypt: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There by Donald P Ryan
2018 | EPUB | 4.79MB

Spend 24 hours with the ancient Egyptians.

Ancient Egypt wasn't all pyramids, sphinxes and gold sarcophagi. For your average Egyptian, life was tough, and work was hard, conducted under the burning gaze of the sun god Ra.

During the course of a day in the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor), Egypt's religious capital, we meet 24 Egyptians from all strata of society - from the king to the bread-maker, the priestess to the fisherman, the soldier to the midwife - and get to know what the real Egypt was like by spending an hour in their company. We encounter a different one of these characters every hour and in every chapter, and through their eyes see what an average day in ancient Egypt was really like.

Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis [EPUB]

Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis [EPUB]
Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis by Gerri Chanel
2018 | EPUB | 14.63MB

In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. So began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage.

Thus a story that features as a vignette in the George Clooney film The Monuments Men is given the full-length treatment it demands. The recipient of several independent publishing awards in the United States, and illustrated throughout with nearly 100 photographs, Saving Mona Lisa is a compelling true story of art and beauty, intrigue and ingenuity, and remarkable moral courage in the darkest of times.

Caesar’s Gallic Triumph: Alesia 52BC [EPUB]

Caesar’s Gallic Triumph: Alesia 52BC [EPUB]
Caesar’s Gallic Triumph: Alesia 52BC (Campaign Chronicles) by Peter Inker
2008 | EPUB | 7.26MB

In 52 B.C. at Alesia in what is now Burgundy in France Julius Caesar pulled off one of the great feats of Roman arms. His heavily outnumbered army utterly defeated the combined forces of the Gallic tribes led by Vercingetorix and completed the Roman conquest of Gaul. The Alesia campaign, and the epic siege in which it culminated, was one of Caesar ‘s finest military achievements, and it has fascinated historians ever since.

In this, the first full-length study to be published in recent times, Peter Inker reconstructs the battle in graphic detail, combining ancient and modern sources and evidence derived from archaeological research. He questions common assumptions about the campaign, reassesses Caesar's own account of events, and looks again at aspects of the battle that have been debated or misunderstood. His gripping account gives new insight into Caesar the commander and into the Roman army he commanded.

Roman Conquests: Gaul [EPUB]

Roman Conquests: Gaul [EPUB]
Roman Conquests: Gaul by Michael Sage
2012 | EPUB | 3.28MB

This latest volume in the Roman Conquests series deals with some of the best known Roman campaigns of all. Indeed, due to the involvement of Julius Caesar and the commentaries he wrote upon them, these are some of the most studied of any ancient campaigns.

Before Caesar, however, Rome had already established a foothold across the Alps in Gaul (the Province, modern Provence) and Michael M Sage starts with these early acquisitions which were largely reactive and defensive. The Gauls were one of the great warrior societies of ancient Europe and some of Rome's heaviest defeats were suffered here at the end of the second century BC.

This context makes all the more remarkable the dazzling success of the audacious campaigns, just half a century later, by which Caesar rapidly completed the initial conquest of the rest of Gaul. The subsequent revolts that soon occurred, culminating in the great unified rising under Vercingetorix, are also covered in detail, with the epic siege of Alesia as the dramatic climax.

Michael Sage narrates and analyses all these campaigns, showing how the Roman war machine was ultimately able to overcome vastly superior numbers of Celtic warriors, to extend Rome's rule from the Mediterranean to the English Channel.

The Bedroom: An Intimate History [Audiobook]

The Bedroom: An Intimate History [Audiobook]
The Bedroom: An Intimate History [Audiobook] by Michelle Perrot, read by Christa Lewis
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 52 minutes | 381.71MB

The winner of France's prestigious Prix Femina Essai (2009), this imaginative and captivating audiobook explores the many dimensions of the room in which we spend so much of our lives - the bedroom.

Eminent cultural historian Michelle Perrot traces the evolution of the bedroom from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to today, examining its myriad forms and functions, from royal king's chamber to child's sleeping quarters to lovers' trysting place to monk's cell. The history of women, so eager for a room of their own, and that of prisons, where the principal cause of suffering is the lack of privacy, is interwoven with a reflection on secrecy, walls, and the night and its mysteries.

Drawing from a wide range of sources, including architectural and design treatises, private journals, novels, memoirs, and correspondences, Perrot's engaging audiobook follows the many roads that lead to the bedroom - birth, sex, illness, death - in its endeavor to expose the most intimate, nocturnal side of human history.

My Beautiful Despair: The Philosophy of Kim Kierkegaardashian [EPUB]

My Beautiful Despair: The Philosophy of Kim Kierkegaardashian [EPUB]
My Beautiful Despair: The Philosophy of Kim Kierkegaardashian by Kim Kierkegaardashian
2018 | EPUB | 28.75MB

“Reflective maxims on life, death, sin, and emptiness, salted with luxury accessories of the Kardashian lifestyle...@KimKierkegaard is dross turned gold, redemption through absurdity in a hundred and forty characters.” –The New Yorker

In “the ultimate meeting of the sublime with the ridiculous” (London Evening Standard) My Beautiful Despair blends the existential philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard with the superficial musings of Kim Kardashian West, based on the popular Twitter feed @KimKierkegaard. Kierkegaardashian shares thoughts on fashion, beauty, brunch, and the relentless waves of existential dread that wash over us day after day.

A sample of the revelations include:

  • I have majorly fallen off my workout-eating plan! AND it's summer. But to despair over sin is to sink deeper into it.
  • Obsessed with protecting your skin, lips, hair & face from the sun? Close the cover of the coffin tight, really tight, and be at peace.
  • I like my men like I like my coffee: a momentary comfort in the midst of all my suffering.
  • What is the operation by which a self relates itself to its own self, transparently? Selfie.
  • What if everything in life were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? Scared LOL!!
  • I’ve been going to bed a little bit earlier each night, to get a taste of death.

In an age where the line between news and entertainment is blurrier than ever before, and the difference between a celebrity and the leader of the free world is nil, Kierkegaardashian’s insights perfectly reflect our absurd, hilarious, and deeply disturbing new era.

@KimKierkegaard has been admired, praised, and adored in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, New York, Buzzfeed, and more, and has amassed nearly a quarter of a million Twitter followers, including J.K. Rowling and Anna Kendrick. Now in a humorous, illustrated gift book, perfectly suited for our existential times, Kierkegaardashian’s philosophical insights are juxtaposed for the first time with Dash Shaw’s brilliant black-and-white illustrations.

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff [EPUB]

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff [EPUB]
Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith
2018 | EPUB | 25.2MB

More Style, Less Stuff

Cozy Minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.

You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Why use more if you don't have to?

In Cozy Minimalist Home, accidental stylist and bestselling author Myquillyn Smith guides you step by step on making purposeful design decisions for your home. You'll have the tools to transform your home starting with what you already have, and using just enough of the right furniture and decor to create a home you're proud of in a way that honors your personal priorities, budget, and style. No more fretting when it comes to decorating your house!

In Cozy Minimalist Home, Myquillyn Smith helps you

  • Realize your role as the curator of your home who makes smart, style-impacting design choices
  • Finally know what to focus on, and what not to worry about when it comes to your home
  • Discover the real secret to finding your unique style—it has nothing to do with those style quizzes
  • Understand how to find a sofa you won't hate tomorrow
  • Deconstruct each room and then re-create it step by step with a fail proof process
  • Create a pretty home with more style and less stuff—resulting in backwards decluttering!
  • Finish your home and have it looking the way you've always hoped so you can use it the way you've always dreamed

After reading Myquillyn's first book, The Nesting Place, women everywhere were convinced that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful and they found real contentment in their homes. But how does a content imperfectionist make actual design decisions?

Cozy Minimalist Home is the answer to that question. Written for the hands-on woman who'd rather move her own furniture than hire a designer, this is the guidance she needs to finish every room of her house. With people, priorities and purpose in mind, anyone can create a beautiful home that transcends the trends.

A pretty home is nice, but a Cozy Minimalist home goes beyond pretty and sets the stage for connection, relationship, and rest.

The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car [EPUB]

The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car [EPUB]
The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car: Everything you wanted to know about cars and some things you probably didn’t by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
2018 | EPUB | 451.24MB

Did you know there are over 47,000 facts in the world?* And the good news is, many of them are in this book. That’s right, The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car is the only reference guide you need for cars, driving and all related matters, especially if you’re not too fussed about those facts being accurate.

In this lavishly tooled book you will find a rich and satisfying collection of motor-related informations from the origins of Porsche and the fate of Lada to the dark history of the Wankel engine and the correct name for those weird little hairs on new tyres.

Throughout the book, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are on hand to share their knowledge and wisdom, and then we’ve made the pictures bigger to fill in the gaps around it.

If you want to impress your friends, and then annoy your friends, and then cause your friends to think “Oh God, now they’re telling us about the slightly ironic way in which the founder of MG died” before hurriedly leaving your house, possibly forever, The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car is the book for you.

The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car – literally bursting with facts!**

* Grand Tour estimate
** Not literally

Simple Truths of Service: Inspired by Johnny the Bagger, 2nd Edition [PDF]

Simple Truths of Service: Inspired by Johnny the Bagger, 2nd Edition [PDF]
Simple Truths of Service: Inspired by Johnny the Bagger, 2nd Edition by Ken Blanchard, Barbara A Glanz
2018 | PDF | 50.27MB

Your competitive edge in today's business environment is all about the power of loyalty. So if you want to succeed, it's time to think outside the box of traditional customer service.

The Simple Truths of Service is an inspiring true story about Johnny, a very special young man whose creative choices will spark the way your company approaches their clients. By putting his own personal mark on each customer interaction, Johnny makes it clear that the bottom line of service is to lead with the heart.

His story, along with many others, provide a tool kit for the success of your company. After reading this book, your service team will be bursting with new ways to stand out from the crowd and really make a difference.

The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life [EPUB]

The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life [EPUB]
The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life by Jack Challoner
2015 | EPUB | 67.4MB

The cell is the basic building block of life. In its 3.5 billion years on the planet, it has proven to be a powerhouse, spreading life first throughout the seas, then across land, developing the rich and complex diversity of life that populates the planet today.

With The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life, Jack Challoner treats readers to a visually stunning tour of these remarkable molecular machines. Most of the living things we’re familiar with—the plants in our gardens, the animals we eat—are composed of billions or trillions of cells. Most multicellular organisms consist of many different types of cells, each highly specialized to play a particular role—from building bones or producing the pigment in flower petals to fighting disease or sensing environmental cues. But the great majority of living things on our planet exist as single cell. These cellular singletons are every bit as successful and diverse as multicellular organisms, and our very existence relies on them.

The book is an authoritative yet accessible account of what goes on inside every living cell—from building proteins and producing energy to making identical copies of themselves—and the importance of these chemical reactions both on the familiar everyday scale and on the global scale. Along the way, Challoner sheds light on many of the most intriguing questions guiding current scientific research: What special properties make stem cells so promising in the treatment of injury and disease? How and when did single-celled organisms first come together to form multicellular ones? And how might scientists soon be prepared to build on the basic principles of cell biology to build similar living cells from scratch.

Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution [EPUB]

Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution [EPUB]
Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution by James C Jones
2018 | EPUB | 26.52MB

While self-reliance is often treated simply as a form of higher level survival preparedness, it is different in both psychology and execution. Preparing and surviving imply a threat to life that must be endured in order to recover and rebuild as life was before the event. While prepping is certainly key to getting through the serious threats of the twenty-first century, it will only get you so far. True self-reliance depends on making it through whatever obstacle you face, but also takes you to an improved place once the crisis has passed.

Advanced Survival is a blueprint for the journey from dependence to independence, filled with practical how-to information and time-tested wisdom about food, water, shelter, medicine, sanitation, transportation, energy, home- and self-defense, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Learn what you need to know to get through any disaster . . . whenever it strikes.

Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects [PDF]

Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects [PDF]
Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects by Mike Warren
2018 | PDF | 73.28MB

What exactly is inside a laptop, a golf ball, a vacuum cleaner, or a novelty singing fish toy? The insides of these and dozens of other objects are revealed in this photographic exploration of the stuff all around us, exposed and explained. With the help of a high-pressure waterjet cutter able to slice through 4 inches of steel plate, designer and fabricator Mike Warren (creator of the popular Cut in Half YouTube channel) cuts into everything from boom boxes to boxing gloves, oil filters to seashells, describing and demystifying the inner workings and materials of each. With gorgeously detailed photography, Cut in Half is a fascinating and accessible popular science look at the extraordinary in the everyday.

Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure [EPUB]

Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure [EPUB]
Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure by David J. Ley
2018 | EPUB | 1.97MB

Our media is filled with confusing, polarizing messages about the dangers of porn, while at the same time sexually explicit images are pronounced in advertising and entertainment. Using a natural question/answer format for people feeling fear and shame about porn use, this accessible, funny, and well-informed book is the first one to offer men a nonjudgmental way to discover how to view and use pornography responsibly.

Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future [EPUB]

Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future [EPUB]
Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future by Donald R Prothero
2018 | EPUB | 3.77MB

A thought-provoking look at science denialism “for popular science readers who want better to be able to explain and defend science and scientific methods to others” (Library Journal).

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country—all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientific community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes, and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented.

Ride Strong: Essential Conditioning for Cyclists [EPUB]

Ride Strong: Essential Conditioning for Cyclists [EPUB]
Ride Strong: Essential Conditioning for Cyclists by Jo McRae
2018 | EPUB | 42.88MB

Taking their lead from professional cyclists, keen cyclists are looking to add off-the-bike exercise to their weekly training to improve their cycling performance. Informative and accessible, this book gives a comprehensive overview of cyclists' bio-mechanical and anatomical needs for off-the-bike exercise and how to do it, focusing on 3 key elements: flexibility, core, and strength. The book explains how the exercises can be implemented in your training throughout the season, as well as how cross-training can be integrated with cycling performance training.

This book provides cyclists with a comprehensive reference of essential stretching, strength, and core exercises. Featuring both US and UK measurements, these exercises have been selected to prevent common cycling related pain and injury issues, and to maximize cycling performance, with the benefit that all the exercises can be performed at home with very little equipment.

100 Books that Changed the World [EPUB]

100 Books that Changed the World [EPUB]
100 Books that Changed the World by Scott Christianson, Colin Salter
2018 | EPUB | 93.9MB

A tour of global history by way of history’s most important scrolls, manuscripts, and printed books, from Plato and Homer to the twenty-first century—100 must reads.

Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book informs and entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, and even revolutionized the world.

Prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of groundbreaking works that have changed the tide of history. Included are scriptures that founded religions, manifestos that sparked revolutions, scientific treatises that challenged ingrained beliefs, and novels that kick-started new literary movements.

This sweeping chronological survey highlights the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts all the way to the digital age. Included are such well-known classics as the Odyssey, the Torah, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Moby-Dick, and Darwin’s On the Origins of Species, but an array of other works, some well-known and others less so, are featured as well, including those by Sun Tzu, Nicolaus Copernicus, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, as well as more recent works by J. K. Rowling, Art Spiegelman, and Naomi Klein. This provocative collection is the perfect book for both literature lovers and history buffs.

One Life: How organisations can leverage work-life integration to attract talent and foster employee wellbeing [EPUB]

One Life: How organisations can leverage work-life integration to attract talent and foster employee wellbeing [EPUB]
One Life: How organisations can leverage work-life integration to attract talent and foster employee wellbeing (Hors collection) by Agnes Uhereczky, Zoltan Vadkerti
2018 | EPUB | 5.14MB

How to improve the management of your staff?

One Life is a must-read guide to successfully adopt work-life integration within your organisation. How can you attract and retain talent, reduce and prevent burnout, engage and motivate employees? You’ll find the answer in this book. Bursting with real examples and multidisciplinary case studies from all over the world, One Life is a fundamental reading for leaders, line-managers and small business owners alike.

Discover a new complete and essential guide for all business leaders who want to manage their business in the best way!

Oz Clarke Wine by the Glass: Helping you find the flavours and styles you enjoy [EPUB]

Oz Clarke Wine by the Glass: Helping you find the flavours and styles you enjoy [EPUB]
Oz Clarke Wine by the Glass: Helping you find the flavours and styles you enjoy by Oz Clarke
2018 | EPUB | 4.07MB

Oz uses his trademark wit and irreverent style to teach you the basics of wine appreciation and show you how to get more out of a bottle of wine, and find out what is really inside. Have you ever gone into your local wine shop or looked at the wine list in your local bar and thought with a sense of panic ‘Help, what do I choose?’… What sort of wine do I fancy today? A refreshing white? A summery red to take on a picnic or a spicy wine to go with a winter’s stew?’ Well, Oz is here to help.

Split into sections covering basics (wine at a glance, good grape guide, wine styles, from grape to glass and quick guide to countries); practical stuff (what the label tells you, the canny wine buyer, essential kit, serving and keeping wine); and becoming a wine geek (tasting wine, starting your own collection, finding out more and quick guide to names in wine). Oz will be your guide through the world of fascinating flavours and help you find the sort of wine you enjoy drinking. Dip into this book and you will find a quick, accessible guide to wine styles: what is warm and spicy or chewy and blackcurranty? He recommends wines to try; and explains what the label tells you about the taste and quality of the wine and whether it is any good or not. Soon you will be confident enough to choose between flavoursome reds such as Shiraz or Pinot Noir, and refreshing whites from Alberiño to Sauvignon Blanc.

The book is divided into short, easy to read topics, with recommended wines to try covering all styles and flavours. Now is the moment to grab that glass, learn about what is inside that bottle and taste while you read…

Carmine the Snake: Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family [Audiobook]

Carmine the Snake: Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family [Audiobook]
Carmine the Snake: Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family [Audiobook] by Frank DiMatteo, Michael Benson, read by Johnny Heller
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hours and 28 minutes | 230.76MB

In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother - the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico.

This is the story of his deadly teen years as leader of the fearsome Garfield Boys; his recruitment into the Profaci - later the Colombo - crime family; his bloody betrayal of the Gallo brothers; his role in the hair-raising ambush and slaying of Albert Anastasia - the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Inc. - as he sat in a barbershop chair getting a shave; the terror he struck into the hearts of the New York Mafia's other families, and even his own crews; and the many courtroom trials where Persico walked after witnesses came down with sudden cases of "amnesia."

Today, Persico schmoozes with Ponzi king Bernard Madoff behind bars. There, at age 84, his legend - packed as it is with coldblooded brutality - continues to inspire goodfellas everywhere.