The Economist Audio Edition [May 4, 2019]
02 May 2019, 23:59
MP3@56 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 | 216.43MB
Tech's raid on the banks: Banking and technology
- Venezuela: Guaido v Maduro
- The Democrats and the world
- Fusion power from the private sector
- North Korea by night
- Drug resistance: Netflix and pills
- Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's WeChat moment
- YouTube: Now playing, everywhere
- Chaguan: "Avengers Endgame" has been an unusual hit in China
- Britain's super-rich are Corbyn-proofing their finances
- Finance: Big Compliance -- Rise of the No Men
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Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 23:56
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 14h 40m | 407.31/40.02MB
A groundbreaking revisionist history of the last days of the Vietnam War that reveals the acts of American heroism that saved more than 100,000 South Vietnamese from communist revenge
In 1973 US participation in the Vietnam War ended in a cease-fire and a withdrawal that included promises by President Nixon to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. But in early 1975, when North Vietnamese forces began a full-scale assault, Congress refused to send arms or aid. By early April that year, the South was on the brink of a defeat that threatened execution or years in a concentration camp for the untold number of South Vietnamese who had supported the government in Saigon or worked with Americans.
Thurston Clarke begins Honorable Exit by describing the iconic photograph of the Fall of Saigon: desperate Vietnamese scrambling to board a helicopter evacuating the last American personnel from Vietnam. It is an image of US failure and shame. Or is it? By unpacking the surprising story of heroism that the photograph actually tells, Clarke launches into a narrative that is both a thrilling race against time and an important corrective to the historical record. For what is less known is that during those final days, scores of Americans - diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, missionaries, contractors, and spies - risked their lives to assist their current and former translators, drivers, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and even perfect strangers in escape. By the time the last US helicopter left Vietnam on April 30, 1975, these righteous Americans had helped to spirit 130,000 South Vietnamese to US bases in Guam and the Philippines. From there, the evacuees were resettled in the United States and became American citizens, the leading edge of one of America's most successful immigrant groups.
Into this tale of heroism on the ground Clarke weaves the political machinations of Henry Kissinger advising President Ford in the White House while reinforcing the delusions of the US ambassador in Saigon, who, at the last minute, refused to depart. Groundbreaking and authoritative, Honorable Exit is a deeply moving history of Americans at a little-known finest hour.
The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940 [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 23:56
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 48h 10m | 1.28GB/3.11MB
As an international war correspondent and radio commentator, William L. Shirer didn't just research the fall of France. He was there. In just six weeks, he watched the Third Reich topple one of the world's oldest military powers - and institute a rule of terror and paranoia.
Based on in-person conversation with the leaders, diplomats, generals, and ordinary citizens who both shaped the events of this time and lived through them on a daily basis, Shirer shapes a compelling account of historical events - without losing sight of the personal experience.
From the heroic efforts of the Freedom Fighters to the tactical military misjudgments that caused the fall and the daily realities of life for French citizens under Nazi rule, this fascinating and exhaustively documented account from one of the 20th century's most important historians makes the events of the fall accessible to a younger audience in vivid and memorable style.
The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 23:54
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11h 8m | 306.7/66.37MB
The powerfully told story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany and an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930s and '40s. This audiobook complements the exhibition The Americans and the Holocaust that is now on view at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
In October 1940, the Gestapo expelled 6,504 Jews from Southwest Germany, creating the first official "Jewish free zone" in the Third Reich. Interned in concentration camps in Vichy France, the deportees set out on a multiyear quest to acquire American visas. One in four eventually managed to gain entry to the US or to other foreign countries; the remainder perished in French camps or, later, in Auschwitz.
Among these "unwanted" refugees were Jews from the village of Kippenheim, whose stories are at the heart of this audiobook. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, and visa records, Michael Dobbs provides a vivid picture of what it was like to live among increasingly hostile neighbors, waiting for "the piece of paper with a stamp" that meant the difference between life and death. And he recounts the debates over the fate of these refugees occurring simultaneously at the highest levels of the American government at a time when the public was deeply isolationist, xenophobic, and antisemitic. Here is the riveting narrative of a small community struggling to survive amid tumultuous events and reach a safe haven despite the odds stacked against them.
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes, and Empires [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 23:53
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 25h 34m | 697.23MB
A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone
This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia.
Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments - from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic - have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post-Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 23:52
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15h 32m | 427.93/1.15MB
The Senate trial featured the most brilliant lawyers of the day, along with some of the least scrupulous, while leading political fixers maneuvered in dark corners to save Johnson's presidency with political deals, promises of patronage jobs, and even cash bribes. Johnson escaped conviction by a single vote.
David Stewart, the author of the highly acclaimed The Summer of 1787, challenges the traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history. Rather than seeing Johnson as Abraham Lincoln's political heir, Stewart explains how the Tennessean squandered Lincoln's political legacy of equality and fairness and helped force the freed slaves into a brutal form of agricultural peonage across the South.
The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets [EPUB]
02 May 2019, 14:31
2019 | EPUB | 2.3 MB
How math helps us solve the universe's deepest mysteriesOne of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through laws that describe the behavior of the most basic particles and the forces between them. For centuries, we have searched for these laws by studying the results of experiments.
Since the 1970s, however, experiments at the world's most powerful atom-smashers have offered few new clues. So some of the world's leading physicists have looked to a different source of insight: modern mathematics. These physicists are sometimes accused of doing 'fairy-tale physics', unrelated to the real world. But in The Universe Speaks in Numbers, award-winning science writer and biographer Farmelo argues that the physics they are doing is based squarely on the well-established principles of quantum theory and relativity, and part of a tradition dating back to Isaac Newton.
With unprecedented access to some of the world's greatest scientific minds, Farmelo offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of the blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics and the research that could revolutionize our understanding of reality.
A masterful account of the some of the most groundbreaking ideas in physics in the past four decades. The Universe Speaks in Numbers is essential reading for anyone interested in the quest to discover the fundamental laws of nature.
The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 14:02
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 27m | 176.12/0.38MB
Who would we be without stories?
Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.
There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story - from Joseph Campbell's well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts to crack the 'Bestseller Code'. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller - the human brain.
In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking audiobook, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories - and make sense of our chaotic modern world.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 14:01
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 30m | 236.42/1.22MB
The life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent.
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the final famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. The Meditations, his personal journal, survives to this day as one of the most loved self-help and spiritual classics of all time. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, psychotherapist Donald Robertson weaves stories of Marcus' life from the Roman histories together with explanations of Stoicism - its philosophy and its psychology - to enlighten today's listeners. He discusses Stoic techniques for coping with everyday problems, from irrational fears and bad habits to anger, pain, and illness.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes listeners on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian - taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day - through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides listeners through applying the same methods to their own lives.
Combining remarkable stories from Marcus's life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today.
An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 14:00
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 32m | 209.16/1.12MB
Is it worth swimming in shark-infested waters to surf a 50-foot, career-record wave?
Is it riskier to make an action movie or a horror movie?
Should sex workers forfeit 50 percent of their income for added security or take a chance and keep the extra money?
Most people wouldn't expect an economist to have an answer to these questions - or to other questions of daily life, such as who to date or how early to leave for the airport. But those people haven't met Allison Schrager, an economist and award-winning journalist who has spent her career examining how people manage risk in their lives and careers.
Whether we realize it or not, we all take risks large and small every day. Even the most cautious among us cannot opt out - the question is always which risks to take, not whether to take them at all. What most of us don't know is how to measure those risks and maximize the chances of getting what we want out of life.
In An Economist Walks into a Brothel, Schrager equips listeners with five principles for dealing with risk, principles used by some of the world's most interesting risk takers. For instance, she interviews a professional poker player about how to stay rational when the stakes are high, a paparazzo in Manhattan about how to spot different kinds of risk, horse breeders in Kentucky about how to diversify risk and minimize losses, and a war general who led troops in Iraq about how to prepare for what we don't see coming.
When you start to look at risky decisions through Schrager's new framework, you can increase the upside to any situation and better mitigate the downsides.
The Mueller Report [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 13:58
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 19h 14m | 528.55/10.58MB
The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most complete and authoritative available.
Listen to the findings of the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who've covered the story from the beginning.
This edition from The Washington Post, Scribner, and Simon & Schuster Audio contains:
- The long-awaited report
- An introduction by The Washington Post titled "A President, a Prosecutor, and the Protection of American Democracy"
- A timeline of the major events of the Special Counsel's investigation from May 2017, when Robert Mueller was appointed, to the present day
- A guide to individuals involved, including in the Special Counsel's Office, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Trump Campaign, the White House, the Trump legal defense team, and the Russians
- Key documents in the Special Counsel's investigation, including filings pertaining to General Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and the Russian internet operation in St. Petersburg. Each document is introduced and explained by Washington Post reporters.
One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country's most seasoned prosecutors.
The special counsel's investigation looms as a turning point in American history. The Mueller Report is essential listening for all citizens concerned about the fate of the presidency and the future of our democracy.
The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 13:57
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 50m | 352.87/1.1MB
The blue wave that swept through Washington in November and returned control of the House to Democrats was by no means ordained; it was the result of both a massive effort by the left and the failure of President Trump to heed warnings from his own party that its candidates were in grave danger. The Hill to Die On is the inside story of Trump's first two years, viewed from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle jockeyed for advantage as American politics reached a fever pitch.
There may be no institution in America more disliked than Congress, where elected officials seem incapable of producing real benefits for Americans even as they do whatever it takes to ensure their own power. Enter Donald Trump, whose promises to drain the swamp rang hollow from the start, but who may in fact have been exactly what was needed to break congressional gridlock: an ideological black hole willing to make deals with both Democrats and Republicans. The Hill to Die On is the compelling, at times maddening tale of why that never happened and why, despite the clear preferences of most Americans on issues like taxes, immigration, and the criminal justice system, Trump's Congress only further alienated voters. The turbulence it produced would return Nancy Pelosi to the speakership, expose the president to the possibility of impeachment, and lead to the longest government shutdown in US history.
With inside access that takes listeners from the House to the White House, Politico Playbook writers Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman trace the strategy and the impulsiveness, the deal-making and the backstabbing, in a blow-by-blow account of the power struggle that roiled the halls of Congress. Moving from the battle between the conservative Freedom Caucus and Speaker Paul Ryan to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that threw the Senate into turmoil to the pitched battles across America in primaries and on Election Day, The Hill to Die On tells an unforgettable story of power and politics, where the stakes are nothing less than the future of Congress and the fate of America.
The Case for Trump [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 13:54
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16h 22m | 449.99/1.17MB
From an award-winning historian and regular Fox contributor, the true story of how Donald Trump has become one of the most successful presidents in history - and why America needs him now more than ever.
In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over 16 well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the US - and an extremely successful president.
Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad.
We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.
Psychology for Busy People [EPUB]
02 May 2019, 06:33
2019 | EPUB | 0.83MB
Explore the fascinating world of the human psyche with this accessible and concise guide to the fundamentals of psychology. Broken down by subject, from the psychology of ageing to the psychology of relationships, happiness to mental illness (and with everything in between), this book brings together all the major theorists and arguments you should know, ranging back in time to the ancient Greeks - who practiced a form of dream therapy 2,500 years before Freud and Jung - all the way up to the present day.
Additionally, being organized by theory, it presents a potted overview of the development of the study of psychology and shows how theories from many years ago are still relevant to our lives today.
Jam packed with all the important ideas but also highly accessible and informative, Psychology for Busy People is perfect for those who enjoy the study of the mind and human behaviour.
The Last Job: 'The Bad Grandpas' and the Hatton Garden Heist [EPUB]
02 May 2019, 06:32
2019 | EPUB | 16.06MB
The definitive account of one of the most brazen jewel heists in history.
Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six English thieves, several in their sixties and seventies, couldn’t resist coming out of retirement for one last career-topping heist. Their target: the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, in the heart of London’s medieval diamond district. “The Firm” included Brian Reader, ringleader and legend in his own mind; Terry Perkins, a tough-as-nails career criminal but also a frail diabetic; Danny Jones, a fitness freak, crime enthusiast, and fabulist; Carl Wood, an extra pair of hands, and definitely more brawn than brains; John “Kenny” Collins, getaway driver, prone to falling asleep on the job; and the mysterious Basil, a red-wigged associate who has only now been identified.
Perhaps not the smoothest of criminals―one took a public bus to the scene of the crime; another read Forensics for Dummies in hopes he would learn how to avoid getting caught―they planned the job over fish and chips at their favorite pubs. They were cantankerous and coarse, dubbed the “Bad Grandpas” by British tabloids, and were often as likely to complain about one another as the current state of the country. Still, these analog thieves in a digital age managed to disable a high-security alarm system and drill through twenty inches of reinforced concrete, walking away with a stunning haul of at least $19 million in jewels, gold, diamonds, family heirlooms, and cash.
Veteran reporter and former London correspondent for the New York Times Dan Bilefsky draws on unrivaled access to the leading officers on the case at the Flying Squad, the legendary Scotland Yard unit that hunted the gang, as well as notorious criminals from London’s shadowy underworld, to offer a gripping account of how these unassuming criminal masterminds nearly pulled off one of the great heists of the century.
Choose: The Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your Business [EPUB]
02 May 2019, 05:10
2019 | EPUB | 6.04MB
What type of business should you start?
For the past 10 years, Inc. 500 CEO and #1 national best-selling author, Ryan Levesque--featured for his work in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Entrepreneur--has guided thousands of entrepreneurs through the journey of answering this question.
One of the biggest reasons why so many new businesses fail is because in the quest to decide what business to start, most of the conventional wisdom is wrong.
Instead of obsessing over what--as in what should you sell or what should you build--you should first be asking who. As in who should you serve?
The what is a logical question that will come soon enough. But choosing your who is the foundation from which all other things are built.
That is what this book is all about.
If you've ever had the dream to start your own business, become your own boss, or do your own thing--but have been afraid to take the leap and screw up your already good life--this book is for you.
You will find the meticulously tested, step-by-step process outlined in the book is easy to follow, despite being the result of a decade of research and experience. This process, designed to minimize your risk of failure and losing money up front, coupled with the inspiring stories of everyday people who have used this process to launch successful businesses, will not only give you clarity on what type of business to start, but also the confidence to finally take that leap and get started.
Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement [Audiobook]
02 May 2019, 05:08
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 19m | 254.16/1.69MB
A groundbreaking exploration of what it means to be a late bloomer in a culture obsessed with SAT scores and early success and how finding one's way later in life can be an advantage to long-term achievement and happiness.
We live in a society where kids and parents are obsessed with early achievement, from getting perfect scores on SATs to getting into Ivy League colleges to landing an amazing job at Google or Facebook - or even better, creating a start-up with the potential to be the next Google or Facebook or Uber. We see software coders becoming millionaires or billionaires before age 30 and feel we are failing if we are not one of them.
Late bloomers, on the other hand, are undervalued - in popular culture, by educators and employers, and even unwittingly by parents. Yet the fact is a lot of us - most of us - do not explode out of the gates in life. We have to find our way. We have to discover our passions, talents, and gifts. That was true for author Rich Karlgaard, who had a mediocre academic career at Stanford (which he got into by a fluke) and after graduating, worked as a dishwasher and night watchman before finally finding the inner motivation and drive that ultimately led him to start up a high-tech magazine in Silicon Valley and eventually to become the publisher of Forbes magazine.
There is a scientific explanation for why so many of us bloom later in life. The executive function of our brains doesn't mature until age 25 - and later for some. In fact, our brain's capabilities peak at different ages. We actually enjoy multiple periods of blooming in our lives.
Based on several years of research, personal experience, and interviews with neuroscientists and psychologists and countless people at different stages of their careers, Late Bloomers reveals how and when we achieve our full potential - and why today's focus on early success is so misguided and even harmful.