Learn Java 12 Programming [EPUB]

Learn Java 12 Programming [EPUB]
Learn Java 12 Programming: A step-by-step guide to learning essential concepts in Java SE 10, 11, and 12 by Nick Samoylov
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1789957052 | 14.0MB

A comprehensive guide to get started with Java and gain insights into major concepts such as object-oriented, functional, and reactive programming

Key Features

  • Strengthen your knowledge of important programming concepts and the latest features in Java
  • Explore core programming topics including GUI programming, concurrency, and error handling
  • Learn the idioms and best practices for writing high-quality Java code

Book Description

Java is one of the preferred languages among developers, used in everything right from smartphones, and game consoles to even supercomputers, and its new features simply add to the richness of the language. This book on Java programming begins by helping you learn how to install the Java Development Kit. You will then focus on understanding object-oriented programming (OOP), with exclusive insights into concepts like abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, which will help you when programming for real-world apps. Next, you'll cover fundamental programming structures of Java such as data structures and algorithms that will serve as the building blocks for your apps. You will also delve into core programming topics that will assist you with error handling, debugging, and testing your apps. As you progress, you'll move on to advanced topics such as Java libraries, database management, and network programming, which will hone your skills in building professional-grade apps.

Further on, you'll understand how to create a graphic user interface using JavaFX and learn to build scalable apps by taking advantage of reactive and functional programming.

By the end of this book, you'll not only be well versed with Java 10, 11, and 12, but also gain a perspective into the future of this language and software development in general.

What you will learn

  • Learn and apply object-oriented principles
  • Gain insights into data structures and understand how they are used in Java
  • Explore multithreaded, asynchronous, functional, and reactive programming
  • Add a user-friendly graphic interface to your application
  • Find out what streams are and how they can help in data processing
  • Discover the importance of microservices and use them to make your apps robust and scalable
  • Explore Java design patterns and best practices to solve everyday problems
  • Learn techniques and idioms for writing high-quality Java code

Who this book is for

Students, software developers, or anyone looking to learn new skills or even a language will find this book useful. Although this book is for beginners, professional programmers can benefit from it too. Previous knowledge of Java or any programming language is not required.

Expert Python Programming, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Expert Python Programming, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Expert Python Programming: Become a master in Python by learning coding best practices and advanced programming concepts in Python 3.7, 3rd Edition by Micha³ Jaworski, Tarek Ziadé
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1789808898 | 3.38MB

Refine your Python programming skills and build professional grade applications with this comprehensive guide

Key Features

  • Create manageable code that can run in various environments with different sets of dependencies
  • Implement effective Python data structures and algorithms to write optimized code
  • Discover the exciting new features of Python 3.7

Book Description

Python is a dynamic programming language that's used in a wide range of domains thanks to its simple yet powerful nature. Although writing Python code is easy, making it readable, reusable, and easy to maintain is challenging. Complete with best practices, useful tools, and standards implemented by professional Python developers, the third edition of Expert Python Programming will help you overcome this challenge.

The book will start by taking you through the new features in Python 3.7. You'll then learn the advanced components of Python syntax, in addition to understanding how to apply concepts of various programming paradigms, including object-oriented programming, functional programming, and event-driven programming. This book will also guide you through learning the best naming practices, writing your own distributable Python packages, and getting up to speed with automated ways of deploying your software on remote servers. You'll discover how to create useful Python extensions with C, C++, Cython, and CFFI. Furthermore, studying about code management tools, writing clear documentation, and exploring test-driven development will help you write clean code.

By the end of the book, you will have become an expert in writing efficient and maintainable Python code.

What you will learn

  • Explore modern ways of setting up repeatable and consistent development environments
  • Package Python code effectively for community and production use
  • Learn modern syntax elements of Python programming such as f-strings, enums, and lambda functions
  • Demystify metaprogramming in Python with metaclasses
  • Write concurrent code in Python
  • Extend Python with code written in different languages
  • Integrate Python with code written in different languages

Who this book is for

This book will appeal to you if you're a programmer looking to take your Python knowledge to the next level by writing efficient code and learning the latest features of version 3.7 and above.

Hands-On Linux for Architects [EPUB]

Hands-On Linux for Architects [EPUB]
Hands-On Linux for Architects by Denis Salamanca, Esteban Flores
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1789534100 | 19.96MB

Explore practical use cases to learn everything from Linux components, and functionalities, through to hardware and software support

Key Features

  • Gain a clear understanding of how to design a Linux environment
  • Learn more about the architecture of the modern Linux operating system(OS)
  • Understand infrastructure needs and design a high-performing computing environment

Book Description

It is very important to understand the flexibility of an infrastructure when designing an efficient environment. In this book, you will cover everything from Linux components and functionalities through to hardware and software support, which will help you to implement and tune effective Linux-based solutions.

This book gets started with an overview of Linux design methodology. Next, you will focus on the core concepts of designing a solution. As you progress, you will gain insights into the kinds of decisions you need to make when deploying a high-performance solution using Gluster File System (GlusterFS). In the next set of chapters, the book will guide you through the technique of using Kubernetes as an orchestrator for deploying and managing containerized applications. In addition to this, you will learn how to apply and configure Kubernetes for your NGINX application. You’ll then learn how to implement an ELK stack, which is composed of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. In the concluding chapters, you will focus on installing and configuring a Saltstack solution to manage different Linux distributions, and explore a variety of design best practices. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with designing a high-performing computing environment for complex applications to run on.

By the end of the book, you will have delved inside the most detailed technical conditions of designing a solution, and you will have also dissected every aspect in detail in order to implement and tune open source Linux-based solutions

What you will learn

  • Study the basics of infrastructure design and the steps involved
  • Expand your current design portfolio with Linux-based solutions
  • Discover open source software-based solutions to optimize your architecture
  • Understand the role of high availability and fault tolerance in a resilient design
  • Identify the role of containers and how they improve your continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines
  • Gain insights into optimizing and making resilient and highly available designs by applying industry best practices

Who this book is for

This intermediate-level book is for Linux system administrators, Linux support engineers, DevOps engineers, Linux consultants or any open source technology professional looking to learn or expand their knowledge in architecting, designing and implementing solutions based on Linux and open source software. Prior experience in Linux is required.

Complete Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Development with Unity [EPUB]

Complete Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Development with Unity [EPUB]
Complete Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Development with Unity by Jesse Glover, Jonathan Linowes
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1838648186 | 45.89MB

Get close and comfortable with Unity and build applications that run on HoloLens, Daydream, and Oculus Rift

Key Features

  • Build fun augmented reality applications using ARKit, ARCore, and Vuforia
  • Explore virtual reality by developing more than 10 engaging projects
  • Learn how to integrate AR and VR concepts together in a single application

Book Description

Unity is the leading platform to develop mixed reality experiences because it provides a great pipeline for working with 3D assets.

Using a practical and project-based approach, this Learning Path educates you about the specifics of AR and VR development using Unity 2018 and Unity 3D. You’ll learn to integrate, animate, and overlay 3D objects on your camera feed, before moving on to implement sensor-based AR applications. You’ll explore various concepts by creating an AR application using Vuforia for both macOS and Windows for Android and iOS devices. Next, you’ll learn how to develop VR applications that can be experienced with devices, such as Oculus and Vive. You’ll also explore various tools for VR development: gaze-based versus hand controller input, world space UI canvases, locomotion and teleportation, timeline animation, and multiplayer networking.

You’ll learn the Unity 3D game engine via the interactive Unity Editor and C# programming.

By the end of this Learning Path, you’ll be fully equipped to develop rich, interactive mixed reality experiences using Unity.

This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Unity Virtual Reality Projects - Second Edition by Jonathan Linowes
  • Unity 2018 Augmented Reality Projects by Jesse Glover
  • What you will learn
  • Create 3D scenes to learn about world space and scale
  • Move around your scenes using locomotion and teleportation
  • Create filters or overlays that work with facial recognition software
  • Interact with virtual objects using eye gaze, hand controllers, and user input events
  • Design and build a VR storytelling animation with a soundtrack and timelines
  • Create social VR experiences with Unity networking

Who this book is for

If you are a game developer familiar with 3D computer graphics and interested in building your own AR and VR games or applications, then this Learning Path is for you. Any prior experience in Unity and C# will be an advantage. In all, this course teaches you the tools and techniques to develop engaging mixed reality applications.

WordPress 5 Complete, 7th Edition [EPUB]

WordPress 5 Complete, 7th Edition [EPUB]
WordPress 5 Complete: Build beautiful and feature-rich websites from scratch, 7th Edition by Karol Król
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1789532019 | 43.73MB

An in-depth and comprehensive take on WordPress, covering everything about the platform such as WordPress posts, pages, themes, plugins, and more.

Key Features

  • Get up to date with the latest WordPress 5.0 (Bebo) and all its new features
  • Beginner-friendly layout and advice you can apply from day one with loads of screenshots and examples
  • Enrich your development experience with the new block-based editor Gutenberg

Book Description

Back in the day, when you wanted to launch a new website, you either had to learn web programming yourself or hire a professional who would take care of the whole process for you. Nowadays, with WordPress, anyone can build an optimized site with the least amount of effort possible and then make it available to the world in no time.

Here, in the seventh edition of the book, we are going to show you how to build great looking and functional websites using WordPress. The new version of WordPress – 5.0 – comes with a few important changes, and we tell you all about how to use them effectively. From crafting content pages using the block editor, and customizing the design of your site, through to making sure it's secure, we go through it all.

The book starts by introducing WordPress and teaching you how to set it up. You are then shown how to create a blog site, start writing content, and even use plugins and themes to customize the design of the site and add some unique elements to set it apart. If you want to get more in-depth, we also show you how to get started creating your own themes and plugins. Finally, we teach you how to use WordPress for building non-blog websites.

By the end of the book, you will be sufficiently skilled to design high-quality websites and will be fully familiar with the ins and outs of WordPress.

What you will learn

  • Learn to adapt your plugin with the Gutenberg editor
  • Create content that is optimized for publication on the web
  • Craft great looking pages and posts with the use of block editor
  • Structure your web pages in an accessible and clear way
  • Install and work with plugins and themes
  • Customize the design of your website
  • Upload multimedia content, such as images, audio, and video easily and effectively
  • Develop your own WordPress plugins and themes
  • Use WordPress to build websites that serve purposes other than blogs

Who this book is for

The ideal target audience for this book would be PHP developers who have some basic knowledge of working with WordPress and who want to get a comprehensive practical understanding of working with WordPress and create production-ready websites with it.

Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I [Audiobook]

Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I [Audiobook]
Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I [Audiobook] by Matthew Stanley, read by the Author
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 3m | 332.58MB

The birth of a world-changing idea in the middle of a bloodbath...

Einstein's War is a riveting exploration of both the beauty of scientific creativity and enduring horrors of human nature. These two great forces battle in a story that culminates with a victory now a century old, the mind bending theory of general relativity.

Few recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe from 1914 to 1918, shaped Einstein's life and work. While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity blockaded in Berlin, literally starving. He lost 50 pounds in three months, unable to communicate with his most important colleagues. Some of those colleagues fought against rabid nationalism; others were busy inventing chemical warfare - being a scientist trapped you in the power plays of empire. Meanwhile, Einstein struggled to craft relativity and persuade the world that it was correct. This was, after all, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton, and its victory was far from sure.

Scientists seeking to confirm Einstein's ideas were arrested as spies. Technical journals were banned as enemy propaganda. Colleagues died in the trenches. Einstein was separated from his most crucial ally by barbed wire and U-boats. This ally was the Quaker astronomer and Cambridge don A.S. Eddington who would go on to convince the world of the truth of relativity and the greatness of Einstein.

In May of 1919, when Europe was still in chaos from the war, Eddington led a globe-spanning expedition to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein's bold prediction that light has weight. It was the result of this expedition - the proof of relativity, as many saw it - that put Einstein on front pages around the world. Matthew Stanley's epic tale is a celebration of how bigotry and nationalism can be defeated, and of what science can offer when they are.

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science [TTC Video]

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science [TTC Video]
Understanding the Misconceptions of Science [TTC Video] by Professor Don Lincoln, PhD
Course No 1397 | MP4, AVC, 1370 kbps, 960x540 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 7.81GB

Evolution. Relativity. The Big Bang. These and other scientific ideas have come to define our understanding of the modern world and how it works. But here’s a secret: What you learned about them in school isn’t necessarily the whole truth.

Science is, undeniably, a truly incredible field of human endeavor. In the last five centuries alone, we’ve been able to make startling advancements in human progress thanks to discoveries like electricity and magnetism, the germ theory of diseases, and the inner workings of atomic particles.

But for all its importance to our everyday lives, most of us who aren’t scientists don’t think too deeply about science. We settle for what we were taught in high school—and for the most part, that education was sound. Still, compromises had to be made, leaving most of us with conceptions of science that weren’t wrong, but also were just a piece of a larger, much more complex story. Misconceptions are even taught in fairly advanced science classes—and are still believed by people with quite respectable scientific educations.

Consider these commonly held scientific beliefs:

  • Planetary orbits are fixed ellipses.
  • We only use 10 percent of our brains.
  • Nothing travels faster than light.
  • A thrown object’s trajectory is a parabola.

They seem correct on the face of it, but they’re all misconceptions that aren’t entirely accurate. There’s much more to the story than you think. And Professor Don Lincoln, a Senior Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, has crafted a magnificent 24-lecture course devoted to busting myths, clearing up confusion, and giving you scientific epiphanies that could change how you think about your everyday world. In Understanding the Misconceptions of Science, you’ll explore shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often controversial—concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, quantum mechanics, and even the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Ultimately, Professor Lincoln’s research-backed lectures offer newer, better, and more correct ways to understand what you were once taught.

Explore Misconceptions in Biology, Chemistry, and Beyond

“Science,” Professor Lincoln says, “is built on facts, sure. But it’s also a methodology for determining and accepting—or rejecting—those facts. And inherent in science is a perpetual level of uncertainty and ignorance. Science has to be prepared to change and grow.”

This ever-evolving nature of scientific knowledge and understanding is at the heart of Understanding the Misconceptions of Science. Professor Lincoln has structured this course as a broad survey that assumes little prior knowledge of the fields being covered, which includes chemistry, physics, biology, quantum mechanics, astronomy, mathematics, and more.

Almost every lecture is devoted to a single major scientific concept or discovery that is often misunderstood or over-simplified. At the start of the lecture, Professor Lincoln highlights how that particular misconception is commonly taught to students. Then, he takes you on a deep dive into how the science really works, and how recent discoveries and advances have reframed—and in some instances, shattered—commonly held ideas.

The result is a course that not only opens your eyes to just how large and mind-bending science is, but that can also spark a curiosity to investigate further.

Discover a Host of Scientific Epiphanies

What makes Understanding the Misconceptions of Science such an entertaining and engaging learning experience are the “aha!” moments packed into every lecture. Delivered with insight, clarity, and a dash of humor, these and other of Professor Lincoln’s scientific epiphanies will have you rethinking what you know—or thought you knew—about the world of science.

  • A (Less Than) Ideal Gas Law. The ideal gas law describes the relationship between pressure, volume, temperature, and the number of moles of molecules for an ideal gas. There’s just one problem: gases aren’t ideal. That’s where the helpful—and slightly more complex—van der Waals equation comes in.
  • Portrait of an Electron. We tend to think of electrons in an atom orbiting the nucleus like planets around a star. The scientific reality, however, is that electrons are simultaneously everywhere the laws of quantum mechanics allow. The truth is that most matter is just empty space, and what you’re made of aren’t simple spheres—but force fields.
  • Think outside the Punnett Square. Most human characteristics aren’t governed by a single gene. Take eye color, for example. As it happens, there are two important genes dealing with eye color, along with 10 other genes that play a minor role. Plus, the idea that dominant traits will be the most common (and recessive traits the rarest) is wrong.
  • Less Bomb, More Balloon. During the Big Bang, all the energy and matter of the universe wasn’t just sitting somewhere in space and then blew up. Rather, because matter and energy and space and time are interlinked, there was a tiny volume that wasn’t a singularity that expanded into our visible universe more like an expanding balloon.
  • Use Your (Whole) Brain. No, we don’t use just 10 percent of our brain, and a big reason is evolution. The brain uses about 20 percent of the energy consumed by metabolism, in spite of being only about 2 percent of the body’s mass. If 90 percent of the brain were not used, there would be a huge evolutionary pressure to reduce the size of brains and skulls.
  • Floating or Falling in Space. While you may see video clips of astronauts in the International Space Station doing flips and all sorts of things, the truth is that they’re not floating in zero gravity. The correct word we should be using to describe the state in which these astronauts are working and playing in is, rather, “free fall,” and the difference is more significant than you may think.

Along the way, you’ll develop a sharper understanding of some of the most fundamental concepts, equations, theories, and issues in contemporary science, including:

  • Faraday cages, metal shapes that help protect what’s inside from electrical charges and which are used to understand what happens when lightning strikes a car;
  • The Bernoulli equation, developed to better understand the laws of motion of fluids and also used (incorrectly) to explain how planes fly;
  • The twin paradox, the most famous paradox in special relativity that bundles together a pair of twins to study space travel, time dilation, aging, and movement;
  • Carbon-14 dating, a scientific method for piecing together how long ago something happened that’s actually a more complex process than it might seem; and
  • The Drake equation, which can provide an estimate of the number of civilizations in our galaxy that we could detect—but which also neglects important parameters.

Gain an Awareness for the Immensity of Science

As with many of our other science courses, Understanding the Misconceptions of Science takes a welcoming, introductory approach to topics and issues that might seem intimidating to the average non-scientist.

Professor Lincoln goes to great lengths to make his expertise accessible to everyone willing to open their mind to the possibility that what they think they know about science isn’t the whole truth. To that end, he’s crafted these lectures to include helpful graphics, animations, images, equations, and scientific terms that help you make better sense of what’s being discussed.

But what will keep you engaged, above all, is the energy and excitement of Professor Lincoln’s lectures. He’s an expert public speaker, dedicated to scientific outreach and education—efforts which have earned him the 2017 Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics.

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science is about awareness and respect for what an immense undertaking scientific inquiry and experimentation is. “The real message here is just how little we know,” he says. “Science popularizations are entirely misleading on where we are in this effort. This isn’t to minimize our accomplishments. We’ve come a long way. But we have even further to go.”

Regardless of where you are in your own scientific adventures, this course will empower you with not just good science—but better science.

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science [TTC Video]

Sea Glass Crafts: Find, Collect, & Craft More Than 20 Projects Using the Ocean's Treasures [EPUB]

Sea Glass Crafts: Find, Collect, & Craft More Than 20 Projects Using the Ocean's Treasures [EPUB]
Sea Glass Crafts: Find, Collect, & Craft More Than 20 Projects Using the Ocean's Treasures by Rebecca Ruger-Wightman
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1631582550 | 107.03MB

Sea glass is the beautiful result of broken glass being naturally polished and smoothed by the ocean’s currents for extended periods of time. These beautiful jewels become weathered and frosted from abrasion and erosion in salt water, giving them a distinctly beautiful, jewel-like appearance that is perfect for all sorts of crafting!

Sea Glass Crafts includes twenty step-by-step projects for you to create beautiful works with your collection of sea glass. Accompanying each project are beautiful full-color photographs which visually aid readers in the instructions as well as display the finished product. From jewelry to other lavish lifestyle crafts, this book will give skills needed to learn the art of creating beautiful homemade pieces.

Sea glass can be purchased in bulk online, but it is way more fun to collect on your own. On your next trip to the beach, when you find yourself swimming in these treasures, be sure to utilize the lessons in this book to create something truly homemade, unique, and beautiful. It’s a perfect activity for anyone interested in jewelry-making or crafting, or for someone looking to learn a new hobby.

The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s [EPUB]

The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s [EPUB]
The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s by Sarah Archer
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1682682285 | 99.51MB

An illustrated pop history from aqua to avocado, Westinghouse to Wonder Bread

Nearly everyone alive today has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences that we now take for granted. Sarah Archer, in this delightful romp through a simpler time, shows us how the prosperity of the 1950s kicked off the technological and design ideals of today's kitchen. In fact, while contemporary appliances might look a little different and work a little better than those of the 1950s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon.

During the optimistic consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era. Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over families' plates.

With archival photographs, advertisements, magazine pages, and movie stills, The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era—and a room—where anything seemed possible.

The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens [EPUB]

The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens [EPUB]
The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens by Michael A Dirr, Keith S Warren
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1604697148 | 546.02MB

The Tree Book is the go-to reference to more than 2,400 species and cultivars, from two of the biggest names in horticulture—Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren. The featured trees include those widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest. Each tree profile includes the common and botanical names along with details on foliage; flowers, seeds, fruits, and cones; native range; adaptability; and popular uses in landscapes. The Tree Book is a must-have resource for landscapes architects, city foresters, horticulturists, and enthusiastic home gardeners.

Glimpses of Charleston [EPUB]

Glimpses of Charleston [EPUB]
Glimpses of Charleston by David R AvRutick
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1493037536 | 78.13MB

Charleston is one of the most historically significant cities in the United States. One of the prime attractions of Charleston is the spectacular array of historic buildings spanning a wide variety of architectural styles. From simple pre-Revolutionary–era dwellings to spectacular Italianate, Greek Revival, and Victorian homes, to colonial government buildings, to some of the oldest and most beautiful churches, Charleston's architectural splendor is unparalleled in the United States. Glimpses of Charleston will appeal to travelers and armchair tourists alike, whether you are planning your next trip or looking for a memento to remember your last visit.

Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary [EPUB]

Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary [EPUB]
Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary by Jonathan M Hansen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1476732477 | 45.9MB

An intimate, revisionist portrait of the early years of Fidel Castro, showing how an unlikely young Cuban led his country in revolution and transfixed the world.

This book will change how you think about Fidel Castro. Until now, biographers have treated Castro's life like prosecutors, scouring his past for evidence to convict a person they don't like or don't understand. This can make for bad history and unsatisfying biography. Young Castro challenges readers to put aside the caricature of a bearded, cigar-munching, anti-American hot head to discover how Castro became the dictator who acted as a thorn in the side of US presidents for nearly half a century.

These pages show Fidel Castro getting his toughness from a father who survived Spain's nasty class system and colonial wars to become one of the most successful independent plantation owners in Cuba. They show a boy running around that plantation more comfortable playing with the children of his father's laborers than his tony classmates at elite boarding schools in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. They show a young man who writes flowery love letters from prison and contemplates the meaning of life, a gregarious soul attentive to the needs of strangers but often indifferent to the needs of his own family. These pages show a liberal democrat who admires FDR's New Deal policies and is skeptical of communism, but is also hostile to American imperialism. They show an audacious militant who stages a reckless attack on a military barracks but is canny about building an army of resisters. In short, Young Castro reveals a complex man.

The first American historian in a generation to gain access to the Castro archives in Havana, Jonathan Hansen was able to secure cooperation from Castro's family and closest confidants, gaining access to hundreds of never-before-seen letters and to interviews with people he was the first to ask for their impressions of the man. The result is a nuanced and penetrating portrait of a figure who was determined to be a leader—a man at once brilliant, arrogant, bold, vulnerable and all too human. A man who, having grown up on an island that felt like a colonial cage, was compelled to lead his country to independence.

The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story [EPUB]

The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story [EPUB]
The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story by Joy-Ann Reid
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0062880101 | 0.8MB

Is Donald Trump running the "longest con" in U.S. history? How did we get here? What will be left of America when he leaves office?

Candidate Trump sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country's founding principles. Now in office, he's put up a "for sale" sign—on the prestige of the presidency, on America's global stature, and on our national identity. At what cost have these deals come? Joy-Ann Reid's essential new book, The Man Who Sold America, delivers an urgent accounting of our national crisis from one of our foremost political commentators.

Three years ago, Donald Trump pitched millions of voters on the idea that their country was broken, and that the rest of the world was playing us "for suckers." All we needed to fix this was Donald Trump, who rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go 'round.

Trump made the sale to enough Americans in three key swing states to win the Electoral College. As president, Trump's raft of self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has overwhelmed the national conversation. And with prosecutors bearing down on Trump and his family business, the web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. All this while Trump seemingly makes his administration a pawn for the ultimate villain: an autocratic former KGB officer in Russia who found in the untutored and eager forty-fifth president the perfect "apprentice."

What is the hidden impact of Trump, beyond the headlines? Through interviews with American and international thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point.

Providing new context and depth to our understanding, The Man Who Sold America reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.

The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips [EPUB]

The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips [EPUB]
The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips by Alexis Brink
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1982130938 | 56.04MB

Balance your body, mind, and spirit and heal yourself with your own hands using this clear, step-by-step illustrated guide to the practice of the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin—written by a trained expert with nearly three decades of experience.

You might be surprised to learn that the majority of today's most common ailments including anxiety, backaches, colds and flu, digestive issues, immune disorders, migraines, and insomnia, can be alleviated naturally by restoring and harmonizing blocked, stagnant energy. The art of Jin Shin, based on the Japanese healing art of energy medicine, is practiced throughout the world. While related to acupressure and massage therapy, this holistic practice uses only minimal pressure and gentle touching with the fingers and hands to redirect or unblock the flow of energy along the body's fifty-two points (twenty-six on each side of the body)—called Safety Energy Locations, or SELs—areas where energy tends to get congested. This simple, non-invasive process allows your body's energy to flow smoothly, and with balance restored, you will experience a sense of wellbeing and calm.

The Art of Jin Shin explains all the basics of this healing art and provides you with the knowledge you need to practice it on yourself—with exercises ranging from simply holding a finger for a few minutes to spending twenty minutes to harmonize a specific circulation pattern. Whether you desire a deeper understanding of the body/mind/spirit connection or want to create a daily Jin Shin maintenance routine the power is literally at your fingertips.

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World [EPUB]

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World [EPUB]
How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World by John Hudson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1509833560 | 0.84MB

What is the connection between crawling through a jungle and your 'to do' list? What can ejecting out of a stealth bomber teach you about the importance of thinking the worst? What can surviving in extreme situations teach us about surviving everyday life?

John Hudson, Chief Survival Instructor to the British Military, knows what it takes to survive. Combining first-hand experience with 20 years of studying the choices people have made under the most extreme pressure, How to Survive is a lifetime's worth of wisdom about how to apply the principles of survival to everyday life.

The cornerstone of military survival (surviving anything) is understanding the relationship between effort, hope and goals – a mindset that can be transposed anytime, anywhere. In How to Survive you will learn how this template for survival can be applied to any situation in your everyday life.

Through gripping first-hand accounts of near disaster and survival stories from across the extreme world you will learn that by following these principles you can develop the mindset that will allow you to make better decisions under pressure, which are as equally applicable to first dates and presentations as to climbing Everest and getting lost at sea.

1939: A People's History [EPUB]

1939: A People's History [EPUB]
1939: A People's History by Frederick Taylor
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1509858741 | 1.91MB

In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions of innocent people.

From the bestselling historian Frederick Taylor, 1939: A People's History draws on original British and German sources, including recorded interviews, as well as contemporary diaries, memoirs and newspapers. Its narrative focuses on the day-to-day experiences of the men and women in both countries trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Their voices, concerns and experiences lend a uniquely intimate flavour to this often surprising account, revealing a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either Britain or Germany wanted war.

Precisely for that reason, 1939: A People's History is also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In today's Europe, an onset of uncertainty, a looming fear of radical populism and a revelatory schism are dangerously reminiscent of the perils of the autumn of 1938. It is both a vivid and richly peopled narrative of Europe's slide into the horrors of war, a war that nobody wanted, and, in many ways, a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America [EPUB]

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America [EPUB]
Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America by Chris DeRose
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1621578054 | 3.62MB

The year is 1859 and Congressman Daniel Sickles and his beautiful wife Teresa are the toast of Washington, D.C. society. President James Buchanan is godfather to their daughter. Philip Barton Key, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (and the son of Francis Scott Key), is one of the couple's closest friends—so close, in fact, that he often escortes the beautiful Mrs. Sickles to social events when the congressman is too busy.

Revelers in D.C. are accustomed to the sight of the congressman's wife with the tall, Apollo-like Philip Barton Key, who is considered "the handsomest man in all Washington society… foremost among the popular men of the capital." Then one day Congressman Daniel Sickles receives an anonymous note about his wife and Key, setting into motion a tragic course of events that culminates in a bloody confrontation in the street that leaves one man dead and the other charged with murder. This is the riveting true story of the murder and historic trial that shocked 19th century America, now brought to vivid life by historian Chris DeRose with the help of Mrs. Sickles' writings and other primary sources.

The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil [EPUB]

The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil [EPUB]
The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil by Dan Kovalik
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: | 1.37MB

An in-depth look at the US threat to "save" Venezuela

Since 1999 when Hugo Chavez became the elected president of Venezuela, the US has been conniving to overthrow his government and to roll back the Bolivarian Revolution which he ushered in to Venezuela. With the untimely death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, and the election of Nicolas Maduro that followed, the US redoubled its efforts to overturn this revolution. The US is now threatening to intervene militarily to bring about the regime change it has wanted for twenty years.

While we have been told that the US’s efforts to overthrow Chavez and Maduro are motivated by altruistic goals of advancing the interests of democracy and human rights in Venezuela, is this true? The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela answers this question with a resounding “no,” demonstrating that:
  • The US’s interests in Venezuela have always centered upon one and only one thing: Venezuela’s vast oil reserves;
  • The US has happily supported one repressive regime after another in Venezuela to protect its oil interests;
  • Chavez and Maduro are not the “tyrants” we have been led to believe they are, but in fact have done much to advance the interests of democracy and economic equality in Venezuela;
  • What the US and the Venezuelan opposition resent most is the fact that Chavez and Maduro have governed in the interest of Venezuela’s vast numbers of poor and oppressed racial groups;
  • While the US claims that it is has the humanitarian interests of the Venezuelan people at heart, the fact is that the US has been waging a one-sided economic war against Venezuela which has greatly undermined the health and living conditions of Venezuelans;
  • The opposition forces the US is attempting to put into power represent Venezuela’s oligarchy who want to place Venezuela’s oil revenues back in the hands of Venezuela’s economic elite as well as US oil companies.

The battle for Venezuela which is now being waged will determine the fate of all of Latin America for many years to come. The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela lets readers know what is at stake in this struggle and urges readers to reconsider which side they are on.

The Mullet Report: Mullets Are Great Again [EPUB]

The Mullet Report: Mullets Are Great Again [EPUB]
The Mullet Report: Mullets Are Great Again by Ronald Redaktor
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1510753656 | 16.73MB

Donald Trump Says Mullets Are Back, and They're Gonna Be YUGE!

First it was The Mueller Report, and now, finally, the long-awaited Mullet Report is here, with all the shocking photos you've been waiting for. Long mullets, curly mullets, orange mullets . . . it's all here, with as few redactions as possible (without compromising national security and ongoing investigations). Robert Mueller investigated Russian collusion, but Ronald Redaktor will let you in on the secrets of the Hair Investigation. Find out about hair dumping and hacking operations, and decide for yourself if there was any brushin' collusion.

Donald Trump's hair has long been the subject of intense scrutiny. We've heard a lot about obstruction of justice. Well, what is he hiding up there? Is it detachable? Why is it orange? In response, Trump has launched his own #MulletStyle campaign, which in itself has become the subject of conspiracy theories and in-depth investigation. Now you can separate fact from alternative fact with this newly released and highly anticipated Mullet Report.

How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life [EPUB]

How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life [EPUB]
How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life by Tim Desmond
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0062857584 | 0.84MB

How can we be more mindful when the world is this f*cked up?

How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World is the fresh, engaging answer to this important question. If you've tried mindfulness before and failed, we get it. Likely you were told to sit on a pillow in a dark room, meditate, or count your breaths. But mindfulness isn't about separating ourselves from the problems in the world. Instead, it is about re-learning how to get out there, connect with the suffering of every living being and in so doing, embrace your own personal suffering to heal, transform, grow, and finally find peace.

Tim Desmond—an esteemed Buddhist philosopher who has lectured on psychology at both Harvard and Yale and studied under Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh—has spent his life cultivating new ways to bridge the gap between the ancient tradition of mindfulness and modern life. With How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World Desmond gets right to the heart of our collective pain with a life-changing mindfulness practice for surviving the sometimes-miserable world we live in, featuring strategies and guidance you can start using to feel more connected, joyful, and present today.

Beat the Bots: How Your Humanity Can Future-Proof Your Tech Sales Career [EPUB]

Beat the Bots: How Your Humanity Can Future-Proof Your Tech Sales Career [EPUB]
Beat the Bots: How Your Humanity Can Future-Proof Your Tech Sales Career by Anita Nielsen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 154450344X | 1.25MB

As a salesperson, you need confidence and passion to win. But as buyers and robots continue to gain power, it's easy to feel beaten down in a world where customers no longer seem to need you. As deals fall through and commissions dwindle, you feel desperation begin to sink in.

Blow after blow, you wonder:
Am I going to lose the career I love—to a robot?

Anita Nielsen shows you how to get up off the mat and come out swinging. You don't need another impractical system or framework that can easily be copied by any other sales professional. Everything you need to regain your confidence and win in this new sales landscape is already in you, waiting to be unlocked. Anita gives you the keys: a series of trench tales, high-impact questions, and a thought process that shows you how to use the power of personalized value to differentiate yourself and win better, bigger, and more. Beat the Bots helps you ensure customers won't want to buy from anyone, or anything, else—not even a bot.

This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community—a Life in Streetwear [EPUB]

This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community—a Life in Streetwear [EPUB]
This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community—a Life in Streetwear by Bobby Hundreds
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0374275793 | 4.83MB

The story of The Hundreds and the precepts that made it an iconic streetwear brand by Bobby Hundreds himself

Streetwear occupies that rarefied space where genuine "cool" coexists with big business; where a star designer might work concurrently with Nike, a tattoo artist, Louis Vuitton, and a skateboard company. It's the ubiquitous style of dress comprising hoodies, sneakers, and T-shirts. In the beginning, a few brands defined this style; fewer still survived as streetwear went mainstream. They are the OGs, the "heritage brands." The Hundreds is one of those persevering companies, and Bobby Hundreds is at the center of it all.

The creative force behind the brand, Bobby Kim, a.k.a. Bobby Hundreds, has emerged as a prominent face and voice in streetwear. In telling the story of his formative years, he reminds us that The Hundreds was started by outsiders; and this is truly the story of streetwear culture.

In This Is Not a T-Shirt, Bobby Hundreds cements his spot as a champion of an industry he helped create and tells the story of The Hundreds—with anecdotes ranging from his Southern California, punk-DIY-tinged youth to the brand's explosive success. Both an inspiring memoir and an expert assessment of the history and future of streetwear, this is the tale of Bobby's commitment to his creative vision and to building a real community.

Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life [PDF]

Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life [PDF]
Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life by Kerry E Hannon
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 1119547903 | 5.38MB

Start a successful business mid-life

When you think of someone launching a start-up, the image of a twenty-something techie probably springs to mind. However, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are just as likely to start businesses and reinvent themselves later in life. Never Too Old to Get Rich is an exciting roadmap for anyone age 50+ looking to be their own boss and launch their dream business.

This book provides up-to-date resources and guidance for launching a business when you're 50+. There are snappy profiles of more than a dozen successful older entrepreneurs, describing their inspirational journeys launching businesses and nonprofits, followed by Q&A conversations, and pull-out boxes containing action steps. The author walks you through her three-part fitness program: guidelines for becoming financially fit, physically fit, and spiritually fit, before delving more deeply into how would-be entrepreneurs over 50 can succeed.
  • Describes how you can find capital to start your own business
  • Offers encouraging stories of real people who have become their own bosses and succeeded as entrepreneurs
  • Written by PBS Next Avenue’s entrepreneur expert, Kerry Hannon
  • Teaches you how to start your own business

Never Too Old to Get Rich is the ideal book for older readers looking to pursue new business ventures later in life.

Office 365 All-in-One For Dummies [PDF]

Office 365 All-in-One For Dummies [PDF]
Office 365 All-in-One For Dummies by Peter Weverka, Timothy L Warner
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 1119576245 | 57.7MB

The deepest reference on Microsoft’s productivity service

Office 365 offers the same productivity power as past versions of Microsoft Office along with tools designed to boost collaboration in the workplace and instant access to the latest Office updates without buying a whole new software package. It’s an ideal solution for both the office and home use.

The author of the bestselling Office All-in-One For Dummies shares his advice on how to navigate the nuts and bolts of getting things done with Office 365. Look inside for step-by-step instructions on Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and OneNote along with a dive into the cloud services that come with Office 365.

  • Access Office 365
  • Make sense of common Office tasks
  • Use Excel, Word, outlook, PowerPoint and more
  • Take advantage of 365 online services

If you’re a home or business user interested in having a complete reference on the suite, this book has you covered.

Building a Business with a Beat [EPUB]

Building a Business with a Beat [EPUB]
Building a Business with a Beat by Judi Sheppard Missett, Susan Carol McCarthy
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 126044130X | 12.17MB

Transform your passion into a profitable business—with the help of the legendary entrepreneur who turned an innovative idea into a $100 million global powerhouse.

Judi Sheppard Missett is a fitness icon who, at just three years old, discovered a passion for dance that would eventually fuel a global dance fitness empire. After an early life spent honing her dancing skills and a career as a professional jazz dancer, Judi had an epiphany: why not combine the art of jazz dancing with the science of exercise to help others achieve a healthier, happier self-image and life? The wildly enthusiastic response from her first 15 students inspired her to launch Jazzercise, Inc., the world's leading dance fitness program with a cumulative $2 billion in global sales.

In Building a Business with Beat, Judi reveals for the first time the secrets behind the company's five decades of enormous success. In addition to helping millions of men and women improve their health and well-being through the fun and fitness of dance, Judi has inspired 8,500 franchisees to achieve their dream of owning and running their own business. Now, through powerful personal stories, practical proven-successful advice and insights, Judi shares how you, too, can transform your passion into a profitable business.

This inspirational guide will teach you how to:

  • Create a successful business by discovering and defining your larger purpose
  • Use your unique perspectives and abilities to enhance the lives of others
  • Deftly handle everyday obstacles and unplanned events
  • Develop an open mindset and embrace innovation and new possibilities
  • Inspire your staff to connect to a purpose greater than day-to-day work, and more

Filled with helpful tips, smart strategies, and no-nonsense advice, this book is essential reading for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating a thriving, purpose-driven business. The author is living proof that when you're doing what you love, it may not seem like work at all.