Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends: Tales from a Colonial Coroner's Court [EPUB]

Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends: Tales from a Colonial Coroner's Court [EPUB]
Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends: Tales from a Colonial Coroner's Court by Catie Gilchrist
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1460755782 | 17.56MB

Murder, manslaughter, suicide, mishap - the very public business of determining death in colonial Sydney. Murder in colonial Sydney was a surprisingly rare occurrence, so when it did happen it caused a great sensation. People flocked to the scene of the crime, to the coroner's court and to the criminal courts to catch a glimpse of the accused.

Most of us today rarely see a dead body. In nineteenth century Sydney, when health was precarious and workplaces and the busy city streets were often dangerous, witnessing a death was rather common. And any death that was sudden or suspicious would be investigated by the coroner.

Henry Shiell was the Sydney City Coroner from 1866 to 1889. In the course of his unusually long career he delved into the lives, loves, crimes, homes and workplaces of colonial Sydneysiders. He learnt of envies, infidelities, passions, and loyalties, and just how short, sad and violent some lives were. But his court was also, at times, instrumental in calling for new laws and regulations to make life safer.

Catie Gilchrist explores the nineteenth century city as a precarious place of bustling streets and rowdy hotels, harbourside wharves and dangerous industries. With few safety regulations, the colourful city was also a place of frequent inquests, silent morgues and solemn graveyards. This is the story of life and death in colonial Sydney.

Zen: A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author [EPUB]

Zen: A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author [EPUB]
Zen: A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author by Alan Watts
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1608685888 | 1.38MB

According to Alan Watts, "Zen taste deplores the cluttering of a picture or of a room with many objects." In that sense, this minimalist book embodies the aesthetic of Zen itself. As with brushstrokes in a Japanese ink painting, the words have been used sparingly and arranged precisely, with no unnecessary detail. In seven brief chapters, Watts captures the essence of Zen Buddhism as a religion and a way of life. He explains fundamental Zen concepts, introduces revered Zen thinkers, places Zen within the broader context of Eastern religion, and traces the influence of Zen in the arts. Illustrated with calligraphy and drawings by the author, this reprint of an old classic will delight fans of Alan Watts, while introducing new readers to a legendary author who infused groundbreaking scholarship with literary brilliance.

150 Best Tiny Space Ideas [EPUB]

150 Best Tiny Space Ideas [EPUB]
150 Best Tiny Space Ideas by Francesc Zamora Mola
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0062909223 | 173.02MB

Discover the latest innovations in tiny space design in this lush compendium in the 150 Best series, showcasing 150 full-color profiles.

As the price of large residences have become increasingly out of reach for many people, aspiring home owners have begun to think smaller. 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an exciting overview of the smallest living space designs— architectural and decorating trends that combine to make dwellings under 450 square feet feel welcoming and expansive. All the projects featured in this handsome reference were created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients.

Encompassing current trends in small space design, this latest volume in the highly successful 150 Best offers the work of international visionaries who have created and transformed a range of accommodations, from a micro-apartment in Taipei City to a silo in Phoenix to an island shack in British Columbia.

Filled with black-and-white and four-color photos throughout, 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an inspirational resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well homeowners interested in creating warm and truly livable homes regardless of space limitations.

Out of Your Hands: What Palmistry Reveals About Your Personality and Destiny [EPUB]

Out of Your Hands: What Palmistry Reveals About Your Personality and Destiny [EPUB]
Out of Your Hands: What Palmistry Reveals About Your Personality and Destiny by Beleta Greenaway
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 164297000X | 3.57MB
Out of Your Hands provides a complete guide to deciphering all aspects of the hand: its shape, palmar lines, and fingerprints. Beleta not only provides practical interpretations such as personality traits and relationship prospects but also discusses the markings on the hand that provide mystic insights. When you look at the lines on someone's hand, you are looking at that person's journey of life and the map of their character and fate. Although palmistry is considered a science and each line on the palm represents a certain meaning, it is also known to be another channel for psychics to gain information, because touching or feeling the hand brings a vibration to the clairvoyant and thus becomes a form of psychometry.

By understanding the markings on the hands, you will gain insight into personality traits, as well an understanding of a possible destiny. The insights gained though palmistry can improve your life and your chances of future happiness.

The Handy Science Answer Book, 5th Edition [PDF]

The Handy Science Answer Book, 5th Edition [PDF]
The Handy Science Answer Book, 5th Edition edited by James Bobick, Naomi E Balaban
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 1578596912 | 10.9MB

Science is everywhere, and it affects everything! DNA and CRISPR. Artificial sweeteners. Sea level changes caused by melting glaciers. Gravitational waves. Bees in a colony. The human body. Microplastics. The largest active volcano. Designer dog breeds. Molecules. The length of the Grand Canyon. Viruses and a retroviruses. The weight of a cloud. Forces, motion, energy, and inertia. It can often seem complex and complicated, but it need not be so difficult to understand. Celebrating it’s twenty-fifth year and with over one million copies sold, the newly updated and completely revised fifth edition of The Handy Science Answer Book makes science and its impact on the world fun and easy to understand.

Clear, concise, and straightforward, this informative primer covers hundreds of intriguing topics, from the basics of math, physics, and chemistry to the discoveries being made about the human body, stars, outer space, rivers, mountains, and our entire planet. It covers plants, animals, computers, planes, trains, and cars. This friendly resource answers more than 1,600 of the most frequently asked, most interesting, and most unusual science questions, including ...

  • When was a symbol for the concept of zero first used?
  • How large is a google?
  • Why do golf balls have dimples?
  • What is a chemical bond?
  • What is a light year?
  • What was the grand finale of the Cassini mission?
  • How many exoplanets have been discovered?
  • Where is the deepest cave in the United States?
  • How long is the Grand Canyon?
  • What is the difference between weather and climate?
  • What causes a red tide?
  • What is cell cloning and how is it used in scientific research?
  • How did humans evolve?
  • Do pine trees keep their needles forever?
  • What is the most abundant group of organisms?
  • How do insects survive the winter in cold climates?
  • Which animals drink seawater?
  • Why do geese fly in formation?
  • What is FrogWatch?
  • Why do cats’ eyes shine in the dark?
  • Which industries release the most toxic chemicals?
  • What causes most wildfires in the United States?
  • Which woman received the Nobel Prize in two different fields (two different years)?
  • What is the difference between science and technology?

For anyone wanting to know how the universe, Earth, plants, animals, and human beings work and fit into our world, this informative book also includes a helpful bibliography, and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. It will help anyone’s science questions!

She's Selling What?!: A Skeptical Husband's Guide to Supporting His Network Marketing Wife [EPUB]

She's Selling What?!: A Skeptical Husband's Guide to Supporting His Network Marketing Wife [EPUB]
She's Selling What: A Skeptical Husband's Guide to Supporting His Network Marketing Wife by Tim Farrant
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1948677245 | 1.75MB

So your wife signed up with a network-marketing company, and now you’re tripping over a pile of skepticism, frustration, and a million questions.

Oh no. She can’t be serious. These things are scams!

Thousands of men across the country are in the same boat. They hear their wives talk about a new “opportunity” and immediately launch into all the reasons why network marketing doesn’t work, how nobody makes real money, and how most people quit the business within a year. Instead of encouraging their wives’ excitement and enthusiasm, many husbands pour a bucket of cold water on their dreams.

In She’s Selling What?! Tim Farrant opens up about his wife’s start and epic rise in network marketing and his own journey from shock and skepticism to understanding and support as he set aside his ego and figured out how to support his wife as she built a business that changed their family forever.

As you follow along, you will:

  • Discover how to overcome your initial skepticism and take a good, honest look at your wife’s network-marketing business.
  • Identify your family’s big win that will make all her hard work worthwhile.
  • Understand how her compensation plan works, how to maximize it to make the most money possible.
  • See where you fit into her business and how you can make an exponential impact on her success.
  • Find answers to the most common questions husbands have about network marketing.
  • Learn when you should speak up—and when you should shut up.
  • Embrace your role as her number-one fan.
  • Realize that her business can be the best thing that ever happened to your family.

We owe it to our wives to set aside our initial skepticism and preconceived notions about network marketing and dig deep into the issue that matters most: how we can become the supportive, encouraging husbands—and teammates—our hard-working wives deserve.

The Cat & the Banker: How to Get Started with Investing: An Illustrated Story [EPUB]

The Cat & the Banker: How to Get Started with Investing: An Illustrated Story [EPUB]
The Cat & the Banker: How to Get Started with Investing: An Illustrated Story by Nadir Mehadji
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9814794449 | 1.68 MB

Why should learning about finance and investing be dull and confusing? The Cat & The Banker is a fun and unconventional illustrated book about investing for people who don't know where to start. Truth be told, this really is most people. This accessible, creative guide is ideal for anyone put off by stuffy investment manuals.

The Cat & the Banker addresses these problem:

  • Books about personal finance tend to be dry and boring. The Cat & The Banker distills powerful ideas through a candid and fun conversation between a cat and his banker. The underlying story puts the notions in context and helps readers relate to the concepts.
  • Few people find time to read conventional books about personal finance. The Cat & The Banker goes straight to essentials without getting bogged down in unnecessary intricacies.
  • Personal finance books often give inadequate recipes. The Cat & The Banker provides a framework for how things actually work and empowers readers to make their own decisions
  • Investing looks confusing. It is hard to know how to allocate your own money. The Cat & The Banker takes readers step-by-step on a journey through how different types of investments work, what they do, and how they relate to the real world; all in a simple, playful and engaging way

Personality-Driven Portfolio: Invest Right for Your Style [EPUB]

Personality-Driven Portfolio: Invest Right for Your Style [EPUB]
Personality-Driven Portfolio: Invest Right for Your Style by Sam Phoen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9814828300 | 2.87MB

Constructing an investment portfolio is not a "one-size-fits-all" undertaking. Every investor has his or her own personality. Successful investing begins with knowing yourself – knowing how much risk you can take, the amount of time you can spend, your personal strengths and weaknesses, etc. What works for your friend, or your advisor, or Warren Buffett, may not necessarily work for you. Following them blindly can lead to a disastrous mismatch with your own style. In Personality-Driven Portfolio, author Sam Phoen approaches this problem from a revolutionary angle.

Through a series of questions, the reader is first shown how to evaluate his/her investment personality: "Am I an Egoistic Elephant, a Diligent Deer, a Cagey Crab, or a Busy Bee?" Each personality type needs to take a different investment approach. A portfolio that suits the Egoistic Elephant, for example, will turn the Busy Bee or Cagey Crab into a nervous wreck! Targeted at investors at all levels of experience, this book is a practical guide on how to put together a "bespoke" portfolio, and on top of that, how to manage and rebalance the portfolio when necessary, so as to produce sustained results over the long term.

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb [EPUB]

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb [EPUB]
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb by Sam Kean
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0316381683 | 49.32MB

From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb

Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the middle of building an atomic bomb, the leaders of the Manhattan Project were alarmed to learn that Nazi Germany was far outpacing the Allies in nuclear weapons research. Hitler, with just a few pounds of uranium, would have the capability to reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. So they assembled a rough and motley crew of geniuses - dubbed the Alsos Mission - and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany's feared Uranium Club.

The details of the mission rival the finest spy thriller, but what makes this story sing is the incredible cast of characters-both heroes and rogues alike-including:

  • Moe Berg the major league catcher who abandoned the game for a career as a multilingual international spy; the strangest fellow to ever play professional baseball.
  • Werner Heisenberg the Nobel Prize-winning physicist credited as the discoverer of quantum mechanics; a key contributor to the Nazi's atomic bomb project and the primary target of the Alsos mission.
  • Colonel Boris Pash a high school science teacher and veteran of the Russian Revolution who fled the Sovit Union with a deep disdain for Communists and who later led the Alsos mission.
  • Joe Kennedy Jr. the charismatic, thrill-seeking older brother of JFK whose need for adventure led him to volunteer for the most dangerous missions the Navy had to offer.
  • Samuel Goudsmit a washed-up physics prodigy who spent his life huntinh Nazi scientist-and his parents, who had been swept into a concentration camp-across the globe.
  • Irène and Frederic Joliot-Curie a physics Nobel-Prize winning power couple who used their unassuming status as scientists to become active members of the resistance.

Thrust into the dark world of international espionage, these scientists and soldiers played a vital and largely untold role in turning back one of the darkest tides in human history.

Botany Bay and the First Fleet: The Real Story [EPUB]

Botany Bay and the First Fleet: The Real Story [EPUB]
Botany Bay and the First Fleet: The Real Story by Alan Frost
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 176064160X | 3.48MB

Now in one definitive volume, Botany Bay and the First Fleet is a full, authentic account of the beginnings of modern Australia.

In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1400 people, set out from England for Botany Bay, on the east coast of New South Wales. In deciding on Botany Bay, British authorities hoped not only to rid Britain of its excess criminals, but also to gain a key strategic outpost and take control of valuable natural resources.

According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Here, Alan Frost debunks these myths, and shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned – reflecting its importance to Britain's imperial and commercial ambitions. In his examination of the ships, passengers and preparation, Frost reveals the hopes and schemes of those who engineered the voyage, and the experiences of those who made it.

The culmination of thirty-five years' study of previously neglected archives, Botany Bay and the First Fleet offers new and surprising insights into how Australia came to be.

Idiot Wind: A Memoir [EPUB]

Idiot Wind: A Memoir [EPUB]
Idiot Wind: A Memoir by Peter Kaldheim
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1786897369 | 3.8MB
In 1987 a massive snowstorm hits New York as Peter Kaldheim flees the city, owing drug debts to a dealer who is no stranger to casual violence.

Leaving behind his chaotic past, Kaldheim hits the road, living hand-to-mouth in flop-houses, pan-handling with his fellow itinerants. As he makes his way across America in search of a new life, the harsh reality of vagrancy forces him to face up to his past, from his time in Rikers prison to relationships lost and lamented.

Kaldheim hikes and buses through an America rarely seen, and his encounters with a disparate collection of characters instills in him a new empathy and wisdom, as he journeys on a road less traveled.

Make It Happen: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams [EPUB]

Make It Happen: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams [EPUB]
Make It Happen: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams by Jordanna Levin
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760871257 | 2.35MB

Everyone can manifest. We're all doing it-every second of every day-without even realising it.

For years, journalist and podcaster Jordanna Levin thought that she was psychic. She would worry about things and they would come true. But she wouldn't just worry; she would feel them, take subconscious action towards them and believe with every cell of her being that they would happen-and most of the time, they did. A broken foot, a cancelled flight, a tragic love story… the list went on. She soon realised that she wasn't just predicting the future, she was manifesting it. Until one day she changed the game. If she could manifest mishaps and disasters, why not the things she actually wanted?

In this warm and witty book, Jordanna shares her personal experiences and struggles along with her foolproof equation for manifesting whatever you desire, from your dream job to a lasting relationship. Whether you're a matter-of-fact skeptic or a somewhat hippie yoga-lover, Make It Happen will empower you to take ownership of your life and create anything you want.

Yang Sheng: the Art of Chinese Self-Healing: Ancient Solutions to Modern Problems [EPUB]

Yang Sheng: the Art of Chinese Self-Healing: Ancient Solutions to Modern Problems [EPUB]
Yang Sheng: the Art of Chinese Self-Healing: Ancient Solutions to Modern Problems by Katie Brindle
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1784882402 | 5.75MB

The concept of self-care is, in fact, thousands of years old. This buzzword is rooted in a 2,500-year old Chinese philosophy. 'Yang sheng' means to nourish life – fostering your own health and wellbeing by nurturing body, mind and spirit. In this book, Katie Brindle teaches readers how to harness this powerful natural healing system to improve every aspect of their life.

Yang Sheng fits and works brilliantly in modern life. Some of the techniques may seem unusual, but they are all simple, quick and effective. Even more appealing, a key principle of Chinese medicine is balance; that means not being perfect or excluding foods or having too many rules or pushing yourself to exhaustion with overwork or over-exercise. And so, Yang Sheng encourages you to have the green juice and the glass of wine, a full-on day at work and a night out dancing.

For people who are overtired and overtaxed, stressed, lacking a sex drive, or who feel anxious or hopeless, the practice of Yang sheng restores balance. Our bodies are designed to self-heal – Yang Sheng knows the mechanics of how to activate this.

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition [Audiobook]

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition [Audiobook]
Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition [Audiobook] by Patricia S Churchland, read by Suzie Althens
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 7h 1m | 382.48MB

In Conscience, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.

All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. She looks to evolution to elucidate how, from birth, our brains are configured to form bonds, to cooperate, and to care. Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands. Research on psychopaths illuminates the knowledge about those who abide by no moral system and the explanations science gives for these disturbing individuals.

Churchland then turns to philosophy - that of Socrates, Aquinas, and contemporary thinkers like Owen Flanagan - to explore why morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through the generations, and why different cultures live by different morals. Her unparalleled ability to join ideas rarely put into dialogue brings light to a subject that speaks to the meaning of being human.

The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns [Audiobook]

The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns [Audiobook]
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns [Audiobook] by Mohnish Pabrai, read by Neil Shah
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 5h 4m | 276.28MB

A comprehensive value-investing framework for the individual investor.

In a straightforward and accessible manner, The Dhandho Investor lays out the powerful framework of value investing. Written with the intelligent individual investor in mind, this comprehensive guide distills the Dhandho capital allocation framework of the business-savvy Patels from India and presents how they can be applied successfully to the stock market. The Dhandho method expands on the groundbreaking principles of value investing expounded by Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Charlie Munger.

Listeners will be introduced to important value investing concepts such as "Heads, I win! Tails, I don't lose that much!", "Few Bets, Big Bets, Infrequent Bets", Abhimanyu's dilemma, and a detailed treatise on using the Kelly Formula to invest in undervalued stocks.

Using a light, entertaining style, Pabrai lays out the Dhandho framework in an easy-to-use format. Any investor who adopts the framework is bound to improve on results and soundly beat the markets and most professionals.

The Laws of Trading: A Trader's Guide to Better Decision-Making for Everyone [Audiobook]

The Laws of Trading: A Trader's Guide to Better Decision-Making for Everyone [Audiobook]
The Laws of Trading: A Trader's Guide to Better Decision-Making for Everyone [Audiobook] by Agustin Lebron, read by Timothy Andrés Pabon
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 11h 18m | 616.59MB

Trading books generally break down into two categories: the ones which claim to teach you how to make money trading, and the memoir-style books recounting scandals and bad behavior. But the former don't have profitable trades to teach; if they did, they'd keep those trades to themselves. And the latter are frequently entertaining, but they don't leave you with much you can apply in your own life. The Laws of Trading is different.

All of our relationships and decisions involve trading at some level. This is a book about decision-making through the lens of a professional prop trader. For years, behavioral and cognitive scientists have shown us how human decision-making is flawed and biased. But how do you learn to avoid these problems in day-to-day decisions where you have to react in real-time? What are the important things to think about and to act on? The world needs a book by a prop trader who has lived, breathed, and taught trading for a living, drawing upon years of insights on the trading floor in real markets, good and bad, whether going sideways, crashing, or bubbling over. If you can master the decision-making skills needed to profitably trade in modern markets, you can master decision-making in all walks of life. This audiobook will teach you exactly those skills.

The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body [Audiobook]

The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body [Audiobook]
The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body [Audiobook] by Les Fehmi, Jim Robbins, read by Arthur Morey
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 6h 10m | 336.99MB

This breakthrough book presents a disarmingly simple idea: The way we pay attention in daily life can play a critical role in our health and well-being. According to Dr. Les Fehmi, a clinical psychologist and researcher, many of us have become stuck in "narrow-focus attention": a tense, constricted, survival mode of attention that holds us in a state of chronic stress - and which lies at the root of common ailments including anxiety, depression, ADD, stress-related migraines, and more. To improve these conditions, Dr. Fehmi explains that we must learn to return to a relaxed, diffuse, and creative form of attention, which he calls "Open Focus."

This highly listenable and empowering book offers straightforward explanations and simple exercises on how to shift into a more calm, open style of attention that reduces stress, improves health, and enhances performance. The Open-Focus Brain features eight essential attention exercises for improving health.

Dr. Fehmi writes, "Everyone has the ability to heal their nervous systems, to dissolve their pain, to slow down and yet accomplish more, to experience the deeper side of life - in short, to change their lives for the better dramatically." At last listeners can learn the techniques that Dr. Fehmi has offered to thousands of clients - the same drug-free, safe, and effective techniques that have led to remarkable and long-lasting results.

The Open-Focus Brain offers listeners a revolutionary, drug-free way to:

  • alleviate depression, anxiety, and ADD
  • reduce stress-related chronic pain
  • optimize mental and physical performance

Unf*ck Your Intimacy: Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Datin [Audiobook]

Unf*ck Your Intimacy: Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Datin [Audiobook]
Unf*ck Your Intimacy: Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Datin [Audiobook] by Faith G. Harper PhD LPC-S ACS ACN, read by Erin Bennett
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 6h 25m | 350.0MB

Are you in a relationship? Used to be? Want to be? Just want to have better sex or date better? This book is your antidote to typical sex, dating, and relationship rules. Dr. Faith, best-selling author of Unf*ck Your Brain, cuts through the crap with sharp guidelines on how to be a human being in an adult, loving, intimate relationship, with yourself and other people. If you're looking to heal from past wounds, make better choices, or improve an existing relationship, this book is for you!

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War [Audiobook]

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War [Audiobook]
Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War [Audiobook] by Ray Lambert, Jim DeFelice, read by Kaleo Griffith
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 39m | 210.44MB

An extraordinary and unforgettable new firsthand account of D-Day.

Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now, Ray Lambert, 98 years old, delivers one of the most remarkable memoirs of our time, a tour de force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day.

At five a.m. on June 6, 1944, US Army Staff Sergeant Ray Lambert worked his way through a throng of nervous soldiers to a windswept deck on a troopship off the coast of Normandy, France. A familiar voice cut through the wind and rumble of the ship's engines. "Ray!" called his brother, Bill. Ray, head of a medical team for the First Division's famed 16th Infantry Regiment, had already won a silver star in 1943 for running through German lines to rescue trapped men, one of countless rescues he'd made in North Africa and Sicily.

"This is going to be the worst yet," Ray told his brother, who served alongside him throughout the war.

"If I don't make it," said Bill, "take care of my family."

"I will," said Ray. He thought about his wife and son - a boy he had yet to see. "Same for me." The words were barely out of Ray's mouth when a shout came from below.

To the landing craft!

The brothers parted. Their destinies lay 10 miles away, on the bloodiest shore of Normandy, a plot of Omaha Beach ironically code-named "Easy Red".

Less than five hours later, after saving dozens of lives and being wounded at least three separate times, Ray would lose consciousness in the shallow water of the beach under heavy fire. He would wake on the deck of a landing ship to find his battered brother clinging to life next to him.

Every Man a Hero is the unforgettable story not only of what happened in the incredible and desperate hours on Omaha Beach, but of the bravery and courage that preceded them, throughout the Second World War - from the sands of Africa, through the treacherous mountain passes of Sicily, and beyond to the greatest military victory the world has ever known.

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 [Audiobook]

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 [Audiobook]
Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 [Audiobook] by John C McManus, read by Walter Dixon
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 24h 18m | 1.29GB

An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, from the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die.

"This eloquent and powerful narrative is military history written the way it should be." (James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian)

"Out here, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops," wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies." Even today, the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor. Yet the majority of fighting and dying in the war against Japan was done not by Marines but by unsung Army soldiers.

John C. McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes listeners from Pearl Harbor - a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war - to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

At the pinnacle of this richly told story are the generals: Douglas MacArthur, a military autocrat driven by his dysfunctional lust for fame and power; Robert Eichelberger, perhaps the greatest commander in the theater yet consigned to obscurity by MacArthur's jealousy; "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, a prickly soldier miscast in a diplomat's role; and Walter Krueger, a German-born officer who came to lead the largest American ground force in the Pacific. Enriching the narrative are the voices of men otherwise lost to history: The uncelebrated Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria and other diseases, as well as a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction.

This is an essential, ambitious book, the first of two volumes, a compellingly written and boldly revisionist account of a war that reshaped the American military and the globe and continues to resonate today.

Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism [Audiobook]

Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism [Audiobook]
Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism [Audiobook] by Joshua Muravchik, read by Bob Souer
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 16h 33m | 902.26MB

Socialism was man's most ambitious attempt to supplant religion with a doctrine claiming to ground itself in "science". Each failure to create societies of abundance or give birth to "the New Man" inspired more searching for the path to the promised land: revolution, communes, social democracy, communism, fascism, Arab socialism, African socialism. None worked, and some exacted a staggering human toll. Then, after two centuries of wishful thinking and bitter disappointment, socialism imploded in a fin de siecle drama of falling walls and collapsing regimes. It was an astonishing denouement but what followed was no less astonishing. After the hiatus of a couple of decades, new voices were raised, as if innocent of all that had come before, proposing to try it all over again.

Joshua Muravchik traces the pursuit of this phantasm, presenting sketches of the thinkers and leaders who developed the theory, led it to power, and presided over its collapse, as well as those who are trying to revive it today. Heaven on Earth is a story filled with character and event which at the same time gives us an epic chronicle of a movement that tried to turn the world upside down - and for a time succeeded.

The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook]

The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook]
The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook] by Michael Kinch, read by Mel Foster
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14h 50m | 407.77MB

For the first time since a fifth-century Greek physician gave the name "cancer" (karkinos, in Greek) to a deadly disease first described in Egyptian Papyri, the medical world is near a breakthrough that could allow even the most conservative doctors and pragmatic patients to use the other "c word" - cure - in the same sentence as cancer. A remarkable series of events has brought us to this point, thanks in large part to a new ability to more efficiently harness the extraordinary power of the human immune system.

The End of the Beginning is a remarkable history of cancer treatment and the evolution of our understanding of its dynamic interplay with the immune system. Through Michael Kinch's personal experience as a cancer researcher at Washington University and the head of the oncology program at a leading biotechnology company, we witness the incredible accumulation of breakthrough science and its rapid translation into life-saving technologies that have begun to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of life for cancer patients.

Expanding upon Kinch's own remarkable projects to encompass the vaccines being deployed to eliminate cervical cancer and the development of cancer-specific "smart bombs" in the form of monoclonal antibodies, cellular therapies, and checkpoint inhibitors, The End of the Beginning reveals the incredible transformation of cancer treatment happening today.

Cities: The First 6,000 Years [Audiobook]

Cities: The First 6,000 Years [Audiobook]
Cities: The First 6,000 Years [Audiobook] by Monica L. Smith, read by the Author
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 39m | 210.69MB

A sweeping history of cities through the millennia - from Mesopotamia to Manhattan - and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance.

Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to our own. She takes listeners on a journey through the ancient world of Tell Brak in modern-day Syria; Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan in Mexico; her own digs in India; as well as the more well-known Pompeii, Rome, and Athens. Along the way, she presents the unique properties that made cities singularly responsible for the flowering of humankind: the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption that results in everything from takeout food to the telltale secrets of trash.

Cities is an impassioned and learned account full of fascinating details of daily life in ancient urban centers, using archaeological perspectives to show that the aspects of cities we find most irresistible (and the most annoying) have been with us since the very beginnings of urbanism itself. She also proves the rise of cities was hardly inevitable, yet it was crucial to the eventual global dominance of our species - and that cities are here to stay.

Paralegal Career For Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]

Paralegal Career For Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]
Paralegal Career For Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook] by Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch, read by Coleen Marlo
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 28m | 342.66MB

Your career as a top-notch paralegal starts here.

The demand for paralegal professionals is exploding, and Paralegal Career For Dummies, 2nd Edition explains the skills and requirements needed to pursue this rewarding career. Inside, you'll discover the ins and outs of paralegal skills, from preparing documents and performing legal research to obtaining certification, job hunting, and understanding legal concepts.

Use this hands-on guide to help in your career considerations, bolster your paralegal training, or as an everyday on-the-job reference. Paralegal Career For Dummies will be your trusty assistant through all phases of your life as a paralegal, taking you forward with tips on networking and joining professional organizations that will enhance your career.

  • Discover the job skills required for success as a paralegal
  • Learn important legal concepts you'll need on the job
  • Access forms, templates, and examples on the companion website
  • Develop strategies to manage time and advance your career

Complete with a companion website containing a wealth of valuable information, this book covers everything you need to become a top-notch paralegal.

The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook]

The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook]
The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers [Audiobook] by Angus Konstam, read by Jonathan Cowley
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 43m | 268.8MB

Often romanticized in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers. He discusses the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy" and colorful characters such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, before examining the West's initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast and the phenomenon of the modern pirate.