Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century [EPUB]

Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century [EPUB]
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles King
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0385542194 | 28.3MB

A dazzling group portrait of Franz Boas, the founder of cultural anthropology, and his circle of women scientists, who upended American notions of race, gender, and sexuality in the 1920s and 1930s—a sweeping chronicle of how our society began to question the basic ways we understand other cultures and ourselves.

At the end of the 19th century, everyone knew that people were defined by their race and sex and were fated by birth and biology to be more or less intelligent, able, nurturing, or warlike. But one rogue researcher looked at the data and decided everyone was wrong. Franz Boas was the very image of a mad scientist: a wild-haired immigrant with a thick German accent. By the 1920s he was also the foundational thinker and public face of a new school of thought at Columbia University called cultural anthropology. He proposed that cultures did not exist on a continuum from primitive to advanced. Instead, every society solves the same basic problems—from childrearing to how to live well—with its own set of rules, beliefs, and taboos.

Boas's students were some of the century's intellectual stars: Margaret Mead, the outspoken field researcher whose Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read works of social science of all time; Ruth Benedict, the great love of Mead's life, whose research shaped post-Second World War Japan; Ella Deloria, the Dakota Sioux activist who preserved the traditions of Native Americans of the Great Plains; and Zora Neale Hurston, whose studies under Boas fed directly into her now-classic novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Together, they mapped vanishing civilizations from the Arctic to the South Pacific and overturned the relationship between biology and behavior. Their work reshaped how we think of women and men, normalcy and deviance, and re-created our place in a world of many cultures and value systems.

Gods of the Upper Air is a page-turning narrative of radical ideas and adventurous lives, a history rich in scandal, romance, and rivalry, and a genesis story of the fluid conceptions of identity that define our present moment.

Plucked: Chicken, Antibiotics, and How Big Business Changed the Way We Eat [EPUB]

Plucked: Chicken, Antibiotics, and How Big Business Changed the Way We Eat [EPUB]
Plucked: Chicken, Antibiotics, and How Big Business Changed the Way We Eat by Maryn McKenna
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1426219628 | 1.45MB

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributor Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

This book was previously published in hardcover with the title Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.

Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation [EPUB]

Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation [EPUB]
Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation by Douglas Waller
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1501126849 | 70.56MB

A major addition to the history of the Civil War, Lincoln's Spies is a riveting account of the secret battles waged by Union agents to save a nation. Filled with espionage, sabotage, and intrigue, it is also a striking portrait of a shrewd president who valued what his operatives uncovered.

Veteran journalist Douglas Waller, who has written ground-breaking intelligence histories, turns his sights on the shadow war of four secret agents for the North—three men and one woman. From the tense days before Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 to the surrender at Appomattox four years later, Waller delivers a fast-paced narrative of the heroes—and scoundrels—who informed Lincoln's generals on the enemy positions for crucial battles and busted up clandestine Rebel networks.

Famed detective Allan Pinkerton mounted a successful covert operation to slip Lincoln through Baltimore before his inauguration to foil an assassination attempt. But he failed as General George McClellan's spymaster, delivering faulty intelligence reports that overestimated Confederate strength.

George Sharpe, an erudite New York lawyer, succeeded Pinkerton as spymaster for the Union's Army of the Potomac. Recruiting skilled operatives, some of whom dressed in Rebel uniforms, Sharpe ran highly successful intelligence operations that outpaced anything the enemy could field.

Elizabeth Van Lew, a Virginia heiress who hated slavery and disapproved of secession, was one of Sharpe's most successful agents. She ran a Union spy ring in Richmond out of her mansion, with dozens of agents feeding her military and political secrets she funneled to General Ulysses S. Grant as his army closed in on the Confederate capital. Van Lew became one of the unsung heroes of the war.

Lafayette Baker was a handsome Union officer with a controversial past, whose agents clashed with Pinkerton's operatives. The unscrupulous Baker assembled a retinue of disreputable spies, thieves, and prostitutes to root out traitors in Washington, D.C. But he failed at his most important mission: uncovering the threat to Lincoln from John Wilkes Booth and his gang.

Behind these secret operatives was a president, one of our greatest, who was an avid consumer of intelligence and a ruthless aficionado of clandestine warfare, willing to take chances to win the war. Lincoln's Spies, as Waller vividly depicts in his excellent new book, set the template for the dark arts the CIA would practice in the future.

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are [EPUB]

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are [EPUB]
Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1426220553 | 1.12MB

Why are you attracted to a certain "type?" Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a clever, life-changing look at what makes you you.

"I can't believe I just said that." "What possessed me to do that?" "What's wrong with me?" We're constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions. Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are--and how we might become our best selves.

The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it [EPUB]

The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it [EPUB]
The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it by Natalie Wexler
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0735213550 | 1.09MB

The untold story of the root cause of America's education crisis--and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.

It was only after years within the education reform movement that Natalie Wexler stumbled across a hidden explanation for our country's frustrating lack of progress when it comes to providing every child with a quality education. The problem wasn't one of the usual scapegoats: lazy teachers, shoddy facilities, lack of accountability. It was something no one was talking about: the elementary school curriculum's intense focus on decontextualized reading comprehension "skills" at the expense of actual knowledge. In the tradition of Dale Russakoff's The Prize and Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars, Wexler brings together history, research, and compelling characters to pull back the curtain on this fundamental flaw in our education system--one that fellow reformers, journalists, and policymakers have long overlooked, and of which the general public, including many parents, remains unaware.

But The Knowledge Gap isn't just a story of what schools have gotten so wrong--it also follows innovative educators who are in the process of shedding their deeply ingrained habits, and describes the rewards that have come along: students who are not only excited to learn but are also acquiring the knowledge and vocabulary that will enable them to succeed. If we truly want to fix our education system and unlock the potential of our neediest children, we have no choice but to pay attention.

Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects [EPUB]

Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects [EPUB]
Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0399562796 | 7.89MB

An original and magical map of our world and its riches, formed of the stories of the small-scale harvests of seven natural objects

In this beguiling book, Edward Posnett journeys to some of the most far-flung locales on the planet to bring us seven wonders of the natural world--eiderdown, vicuña fiber, sea silk, vegetable ivory, civet coffee, guano, and edible birds' nests--that promise ways of using nature without damaging it. To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities, but to their harvesters they are imbued with myth, tradition, folklore, and ritual, and form part of a shared identity and history.

Strange Harvests follows the journeys of these uncommon products from some of the most remote areas of the world to its most populated urban centers, drawing on the voices of the people and little-known communities who harvest, process, and trade them. Blending history, travel writing, and interviews, Posnett sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape. What do they tell us about capitalism, global market forces, and overharvesting? How do local microeconomies survive in a hyperconnected world? Is it possible for us to live together with different species? Strange Harvests makes us see the world with wonder, curiosity, and new concern.

Bountiful Bonsai: Create Instant Indoor Container Gardens with Edible Fruits, Herbs and Flowers [EPUB]

Bountiful Bonsai: Create Instant Indoor Container Gardens with Edible Fruits, Herbs and Flowers [EPUB]
Bountiful Bonsai: Create Instant Indoor Container Gardens with Edible Fruits, Herbs and Flowers by Richard W Bender
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 0804849668 | 9.98 MB

Bonsai—the Japanese art of training plants to form elegant sculptures—is an age-old craft that appeals to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Bountiful Bonsai presents a radical, new approach that applies bonsai techniques to everyday container gardening, instantly turning houseplants and herbs into beautiful and unusual bonsai sculptures!

Bonsai expert Richard Bender not only expects his plants to look good but also expects to yield pleasant fragrances, fresh herbs and fruits for his table.

He shows readers how to create "instant bonsai" by shaping a range of common house plants, including:

  • Fragrant hibiscus and jasmine
  • Kitchen herbs such as rosemary and thyme
  • Luscious fruits like cherries and oranges
  • Medicinals such as tea tree and camphor laurel

This beautifully illustrated volume provides all the information you need to get started, from plant choice advice to care requirements and bonsai "carving" tips. Suitable for indoor gardening, or shaping exquisite bonsai fruit trees for outside gardens, Bender turns a finicky art into a hobby accessible to all. Bonsai have graced Japanese homes for centuries; now they can yield useful crops that will simultaneously satisfy your artistic sensibility and also provide some wonderful meals!

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays [EPUB]

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays [EPUB]
Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760641588 | 8.62MB

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

This volume of Bruce Pascoe's best and most celbrated stories and essays, collected here for the first time, traverses his long career and explores his enduring fascination with Australia's landscape, culture and history.

Featuring new fiction alongside Pascoe's most revered and thought-provoking nonfiction – including from his modern classic Dark Emu – Salt distils the intellect, passion and virtuosity of his work. It's time all Australians know the range and depth of this most marvellous of our writers.

Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics [EPUB]

Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics [EPUB]
Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics by Peter Drew
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760641332 | 10.38MB

When you're sneaking around the city at night you feel like a kid again. The seriousness of the world is unmasked as a series of facades, dead objects just waiting to be painted. I was immediately hooked. Out on the street I could say anything I wanted. So what did I want to say?

Peter Drew's posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his 'Real Australians Say Welcome' and 'Aussie' campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the country. But who made them, and why?

In this irresistible and unexpected memoir, Peter Drew searches for the answers to these questions. He traces the links between his creative and personal lives, and discovers surprising parallels between Australia's dark, unacknowledged past and the unspoken conflict at the core of his own family.

Packed full of Peter Drew's memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It's about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it's about making a mark.

Fresh Face: Simple routines for beautiful glowing skin, every day [EPUB]

Fresh Face: Simple routines for beautiful glowing skin, every day [EPUB]
Fresh Face: Simple routines for beautiful glowing skin, every day by Mandi Nyambi
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1452178402 | 2.92MB

We all deserve to look our best, every day, and this lovely guide to skin care offers countless ideas, tips, and tricks for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. With more than 30 stressfree routines for every skin type—dry, oily, combination, aging—and for every moment in life—prepping for a big event, calming a breakout, traveling on a long flight, indulging on a night in—plus advice on how to care for your skin from the inside out, this freshly illustrated handbook has just the thing for every face. With its emphasis on accessible skin care that will appeal to both the barefaced and the cosmetics obsessed, this is a sweet and simple beauty bible for women of all ages.

Healing Depression for Life Workbook: The 12-Week Journey to Lifelong Wellness [EPUB]

Healing Depression for Life Workbook: The 12-Week Journey to Lifelong Wellness [EPUB]
Healing Depression for Life Workbook: The 12-Week Journey to Lifelong Wellness by Gregory L Jantz, Keith Wall
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1496437691 | 1.85MB

Join Dr. Gregory Jantz on a 12-week journey to lasting hope—and relief—from the battle and despair of depression.

When medication and therapy just don't solve the depression plaguing you or your loved one, you can now find hope toward healing with a proven approach from a leader in depression therapy. Based on Dr. Jantz's groundbreaking book, Healing Depression for Life, this interactive workbook will equip readers with the tools they need to find a holistic approach to treatment. Week by week, you'll examine the chemical, emotional, physical, and spiritual causes of depression, and work to create a personalized plan based on your individual medical history.

Discover a new way forward—and finally find relief when hope is nearly lost.

Healing Depression for Life: The Personalized Approach that Offers New Hope for Lasting Relief [EPUB]

Healing Depression for Life: The Personalized Approach that Offers New Hope for Lasting Relief [EPUB]
Healing Depression for Life: The Personalized Approach that Offers New Hope for Lasting Relief by Gregory L Jantz, Keith Wall
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1496434617 | 2.31MB

Finally, there is new hope for those who suffer from depression.

For decades, standard treatment for depression hasn't changed. Sufferers typically are prescribed antidepressant medication and talk therapy. Period. But at least 30 percent of depression sufferers aren't helped by standard treatment. Instead, they are left still searching for true and lasting relief.

In Healing Depression for Life, Dr. Gregory Jantz offers a new way forward. Drawing on the innovative whole-person approach that has made his treatment center one of the top 10 depression treatment facilities in the US, Dr. Jantz reveals the treatments, practices, and lifestyle changes that can provide lasting relief from depression—by addressing its chemical, emotional, physical, intellectual, relational, and spiritual causes. Not all depression is the same, and not all people with depression are the same. Healing Depression for Life will help you find the missing puzzle pieces that could make all the difference in overcoming your feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and put you on the path to lasting joy.

The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, A Guide to Living in a Beautiful State [EPUB]

The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, A Guide to Living in a Beautiful State [EPUB]
The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, A Guide to Living in a Beautiful State by Preethaji, Krishnaji
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: | 3.01MB

In the bestselling tradition of The Four Agreements, learn how to access the hidden power of consciousness, shed anxiety, and cultivate a life of wealth and happiness with this eye-opening and accessible guide outlining the four keys to success—from the founders of the revolutionary O&O Academy.

  • From stress to calm.
  • From isolation to love.
  • From chaos to peace.
  • From lack to abundance.

The Four Sacred Secrets combines proven scientific approaches with ancient spiritual practices to take you on a journey that will open your mind to an extraordinary destiny.

Drawing on the power of our untapped consciousness, brilliant insights will help you find solutions to long-held challenges. The easy-to-follow meditations included in this book will transform your experience of reality and open you to the power of creating a beautiful life for yourself.

Including ancient fables and modern stories that will speak intimately to your heart, this life-transforming book fuses the transcendental and the scientific, the mystical and the practical, to guide you to consciously create wealth, heal your heart, awaken yourself to love, and help you to make peace with your true self.

The Four Sacred Secrets will cast its spell on you from the first page and guide you to life in a beautiful state.

The Healing Power of Reiki: How the Restorative Power of Reiki Can Help You Live a Balanced Life [EPUB]

The Healing Power of Reiki: How the Restorative Power of Reiki Can Help You Live a Balanced Life [EPUB]
The Healing Power of Reiki: How the Restorative Power of Reiki Can Help You Live a Balanced Life by Adams Media
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1507210884 | 3.88MB

Learn all about the ever-growing trend of energy healing with reiki and how you can tap into this ancient practice and reach your optimal mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Dive into the ancient dealing power of reiki! Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that has been shown to reduce stress, promote healing, and enhance your quality of life. In The Healing Power of Reiki, you will learn the basics of reiki, the history of this practice, and how to harness negative energy and promote healing through hand placement. This beautiful gift book can help you learn how to boost your mood, heal yourself, and live a happy, balanced life.

Developing Supersensible Perception [EPUB]

Developing Supersensible Perception [EPUB]
Developing Supersensible Perception: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds through Entheogens, Prayer, and Nondual Awareness by Shelli Renée Joye
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1620558750 | 5.05MB

A detailed guide to awakening your powers of supersensory perception

  • Details methods and techniques for the acquisition of supersensory powers distilled from Rudolf Steiner's 400 published volumes and from Patañjali's Yoga Sutra
  • Explores acquisition of these powers at birth (genetic) and through entheogens, mantra and prayer, effort and exercise, and nondual meditation
  • Includes a map of consciousness based on the work of neuroscientist Karl Pribram and physicist David Bohm

According to philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), there exists within every human being the potential for developing supersensory powers and, with these powers activated, the ability to awaken the higher self and attain knowledge of non-physical higher worlds. Steiner himself worked diligently throughout his life to develop his faculties of "supersensible perception" and, scattered throughout his many works, he describes methods by which to activate and operate these supersensory-cognitive systems.

Distilling techniques from Steiner's more than 400 published volumes, Shelli Renée Joye, Ph.D., presents a practical, modern approach to acquiring, cultivating, and maintaining supersensible perception and developing higher consciousness. The five approaches she studies include acquisition by birth (genetic), entheogens, mantra and prayer, effort and exercise, and Samadhi—equated by many with nondual awareness. Adding another dimension to Steiner's methods, the author shows how these steps are powerfully aligned with 4th-century South Indian sage Patañjali's teachings in the Yoga Sutra.

The author explores how to develop what you have acquired through imaginative, active, or intuitive thinking, as well as how to learn through inner guidance and how to transform knowledge gained from books into spiritual advancement. She also shares her own extraordinary experiences of supersensory networks of consciousness.

Connecting Steiner's ideas to modern advances in quantum physics, psychedelic science, and consciousness studies, Dr. Joye shows how each of us is capable of developing supersensible perception and expanding our awareness to connect with cosmic consciousness.

Zen Seeds: 60 Essential Buddhist Teachings on Effort, Gratitude, and Happiness [EPUB]

Zen Seeds: 60 Essential Buddhist Teachings on Effort, Gratitude, and Happiness [EPUB]
Zen Seeds: 60 Essential Buddhist Teachings on Effort, Gratitude, and Happiness by Shundo Aoyama
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1611807328 | 2.21MB

From a living treasure of Japanese Zen, an inspiring collection of teachings about the power of Buddhist practice to help you transform suffering and touch the marrow of your life.

In this sparkling collection of teachings, Japanese Zen master Shundo Aoyama Roshi offers an entry to the authentic practice of Zen Buddhism. Or, rather, she offers a myriad of entries—for Zen Seeds, as its title suggests, is comprised of brief chapters meant to plant seeds of wisdom and compassion in readers. Ranging from classical Zen sources, such as the teachings of Dogen and the encounter stories of the koans, to anecdotes from Aoyama's fascinating life and from those of her many students, the book paints a profoundly compelling portrait of the transformative possibilities of Zen. A pioneering female leader in the Soto Zen school, Aoyama Roshi demonstrates the power of practice for anyone seeking to lead a life of greater conviction and spiritual nourishment.

The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook [EPUB]

The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook [EPUB]
The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook: Sensational Recipes and BBQ Techniques for Mouth-Watering Deer, Elk, Turkey, Pheasant, Duck and More by Kindi Lantz
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1612438709 | 20.1MB

Packed full of delicious dishes that feature grilled and smoked meats, this unique cookbook is a must-have for any hunter. Whether you are using a classic charcoal grill, handy electric smoker, versatile wood pellet smoker or even a backyard smokehouse, author Kindi Lantz provides everything from heat-control techniques and smoker tricks to perfect wood chip pairings and the best rubs, marinades and sauces.

This book offers a collection of simple, step-by-step recipes that bring out the natural flavor of your wild game, including:

  • Cherry Glazed Whole Smoked Pheasant
  • Asian Broccoli & Pronghorn Steak Salad
  • Blueberry and Brie Infused Bear Burgers
  • Smoked Duck with Berry Cabernet Sauce
  • Grilled Nacho Bites with Seasoned Antelope
  • Coconut Milk Bison Satay with Peanut Sauce
  • Char-Grilled Venison Tacos with Mango Salsa
  • Wild Turkey & Wild Mushroom Sausage
  • Hickory-Smoked Maple Rabbit
  • Smoked Cider Braised Quail

Asian Salads: 72 Inspired Recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand and India [EPUB]

Asian Salads: 72 Inspired Recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand and India [EPUB]
Asian Salads: 72 Inspired Recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand and India by Maki Watanabe
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0804851034 | 59.35MB

Asian Salads shows you how to prepare the amazing variety of delicious Asian vegetables, herbs, and seasonings found in your local supermarket, farmers market, and world food market. It presents 72 recipes that will excite and awaken your palate—and open up new food horizons!

Dozens of fragrant herbs like cilantro, Thai basil, and lemongrass are combined with delicious fresh Asian vegetables like Napa cabbage, spicy kimchi, daikon, and many more!

These healthy recipes are simple and very easy to prepare—based on classic dishes found in Vietnam, Thailand, India, China and Korea. Many of the salads have meat or seafood options, and are perfect as side dishes or as complete and satisfying one-dish meals! Easy step-by-step instructions and photos provide shortcuts and substitutes to save you time.

Delicious salad recipes include:

  • Marinated Bean Sprouts with Black Vinegar Dressing
  • Cucumber Salad with Yogurt & Garlic Dressing
  • Korean White Fish Carpaccio
  • Crispy Pork with Watercress Salad
  • Pork, Kimchi and Leek Salad
  • Multiple homemade salad dressings and vinaigrettes

Simple enough for everyday meals and interesting enough for special occasions, you can't go wrong with these delicious Asian recipes!

The Missing Man: From the Outback to Tarakan, the Powerful Story of Len Waters, the RAAF's Only WWII Aboriginal Fighter Pilot [EPUB]

The Missing Man: From the Outback to Tarakan, the Powerful Story of Len Waters, the RAAF's Only WWII Aboriginal Fighter Pilot [EPUB]
The Missing Man: From the Outback to Tarakan, the Powerful Story of Len Waters, the RAAF's Only WWII Aboriginal Fighter Pilot by Peter Rees
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760296414 | 6.13MB

Len Waters was a Kamilaroi man. Born on an Aboriginal reserve, he left school at 13 and by 20 was piloting a RAAF Kittyhawk fighter with 78 Squadron in the lethal skies over the Pacific in World War II. It was serious and dangerous work and his achievement was extraordinary. These would be the best years of his life. Respected by his peers, he was living his dream. The war over, it should have been easy. He believed he could "live on both sides of the fence" and be part of Australia's emerging commercial airline industry. He had, after all, broken through the "black ceiling" once before. Above all, he just wanted to fly. Instead, he became a missing man in Australia's wartime flying history. Peter Rees rights that wrong in this powerful, compelling, and at times tragic examination of Len Water's life. He also tells us something of ourselves that we need to hear.

The Security Principle: From Serenity to Regulation [EPUB]

The Security Principle: From Serenity to Regulation [EPUB]
The Security Principle: From Serenity to Regulation by Frédéric Gros
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1784787159 | 0.64MB

The genealogy of the idea of security from ancient Greece to the war on terrorism

In The Security Principle, French philosopher Frédéric Gros takes a historical approach to the concept of "security", looking at its evolution from the Stoics to the social network. With lucidity and rigour, Gros's approach is fourfold, looking at security as a mental state, as developed by the Greeks; as an objective situation and absence of all danger, as prevailed in the Middle Ages; as guaranteed by the nation state and its trio of judiciary, police and military; and finally "biosecurity", control, regulation and protection in the flux of contemporary society. In this deeply thought-provoking account, Gros's exploration of security shines a light both on its past meanings as well as its present uses, exposing the contemporary abuses of security and the pervasiveness of it in everyday life in the Global North.

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator [EPUB]

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator [EPUB]
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C Winegard
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1524743410 | 32.61MB

A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate.

Why was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for British colonists in India and Africa? What does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination? What has protected the lives of popes for millennia? Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution?

The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito.

Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, this nefarious pest, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, the harvester of human populations, and the ultimate agent of historical change. As the mosquito transformed the landscapes of civilization, humans were unwittingly required to respond to its piercing impact and universal projection of power.

The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, razed and crippled economies, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars, killing nearly half of humanity along the way. She (only females bite) has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief existence. As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have ever known, she has played a greater role in shaping our human story than any other living thing with which we share our global village.

Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes, for that matter? Our history and the world we know, or think we know, would be completely unrecognizable.

Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, The Mosquito is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito’s reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order.

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law [EPUB]

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law [EPUB]
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1538728729 | 15.29MB

The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.

Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents' harrowing experiences during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.

Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

HABEN takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman's determination to find the keys to connection.

Barnum: An American Life [EPUB]

Barnum: An American Life [EPUB]
Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1501118625 | 64.48MB

The first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, a vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment.

P. T. Barnum was the greatest showman the world has ever seen: the cocreator of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the man who made worldwide sensations of Jumbo the Elephant, General Tom Thumb, and the “Swedish Nightingale,” Jenny Lind. He was the champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and “humbug.” He was, as Barnum argues, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century.

Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P. T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson’s vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman. From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life’s work, yet willed himself to rebuild and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy time and again throughout his life—yet he was also a man of strong convictions, guided in his work not by a desire to deceive but an eagerness to thrill and bring joy to his audiences. He almost certainly never uttered the infamous line, “There's a sucker born every minute,” instead taking pride in giving crowds their money’s worth and more.

Robert Wilson, editor of The American Scholar, tells a gripping story in Barnum, one that’s imbued with the same buoyant spirit as the man himself. Wilson adeptly makes the case for P. T. Barnum’s place among the icons of American history, as a figure who represented, and indeed created, a distinctly American sense of optimism, industriousness, humor, and relentless energy.

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land [EPUB]

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land [EPUB]
Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land by Julia Blackburn
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1101871679 | 25.0MB

Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, little shells that happen to be two million years old, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Shortly after her husband’s death, Blackburn became fascinated with Doggerland, the stretch of land that once connected Great Britain to Continental Europe but is now subsumed by the North Sea. She was driven to explore the lives of the people who lived there—studying its fossil record, as well as human artifacts that have been unearthed near the area.

In Time Song, Blackburn brings us along on her journey to discover what Doggerland left behind, introducing us to the paleontologists, archaeologists, fishermen and fellow Doggerland enthusiasts she meets along the way. She sees the footprints of early humans fossilized in the soft mud of an estuary alongside the scattered pockmarks made by rain falling eight thousand years ago. She visits a cave where the remnants of a Neanderthal meal have turned to stone. In Denmark she sits beside Tollund Man, who seems to be about to wake from a dream, even though he had lain in a peat bog since the start of the Iron Age. As Doggerland begins to come into focus, what emerges is a profound meditation on time, a sense of infinity as going backward and an intimation of the immensity of everything that has already passed through its time on earth and disappeared.

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America [EPUB]

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America [EPUB]
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0451498623 | 5.55MB

The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

“Gatsby-era noir at its best.”—Erik Larson

In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States.

Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder.

Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.

The Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep: Save Time and Eat Healthy with over 75 Recipes [PDF]

The Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep: Save Time and Eat Healthy with over 75 Recipes [EPUB]
The Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep: Save Time and Eat Healthy with over 75 Recipes by Erin Romeo
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 1631065963 | 30.27MB

Conquer your healthy eating plan while saving time and money! In A Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep, nutrition coach and meal prep master Erin Romeo, founder of Food Prep Princess (foodprepprincess on Instagram), shows you how to prep your food in five easy steps, with photos clarifying every detail.

Meal prep is the key component to any diet--whether you're low carb, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, or just trying to eat healthy! If you don't plan to eat, then you plan to fail! With A Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep: Strategies and Recipes to Get Organized, Save Time, and Eat Healthier, you'll learn shortcuts to prep to reduce your time in the kitchen, budget-friendly meal prep ideas, and how to pack your food. Learn how to shop, how to prep and cut your food, and the best containers to maximize your food prep pantry.

In this highly visual guide, you'll also get more than 75 recipe ideas for healthy meal prep, complete with photos to make your prep work quick and easy. So skip the unhealthy take-out food and save money and time with the shortcuts in this essential healthy living companion, with tips and tricks for all of your food planning needs.

You'll see how meal prep works for:

  • Weight loss
  • Disease Prevention
  • Quick & Easy healthy eating
You'll find meal plans and step-by-step meal prep instructions for specific diets:
  • Low Carb
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free

You'll never be at a loss for a healthy meals again with this easy and complete guide to meal prep.

In the Country of Women: A Memoir [EPUB]

In the Country of Women: A Memoir [EPUB]
In the Country of Women: A Memoir by Susan Straight
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1948226227 | 18.41MB

To understand my daughters and their sisterhood, you have to know the women, and sisters, who came before.

In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight―and eventually her three daughters―heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward―from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California.

A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clan―those who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, “The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival.”

Michelangelo's Painting: Selected Essays [PDF]

Michelangelo's Painting: Selected Essays [PDF]
Michelangelo's Painting: Selected Essays (Essays by Leo Steinberg) by Leo Steinberg, edited by Sheila Schwartz
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 022648226X | 693.58MB

Leo Steinberg was one of the most original art historians of the twentieth century, known for taking interpretive risks that challenged the profession by overturning reigning orthodoxies. In essays and lectures ranging from old masters to contemporary art, he combined scholarly erudition with an eloquent prose that illuminated his subject and a credo that privileged the visual evidence of the image over the literature written about it. His writings, sometimes provocative and controversial, remain vital and influential reading.

For half a century, Steinberg delved into Michelangelo’s work, revealing the symbolic structures underlying the artist’s highly charged idiom. This volume of essays and unpublished lectures elucidates many of Michelangelo’s paintings, from frescoes in the Sistine Chapel to the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter, the artist’s lesser-known works in the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel; also included is a study of the relationship of the Doni Madonna to Leonardo.

Steinberg’s perceptions evolved from long, hard looking. Almost everything he wrote included passages of old-fashioned formal analysis, but always put into the service of interpretation. He understood that Michelangelo’s rendering of figures, as well as their gestures and interrelations, conveys an emblematic significance masquerading under the guise of naturalism. Michelangelo pushed Renaissance naturalism into the furthest reaches of metaphor, using the language of the body to express fundamental Christian tenets once expressible only by poets and preachers.

Michelangelo’s Painting is the second volume in a series that presents Steinberg’s writings, selected and edited by his longtime associate Sheila Schwartz.