Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style [EPUB]

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style [EPUB]
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style by Architectural Digest
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781419733338 | 312.64MB

A rich visual history of Architectural Digest, published for the magazine’s 100th anniversary

Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors have delved into the archives and culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Ranging freely between present and past, the book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, David Bowie, Truman Capote, David Hockney, Michael Kors, and Diana Vreeland, and includes the work of top designers and architects like Frank Gehry, David Hicks, India Mahdavi, Peter Marino, John Fowler, Renzo Mongiardino, Oscar Niemeyer, Axel Vervoordt, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Elsie de Wolfe. Also included are stunning images from the magazine’s history by photographers such as Bill Cunningham, Horst P. Horst, Simon Upton, Francois Dischinger, Francois Halard, Julius Shulman, and Oberto Gili.

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty [EPUB]

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty [EPUB]
Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty by Norman M Naimark
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780674238770 | 29.18MB

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.

Was the division of Europe after World War II inevitable? In this powerful reassessment of the postwar order in Europe, Norman Naimark suggests that Joseph Stalin was far more open to a settlement on the continent than we have thought. Through revealing case studies from Poland and Yugoslavia to Denmark and Albania, Naimark recasts the early Cold War by focusing on Europeans’ fight to determine their future.

As nations devastated by war began rebuilding, Soviet intentions loomed large. Stalin’s armies controlled most of the eastern half of the continent, and in France and Italy, communist parties were serious political forces. Yet Naimark reveals a surprisingly flexible Stalin, who initially had no intention of dividing Europe. During a window of opportunity from 1945 to 1948, leaders across the political spectrum, including Juho Kusti Paasikivi of Finland, Wladyslaw Gomulka of Poland, and Karl Renner of Austria, pushed back against outside pressures. For some, this meant struggling against Soviet dominance. For others, it meant enlisting the Americans to support their aims.

The first frost of Cold War could be felt in the tense patrolling of zones of occupation in Germany, but not until 1948, with the coup in Czechoslovakia and the Berlin Blockade, did the familiar polarization set in. The split did not become irreversible until the formal division of Germany and establishment of NATO in 1949. In illuminating how European leaders deftly managed national interests in the face of dominating powers, Stalin and the Fate of Europe reveals the real potential of an alternative trajectory for the continent.

Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World [EPUB]

Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World [EPUB]
Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World by Nomi Prins
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781568585628 | 2.87MB
In this searing exposé, former Wall Street insider Nomi Prins shows how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order.

Central banks and international institutions like the IMF have overstepped their traditional mandates by directing the flow of epic sums of fabricated money without any checks or balances. Meanwhile, the open door between private and central banking has ensured endless opportunities for market manipulation and asset bubbles--with government support.

Through on-the-ground reporting, Prins reveals how five regions and their central banks reshaped economics and geopolitics. She discloses how Mexico navigated its relationship with the US while striving for independence and how Brazil led the BRICS countries to challenge the US dollar's hegemony. She explains how China's retaliation against the Fed's supremacy is aiding its ongoing ascent as a global superpower and how Japan is negotiating the power shift from the West to the East. And she illustrates how the European response to the financial crisis fueled instability that manifests itself in everything from rising populism to the shocking Brexit vote.

Packed with tantalizing details about the elite players orchestrating the world economy--from Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi to Ben Bernanke and Christine Lagarde--Collusion takes the reader inside the most discreet conversations at exclusive retreats like Jackson Hole and Davos. A work of meticulous reporting and bracing analysis, Collusion will change the way we understand the new world of international finance.

A Field Guide to the Jewish People [EPUB]

A Field Guide to the Jewish People [EPUB]
A Field Guide to the Jewish People by Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781250191960 | 20.37MB

From three award-winning and bestselling humor writers comes a hilarious guide to everything you need to know about Jewish history, holidays, and traditions.

Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? What's "Christian humor" and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up?

These baffling questions and many more are answered by comedy legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel, two-thirds of whom are Jewish. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries.

Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need. So gather up your chosen ones, open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism.

Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon's Secrets to Boost Performance and Unleash Creativity [EPUB]

Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon's Secrets to Boost Performance and Unleash Creativity [EPUB]
Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon's Secrets to Boost Performance and Unleash Creativity by Rahul Jandial
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781328969248 | 1.59MB

From the operating room, where he performs some of the riskiest surgeries around, to the lab, where he works on leading clinical trials, Dr. Rahul Jandial is on the cutting edge of the latest advancements in neuroscience. This fascinating book draws on Dr. Jandial’s broad-spectrum expertise and brings together the best of various fields—surgery, science, brain structure, the conscious mind—all to explain the bigger picture of brain health and rejuvenation. It is a journey into his operating room, around the world on his surgical missions, inside his laboratory, and to the outer edges of neuroscience to reveal the latest brain breakthroughs that are turning science fiction into reality, translating their implications for everyday life.

Busting myths along the way, Jandial helps readers get wired for success at work and school, perform better when the pressure is on, boost memory, control stress and emotions, minimize pain, stick to a healthy eating plan, unleash creativity, raise smarter kids, and stay sharp as they age. Combining the treatment guidelines he gives his patients, the most promising concepts from frontier science, and the smartest super-achiever hacks, he provides practical takeaways for optimizing brain function and leading a healthier, happier, more productive life.

King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne [EPUB]

King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne [EPUB]
King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne by Janet L. Nelson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780520314207 | 30.26MB

Charles I, often known as Charlemagne, is one of the most extraordinary figures ever to rule an empire. Driven by unremitting physical energy and intellectual curiosity, he was a man of many parts, a warlord and conqueror, a judge who promised "for each their law and justice," a defender of the Latin Church, a man of flesh and blood. In the twelve centuries since his death, warfare, accident, vermin, and the elements have destroyed much of the writing on his rule, but a remarkable amount has survived. Janet Nelson's wonderful new book brings together everything we know about Charles I, sifting through the available evidence, literary and material, to paint a vivid portrait of the man and his motives.

Building on Nelson’s own extraordinary knowledge, this biography is a sort of detective story, prying into and interpreting fascinating and often obdurate scraps of evidence, from prayer books to skeletons, gossip to artwork. Charles’s legacy lies in his deeds and their continuing resonance, as he shaped counties, countries, and continents; founded and rebuilt towns and monasteries; and consciously set himself up not just as King of the Franks, but as the head of the renewed Roman Empire. His successors—even to the present day—have struggled to interpret, misinterpret, copy, or subvert his legacy. Janet Nelson gets us as close as we can hope to come to the real figure of Charles the man as he was understood in his own time.

Food: The History of Taste [EPUB]

Food: The History of Taste [EPUB]
Food: The History of Taste edited by Paul Freedman
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780500295373 | 32.75MB

Surveys the history of changing tastes in food and fine dining what was available for people to eat, and how it was prepared and served from prehistory to the present day

Since earliest times food has encompassed so much more than just what we eat whole societies can be revealed and analysed by their cusines. In this wide-ranging book, leading historians from Europe and America piece together from a myriad sources the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present, and the pleasures of dining.

Ten chapters cover the food and taste of the hunter-gatherers and first farmers of Prehistory; the rich Mediterranean cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome; the development of gastronomy in Imperial China; Medieval Islamic cuisine; European food in the Middle Ages; the decisive changes in food fashions after the Renaissance; the effect of the Industrial Revolution on what people ate; the rise to dominance of French cuisine in the 19th and 20th centuries; the evolution of the restaurant; the contemporary situation where everything from slow to fast food vies for our attention. Throughout, the entertaining story of worldwide food traditions provides the ideal backdrop to todays roaming the globe for great gastronomic experiences.

Willpower and Energy: Yogananda's Energisation Exercises [EPUB]

Willpower and Energy: Yogananda's Energisation Exercises [EPUB]
Willpower and Energy: Yogananda's Energisation Exercises by Stephen Sturgess
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781788789240 | 94.19MB

Paramhansa Yogananda’s unique spiritual Yoga system of 39 Energisation Exercises can be used to develop your will power by using concentrated attention to draw abundant energy consciously into your body at all times from the eternal limitless Source of Cosmic Energy that is within and around you, recharging it with energy and vitality. With such will power and life energy, you can experience your spiritual subtle nature and positively transform your life.

The Energisation Exercises invigorate the mind with vitality and enthusiasm, creating a spiritually elevating influence on one’s attitude to daily life.

The physical benefits of these exercises are important for keeping your body fit and healthy, but their primary benefit is that their practise strengthens the will power, which is the cornerstone of the science of Raja Yoga and an essential tool for the practice of Kriya.

A practical companion to Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. You have read the story, now practise to get direct experience.

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Juicing: How to Use 7-Day and 30-Day Juice Cleanses to Build Strength and Lose Weight [EPUB]

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Juicing: How to Use 7-Day and 30-Day Juice Cleanses to Build Strength and Lose Weight [EPUB]
The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Juicing: How to Use 7-Day and 30-Day Juice Cleanses to Build Strength and Lose Weight by Michelle Savage
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781510750203 | 34.52MB

100 quick and easy plant-based detox recipes to restart, reset, and reclaim your life!

Fasting is a great way to cleanse the body—waste is cleared from the digestive tract and chemicals stored in fat and other tissues are released. The right detox program can improve your clarity and focus; increase your sense of strength, energy, and happiness; minimize your food cravings; and may cause you to lose weight.

In this book, certified health coach Michelle Savage helps readers restart, reset, and reclaim their lives by offering two types of juice cleanses: a seven-day cleanse, perfect for those who want to jump in with two feet, and a thirty-day cleanse, great for those who are a bit hesitant to commit or whose lifestyles cannot support the shorter approach.

First, learn all about the benefits of juicing, detoxing, fasting, and cleansing and how to do it the right way—with the help of a journal worksheet and a cleanse schedule and meal plan. Then, start juicing! The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Juicing includes one hundred recipes for juices, light snacks, and meals for whichever cleanse you choose, such as:

  • Superfood Tea
  • Matcha Madness
  • Citrus Sunshine Sexy Smoothie
  • Immunity Juice Elixir
  • Celery Mint Cleanser
  • Wheatgrass Shot
  • Jolly Green Giant
  • Turmeric Latte
  • Oat and Flax Mylk
  • Macrobiotic Healing Soup
  • Orange Poppy Seed Drizzle Salad
  • Homemade Sauerkraut
  • Raw Protein Brownies
  • And More!

The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes [EPUB]

The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes [EPUB]
The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes by Jean-Philippe Cyr
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780525610243 | 268.22MB

100 simply delicious vegan recipes--good for the planet, and for you--from the chef and blogger behind The Buddhist Chef.

A practicing Buddhist for over two decades, Jean-Philippe Cyr, aka The Buddhist Chef, believes that everyone has the power to make their vision of the world a reality--and that the most impactful way to do that is through the food we choose to make, eat, and share. This realization led him to veganism, which transformed his life and health. In this cookbook, he shares how to make classic dishes vegan, easy, and so delicious and show-stopping that everyone--even the pickiest of eaters--will love them.

The Buddhist Chef is a collection of Jean-Philippe's best vegan recipes that will become a mainstay in vegan and non-vegan kitchens alike. The recipes are perfect for long-time vegans, those trying out a vegan diet for the first time, or those simply trying to eat more plant-based foods. Inspired by cuisines from all around the world, these recipes offer something for everyone. Enjoy breakfast and brunch recipes like Vegan Shakshuka and Maple Baked Beans, or salads and protein-packed bowls like Beet Carpaccio or Tempeh Poke Bowl. Transform your dinners with hearty mains like Eggplant Parmigiana, General Tso's Tofu, and Mushroom Poutine. Indulge in vegan desserts like Chocolate Lava Cake or have a nourishing snack like Coconut Matcha Energy Balls.

With delicious recipes for every meal of the day, The Buddhist Chef is a celebration of healthy, plant-based dishes that will have everyone at the table, vegan or not, wanting more.

The Feel Good Guide: Easy Steps Towards a Happier, More Fulfilled You [EPUB]

The Feel Good Guide: Easy Steps Towards a Happier, More Fulfilled You [EPUB]
The Feel Good Guide: Easy Steps Towards a Happier, More Fulfilled You by Matilda Green
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781760633639 | 85.12MB

Matilda shares what she's learned about how to look after yourself every day, and especially in times of stress and worry. When Matilda Green, bestselling author of The Lazy Girl's Guide to Living a Beautiful Life, found herself facing some hard times, she knew she needed to do something to boost her happiness and her self-esteem. But what?

So she set out on a journey of discovery, embracing gratitude, mindfulness and meditation techniques, and learning how to be kind to others and to herself.

In The Feel Good Guide, Matilda pulls together everything she has learnt and shares her own experiences, in the hope that it will help others too. This practical resource, full of helpful tips and real talk, comes complete with an action plan in every chapter to get your own journey kick-started.

As Matilda says, this isn't so much about changing who you are as it is about loving who you are. It's about celebrating yourself, embracing and being proud of the person you have grown to be, and finding the right tools to help you remember just how awesome you really are.

The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish You Will Ever Need [EPUB]

The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish You Will Ever Need [EPUB]
The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish You Will Ever Need edited by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781945256998 | 290.51MB

A roadmap to help home cooks round out and enhance any meal, for any occasion with 1001 recipes for every type of side dish imaginable.

Every cook struggles over making side dishes, from choosing what goes best with the main course to getting stuck in a rut making the same tired green beans and rice. But this destined-to-be-dog-ear'd compendium of side dishes changes all that; more thorough than any other cookbook, our first complete compilation of side dishes offers 1,001 perfect recipes for tonight and every night, whether you only have a few minutes or need your next dinner-party go-to.

Chapters are organized by type of side dish to help you find just what you're looking for. For weeknight inspiration, Basics You Can Count On offers quick-and-easy recipes like Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts you can make in just 10 minutes. Having company? Choose elegant sides from Dinner Party Winners, like a stunning Pommes Anna or Pearl Couscous with Caramelized Fennel and Spinach. Tasked with bringing a side to a potluck? Potluck Favorites offers recipes that everyone will ask for, like Chopped Caprese Salad. Reimagining your holiday table? The Holiday chapter mixes reliable standbys like Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Classic Bread Stuffing, with fresh, seasonal dishes, like Farro Salad with Butternut Squash and Radicchio and Garlic-Scented Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Cilantro. A Bread Basket chapter is included as are creative sauces and toppings for taking things up a notch.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook [EPUB]

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook [EPUB]
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781524761738 | 76.77MB

Throughout her career, Toni Tipton-Martin has shed new light on the history, breadth, and depth of African American cuisine. She’s introduced us to black cooks, some long forgotten, who established much of what’s considered to be our national cuisine. After all, if Thomas Jefferson introduced French haute cuisine to this country, who do you think actually cooked it?

In Jubilee, Tipton-Martin brings these masters into our kitchens. Through recipes and stories, we cook along with these pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs
 to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs. With more than 100 recipes, from classics such as Sweet Potato Biscuits, Seafood Gumbo, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Pecan Pie with Bourbon to lesser-known but even more decadent dishes like Bourbon & Apple Hot Toddies, Spoon Bread, and Baked Ham Glazed with Champagne, Jubilee presents techniques, ingredients, and dishes that show the roots of African American cooking—deeply beautiful, culturally diverse, fit for celebration.

This Book Will Make You Calm: Images to Soothe Your Soul [EPUB]

This Book Will Make You Calm: Images to Soothe Your Soul [EPUB]
This Book Will Make You Calm: Images to Soothe Your Soul by Summersdale Publishers
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786859983 | 32.78MB

Escape to a world of peace and quiet

Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life it can be hard to find a moment of calm. Many of us find ourselves unable to switch off, even for a few moments, leaving us feeling anxious and stressed. But tranquillity is within your reach: this book will help you to slow things down, quieten your mind and take a few deep breaths as you marvel in the beauty of the world and allow yourself to get lost in the serenity of a secluded beach, an undulant sea or a gentle sunrise.

Your Astrological Cookbook: The Perfect Recipe for Every Sign [EPUB]

Your Astrological Cookbook: The Perfect Recipe for Every Sign [EPUB]
Your Astrological Cookbook: The Perfect Recipe for Every Sign by Catherine Urban
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781507211113 | 61.45MB

Let the stars be your guide and find perfect recipes for every occasion—no matter what your zodiac sign.

Gone are the days of leafing through cookbooks or recipe collections. Now you can find the perfect recipes for every meal and occasion by letting the stars guide you. Whether you are trying to impress your Virgo mother-in-law or simply trying to add some variety to your lunch options this week, let the stars help you find the perfect dish.

Your Astrological Cookbook offers advice on how to use astrology to better plan your meals for the week so you no longer have to consult star charts and recipe lists. Get inspired by these food recommendations catered to every astrological sign’s key qualities and personality traits to ensure that you cook the perfect meal for everyone. This cookbook offers simple guidelines to adding astrology-based dishes to your menu.

Whether you’re whipping up an indulgent pasta for your Taurus friend or adding a little spiciness to your signature dish to make your bold Aries attitude stand out, Your Astrological Cookbook has your ideal meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook: Salmon, Crab, Oysters, and More [EPUB]

The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook: Salmon, Crab, Oysters, and More [EPUB]
The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook: Salmon, Crab, Oysters, and More by Naomi Tomky
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781682683668 | 112.28MB

From Coho and sockeye to Dungeness and Kumamoto

For thousands of years, the abundance of fish and shellfish in the Pacific Northwest created a seafood paradise for the Indigenous peoples hunting and gathering along the region’s pristine waterways, and, later, for the Chinese, Scandinavian, Filipino, and Japanese immigrants (along with many others), who have made this region home. Drawing on these diverse influences, the region fostered a cuisine that is as varied as its people, yet which remains specifically Northwestern.

Here, food writer Naomi Tomky leads readers through an exploration of this cuisine. She starts with the basics of buying great-tasting and sustainable seafood, surveys the variety of seafood on offer―from stars like halibut and oysters to unsung heroes like lingcod and smelt―and shares 75 delicious recipes reflecting the people who live in the region today, including Red Curry Mussels, IPA-Battered Cod, Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs, and Pink Scallop Ceviche.

From the first cut of salmon, prized for its rich flavor and versatility, to the last crack of the sweet Dungeness crab, Tomky covers grilling, curing, and baking, and shares secrets for tricky tasks like removing pin bones and mussel beards. She explains how flavor-packed spot prawns put other shrimp to shame and why the region’s razor clams are unparalleled. For curious seafood rookies in search of the perfect fool-proof salmon and barnacled fish-cooking veterans looking for a new way to enjoy their favorite catch, The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook is a must-have guide to cooking, and eating, the region.

Including recipes from Tom Douglas, Shiro Kashiba, Bonnie Morales, Mutsuko Soma, Ethan Stowell, Jason Stratton, John Sundstrom, and more.

The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism (Pelican) [EPUB]

The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism (Pelican) [EPUB]
The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism (Pelican) by Ruth Kinna
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780241396551 | 1.54MB

A magisterial study of the history and theory of one of the most controversial political movements

Anarchism routinely gets a bad press. It's usually seen as meaning chaos and disorder -- or even nothing at all. And yet, from Occupy Wall Street to Pussy Riot, Noam Chomsky to David Graeber, this philosophical and political movement is as relevant as ever. Contrary to popular perception, different strands of anarchism -- from individualism to collectivism -- do follow certain structures and a shared sense of purpose: a belief in freedom and working towards collective good without the interference of the state.

In this masterful, sympathetic account, political theorist Ruth Kinna traces the tumultuous history of anarchism, starting with thinkers and activists such as Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman and through key events like the Paris Commune and the Haymarket affair. Skilfully introducing us to the nuanced theories of anarchist groups from Russia to Japan to the United States, The Government of No One reveals what makes a supposedly chaotic movement particularly adaptable and effective over centuries -- and what we can learn from it.

Black Plaques London: Memorials to Misadventure [EPUB]

Black Plaques London: Memorials to Misadventure [EPUB]
Black Plaques London: Memorials to Misadventure by John Ambrose Hide
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780750989954 | 41.01MB

BLACK PLAQUES are not to be found proudly mounted on a wall – and for good reason. What with their commemoration of a brutal execution outside Westminster Abbey, the selling of sex toys in St James’s Park and an intruder at Buckingham Palace with Royal undergarments stuffed down his trousers, this is not sort of historical subject matter that authorities choose to grace a building’s facade or depict on a visitor information board. In fact, many might hope that such indecorous and inconvenient episodes remain quietly overlooked.

But this book jogs such artful lapses of memory and at more than one hundred locations across London, Black Plaques lift the carefully placed rug to discover an unsightly, but strangely beckoning, stain.

Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [EPUB]

Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [EPUB]
Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Duncan Pritchard
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198829164 | 1.86MB

Throughout history scepticism and the urge to question accepted truths has been a powerful force for change and growth. Today, as we are bombarded by adverts, scientific studies praising the latest superfoods, and political rhetoric, a healthy amount of scepticism is widely encouraged. But when is such scepticism legitimate - for example, as a driver of new ideas - and when is it problematic? And what role might adopting a sceptical outlook play in leading an intellectually virtuous life?

In this Very Short Introduction Duncan Pritchard explores both the advantages of scepticism, in challenging outdated notions, and also how it can have unhelpful social consequences, in generating distrust. He considers the role of scepticism at the source of contemporary social and political movements such as climate change denial, post-truth politics, and fake news. Pritchard also examines the philosophical arguments for a radical form of scepticism which maintains that knowledge is impossible, and explores some of the main responses to these arguments. Finally, he considers the part scepticism might play in applying better thinking and learning to achieve a more meaningful life.

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution [EPUB]

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution [EPUB]
The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780241422151 | 10.09MB

Jim Simons is the greatest moneymaker in modern financial history. His record bests those of legendary investors, including Warren Buffett, George Soros and Ray Dalio. Yet Simons and his strategies are shrouded in mystery. The financial industry has long craved a look inside Simons's secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman delivers the goods.

After a legendary career as a mathematician and a stint breaking Soviet codes, Simons set out to conquer financial markets with a radical approach. Simons hired physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists - most of whom knew little about finance - to amass piles of data and build algorithms hunting for the deeply hidden patterns in global markets. Experts scoffed, but Simons and his colleagues became some of the richest in the world, their strategy of creating mathematical models and crunching data embraced by almost every industry.

As Renaissance became a major player in the financial world, its executives began exerting influence on other areas. Simons became a major force in scientific research, education and Democratic politics, funding Hilary Clinton's presidential campaign. While senior executive Robert Mercer is more responsible than anyone else for the Trump presidency, placing Steve Bannon in the campaign, funding Trump's victorious 2016 effort and backing alt-right publication Breitbart. Mercer also impacted the success of the Brexit campaign. For all his prescience, Simons failed to anticipate how Mercer's activity would impact his firm and the world.

In this fast-paced narrative, Zuckerman examines how Simons launched a quantitative revolution on Wall Street, and reveals the impact that Simons, the quiet billionaire king of the quants, has had on worlds well beyond finance.

All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard: Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy [EPUB]

All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard: Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy [EPUB]
All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard: Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Tom Clavin, Phil Keith
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781335005564 | 48.23MB

“A whale of a tale, told clearly and quickly. I read the entire book in almost one sitting.”—Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review

The incredible story of the first African American military pilot, who went on to become a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer

Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history.

After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun.

All Blood Runs Red is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the twentieth century and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.