Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity [EPUB]

Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity [EPUB]
Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World) by Walter Scheidel
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780691172187 | 20.82MB

The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world

The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome's dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Europe's economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Ranging across the entire premodern world, Escape from Rome offers new answers to some of the biggest questions in history: Why did the Roman Empire appear? Why did nothing like it ever return to Europe? And, above all, why did Europeans come to dominate the world?

In an absorbing narrative that begins with ancient Rome but stretches far beyond it, from Byzantium to China and from Genghis Khan to Napoleon, Scheidel shows how the demise of Rome and the enduring failure of empire-building on European soil ensured competitive fragmentation between and within states. This rich diversity encouraged political, economic, scientific, and technological breakthroughs that allowed Europe to surge ahead while other parts of the world lagged behind, burdened as they were by traditional empires and predatory regimes that lived by conquest. It wasn’t until Europe "escaped" from Rome that it launched an economic transformation that changed the continent and ultimately the world.

What has the Roman Empire ever done for us? Fall and go away.

American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800–1920 [PDF]

American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800–1920 [PDF]
American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800–1920 by David E. Nye
2018 | PDF | ISBN: 9780262037419 | 53.5MB

How Americans adapted European royal illuminations for patriotic celebrations, spectacular expositions, and intensely bright commercial lighting to create the world's most dazzling and glamorous cities.

Illuminated fêtes and civic celebrations began in Renaissance Italy and spread through the courts of Europe. Their fireworks, torches, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. In American Illuminations, David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create illuminated cityscapes far brighter and more dynamic than those of Europe, and how these illuminations became symbols of modernity and the conquest of nature.

Americans used gaslight and electricity in parades, expositions, advertising, elections, and political spectacles. In the 1880s, cities erected powerful arc lights on towers to create artificial moonlight. By the 1890s they adopted more intensive, commercial lighting that defined distinct zones of light and glamorized the city's White Ways, skyscrapers, bridges, department stores, theaters, and dance halls. Poor and blighted areas disappeared into the shadows. American illuminations also became integral parts of national political campaigns, presidential inaugurations, and victory celebrations after the Spanish-American War and World War I.

1919: The Year That Changed America [EPUB]

1919: The Year That Changed America [EPUB]
1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781681198019 | 53.49MB

1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.

Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek.

The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion [EPUB]

The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion [EPUB]
The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion by Melissa McCormick
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780691172682 | 126.05/51.95MB

An illustrated guide to one of the most enduring masterworks of world literature

Written in the eleventh century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world’s first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale that combines discussions of all fifty-four of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist.

In this book, the album’s colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick’s insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album’s unique combinations of word and image. This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album’s calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work’s warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries.

Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan’s most celebrated work of fiction.

The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition [EPUB/PDF]

The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition [EPUB/PDF]
The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition (Princeton Classics) by Maria Tatar
2019 | EPUB/PDF | ISBN: 9780691182995 | 5/363.0MB

Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales is the subject of this groundbreaking and intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s Nursery and Household Tales. This expanded edition includes a new preface and an appendix featuring translations of six tales with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar draws on the disciplinary tools of psychoanalysis and folklore while also providing historical context to explore the harsher aspects of these stories, presenting new interpretations of tales that engage in a kind of cultural repetition compulsion. No other book so thoroughly challenges us to rethink the happily-ever-after of these classic stories.

The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX [EPUB/PDF]

The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX [EPUB/PDF]
The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World) by William Chester Jordan
2019 | EPUB/PDF | ISBN: 9780691190112 | 3.93/7.1MB

The thirteenth century brought new urgency to Catholic efforts to convert non-Christians, and no Catholic ruler was more dedicated to this undertaking than King Louis IX of France. His military expeditions against Islam are well documented, but there was also a peaceful side to his encounter with the Muslim world, one that has received little attention until now. This splendid book shines new light on the king’s program to induce Muslims―the “apple of his eye”―to voluntarily convert to Christianity and resettle in France. It recovers a forgotten but important episode in the history of the Crusades while providing a rare window into the fraught experiences of the converts themselves.

William Chester Jordan transforms our understanding of medieval Christian-Muslim relations by telling the stories of the Muslims who came to France to live as Christians. Under what circumstances did they willingly convert? How successfully did they assimilate into French society? What forms of resistance did they employ? In examining questions like these, Jordan weaves a richly detailed portrait of a dazzling yet violent age whose lessons still resonate today.

Until now, scholars have dismissed historical accounts of the king’s peaceful conversion of Muslims as hagiographical and therefore untrustworthy. Jordan takes these narratives seriously―and uncovers archival evidence to back them up. He brings his findings marvelously to life in this succinct and compelling book, setting them in the context of the Seventh Crusade and the universalizing Catholic impulse to convert the world.

Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China [EPUB/PDF]

Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China [EPUB/PDF]
Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute) by Fei-Hsien Wang
2019 | EPUB/PDF | ISBN: 9780691171821 | 12.35/9.99MB

A detailed historical look at how copyright was negotiated and protected by authors, publishers, and the state in late imperial and modern China

In Pirates and Publishers, Fei-Hsien Wang reveals the unknown social and cultural history of copyright in China from the 1890s through the 1950s, a time of profound sociopolitical changes. Wang draws on a vast range of previously underutilized archival sources to show how copyright was received, appropriated, and practiced in China, within and beyond the legal institutions of the state. Contrary to common belief, copyright was not a problematic doctrine simply imposed on China by foreign powers with little regard for Chinese cultural and social traditions. Shifting the focus from the state legislation of copyright to the daily, on-the-ground negotiations among Chinese authors, publishers, and state agents, Wang presents a more dynamic, nuanced picture of the encounter between Chinese and foreign ideas and customs.

Developing multiple ways for articulating their understanding of copyright, Chinese authors, booksellers, and publishers played a crucial role in its growth and eventual institutionalization in China. These individuals enforced what they viewed as copyright to justify their profit, protect their books, and crack down on piracy in a changing knowledge economy. As China transitioned from a late imperial system to a modern state, booksellers and publishers created and maintained their own economic rules and regulations when faced with the absence of an effective legal framework.

Exploring how copyright was transplanted, adopted, and practiced, Pirates and Publishers demonstrates the pivotal roles of those who produce and circulate knowledge.

Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism [EPUB]

Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism [EPUB]
Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism (Refiguring Modernism) by Sam Rose
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780271082387 | 18.29MB

This important new study reevaluates British art writing and the rise of formalism in the visual arts from 1900 to 1939. Taking Roger Fry as his starting point, Sam Rose rethinks how ideas about form influenced modernist culture and the movement’s significance to art history today.

In the context of modernism, formalist critics are often thought to be interested in art rather than life, a stance exemplified in their support for abstract works that exclude the world outside. But through careful attention to early twentieth-century connoisseurship, aesthetics, art education, design, and art in colonial Nigeria and India, Rose builds an expanded account of form based on its engagement with the social world. Art and Form thus opens discussions on a range of urgent topics in art writing, from its history and the constructions of high and low culture to the idea of global modernism. Rose demonstrates the true breadth of formalism and shows how it lends a new richness to thought about art and visual culture in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Accessibly written and analytically sophisticated, Art and Form opens exciting new paths of inquiry into the meaning and lasting importance of formalism and its ties to modernism. It will be invaluable for scholars and enthusiasts of art history and visual culture.

Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul [EPUB]

Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul [EPUB]
Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul by Unver Rustem
2019 | EPUB/PDF | ISBN: 9780691181875 | 203/467.05MB

A new approach to late Ottoman visual culture and its place in the world

With its idiosyncratic yet unmistakable adaptation of European Baroque models, the eighteenth-century architecture of Istanbul has frequently been dismissed by modern observers as inauthentic and derivative, a view reflecting broader unease with notions of Western influence on Islamic cultures. In Ottoman Baroque―the first English-language book on the topic―Ünver Rüstem provides a compelling reassessment of this building style and shows how between 1740 and 1800 the Ottomans consciously coopted European forms to craft a new, politically charged, and globally resonant image for their empire’s capital.

Rüstem reclaims the label “Ottoman Baroque” as a productive framework for exploring the connectedness of Istanbul’s eighteenth-century buildings to other traditions of the period. Using a wealth of primary sources, he demonstrates that this architecture was in its own day lauded by Ottomans and foreigners alike for its fresh, cosmopolitan effect. Purposefully and creatively assimilated, the style’s cross-cultural borrowings were combined with Byzantine references that asserted the Ottomans’ entitlement to the Classical artistic heritage of Europe. Such aesthetic rebranding was part of a larger endeavor to reaffirm the empire’s power at a time of intensified East-West contact, taking its boldest shape in a series of imperial mosques built across the city as landmarks of a state-sponsored idiom.

Copiously illustrated and drawing on previously unpublished documents, Ottoman Baroque breaks new ground in our understanding of Islamic visual culture in the modern era and offers a persuasive counterpoint to Eurocentric accounts of global art history.

VC: An American History [EPUB]

VC: An American History [EPUB]
VC: An American History by Tom Nicholas
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780674988002 | 6.93MB

A major exploration of venture financing, from its origins in the whaling industry to Silicon Valley, that shows how venture capital created an epicenter for the development of high-tech innovation.

VC tells the riveting story of how the industry arose from the United States’ long-running orientation toward entrepreneurship. Venture capital has been driven from the start by the pull of outsized returns through a skewed distribution of payoffs―a faith in low-probability but substantial financial rewards that rarely materialize. Whether the gamble is a whaling voyage setting sail from New Bedford or the newest startup in Silicon Valley, VC is not just a model of finance that has proven difficult to replicate in other countries. It is a state of mind exemplified by an appetite for risk-taking, a bold spirit of adventure, and an unbridled quest for improbable wealth through investment in innovation.

Tom Nicholas’s history of the venture capital industry offers readers a ride on the roller coaster of setbacks and success in America’s pursuit of financial gain.

Business Analytics: A Management Approach [EPUB]

Business Analytics: A Management Approach [EPUB]
Business Analytics: A Management Approach by Richard Vidgen, Sam Kirshner, Felix Tan
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781352007251 | 57.21MB

This exciting new textbook offers an accessible, business-focused overview of the key theoretical concepts underpinning modern data analytics. It provides engaging and practical advice on using the key software tools, including SAS Visual Analytics, R and DataRobot, that are used in organisations to help make effective data-driven decisions. Combining theory with hands-on practical examples, this essential text includes cutting edge coverage of new areas of interest including social media analytics, design thinking and the ethical implications of using big data. A wealth of learning features including exercises, cases, online resources and data sets help students to develop analytic problem-solving skills.

With its management perspective on analytics and its coverage of a range of popular software tools, this is an ideal essential text for upper-level undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students. It is also ideal for practitioners wanting to understand the broader organisational context of big data analysis and to engage critically with the tools and techniques of business analytics.

Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, 4th Edition [EPUB]

Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, 4th Edition [EPUB]
Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, 4th Edition by David Parmenter
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119620778 | 16.97MB

The new edition of the bestselling guide on creating and using key performance indicators―offers significant new and revised content

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) help define and measure the organizational goals which are fundamental to an organization’s current and future success. Having solid KPIs is crucial for companies that are implementing performance management systems, such as balanced scorecards, six sigma, or activity-based management. In many organizations, KPIs are often too numerous, randomly assembled, and overly complex―essentially rendering them ineffectual, or at worse, counterproductive. Key Performance Indicators provides a model for simplifying the complex areas of KPIs while helping organizations avoid common mistakes and hazards.

Now in its fourth edition, this bestselling guide has been extensively revised and updated to incorporate practical lessons drawn from major implementations. Fresh content includes a more concise KPI methodology with clear implementation guidance, original insights on how other areas of performance management can be corrected, and new in-depth case studies. A revised starter kit is included to identify critical success factors, and the KPI resource kit contains updated worksheets, workshop programs, and questionnaires. Helping readers to better define and measure progress toward goals, this important guide:

  • Dispels the myths of performance measurement and explains a simple, yet powerful KPI methodology
  • Explains the 12-step model for developing and using KPIs with guidelines
  • Helps readers brainstorm performance measures, sell KPI projects to the Board and senior management, and accurately report performance
  • Features the “KPI Project Leaders Corner” which provides readers with essential information and useful exercises
  • Includes an array of practical tools―templates, checklists, performance measures―and a companion website (www.davidparmenter.com)

Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs, 4th Edition is important resource for C-suite executives, senior management, project teams, external project facilitators, and team coordinators involved in all aspects of performance management systems.

Avoiding Data Pitfalls: How to Steer Clear of Common Blunders When Working with Data and Presenting Analysis and Visualizations [EPUB]

Avoiding Data Pitfalls: How to Steer Clear of Common Blunders When Working with Data and Presenting Analysis and Visualizations [EPUB]
Avoiding Data Pitfalls: How to Steer Clear of Common Blunders When Working with Data and Presenting Analysis and Visualizations by Ben Jones
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119278160 | 73.08MB

Avoid data blunders and create truly useful visualizations

Avoiding Data Pitfalls is a reputation-saving handbook for those who work with data, designed to help you avoid the all-too-common blunders that occur in data analysis, visualization, and presentation. Plenty of data tools exist, along with plenty of books that tell you how to use them―but unless you truly understand how to work with data, each of these tools can ultimately mislead and cause costly mistakes. This book walks you step by step through the full data visualization process, from calculation and analysis through accurate, useful presentation. Common blunders are explored in depth to show you how they arise, how they have become so common, and how you can avoid them from the outset. Then and only then can you take advantage of the wealth of tools that are out there―in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, the right tools can cut down on the time, labor, and myriad decisions that go into each and every data presentation.

Workers in almost every industry are now commonly expected to effectively analyze and present data, even with little or no formal training. There are many pitfalls―some might say chasms―in the process, and no one wants to be the source of a data error that costs money or even lives. This book provides a full walk-through of the process to help you ensure a truly useful result.

  • Delve into the "data-reality gap" that grows with our dependence on data
  • Learn how the right tools can streamline the visualization process
  • Avoid common mistakes in data analysis, visualization, and presentation
  • Create and present clear, accurate, effective data visualizations

To err is human, but in today's data-driven world, the stakes can be high and the mistakes costly. Don't rely on "catching" mistakes, avoid them from the outset with the expert instruction in Avoiding Data Pitfalls.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Rhena Branch, Rob Willson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119601128 | 3.11MB

Retrain your thinking and your life with these simple, scientifically proven techniques!

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT for short, is often cited as the gold standard of psychotherapy. Its techniques allow you to identify the negative thought processes that hold you back and exchange them for new, productive ones that can change your life. Increasingly popular among healthcare professionals, the CBT approach can be used by anyone to overcome common problems ranging from depression or anxiety to more complex disorders like OCD, PTSD and addiction. CBT can also be used to simply developing a healthier, more productive outlook on life.

This book shows you how you can easily incorporate the techniques of CBT into your day-to-day life and produce tangible results.. You’ll learn how to take your negative thoughts to boot camp and retrain them, establishing new habits that tackle your toxic thoughts and retool your awareness, allowing you be free of the weight of past negative thinking biases.

  • Move on: take a fresh look at your past and maybe even overcome it
  • Mellow out: relax yourself through techniques that reduce anger and stress
  • Lighten up: read practical advice on healthy attitudes for living and ways to nourish optimism
  • Look again: discover how to overcome low self-esteem and body image issues

Whatever the issue, don’t let your negative thoughts have the last say―buy a copy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies and start developing your new outlook on life today!

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History [EPUB]

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History [EPUB]
Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History (Oxford Landmark Science) by Dorothy H. Crawford
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198815440 | 5.08MB

Ever since we started huddling together in communities, the story of human history has been inextricably entwined with the story of microbes. They have evolved and spread amongst us, shaping our culture through infection, disease, and pandemic. At the same time, our changing human culture has itself influenced the evolutionary path of microbes. Dorothy H. Crawford here shows that one cannot be truly understood without the other.

Beginning with a dramatic account of the SARS pandemic at the start of the 21st century, she takes us back in time to follow the interlinked history of microbes and man, taking an up-to-date look at ancient plagues and epidemics, and identifying key changes in the way humans have lived - such as our move from hunter-gatherer to farmer to city-dweller -- which made us vulnerable to microbe attack.

Showing how we live our lives today -- with increasing crowding and air travel -- puts us once again at risk, Crawford asks whether we might ever conquer microbes completely, or whether we need to take a more microbe-centric view of the world. Among the possible answers, one thing becomes clear: that for generations to come, our deadly companions will continue to shape human history.

Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension [EPUB]

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension [EPUB]
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (Oxford Landmark Science) by Michio Kaku
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198785033 | 4.01MB

Already thoroughly familiar to the seasoned science fiction fan, hyperspace is that realm which enables a spaceship captain to take his ship on a physics-defying shortcut (or "wormhole") to the outer shores of the Galaxy in less time than it takes a 747 to fly from New York to Tokyo. But might such notions be more than science fiction? Some physicists suggest a 10-dimensional hyperspace may actually exist, albeit at a scale almost too small to comprehend, smaller even than a quark; and that in spite of its tiny size, it may be the basis on which all the forces of nature will be united.

Michio Kaku's classic book describes the development of ideas about multidimensional space. In recent years, some theoretical physicists -the author among them - have argued that the Universe exists not merely in the four spacetime dimensions (3 of space + one of time) with which Einstein made us familiar, but rather as a ten-dimensional hyperspace. Once the domain of the science fiction writer or the occultist, hyperspace may, according to superstring theorists, be the way to unify the fundamental forces of nature - Einstein's unfulfilled dream of a theory of everything.

Michio Kaku takes the reader on a ride through hyperspace to the edge of physics. On the way he gives crystal clear explanations of such formidable mathematical concepts as non-Euclidean geometry, Kaluza-Klein Theory, and Supergravity, the everyday tools of the string theorist. Utilizing fascinating and often hilarious anecdotes from history, art, and science fiction, Kaku shows us that writers and artists - in addition to scientists - have been fascinated by multidimensional space for over a century. Finally, Kaku proposes that the ability to master hyperspace may be our only salvation from destruction at the end of spacetime.

Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Fitzbillies: Stories & Recipes from a 100-Year-Old Cambridge Bakery [EPUB]

Fitzbillies: Stories & Recipes from a 100-Year-Old Cambridge Bakery [EPUB]
Fitzbillies: Stories & Recipes from a 100-Year-Old Cambridge Bakery
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781787135239 | 59.48MB

Over the past 100 years Fitzbillies has welcomed students, dons and residents of the city, who flock to the café to tuck into their celebrated Chelsea buns, fancy cakes and afternoon teas. Featuring over 50 recipes, Fitzbillies celebrates a centenary of the shop, staff and cakes that have fed generations of writers, philosophers, Nobel prize-winning scientists, comedians, internationally renowned historians, musicians and film stars alike.

The Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat [PDF]

The Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat [PDF]
The Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat by DK
2018 | PDF | ISBN: 9781465473363 | 160.94MB

The stories and history behind the individual foods we eat--from salt to sushi and rice to salami--beginning with the early efforts of humans in their quest for sustenance and culminating in today's diverse culinary landscape.

This glorious visual celebration of food in all its forms reveals the extraordinary cultural impact of the foods we eat, explores the early efforts of humans in their quest for sustenance, and tells the fascinating stories behind individual foods. With profiles of the most culturally and historically interesting foods of all types, from nuts and grains, fruits and vegetables, and meat and fish, to herbs and spices, this fascinating culinary historical reference provides the facts on all aspects of each food's unique story. Feature spreads shine a spotlight on influential international cuisines and the local foods that built them. The Story of Food explains how foods have become the cornerstone of our culture, from their origins to how they are eaten and their place in world cuisine.

The Story of Food is packed with sumptuous and evocative images that create a feast for the eyes, while the stories intrigue, surprise, and enthrall, making it the perfect gift for food lovers, cooks, gourmets, and history lovers with a penchant for food.

The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient [Audiobook]

The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient [Audiobook]
The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient [Audiobook] by William B Irvine, read by Brian Troxell
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 6m | 225.63MB

A practical, refreshingly optimistic guide that uses centuries-old wisdom to help us better cope with the stresses of modern living.

Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Stoicism offers us an alternative approach. Plumbing the wisdom of one of the most popular and successful schools of thought from ancient Rome, philosopher William B. Irvine teaches us to turn any challenge on its head. The Stoic Challenge, then, is the ultimate guide to improving your quality of life through tactics developed by ancient Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca to Epictetus.

This book uniquely combines ancient Stoic insights with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life's unpleasant and unexpected challenges - from minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled to major setbacks like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and writer Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered from locked-in syndrome.

The Stoics discovered that thinking of challenges as tests of character can dramatically alter our emotional response to them. Irvine's updated "Stoic test strategy" teaches us how to transform life's stumbling blocks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles - we can benefit from them, too.

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump [Audiobook]

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump [Audiobook]
Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump [Audiobook] by Neal Katyal, Sam Koppelman, read by Christopher Ryan Grant
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 40m | 189.47MB

Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.

No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving - held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues in Impeach, if President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of our democracy. To quote President George Washington's Farewell Address: "Foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government." Impeachment should always be our last resort, explains Katyal, but our founders, our principles, and our Constitution leave us with no choice but to impeach President Trump - before it's too late.

Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding [Audiobook]

Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding [Audiobook]
Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding [Audiobook] by Bobby Duffy, read by Nicholas Tecosky
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 35m | 182.01MB

A leading social researcher explains why humans so consistently misunderstand the outside world

How often are women harassed? What percentage of the population are immigrants? How bad is unemployment? These questions are important, but most of us get the answers wrong. Research shows that people often wildly misunderstand the state of the world, regardless of age, sex, or education. And though the internet brings us unprecedented access to information, there's little evidence we're any better informed because of it.

We may blame cognitive bias or fake news, but neither tells the complete story. In Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything, Bobby Duffy draws on his research into public perception across more than 40 countries, offering a sweeping account of the stubborn problem of human delusion: how society breeds it, why it will never go away, and what our misperceptions say about what we really believe.

We won't always know the facts, but they still matter. Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything is mandatory listening for anyone interested making humankind a little bit smarter.

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire [Audiobook]

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire [Audiobook]
The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire [Audiobook] by Francesca Cartier Brickell, read by Hattie Morahan
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 23h 14m | 638.45MB

The captivating story of the family behind the Cartier empire and the three brothers who turned their grandfather's humble Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon - as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives

The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty - four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1970s. At its heart are the three Cartier brothers whose motto was "Never copy, only create" and who made their family firm internationally famous in the early days of the 20th century, thanks to their unique and complementary talents: Louis, the visionary designer who created the first men's wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands off the controls of his flying machine; Pierre, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques, the globe-trotting gemstone expert whose travels to India gave Cartier access to the world's best rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, inspiring the celebrated Tutti Frutti jewelry.

Francesca Cartier Brickell, whose great-grandfather was the youngest of the brothers, has traveled the world researching her family's history, tracking down those connected with her ancestors and discovering long-lost pieces of the puzzle along the way. Now she reveals never-before-told dramas, romances, intrigues, betrayals, and more.

The Cartiers also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the firm's most iconic jewelry - the notoriously cursed Hope Diamond, the Romanov emeralds, the classic panther pieces - and the long line of stars from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty who wore them, from Indian maharajas and Russian grand duchesses to Wallis Simpson, Coco Chanel, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Published in the 200th anniversary year of the birth of the dynasty's founder, Louis-François Cartier, this book is a magnificent, definitive, epic social history shown through the deeply personal lens of one legendary family.

Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front 1944-45 [Audiobook]

Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front 1944-45 [Audiobook]
Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front 1944-45 [Audiobook] by Prit Buttar, read by Nigel Patterson
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 23h 45m | 652.74MB

The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler's regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army's intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of implacable brutality in which millions perished.

From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this book recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously unseen testimony and astute strategic analysis recognizing a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering.

Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II [Audiobook]

Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II [Audiobook]
Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II [Audiobook] by Prit Buttar, read by James Cameron Stewart
2019 | MP3@64 kbps | 17h 42m | 486.41MB

During World War II, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia found themselves trapped between the giants of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Over the course of the war, these states were repeatedly occupied by different forces, and local government organizations and individuals were forced to choose between supporting the occupying forces or forming partisan units to resist their occupation.

Devastated during the German invasion, these states then became the site of some of the most vicious fighting during the Soviet counterattack and push towards Berlin. Many would be caught up in the bitter fighting in the region and, in particular, in the huge battles for the Courland Bridgehead during Operation Bagration, when hundreds of thousands of soldiers would fight and die in the last year of the war. By the end of the war, death and deportation had cost the Baltic States over 20 percent of their total population and Soviet occupation was to see the iron curtain descend on the region for four decades.

Using numerous firsthand accounts and detailed archival research, Prit Buttar weaves a magisterial account of the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front and the three small states whose fates were determined by the fortunes and misfortunes of war.

The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data [Audiobook]

The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data [Audiobook]
The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data [Audiobook] by Gene Kim, read by Frankie Corzo
2019 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 12h 25m | 682.86MB

This highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling title The Phoenix Project takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development.

In The Unicorn Project, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals.

One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies.

The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms - this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity.

Medieval Maritime Warfare [Audiobook]

Medieval Maritime Warfare [Audiobook]
Medieval Maritime Warfare [Audiobook] by Charles D. Stanton, read by James Cameron Stewart
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 19h 32m | 1.04GB

Following the fall of Rome, the sea is increasingly the stage upon which the human struggle of western civilization is played out. In a world of few roads and great disorder, the sea is the medium on which power is projected and wealth sought. Yet this confused period in the history of maritime warfare has rarely been studied – it is little known and even less understood.

Charles Stanton uses an innovative and involving approach to describe this fascinating but neglected facet of European medieval history. He depicts the development of maritime warfare from the end of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance, detailing the wars waged in the Mediterranean by the Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Crusaders, the Italian maritime republics, Angevins and Aragonese as well as those fought in northern waters by the Vikings, English, French and the Hanseatic League. This pioneering study will be compelling reading for everyone interested in medieval warfare and maritime history.

Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump [Audiobook]

Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump [Audiobook]
Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump [Audiobook] by Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, read by Mark Deakins
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 12h 18m | 670.47MB

Before Ukraine, before impeachment: This is the never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties - culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report - from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS.

"Crime in Progress untangles one of the great mysteries of the Trump era - the full story of the Steele dossier - and provides a fascinating insight into the investigatory mind at work." (Jeffrey Toobin)

Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms - and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump.

What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption - and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia.

To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos - which collectively became known as the Steele dossier - that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to US intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a 10-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet - a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report.

In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time - a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time - no matter the costs.

MasterClass - Bobbi Brown Teaches Makeup and Beauty [Video]

MasterClass - Bobbi Brown Teaches Makeup and Beauty [Video]
MasterClass - Bobbi Brown Teaches Makeup and Beauty [Video]
MP4, AVC, 960x540, 24 fps | AAC, 2 Ch | 3h 41m | + PDF Workbook| 2.93GB

Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry icon, world-renowned makeup artist, bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and serial entrepreneur. As a professional makeup artist, Bobbi created 10 simple lipsticks that evolved into a global beauty empire. In 1995, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics was acquired by The Estée Lauder Companies, where Bobbi served as Chief Creative Officer, building a billion-dollar brand. She has written nine beauty and wellness books, and has launched Beauty Evolution LLC since leaving Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in October 2016.

In her MasterClass, Bobbi shares her expertise and love of makeup with you in step-by-step tutorials, using models with a range of skin tones. You’ll learn how to do a smoky eye and a statement lip, choose foundation, and take your look from day to night. But most of all, you’ll learn how to feel confident in your own skin.

In this online class, you’ll learn about:

  • Color and makeup
  • Bobbi’s makeup kit
  • Foundation
  • Using tinted moisturizer
  • Bronzer and blush
  • Eyes and brows
  • Creating a statement lip
  • Skincare essentials
  • Workplace makeup
  • Self-application: day to night
  • The perfect smoky eye
  • 1-minute makeup
  • Makeup mistakes
  • Editorial makeup
MasterClass - Bobbi Brown Teaches Makeup and Beauty [Video]