The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology, 8th Edition [PDF]
17 December 2019, 06:24
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 9781138652606 | 23.06MB
Now in its eighth edition, this magisterial work offers a comprehensive survey of the stories of Greek myth, from the Olympian gods, through the lesser gods and deities, to the heroes, adventures, and foundation myths of the ancient Greek world.
The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology sets out to provide a comprehensive history of the divine order and mythical prehistory of Greece, as systematized on a genealogical basis by Hesiod and the ancient mythographers, while also taking into account the ways in which individual myths have changed and evolved over time in different genres of literature. This new edition has been extensively rewritten and reorganized to make it more accessible to readers who may have no particular knowledge of the ancient world and Greek mythology, and to ensure that information on each myth or mythical figure is easy to find within the book.
This new edition of the handbook continues to offer an essential reference resource for all students of Greek mythology, and it provides an accessible and comprehensive overview of these stories for anyone with an interest in the classical world.
Let Food Be Your Medicine Cookbook: How to Prevent or Reverse Disease [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:24
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781683970576 | 87.95MB
Most of us think God is not concerned with what we eat, but the Bible actually offers great insight and instruction about the effects of food on our bodies. Dr. Colbert introduces an antiinflammatory form of the modified Mediterranean diet that resolves a broad spectrum of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Just imagine—understanding how food alone can produce mental clarity, balanced weight, and longevity.
Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:23
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781683973010 | 12.72MB
Finding quick and healthy recipes that fit your busy lifestyle is challenging. Dr. Colbert tackled this challenge and created his Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook that follows his proven Keto Zone diet. Not only can you quickly cook wonderful meals, but the meals you eat will help you lose weight, increase your eneregy, and help you feel great! Dr. Colbert shares his best tips for getting into the Keto Zone, provides a shopping list, and a simple meal plan to follow to help you stay in the Keto Zone no matter your schedule. The best bonus is you’ll enjoy what you’re eating too!
English Fusee Lever Pocket Watch: Its History, Development, Service and Repair [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:22
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780719830150 | 37.9MB
Following on from the success of his three previous books, The Pocket Watch, The Verge Pocket Watch, and The American Pocket Watch, Chris Barrow has produced another clear and concise guide, aimed again at the enthusiastic amateur.
This book concentrates on one particular type of watch, namely the English fusee lever. It combines a brief history of the development of the watch with a step-by-step manual covering the dismantling, cleaning, repair, and reassembly of a variety of English fusee lever movements made during the 19th century. If you have acquired a pocket watch of this type, and would like to investigate its workings, perhaps with a view to getting it going again, then this book will help you step by step to reach that goal. It will also give you a better appreciation of the beauty of both the design and technology of the English fusee lever pocket watch.
Log Cabins and Outbuildings: A Guide to Building Homes, Barns, Greenhouses, and More [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:21
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781510739819 | 36.7MB
Building and constructing barns, outhouses, A-frames, greenhouses, outdoor recreation sites, boat landings, and more.
Homesteading is a lifestyle that people around the world gravitate toward—and for good reason. In today’s high-stress world, many people dream of heading off to their own cabin in the woods or to their large rural oasis to escape the anxieties and complexities of daily life, to live in a more natural state. Others have embraced the agricultural lifestyle of farming as a career, serving as fundamental contributors to sustaining society.
With this classic guide from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), learn about the architecture of rural life and the design elements of these amazing structures. This manual, originally published and distributed in 1972, includes government-issued designs and requirements for log cabins, farmhouses, firepits and barbecues, greenhouses, storage sheds, stables, and more! Black-and-white diagrams and illustrations fill these pages, displaying the intricacies and dimensions of these incredible structures in their entirety.
Brimming with ideas and inspiration, Log Cabins and Outbuildings is the perfect starting point for building your new rural retreat.
The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:20
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780738284965 | 16.69MB
Based on cutting-edge NIH studies, a practical, accessible guide to yoga for reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, with the goal of balanced emotional health.
The Yoga Effect helps readers overcome the de-energizing effects of depression and move into a state of calm and focus. Based on the program developed through three NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine, these sequences are medically proven to trigger a physical and mental release of fear and worry. The book offers:
- A customizable prescription for maintaining centeredness, confidence, and balance
- Straightforward, accessible sequences, with 40 black & white photos clearly illustrating the poses
- A short, well-rounded practice that includes breath work and poses with clear explanation of how each sequence contributes to physical, mental, and emotional wellness
- Differing levels of practice for readers' varying levels of physical abilities
Written with an MD, The Yoga Effect is a proven pathway for cultivating inner strength that can be accessed at any time, offering hope and a solution for anyone looking to transform their mental and emotional health.
The Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:19
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780738285535 | 1.81MB
In the vein of Girl, Wash Your Face and How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, a practical guide to acknowledging and getting rid of the nonsense and bs in your life
Exhausted and overworked lawyer, triathlete, wife, and mom Meredith Atwood decided one morning that she'd had it. She didn't take her kids to school. She didn't go to work. She didn't go to the gym. When she pulled herself out of bed hours later than she should have, she found a note from her husband next to two empty bottles of wine and a stack of unpaid bills: You need to get your sh*t together.
And that's what Meredith began to do, starting with identifying the nonsense in her life that was holding her back: saying "yes" too much, keeping frenemies around, and more. In The Year of No Nonsense, Atwood shares what she learned, tackling struggles with work, family, and body image, and also willpower and time management. Ultimately, she's the tough-as-nails coach /slash/ best friend who shares a practical plan for identifying and getting rid of your own nonsense in order to move forward and live an authentic, healthy life. From recognizing lies you believe about yourself and your abilities, to making a "nonsense" list and developing a "no nonsense blueprint," this book walks you through reclaiming yourself with grit and determination, step by step.
With targeted, practical chapters to help you stop feeling stuck and get on with your life, The Year of No Nonsense is equal parts girlfriend and been-there-done-that. The best part? Like any friend, she helps you get to the other side.
Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:17
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781419740428 | 71.42MB
Trusted family food expert and Weelicious founder serves up almost 100 transformative recipes for nourishing and delicious smoothies
Weelicious founder Catherine McCord is an expert recipe developer who helps families eat healthfully and deliciously. When her son started suffering from chronic nausea and her family doctors couldn’t help, McCord turned to her experience with nutrition for an answer, researching until she discovered a surprisingly simple solution—smoothies.
She shared her family’s story and some of her favorite smoothie recipes on social media, and the Smoothie Project, a daily online source of inspiration, was born. People began to use her recipes and share how smoothies had become a force of change in their lives, too.
Years of witnessing the positive effects that smoothies can offer inspired McCord to create a smoothie bible packed with almost 100 of her favorite, tried-and-tested recipes. With guidance from top nutritionists, McCord also explains how to eat based on your age and details the health benefits of key smoothie ingredients, so you can:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Lose weight
- Control ADHD symptoms
- Boost your immune system
- Improve digestion
- Increase your energy
- Eat to support pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Have beautiful, strong skin, hair, and nails
- Encourage kids to eat nutritious foods
- And more…
McCord offers a way to change your life in just twenty-eight days, using only your blender. All you have to do is commit to having one of her smoothies each morning for a month, and every glass will bring you one step closer to achieving your goals.
Tree Wisdom: A Year of Healing Among the Trees [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:16
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781788173896 | 6.68MB
Twelve lessons that trees can teach us to achieve inner calm, with mindfulness and journaling exercises.
Forest bathing, tree hugging, 'earthing' and nature retreats--more and more, we are craving a return to nature, to peace, and simplicity. This book shows the way.
When international opera tenor and forester Vincent Karche lost his voice, he was instructed by a shamanic healer that, to regain it, he would have to find himself again first. Thus began a journey into the heart of the forest.
In this book, Vincent mirrors the cyclical nature of the seasons to help us reconnect to our natural rhythm, find inner peace, and activate physical and emotional healing. Just as a tree anchors its roots into the earth to weather storms, so too can we learn to cultivate resilience; to find instant relief from stress, we need only breathe slowly in and out as a tree would; and we can forge stronger relationships by encouraging symbiotic links with all beings, giving and taking only what we need as trees and plants do.
In this poetic exploration of the unbreakable bond between nature and human, Vincent reminds us that we are both the forest and the tree: each unique in our being and yet part of a Divine natural creation.
Living Full Circle: Simple Ancient Rituals for Modern Life [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:15
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781982132965 | 7.03MB
An illustrated guide to a variety of ancient and holistic techniques that have been translated and simplified in order to show you how to easily rejuvenate your daily rituals, ground and reconnect with all five of your senses, and ultimately improve your overall well-being.
In a hectic world filled with trendy products and expensive retreats designed to reduce stress and anxiety, it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed just trying to find ways to be well. Ironically, the key to sustained wellness has always been within reach with ancient tried and true practices.
In Living Full Circle, innovative product and well-being services expert Dondeena Bradley translates time-tested and proven healing remedies into practical ways for taking care of ourselves. Guiding you through the vast landscape of health and wellness, Bradley focuses on ancient remedies and practices—such as breath work, color visualization therapy, and navigating energetic fields—and applies them to today’s modern world. These classic and simple techniques will ultimately enable you to rejuvenate your daily rituals, ground and reconnect with all five of your senses, and improve your overall well-being.
For anyone searching for ways to take back your health using natural, holistic methods, look no further than Living Full Circle—a modern guide to self-care rooted in ancient wisdom that is, now, more beneficial than ever.
Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:14
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781945256974 | 339.44MB
A healthy, customizable way to cook every day with 75 complete bowl recipes and mix-and-match bases, toppings, and sauces
Want to cook healthier low-stress dinners, improve your lunch game, and find meals that can be prepped mostly in advance? Bowls are for you! The beauty of building a meal in a bowl is its versatility, and this book helps you compose 75 interesting bowls that incorporate a multitude of flavors and textures, from a Harvest Bowl to a Pork Mojo Quinoa Bowl, all while streamlining prep work to keep them casual and fun. Where to start? Choose your base--we've got chapters based on grains, noodles, greens, and broths--and then peruse options as diverse as Seared Tuna Poke Bowl, Green Fried Rice Bowl, Indian-Spiced Chicken Zoodle Bowl, and Vietnamese Beef Pho. Components within recipes are frequently interchangeable, so if you've got pre-cooked grains on hand, or a rotisserie chicken, you can easily swap these foods in. (Lunch tip: Most bowl components can also be made the day before and transported.)
Feel like improvising? Turn to our Bowl Basics section which offers 100 components, from Quinoa Pilaf to Quick Pickled Carrot Ribbons. Our vibrant Beet Tzatziki sauce or crunchy Savory Seed Brittle might be just the ticket to transform your bowl improvisation into something special, and everything can be made in advance and stored. Looking to eat vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free? You'll find plenty of options here, plus full nutritional information for every recipe.
Foxfire Living: Design, Recipes, and Stories from the Magical Inn in the Catskills [EPUB]
17 December 2019, 06:12
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780062863232 | 432.52MB
A gorgeous full-color field guide to the innovative neo-vintage design style that is the hallmark of Foxfire Mountain House, the magical inn in the Catskills, bursting with design ideas, recipes, projects, and tips for achieving its dreamy aesthetic in your own home.
When designer Eliza Clark and her chef husband Tim Trojian viewed the property that would eventually become the Foxfire Mountain House in Mount Tremper, New York, the real estate listing was for an adjacent cottage; the teetering remains of what had once been a popular Catskills hotel was thrown in as a bonus.
Eliza and Tim set to work, radically redesigning the derelict property to create a relaxed bohemian retreat they called Foxfire Mountain House. The design and food of this transcendent inn is guided by nature, science, and curiosity, and informed by its rural location amid the bucolic mountains. The scenery is as much an element of Foxfire’s design as the color scheme; the inn’s old bones are complemented by unique vintage finds; and the meals are sourced from neighboring farms and local crops. Eliza and Tim’s eleven-room inn, cottage, and bar room/restaurant became an instant hit and a hot destination for urban dwellers looking for an escape in the country.
Foxfire Living now brings the dreamy, rustic modern style that is the hallmark of this special place into any home. This lush guide is divided into chapters based on the phases of the day—Dawn, Morning, Day, Dusk, and Night—allowing you to move through each element of the inn’s design and renovation process in a natural and holistic way. Whether you want to completely redo your home or just make a few changes or additions, you’ll find thoughtful concepts and advice to guide you to:
- Discover—use the bones of your space to inform your design choices
- Gather—set up a design pantry and collect inspiration
- Evolve—allow yourself to stay open and curious as your design comes together
- Reflect—enjoy what you’ve built and share it with others
In telling the intriguing story of Foxfire’s rebirth, Eliza and Tim include thirty recipes and renovation projects that capture its spirit. Brimming with ethereal photos that are as full of wonder as the drive up the hill that leads to the inn, Foxfire Living is the story of paint colors, light fixtures, materials, and furnishings. But it is also about writing your own home’s story and creating a personal narrative that reflects your truest desires.
Why You Should Be a Socialist [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 03:49
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 10h 59m | 599.11MB
A primer on Democratic Socialism for those who are extremely skeptical of it.
America is witnessing the rise of a new generation of socialist activists. More young people support socialism now than at any time since the labor movement of the 1920s. The Democratic Socialists of America, a big-tent leftist organization, has just surpassed 50,000 members nationwide. In the fall of 2018, one of the most influential congressmen in the Democratic Party lost a primary to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who had never held office before. But what does all this mean? Should we be worried about our country, or should we join the march toward our bright socialist future? In Why You Should Be a Socialist, Nathan J. Robinson will give listeners a primer on 21st-century socialism: what it is, what it isn't, and why everyone should want to be a part of this exciting new chapter of American politics.
From the heyday of Occupy Wall Street through Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and beyond, young progressives have been increasingly drawn to socialist ideas. However, the movement's goals need to be defined more sharply before it can effect real change on a national scale. Likewise, liberals and conservatives will benefit from a deeper understanding of the true nature of this ideology, whether they agree with it or not.
Robinson's charming, accessible, and well-argued book will convince even the most skeptical listeners of the merits of socialist thought.
The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 03:47
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 1m | 276.67MB
Why are cellphone plans so much more expensive in the United States than in Europe? It seems a simple question. But the search for an answer took Thomas Philippon on an unexpected journey through some of the most complex and hotly debated issues in modern economics. Ultimately, he reached a surprising conclusion: American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on healthy competition. Sector after economic sector is more concentrated than it was 20 years ago, dominated by fewer and bigger players who lobby politicians aggressively to protect and expand their profit margins. Across the country, this drives up prices while driving down investment, productivity, growth, and wages, resulting in more inequality.
Meanwhile, Europe - long dismissed for competitive sclerosis and weak antitrust - is beating America at its own game. Philippon, one of the world's leading financial economists, did not expect these conclusions in the age of Silicon Valley start-ups and millennial millionaires. But the data from his cutting-edge research proved undeniable. In this compelling tale of economic detective work, we follow him as he works out the basic facts and consequences of industry concentration in the US and Europe, shows how lobbying and campaign contributions have defanged antitrust regulators, and considers what all this means for free trade, technology, and innovation. For the sake of ordinary Americans, he concludes, government needs to return to what it once did best: keeping the playing field level for competition.
Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:35
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 9h 33m | 525.79MB
This program includes an introduction read by the author.
No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. The award-winning author Melanie Mitchell, a leading computer scientist, now reveals its turbulent history and the recent surge of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears that surround AI.
In Artificial Intelligence, Mitchell turns to the most urgent questions concerning AI today: How intelligent - really - are the best AI programs? How do they work? What can they actually do, and when do they fail? How humanlike do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us? Along the way, she introduces the dominant methods of modern AI and machine learning, describing cutting-edge AI programs, their human inventors, and the historical lines of thought that led to recent achievements. She meets with fellow experts like Douglas Hofstadter, the cognitive scientist and Pulitzer Prize - winning author of the modern classic Gödel, Escher, Bach, who explains why he is "terrified" about the future of AI. She explores the profound disconnect between the hype and the actual achievements in AI, providing a clear sense of what the field has accomplished and how much farther it has to go.
Interweaving stories about the science and the people behind it, Artificial Intelligence brims with clear-sighted, captivating, and approachable accounts of the most interesting and provocative modern work in AI, flavored with Mitchell's humor and personal observations. This frank, lively book will prove an indispensable guide to understanding today's AI, its quest for "human-level" intelligence, and its impacts on all of our futures.
The Brain Health Book: Using the Power of Neuroscience to Improve Your Life [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:34
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 10m | 196.96MB
Concerns about memory and other thinking skills are common, particularly in middle age and beyond. Due to worries about declining brain health, some seek out dubious products or supplements purportedly designed to improve memory and other cognitive abilities. Fortunately, scientific research has uncovered a clear-cut set of evidence-based activities and lifestyle choices that are inexpensive or free and known to promote brain and cognitive functioning.
John Randolph translates this science in an engaging and accessible way, including the brain-boosting effects of exercise, social activity, mental stimulation, task management strategies, nutrition, and positive self-care. Interwoven with lessons from neuroscience, positive psychology, social and clinical psychology, and habit-formation research are powerful self-coaching exercises designed to help listeners incorporate lifestyle changes that promote brain health.
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:33
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours | 545.74MB
The retail industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Across all sectors and markets, retailers are shifting their business models and customer engagement strategies to ensure their survival. The rise of online shopping, and its primary player, Amazon, is at the heart of many of these changes and opportunities. Amazon explores the e-commerce giant's strategies, providing original insight at a time when the company is on the cusp of revolutionizing itself even further.
Amazon's relentless dissatisfaction with the status quo is what makes it such an extraordinary retailer. This audiobook explores whether Amazon has what it takes to become a credible grocery retailer, and as it transitions to bricks and mortar retailing, explores whether Amazon's stores can be as compelling as its online offering and if innovations such as voice technology, checkout-free stores, and its Prime ecosystem will fundamentally change the way consumers shop.
Written by industry-leading retail analysts who have spent decades providing research-based analysis and opinion, Amazon analyzes the impact these initiatives will have on the wider retail sector and the lessons that can be learned from its unprecedented rise to dominance, as stores of the future become less about transactions and more about experiences.
The Ecology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:31
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 13h 20m | 727.24MB
Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems and climate change.
Using a bold approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The audiobook has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers through to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world. Later chapters trace the evolution of modern thinking, from the ideas of Thomas Malthus, Henry Thoreau and others right the way through to the political and scientific developments of the modern era, including the birth of the environmental movement and the Paris Agreement.
The ideal introduction to one of the most important subjects of our time narrated by Dugland-Bruce Lockhart.
Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:30
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 9m | 334.08MB
From one of America's preeminent national security journalists, an explosive, news-breaking account of Donald Trump's collision with the American national security establishment, and with the world
It is a simple fact that no president in American history brought less foreign policy experience to the White House than Donald J. Trump. The real estate developer from Queens promised to bring his brash, zero-sum swagger to bear to cut through America's most complex national security issues, and he did. If the cost of his "America First" agenda was bulldozing the edifice of foreign alliances that had been carefully tended by every president from Truman to Obama, then so be it.
It was clear from the first that Trump's inclinations were radically more blunt force than his predecessors'. When briefed by the Pentagon on Iran and the Strait of Hormuz, he exclaimed, "The next time Iran sends its boats into the Strait: blow them out of the water! Let's get Mad Dog on this." When told that the capital of South Korea, Seoul, was so close to the North Korean border that millions of people would likely die in the first hours of any all-out war, Trump had a bold response, "They have to move." The officials in the Oval Office weren't sure if he was joking. He raised his voice. "They have to move!"
Very quickly, it became clear to a number of people at the highest levels of government that their gravest mission was to protect America from Donald Trump. Trump and His Generals is Peter Bergen's riveting account of what happened when the unstoppable force of President Trump met the immovable object of America's national security establishment - the CIA, the State Department, and, above all, the Pentagon. If there is a real "deep state" in DC, it is not the FBI so much as the national security community, with its deep-rooted culture and hierarchy. The men Trump selected for his key national security positions, Jim Mattis, John Kelly, and H. R. McMaster, were products of that culture: Trump wanted generals, and he got them. Three years later, they would be gone, and the guardrails were off.
From Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and Iran, from Russia and China to North Korea and Islamist terrorism, Trump and His Generals is a brilliant reckoning with an American ship of state navigating a roiling sea of threats without a well-functioning rudder. Lucid and gripping, it brings urgently needed clarity to issues that affect the fate of us all. But clarity, unfortunately, is not the same thing as reassurance.
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:29
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 36m | 264.15MB
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.
His name wasn't Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn't stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength - both physical and mental - to excel as a marine.
During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare - and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.
Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures [Audiobook]
17 December 2019, 02:28
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 17m | 172.74MB
A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist.
He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented eighty percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts - including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious - Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America - especially Jewish America - in his time.
Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman - critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics - is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.