Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!
01 September 2013, 17:39
2011 | EPUB | 5.19MB
Think you can spot the fake?
Think again. It's going to be a lot harder than you think to pick out the BS. Each entry hides one well-crafted fib among a pair of unbelievable truths. And it's up to you to figure out what's fascinating and what's fabricated on everything from koala bears to Confucius to high-fructose corn syrup.
Was Cleopatra the last Egyptian pharaoh?
Can you really make diamonds out of tequila?
Is the platypus actually poisonous?
A flip of the page reveals whether you're right or wrong as well as more information on the true trivia—and why you might've fallen for the fake fact. You'll really need to know your sh*t if you plan on correctly calling bullsh*t.
The Tudor Age: A Brief History
01 September 2013, 17:30
2002 | EPUB | 4.63MB
A well-known writer of popular Tudor biographies, Ridley here presents a topical rather than narrative overview of 16th-century England aimed at the general reader. Beginning with a family portrait of the Tudors, he explores in subsequent chapters such subjects as London, houses, furniture and food, law enforcement and war, and sports and pastimes. The illustrations--color as well as black and white, many full page--complement the very readable text. Some professional historians will disagree with a few of Ridley's interpretations, but The Tudor Age is worthwhile for its fascinating descriptions of daily life and anecdotes about the era's famous figures.
Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation
01 September 2013, 17:18
2010 | MOBI | 1.17MB
It is perhaps the most memorable event of the twentieth century: the assassination of president John F. Kennedy.
Within seven weeks of president Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 condolence letters. Two years later, the volume of correspondence would exceed 1.5 million letters. For the next forty-six years, the letters would remain essentially untouched.
Now, in her selection of 250 of these astonishing letters, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick reveals a remarkable human record of that devastating moment, of Americans across generations, regions, races, political leanings, and religions, in mourning and crisis. Reflecting on their sense of loss, their fears, and their hopes, the authors of these letters wrote an elegy for the fallen president that captured the soul of the nation.
The Right Stuff
01 September 2013, 17:02
2004 | EPUB+ MOBI | 349.62/529.98KB
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero."
Wolfe's roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with In Cold Blood. As Capote did, Wolfe tells his story from a limited omniscient perspective, dropping into the lives of his "characters" as each in turn becomes a major player in the space program. After an opening chapter on the terror of being a test pilot's wife, the story cuts back to the late 1940s, when Americans were first attempting to break the sound barrier. Test pilots, we discover, are people who live fast lives with dangerous machines, not all of them airborne. Chuck Yeager was certainly among the fastest, and his determination to push through Mach 1--a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any aircraft--makes him the book's guiding spirit.
Yet soon the focus shifts to the seven initial astronauts. Wolfe traces Alan Shepard's suborbital flight and Gus Grissom's embarrassing panic on the high seas (making the controversial claim that Grissom flooded his Liberty capsule by blowing the escape hatch too soon). The author also produces an admiring portrait of John Glenn's apple-pie heroism and selfless dedication. By the time Wolfe concludes with a return to Yeager and his late-career exploits, the narrative's epic proportions and literary merits are secure. Certainly The Right Stuff is the best, the funniest, and the most vivid book ever written about America's manned space program. --Patrick O'Kelley
Yeager: An Autobiography
01 September 2013, 17:01
1986 | EPUB + MOBI | 327.49/524.07KB
General Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot of them all -- the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound . . .the World War II flying ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang . . .the hero who defined a certain quality that all hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve: the right stuff.
Now Chuck Yeager tells his whole incredible life story with the same "wide-open, full throttle" approach that has marked his astonishing career. What it was really like enaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe. How after being shot over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape. The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.
The entire story is here, in Yeager's own words, and in wondeful insights from his wife and those friends and colleagues who have known him best. It is the personal and public story of a man who settled for nothing less than excellence, a one-of-a-kind portrait of a true American hero.
01 September 2013, 16:52
1984 | MOBI | 667.04KB
Autobiography of WW2 Nazi pilot Hans Rudel
The most highly decorated German serviceman of WW2, and the only one to be awarded the Third Reich's most prestigious medal which was specially created for Rudel by Hitler himself, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.
Shot down over 24 times, Hans Rudel is credited with destroying over 500 tanks, 2,000 ground targets, the Russian battleship Marat, two cruisers and a destroyer, and was so successful against Russian forces that Joseph Stalin put up a 100,000 rouble ransom on his head. His flying record of over 2,500 missions remains unmatched by any pilot since.
Until his death in 1982 Hans Rudel remained a loyal supporter of Adolf Hitler, and he refused to denounce Hitler, or the Nazis, and believed that the war against Germany was created by powerful Jews and international finance. Hans Rudel remains a complex character, and arguably one of WW2's most heroic figures.
The Monuments Men [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 16:16
2013 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 42 mins | 264.58MB
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home
01 September 2013, 16:02
2013 | EPUB | 6.53MB
A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he became a credentialed war correspondent, preparing to leave her behind to go overseas. The couple spent months apart in the summer and fall of 1942, as Cronkite sailed on convoys to England and North Africa across the submarine-infested waters of the North Atlantic. After a brief December leave in New York City spent with his young wife, Cronkite left again on assignment for England. This time, the two would not be reunited until the end of the war in Europe. Cronkite would console himself during their absence by writing her long, detailed letters -- sometimes five in a week -- describing his experiences as a war correspondent, his observations of life in wartime Europe, and his longing for her.
Betsy Cronkite carefully saved the letters, copying many to circulate among family and friends. More than a hundred of Cronkite's letters from 1943-45 (plus a few earlier letters) survive. They reveal surprising and little known facts about this storied public figure in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" and a giant in American journalism, and about his World War II experiences. They chronicle both a great love story and a great war story, as told by the reporter who would go on to become anchorman for the CBS Evening News, with a reputation as "the most trusted man in America."
Illustrated with heartwarming photos of Walter and Betsy Cronkite during the war from the family collection, the book is edited by Cronkite's grandson, CBS associate producer Walter Cronkite IV, and esteemed historian Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History at Hamilton College.
Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
01 September 2013, 15:56
2012 | EPUB | 4.37MB
For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Millions across the nation welcomed him into their homes, first as a print reporter for the United Press on the front lines of World War II, and later, in the emerging medium of television, as a host of numerous documentary programs and as anchor of the CBS Evening News, from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. Yet this very public figure, undoubtedly the twentieth century's most revered journalist, was a remarkably private man; few know the full story of his life. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before.
Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, during which he began his career, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops from North Africa, D-day, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work for CBS, where he covered presidential elections, the space program, Vietnam, and the first televised broadcasts of the Olympic Games, as both a reporter and later as an anchor for the evening news. Cronkite was also witness to—and the nation's voice for—many of the most profound moments in modern American history, including the Kennedy assassination, Apollos 11 and 13, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Iran hostage crisis.
Epic, intimate, and masterfully written, Cronkite is the much-anticipated biography of an extraordinary American life, told by one of our most brilliant and respected historians.
Lawrence in Arabia
01 September 2013, 15:54
2013 | EPUB | 7.71MB
A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history – the Arab Revolt and the secret “great game” to control the Middle East.
The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theater. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.
Curt Prüfer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment Islamic jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Syria. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was the most romantic figure of World War One, battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people.
The intertwined paths of these four men – the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed – mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert. Prüfer became Germany’s grand spymaster in the Middle East. Aaronsohn constructed an elaborate Jewish spy-ring in Palestine, only to have the anti-Semitic and bureaucratically-inept British first ignore and then misuse his organization, at tragic personal cost. Yale would become the only American intelligence agent in the entire Middle East – while still secretly on the payroll of Standard Oil. And the enigmatic Lawrence rode into legend at the head of an Arab army, even as he waged secret war against his own nation’s imperial ambitions.
Based on years of intensive primary document research, LAWRENCE IN ARABIA definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.
Crimea: The Last Crusade
01 September 2013, 15:52
2011 | EPUB | 31.6MB
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. But it was also a war of religion, driven by a fervent, populist and ever more ferocious belief by the Tsar and his ministers that it was Russia's task to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land.
Orlando Figes' major new book reimagines this extraordinary war, in which the stakes could not have been higher and which was fought with a terrible mixture of ferocity and incompetence. It was both a recognisably modern conflict - the first to be extensively photographed, the first to employ the telegraph, the first 'newspaper war' - and a traditional one, with illiterate soldiers, amateur officers and huge casualties caused by disease. Drawing on a huge range of fascinating sources, Figes also gives the lived experience of the war, from that of the ordinary British soldier in his snow-filled trench, to the haunted, gloomy, narrow figure of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to take on the whole world in his hunt for religious salvation.
Hard Tack and Coffee [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 15:43
2008 | MP3 VBR V9 | 9 hrs 46 mins | 296.79MB
Originally published in 1888, Hard Tack and Coffee became an immediate best seller. Its author, John Billings, had served with the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Writing from his own experience, the author's unadorned style carries the reader right into the everyday life of the ordinary soldier in the Union Army.
From Dawn to Decadence [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 15:31
2008 | MP3 VBR V5 + PDF | 39 hrs 50 mins | 1017.28MB
Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.
In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester" -- show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras.
The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth -- tomorrow or the next day.
Only after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume.
Evolution and Prehistory: The Human Challenge [9th Edition]
01 September 2013, 15:07
2011 | PDF | 55.17MB
Explore evolution and prehistory through photos, examples, and anthropologists' studies with Haviland, Walrath, Prins and McBride's EVOLUTION AND PREHISTORY.
The authors' goal in writing this book is to provide you with a vivid, accessible text that tells the story of human evolution and shows how the field is relevant to understanding the complex world around you. With EVOLUTION AND PREHISTORY, you will have the opportunity to explore the different ways humans face the challenge of existence, learn about the connection between biology and culture in shaping human evolutionary history as well as in shaping contemporary human biology, beliefs, and behavior, and see the impact of globalization on the continued survival of our species and planet.
Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was
01 September 2013, 14:52
2012 | EPUB | 2.23MB
Who was Jesus? A prophet? There have been many of those. A miracle-worker? A radical revolutionary? A wise teacher? There have been many of these, too. In his latest book, renowned Scripture scholar Gerhard Lohfink asks, What is unique about Jesus of Nazareth, and what did he really want?
Lohfink engages the perceptions of the first witnesses of his life and ministry and those who handed on their testimony. His approach is altogether historical and critical, but he agrees with Karl Barth s statement that historical criticism has to be more critical.
Lohfink takes seriously the fact that Jesus was a Jew and lived entirely in and out of Israel s faith experiences but at the same time brought those experiences to their goal and fulfillment. The result is a convincing and profound picture of Jesus.
The New Cambridge History of Islam [6 Vols Set]
01 September 2013, 14:49
2011 | PDF | 169.89MB
The New Cambridge History of Islam is a comprehensive history of Islamic civilization, tracing its development from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia to its wide and varied presence in the globalised world of today. The six volumes reflect the geographical distribution and the cultural, social and religious diversity of the peoples of the Muslim world. Four volumes cover historical developments and two are devoted to themes that cut across geographical and chronological divisions, ranging from social, political and economic relations to the arts, literature and learning. Each volume's introduction sets the scene for the ensuing chapters and examines relationships with adjacent civilizations. Written by a team combining established authorities and rising scholars in the field, this will be the standard reference for students, scholars and all those with enquiring minds for years to come.
- A unique and broad ranging six-volume history of Islam from its beginnings to the present
- Written by an international team of established authorities and rising scholars in the field
- The volumes encompass the cultural, social, political, religious and economic history of Islam
The Cambridge History of Christianity [9 Vols Set]
01 September 2013, 14:37
2008 | PDF | 53.29MB
The first volume, Origins to Constantine provides a comprehensive overview of the essential events, persons, places and issues involved in the emergence of the Christian religion in the first three centuries. It analyses the diverse forms of Christian community, identity and practice that arose in the early decades of Christianity. Over thirty essays by leading scholars communicate the results of the most recent research in an accessible manner that allows readers to trace this dynamic history from its beginnings through to the rise of Imperial Christianity in the fourth century.
The second volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity presents the 'Golden Age' of patristic Christianity. After episodes of persecution by the Roman government, Christianity emerged as a licit religion enjoying imperial patronage and eventually became the favoured religion of the empire. The articles in this volume discuss the rapid transformation of Christianity during late antiquity, giving specific consideration to artistic, social, literary, philosophical, political, inter-religious and cultural aspects. The volume moves away from simple dichotomies and reductive schematizations (e.g., 'heresy v. orthodoxy') toward an inclusive description of the diverse practices and theories that made up Christianity at this time. Whilst proportional attention is given to the emergence of the Great Church within the Roman Empire, other topics are treated as well - such as the development of Christian communities outside the empire.
The key focus of the third volume is the vitality and dynamism of all aspects of Christian experience from late antiquity to the First Crusade. By putting the institutional and doctrinal history firmly in the context of Christianity's many cultural manifestations and lived formations everywhere from Afghanistan to Iceland, this volume of The Cambridge History of Christianity emphasizes the ever-changing, varied expressions of Christianity at both local and world level. The insights of many disciplines, including gender studies, codicology, archaeology and anthropology, are deployed to offer fresh interpretations which challenge the conventional truths concerning this formative period. Addressing eastern, Byzantine and western Christianity, it explores encounters between Christians and others, notably Jews, Muslims, and pagans; the institutional life of the church including law, reform and monasticism; the pastoral and sacramental contexts of worship, belief and morality; and finally its cultural and theological meanings, including heresy, saints' cults and the afterlife.
During the early middle ages, Europe developed complex and varied Christian cultures, and from about 1100 secular rulers, competing factions and inspired individuals continued to engender a diverse and ever-changing mix within Christian society. The fourth volume explores the wide range of institutions, practices and experiences associated with the life of European Christians in the later middle ages. The clergy of this period initiated new approaches to the role of priests, bishops and popes, and developed an ambitious project to instruct the laity. For lay people, the practices of parish religion were central, but many sought additional ways to enrich their lives as Christians. Impulses towards reform and renewal periodically swept across Europe, led by charismatic preachers and supported by secular rulers. The fourth volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity provides accessible accounts of these complex historical processes and entices the reader towards further enquiry.
The fifth volume brings together in one compass the Orthodox Churches - the ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian, Armenian, Ethiopian, Egyptian and Syrian Churches. It follows their fortunes from the late Middle Ages until modern times - exactly the period when their history has been most neglected. Inevitably, this emphasises differences in teachings and experience, but it also brings out common threads, most notably the resilience displayed in the face of alien and often hostile political regimes. The central theme is the survival against the odds of Orthodoxy in its many forms into the modern era. The last phase of Byzantium proves to have been surprisingly important in this survival. It provided Orthodoxy with the intellectual, artistic and spiritual reserves to meet later challenges. The continuing vitality of the Orthodox Churches is evident for example in the Sunday School Movement in Egypt and the Zoe brotherhood in Greece.
The sixth authoritative volume presents the history of Christianity from the eve of the Protestant Reformation to the height of Catholic Reform. It thoroughly examines the impact of the permanent schism on Latin Christendom, the Catholic responses to it, and the influence on the development of the Orthodox churches. The volume covers the history of society, politics, theology, liturgy, religious orders, and art in the lands of Latin Christianity, while expanding the boundaries of inquiry to the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions both in Europe and in the non-European world.
During the tumultuous period of world history from 1660 to 1815, three complex movements combined to bring a fundamental cultural reorientation to Europe and North America, and ultimately to the wider world. The Enlightenment transformed views of nature and of the human capacity to master nature. The religious reawakenings brought a revival of heart-felt, experiential Christianity. Finally revolution, the political and social upheavals of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, challenged established ideas of divine-right monarchies and divinely ordained social hierarchies, and promoted more democratic government, notions of human rights and religious toleration. A new religious climate emerged, in which people were more likely to look to their own feelings and experiences for the basis of their faith. During this same period, Christianity spread widely around the world as a result of colonialism and missions, and responded in diverse ways to its encounters with other cultures and religious traditions.
The eighth volume is the first scholarly treatment of nineteenth century Christianity to discuss the subject in a global context. In addition to exhaustive chapters on European Christendom, it deals with the expansion of Christianity in the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa, covering both Catholic and Protestant traditions. Major themes include the churches' response to modern ideas, Christianity and nationalism, the expanding role of women in religious life and the explosion of new voluntary forms of Christianity.
The twentieth century saw changes as dramatic as any in Christian history. The Churches suffered serious losses, both through persecution and through secularization, in what had been for several centuries their European heartlands, but grew fast in Africa and parts of Asia. The ninth volume provides a comprehensive history of Catholicism, Protestantism and the Independent Churches in all parts of the world in the century when Christianity truly became a global religion. Written by a powerful team of specialists from many different countries, the volume is broad in scope.
The Cambridge History of Judaism [4 Vols Set]
01 September 2013, 14:18
2008 | PDF | 136.6MB
The first three volumes of The Cambridge History of Judaism cover the history of the Jews from the Exile in 587 B.C.E. to the early Roman period extending into the third century C.E. A comprehensive examination is made of all the relevant literary and archeological sources, and special attention is given to the interaction of Iranian, Semitic, Hellenistic and Roman cultures. The contributors include both Jewish and Gentile scholars from many countries, and this History thus helps to deliver the study of Jewish history and Christian origins from geographical and religious limitations, and contributes to a deeper understanding and a broader tolerance.
The first volume opens with three introductory chapters to the work as a whole dealing with the geographical background, the chronology and the numismatic history of Judaism. The remainder of this volume concentrates on the Persian period, the two and a half centuries following the Babylonian Exile.
The second of four volumes covering the history of Judaism from 540 BCE to 250 CE, this book deals with the encounter of Judaism with the Hellenistic culture spread throughout the Mediterranean world and beyond by Alexander the Great and his successors. Drawing upon recent scholarship in archaeology, history and scriptures, the contributors describe the religious, social and cultural rejection and adoption of Hellenism by Judaism. Illustrated with plates and diagrams, the text will prove an invaluable resource to scholars and general readers interested in Jewish or Mediterranean history.
The third volume covers the history of Judaism in the Roman period. Political history is treated from Pompey to Vespasian, but many chapters on Jewish life and thought go beyond the period of the Flavian emperors to present themes and evidence of importance for Judaism up to the 3rd century CE. The approach has concentrated on the study of institutions and schools of thought through consideration of archaeological finds and inscriptions. Jewish-Gentile relations, temple and synagogue, groups and schools of thought - Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Baptist sects, the 'fourth philosophy' and similar groups, Samaritans and the Christian movement - are examined. An unusual feature of the volume is its historical treatment of Christianity within the context of ancient Judaism. The Qumran texts, Philo and Josephus receive attention as does Jewish society in Judaea and Galilee.
The fourth volume of The Cambridge History of Judaism covers the period from 70 CE to 640 CE (the rise of Islam), addressing the major historical, political and cultural developments in Jewish history during this crucial era. The volume is especially strong in its coverage of the growth and development of rabbinic Judaism and the major classical rabbinic sources such as the Mishnah, Jerusalem Talmud, Babylonian Talmud and various Midrashic collections. In addition, it surveys the growth of early Jewish mystical literature and the liturgical literature of the developing synagogue.
Kateri: Lily of the Mohawks [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 12:55
MP3 VBR V5 | 12 hrs 55 mins | 848.65MB
"The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church." From the blood of St. Isaac Jogues, spilled by a tomahawk in the Mohawk Valley in 1646, the purest lily sprang ten years later, Kateri Tekakwitha, a holy virgin who embraced the religion of the invading French. This October 21 at the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI will canonize her as the first Native American saint. This novel tells us why.
The zeal of the French Jesuits remains unsurpassed in the annals of history. These educated, peaceful, holy men gave up the comforts of civilization to carry the word of Jesus Christ into the heart of darkness. Bravely they entered villages where the natives practiced ritualized torture and cannibalism and with patience and gentleness they turned them from superstition and violence to embrace a new paradigm of peace and love and forgiveness. But the natives saw these Jesuits as simply the first wave of imperialists, undermining their warrior culture so legions of soldiers could march in and seize their land.
A decade after the Mohawks beheaded Isaac Jogues, a little girl was born in that same village. Her life was never happy or secure. White man's smallpox killed her parents and her brother when she was four, and left her scarred and nearly blind. Growing up in the easternmost village of the great Iroquois League, whose five nations occupied 350 miles from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, Tekakwitha felt the brunt of the white man's imperialistic struggles, Dutch, English and French, for mastery in this land. When she was ten, Marquis de Tracy invaded and burned all Mohawk villages and their stores of winter corn.
War and peace follow each other in unpredictable cycles, yet Tekakwitha's integrity and quiet desire remained fixed. She listened to an inner voice that counseled her to avoid marriage, and she worked at her tasks in the long house and stay clear of gossip and intrigues. When a Jesuit happened accidentally into her long house where rested from an ankle injury, she asked him to teach her "the prayer."
Once baptized "Katharine" - "Kateri," as they pronounced it - her spiritual progress was unsurpassed. She escaped her culture and found peace and happiness at the Jesuit mission near Montreal. There she met Father Claude Chauchetiere, a confused young Jesuit in the throes of a spiritual crisis. Her virtue and her grace and her transfiguration at death granted him at last the certainty and purpose he looked for everywhere. He championed her cause, wrote her biography, painted her portrait and began to effect miracles with her relics.
Two Jesuit priests - Jogues the saint and Chauchetiere the doubter-turned-believer - flank the holy Kateri Tekakwitha in this fast-paced account. Out of the warfare and greed and terrorism of that day, true spiritual gifts lifted this humble, shy but willful young woman into a place of holiness and reverence among her peers.
Mr. Casey's novelized biography tells how Kateri Tekakwitha speaks to us across the centuries, and why the Church is elevating her as the first Native American saint
The Day Lincoln Was Shot [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 12:43
1997 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 15 mins | 309.55MB
This is a gripping, minute-by-minute account of the day President Lincoln was struck down by an assassin's bullet in Ford's Theatre. Parallels of the activities of the President with those of his assassin in an unforgettable, suspense- filled chronicle. This is an unforgettable chronicle of the movements of Lincoln and his assassin on April 14, 1865.
Moonshiners and Prohibitionists
01 September 2013, 12:12
2011 | PDF | 21.46MB
Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century, when the manufacturing and sale of alcohol -- an integral part of daily life for many Appalachians -- was banned.
In Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia, Bruce E. Stewart chronicles the social tensions that accompanied the region's early transition from a rural to an urban-industrial economy. Stewart analyzes the dynamic relationship of the bootleggers and opponents of liquor sales in western North Carolina, as well as conflict driven by social and economic development that manifested in political discord. Stewart also explores the life of the moonshiner and the many myths that developed around hillbilly stereotypes.
A welcome addition to the New Directions in Southern History series, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists addresses major economic, social, and cultural questions that are essential to the understanding of Appalachian history.
The Grand Design: Strategy and the US Civil War
01 September 2013, 12:09
2012 | PDF | 7.01MB
Despite the abundance of books on the Civil War, not one has focused exclusively on what was in fact the determining factor in the outcome of the conflict: differences in Union and Southern strategy.
In The Grand Design, Donald Stoker provides for the first time a comprehensive and often surprising account of strategy as it evolved between Fort Sumter and Appomattox. Reminding us that strategy is different from tactics (battlefield deployments) and operations (campaigns conducted in pursuit of a strategy), Stoker examines how Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis identified their political goals and worked with their generals to craft the military means to achieve them--or how they often failed to do so. Stoker shows that Davis, despite a West Point education and experience as Secretary of War, ultimately failed as a strategist by losing control of the political side of the war. Lincoln, in contrast, evolved a clear strategic vision, but he failed for years to make his generals implement it. And while Robert E. Lee was unerring in his ability to determine the Union's strategic heart--its center of gravity--he proved mistaken in his assessment of how to destroy it. Historians have often argued that the North's advantages in population and industry ensured certain victory.
In The Grand Design, Stoker reasserts the centrality of the overarching plan on each side, arguing convincingly that it was strategy that determined the result of America's great national conflict.
The Merchant Navy
01 September 2013, 11:58
2013 | EPUB | 11.55MB
This title tells the epic story of Britain's merchant shipping, carrying exotic goods from all quarters of the world. At one time, British ships carried half of the world's trade. It reveals how two world wars nearly destroyed our merchant shipping, but convoys battled on to save Britain from starving to death. We see what life was like at sea for merchant seamen and get a first-hand glimpse of them at work.
01 September 2013, 11:53
2012 | EPUB | 3.57MB
Take the fig leaf off the past for archaeology at its filthiest and most amusing.
The book that all archaeology buffs have secretly been yearning for, this unique blend of text, anecdote, and cartoon reveals and revels in, those aspects of the past that have been ignored, glossed over, or even suppressed—the bawdy, the scatological, and the downright bizarre. Our ancestors were not always serious, downtrodden, and fearful creatures. They shared our earthy sense of humor that is based on bodily functions, bawdiness, and slapstick. It's time to take a long, hard look at the the world that would have had the Victorians reaching for their smelling salts. History buffs who want to know what the average Egyptian slave thought of pharaoh or what a Roman legionary thought of his commander will find the answer here, in hilarious graphic detail.
Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident
01 September 2013, 11:45
2013 | EPUB | 1.05MB
The Dyatlov Pass incident resulted in nine unsolved, mysterious deaths; Keith McCloskey attempts to decipher the bizzare events that led up to that night and the subsequent aftermath.
In January 1959, 10 experienced young skiers set out to travel to a mountain named Mount Otorten in the far north of Russia. Otorten translates to "don't go there" in the local Mansi language. During the trip, one of the skiers fell ill and returned. The remaining nine lost their way and ended up on another mountain slope known as Kholat Syakhl, or "Mountain of the Dead."
On the night of February 1, 1959, something or someone caused the skiers to flee their tent in terror, using knives to slash their way out instead of using the entrance. When they failed to return home, search parties were sent out and their bodies were found, some with massive internal injuries but all without external marks. The autopsy report showed that the injuries were caused by "an unknown compelling force." Subsequently, the area was sealed off for years by the authorities and the deaths and events of that night remained unexplained.
Benefiting from original research carried out in Russia, this book attempts to explain what happened to the nine skiers who lost their lives in what has come to be known as the "Dyatlov Pass Incident."
01 September 2013, 11:44
2013 | AZW3 | 420.54KB
INSPIRED BY REAL EVENTS.
IN FEBRUARY 1959, A GROUP OF FRIENDS WENT ON A SKI-HIKING TRIP TO A REMOTE MOUNTAIN IN THE NORTHERN URALS.
SOMETHING KILLED THEM...
When a rescue expedition eventually found their camp, they discovered that for some unknown reason, the nine friends had cut their way out of their tent (instead of simply opening the flaps) and fled down the mountain, half undressed and without their shoes. Some had died of hypothermia, while others had strange injuries which one medical examiner stated were consistent with a high-speed car crash. One of them had apparently had her tongue removed.
Alarmed and mystified, the Soviet government classified the case as top secret, and closed off the region to all civilians for the next three years.
Fifty years later, a man is discovered wandering in the wilderness, exhausted and terrified…
Mountain of the Dead
01 September 2013, 11:43
2012 | AZW3 | 454.44KB
Nine dead bodies
Fact: In February, 1959, nine Russian college students embarked on a ten day skiing expedition into the Ural Mountains. They never returned and were later found dead of disturbing and mysterious causes.
Because of the nature of the deaths, a criminal inquest was filed. As the facts developed, the circumstances and causes of death became more confusing and baffling. The official verdict, registered in 1959, stills stands, “death by unknown compelling force,” a vague and unsatisfying explanation for a scene of inexplicable and ultimately, horrific deaths. To this day, no one was ever charged with a crime.
A tribe of indigenous people, known as the Mansi, have lived in the vast Ural Mountains for centuries. The Mansi feared the mountain where the students had all died. The Mansi name for the mountain is Kholat Syakhl which translates to the mountain of the dead.
Mountain of the Dead is the fictionalized story of the events of 50 years ago, by writer, director Mike Wellins.
Atlantis and the Silver City
01 September 2013, 10:11
2013 | EPUB | 3.16MB
History's most intriguing detective story may have been solved—recently unearthed evidence points towards the real location of the ancient, lost city of Atlantis.
More than 2,000 years ago Plato laid down around a hundred cryptic clues about the location of the lost world of Atlantis. Since then countless experts have tried to crack Plato’s code. Some claim Atlantis lies under the volcanic rocks of Santorini. Others place it in the Bermuda Triangle, off the coast of Africa or say it is lost forever beneath the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
But what if Atlantis is far closer than we think? What if we can walk its cobble-stoned streets today?
After a forensic, twenty-year examination of Plato’s writings Peter Daughtrey says we can do just that. Having matched an unprecedented number of Plato’s clues Daughtrey outlines the full reach of the ancient empire—and pinpoints the exact location of its once glittering capital city.
His quest for the truth about Atlantis runs from the dusty stone quarries of Portugal and the hieroglyphs of Egyptian temples to the newly refurbished museums of Baghdad. It includes the discovery of long-forgotten, vitally significant artifacts, sensational evidence of a lost alphabet and a revealing analysis that identifies today’s descendants of this most ancient civilization. Detailed, accurate and told with enthusiasm and verve, Atlantis and the Silver City even reveals the location of another city from the ancient empire of Atlantis.
Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
01 September 2013, 09:58
2009 | EPUB | 10.4MB
For centuries British navigators dreamt of finding the Northwest Passage - the route over the top of North America that would open up the fabulous wealth of Asia to British merchants. We know now that, while several such passages exist, during the period of the search by sailing vessels they were choked by impassable ice. But this knowledge was slowly won, as expedition after expedition, under the most terrible conditions, slowly filled in their patchy and sometimes fatally misleading charts.
Arctic Labyrinth tells this extraordinary story with great skill and brilliance. From the tiny, woefully equipped ships of the first Tudor expeditions to the icebreakers and nuclear submarines of the modern era, Glyn Williams describes how every form of ingenuity has been used to break through or try to get round the nightmarish ice barriers set in a maze of sterile islands. The heroism, folly and horror of these voyages seem almost unbelievable, with entire ships crushed, mass starvation, epics of endurance - and all in pursuit of a goal that ultimately proved futile.
Williams's book is both an important work of exploration and naval history, and a remarkable study in human delusion and fortitude.
To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
01 September 2013, 09:51
2012 | EPUB | 18.63MB
A journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human spirit.
Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey set out to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off from other people. His lectures were mechanical; his relationships were little more than ways to fill the evenings. But as his journey veered dangerously off course, everything about him began to change.
A gripping adventure of the body and mind, To the Last Breath depicts the quest that leads Slakey around the globe, almost takes his life, challenges his fiercely held beliefs, and opens his heart. The scientist in Slakey explores the history of Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed Antarctica expedition, the technology of climbing, and the geophysics of waves. But it is the challenges he endures and the people he encounters—a Lama who gives him a mysterious amulet, a life-or-death choice atop Everest, an ambush at gunpoint in Indonesia, a head-on collision in the high desert—that culminate in a moving lesson about what it means to be human.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
01 September 2013, 09:44
2010 | EPUB | 17.7MB
Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.
The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel's early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.
Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel's last surviving friends, employees and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.
Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on. Drawing on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.
How to Book of Writing Skills
01 September 2013, 09:36
2013 | EPUB | 3.29MB
Have you ever been frustrated by your boss constantly making changes to your documents?
Annoyed at the time it takes to write something?
Sick of sending emails that don't get read?
Been asked to write a report and don't know where to start?
Are people just not getting your message?
Then this book of writing skills is for you!
In this 70 page guide you will find practical and proven techniques to write clearly, concisely and quickly. Each section of the guide covers key points for writing well at work, including:
- the importance of identifying your audience, and then how to write for it
- using Plain English to get your message across
- how to structure your document
- the seven secrets to good email
- how to write sharp, accurate letters and memos
- how to use the simple tool of the mind map to improve your writing
- what to consider when you have been asked to write a report
- the key points of a resume, a cover letter and the job application
- getting on top of punctuation, spelling and confusing words
- business writing and report writing techniques
Good workplace writing is about getting a positive answer to the question: Will your reader understand what you want them to know or do? This guide will give you the skills to get that positive answer - quickly and well.
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide
01 September 2013, 09:22
2003 | EPUB | 487.46KB
Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book.
Here you'll find:
- The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely
- Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction
- The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book
- Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing
Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.
Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels.
You will be a writer.
On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells
01 September 2013, 09:18
2007 | EPUB | 1.86MB
Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With a Romance They'll Never Forget.
In On Writing Romance, award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels talks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here.
In addition to a comprehensive breakdown of more than thirty romance subgenres, including such categories as historical, inspirational, Regency, and sweet traditional, you'll discover how to:
- Steer clear of cliches and stereotypes by studying the genre
- Craft engaging and realistic heroes and heroines readers will adore
- Convincingly develop the central couple's blossoming relationship
- Add conflict by utilizing essential secondary characters like the "other woman"
- Use tension and timing to make your love scenes sizzle with sensuality
- Get your characters to happily-ever-after with an ending readers will always remember
Plus, read a sample query letter, cover letter, and synopsis, and learn how to properly prepare you romance novel for submission to agents and editors. On Writing Romance has everything you need to leave readers swooning!
Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula
01 September 2013, 09:13
2013 | EPUB | 4.14MB
Learn the rules of scriptwriting, and then how to successfully break them!
Unlike other screenwriting books, this unique guide pushes you to challenge yourself and break free of tired, formulaic writing--bending or breaking the rules of storytelling as we know them. Like the best-selling previous editions, seasoned authors Dancyger and Rush explore alternative approaches to the traditional three-act story structure, going beyond teaching you "how to tell a story" by teaching you how to write against conventional formulas to produce original, exciting material. The pages are filled with an international range of contemporary and classic cinema examples to inspire and instruct.
New to this edition:
- New chapter on the newly popular genres of feature documentary, long-form television serials, non-linear stories, satire, fable, and docudrama
- New chapter on multiple-threaded long form, serial television scripts
- New chapter on genre and a new chapter on how genre’s very form is flexible to a narrative
- New chapter on character development
- New case studies, including an in-depth case study of the dark side of the fable, focusing on The Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth
Scorsese by Ebert
01 September 2013, 07:58
2009 | PDF | 1.15MB
Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received—for 1967’s I Call First, later renamed Who’s That Knocking at My Door—creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorsese’s most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America’s most respected film critic’s engagement with the works of America’s greatest living director, chronicling every single feature film in Scorsese’s considerable oeuvre, from his aforementioned debut to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light.
In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book also includes Scorsese’s own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the director’s less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.
The Great Movies III
01 September 2013, 07:56
2011 | PDF | 9.12MB
Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over four decades now and his biweekly essays on great movies have been appearing there since 1996. As Ebert noted in the introduction to the first collection of those pieces, “They are not the greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it’s fair to say: If you want to take a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here.
Enter The Great Movies III, Ebert’s third collection of essays on the crème de la crème of the silver screen, each one a model of critical appreciation and a blend of love and analysis that will send readers back to the films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm—or maybe even lead to a first-time viewing. From The Godfather: Part II to Groundhog Day, from The Last Picture Show to Last Tango in Paris, the hundred pieces gathered here display a welcome balance between the familiar and the esoteric, spanning Hollywood blockbusters and hidden gems, independent works and foreign language films alike. Each essay draws on Ebert’s vast knowledge of the cinema, its fascinating history, and its breadth of techniques, introducing newcomers to some of the most exceptional movies ever made, while revealing new insights to connoisseurs as well.
Named the most powerful pundit in America by Forbes magazine, and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert is inarguably the most prominent and influential authority on the cinema today. The Great Movies III is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as America’s most respected—and trusted—film critic.
The Great Movies II
01 September 2013, 07:54
2006 | MOBI | 9.1MB
Continuing the pitch-perfect critiques begun in The Great Movies, Roger Ebert's The Great Movies II collects 100 additional essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasmвЂ”or perhaps to an avid first-time viewing. Neither a snob nor a shill, Ebert manages in these essays to combine a truly populist appreciation for today's most important form of popular art with a scholar's erudition and depth of knowledge and a sure aesthetic sense. Once again wonderfully enhanced by stills selected by Mary Corliss, former film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, The Great Movies II is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again.
Films featured in The Great Movies II:
12 Angry Men В· The Adventures of Robin Hood В· Alien В· Amadeus В· Amarcord В· Annie Hall В· Au Hasard, Balthazar В· The Bank Dick В· Beat the Devil В· Being There В· The Big Heat В· The Birth of a Nation В· The Blue Kite В· Bob le Flambeur В· Breathless В· The Bridge on the River Kwai В· Bring Me the Head of Alfredo GarcГa В· Buster Keaton В· Children of Paradise В· A Christmas Story В· The Color Purple В· The Conversation В· Cries and Whispers В· The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie В· DonвЂ™t Look Now В· The Earrings of Madame de . . . В· The Fall of the House of Usher В· The FiremenвЂ™s Ball В· Five Easy Pieces В· Goldfinger В· The Good, the Bad and the Ugly В· Goodfellas В· The Gospel According to Matthew В· The Grapes of Wrath В· Grave of the Fireflies В· Great Expectations В· House of Games В· The Hustler В· In Cold Blood В· Jaws В· Jules and Jim В· KieslowskiвЂ™s Three Colors Trilogy В· Kind Hearts and Coronets В· King Kong В· The Last Laugh В· Laura В· Leaving Las Vegas В· Le Boucher В· The Leopard В· The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp В· The Manchurian Candidate В· The Man Who Laughs В· Mean Streets В· Mon Oncle В· Moonstruck В· The Music Room В· My Dinner with Andre В· My Neighbor Totoro В· Nights of Cabiria В· One Flew Over the CuckooвЂ™s Nest В· Orpheus В· Paris, Texas В· Patton В· Picnic at Hanging Rock В· Planes, Trains and Automobiles В· The Producers В· Raiders of the Lost Ark В· Raise the Red Lantern В· Ran В· Rashomon В· Rear Window В· Rififi В· The Right Stuff В· Romeo and Juliet В· The Rules of the Game В· Saturday Night Fever В· Say Anything В· Scarface В· The Searchers В· Shane В· Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs В· Solaris В· Strangers on a Train В· Stroszek В· A Sunday in the Country В· Sunrise В· A Tale of Winter В· The Thin Man В· This Is Spinal Tap В·Tokyo Story В· Touchez Pas au Grisbi В· Touch of Evil В· The Treasure of the Sierra Madre В· Ugetsu В· Umberto D В· Unforgiven В· Victim В· Walkabout В· West Side Story В· Yankee Doodle Dandy
30 Movies to Get You Through the Holidays
01 September 2013, 07:52
2012 | MOBI | 1.29MB
The holidays—that time between Thanksgiving and New Year's—jam more "together" time together than any other time during the year. And all that being together calls for movies to watch together to celebrate the season or movies to watch alone to survive the season.
From such classics to enjoy as a family like A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles to more offbeat films like Home for the Holidays (the Thanksgiving family reunion from hell) and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (an R-rated Santa Claus origin story crossed with The Thing), Roger Ebert's full-length reviews suggest a wide range of titles sure to please everyone on your list. Also included are thoughtful films like John Huston's rendering of James Joyce's The Dead, a poignant look at life and Joyeux Noel, based on the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire between German and Allied troops on Christmas Eve 1914. As a bonus, in the enhanced version, more than half of the reviews include a clip of the movie's trailer.
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution
01 September 2013, 07:50
2013 | EPUB | 624.75KB
A riveting and revealing look at the shows that helped cable television drama emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium cable channels like HBO and then basic cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. Just as the Big Novel had in the 1960s and the subversive films of New Hollywood had in 1970s, television shows became the place to go to see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-show runner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition.
Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors, and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable TV has distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture.
Name That Movie: 100 Illustrated Movie Puzzles
01 September 2013, 07:47
2012 | EPUB | 9.11MB
Every classic film features iconic images that are unforgettable to movie lovers, from the house on the hill from Psycho to Pulp Fiction's the Big Kahuna burger to the giant dinosaur sculptures of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
In Name That Movie, celebrated illustrator Paul Rogers tests our visual knowledge of the world of cinema, highlighting both obscure and instantly recognizable references to 100 classic films, from the golden age of cinema to the blockbusters of today. The rules of the game are simple: each film gets six line drawings, delivered in sequence, and here's the clincher no movie stars.
Complete with answer key and index, this elegant gift book will delight cinephiles who will see their favorite films in a whole new light.
Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana
01 September 2013, 07:27
2013 | AZW3 | 0.7MB
In this book, Kevin A. Sabet argues that the United States should not legalize pot with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future prospects of pot smokers by prosecuting and jailing them. Rather, he contends that we should shift our emphasis to education about the newly revealed health dangers of pot use. We should also invest seriously in interventions and treatments targeted to those users who find they are unable to quit on their own. We do not need to penalize people for smoking small amounts of marijuana, saddling them, for example, with criminal records that hinder employment or access to social assistance. And for the truly sick who do not respond to traditional medications, the beneficial components of marijuana should be made safely available through doctors and pharmacies. Before we go ahead and legalize marijuana, we ought to try these kinds of evidence-based reforms first.
In the Obama Administration, Sabet and his colleagues at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) determined that a policy of marijuana legalization would pose too many risks to public health and public safety. They asked themselves, "Do the benefits of legalization outweigh the potential risks?" This book contains the information they used to get their answer.
The Ganja Kitchen Revolution
01 September 2013, 07:22
2012 | EPUB | 18.58MB
Written for all levels of kitchen skill, The Ganja Kitchen Revolution explores a whole host of international culinary influences and pairs every recipe with a cannabis strain whose flavor complements that of the dish вЂ” creating a whole new type of cannabis cuisine than spans the globe! With extraction methods that include oils, extracts, nut butters, and the infamous cannabutter, The Ganja Kitchen Revolution allows the reader to medicate more recipes than ever before while ensuring that the joy of eating is never compromised in the process. The revolutionary new dosing chart means that finding the right dose has never been easier.
With comprehensive step-by-step photos for every recipe, anyone can create fantastic medicated dishes. This book will change the way we all cook with cannabis.
Tibetan Yoga of Movement The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga
01 September 2013, 07:18
2013 | EPUB | 17.79MB
Tibetan Yoga of Movement introduces the method of Yantra Yoga, a traditional Tibetan form that is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Derived from an eighth-century Tibetan Buddhist text, Yantra Yoga includes many positions similar to those of Hatha Yoga in form, but different in the dynamics of the way in which they are practiced, especially in the coordination of movement and breathing. The Yantra Yoga system encompasses 108 sets of movements (yantras) and several types of breathing to be learned at your own pace. Due to its emphasis on uniting breathing and movement, Yantra Yoga can deepen the experience of yoga practitioners from any tradition and profoundly benefit anyone seeking authentic balance, harmony, and the understanding of our true nature.
Since the eighth century, this yoga teaching has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, the current lineage holder, began transmitting Yantra Yoga in the West in the 1970s. Presenting detailed instructions accompanied by over 400 instructional photos, the book describes the sequences of movements, methods of breathing, and the concrete health benefits of the practice.
Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart
01 September 2013, 07:03
2005 | PDF | 2.22MB
With graceful wisdom and gentle humor, Dr. Brian Luke Seaward helps you see past the limitations of the ego to the highest potential of the human spirit at the core of your very being. Through a unique alchemy of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and the timeless insights of the visionary Joseph Campbell, Seaward shows you how to harness this potential so that you may find the courage to be a victor, not a victim of life's problems. Through the realization of this alchemy you will become the hero at the center of your own mythical life journey.
Using simple but powerful exercises, meditations, and self-exploration techniques, you will learn to reconnect and harmonize with the universal spirit energy, or Tao, that flows through you to achieve inner balance, the joy of life, and optimal health. This book gives you the tools and skills to overcome adversity, resolve the emotional and psychological obstacles keeping you from realizing your potential, and vanquish stress, bringing peace to your heart and soul. Featuring the insights of renowned spiritual luminaries and philosophers from around the world and throughout the ages as well as many inspirational stories from women and men just like you, this powerful motivational guide shows you how to cope with everyday stress, embrace your divinity, and find true harmony in your life.
Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 06:51
2008 | MP3@320 kbps | 1 hour 18 mins | 180.38MB
This unique audio program brings together some of the country's most beloved meditation teachers. Each contributor presents a short written teaching along with an audio recording of a guided practice. Quiet Mind features:
- Sakyong Mipham on shamatha, the practice of tranquillity
- Larry Rosenberg on vipassana, the practice of clear seeing
- Edward Espe Brown on zazen, the practice of freedom
- Sharon Salzberg on metta, the practice of lovingkindness
- Judith Lief on tonglen, the practice of transformation
- Tulku Thondup on healing the body and mind through meditation
- Yoga teacher Richard Faulds on the link between yoga and meditation
How to Think More About Sex
01 September 2013, 06:50
2012 | MOBI | 612.24KB
We don’t think too much about sex; we’re merely thinking about it in the wrong way.
So asserts Alain de Botton in this rigorous and supremely honest book designed to help us navigate the intimate and exciting---yet often confusing and difficult---experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we’re entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we’re supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This book argues that twenty-first-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment. Covering topics that include lust, fetishism, adultery, and pornography, Alain de Botton frankly articulates the dilemmas of modern sexuality, offering insights and consolation to help us think more deeply and wisely about the sex we are, or aren’t, having.
The Happy Hooker's Guide to Sex
01 September 2013, 06:48
2008 | EPUB | 7.59MB
Bestselling "sexpert" Xaviera Hollander's first how-to guide—on how to have mind-blowing sex.
Xaviera Hollander may not have invented sex, but she is certainly one of its most outspoken proponents. Her book The Happy Hooker has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide and continues to captivate new readers with its humor, its zest for life, and, above all, for its downright honesty. She followed the success of her book with her monthly sex advice column for Penthouse, "Call Me Madam," which helped readers find fulfillment in bed for almost thirty years.
The Happy Hooker's Guide to Sex takes hard-earned knowledge and puts it to excellent use, helping couples to experience the same mind-blowing pleasure that Xaviera has received and given for years. With a sense of fun and a knowing yet accessible voice, the Happy Hooker gives readers specific suggestions on how to spice things up in the bedroom. She writes from a woman's perspective, noting that her favorite sexual act has four letters and ends with "k." (Surprise: It's "talk.") Other suggestions include, "Pleasure her with her own toys," "Practice verbal bondage," and "Make home movies." With Xaviera as a muse and guide, this unique playbook promises to be a go-to Saturday night special!
Supernutrition: Megavitamin Revolution
01 September 2013, 06:43
1975 | EPUB | 4.16MB
Megavitamin therapy, good foods supplemented by vitamins to improve health and physical well-being. Chapters include Supernutrition Explained, Contraversies in Nutrition, Recent Discoveries in Nutrition, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, Megavitamin Therapy for Mental and Emotional Disorders, Cholesterol Doesnt Count, Expose of the Cholesterol Contraversy, Vitamin E and Heart Disease, Vitamin C with B Complex and Heart Disease, Hypoglycemia and the Dangers of Sugar, Cancer and Vitamin Therapy, Supernutrition and Staying Younger Longer, and an Appendix- Vitamin Guidewith Supernutrition Curves. The book is written in a style understandable to the average reader.
01 September 2013, 06:40
1989 | EPUB | 20.5MB
This seminal work made its debut in 1977, and it has since remained the most important reference for Rolfers around the world. In this new edition, the late Dr. Rolf illustrates her theory and practice of Structural Integration, which brings the body into alignment and balance by manipulation of the connective tissue. Rolfing has helped thousands of people to stand taller, look better, move with greater ease, and have a greater sense of vitality and well-being.
This is the original and classic text, with more than 600 illustrations and photographs. An indispensible reference for the hundreds of Rolfers in this country, it will also appeal to other professional bodyworkers and the interested lay person.
Healing Anxiety and Depression [Audiobook]
01 September 2013, 06:37
2003 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 33 mins | 414.31MB
Dr. Daniel Amen-a pioneer in uncovering the connections between the brain and behavior-presents his revolutionary approach to treating anxiety and depressive disorders. Healing Anxiety and Depression reveals the major anxiety and depression centers of the brain, offers guidelines and diagnostic tools to determine the specific type of anxiety and depression, and provides a comprehensive program for treating each type.
Based on new brain science-and featuring treatment plans that include medication, diet, supplements, exercise, and social and therapeutic support-this groundbreaking book will help readers conquer these potentially devastating disorders and change the way they think about anxiety and depression.
Beat The Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets
01 September 2013, 06:09
2011 | EPUB | 11.03MB
Tom Holland was voted one of the Top 10 Trainers in America by Women’s Health magazine and is a frequent fitness expert on TV’s Good Morning America. In Beat the Gym, he provides the inside scoop on how to get the most from your gym experience and reach your peak exercise and weight loss goals—offering personal trainer secrets without the personal trainer price tag. The first book of its kind, Beat the Gym offers essential tips and exclusive workouts to help you save thousands of dollars and still build the body of your dreams.
- Fed up with all the mixed messages on how to be fit and lose weight?
- Intimidated by the gym's machines, weights, or classes?
- Discouraged, as you've worked out in the past but have seen no results?
- Frustrated that you can't afford a personal trainer to help motivate and guide you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Beat the Gym is the book for you. I know what works, and I want you to love the gym and finally achieve the body and level of fitness that YOU want. I have spent decades sculpting bodies in the top gyms of New York City—those of celebrities, CEOs, professional athletes, weekend warriors, and "real people," and now I am ready to share all my personal training secrets. Beat the Gym demystifies fitness and diet, and, best of all, includes more than fifty of my best and most proven workouts.
Together, we can beat the gym and get you the body you deserve.
01 September 2013, 06:03
2002 | PDF | 27.03MB
Bonnie Prudden's revolutionary breakthrough in pain relief involves trigger points--tender areas where muscles have been damaged from falls, childhood ailments, poor posture, and the stresses of daily life.
Requiring no special training or equipment, myotherapy is a natural, simple technique that can be performed in the home. Illustrated with charts, photographs, and diagrams, Bonnie Prudden's step-by-step method has been hailed by doctors and patients across America for its extraordinary 95 percent success rate.
Take It Off, Keep It Off
01 September 2013, 05:29
2012 | EPUB | 7.3MB
On December 31, 2008, personal chef, trainer, and former model Paul “PJ” James set out to add nearly 100 pounds to his ripped 176-pound physique. This “anti-New Year’s resolution” was driven by a yearning to empathize with his overweight clients and to demonstrate that with dedication and the right tools, weight loss success is possible.
In six months, PJ packed on 50 percent of his body weight; when he attempted to lose it, he realized the true challenges of overweight people everywhere. Working through addiction to sweets and carbs, injuries, and embarrassment, PJ discovered a plan that really works. No b.s., no empty promises, just real tools and strategies from someone who “walked the talk” to figure out how to best help those who need it most.
With a targeted fitness program, “clean eating” recipes, and success stories, Take It Off, Keep It Off is a guide to changing your life—for good.
The Complete Guide to Core Stability
01 September 2013, 05:25
2011 | EPUB | 20.2MB
The Complete Guide series is designed for the fitness professional, coach and student, packed with ready-made training programs, tips and strategies.
This is a new edition of the definitive 'core stability' training handbook for fitness leaders and enthusiasts in an 'all you need to know format. Core stability concentrates on core abdominal muscle strength to improve posture, strength and performance. This book looks at what core stability is, the muscles that are involved, and the benefits to improving your core stability. Including new exercises,with specific exercises for different sports, this new edition covers the use of a variety of equipment - from medicine balls to core boards to the new big thing in core stability - TRX training.
Includes color photography, new exercises and training programs tailored to different sports.
Complete Guide To Functional Training
01 September 2013, 05:18
2012 | EPUB | 16.47MB
Functional training is the hottest concept in fitness and strength and conditioning, and also the most poorly understood.. This book, part of the Complete Guide series, explains functional training as any exercise routine that can benefit nearly any user, improving your ability to perform tasks required in your daily life, job, or chosen sport. It then explains how each movement included as part of your workout should mimic the range of motion and engage the muscles that are necessary to impact performance, whether on the basketball court or in day-to-day life, such as the ability to lift children out of their car seats.
It features more than one hundred functional exercises and detailed pictures and descriptions of all the techniques and how to apply them to your training program.
01 September 2013, 05:11
2013 | EPUB | 4.57MB
Plyo-Flex is a system of plyometric exercises and intensive flexibility training designed to increase your kicking power, speed, flexibility and skill level. Based on scientific principles, Plyo-Flex exercises will boost your muscles, joints and nervous system interfaces to the next performance level.
After only a few weeks of training, you should see a marked improvement in the speed of your kicks and footwork, the power of your kicks, the height of your jumps, your stamina and your overall flexibility. Hundreds of illustrations and photographs will guide you through the basic plyometric and stretching exercises. Once you've mastered the basics, add the kicking-oriented variations to your workout for an extra challenge. Plyo-Flex is packed with exercises and drills proven to boost kicking performance while building strength, speed and flexibility.
Serve to Win
01 September 2013, 04:51
2013 | EPUB | 1.94MB
In 2011, Novak Djokovic had what sportswriters called the greatest single season ever by a professional tennis player: He won ten titles, three Grand Slams, and forty-three consecutive matches. Remarkably, less than two years earlier, this champion could barely complete a tournament. How did a player once plagued by aches, breathing difficulties, and injuries on the court suddenly become the #1 ranked tennis player in the world? The answer is astonishing: He changed what he ate.
In Serve to Win, Djokovic recounts how he survived the bombing of Belgrade, Serbia, rising from a war-torn childhood to the top tier of his sport. Then he reveals the diet that transformed his health and pushed him to the pinnacle. While Djokovic loved and craved bread and pasta, and especially the pizza at his family's restaurant, his body simply couldn't process wheat. Eliminating gluten—the protein found in wheat—made him feel instantly better, lighter, clearer, and quicker. As he continued to research and refine his diet, his health issues disappeared, extra pounds dropped away, and his improved physical health and mental focus allowed him to achieve his two childhood dreams: to win Wimbledon, and to become the #1 ranked tennis player in the world.
Now Djokovic has created a blueprint for remaking your body and your life in just fourteen days. With weekly menus, mindful eating tips for optimal digestion, and delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, you'll be well on your way to shedding extra weight and finding your way to a better you. Djokovic also offers tips for eliminating stress and simple exercises to get you revved up and moving, the very same ones he does before each match.
You don't need to be a superstar athlete to start living and feeling better. With Serve to Win, a trimmer, stronger, healthier you is just two weeks away.
Paleo Fitness: A Primal Training and Nutrition Program
01 September 2013, 04:47
2013 | EPUB | 3.84MB
GO BACK TO BASICS
The best way to get a strong, lean physique is to eat and work out the way nature intended. Paleo Fitness guides you through the fitness and exercise plan anthropological evidence has proven to be the most efficient, healthiest way to live--work out in the real world, for the real world. A healthy, athletic physique is as easy as tuning in to how your body evolved. This book shows how to work out with functional, playful, and primal movements for:
- improved strength, speed & stamina
- greater mobility & flexibility
- life-long fitness & good health
Packed with step-by-step exercises, a two-week meal plan and delicious, satisfying, healthy recipes, Paleo Fitness helps you use the high-intensity methods proven to increase fitness in the shortest possible time.
01 September 2013, 04:44
2012 | EPUB | 24.19MB
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a guide to the most effective and devastating techniques in popular martial arts by World Champion and BJJ legend Alexandre Paiva. The book contains over 1,000 full-color photographs demonstrating the moves that made the author the most feared competitor in BJJ circles and now one of the most sought after instructors.
Learn the techniques that have proven dominant in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and in the Mixed Martial Arts cage:
- the closed guard
- passing the closed guard
- butterfly guard
- open guard pass
- side control
- half guard
- back mount
With sections devoted to both gi and no-gi techniques, whether training for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament or a Mixed Martial Arts fight, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one book no true competitor can afford to miss.
Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair
01 September 2013, 04:42
2012 | EPUB | 9.45MB
This book could save you hundreds of dollars on outdoor gear! Don’t retire a jacket just because it’s torn or buy a new tent because the zipper broke. Learn how to fix these problems—and dozens more—and save your money for a dream trip by following the step-by-step gear maintenance and repair instructions in this large trim, color handbook.
World's Ugliest Dogs
01 September 2013, 04:27
2013 | EPUB | 55.97MB
The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair attracts "so-ugly-they're-cute" contestants, their devoted owners, and hundreds of thousands of fans, both in person and via worldwide media attention.
This book—filled with hilarious photos as well as short profiles of the dogs and their owners—captures the wacky and wonderful spirit of the original contest just in time for its 25th year. Meet the well-loved dogs who soak up the glory of the contest while their owners sniff out the competition, make double-entendre comments, and see who can lift one's leg higher around the hydrant of publicity. World's Ugliest Dog photo galleries have run on Yahoo, The Huffington Post, People Magazine, Animal Nation and more, to huge response. This book will likewise appeal to any dog lover with a sense of humor.
Boarding Your Dog Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-268
01 September 2013, 04:25
2004 | EPUB | 17.25MB
When you can't be at home, you need to find a safe, loving, cheerful place for your dog to stay. But how will you know that the people caring for your dog will do the job right, and how can you ensure that your dog will enjoy the stay? Pat Storer shows you how to select accommodations based on your dog’s personality, interview and appraise kennel staff, prepare your dog for both short- and long-term stays at a kennel, teach your dog to look forward to kennel visits, and avoid common kennel health risks.
01 September 2013, 04:24
2013 | EPUB | 8.46MB
Stalking the most dangerous game just became easier.
For most hunters in North America, taking a bear is incidental to hunting deer. For others, however, challenging a big bruin on its own turf is the purpose of their hunt and may become an obsession. Whether it involves hunting the wary black bear in Maine over bait, chasing a clever black bear trying to avoid a pack of hounds in the Rocky Mountains, sneaking up with a bow on a huge grizzly, placing the crosshairs on a massive brown bear as it exits an ice-cold Alaskan stream, or enduring bitterly cold temperatures and inhospitable hunting conditions while hunting the hunter—the great white polar bear—bear hunting is an adventure only for those of strong heart and mind.
In Hunting Bears, Etling covers all aspects of bear hunting and all species of bears to hunt—black, grizzly, brown, and polar. She omits no tactic, strategy, or bear behavior and includes interviews with many of the nation’s most successful bear hunters as well. Between the covers of this book is information that most bear hunters would take a lifetime to amass.
If hunting any of the bears found in North America or the world is your dream, you'll want to add Hunting Bears to your outdoor library. It will provide you hours of first-rate reading and will inspire you to bag your trophy bruin.
The Whitetail Advantage
01 September 2013, 04:22
2008 | EPUB | 12.64MB
In The Whitetale Advantage - Understanding Deer Behavior for Hunting Success, the two top deer biologists in the country explain how to become a better hunter by taking basic science of deer biology and behavior and relating it to hunters in a way that will help them achieve greater success and enjoyment from hunting whitetail.
Big Bucks the Benoit Way [Second Edition]
01 September 2013, 04:17
2008 | EPUB | 22.27MB
This book presents the tried-and-true hunting strategies of the legendary Benoit family. Based on Larry Benoit's seven decades of hunting whitetails, readers learn the secrets and strategies for bagging the biggest bucks of their lives. The full-color photography and time-tested methods will gain anyone the advantage over whitetails and the bragging rights over camp.