Business Sutra [EPUB]

Business Sutra [EPUB]
Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach To Management by Devdutt Pattanaik
2013 | EPUB | 5.66MB

In this landmark book, best-selling author, leadership coach and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik shows how, despite its veneer of objectivity, modern management is rooted in Western beliefs and obsessed with accomplishing rigid objectives and increasing shareholder value. By contrast, the Indian way of doing businessas apparent in Indian mythology, but no longer seen in practice accommodates subjectivity and diversity, and offers an inclusive, more empathetic way of achieving success. Great value is placed on darshan, that is, on how we see the world and our relationship with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Business Sutra uses stories, symbols and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist mythology to understand a wide variety of business situations that range from running a successful tea stall to nurturing talent in a large multinational corporation. At the heart of the book is a compelling premise: if we believe that wealth needs to be chased, the workplace becomes a rana-bhoomia battleground of investors, regulators, employers, employees, vendors, competitors and customers; if we believe that wealth needs to be attracted, the workplace becomes a ranga-bhoomia playground where everyone is happy.

Brilliantly argued, original and thoroughly accessible, Business Sutra presents a radical and nuanced approach to management, business and leadership in a diverse, fast-changing, and increasingly polarized world.

The Art of Woo [EPUB]

The Art of Woo [EPUB]
The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas by G Richard Shell, Mario Moussa
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.85/1.38MB

Your projects, programs, and career turn on the difference between "no" and "yes." Yet selling ideas—especially the kinds of ideas that make organizations work—is a skill shrouded in mystery. Part emotional intelligence, part politics, part rhetoric, and part psychology, selling ideas is not like tricking someone out of his money. It's about helping others to see things your way—engaging their minds and imaginations.

Charles Lindbergh, for example, needed woo to assemble backers for his famous flight. Nelson Mandela also used it to lead a revolution in South Africa. In any context, woo is two parts art and one part science.

In The Art of Woo, Professors G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa offer a self-assessment to determine which persuasion role fits you best and how to make the most of your natural strengths. They also share vivid stories from their experiences advising thousands of leaders and stories about famous people like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Andy Grove, and Bono.

Whether you're introverted or extroverted, competitive or collaborative, intellectual or practical, The Art of Woo will strengthen your persuasion skill in every aspect of your life.

Capturing Camelot [EPUB]

Capturing Camelot [EPUB]
Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys by Kitty Kelley
2012 | EPUB | 10.87MB

A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical time.

A consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the candidate and took many of JFK's best pictures during this time. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, and the picture magazine Look hired him to cover the president and his family. Tretick is best known today for the photographs he took of President Kennedy relaxing with his children. His photographs helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity.

Accompanied by an insightful, heartwarming essay from Kitty Kelley—Tretick's close friend—about the relationship between the photographer and JFK, Capturing Camelot includes some of the most memorable images of America's Camelot and brings to life the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.

The War that Ended Peace [EPUB]

The War that Ended Peace [EPUB]
The War that Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War by Margaret MacMillan
2013 | EPUB | 10.17MB

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, and ending with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and - just as important - the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.

A True Novel by Minae Mizumura [EPUB]

A True Novel by Minae Mizumura [EPUB]
A True Novel by Minae Mizumura
2013 | EPUB | 7.83MB

A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class.

The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.

Dogeaters: A Novel by Jessica Hagedorn [EPUB]

Dogeaters: A Novel by Jessica Hagedorn [EPUB]
Dogeaters: A Novel by Jessica Hagedorn
2013 | EPUB | 0.76MB

Finalist for the National Book Award: An intense portrait of the Philippines in the late 1950s.

Dogeaters follows a diverse set of characters through Manila, each exemplifying the country’s sharp distinctions between social classes. Celebrated novelist and playwright Jessica Hagedorn effortlessly shifts from the capital’s elite to the poorest of the poor. From the country’s president and first lady to an idealist reformer, from actors and radio DJs to prostitutes, seemingly unrelated lives become intertwined.

To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua [EPUB]

To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua [EPUB]
To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua
2003 | EPUB | 0.22MB

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant.

After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies [EPUB]

Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies [EPUB]
Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies edited by Moss Roberts
1980 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.91/1.99MB

This is a wonderful collection of simple wonder stories and fables from China, most of very ancient origin. There are even some from the Taoist master Chuang Tzu. They are all very brief, in typical Chinese fashion, very direct to the point, and therefore very leisurely reading. Very reminiscent of the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perault and even Aesop, they also give us a rare and fascinating look at Taoist folklore, for most of these stories come for Taoist tellers speaking out against the Confucian way of thinking. Filled with magic crickets, dragons, and a few ghosts, these make for exotic bedtime stories suitable for all ages.

The Journey to the West (4 Vols) [EPUB]

The Journey to the West (4 Vols) [EPUB]
The Journey to the West (Revised Edition) [4 Vols Set] by Wu Ch'eng-en, translated by Anthony C. Yu
2012 | EPUB | 12.86MB

Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The Journey to the West, initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time. Written in the sixteenth century, The Journey to the West tells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China’s most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures. Throughout his journey, Xuanzang fights demons who wish to eat him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a multitude of obstacles, both real and fantastical. An adventure rich with danger and excitement, this seminal work of the Chinese literary canonis by turns allegory, satire, and fantasy.

With over a hundred chapters written in both prose and poetry, The Journey to the West has always been a complicated and difficult text to render in English while preserving the lyricism of its language and the content of its plot. But Yu has successfully taken on the task, and in this new edition he has made his translations even more accurate and accessible. The explanatory notes are updated and augmented, and Yu has added new material to his introduction, based on his original research as well as on the newest literary criticism and scholarship on Chinese religious traditions. He has also modernized the transliterations included in each volume, using the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization system. Perhaps most important, Yu has made changes to the translation itself in order to make it as precise as possible.

One of the great works of Chinese literature, The Journey to the West is not only invaluable to scholars of Eastern religion and literature, but, in Yu’s elegant rendering, also a delight for any reader.

Piers Plowman: The A Version [EPUB]

Piers Plowman: The A Version [EPUB]
Piers Plowman: The A Version edited by Míceál F Vaughan
2011 | EPUB | 16.46MB

The fourteenth-century Piers Plowman is one of the most influential poems from the Age of Chaucer. Following the character Will on his quest for the true Christian life, the three dream narratives that make up this work address a number of pressing political, social, moral, and educational issues of the late Middle Ages. Míceál F. Vaughan presents a fresh edition of the A version, an earlier and shorter version of this great work.

Unlike the B and C versions, there is no modern, affordable edition of the A version available. For the first time in decades, students and scholars of medieval literature now have access to this important work. Vaughan’s clean, uncluttered text is accompanied by ample glossing of difficult Middle English words. An expansive introduction, which includes a narrative summary of the poem, textual notes, detailed endnotes, and a select bibliography frame the text, making this edition ideal for classroom use.

This is the first classroom edition of the A version since Thomas A. Knott and David C. Fowler’s celebrated 1952 publication. Based on an early-fifteenth-century manuscript from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Vaughan’s text offers a unique rendition of the poem, and it is the first modern edition not to attribute the poem to William Langland. By conservatively editing one important witness of Piers Plowman, Vaughan takes a new generation of students to an early version of this great medieval poem.

In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry

In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry
In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry [Audiobook]
2002 | FLAC | 4 CDs | 905.74MB

The audience for the four-CD box set In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry is limited, but for those that want to delve deep into this collection — which features poets reading their own work, and there are over 120 poems included — will find this immensely rewarding. Beginning with an 1890 recording of Walt Whitman reading "America," the set runs through many of the greatest poets of the next 100 years, who all have representative, if not their most famous, poems included. There are some omissions — T.S. Eliot was not included, for instance — but there has never been a set like this compiled before, nor is it likely to happen again. In their Own Voices is a treasure for poetry and spoken word devotees.

Volume 1:

  1. America -- Walt Whitman
  2. The Lake Isle Of Innisfree -- William Butler Yeats
  3. The Song Of The Old Mother -- William Butler Yeats
  4. The Road Not Taken -- Robert Frost
  5. Birches -- Robert Frost
  6. The Gift Outright -- Robert Frost
  7. If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait Of Picasso -- Gertrude Stein
  8. So & So Reclining On Her Couch -- Wallace Stevens
  9. The Red Wheelbarrow -- William Carlos Williams
  10. To Elsie -- William Carlos Williams
  11. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (Excerpt) -- Ezra Pound
  12. Bird-Witted -- Marianne Moore
  13. Recuerdo -- Edna St. Vincent Millay
  14. Love Is Not All -- Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. Next To Of Course God America -- E.E. Cummings
  16. Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town -- E.E. Cummings
  17. To Juan At The Winter Solstice -- Robert Graves
  18. The Opening Of The Battle Of Gettysburg -- Steven Vincent Benet
  19. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers -- Langston Hughes
  20. Ballad Of The Gypsy -- Langston Hughes
  21. Mulatto -- Langston Hughes
  22. Portrait Of The Artist As A Prematurely Old Man -- Ogden Nash
  23. Love Recognized -- Robert Penn Warren
  24. King Of The River -- Stanley Kunitz
  25. In Memory Of W.B. Yeats (Part 1) -- W.H. Auden

Volume 2:

  1. I Knew A Woman -- Theodore Roethke
  2. Elegy For Jane -- Theodore Roethke
  3. Rough -- Stephen Spender
  4. Thoughts During An Air Raid -- Stephen Spender
  5. My Sisters, O My Sisters -- May Sarton
  6. In Our Time -- Muriel Rukeyser
  7. Despisals -- Muriel Rukeyser
  8. The Ballad Of Orange And Grape -- Muriel Rukeyser
  9. The World Is So Difficult To Give Up... -- David Ignatow
  10. This Is The Solution, To Be Happy With Slaughter... -- David Ignatow
  11. Here I Am With Mike In Hand, Shooting Down The Rapids... -- David Ignatow
  12. I Killed A Fly... -- David Ignatow
  13. What About Dying?... -- David Ignatow
  14. Scars -- William Stafford
  15. It Is -- William Stafford
  16. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night -- Dylan Thomas
  17. If I Were Tickled By The Rub Of Love -- Dylan Thomas
  18. Happiness -- John Ciardi
  19. The Old Flame -- Robert Lowell
  20. Skunk Hour -- Robert Lowell
  21. Epilogue -- Robert Lowell
  22. Crossing Over -- William Meredith
  23. See It Was Like This When... -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  24. Underwear -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  25. The Secret Of My Endurance -- Charles Bukowski
  26. Thanksgrieving -- Howard Nemerov
  27. Sonnet For Minimalists -- Mona Van Duyn
  28. Shame -- Richard Wilbur
  29. Apology -- Richard Wilbur
  30. Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World -- Richard Wilbur
  31. American Haikus (Excerpt) -- Jack Kerouac
  32. Monet Refuses The Operation -- Lisel Mueller
  33. America -- Allen Ginsberg
  34. Song -- John Ashbery
  35. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps -- Galway Kinnell
  36. Last Gods -- Galway Kinnell

Volume 3:

  1. The River Bees -- W.S. Merwin
  2. A Blessing -- Wright, James
  3. The Truth The Dead Know -- Anne Sexton
  4. All My Pretty Ones -- Anne Sexton
  5. Phenomenal Woman -- Maya Angelou
  6. Even In Paris -- Richard Howard
  7. Diving Into The Wreck -- Adrienne Rich
  8. Omeros -- Derek Walcott
  9. The Song Of The Taste -- Gary Snyder
  10. How Poetry Comes To Me -- Gary Snyder
  11. Why I Take Good Care Of My Macintosh Computer -- Gary Snyder
  12. Daddy -- Sylvia Plath
  13. Ariel -- Sylvia Plath
  14. The Greatest Poem In The World -- David Ray
  15. An Oddly Lovely Day Alone -- John Updike
  16. Learning About Easter And Passover -- Dan Jaffe
  17. Bang, Bang Outishly -- Amiri Baraka
  18. Rhythim Blues -- Amiri Baraka
  19. Shazam Doowah -- Amiri Baraka
  20. The Story Of Issac -- Leonard Cohen
  21. Dahomey -- Audre Lorde
  22. Putting The Good Things Away -- Marge Piercy
  23. Right To Life -- Marge Piercy
  24. Keeping Things Whole -- Mark Strand
  25. The Way It Is -- Mark Strand
  26. The Poem -- Mark Strand
  27. Zimmer Imagines Heaven -- Paul Zimmer
  28. Yes Lord, He Was Born... -- Lucille Clifton
  29. Cruelty -- Lucille Clifton

Volume 4:

  1. I Have Had To Learn To Live With My Face -- Diane Wakoski
  2. Dear John, Dear Coltrane -- Michael Harper
  3. We Were So Poor... -- Charles Simic
  4. I Was Stolen By The Gypsies... -- Charles Simic
  5. Everybody Knows The Story... -- Charles Simic
  6. Lester Leaps In -- Al Young
  7. For Poets -- Al Young
  8. A Dance For Militant Diletantes -- Al Young
  9. Odysseus To Telemachus -- Joseph Brodsky
  10. Ode To My Shoes -- Erica Jong
  11. Prayer -- Joseph Bruchac
  12. Translator's Son -- Joseph Bruchac
  13. Wonder -- Sharon Olds
  14. The Lost Pilot -- James Tate
  15. One Kiss -- Tess Gallagher
  16. The Tent People Of Beverly Hills -- James Ragan
  17. Uh Oh Plutonium -- Anne Waldman
  18. The Fine Printing On The Label Of A Bottle Of Non-Alcohol Beer -- Louis Adrian
  19. The Sweat Lodge -- Louis Adrian
  20. Logan Heights & The World -- Juan Felipe Herrera
  21. The Colonel -- Carolyn Forche
  22. Wild Gratitude -- Edward Hirsch
  23. For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash -- Joy Harjo
  24. Tia Sophia -- Carmen Tafolla
  25. This Is Number 26 -- Jimmy Santiago Baca
  26. I Am Offering You This Poem -- Jimmy Santiago Baca
  27. Parsley -- Rita Dove
  28. Raisin Eyes -- Luci Tapahonso
  29. The Children's Undercroft -- Donald Revell
  30. The Concrete River -- Luis Rodriquez
  31. Tia Chucha -- Luis Rodriquez
  32. My Father, In Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud -- Li-Young Lee

The Annotated Milton [EPUB]

The Annotated Milton [EPUB]
The Annotated Milton: Complete English Poems edited by Burton Raffel
1999 | EPUB | 936.28KB

Affordable, compact, and authoritative, this one-volume edition of The Annotated Milton encompasses the monumental sweep of John Milton’s poetry. Here are Milton’ s early works, including his first great poem, “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity,” the light and lyrical “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” the masque Comus, and the lushly beautiful pastoral elegy “Lycidas.” Here, too, included in their entirety, are the three epic poems considered to be among the finest works in the English language: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.

Fully annotated by Burton Raffel, this distinguished edition clarifies the complex allusions of Milton’s verse and references the personal, religious, historical, and mythical influences that inspired the great blind poet of England, who ranks among the undisputed giants of world literature.

Paradise Lost [Audiobook]

Paradise Lost [Audiobook]
Paradise Lost [Audiobook] by John Milton
MP3 + M4B + PDF | 140/277.23/1.49MB

Paradise Lost has been justifiably called the greatest English epic poem. Milton takes us immediately into the action of the tale, gliding over what we all know from the Bible, developing the story's background as he goes. We learn how Satan came to be in Hell after the war in heaven, see warfare and the ambitions of the angels -- come to know God's wisdom, power, and His wrath. Milton gives us characters who personify Death, Chaos, Mammon, and Sin, and they interact with more traditional figures -- Adam, Eve, Satan, and, yes, God. If you have not read Paradise Lost, it's likely that you're already familiar with a lot of it -- it's a tale that's become a part of our culture. To understand it truly, you need to read this book.


1. Unabridged Audiobook read by Anton Lesser

2. Abridged Audiobook containing all six vinyl records of Paradise Lost produced by Argo Records between 1960 and 1970. These renowned recordings are not widely available online. This is not a subtitute for Anton Lesser's fantastic reading of the full poem, but the Argo recordings provide a different take on Milton's epic, and enthusiasts are likely to find much to like in them. For this production the text of the poem has been abridged as follows:

  • Book 1 is unabridged.
  • Book 2 is very slightly abridged.
  • Books 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 12 are abridged.
  • Only the opening segments of Books 3 and 7 are included.
  • Books 8 and 11 are omitted entirely.

The chaptermarks in the file provide references to line and book numbers to make following the text easier.

Directed By George Rylands
Narrator Tony Church
Voice Actor [Adam] Richard Johnson
Voice Actor [Eve] Prunella Scales
Voice Actor [God] Michael Hordern
Voice Actor [Michael] William Squire
Voice Actor [Satan] Michael Redgrave
Voice Actor [Son Of God] Richard Marquand

3. PDF: 2007 edition, edited by Barbara K. Lewalski

In this authoritative edition of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost is presented in the original language of its 1674 publication, with explanatory annotations and word glosses.

  • Edited by one of the world's leading Milton scholars, the author of the acclaimed The Life of Milton (Blackwell 2000), which won the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Book Award
  • Offers readers the opportunity to experience the brilliance and beauty of Paradise Lost as it was experienced by his contemporaries
  • Presents Paradise Lost in its original 1674 form
  • Incorporates accidentals (spelling and punctuation) from the 1674 edition
  • Recovers Miltonic rhythms, pronunciations, and sound qualities often lost in modern editions
  • Annotates names, places, biblical and literary allusions, and unfamiliar words
  • Includes illustrations by John Baptista Medina from the 1688 Folio edition

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer, and Patriot [EPUB]

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer, and Patriot [EPUB]
Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer, and Patriot by Anna Beer
2009 | EPUB | 3.78MB

For centuries John Milton, author of "Paradise Lost" and many other poetic works, and of radical pamphlets on free speech, divorce and political rights, has emerged from biographies as a woman-hating domestic tyrant or a saintly blind man. But, as Anna Beer shows, his personal life was just as rich and complex as his professional one. By close and groundbreaking analysis of Milton's careful editing of his own life, his wider family's affairs, the records of his government work, and the history of England during one of its most tumultuous periods of social and cultural life, Beer brings both the poet and his period to vivid life.

Goodbye to Berlin [Audiobook]

Goodbye to Berlin [Audiobook]
Goodbye to Berlin [Audiobook] by Christopher Isherwood, read by Michael York
2004 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 8 hrs 06 mins | 224.15MB

First published in 1939, the novel evokes the gathering storm of Berlin before and during the rise to power of the Nazis. Events are seen through the eyes of various individuals whose lives are about to be ruined.

Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.

Goodbye to Berlin was adapted as the Academy Award-winning film Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York.

Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada [EPUB]

Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada [EPUB]
Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada
2010 | EPUB | 2.84MB

This sweeping saga of love in dangerous times – the 1923 collapse of the German economy, when food and money shortages led to rioting in the streets and unemployed soldiers marauding through the countryside —is deemed by many to be Hans Fallada’s greatest work. Yet its 1938 publication made his publisher so fearful of Nazi retribution that he told Fallada, “If this book destroys us, then at least we’ll be destroyed for something that’s worth it.”

It appears here in its first unabridged translation into English, based on a contemporaneous translation by Philip Owens that has been revised and restored by Thorsten Carstensen and Nicholas Jacobs. Carstensen also provides an afterword discussing why the original version of the book was so heavily edited … and why Fallada’s publisher thought a love story might get them killed.

The Drinker by Hans Fallada [EPUB]

The Drinker by Hans Fallada [EPUB]
The Drinker by Hans Fallada
2009 | EPUB | 0.38MB

Written in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and discovered after his death, The Drinker may be Hans Fallada’s most breathtaking piece of craftsmanship. It is an intense yet absorbing study of the descent into drunkenness by an intelligent man who fears he’s lost it all.

Little Man, What Now? [EPUB]

Little Man, What Now? [EPUB]
Little Man, What Now by Hans Fallada
2009 | EPUB | 0.4MB

This is the book that led to Hans Fallada’s downfall with the Nazis. The story of a young couple struggling to survive the German economic collapse was a worldwide sensation and was made into an acclaimed Hollywood movie produced by Jews, leading Hitler to ban Fallada’s work from being translated.

Nonetheless, it remains, as The Times Literary Supplement notes, “the novel of a time in which public and private merged even for those whowanted to stay at home and mind their own business."

Every Man Dies Alone [EPUB]

Every Man Dies Alone [EPUB]
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
2009 | EPUB | 3.55MB

This never-before-translated masterpiece—by a heroic best-selling writer who saw his life crumble when he wouldn’t join the Nazi Party—is based on a true story.

It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, they launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail, and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in.

In the end, it’s more than an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more than a moving romance, even more than literature of the highest order—it’s a deeply stirring story of two people standing up for what’s right, and for each other.

Ulysses [Audiobook]

Ulysses [Audiobook]
Ulysses [Audiobook] by James Joyce, read by Donal Donnelly, Miriam Healy-Louie
2004 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 42 hrs 30 mins | 2.28GB

Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book--although he found it sufficiently unobscene to allow its importation into the United States--and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's "cloacal obsession." None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of the final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you're willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged, and (occasionally) vexed by Joyce's sheer command of the English language.

Among other things, a novel is simply a long story, and the first question about any story is: What happens?. In the case of Ulysses, the answer might be Everything. William Blake, one of literature's sublime myopics, saw the universe in a grain of sand. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day distinguished by its utter normality. Two characters, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with a gallery of indelible Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, stroll the streets, argue, and (in Bloom's case) masturbate. And thanks to the book's stream-of-consciousness technique--which suggests no mere stream but an impossibly deep, swift-running river--we're privy to their thoughts, emotions, and memories. The result? Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism.

Both characters add their glorious intonations to the music of Joyce's prose. Dedalus's accent--that of a freelance aesthetician, who dabbles here and there in what we might call Early Yeats Lite--will be familiar to readers of Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man. But Bloom's wistful sensualism (and naive curiosity) is something else entirely. Seen through his eyes, a rundown corner of a Dublin graveyard is a figure for hope and hopelessness, mortality and dogged survival: "Mr Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Ireland's hearts and hands. More sensible to spend the money on some charity for the living. Pray for the repose of the soul of. Does anybody really?"

The General in His Labyrinth [EPUB]

The General in His Labyrinth [EPUB]
The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2004 | EPUB | 354.67KB

Gabriel García Márquez’s most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar, the man who tried to unite a continent.

Bolívar, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García Márquez’s brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel follows Bolívar as he takes his final journey in 1830 down the Magdalena River toward the sea, revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations. Forced from power, dogged by assassins, and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness, the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man. He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past. As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers–and still-powerful memories–he defies his impending death until the last.

The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time.

Gabriel García Márquez: A Life [EPUB]

Gabriel García Márquez: A Life [EPUB]
Gabriel García Márquez: A Life by Gerald Martin
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.91/6.43MB

In this exhaustive and enlightening biography—nearly two decades in the making—Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Martin chronicles the particulars of an extraordinary life, from his upbringing in backwater Columbia and early journalism career, to the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude at age forty, and the wealth and fame that followed. Based on interviews with more than three hundred of Garcia Marquez’s closest friends, family members, fellow authors, and detractors—as well as the many hours Martin spent with ‘Gabo’ himself—the result is a revelation of both the writer and the man. It is as gripping as any of Gabriel García Márquez’s powerful journalism, as enthralling as any of his acclaimed and beloved fiction.

The Lone Samurai [EPUB]

The Lone Samurai [EPUB]
The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson
2013 | EPUB | 6.83MB

The Lone Samurai is a landmark biography of Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary Japanese figure known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of The Book of Five Rings. With a compassionate yet critical eye, William Scott Wilson delves into the workings of Musashi's mind as the iconoclastic samurai wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his times. Musashi found peace and spiritual reward in seeking to perfect his chosen Way, and came to realize that perfecting a single Way, no matter the path, could lead to fulfillment. The Lone Samurai is far more than a vivid account of a fascinating slice of feudal Japan. It is the story of one man's quest for answers, perfection, and access to the Way.

By age thirteen, Miyamoto Musashi had killed his opponent in what would become the first of many celebrated swordfights. By thirty, he had fought more than sixty matches, losing none. He would live another thirty years but kill no one else. He continued to engage in swordfights but now began to show his skill simply by thwarting his opponents' every attack until they acknowledged Musashi's all-encompassing ability. At the same time, the master swordsman began to expand his horizons, exploring Zen Buddhism and its related arts, particularly ink painting, in a search for a truer Way.

Musashi was a legend in his own time. As a swordsman, he preferred the wooden sword and in later years almost never fought with a real weapon. He outfoxed his opponents or turned their own strength against them. At the height of his powers, he began to evolve artistically and spiritually, becoming one of the country's most highly regarded ink painters and calligraphers, while deepening his practice of Zen Buddhism. He funneled his hard-earned insights about the warrior arts into his spiritual goals. Ever the solitary wanderer, Musashi shunned power, riches, and the comforts of a home or fixed position with a feudal lord in favor of a constant search for truth, perfection, and a better Way. Eventually, he came to the realization that perfection in one art, whether peaceful or robust, could offer entry to a deeper, spiritual understanding. His philosophy, along with his warrior strategies, is distilled in his renowned work, The Book of Five Rings, written near the end of his life.

Musashi remains a source of fascination for the Japanese, as well as for those of us in the West who have more recently discovered the ideals of the samurai and Zen Buddhism. The Lone Samurai is the first biography ever to appear in English of this richly layered, complex seventeenth-century swordsman and seeker, whose legacy has lived far beyond his own time and place.

The Book of Five Rings [EPUB]

The Book of Five Rings [EPUB]
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, translated by Thomas Cleary
2011 | EPUB | 2.74MB

The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.

Panama Fever by Matthew Parker [EPUB]

Panama Fever by Matthew Parker [EPUB]
Panama Fever: The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal by Matthew Parker
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.38/6.11MB

The Panama Canal was the costliest undertaking in history; its completion in 1914 marked the beginning of the “American Century.” Panama Fever draws on contemporary accounts, bringing the experience of those who built the canal vividly to life. Politicians engaged in high-stakes diplomacy in order to influence its construction. Meanwhile, engineers and workers from around the world rushed to take advantage of high wages and the chance to be a part of history.

Filled with remarkable characters, Panama Fever is an epic history that shows how a small, fiercely contested strip of land made the world a smaller place and launched the era of American global dominance.

The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel [EPUB]

The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel [EPUB]
The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel by Adrian Levy, Cathy Scott-Clark
2013 | EPUB | 3.26MB

Mumbai, 2008. On the night of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked targets throughout the city, including the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the world’s most exclusive luxury hotels. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds were held hostage as shots rang out and an enormous fire raged. When the smoke cleared, thirty-one people were dead and many more had been injured. Only the courageous actions of staff and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Binny Kang—prevented a much higher death toll.

With a deep understanding of the region and its politics and a narrative flair reminiscent of Midnight in Peking, journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly unfold the tragic events in a real-life thriller filled with suspense, tragedy, history, and heroism.

Righteous Indignation [Audiobook]

Righteous Indignation [Audiobook]
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World [Audiobook] by Andrew Breitbart
2011 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 35 mins | 418.81MB

Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way.

In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on. Along the way, he details his early years, working with Matt Drudge, the Huffington Post, and so on, and how Breitbart developed his unique style of launching key websites to help get the word out to conservatives all over.

A rollicking and controversial read, Breitbart will certainly raise your blood pressure, one way or another.

Treacherous Alliance [EPUB]

Treacherous Alliance [EPUB]
Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi
2008 | EPUB | 6.73MB

In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region.

Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that America’s hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry.

Parsi’s behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Iran’s prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Iran’s plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle East’s recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In today’s belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.

The Lord's Resistance Army [EPUB]

The Lord's Resistance Army [EPUB]
The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality edited by Tim Allen, Koen Vlassenroot
2010 | EPUB | 1.06MB

The Lord's Resistance Army is Africa's most extraordinarily persistent and notorious terrorist group. Since their rebellion in northern Uganda began in 1987, the group is estimated to have abducted an estimated 30,000 children as well as committing a series of massacres and other horrific human rights abuses against the local population. Led by the mysterious Joseph Kony, who in 2005 was indicted by the International Criminal Court, they remain a group that inspires both fascination and fear.

Authoritative but provocative, The Lord's Resistance Army provides the most comprehensive analysis of the group available, dismantling numerous myths and providing a wealth of information that is not widely known. From the issue of child soldiers to the response of the Ugandan government, the book looks at every aspect of this most brutal of conflicts, and even includes a remarkable first-hand interview with Joseph Kony himself.

We Were Soldiers Once and Young [EPUB]

We Were Soldiers Once and Young [EPUB]
We Were Soldiers Once and Young: Ia Drang-The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G Moore, Joseph L Galloway
2012 | EPUB | 2.71MB

In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Harold Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was brutally slaughtered. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. They were the first major engagements between the US Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam.

How these Americans persevered—sacrificing themselves for their comrades and never giving up—creates a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring. Lt. Gen. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway—the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting—interviewed hundreds of men who fought in the battle, including the North Vietnamese commanders. Their poignant account rises above the ordeal it chronicles to depict men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have once found unimaginable. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man’s most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

Berlin 1945: The Final Reckoning [PDF]

Berlin 1945: The Final Reckoning [PDF]
Berlin 1945: The Final Reckoning by Karl Bahm
2001 | PDF | 80.87MB

A comprehensive history of the last battle of Nazi Germany, this book begins with a study of the background to the battle and a description of events on the eastern and western fronts before the Soviet forces reached Berlin.

The strategic importance of the city to the German war effort and morale is considered, and the reasons why the Western allies halted their advance on the Elbe rather than race the Soviet troops to the Reichstag.

The Dentist of Auschwitz [EPUB]

The Dentist of Auschwitz [EPUB]
The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir by Benjamin Jacobs
2009 | EPUB | 3.25MB

In 1941 Berek Jakubowicz (now Benjamin Jacobs) was deported from his Polish village and remained a prisoner of the Reich until the final days of the war. His possession of a few dental tools and rudimentary skills saved his life. Jacobs helped assemble V1 and V2 rockets in Buchenwald and Dora-Mittelbau; spent a year and a half in Auschwitz, where he was forced to remove gold teeth from corpses; and survived the RAF attack on three ocean liners turned prison camps in the Bay of Lubeck. This is his story.

The Pan-German League by Barry A. Jackisch [EPUB]

The Pan-German League by Barry A. Jackisch [EPUB]
The Pan-German League and Radical Nationalist Politics in Interwar Germany, 1918-39 by Barry A Jackisch
2012 | EPUB | 6.57MB

Through an examination of the Pan-German League - one of Germany's most prominent radical nationalist groups - and its connections to a range of right-wing organizations between 1918 and 1939, this study provides important new insights into the political fragmentation of the German Right and the Nazi seizure of power.

It is the first book to examine in detail the Pan-German League's political activities in the Weimar and Nazi periods. Unlike existing studies that focus primarily on the League's ideology and public pronouncements, this book analyzes the organization's political connections with other prominent right-wing groups. Specifically, it explores Pan-German efforts to reshape the landscape of right-wing politics in the wake of German defeat in World War One and details how the League's actions undermined moderate conservatives and helped to radicalize Germany's largest conservative party, the German National People's Party (DNVP), at the local and national level.

The book also sheds new light on the surprisingly contentious relationship between the Pan-Germans and the Nazi Party between 1920 and 1939. This study of the Pan-German League fits with more recent scholarship that emphasizes the political fragmentation of the German Right as an important precondition for the ultimate triumph of Hitler and Nazism in 1933.

It will attract readers with an interest not only in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany, but also wider issues of German/Central European history, radical nationalism, conservative and right-wing party politics, and the general political history of interwar Europe.

Fairness and Freedom by David Hackett Fischer [EPUB]

Fairness and Freedom by David Hackett Fischer [EPUB]
Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States by David Hackett Fischer
2012 | EPUB | 8.98MB

Fairness and Freedom compares the history of two open societies--New Zealand and the United States--with much in common. Both have democratic polities, mixed-enterprise economies, individuated societies, pluralist cultures, and a deep concern for human rights and the rule of law. But all of these elements take different forms, because constellations of value are far apart. The dream of living free is America's Polaris; fairness and natural justice are New Zealand's Southern Cross.

Fischer asks why these similar countries went different ways. Both were founded by English-speaking colonists, but at different times and with disparate purposes. They lived in the first and second British Empires, which operated in very different ways. Indians and Maori were important agents of change, but to different ends. On the American frontier and in New Zealand's Bush, material possibilities and moral choices were not the same. Fischer takes the same comparative approach to parallel processes of nation-building and immigration, women's rights and racial wrongs, reform causes and conservative responses, war-fighting and peace-making, and global engagement in our own time--with similar results.

On another level, this book expands Fischer's past work on liberty and freedom. It is the first book to be published on the history of fairness. And it also poses new questions in the old tradition of history and moral philosophy. Is it possible to be both fair and free? In a vast array of evidence, Fischer finds that the strengths of these great values are needed to correct their weaknesses. As many societies seek to become more open--never twice in the same way, an understanding of our differences is the only path to peace.

Freedom's Price by S. A. Eddie [PDF]

Freedom's Price by S. A. Eddie [PDF]
Freedom's Price: Serfdom, Subjection, and Reform in Prussia, 1648-1848 by S A Eddie
2013 | PDF | 3.18MB

It is usually claimed that serfs were oppressed and unfree, but is this assumption true? Freedom's Price, building on a new reading of archival material, attempts a fundamental re-appraisal of the continuing orthodoxy that a 'serf' economy embodied peasant exploitation. It reveals that, in fact, Prussian 'subject' peasants fared much better than their 'free' neighbours; they had mutual rights and obligations with nobles and the state.

In this volume, Sean Eddie seeks to establish the true 'price of freedom' paid by the peasants both in the so-called Second Serfdom around 1650 and in the enfranchisement of 1807-21. Far from representing further exploitation, the peasants drove a hard bargain, and many nobles subsequently fared worse than their tenants; subjection was abolished and land ownership was transferred from noble to peasant. Capital was therefore at the centre of the pre-capitalist economy, and the growing economic polarization of society owed more to the peasants' access to capital than to noble exploitation. By locating Prussian serfdom and reforms in a pan-European context, and within debates about the nature of economic development, feudalism, and capitalism, Freedom's Price targets a wider audience of early modern and modern European historians, economic historians, and interested general readers.

The Destructive War [EPUB]

The Destructive War [EPUB]
The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster
1991 | EPUB | 5.09MB

From the moment the Civil War began, partisans on both sides were calling not just for victory but for extermination. And both sides found leaders who would oblige. In this vivid and fearfully persuasive book, Charles Royster looks at William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson, the men who came to embody the apocalyptic passions of North and South, and re-creates their characters, their strategies, and the feelings they inspired in their countrymen.

At once an incisive dual biography, hypnotically engrossing military history, and a cautionary examination of the American penchant for patriotic bloodshed, The Destructive War is a work of enormous power.

Empires of the Sea [EPUB]

Empires of the Sea [EPUB]
Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley
2008 | EPUB | 3.89MB

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the center of the world.

In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written his most mesmerizing work to date–a thrilling account of this brutal decades-long battle between Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast-paced tale of spiraling intensity that ranges from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar and features a cast of extraordinary characters: Barbarossa, “The King of Evil,” the pirate who terrified Europe; the risk-taking Emperor Charles V; the Knights of St. John, the last crusading order after the passing of the Templars; the messianic Pope Pius V; and the brilliant Christian admiral Don Juan of Austria.

This struggle’s brutal climax came between 1565 and 1571, seven years that witnessed a fight to the finish decided in a series of bloody set pieces: the epic siege of Malta, in which a tiny band of Christian defenders defied the might of the Ottoman army; the savage battle for Cyprus; and the apocalyptic last-ditch defense of southern Europe at Lepanto–one of the single most shocking days in world history. At the close of this cataclysmic naval encounter, the carnage was so great that the victors could barely sail away “because of the countless corpses floating in the sea.” Lepanto fixed the frontiers of the Mediterranean world that we know today.

Roger Crowley conjures up a wild cast of pirates, crusaders, and religious warriors struggling for supremacy and survival in a tale of slavery and galley warfare, desperate bravery and utter brutality, technology and Inca gold. Empires of the Sea is page-turning narrative history at its best–a story of extraordinary color and incident, rich in detail, full of surprises, and backed by a wealth of eyewitness accounts. It provides a crucial context for our own clash of civilizations.

Renaissance Art: A Brief Insight [EPUB]

Renaissance Art: A Brief Insight [EPUB]
Renaissance Art: A Brief Insight by Geraldine A Johnson
2010 | EPUB | 18.09MB

Botticelli, Holbein, Leonardo, Dürer, Michelangelo: the names are familiar, as are the works, such as the Last Supper fresco, or the monumental marble statue of David. But who were these artists, why did they produce such memorable images, and how would their original beholders have viewed these objects? Was the Renaissance only about great masters and masterpieces, or were "mistresses" also involved, such as women artists and patrons? And what about the 'minor'-pieces that Renaissance men and women would have encountered in homes, churches and civic spaces?

This exciting and stimulating volume will answer such questions by considering both famous and lesser-known artists, patrons and works of art within the cultural and historical context of Renaissance Europe.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling [EPUB]

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling [EPUB]
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
2006 | EPUB | 1.94MB

Almost 500 years after Michelangelo Buonarroti frescoed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the site still attracts throngs of visitors and is considered one of the artistic masterpieces of the world. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling unveils the story behind the art's making, a story rife with all the drama of a modern-day soap opera.

The temperament of the day was dictated by the politics of the papal court, a corrupt and powerful office steeped in controversy; Pope Julius II even had a nickname, "Il Papa Terrible," to prove it. Along with his violent outbursts and warmongering, Pope Julius II took upon himself to restore the Sistine Chapel and pretty much intimidated Michelangelo into painting the ceiling even though the artist considered himself primarily a sculptor and was particularly unfamiliar with the temperamental art of fresco. Along with technical difficulties, personality conflicts, and money troubles, Michelangelo was plagued by health problems and competition in the form of the dashing and talented young painter Raphael.

Author Ross King offers an in-depth analysis of the complex historical background that led to the magnificence that is the Sistine Chapel ceiling along with detailed discussion of some of the ceiling’s panels. King provides fabulous tidbits of information and weaves together a fascinating historical tale.

The Sun King by Nancy Mitford [EPUB]

The Sun King by Nancy Mitford [EPUB]
The Sun King by Nancy Mitford
2012 | EPUB | 2.52MB

This work takes as its subject Louis XIV at Versailles - from the moment he decided to transform his father's hunting lodge into the greatest palace in Europe to his death there 54 years later. It covers the daily life of the king, the court and the government during the period of France's apogee in military power and artistic achievement.

The book discusses the plans for and the building of the palace, and the creation of remarkable elaborate works of art with which it was filled. The book reconstructs the course of Louis's love affairs, culminating in his secret marriage to Madame de Maintenon, episodes such as the affair of the poisons, the creation of the School for Girls at Saint-Cyr, Lord Portland's embassy and the marriage of the Duchess of Bourgogne.

The Worst Gig by Jon Niccum [EPUB]

The Worst Gig by Jon Niccum [EPUB]
The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All by Jon Niccum
2013 | EPUB | 31.66MB

What is the worst show you've ever played?

Sometimes the worst shows inspire the best stories. After hundreds of interviews with national headliners and beloved indie acts alike, entertainment journalist Jon Niccum has crafted a collection that chronicles the most embarrassing, most hilarious and most insane live show moments ever.

The Worst Gig features outrageous stories from stars such as Wilco, Def Leppard, Tenacious D, Rush, John Mayer, and The Sex Pistols. Be it nature's wrath, equipment breakdowns or even military intervention, get the wild scoop on what really happened, straight from the artists themselves.

Health First: Winning at Weight Loss and Wellness [EPUB]

Health First: Winning at Weight Loss and Wellness [EPUB]
Health First: Winning at Weight Loss and Wellness by Steve Hirsch
2013 | EPUB | 3.22MB

For years a distinguished family doctor has quietly and effectively helped his patients prevent or deal with diabetes, heart disease, and other problems through his Health First program, which teaches: mindfulness about health and diet; budgeting of food types through daily/weekly diet plans; a decrease in one's diet of sugar, salt, and fat; and the adoption of regular, moderate exercise. Dr. Hirsch's Health First program has a wonderful triple bonus for his patients: not only the prevention or management of disease, but also weight loss and wellness.

Now, with the publication of this book, Dr. Hirsch has put his proven program, and its beneficial results, directly in your hands. You can say goodbye to the diet fad of the month and say hello to an easy-to-follow program with wonderful, long-lasting results.

The 5:2 Diet Cookbook [EPUB]

The 5:2 Diet Cookbook [EPUB]
The 5:2 Diet Cookbook: 120 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Two Days of Fasting edited by Laura Herring, photographs by William Reavell
2013 | EPUB | 7.44MB


Intermittent fasting is the quickest and healthiest way to lose weight. But fasting doesn't mean depriving yourself. With The 5:2 Diet Cookbook, you can easily reduce your intake to just 500 calories a day while still enjoying filling, great-tasting food. The recipes in this beautiful book are low in calories but high in flavor, including:

  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Tuscan Bean Soup with Toasted Garlic
  • Tandoori Chicken with Minted Couscous
  • Grilled Stuffed Peppers
  • Stir-Fried Beef with Noodles and Chili
  • Almond Fudge Crumble Cookies
  • Green Apple Sorbet
  • Spiced Hot Chocolate

Featuring a sophisticated, useful design to help you add up calories with ease, The 5:2 Diet Cookbook allows you to mix and match recipes to spread your mini meals throughout the day so you can eat well and feel full. Losing weight and feeling fantastic has never been so delicious.

The 3-1-2-1 Diet [EPUB]

The 3-1-2-1 Diet [EPUB]
The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss--up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days by Dolvett Quince
2013 | EPUB | 3.0MB

Want to finally lose the weight and keep it off? Want to be able to eat the foods you love? Reaching your goals can only happen when you don't feel deprived and you continue to stay motivated. Now, celebrity trainer and star of the hit reality series The Biggest Loser, Dolvett Quince, tells you how to do all of that and more in his revolutionary program, THE 3-1-2-1 DIET.

This 21-day program works by manipulating your body's natural tendency to slow its metabolic rate in response to calorie restriction. It takes a new approach to getting lean-one scientifically based on changing up food and calories to tap into your body's potential to burn fat. This unconventional plan results in greater muscle and less fat than any other diet you've ever tried.

Dolvett's effective eating plan is as easy as 3-1-2-1: three days of clean eating, one day of cheating, two more days of clean eating, and one final reward meal at the end of the week. No foods are off limits and you will never feel deprived because the plan is flexible enough to fit into any lifestyle. You'll lose weight fast-10 pounds or more in just 21 days-and you won't plateau. Dolvett's simple meal plans and delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, together with his fast and effective workouts that combine cardio and body-shaping moves, will have you back in your skinny jeans in less than three weeks!

The Bite Fight [EPUB]

The Bite Fight [EPUB]
The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever by George Willis
2013 | EPUB | 4.25MB

The infamous boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, was like none other in the sport's history, and this insightful account of the anticipation, the gruesome fight itself, and the ongoing aftermath of that one night reveals just how much of an impact it really made. The rivals met for a rematch that would never be finished, as Tyson earned a disqualification and infamy that followed in the third round by biting off a portion of Holyfield's ear.

Through nearly 100 interviews, including with the famed fighters themselves, and extensive research of past interviews, books, and transcripts, this exploration of the sensational events surrounding the fight provides a behind-the-scenes, past and present look at the bout.