The Hour of Our Death [EPUB]

The Hour of Our Death [EPUB]
The Hour of Our Death: The Classic History of Western Attitudes Toward Death over the Last One Thousand Years by Philippe Aries
1982 | EPUB | 5.78MB

This remarkable book—the fruit of almost two decades of study—traces in compelling fashion the changes in Western attitudes toward death and dying from the earliest Christian times to the present day. A truly landmark study, The Hour of Our Death reveals a pattern of gradually developing evolutionary stages in our perceptions of life in relation to death, each stage representing a virtual redefinition of human nature.

Starting at the very foundations of Western culture, the eminent historian Phillipe Aries shows how, from Graeco-Roman times through the first ten centuries of the Common Era, death was too common to be frightening; each life was quietly subordinated to the community, which paid its respects and then moved on. Aries identifies the first major shift in attitude with the turn of the eleventh century when a sense of individuality began to rise and with it, profound consequences: death no longer meant merely the weakening of community, but rather the destruction of self. Hence the growing fear of the afterlife, new conceptions of the Last Judgment, and the first attempts (by Masses and other rituals) to guarantee a better life in the next world. In the 1500s attention shifted from the demise of the self to that of the loved one (as family supplants community), and by the nineteenth century death comes to be viewed as simply a staging post toward reunion in the hereafter. Finally, Aries shows why death has become such an unendurable truth in our own century—how it has been nearly banished from our daily lives—and points out what may be done to “re-tame” this secret terror.

The richness of Aries's source material and investigative work is breathtaking. While exploring everything from churches, religious rituals, and graveyards (with their often macabre headstones and monuments), to wills and testaments, love letters, literature, paintings, diaries, town plans, crime and sanitation reports, and grave robbing complaints, Aries ranges across Europe to Russia on the one hand and to England and America on the other. As he sorts out the tangled mysteries of our accumulated terrors and beliefs, we come to understand the history—indeed the pathology—of our intellectual and psychological tensions in the face of death.

Collins Complete Photography Course [EPUB]

Collins Complete Photography Course [EPUB]
Collins Complete Photography Course by by John Garrett, Graeme Harris
2008 | EPUB | 14.99MB

A practical, affordable and accessible home photography tutor. This inspiring project-based course book covers everything from basic composition to the latest digital darkroom techniques.

Learn at your own pace as this practical, comprehensive course helps you develop your key photographic techniques. Contents include: step-by-step projects on exposure, aperture, lenses, light, filters, colour, black and white and image enhancement; plus professional secrets and stunning shots from around the world.

The fully interactive and project-based approach of Collins Complete Photography Course will help you to raise both your camera confidence and your level of photography.

Lillian Bassman: Lingerie [EPUB]

Lillian Bassman: Lingerie [EPUB]
Lillian Bassman: Lingerie
2012 | EPUB | 7.2MB

Through the 1950s and the early 1960s, working with that era’s supermodels, fashion photographer Lillian Bassman created the quintessential modern feminine image of women in their lingerie. As Ginia Bellafante put it in the New York Times recently, “In place of heavyset women constraining themselves in what was essentially equipment, Ms. Bassman deployed immeasurably lithe models, conveying a world in which women seemed to linger in the pleasures of their own sensuality.” Fifty years later, these images have lost none of their allure, and the enormous cultural impact of the TV show Mad Men has given them new currency.

How to Draw Collection 13-24 [EPUB]

How to Draw Collection 13-24 [EPUB]
How to Draw Collection 13-24 by Amit Offir
2013 | EPUB | 11.86MB

An Amit Offir's "how to draw collection" of 12 drawing books (13-24) over 350 pages that will teach you how to draw step by step the coolest things to draw.

If you are looking for a great way to learn how to draw this drawing books collection is the best way to do that.

It is a great book for parents or grandparents that want to draw with their kids or grandkids and have some quality time, drawing teachers and art teachers can use it in so many ways and of course for kids and adults that love to draw and want to improve their drawing skills.

It is also great drawing book for kids at all ages that love to draw and want to learn how to do that in a fun and simple way.

In this collection you will learn how to draw these books:

  • how to draw food
  • how to draw plants
  • how to draw weapons
  • how to draw treasure island
  • how to draw Doug's friends
  • how to draw forest fairies
  • how to draw life under the sea
  • how to draw gnomes & dwarves
  • how to draw fruit
  • how to draw vegetables
  • how to draw stuff in the house
  • how to draw Moses in Eygpt

How to Draw Collection 1-12 [EPUB]

How to Draw Collection 1-12 [EPUB]
How to Draw Collection 1-12 by Amit Offir
2013 | EPUB | 15.86MB

An Amit Offir's "how to draw collection" of 12 books (1-12)
Over 400 pages that will teach you how to draw step by step the coolest things to draw.

It is a great book for parents that want to draw with their kids, drawing teachers and art teachers can use it in so many ways and of course for kids and adults that love to draw and want to improve their drawing skills.

The drawing are really easy to follow and very easy to draw!

In this collection you will learn how to draw:

  • how to draw pirates
  • how to draw wild animals
  • how to draw vehicles
  • how to draw fantasy
  • how to draw fashion world
  • how to draw prehistoric world
  • how to draw the farm
  • how to draw the garden
  • how to draw "the beetle that wants to be - and friends"
  • how to draw birds
  • how to draw sea world
  • how to draw Noah's Ark

The Annotated Mona Lisa [PDF]

The Annotated Mona Lisa [PDF]
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
1992 | PDF | 21.18MB

Featuring succinct page-length essays, instructive sidebars, and more than 300 photographs, The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern takes art history out of the realm of dreary textbooks, demystifies jargon and theory, and makes art accessible-even at a cursory reading.

The Seduction of Place [EPUB]

The Seduction of Place [EPUB]
The Seduction of Place: The History and Future of Cities by Joseph Rykwert
2000 | EPUB | 5.87MB

One of the most highly respected architectural historians of our time takes on the question of whether or not we have the cities we need and what we can do to create them.

To understand why people love or hate their cities and why cities succeed or fail their inhabitants, Joseph Rykwert examines a broad spectrum of urban centers. Among them are Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis, sprawled around its old center; Berlin, newly reunited and furiously rebuilding; New Delhi and Islamabad, new capitals that exist alongside older towns; grandly planned cities like Chandigarh, Canberra, and Brasilia; and more modest new towns like Columbia, Maryland, and Celebration, Florida, built in an attempt to correct the problems endemic to big cities.

Rykwert looks at image, style, and ornament; at public space and buildings; at infrastructure and street layout; at the visual qualities of contrast, strife, and energy that contribute to a city's appeal. Discussing both successes and failures, he suggests ways in which we can retain--or return to--the sense of place and individuation that determines the nourishing character and soul of the urban landscape.

What Makes Great Leaders Great [EPUB]

What Makes Great Leaders Great [EPUB]
What Makes Great Leaders Great: Management Lessons from Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold
2012 | EPUB | 2.91MB

Master the skills that icons throughout history have used to achieve the highest levels of success.

What do Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, and Napoleon have in common?

It doesn’t matter what your field of expertise is, whom you know, or how educated you are. If you have powerful management skills, you will succeed; if you don’t, you’ll hit the ceiling sooner rather than later.

In What Makes Great Leaders Great, bestselling author and leadership expert Frank Arnold gathers 56 icons from various fields—from business and sports to politics and pop culture—to reveal the specific management skills they used to reach the top.

For every line of work or personal goal, effectively applying these management skills will lead to ultimate success. All the people in this remarkably diverse group figured out what they needed to know to manage their rise to the top—and executed it with superb skill. What Makes Great Leaders Great includes:

  • Bill Gates on harnessing the power of a business mission
  • Nicolaus Copernicus on questioning every assumption
  • Phil Knight on fine-tuning the right strategy
  • Michael Dell on making the customer your number-one priority
  • Michelangelo on focusing on a single objective
  • Joseph Schumpeter on practicing creative destruction
  • Roger Federer on self-motivation
  • Hippocrates on behaving responsibly
  • Steve Jobs on implementing ideas
  • Ray Kroc on envisioning the future
  • Gen. George Patton on clearly defining assignments
  • Warren Buffett on demanding effective management
  • Stephen Hawking on making the best use of your time
  • Pablo Picasso on fostering life-long creativity
  • Muhammad Yunus on looking beyond your own interests

Learn from the best in the business—and history—how to leverage your skills, knowledge, and talent to reach levels of success you never dreamed possible.

Franchise Bible [EPUB]

Franchise Bible [EPUB]
Franchise Bible: How to Buy A Franchise or Franchise Your Own Business, 6th Edition by Erwin J Keup
2007 | EPUB | 6.31MB

Are you thinking of buying a franchise or franchising your own business? This indispensable guide tells you how to do it--and save time and money in the process. Franchise expert Erwin Keup shares 35 years of franchise experience to reveal what to expect and how to avoid costly mistakes.

With the Franchise Bible, you learn to:

  • Determine if owning a franchise is right for you
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of franchising
  • Understand the legal terms and documents associated with franchising
  • Navigate the offering circular and what items it should contain
  • Decide whether you should buy a franchise or start your own
  • Select the best methods for expanding your existing business
  • Determine the optimum time to franchise your business

Includes these samples of actual franchise documents:

  • Offering Circular
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Franchise Application Form
  • Site Evaluation Form
  • Operational Manual Outline

Plus, this guide is packed with checklists to help you:

  • Investigate franchisors
  • Interview existing franchises
  • Assess your suitability for running a franchise
  • Prepare the required information before purchasing a franchise

Whether you want to buy a franchise or franchise your own business, this guide is required reading.

Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow [EPUB]

Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow [EPUB]
Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow: A Contrarian Investment Strategy for the Next Twenty Years by James P O'Shaughnessy
2006 | EPUB | 1.61MB

In his national bestsellers How to Retire Rich and What Works on Wall Street, portfolio manager extraordinaire James P. O’Shaughnessy offered investors practical advice based on rigorous quantitative analysis—advice that has consistently beaten the market. But in a recent analysis of market data, O’Shaughnessy uncovered some astonishing trends not discussed in his previous books. Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow explains O’Shaughnessy’s new research and tells ordinary investors what they must do now to revamp their portfolios.

According to O’Shaughnessy, the year 2000 marked the end of a twenty-year cycle that was dominated by the stocks of larger, fastergrowing companies like those in the S&P 500. In the new cycle, the stocks of small and midsize companies are the ones that will outperform the market, along with large company value stocks and intermediate term bonds. O’Shaughnessy describes the number crunching behind his analysis and then shows individual investors exactly how to select the right mix of investments and pick top-performing small and midcap stocks.

Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow is a loud and clear call to action for every investor who doesn’t want to be left behind.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster [Audiobook]

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster [Audiobook]
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster [Audiobook] by Deborah Hopkinson, read by Mark Bramhall, Peter Altschuler
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 4 hrs 58 mins | 202.6MB

EARLY MORNING ON APRIL 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her glorious maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Thus the ship declared to be unsinkable was lost in one of the most infamous tragedies in history. Even now, a century later, the events surrounding the Titanic continue to haunt and intrigue us.

Critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices of Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster to bring the horrors of that terrible night to life. There’s nine-year-old Frankie Goldsmith; Violet Jessop, a young stewardess; Jack Thayer, an American high school senior; Colonel Archibald Gracie, a well-to-do gentleman; William Murdoch, a brave seaman; Charlotte Collyer, a young mother on her way to start a new life; and many others. Their recollections are filled with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, and fascinating historical details.

The Sexual History of London [EPUB]

The Sexual History of London [EPUB]
The Sexual History of London: From Roman Londinium to the Swinging City---Lust, Vice, and Desire Across the Ages by Catharine Arnold
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.41/1.61MB

If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. From the bath houses of Roman Londinium to the sexual underground of the twentieth century and beyond, this is an entertaining, vibrant chronicle of London and sex through the ages.

For more than a thousand years, England’s capital has been associated with desire, avarice, and the sins of the flesh. Richard of Devises, a monk writing in 1180, warned that “every quarter abounds in great obscenities.” As early as the second century AD, London was notorious for its raucous festivities and disorderly houses, and throughout the centuries the bawdy side of life has taken easy root and flourished.

In The Sexual History of London, award-winning popular historian Catharine Arnold turns her gaze to London’s relationship with vice through the ages. London has always traded in the currency of sex. Whether pornographic publishers on Fleet Street, or courtesans parading in Haymarket, its streets have long been witness to colorful sexual behavior. In an accessible, entertaining style, Arnold takes us on a journey through the fleshpots of London from earliest times to present day. Here are buxom strumpets, louche aristocrats, popinjay politicians, and Victorian flagellants—all vying for their place in London’s league of licentiousness.

From sexual exuberance to moral panic, the city has seen the pendulum swing from Puritanism to hedonism and back again. With latter chapters looking at Victorian London and the sexual underground of the twentieth century and beyond, this is a fascinating and vibrant chronicle of London at its most raw and ribald.

The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering [EPUB]

The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering [EPUB]
The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering by Capers Jones
2013 | EPUB | 5.28MB
“Capers Jones has accumulated the most comprehensive data on every aspect of software engineering, and has performed the most scientific analysis on this data. Now, Capers performs yet another invaluable service to our industry, by documenting, for the first time, its long and fascinating history. Capers’ new book is a must-read for every software engineering student and information technology professional.”
— From the Foreword by Tony Salvaggio, CEO and president, Computer Aid, Inc.

Software engineering is one of the world’s most exciting and important fields. Now, pioneering practitioner Capers Jones has written the definitive history of this world-changing industry. Drawing on several decades as a leading researcher and innovator, he illuminates the field’s broad sweep of progress and its many eras of invention. He assesses the immense impact of software engineering on society, and previews its even more remarkable future. Decade by decade, Jones examines trends, companies, winners, losers, new technologies, productivity/quality issues, methods, tools, languages, risks, and more. He reviews key inventions, estimates industry growth, and addresses “mysteries” such as why programming languages gain and lose popularity. Inspired by Paul Starr’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Jones’ The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering is a tour de force—and compelling reading for everyone who wants to understand how software became what it is today.


  • The human need to compute: from ancient times to the modern era
  • Foundations of computing: Alan Turing, Konrad Zuse, and World War II
  • Big business, big defense, big systems: IBM, mainframes, and COBOL
  • A concise history of minicomputers and microcomputers: the birth of Apple and Microsoft
  • The PC era: DOS, Windows, and the rise of commercial software
  • Innovations in writing and managing code: structured development, objects, agile, and more
  • The birth and explosion of the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • The growing challenges of legacy system maintenance and support
  • Emerging innovations, from wearables to intelligent agents to quantum computing
  • Cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and large-scale software failure

I Never Knew There Was a Word For It [EPUB]

I Never Knew There Was a Word For It [EPUB]
I Never Knew There Was a Word For It by Adam Jacot De Boinod
2010 | EPUB | 8.32MB

From 'shotclog', a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks, to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!

This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'

The Wonder of Whiffling [EPUB]

The Wonder of Whiffling [EPUB]
The Wonder of Whiffling: And Other Extraordinary Words in the English Language by Adam Jacot De Boinod
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.65/1.34MB

The Wonder of Whiffling is a hugely enjoyable, surprising and rewarding tour of English around the globe (with fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under and elsewhere).Discover all sorts of words you've always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale, to spend one's money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

Delving passionately into the English language, Adam Jacot de Boinod also discovers why it is you wouldn't want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else.

Toujours Tingo [EPUB]

Toujours Tingo [EPUB]
Toujours Tingo: Extraordinary Words to Change the Way We See the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod
2007 | EPUB | 2.72MB

Did you know, that in Germany a young man with suspiciously good manners is called Tantenverfurhrer (literally, aunt seducer), that in Namibia there is a word for walking on tiptoe through warm sand or that, in Welsh, gwarlingo is the rushing sound a grandfather clock makes before striking the hour.

Whether you are physiggomai (Ancient Greek - excited by eating garlic) or knedlikovy (Czech - rather partial to dumplings), there are words here to charm and amuse everyone. Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 280 languages and packed with charming illustrations, Toujours Tingo is the perfect book for anyone interested in words, language or the world around them.

The Meaning of Tingo [EPUB]

The Meaning of Tingo [EPUB]
The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 988.22/948.51KB

A garden of delights for the word obsessed: a funny, amazing, and even profound world tour of the best of all those strange words that don't have a precise English equivalent, the ones that tell us so much about other cultures' priorities and preoccupations and expand our minds.

Did you know that people in Bolivia have a word that means "I was rather too drunk last night and it's all their fault"? That there's no Italian equivalent for the word "blue"? That the Dutch word for skimming stones is "plimpplamppletteren"? This delightful book, which draws on the collective wisdom of more than 254 languages, includes not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English ("pana po'o" in Hawaiian means to scratch your head in order to remember something important), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many Eskimo words there are for snow and the longest known palindrome in any language ("saippuakivikauppias"--Finland).

And all right, what in fact is "tingo"? In the Pascuense language of Easter Island, it's to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them. Well, of course it is. The Meaning of Tingo is a heady feast for word lovers of all persuasions. Viva Tingo!

The Elements of Eloquence [EPUB]

The Elements of Eloquence [EPUB]
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth
2013 | EPUB | 446.31KB

Using a format rather like that of a cheery chat over a pint, Mark Forsyth attempts to remove the fear factor from that most alarming of subjects, English grammar. More specifically here though, we're concerned with rhetoric, or how great phrases are minted and why they work.

Citing The Beatles, Churchill and (mostly) Shakespeare, Forsyth is always illuminating and often amusing. Yes, he's fond of the sweeping statement, and as he builds up a head of steam the occasional error creeps in (it's doubtful whether Shakespeare would have been too happy with 'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow /Creeps into this petty place'), but possibly all's forgivable in the context of this casual and non-threatening approach.

A turn-by-turn run through figures of rhetoric, Forsyth beckons one on with the promise that memorable phrases are within one's own reach...let's deconstruct a Shakespeare speech and so detect the tricks which make it work; then you can do it too!

Previous books:

Standard Bidding With SAYC [EPUB]

Standard Bidding With SAYC [EPUB]
Standard Bidding With SAYC by Ned Downey, Ellen Pomer
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.6/4.03MB

What is 'Standard' Bidding? This is an increasingly hard question to answer, but the proliferation of bridge on the Internet in pickup partnerships makes it imperative that someone does so. Perhaps the most popular natural system for the hundreds of thousands of online players worldwide is the Standard American Yellow Card, or SAYC.

In this book, for the first time, SAYC is fully described and explained. This will be an invaluable to aid to anyone wanting to learn and understand SAYC, or anyone who simply knows the basics and is eager to fill in the missing pieces in their repertoire.

Ned Downey and Ellen Pomer, the authors, are experienced bridge teachers and partners in the 'Bridge Forum' web site. Ned also teaches bridge via the Swan Games online playing site. Ellen is well-known on the Internet under her handle 'Caitlin', and regularly writes for various magazines on Internet bridge. This title gives basic introduction to the standard bidding conventions used on bridge websites.

Easy Game, 3rd Edition: Adaptations [PDF]

Easy Game, 3rd Edition: Adaptations [PDF]
Easy Game: Making Sense of No Limit Hold'Em, 3rd Edition: Adaptations by Andrew Seidman
2011 | PDF | 1.92MB

One of the best poker players in the game writes a book that probably should be sold for $100s if not $1000+. This book is for experienced players that have an understanding of the game and realize that there is a lot more to poker than what meets the eye. I've watched a lot of Andrew's videos, and he is a genius. Not only does he teach very well, but he also thinks of complex issues and dives deeper into the issues to see why we do certain things and if there is a way to make what we do better. Standard is not good enough for him. If this is one of your first poker reads, it will completely change your ways of thinking and completely transform your game. - by Amazon customer

The Honored Society [EPUB]

The Honored Society [EPUB]
The Honored Society: A Portrait of Italy's Most Powerful Mafia by Petra Reski
2013 | EPUB | 3.27MB

In the early hours of an August 2007 morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg, Germany; in less than five minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both the victims and the assassins were members of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization. Calabria's Mafia had brazenly shown its savage influence outside Italy for the first time.

In The Honored Society award-winning investigative reporter Petra Reski reveals the Mafia menace lurking throughout the world— from espresso bars in Palermo to European halls of parliament to the corporate headquarters of enormous agricultural firms. In haunting and exquisite prose she explores the Byzantine structure of the 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra and other mafia clans throughout Italy — the code they live by, the destruction they wreak, how they operate within the country and how they operate internationally. She shows how these syndicates dominate everything from nuclear waste disposal to hotel chains to the marijuana trade in Australia and cocaine trafficked throughout the world. Reski shows how figures such as Silvio Berlusconi were made by the Mafia, and how those who dared to defy its codes were broken. A searing portrait of the criminals who have come to control not only Italy but vast swathes of the globe, The Honored Society is a journalistic tour de force.

The Last Supper by Philip Willan [EPUB]

The Last Supper by Philip Willan [EPUB]
The Last Supper: The Mafia, the Masons, and the Killing of Roberto Calvi by Philip Willan
2007 | EPUB | 3.29MB

The truth at last about one of the world's great unsolved crimes.

The death of Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in 1982 days before his bank's collapse, remains one of the most extraordinary crimes of all time. Straight from the dark heart of Italy, it involved dark Masonic rituals, political involvement at the highest level, bizarre forensics, intense mafia involvement, the Vatican, a man on the run, and phenomenal sums of money swirling around.

Revealing new sources that speak for the first time, investigative journalist Philip Willan finally uncovers the full truth behind Calvi's death and his last days on the run. Calvi's elimination prevented the world from learning the full truth about the activities of the Masonic sect P2, that secret 'shadow state' whose top-rank membership had been discovered shortly before. Had Calvi's death been investigated properly, Italy government today might have been very different. And the failure to investigate began in England. This true story of a man falling off the precipice is also a shocking political exposé.

Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder [EPUB]

Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder [EPUB]
Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder by Jerry Langton
2013 | EPUB | 1.76MB

In a quiet working-class neighborhood in east-end Toronto, on an early winter day in November 2003, Johnathon Madden returned home from school only to be bullied and threatened by is older brother, Kevin; Kevin's friend Tim Ferriman; and another teenager. the confrontation turned violent and fatal. Johnathon didn't have the strength or size to protect himself against the frenzied attack of his powerful 250-pound brother.

Sibling violence may be as old as time, but this case is particularly disturbing and unsettling.

Kevin Madden had problems. This was not news to his family, teachers, principal, social workers, and psychiatrists. but what drove him to commit murder - and why Johnathon? Why were his friends compelled to take part in the bloodletting? What events were going on behind the scenes that played a part in the tragedy?

Underworld UK: Women Who Kill [EPUB]

Underworld UK: Women Who Kill [EPUB]
Underworld UK: Women Who Kill: Hell Hath No Fury by Vanessa Howard
2010 | EPUB | 2.63MB

What drives women to commit the most serious crime of all?

Every murder is shocking, but few crimes shock society more than when the killer is a woman. There has been an explosion in female violence in the last 10 years, and this book brings to light some of the most horrific and compelling cases in this disturbing trend. Examining a wide-range of criminals, this discussion includes teenage murderer Chelsea O’Mahoney; Heather Stephenson-Snell, the psychotherapist turned Scream-masked psychopath; Edith McAlinden, butcher queen of Glasgow’s “House of Blood;” and the mother of Baby P, among others. In-depth and compelling, this book ultimately asks Are they victims themselves, or just evil? and As society changes, will more and more women feel driven to kill?

Island of Shame [EPUB]

Island of Shame [EPUB]
Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia by David Vine
2011 | EPUB | 1.9MB

The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the base was a little-known launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and may house a top-secret CIA prison where terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. But Diego Garcia harbors another dirty secret, one that has been kept from most of the world--until now.

Island of Shame is the first major book to reveal the shocking truth of how the United States conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where most live in dire poverty to this day. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, military strategists, and exiled islanders, as well as hundreds of declassified documents, David Vine exposes the secret history of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding story as they struggle to survive in exile and fight to return to their homeland. Tracing U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to the war on terror, Vine shows how the United States has forged a new and pervasive kind of empire that is quietly dominating the planet with hundreds of overseas military bases.

Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human costs of empire and a must-read for anyone concerned about U.S. foreign policy and its consequences.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties [EPUB]

101 Secrets For Your Twenties [EPUB]
101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone
2013 | EPUB | 9.12MB

Every twenty-something needs a little black book of secrets. Our twenties are filled with confusion, terrible jobs, anticipation, disappointment, cubicles, break-ups, transition, quarter-life crisis, loneliness, post-college what the heck, moderate success sandwiched in-between complete failure, and we need a worn, weathered guide stashed somewhere close by to help shed some light on this defining decade.

This is that book.

Expanded from the blog post, "21 Secrets for Your 20s" that spread like Internet wildfire with nearly a million readers in 190 countries, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties will encourage, inspire, prompt a plethora of LOLs, and kick-start your life forward with its witty, honest, and hilarious wisdom-stuffed-pearls to help you rock life in your twenties.

Fakebook [EPUB]

Fakebook [EPUB]
Fakebook: A True Story Based on Actual Lies by Dave Cicirelli
2013 | EPUB | 5.3MB

This hilarious, irreverent, and profoundly honest memoir explores our cultural obsession with social media and dares to ask: Who is the real "you" and what is the story you tell others?

At age 26, Dave Cicirelli found himself at a crossroads. While his friends on Facebook appeared to have lives of nonstop accomplishments, his early adulthood felt disappointingly routine. So one October morning, Dave announced on Facebook that he was dropping everything and heading west. Many thought him brave--or crazy.

No one guessed he was lying.

"Fake Dave" set off on a wild adventure, toilet-papering an Amish horse and buggy, freight-hopping with a farmer's daughter, and being kidnapped by a religious cult. But the online prank quickly became a social experiment. People began connecting over his journey, and some were inspired to change their own lives. But as Fake Dave's popularity grew, the real Dave became increasingly isolated, struggling with the implications of his secret.

Clever, funny, and surprisingly candid, FAKEBOOK is a true memoir of our digital age. It explores what the old ideas of reputation and relationships mean in our new world of constant connection and ultimately asks: How do you draw the line between your virtual self and who you really are? And can you discover yourself on a journey that never took place?

Bomb Scare [EPUB]

Bomb Scare [EPUB]
Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons by Joseph Cirincione
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.46/1.0MB

Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing a comprehensive survey of the wide range of critical perspectives.

Cirincione begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. He also explains why many nations choose not to pursue nuclear weapons and pulls from this the outlines of a solution to the world's proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals.

Though nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 1945, there is no guarantee this good fortune will continue. A unique blend of history, theory, and security analysis, Bomb Scare is an engaging text that not only supplies the general reader and student with a clear understanding of this issue but also provides a set of tools policymakers and scholars can use to prevent the cataclysmic consequences of another nuclear attack.

The Money Bubble [EPUB]

The Money Bubble [EPUB]
The Money Bubble: What to Do Before It Pops by James Turk, John Rubino
2013 | EPUB | 2.05MB

In their 2004 book The Coming Collapse of the Dollar, James Turk and John Rubino advised readers to bet against the housing bubble before it popped and to buy gold before it soared. Those were literally the two best investment ideas of the decade.

Now Turk and Rubino are back to say that history is about to repeat. Instead of addressing the causes of the 2008 financial crisis, the world's governments have continued along the same path, accumulating even more debt and inflating even bigger financial bubbles.

So another -- even bigger -- crisis is coming. Whether it ends up being called a "crack-up boom" or "the End of Paper Money" or "the Second Great Depression," it will change everything, from the kinds of investments that create new fortunes to the kinds of money that most of us save and spend.

Among many other things, the authors explain:

  • How governments are hiding the scope of the problems they face.
  • Why the world's paper currencies will soon stop functioning as money.
  • How you can protect your savings from the threats posed by this transition from "unsound" paper currencies to "sound" money like gold and silver.
  • How you can actually make money -- perhaps a lot of it -- during this transition.

Britty Britty Bang Bang [Audiobook]

Britty Britty Bang Bang [Audiobook]
Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country [Audiobook] by Hugh Dennis, read by the Author
2013 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hrs 45 mins | 215.6MB

Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being "British" meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British.

And then the London Olympics came along. We gave the world a gleaming new vision of Britain; a smiling Britain of achievement, a Britain responsible for leading the world into the modern era through the Agrarian and Industrial revolutions, a nation proud to embrace multi-culturalism, individuality, and eccentricity. A country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute.

The unexpected legacy of the Games has been a Britain with a new found self-confidence in which we all know how to be British. A Britain which should be embarrassed by nothing and proud of everything, from sheep to chimneys to the Spice Girls to industrial action and what had always previously been described as our "ailing transport network". A Britain which having been pinned firmly in its own half, has dribbled the length of the field, nutmegged the defenders, unleashed a curling dipping shot into the top right hand corner, scored a wonder goal and is now kissing the badge.

This is Hugh Dennis' exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

Course in General Linguistics [EPUB]

Course in General Linguistics [EPUB]
Course in General Linguistics by Ferdinand de Saussure
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.78/3.67MB

Ferdinand de Saussure is commonly regarded as one of the fathers of 20th Century Linguistics. His lectures, posthumously published as the Course in General Linguistics ushered in the structuralist mode which marked a key turning point in modern thought. Philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes, psychoanalysts such as Jacques Lacan, the anthropologist ClaudeLevi-Strauss and linguists such as Noam Chomsky all found an important influence for their work in the pages of Saussure's text.

Published 100 years after Saussure's death, this new edition of Roy Harris's authoritative translation is now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series with a substantial new introduction exploring Saussure's contemporary influence and importance.

Advanced Language Construction [EPUB]

Advanced Language Construction [EPUB]
Advanced Language Construction by Mark Rosenfelder
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.97/1.23MB

The sequel to The Language Construction Kit: learn more about constructed languages and about linguistics: logic, pidgins and creoles, sign languages, the linguistic life cycle, and a meaty step-by-step survey of morphosyntax.

Create detailed and plausible languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies, or video games... or just learn more about how languages work with the same accurate yet fun approach as the original LCK.

The Language Construction Kit [EPUB]

The Language Construction Kit [EPUB]
The Language Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder
2010 | EPUB | 3.28MB

Create plausible and realistic languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies or video games, or international communication... or just learn about how languages work from an unusual, light-hearted perspective. The Language Construction Kit on has helped a generation of conlangers to understand and create languages. It's expanded here with coverage of semantics and pragmatics, language families, writing systems, and sample wordlists, as well as an annotated sample grammar.

Latin Made Simple [EPUB]

Latin Made Simple [EPUB]
Latin Made Simple: A Complete Introductory Course in Classical Latin by Doug Julius
2006 | EPUB | 3.34MB

Latin Made Simple makes it easy to increase your understanding of the language and the many ways it has enriched our culture.

The perfect primer for anyone who wants to be able to read classical Latin or learn the basics to enhance their vocabulary, this complete course presents Latin grammar clearly and plainly. Void of all nonessentials and refreshingly easy to understand, Latin Made Simple includes:

  • Complete Latin grammar
  • Extensive vocabulary
  • Review quizzes
  • Complete answer key
  • Practice readings
  • Examination of Latin words in the English language
  • Timeline of Roman History and Literature
  • A helpful verb chart
  • English/Latin Dictionary

A Learner's Guide to Irish [EPUB]

A Learner's Guide to Irish [EPUB]
A Learner's Guide to Irish by Donna Wong
2011 | EPUB | 1.82MB

This Irish-language course is directed at learners whose first language is English and particularly those living abroad and others who have had no exposure to the Irish language in the Irish educational system. The explanations and teaching notes are all in English and the course is suitable for complete beginners right through to intermediate level. The references and examples cited guide learners through the various dictionaries, grammars, dialects, and forms that they encounter in the course of their studies.

Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia [EPUB]

Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia [EPUB]
Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia edited by Michael Walsh, Colin Yallop
1993 | EPUB | 4.48MB

A series of studies of aspects of language and culture in different parts of Aboriginal Australia, this book deals with subjects including why a young Aboriginal woman in rural Australia might plead guilty to a crime she didn't commit; the picture of "language ownership" that can be drawn from recent research on land rights; what is known of the first white settlers' attempts to learn the language of the Sydney region; the first dictionaries compiled in South Australia; and how Aboriginal languages are now being used in the media and education.

Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography [EPUB]

Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography [EPUB]
Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
2014 | EPUB | 2.53MB

This text provides an account of the life and work of one of American most important novelists, Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodies the "Jazz Age" between the two world wars.

It describes how Fitzgerald took his material almost entirely from his own life. Despite early success with "The Great Gatsby", his life became a struggle against failure and lack of confidence. Fitzgerald humbly accepted the harsh criticism meted out by friends Ernest Hemingway and Edmund Wilson, but also compromised his talent to support an extravagant lifestyle and later, his mentally-ill wife's hospital fees. Meyers emphasizes Fitzgerald's alcoholism, Zelda's illnesses and Fitzgerald's relationships and love affairs before and after her breakdown. His tragic marriage with Zelda paradoxically both blighted him and helped him mature as man and writer: out of that tortured union blossomed the masterpiece, "Tender is the Night".

Anton Chekhov: A Life [EPUB]

Anton Chekhov: A Life [EPUB]
Anton Chekhov: A Life by Donald Rayfield
2013 | EPUB | 6.76MB

Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles--either with his dependents or with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at forty-four. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company.

Donald Rayfield spent more than five years combing the Chekhov archives all over Russia, uncovering thousands of documents and letters from lovers, friends, and family, most of them never published before. They tell of a life far more entangled and turbulent than we ever previously suspected, and in Rayfield's hands allow us to look past Chekhov's restrained, ironic facade to appreciate the full heroism of his brief but prodigiously creative life. Rayfield's biography combines an extraordinarily rich cast of characters--Gorky, Tolstoy, and Tchaikovsky, to name just three--with a vivid portrait of Russia and Russian society one hundred years ago. He also delves deeply into the emotions, ideas, conflicts, and experiences that Chekhov transmuted from his life into his enduring art.

The Great Debate [EPUB]

The Great Debate [EPUB]
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.35/0.73MB

For more than two centuries, our political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the left/right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the roots of our political order, Levin shows that American partisanship originated in the debates over the French Revolution, fueled by the fiery rhetoric of these ideological titans.

Levin masterfully shows how Burke's and Paine’s differing views, a reforming conservatism and a restoring progressivism, continue to shape our current political discourse?on issues ranging from abortion to welfare, education, economics, and beyond. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Washington’s often acrimonious rifts, The Great Debate offers a profound examination of what conservatism, liberalism, and the debate between them truly amount to.

The Original Watergate Stories [EPUB]

The Original Watergate Stories [EPUB]
The Original Watergate Stories by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.8/1.07MB

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, The Washington Post's seminal Watergate stories have been gathered together for the first time as an eBook, including a foreword by journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein assessing the impact of their stories 40 years later.

"5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats' Offices Here", said the headline at the bottom of page one in the Washington Post on Sunday, June 18, 1972. The story reported that a team of burglars had been arrested inside the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex in Washington. On assignment, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward uncovered a widespread political scandal and cover-up at the highest levels of government, culminating with the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its work, which became the subject of two best-selling books and a renowned movie, All the President's Men.

This eBook is a look back at the dramatic chain of events that would convulse Washington for two years and lead to the first resignation of a U.S. president, forever changing American politics.

Hacking Politics [EPUB]

Hacking Politics [EPUB]
Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, The Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet edited by David Moon, Patrick Ruffini, David Segal
2013 | EPUB | 13.49MB

Hacking Politics is a firsthand account of how a ragtag band of activists and technologists overcame a $90 million lobbying machine to defeat the most serious threat to Internet freedom in memory. The book is a revealing look at how Washington works today – and how citizens successfully fought back.

Written by the core Internet figures – video gamers, Tea Partiers, tech titans, lefty activists and ordinary Americans among them – who defeated a pair of special interest bills called SOPA (“Stop Online Piracy Act”) and PIPA (“Protect IP Act”), Hacking Politics provides the first detailed account of the glorious, grand chaos that led to the demise of that legislation and helped foster an Internet-based network of amateur activists.

Included are more than thirty original contributions from across the political spectrum, featuring writing by Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz; Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School; novelist Cory Doctorow; Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA.); Jamie Laurie (of the alt-rock/hip-hop group The Flobots); Ron Paul; Mike Masnick, CEO and founder of Techdirt; Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur; Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future; Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; Nicole Powers of Suicide Girls; Josh Levy, Internet Campaign Director at Free Press, and many more.

Beautiful Trouble [PDF]

Beautiful Trouble [PDF]
Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution edited by Andrew Boyd, Dave Oswald Mitchell
2012 | PDF | 21.35MB

From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today's social movements have a creative new edge that’s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down.

Until now.

Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, Code Pink, SmartMeme, The Ruckus Society, Beyond the Choir, The Center for Artistic Activism, Waging Nonviolence, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International.

Contributors include Rae Abileah, Ryan Acuff, Celia Alario, Phil Aroneanu, Peter Barnes, Jesse Barron, Andy Bichlbaum, Nadine Bloch, Kathryn Blume, L.M. Bogad, Josh Bolotsky, Mike Bonanno, Andrew Boyd, Kevin Buckland, Margaret Campbell, Doyle Canning, Samantha Corbin, Yutaka Dirks, Steve Duncombe, Mark Engler, Simon Enoch, Jodie Evans, John Ewing, Brian Fairbanks, Bryan Farrell, Janice Fine, Lisa Fithian, Cristian Fleming, Elisabeth Ginsberg, Stan Goff, Arun Gupta, Silas Harrebye, Judith Helfand, Daniel Hunter, Sarah Jaffe, John Jordan, Dmytri Kleiner, Sally Kohn, Steve Lambert, Anna Lee, Stephen Lerner, Zack Malitz, Nancy Mancias, Duncan Meisel, Matt Meyer, Dave Oswald Mitchell, Tracey Mitchell, George Monbiot, Brad Newsham, Gaby Pacheco, Mark Read, Patrick Reinsborough, Simon Roel, Joshua Kahn Russell, Leonidas Martin Saura, Levana Saxon, Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, Nathan Schneider, Kristen Ess Schurr, John Sellers, Rajni Shah, Brooke Singer, Matt Skomarovsky, Andrew Slack, Phillip Smith, Jonathan Matthew Smucker, Starhawk, Eric Stoner, Jeremy Varon, Virginia Vitzthum, Harsha Walia, Jefferey Webber and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Beautiful Trouble puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution [EPUB]

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution [EPUB]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R C Gutzman
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.37/2.67MB

The Constitution of the United States created a representative republic marked by federalism and the separation of powers. Yet numerous federal judges--led by the Supreme Court--have used the Constitution as a blank check to substitute their own views on hot-button issues such as abortion, capital punishment, and samesex marriage for perfectly constitutional laws enacted by We the People through our elected representatives.

Now, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution shows that there is very little relationship between the Constitution as ratified by the thirteen original states more than two centuries ago and the "constitutional law" imposed upon us since then. Instead of the system of state-level decision makers and elected officials the Constitution was intended to create, judges have given us a highly centralized system in which bureaucrats and appointed--not elected--officials make most of the important policies.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Professor Kevin Gutzman, who holds advanced degrees in both law and American history:

  • explains how the Constitution was understood by the founders who wrote it and the people who ratified it
  • follows the Supreme Court as it uses the fig leaf of the Constitution to cover its naked usurpation of the rights and powers the Constitution explicitly reserves to the states and to the people
  • shows how we slid from the Constitution's republican federal government, with its very limited powers, to an unrepublican "judgeocracy" with limitless powers
  • reveals how huge swaths of American law and society were remade in the wake of Supreme Court rulings
  • reveals how the Fourteenth Amendment has been twisted to use the Bill of Rights as a check on state power instead of on federal power, as originally intended
  • exposes the radical inconsistency between "constitutional law" and the rule of law
  • contends that the judges who receive the most attention in history books are celebrated for acting against the Constitution rather than for it

As Professor Gutzman shows, constitutional law is supposed to apply the Constitution's plain meaning to prevent judges, presidents, and congresses from overstepping their authority. If we want to return to the founding fathers' vision of the Republic, if we want the Constitution enforced in the way it was explained to the people at the time of its ratification, then we have to overcome the "received wisdom" about what constitutional law is. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution is an important step in that direction.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam [EPUB]

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam [EPUB]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.34/0.95MB

Everything (well, almost everything) you know about Islam and the Crusades is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academics and Islamic apologists who justify their contemporary political agendas with contrived historical "facts." But fear not: Robert Spencer refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

Spencer reveals facts that you won't be taught in school and will never hear on the evening news, supplies a revealing list of "Books You Must Not Read" (as far as the PC left is concerned), and takes you on a fast-paced politically incorrect tour of Islamic teaching and Crusades history that will give you all the information you need to understand the true nature of the global conflict America faces today.

Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening [EPUB]

Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening [EPUB]
Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening by David Hendy
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.74/0.98MB

In prehistoric caves, drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons' ears were exaggerated to represent their spiritual power. And in modern metropolises we are battered by the roar of sound that surrounds us. In the first narrative history of the subject which puts humans at its centre, and coinciding with the author's major Radio 4 series on the same subject, acclaimed historian David Hendy describes the history of noise - which is also the history of listening.

As he puts it himself: 'By thinking about sound and listening, I want to get closer to what it felt like to live in the past or be caught up in the major events of history. The book is a chance for readers to discover more of the personal and social background to those stories featured in the radio series.'

This unusual book reveals fascinating changes in how we have understood our fellow human humans and the world around us. For although we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives are shaped by our need to hear and be heard.

Discord: The Story of Noise [PDF]

Discord: The Story of Noise [PDF]
Discord: The Story of Noise by Mike Goldsmith
2012 | PDF | 4.3MB

Noise is a widely recognized problem and health concern in the modern world. Given the importance of managing noise levels and developing suitable 'soundscapes' in contexts such as industry, schools, or public spaces, this is an area of active research for acousticians. But noise, in the sense of dissonance, can also be used positively; composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons.

Mike Goldsmith looks back at the long history of the battle between people and noise - a battle that has changed our lives and moulded our societies. He investigates how increasing noise levels relate to human progress, from the clatter of wheels on cobbles to the sound of heavy machinery; he explains how our scientific understanding of sound and hearing has developed; and he looks at noise in nature, including the remarkable ways in which some animals, such as shrimps, use noise as a weapon or to catch prey. He concludes by turning to the future, discussing the noise sources which are likely to dominate it and the ways in which new science and new ideas may change the way our future will sound.

The End of Big [EPUB]

The End of Big [EPUB]
The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath by Nicco Mele
2013 | EPUB | 0.33MB

How seemingly innocuous technologies are unsettling the balance of power by putting it in the hands of the masses - and what a world without "big" will mean for all of us.

In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected - constantly, instantly, and globally - is dramatically changing our world.

Governments are being upended by individuals relying only on social media. Major political parties are seeing their power eroded by grassroots forces through online fund-raising. Universities are scrambling to preserve their student populations in the face of less expensive, more accessible online courses. Print and broadcast news outlets are struggling to compete with citizen journalists and bloggers. Our traditional institutions are being disrupted in revolutionary ways, some for the better. But, as Nicco Mele argues, the benefits of new technology come with unintended consequences. In The End of Big, Mele examines:

  • How fringe political forces enter the mainstream and gain traction using everyday technology - with the enormous potential to undermine central power
  • What happens when investigative journalism is replaced by ad hoc bloggers, mobile video, and instantaneous tweets…and whether they challenge or simply enable power
  • Why Web-based micro-businesses are outcompeting major corporations, and what innovations will alter the way we work, own things, and pay for goods and services
  • The collapse of traditional party politics, and the rise of a new kind of democracy, one which could produce dynamic and effective leaders…or demagogues
  • How citizen initiatives can replace local and state government functions, such as safety regulations, tax collection, and garbage pickup, and do so cheaper, faster, and better

Mele argues that unless we exercise caution in our use of these new technologies, we risk a dark and wildly unstable future, one in which our freedoms and basic human values could be destroyed rather than enhanced. Both hopeful and alarming, The End of Big is a thought-provoking, passionately argued book that offers genuine insight into the ways we are using technology, and how it is radically changing our world in ways we are only now beginning to understand.

Computers as Theatre, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Computers as Theatre, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Computers as Theatre, 2nd Edition by Brenda Laurel
2013 | EPUB | 7.08MB

Brenda Laurel's Computers as Theatre revolutionized the field of human-computer interaction, offering ideas that inspired generations of interface and interaction designers-and continue to inspire them. Laurel's insight was that effective interface design, like effective drama, must engage the user directly in an experience involving both thought and emotion. Her practical conclusion was that a user's enjoyment must be a paramount design consideration, and this demands a deep awareness of dramatic theory and technique, both ancient and modern.

Now, two decades later, Laurel has revised and revamped her influential work, reflecting back on enormous change and personal experience and forward toward emerging technologies and ideas that will transform human-computer interaction yet again. Beginning with a clear analysis of classical drama theory, Laurel explores new territory through the lens of dramatic structure and purpose. Computers as Theatre, Second Edition, is directed to a far wider audience, is written more simply and elegantly, is packed with new examples, and is replete with exciting and important new ideas.

This book

  • Draws lessons from massively multiplayer online games and systems, social networks, and mobile devices with embedded sensors
  • Integrates values-driven design as a key principle
  • Integrates key ideas about virtual reality
  • Covers new frontiers, including augmented reality, distributed and participatory sensing, interactive public installations and venues, and design for emergence

Once more, Brenda Laurel will help you see the connection between humans and computers as you never have before-and help you build interfaces and interactions that are pleasurably, joyously right!

Decoding the Heavens [EPUB]

Decoding the Heavens [EPUB]
Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer by Jo Marchant
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.14/0.63MB

The bronze fragments of an ancient Greek device have puzzled scholars for more than a century after they were recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, where they had lain since about 80 BC. Now, using advanced imaging technology, scientists have solved the mystery of its intricate workings. Unmatched in complexity for a thousand years, the mechanism functioned as the world’s first analog computer, calculating the movements of the sun, moon, and planets through the zodiac.

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant details for the first time the hundred-year quest to decode this ancient computer. Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable characters—ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau—and explores the deep roots of modern technology, not only in ancient Greece, but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe. At its heart, this is an epic adventure story, a book that challenges our assumptions about technology development through the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself.

Blood: The Stuff of Life [EPUB]

Blood: The Stuff of Life [EPUB]
Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/0.73MB

In Blood: The Stuff of Life, bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today.

Blood runs red through every person’s arteries, and fulfills the same functions in every human being. However, as much as the study and use of blood has helped advance our understanding of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses through religions, literature, and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides them.

This book is a fascinating historical and contemporary interpretation of blood, as a bold and enduring determinant of identity, race, culture, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.

Some Great Thing [EPUB]

Some Great Thing [EPUB]
Some Great Thing by Lawrence Hill
2009 | EPUB | 743.17KB

Mahatma Grafton is a disillusioned university graduate burdened with a famous name, and suffering from the curse of his generation -- a total lack of interest in the state of the world. The son of a retired railway porter from Winnipeg, he returns home for a job as a reporter with The Winnipeg Herald. Soon Mahatma is scoping local stories of murder and mayhem, breaking a promise to himself to avoid writing victim stories.

As Mahatma is unexpectedly drawn into the inflammatory issue of French-language rights in Manitoba, with all its racial side-channels, he is surprised to find that he has a social conscience. Combating his boss’s flair for weaving hysteria into his stories, Mahatma learns that to stay afloat he must remain true to himself.

Populated with colourful characters -- including an unlikely welfare crusader, a burned-out fellow reporter, a French-language-rights activist, and a visiting journalist from Cameroon -- Some Great Thing is a fascinating portrait of a major urban newspaper and a deeply perceptive story of one man’s coming of age.

The Long Walk to Freedom [EPUB]

The Long Walk to Freedom [EPUB]
The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives edited by Devon W Carbado, Donald Weise
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.51/1.73MB

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades—more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and often innovative ways that these men and women sought freedom and demanded citizenship. Also included is an essay by UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson that contextualizes these narratives, providing a brief yet comprehensive history of slavery, as well as a look into the daily life of a slave. Divided into four categories—running away for family, running inspired by religion, running by any means necessary, and running to be free—these stories are a testament to the indelible spirit of these remarkable survivors.

The Long Walk to Freedom presents excerpts from the narratives of well-known runaway slaves, like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, as well as from the narratives of lesser-known and virtually unknown people. Several of these excerpts have not been published for more than a hundred years. But they all portray the courageous and sometimes shocking ways that these men and women sought their freedom and asserted power, often challenging many of the common assumptions about slaves’ lack of agency.

Among the remarkable and inspiring stories is the tense but triumphant tale of Henry Box Brown, who, with a white abolitionist’s help, shipped himself in a box—over a twenty-seven-hour train ride, part of which he spent standing on his head—to freedom in Philadelphia. And there’s the story of William and Ellen Craft, who fled across thousands of miles, with Ellen, who was light-skinned, disguised as a white male slave-owner so she and her husband could achieve their dream of raising their children as free people.

Gripping, inspiring, and captivating, The Long Walk to Freedom is a remarkable collection that celebrates those who risked their lives in pursuit of basic human rights.

Someone Knows My Name [Audiobook]

Someone Knows My Name [Audiobook]
Someone Knows My Name, aka The Book of Negroes [Audiobook] by Lawrence Hill, read by Adenrele Ojo
2007 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 18 hrs 07 mins | 432.89MB

Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public.

Based on a true story, Lawrence Hill's epic novel spans three continents and six decades to bring to life a dark and shameful chapter in our history through the story of one brave and resourceful woman.

The Power of Understanding People [EPUB]

The Power of Understanding People [EPUB]
The Power of Understanding People: The Key to Strengthening Relationships, Increasing Sales, and Enhancing Organizational Performance by Dave Mitchell
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.65/0.99MB

How to build lasting connections through meaningful communication.

Developing successful relationships is critical to our success in both our personal and professional lives. The Power of Understanding People shows you how to establish and develop extremely effective relationships by providing you with techniques to better identify and understand the intrinsic needs of others. As a result, you will achieve better team dynamics, increased sales and client satisfaction, higher levels of employee engagement and performance, and even more satisfying marriages and friendships. This book provides the tools to understand others' unique communication style as well as your own. Get detailed advice on how to adjust to diverse communication styles, develop a unifying language for the organization, and better match motivational techniques to team members. Through storytelling and experiential exercises, author Dave Mitchell helps you gain insight into your own unique interaction style and teaches you how to communicate, motivate, sell, and service more successfully no matter the personality types involved.

  • Offers insight into the behavior cues and questions to ask to better understand someone's interactive preferences
  • Explains how to enhance your sales efforts by better targeting your brand message to the client's style so that your products/services resonate with them more
  • Examines strategies for creating a high performing work environment and achieve greater customer service excellence
  • Contains conflict resolution strategies, including how to effectively work out differences within a team, between work units, with customers, and even in your personal life

Armed with the ability to interpret the behavior of the people around you, you will achieve greater levels of success at work and at home while also learning how to better handle the difficult situations involving people in your life.

How to Read a Financial Report [EPUB]

How to Read a Financial Report [EPUB]
How to Read a Financial Report: Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers, 7th Edition by John A Tracy
2009 | EPUB | 1.48MB

Financial reports provide vital information to investors, lenders, and managers. Yet, the financial statements in a financial report seem to be written in a foreign language that only accountants can understand. This Seventh Edition of How to Read a Financial Report breaks through the language barrier, clears away the fog, and offers a plain-English user's guide to financial reports. The book helps you get a sure-handed grip on the profit, cash flow, and financial condition of any business.

Here's what's new in the Seventh Edition:

  • Discussion of the transition to international accounting and financial reporting standards
  • A streamlined centerpiece exhibit used throughout the book to explain connections between the three financial statements
  • An integrated section on analyzing profit, cash flow, and solvency for investors, lenders, and managers (now Part Two in this edition)
  • Reflection on financial reporting and auditing in the post-Enron era