Things That Matter [Audiobook]

Things That Matter [Audiobook]
Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics [Audiobook] by Charles Krauthammer, read by George Newbern
2013 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 44 mins | 239.38MB

From America's preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer's essential, timeless writings.

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

Listeners will find here not only the country's leading conservative thinker, offering a passionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views - on feminism, evolution, and the death penalty, for example - defy ideological convention.

Things That Matter also features several of Krauthammer's major path-breaking essays - on bioethics, on Jewish destiny, and on America's role as the world's superpower - that have profoundly influenced the nation's thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused reflections on everything from border collies to Halley's Comet, from Woody Allen to Winston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.

With a special, highly autobiographical introduction, in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensable chronicle takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

Double or Nothing [Audiobook]

Double or Nothing [Audiobook]
Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos [Audiobook] by Tom Breitling with Cal Fussman, read by Patrick Lawlor
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 32 mins | 204.88MB

If Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had come of age at the end of the 20th century looking for an all-American adventure, they probably would've headed for Vegas. However, they'd have been hard-pressed to go on a wilder ride than the one taken by Tom Breitling and Tim Poster to the top of the famed Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Call them the Odds Couple. Breitling is the kid who lives next door, if you grow up in Burnsville, Minnesota. He hadn't seen a hundred dollar bill or The Godfather until he went to college. Poster comes from a family of oddsmakers who reach for the Doritos on football Sundays and scream for the point spread. He was whistling Sinatra and booking games at his Las Vegas high school.

Their unlikely friendship began in college over an eight-dollar veal parmigiana sandwich that led to a partnership in a hotel-reservation business. Starting with a desk, a chair, a pillow, and a telephone, Tim and Tom grew a company that they sold during the boom for $105 million. This allowed Tim to pursue his childhood dream of owning a casino and bringing back the glory days of Vegas.

When Tim ups the odds and raises the limits to give gamblers the best game in town, a craps player nicknamed "Mr. Royalty", who's on one of the hottest winning streaks in history, heads for the Nugget. When he begins to take Tom and Tim for millions, the partnership is put to the test. But Tim refuses to back off on the odds or the high limits, telling his partner, "It's a ballsy proposition here. It's gonna be a roller coaster ride. But we don't have a public company to answer to. It's just you and me."

When Mr. Royalty rolls 22 consecutive passes and rakes in a mountain of chips, he takes Tim and Tom to the brink. They must figure out a way to hold up the House.

Just as they do, the roller coaster ride really gets rolling - and the ride becomes crazier than they'd ever imagined.

We Are Our Brains [EPUB]

We Are Our Brains [EPUB]
We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's by D F Swaab
2014 | EPUB | 5.34MB

A vivid account of what makes us human.

Based groundbreaking new research, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human brain, from infancy to adulthood to old age. Renowned neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided tour of the intricate inner workings that determine our potential, our limitations, and our desires, with each chapter serving as an eye-opening window on a different stage of brain development: the gender differences that develop in the embryonic brain, what goes on in the heads of adolescents, how parenthood permanently changes the brain.

Moving beyond pure biological understanding, Swaab presents a controversial and multilayered ethical argument surrounding the brain. Far from possessing true free will, Swaab argues, we have very little control over our everyday decisions, or who we will become, because our brains predetermine everything about us, long before we are born, from our moral character to our religious leanings to whom we fall in love with. And he challenges many of our prevailing assumptions about what makes us human, decoding the intricate “moral networks” that allow us to experience emotion, revealing maternal instinct to be the result of hormonal changes in the pregnant brain, and exploring the way that religious “imprinting” shapes the brain during childhood. Rife with memorable case studies, We Are Our Brains is already a bestselling international phenomenon. It aims to demystify the chemical and genetic workings of our most mysterious organ, in the process helping us to see who we are through an entirely new lens.

Did you know?

  • The father’s brain is affected in pregnancy as well as the mother’s.
  • The withdrawal symptoms we experience at the end of a love affair mirror chemical addiction.
  • Growing up bilingual reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer’s.
  • Parental religion is imprinted on our brains during early development, much as our native language is.

The Burglary [EPUB]

The Burglary [EPUB]
The Burglary: The Discovery of J Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI by Betty Medsger
2014 | EPUB | 6.18MB

The never-before-told full story of the 1971 history-changing break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists--quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans--that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

The book shows how the break-in, and subsequent release of the contents of the FBI's files to newspapers across the country, upended the public's perception of the up-till-then inviolate head of the Bureau, paving the way for the FBI's overhaul for the first time since its inception forty-seven years before, in 1924, and setting the stage for the sensational release three months later by Daniel Ellsberg of the top-secret seven-thousand-page Pentagon study of U.S. decision making regarding the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

Burn Before Reading [Audiobook]

Burn Before Reading [Audiobook]
Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence [Audiobook] Stansfield Turner, read by Michael Prichard
2006 | MP3@192 kbps | 10 hrs 19 mins | 853.51MB

The way the U.S. government gathers intelligence information has become front-page news. In Burn Before Reading, former CIA director Admiral Stansfield Turner highlights pivotal moments between presidents and their CIA directors, detailing the decisions that continue to shape the intelligence community and our world. This behind-the-scenes look at the CIA's relationship with the presidents, from World War II to the present day, reveals how intelligence gathering works, and how personal and political issues often interfere with government business. In Burn Before Reading, we learn:

  • Why President Harry Truman distrusted the CIA yet ended up expanding it.
  • How President John F. Kennedy entrusted his reputation to the CIA at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba and got burned.
  • That President Nixon strongly mistrusted the "Ivy League" CIA and tried, unsuccessfully, to use it as a way out of Watergate.
  • That President Gerald Ford was confronted with three reports of egregious and illegal CIA misdeeds, and how he responded by replacing CIA director Colby with George H. W. Bush.

Drawing on his own personal experience, as well as interviews with living presidents, Turner takes us into the White House and shares with us an intimate view of the inner working of our government's intelligence agency. There has never been a time when the relationship between the president and the head of the CIA has been so scrutinized or so relevant to our government policy. This book concludes with a blueprint for reorganizing the intelligence community and strengthening the relationship between the CIA and the president.

Peterhead [EPUB]

Peterhead [EPUB]
Peterhead: The Inside Story of Scotland's Toughest Prison by Robert Jeffrey
2013 | EPUB | 3.13MB

Robert Jeffrey tells the remarkable story of the infamous Peterhead Prison in Scotland’s far north-east.

Built in the 1880s as part of an ambitious humanitarian plan to use convict labour to construct a ‘harbour of refuge’ on the town’s wild, storm-battered coast, it became what some call Scotland’s gulag. A cold and brutal place, it has held down the years some of Scotland’s most violent criminals and most infamous prisoners, convicted of the most heinous of crimes. In the early days, convicts were controlled by men as hard as their charges. The wardens carried swords and were quick to use them if necessary. And when convict labour was used to build the harbour, they worked with rifles trained on them at all times. Peterhead’s wardens were clearly not to be crossed. Throughout the history of the prison, riots and breakouts have made headlines, with the SAS involved in restoring order at one point.

Peterhead also had the reputation of being so secure that escape was impossible, with the notable exception of Johnny Ramensky, the safeblower turned war hero who went back to his criminal ways and spent more than forty years of his life in prison, many of them in Peterhead. He became the first inmate to escape and repeated the exercise four more times, often for his own satisfaction and amusement, each time being recaptured after a short taste of freedom.

Just Americans [Audiobook]

Just Americans [Audiobook]
Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad: The Story of the 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team in World War II [Audiobook] by Robert Asahina, read by Patrick Lawlor
2006 | MP3@192 kbps | 10 hrs 23 mins | 854.46MB

A sneak attack by an enemy power leaves thousands of Americans dead. A minority group in America is harassed for its ties to a foreign country. A worldwide conflict tests our resolve in combat abroad and our commitment to justice, equality, and liberty at home…

Within months after Pearl Harbor, 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly "evacuated" from the West Coast, losing their jobs, their property, and their homes. In less than a year, they were "relocated" and incarcerated in desolate camps throughout the West, Southwest, and South. Yet, incredibly, thousands of young men from the camps joined the Army, to defend the country that had denied them their rights. This is the dramatic story of the segregated Japanese American 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team — and what they did to affirm their full citizenship. As Gen. Jacob L. Devers put it, in World War II the soldiers of the 100th/442d had "more than earned the right to be called just Americans, not Japanese Americans."

During the fall of 1944, the combat team made headlines when it rescued the "lost battalion" of the 36th "Texas" Division. At the same time, with the 1944 elections looming, the Roosevelt Administration was debating whether to close the camps. And while the soldiers of the 100th/442d were sacrificing their lives in Europe, the Supreme Court was deciding the infamous Korematsu and Endo cases, which challenged the notion that "military necessity" justified the "relocation."

Through interviews with surviving veterans, archival research, maps, and photos, Robert Asahina has reconstructed these fateful events of October-November 1944. From breathless battle scenes, masterfully handled in all their detail; to the unbreakable bonds of friendship in the field; to heart- wrenching stories of loss and discrimination on the mainland and in Hawaii, Just Americans tells the story of what Gen. George C. Marshall called the "most decorated unit in American military history for its size and length of service." It is also the story of soldiers in combat who were fighting a greater battle at home — a struggle that continues for minority groups today — over what it means to be an American.

Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe [EPUB]

Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe [EPUB]
Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe: The US Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II by Jay A Stout
2010 | EPUB | 3.91MB

When World War II began, the U.S. Army Air Corps numbered only 45,000 men and a few thousand aircraft--hardly enough to defend the United States, let alone defeat Germany's Luftwaffe, the world's most formidable air force. Yet by the war's end, the Luftwaffe had been crushed, and the U.S. Army Air Forces, successor to the Air Corps, had delivered the decisive blows. The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe tells the story of that striking transformation--one of the marvels of modern warfare--while simultaneously thrusting readers into whirling, heart-pounding accounts of aerial combat.

The Allies couldn't defeat Hitler's Third Reich without destroying its industry and taking its territory, but before they could do either, they had to neutralize the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and battle-seasoned pilots stood ready to batter any attackers. Great Britain's Royal Air Force was only barely holding the line, and the might of the United States was needed to turn the tide.

Almost from scratch, the United States built an air force of more than two million men. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Henry "Hap" Arnold, Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, Ira Eaker, James Doolittle, and others, the USAAF assembled a well-trained and superbly equipped force unlike any ever fielded. And thanks to the brave Americans who crewed, maintained, and supported the aircraft, the USAAF annihilated the Luftwaffe as it pounded targets deep inside Germany and elsewhere.

A stirring tribute to these men as well as an engaging work of history, The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe vividly describes World War II in the skies above Europe. At the same time, it captures the personalities of the men who won it, whether on the ground or in the sky.

Final Patrol [EPUB]

Final Patrol [EPUB]
Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines by Don Keith
2006 | EPUB | 1.54MB

During World War II, the U.S. Navy's submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners. But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percent of Japanese shipping losses, and were a major factor in winning the war. 16 U.S. submarines - and one German U-Boat - that saw action during WWII are now open to the public. Most have been restored and authentically equipped.

Final Patrol takes a fascinating look at these subs and the personal stories of the brave sailors who lived, fought, and often died in them. Now, visitors can climb into these cramped steel cylinders, peer through their torpedo tubes, and imagine diving under the sea - perhaps for the last time - to stalk a fanatical enemy who threatened our nation's freedom.

Cry Havoc!: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861 [Audiobook]

Cry Havoc!: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861 [Audiobook]
Cry Havoc: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861 [Audiobook] by Nelson Lankford
2007 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 53 mins | 273.09MB

A "compact, engrossing narrative"* that vividly reimagines the events that led to the outbreak of the Civil War.

What separates historian Nelson D. Lankford's engaging examination of the causes of the Civil War from other books on the subject is its willingness to consider the alternative possibilities to history. Cry Havoc! recounts in riveting detail the small quirks of timing, character, and place that influenced the huge trajectory of events during eight critical weeks from Lincoln's inauguration through the explosion at Fort Sumter and the embattled president's response to it. It addresses the what-ifs, the might-have-beens, and the individual personalities that played into circumstances-a chain of indecisions and miscalculations, influenced by swollen vanity and wishful thinking-that gave shape to the dreadful conflict to come.

Our One Common Country [EPUB]

Our One Common Country [EPUB]
Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 by James B Conroy
2014 | EPUB | 3.39MB

Our One Common Country explores the most critical meeting of the Civil War. Given short shrift or overlooked by many historians, the Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 was a crucial turning point in the War between the States. In this well written and highly documented book, James B. Conroy describes in fascinating detail what happened when leaders from both sides came together to try to end the hostilities. The meeting was meant to end the fighting on peaceful terms. It failed, however, and the war dragged on for two more bloody, destructive months.

Through meticulous research of both primary and secondary sources, Conroy tells the story of the doomed peace negotiations through the characters who lived it. With a fresh and immediate perspective, Our One Common Country offers a thrilling and eye-opening look into the inability of our nation’s leaders to find a peaceful solution. The failure of the Hamptons Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future of America’s wars to come.

David Crockett: The Lion of the West [Audiobook]

David Crockett: The Lion of the West [Audiobook]
David Crockett: The Lion of the West [Audiobook] by Michael Wallis, read by John Pruden
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 13 mins | 282.3MB

Steeped in legend, shrouded in folklore, the real David Crockett, American frontiersman and cultural icon, finally emerges in this engrossing biography.

His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett," and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories. Born into a humble Tennessee family in 1786, Crockett never "killed him a b'ar" when he was only three. But he did cut a huge swath across early-nineteenth-century America—as a bear hunter, a frontier explorer, a soldier serving under Andrew Jackson, an unlikely congressman, and, finally, a martyr in his now-controversial death at the Alamo.

Wallis's David Crockett is more than a riveting story. It is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction, providing us with an extraordinary evocation of a true American hero and the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived.

Davy Crockett: My Own Story [Audiobook]

Davy Crockett: My Own Story [Audiobook]
Davy Crockett: My Own Story [Audiobook] by David Crockett, read by Jonathan Reese
2008 | MP3@64 kbps | ~4 hrs | 116.5MB

Davy Crockett is a legend -- and Crockett knew this while he was still alive. Throughout this autobiography, he is careful to conform to his public image, while being willing to clarify some of the tall tales being told.

Some have doubted Crockett's authorship, and he certainly used fellow congressman, Thomas Chilton of Kentucky to edit and assist in the manuscript preparation. However, the book is the work of Crockett and he wrote it in 1834, two years before the Alamo.

Listening about Crockett in his own words (even though they may have been edited or enhanced by another congressman) is a delight.

A Disease in the Public Mind [EPUB]

A Disease in the Public Mind [EPUB]
A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming
2013 | EPUB | 2.83MB

By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a “holy martyr” in their campaign against Southern slave owners. This Northern hatred for Southerners long predated their objections to slavery. They were convinced that New England, whose spokesmen had begun the American Revolution, should have been the leader of the new nation. Instead, they had been displaced by Southern “slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson. This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s greatest fear: a race war. Jefferson’s cry, “We are truly to be pitied,” summed up their dread. For decades, extremists in both regions flung insults and threats, creating intractable enmities. By 1861, only a civil war that would kill a million men could save the Union.

Hurricane Season [Audiobook]

Hurricane Season [Audiobook]
Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina [Audiobook] by Neal Thompson, read by David Drummond
2007 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 43 mins | 296.23MB

On Saturday, August 27, 2005, the John Curtis Patriots met for a grueling practice in the late summer New Orleans sun, the air a visible fog of humidity. They had pulled off a 19–0 shutout in their preseason game the night before, but it was a game full of dumb mistakes. Head coach J. T. Curtis was determined to drill those mistakes out of them before their highly anticipated next game, which sportswriters had dubbed "the Battle of the Bayou" against a big team coming in all the way from Utah. As fate played out, that afternoon was the last time the Patriots would see one another for weeks; some teammates they'd never see again. Hurricane Katrina was about to tear their lives apart.

The Patriots are a most unlikely football dynasty. Theirs is a small, nondescript, family-run school, the buildings constructed by hand by the school's founding patriarch, John Curtis, Sr. In this era of high school football as big business with 20,000-seat stadiums, John Curtis has no stadium of its own. The team plays an old-school offense, and Coach Curtis insists on a no-cut policy, giving every kid who wants to play a chance. As of 2005, they'd won nineteen state championships in Curtis's thirty-five years of coaching, making him the second most winning high school coach ever. Curtis has honed to a fine art the skill of teaching players how to transcend their natural talents. No screamer, he strives to teach kids about playing with purpose, the power of respect, dignity, poise, patience, trust in teamwork, and the payoff of perseverance, showing them how to be winners not only on the gridiron but in life, and making boys into men. Hurricane Katrina would put those lessons to the test of a lifetime.

Hurricane Season is the story of a great coach, his team, his family, and their school—and a remarkable fight back from shocking tragedy. It is a story of football and faith and of the transformative power of a team that rises above adversity, and above its own abilities, to come together again and prove what they're made of. It is the gripping story of how, as one player put it, "football became my place of peace."

The Score Takes Care of Itself [Audiobook]

The Score Takes Care of Itself [Audiobook]
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership [Audiobook] by Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh, read by Dick Hill
2010 | MP3@192 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 48 mins | 893.12MB

Bill Walsh was perhaps the most influential and successful coach in NFL history, transforming the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a dynasty that won five Super Bowls. He is acclaimed not only for his strategic brilliance but also for his advanced approach to leadership. His teams sustained a consistency of excellence rarely seen in sports or anywhere else.

Drawn from a series of deeply revealing conversations with coauthor Steve Jamison, The Score Takes Care of Itself offers Walsh's best leadership principles illustrated by anecdotes from his entire career. Additional insights and perspective are provided by his son Craig Walsh. A sample of Bill's wisdom:

  • Believe in people: No one will ever come back later and thank you for expecting too little of them.
  • Professionalism matters: There was no showboating allowed after touchdowns, no taunting of opponents, and no demonstrations to attract attention to oneself.
  • Keep a short enemies list: One enemy can do more damage than the good done by a hundred friends.
  • Leaders can't escape criticism: Ignore the undeserved. Learn from the deserved. Lick your wounds. Move on. It may hurt, but sometimes you can't have the last word.

The book will delight football fans and guide the vast business audience eager to learn how Bill Walsh motivated individuals and crafted winning teams.

Personality Plus at Work [EPUB]

Personality Plus at Work [EPUB]
Personality Plus at Work: How to Work Successfully with Anyone by Florence Littauer, Rose Sweet
2011 | EPUB | 1.09MB

You can succeed at work--no matter who you have to work with!

No matter where you work, you're going to have co-workers you get along with and those you could get along without. But did you know that you hold the key to working well with all of your co-workers? It comes from discovering how to harness the power of personality.

For 25 years, Florence Littauer's bestselling Personality Plus has been required reading for employees of major companies. Now, Personality Plus at Work shows you how to work successfully with anyone by paying attention to basic personality differences. It shows you what happens when personalities are ignored, how each personality can lead, and how to combine different personalities to maintain a vital and harmonious workplace.

Whether you manage a department, work on a job site, or volunteer at your child's school, the insights found in this book will revolutionize your relationships on the job.

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg [EPUB]

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg [EPUB]
From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Disruptive Innovation in the Age of the Internet by John Naughton
2014 | EPUB | 1.36MB

John Naughton is the Observer's 'Networker' columnist, a prominent blogger, and Vice-President of Wolfson College, Cambridge. The Times has said that his writings, “[it] draws on more than two decades of study to explain how the internet works and the challenges and opportunities it will offer to future generations,” and Cory Doctrow raved that "this is the kind of primer you want to slide under your boss’s door." In From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, Naughton explores the living history of one of the most radically transformational technologies of all time.

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg is a clear-eyed history of one of the most central, and yet most taken-for-granted, features of modern life: the internet. Once a technological novelty and now the very plumbing of the Information Age, the internet is something we have learned to take largely for granted. So, how exactly has our society become so dependent upon a utility it barely understands? And what does it say about us that this is so?

While explaining in highly engaging language the way the internet works and how it got to be the way it is, technologist John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the technology’s relentless evolution into nine essential areas of understanding. In doing so, he affords readers deeper insight into the information economy and supplies the requisite knowledge to make better use of the technologies and networks around us, highlighting some of their fascinating and far-reaching implications along the way.

Marketplace of the Marvelous [EPUB]

Marketplace of the Marvelous [EPUB]
Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine by Erika Janik
2014 | EPUB | 2.0MB

An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans, who often had a point.

Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure their ills. Hydropaths offered cures using “healing waters” and tight wet-sheet wraps. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby experimented with magnets and tried to replace “bad,” diseased thoughts with “good,” healthy thoughts, while Daniel David Palmer reportedly restored a man’s hearing by knocking on his vertebrae. Lorenzo and Lydia Fowler used their fingers to “read” their clients’ heads, claiming that the topography of one’s skull could reveal the intricacies of one’s character. Lydia Pinkham packaged her Vegetable Compound and made a famous family business from the homemade cure-all. And Samuel Thomson, rejecting traditional medicine, introduced a range of herbal remedies for a vast array of woes, supplemented by the curative powers of poetry.

Bizarre as these methods may seem, many are the precursors of today’s notions of healthy living. We have the nineteenth-century practice of “medical gymnastics” to thank for today’s emphasis on regular exercise, and hydropathy’s various water cures for the notion of regular bathing and the mantra to drink “eight glasses of water a day.” And much of the philosophy of health introduced by these alternative methods is reflected in today’s patient-centered care and holistic medicine, which takes account of the body and spirit.

Moreover, these entrepreneurial alternative healers paved the way for women in medicine. Shunned by the traditionalists and eager for converts, many of the masters of these new fields embraced the training of women in their methods. Some women, like Pinkham, were able to break through the barriers to women working to become medical entrepreneurs themselves. In fact, next to teaching, medicine attracted more women than any other profession in the nineteenth century, the majority of them in “irregular” health systems.

These eccentric ideas didn’t make it into modern medicine without a fight, of course. As these new healing methods grew in popularity, traditional doctors often viciously attacked them with cries of “quackery” and pressed legal authorities to arrest, fine, and jail irregulars for endangering public safety. Nonetheless, these alternative movements attracted widespread support—from everyday Americans and the famous alike, including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and General Ulysses S. Grant—with their messages of hope, self-help, and personal empowerment.

Though many of these medical fads faded, and most of their claims of magical cures were discredited by advances in medical science, a surprising number of the theories and ideas behind the quackery are staples in today’s health industry. Janik tells the colorful stories of these “quacks,” whose oftentimes genuine wish to heal helped shape and influence modern medicine.

One Simple Idea [EPUB]

One Simple Idea [EPUB]
One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life by Mitch Horowitz
2014 | EPUB | 1.91MB

From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, this idea--to think positively--is metaphysics morphed into mass belief. This is the biography of that belief.

No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. Its roots are unseen and its long-range impact is unacknowledged. It is often considered a cotton-candy theology for New Agers and self-help junkies. In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.

Before Happiness [Audiobook]

Before Happiness [Audiobook]
Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change [Audiobook] by Shawn Achor, read by Mike Chamberlain
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 14 mins | 229.09MB

Why are some people able to make positive change while others remain the same?

In his international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.

In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive:

  • The Most Valuable Reality: See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus
  • Success Mapping: Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most, whether career advancement or family or making a difference in the world
  • The X-spot: Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards those goals, whether finishing a marathon, reaching a sales target, learning a language, or losing 10 pounds
  • Noise-Canceling: Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss
  • Positive Inception: Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you

By mastering these strategies, you’ll create an renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.

The Essential Vince Lombardi [EPUB]

The Essential Vince Lombardi [EPUB]
The Essential Vince Lombardi: Words & Wisdom to Motivate, Inspire, and Win by Vince Lombardi Jr
2003 | EPUB | 3.55MB

Vince Lombardi's views on life and leadership--inspiring and motivational--placed in A-Z format for the first time.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi left the national spotlight more than three decades ago, but his fiery words continue to resonate in today's hard-charging business arena. The Essential Vince Lombardi compiles Lombardi's most memorable quotes and phrases, alphabetically by topic, for use in speeches, memos, and documents--or just for fingertip inspiration and insight.

More than just a simple quote book, however, The Essential Vince Lombardi contains interviews from family members and associates, rare photographs, "Lombardi Lessons" for applying Lombardi's wisdom to everyday situations, and more. It places the leadership wisdom of Vince Lombardi in the context of today and is a valuable reference for businesspeople and Lombardi aficionados alike.

The Private Life of the Brain [EPUB]

The Private Life of the Brain [EPUB]
The Private Life of the Brain: Emotions, Consciousness, and the Secret of the Self by Susan A Greenfield
2001 | EPUB | 1.79MB

How does the human brain produce your private world? Critically acclaimed neuroscientist and author Susan Greenfield, who holds the prestigious position of Director of the Royal Institution in England, weaves together a thought-provoking examination of childhood experiences, primal emotions, such as fear and euphoria, and the effects drugs have on our personalities to probe the most intriguing mystery facing today’s scientists: How does the human brain create consciousness and a unique sense of self?

In this absorbing, lyrical exploration, Dr. Greenfield presents a provocative new theory that treats emotions as the building blocks of our consciousness and provides an illuminating glimpse into the human brain that reveals the astonishing essence of who we are.

30 Days to a More Powerful Memory [EPUB]

30 Days to a More Powerful Memory [EPUB]
30 Days to a More Powerful Memory by Gini Graham Scott
2007 | EPUB | 1.04MB

With phones ringing off the hook, constantly changing to-do lists, and increasingly complicated schedules, having a good memory has become more important than ever. Drawing on the latest research from cognitive experts and psychologists, 30 Days to a More Powerful Memory provides hands-on, practical strategies and exercises that anyone, young or old, can use to sharpen their memory -- fast! The book introduces readers to memory-boosting techniques such as mnemonic devices, visualization, chunking and clustering, and mental triggers, and also shows how to:

  • effectively decrease anxiety levels and combat the negative emotions that can affect recall
  • create powerful backup systems to help trigger associations
  • exercise both body and mind, and improve overall health to improve memory
  • get the kind of restful sleep that will increase one’s ability to retain information.

The book discusses common myths about memory, clarifying what’s true and what isn’t. Packed with tips and memory-boosting activities, this guide provides readers with the simple but powerful methods they need to increase their mental agility.

The Yellow Elephant [EPUB]

The Yellow Elephant [EPUB]
The Yellow Elephant: Improve Your Memory and Learn More, Faster, Better
2013 | EPUB | 1.21MB

In The Yellow Elephant, two-time Australian Memory Champion Tansel Ali shows you how he turned his very ordinary memory into a champion one – and memorised the Yellow Pages phone book along the way. Ali’s easy-to-follow steps explain how the brain remembers and how you can take advantage of this. Practical exercises help you learn techniques and build your memory skills quickly, enabling you to learn faster, remember more, reduce stress, save time and improve your focus.

A strong memory helps you get ahead in many aspects of your daily life, from remembering your shopping list and studying for exams, to keeping track of business transactions and making sure your message is remembered by clients.

You don’t need to settle for a memory like a sieve: all it takes is some simple techniques to keep your brain fit and improve the way you remember.

Our Mathematical Universe [EPUB]

Our Mathematical Universe [EPUB]
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark
2014 | EPUB | 24.91MB

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th Edition [PDF]

Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th Edition [PDF]
Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th Edition by Michael A Seeds, Dana Backman
2011 | PDF | 96.44MB

With their best-selling astronomy textbook, HORIZONS, authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman help you understand your place in the universe--not just your location in space but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, they focuses on two central questions: "What Are We?" which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to better understand where we came from and how we formed; and "How Do We Know?" which provides insights into how the process of science can teach us more about what we are.

The Best American Travel Writing 2013 [EPUB]

The Best American Travel Writing 2013 [EPUB]
The Best American Travel Writing 2013 edited by Jason Wilson, Elizabeth Gilbert
2013 | EPUB | 660.28KB

This is a wonderful mix of travel-oriented stories and the second time I have gotten this anthology. I find the editor really sets the tone. This editor Elizabeth Gilbert is known for the book and movie; Eat, Pray, Love that extolls her story of personal discovery through travel.

This I feel is also the theme in the stories that she choose for this years set of stories.

From the "Running of the Bulls in Pamplona" and giving a woman a true sense what testosterone feels like to a writer's story about not traveling and how his year panned out. You see in each the writer has discovered a new facet of themselves. There was the story of the hiker that went from seeing her guides as children and then learning to trust them with her life to the women who wandered through Cairo first dressed as Western women and enduring the harassment of the local men, to then doing so under cover of a niqab. They discovered there are two types of prisons.

Travel always opens our eyes and Elizabeth Gilbert has found a way in choosing these stories that it also can provide a mirror as well. - Amazon customer

Eat, Pray, Love [Audiobook]

Eat, Pray, Love [Audiobook]
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia [Audiobook] by Elizabeth Gilbert, read by the Author
2006 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 11 CDs | 881.94MB

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.

Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Plant Conservation [EPUB]

Plant Conservation [EPUB]
Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works by Timothy Walker
2013 | EPUB | 1.89MB

Plants’ ability to turn sunlight into energy makes them the basis for all life; without them there is no life. And they are more than just a food source—they provide us with fuel, fibers, and pharmaceuticals.

Global warming and the destruction of natural habitats are a serious threat to many plants, and there are worldwide efforts to mitigate the disaster. Plant Conservation tackles this essential topic head on. Timothy Walker, as the director of the Oxford Botanical Garden, a leader in the field of plant conservation, plays a key role in this effort. He highlights what is happening now, from cataloging the world’s flora to conservation efforts like protecting plants from overcollecting. He also shows home gardeners how they can become involved, whether by growing their own food to decrease reliance on large agriculture or by making smart plant choices by growing natives and avoiding invasives.

Plant Conservation treats a critical topic in an accessible and optimistic way. It is required reading for students, professionals, and anyone with a keen interest in the importance of plants.

Boozehound [EPUB]

Boozehound [EPUB]
Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits by Jason Wilson
2010 | EPUB | 1.9MB

While some may wonder, “Does the world really need another flavored vodka?” no one answers this question quite so memorably as spirits writer and raconteur Jason Wilson does in Boozehound. (By the way, the short answer is no.) A unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection, Boozehound explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices.

In lieu of odorless, colorless, tasteless spirits, Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define flavors—a bitter and complex Italian amari, or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wilson seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production—visiting fields of spiky agave in Jalisco, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded Jägermeister herb room in Wolfenbüttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflower liqueur.

In addition, Boozehound offers more than fifty drink recipes, from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Through his far-flung, intrepid traveling and tasting, Wilson shows us that perhaps nothing else as entwined with the history of human culture is quite as much fun as booze.

My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey [EPUB]

My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey [EPUB]
My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with More Than 300 Recipes, Updated Edition by Diana Kennedy
2013 | EPUB | 16.8MB

By universal acclaim, Diana Kennedy is the world’s authority on the authentic cuisines of Mexico. For decades, she has traveled the length and breadth of the country, seeking out the home cooks, local ingredients, and traditional recipes that make Mexican cuisines some of the most varied and flavorful in the world. Kennedy has published eight classic Mexican cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning Oaxaca al Gusto. But her most personal book is My Mexico, a labor of love filled with more than three hundred recipes and stories that capture the essence of Mexican food culture as Kennedy has discovered and lived it.

First published in 1998, My Mexico is now back in print with a fresh design and photographs—ready to lead a new generation of gastronomes on an unforgettable journey through the foods of this fascinating and complex country.

Payard Desserts [EPUB]

Payard Desserts [EPUB]
Payard Desserts by Francois Payard, Tish Boyle
2013 | EPUB | 31.61MB

In this visually stunning new book from legendary pastry chef François Payard, professional pastry chefs and serious home bakers will learn how to prepare pastry and other plated desserts that rival the best in the world. These recipes have been developed and perfected by Payard over twenty years, from his early days as a pastry chef in France to his current position as an American culinary icon.

Each recipe is a singular work of art, combining thrilling and often surprising flavors with innovative, modern techniques to create unforgettable masterpieces like Blueberry Pavlova with Warm Blueberry Coulis, Olive Oil Macaron with Olive Oil Sorbet, Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Pistachio Ice Cream, and Caramelized Pineapple-Pecan Tart with Brown Butter Ice Cream. Throughout the book, Payard includes priceless advice on choosing ingredients and equipment and composing perfectly plated desserts, as well as personal anecdotes from his long career working in many of the world’s finest pastry kitchens.

Combining Payard’s baking and pastry techniques with the engaging, straightforward writing style of Tish Boyle, this book is a must-have for professional bakers yet accessible enough for serious home baking enthusiasts.

The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games [EPUB]

The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games [EPUB]
The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games: 187 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Rockridge University Press
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.98/2.21MB


Savor the post-apocalyptic world of Panem one dish at a time with The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games. Offering 187 recipes, this cookbook serves fans an authentic taste of the Hunger Games trilogy, whether foraged for in the impoverished District 12 or devoured at the lavish banquets of the Capitol.

Satisfy your appetite with the recipes savored by the Hunger Games tributes:

  • Peeta's Burnt Raisin Nut Bread
  • Orange Chicken in Cream Sauce
  • Beloved Lamb Stew With Dried Plums

Consume the dishes inspired by the heroic characters of The Hunger Games:

  • Creamy Roasted Katniss Soup
  • Prim's Birthday Venison Steaks
  • Gale's Venison Pot Roast

Hunt like Katniss and Gale for adventurous ingredients and create daring dishes:

  • Greasy Sae's Holiday Stuffed Possum
  • Hazelle's Authentic Beaver Stew

Transport your senses into the world of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and relish the delicious adventures of the trilogy over and over again.

Fifty Shades of Chicken [EPUB]

Fifty Shades of Chicken [EPUB]
Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook by F L Fowler
2012 | EPUB | 13.98MB

Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more!

Fifty chicken recipes, each more seductive than the last, in a book that makes every dinner a turn-on.

“I want you to see this. Then you’ll know everything. It’s a cookbook,” he says and opens to some recipes, with color photos. “I want to prepare you, very much.” This isn’t just about getting me hot till my juices run clear, and then a little rest. There’s pulling, jerking, stuffing, trussing. Fifty preparations. He promises we’ll start out slow, with wine and a good oiling . . . Holy crap. “I will control everything that happens here,” he says. “You can leave anytime, but as long as you stay, you’re my ingredient.” I’ll be transformed from a raw, organic bird into something—what? Something delicious.

So begins the adventures of Miss Chicken, a young free-range, from raw innocence to golden brown ecstasy, in this spoof-in-a-cookbook that simmers in the afterglow of E.L. James’s sensational Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Like Anastasia Steele, Miss Chicken finds herself at the mercy of a dominating man, in this case, a wealthy, sexy, and very hungry chef.

And before long, from unbearably slow drizzling to trussing, Miss Chicken discovers the sheer thrill of becoming the main course. A parody in three acts—“The Novice Bird” (easy recipes for roasters), “Falling to Pieces” (parts perfect for weeknight meals), and “Advanced Techniques” (the climax of cooking)—Fifty Shades of Chicken is a cookbook of fifty irresistible, repertoire-boosting chicken dishes that will leave you hungry for more.

With memorable tips and revealing photographs, Fifty Shades of Chicken will have you dominating dinner.

Roast It! [EPUB]

Roast It! [EPUB]
Roast It: Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes: More Than 140 Savory Recipes for Meat, Poultry, Seafood & Vegetables by The Editors of Good Housekeeping
2009 | EPUB | 3.78MB

A popular Good Housekeeping cookbook gets a whole new look!

Roasting is a great way to prepare a scrumptious meal with a minimum of fuss. The experts at Good Housekeeping show how to get superb results every time, with 140 savory (and sometimes sweet) recipes that yield crisp yet juicy meats, moist and succulent fish, and tender vegetables.

From low-stress weeknight suppers to show-stopping holiday dinners, Roast It! has something for every occasion, including Classic Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Maple-Glazed Salmon, Roasted Green Beans with Mint and Oregano, and Roasted Vanilla Pears.

Good Housekeeping 100 Best One-Dish Meals [EPUB]

Good Housekeeping 100 Best One-Dish Meals [EPUB]
Good Housekeeping 100 Best One-Dish Meals by Anne Wright
2003 | EPUB | 3.06MB

Cooking becomes tastier and easier than ever with Good Housekeeping’s help. One hundred delicious and nutritious illustrated recipes for single-dish meals let busy home chefs put dinner on the table faster. Every element is coordinated, the preparations simplified, and the results are fantastic. Select from a tempting variety of soups, stews, casseroles, oven-cooked meals, stir-fries, skillet suppers, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and pies. There’s Curried Vegetable Stew, Peruvian Fisherman’s Soup, Chicken with Rosemary Dumplings, Two-Alarm Chili, Shrimp Risotto with Baby Peas, Taco Salad, Southwestern Turkey Fajitas, and lots more to tempt any palate. Each recipe includes prep and cooking time, number of servings, and key nutritional information. Enjoy!

New York City: A Food Biography [EPUB]

New York City: A Food Biography [EPUB]
New York City: A Food Biography by Andrew F Smith
2013 | EPUB | 8.99MB

New York City’s first food biography showcases all the vibrancy, innovation, diversity, influence, and taste of this most-celebrated American metropolis.

Its cuisine has developed as a lively potluck supper, where discrete culinary traditions have survived, thrived, and interacted. For almost 400 years New York’s culinary influence has been felt in other cities and communities worldwide. New York’s restaurants, such as Delmonico’s, created and sustained haute cuisine in this country. Grocery stores and supermarkets that were launched here became models for national food distribution. More cookbooks have been published in New York than in all other American cities combined.

Foreign and “fancy” foods, including hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, Waldorf salad, and baked Alaska, were introduced to Americans through New York’s colorful street vendors, cooks, and restaurateurs. As Smith shows here, the city’s ever-changing culinary life continues to fascinate and satiate both natives and visitors alike.

Paleo Bread [EPUB]

Paleo Bread [EPUB]
Paleo Bread: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo-Friendly Bread Recipes by Rockridge Press
2013 | EPUB | 2.74MB

Take control of your health with the Paleo diet and still enjoy great Paleo bread and baked treats. Although many people fall off the Paleo diet because they miss bread, Paleo Bread will help you make the transition without having to give up bread.

With Paleo Bread as your guide, create gorgeous baked products and loaves of Paleo bread:

  • 75 simple Paleo bread recipes, for breakfasts, desserts and dinners.
  • Everyday recipes for all your favorites, including fluffy Country-Style White Bread, savory Grandma's Zucchini Bread, and melt-in-your-mouth Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls
  • 10 Tips for Paleo Baking to make you an expert at baking Paleo bread at home
  • Information on how to use the top alternative ingredients for Paleo bread, including almond flour, coconut oil and flaxseed meal
  • Lessons on the science and health benefits of baking Paleo bread

Paleo Bread will show you how to eat healthy while still enjoying your favorite baked goods, making it easy to stick to the Paleo diet permanently.

The Sushi Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]

The Sushi Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]
The Sushi Lover's Cookbook: Easy-to-Prepare Recipes for Every Occasion by Yumi Umemura, Tom Baker
2009 | EPUB | 9.22MB

The Sushi Lover's Cookbook is sure to fire the imagination of the beginner sushi cook and to stoke the passions of the experienced cook who had thought they'd tried everything. People who are fanatic about their sushi will find much to love in this exquisitely illustrated cookbook, which features traditional favorite sushi recipes—such as Inside-Out Rolls, Nigiri Sushi, Hand Rolls, Inari Sushi (Tofu Pouches)—as well as exciting new recipes with international flair.

In an accessible and friendly tone, Japanese cooking expert Yumi Umemura leads you through 85 easy recipes combining sushi rice—the key to authentic sushi—with ingredients that range from time-honored favorites to more recently popular ingredients such as avocados and smoked salmon. Many recipes reflect sushi's worldwide popularity—incorporating the diverse tastes of Thai fish sauce or French ratatouille and atypical (and yes, cooked!) sushi ingredients such as roast beef, chicken or sun-dried tomatoes.

Whether you're making the classic thick rolls or thin rolls, or experimenting with one of the author's fun and easy-to-make sushi inventions such as ball or pizza sushi, you will enjoy using and being inspired by this beautiful cookbook.

Flavored Butters [EPUB]

Flavored Butters [EPUB]
Flavored Butters: How to Make Them, Shape Them, and Use Them as Spreads, Toppings, and Sauces by Lucy Vaserfirer
2013 | EPUB | 6.15MB

Flavored butters, also called compound butters, have a multitude of uses. They make a plain baguette or artisan loaf come alive with flavor; they complement a hearty breakfast muffin or delicate scone; they serve as quick-fix sauces for a piece of fish, meat or a bowl of pasta; and they brighten an artichoke or a serving of green beans in surprising ways.

We often see flavored butters as an elegant touch to bread service in restaurants, but there are plenty more varieties and uses that are easy for home cooks to use in their kitchens as well. Lucy Vaserfirer’s Flavored Butters is the first and only book that provides the recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. In fifty recipes, Vaserfirer offers up ideas that are amazingly quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart.

The recipes cover both sweet and savory applications, and each recipe has advice about what the butter is best used on. In addition to the recipes, there are plenty of photographs to illustrate, and ample tips and tricks, like the perfect temperature at which to serve the butters, how to serve, and the tools needed for making stunning presentations with flavored butters.

Paddling North [EPUB]

Paddling North [EPUB]
Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland
2013 | EPUB | 3.29MB

In a tale remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland’s first two (of over 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. With illustrations and the author’s recipes.

The Call of Everest [EPUB]

The Call of Everest [EPUB]
The Call of Everest: The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak by Conrad Anker, Bernadette Mcdonald, David Breashears, Broughton Coburn
2013 | EPUB | 22.73MB

Gripping and sumptuous, this is the definitive book on the history, mystique, and science of Mount Everest, including how climate change is impacting the world's tallest mountain.

In 1963, the American Mount Everest Expedition made mountaineering history. It was the first American venture to successfully scale the legendary peak and the first successful climb up the hazardous West Ridge (a climb so difficult no one has yet repeated it). In 2012, adventurer Conrad Anker led a National Geographic/The North Face team up the mountain to enact a legacy climb. Environmental changes and overcrowding led to challenges and disappointments, but yet the mountain maintains its allure. Now, steely-eyed Anker leads a team of writers in a book designed to celebrate the world's most famous mountain, to look back over the years of climbing triumphs and tragedies, and to spotlight what has changed--and what remains eternal--on Mount Everest. Telltale signs of Everest's current state, never-before-published photography, and cutting-edge science expose the world's tallest peak--its ancient meaning, its ever-present challenges, and its future in a world of disappearing ice.

See Alabama First [EPUB]

See Alabama First [EPUB]
See Alabama First: The Story of Alabama Tourism by Tim Hollis
2013 | EPUB | 8.23MB

Tourism in the Southeast is often associated with Florida—a state that essentially defined the industry in America. Yet Alabama has a fascinating history of tourism all its own.

It all began with an enterprising politician. In 1916, John Hollis Bankhead went to great lengths to ensure that one of America’s first transcontinental highways went directly through Alabama. Though it was a less efficient route for highway travelers, it marked the birth of Alabama’s fledgling tourism industry, which grew exponentially with each passing decade. Since he was a boy, author Tim Hollis has traveled from the Shoals to the coast and amassed an unrivaled knowledge of Alabama tourism. From restored and preserved historic destinations to campy tourist traps and outrageous roadside attractions, this is the complete story of tourism in Alabama.

Select Paris by Natasha Edwards [EPUB]

Select Paris by Natasha Edwards [EPUB]
Select Paris by Natasha Edwards
2012 | EPUB | 35.23MB

The guide begins with an inspirational In the mood for… section, filled with suggestions covering a wide range of things to do, places to eat, drink and shop – all grouped by mood. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet blow-out, cutting-edge fashion, views from the top, or a quintessential Parisian experience, there’s a list of options to match your mood.

The heart of the guide, The Selection, offers a collection of over 100 inspiring ideas for a memorable stay in Paris, with plenty of secret gems and off-beat haunts in the mix. Opt for high romance with a night at the Opera Garnier; take a different angle on the skyline from the Eiffel Tower or the gazebo in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont… before plunging down into the Paris Sewers or a flit through the Catacombs; shop for vintage chic in the Marais, then follow the literary trail of Hemingway in the Latin Quarter; tune in to the Parisians’ love of food, everywhere, from street markets and simple bistros to grand dining establishments; be pampered at the spa George V or luxuriate in cake at the Pâtisserie des Rêves; revel in world-class galleries from the Centre Pompidou to the Louvre; take the family on a botanical tour of the Jardin des Plantes and a behind-the-screen tour at the Grand Rex; or make a date with the macabre at the Père Lachaise Cemetery, where Doors legend Jim Morrison is buried. The selections are organized by city neighborhood, from the Ile de la Cité, Ile St-Louis and Marais district outwards to the heights of Montmartre, and finally to Beyond the Centre. So wherever you are and however much time you have, you can dip in for inspiration and insider tips – backed up with clear and detailed mapping, and a wealth of practical information.

Hotels is a separate section offering a hand-picked selection of great places to stay in Paris, organized by theme, whether you are seeking somewhere historic, small and stylish, quirky, luxurious and grand, or with a top-notch view.

Finally, the Essentials section incorporates a user-friendly run-down of information on getting around Paris and other key practical points, plus thematic and general indexes.

Berlitz: Venice Pocket Guide [EPUB]

Berlitz: Venice Pocket Guide [EPUB]
Berlitz: Venice Pocket Guide, 17th Edition
2013 | EPUB | 31.26MB

Berlitz Pocket Guide Venice is a concise, full-colour travel guide that gives you reliable, user-friendly detail and great photos to uncover Italy's magical city of canals. Wander through the narrow streets, hop on a vaporetto along the Grand Canal, visit magnificent landmarks such as Piazza San Marco and its Basilica and the Doge's Palace - all the essential sights are in the Where to Go section.

To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of Venice's Top 10 Attractions, followed by ideas for how to spend the Perfect Day in Venice and immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere.

The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from Carnival and opera to nightlife and shopping.

The book provides all the essential background information, including an overview of the Venice's colourful history and suggestions for excursions to the nearby islands. There are carefully chosen listings of hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets and an A-Z of practical information.

Berlitz: Florence Pocket Guide [EPUB]

Berlitz: Florence Pocket Guide [EPUB]
Berlitz: Florence Pocket Guide, 14th Edition
2013 | EPUB | 35.48MB

Berlitz Pocket Guide Florence is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the very best that this remarkable city has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key sights, from its exquisite Duomo and world-famous Uffizi Gallery to the evocative Ponte Vecchio and fabulous shopping. Handy maps on the cover help you get around with ease.

To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 Attractions in Florence, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Day in the city. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from shopping for leather goods in Florence's many markets to catching an alfresco concert.

You'll also be armed with background information, including a brief history of the city and an Eating Out chapter covering its mouth-watering simple and rustic cuisine. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z to equip you with all the practical information you will need.

Berlitz: New York City Pocket Guide [EPUB]

Berlitz: New York City Pocket Guide [EPUB]
Berlitz: New York City Pocket Guide
2013 | EPUB | 33.12MB

Discover this iconic city of skyscrapers with the latest edition of Berlitz Pocket Guide New York City - a handy pocket-sized guide that's packed with concise information covering everything you need to know about the city's attractions, from buzzing Union Square to family-friendly Central Park and the laid-back Greenwich Village and Lower East Side.

To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of New York City's Top 10 Attractions, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Day in the city. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from nightlife and shopping to sports. The book also provides all the essential background information, including a brief history of the city and an Eating Out chapter covering the city's amazingly diverse cuisine. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants and an A-Z of all the practical information you'll need, while detailed maps help you navigate the city with ease.

Scandinavia (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Scandinavia (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Scandinavia (Insight Guides) by Joan Gannij, Fran Parnell
2012 | EPUB | 105.27MB

Insight Guide Scandinavia is your comprehensive guide to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Full-color photos throughout combine with lively text to inspire you to discover this vast and fascinating region.

Our inspirational Best of Scandinavia section outlines top attractions and activities not to miss, while features by local writers cover a whole range of subjects – from taking the Hurtigruten postal boat up the coast of Norway to tour the fjords to sleek Danish design and the popularity of Nordic cuisine. We explore the Scandinavian love of the great outdoors, and what to do if you’re invited for a glass of schnapps.

Lively and engaging essays on History and Culture cover a wide range of subjects, from the legacy of the Vikings to the food and drink, while the Places chapters will help you plan your trip to this natural landscape of sparkling fjords and rocky mountains, glassy lakes and rushing rivers, dense forests and frozen tundra.

The capital cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki are given the detailed attention they deserve to help you plan your trip. These vibrant cities house some of the most inspirational museums and finest art collections in Europe, with concerts and festivals bringing music and life to the streets; and Turku was deservedly chosen as a European Capital of Culture in 2011.

Major sites are cross-referenced with the detailed maps to help you get around, while the travel tips give you all the planning information you’ll need, and our writers give you their personal recommendations about where to eat and where to stay.

Kenya (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Kenya (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Kenya (Insight Guides) by Philip Briggs
2012 | EPUB | 116.37MB

Insight Guide Kenya a indispensable guide to a land of awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife and fascinating cultural diversity. Our inspirational Best of Kenya section highlights unmissable sights and experiences, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip. The selective listings for hotel and restaurants are the personal recommendations of a regional specialist.

Lavish Photo Features offer a unique insight into the country’s bird and plant life, and the Maasai tribespeople and Swahili culture.

With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, this guide provides an essential introduction to Kenya’s archeological significance, colonial history and transition to a modern republic and tourist magnet. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read and accompanied by stunning photography.

A detailed Places section, with full-color maps, guides you around the regions which make up this expansive country, from the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains, and the spectacular Masai Mara to palm-fringed beaches of the southern coast.