Black Fire [Audiobook]

Black Fire [Audiobook]
Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco [Audiobook] by Robert Graysmith, read by the Author
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 58 mins | 332.21MB

The first biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.

When 28-year-old San Francisco Daily Morning Call reporter Mark Twain met Tom Sawyer at a local bathhouse in 1863, he was seeking a subject for his first novel. As Twain steamed, played cards, and drank beer with Sawyer (a volunteer firefighter, customs inspector, and local hero responsible for having saved ninety lives at sea), he had second thoughts about Shirley Tempest, his proposed book about a local girl firefighter, and began to envision a novel of wider scope. Twain learned that a dozen years earlier the then eighteen-year-old New York-born Sawyer had been a “Torch Boy,” one of the youths who raced ahead of the volunteer firemen’s hand-drawn engines at night carrying torches to light the way, always aware that a single spark could reduce the all-wood city of San Francisco to ashes in an instant. At that time a mysterious serial arsonist known by some as “The Lightkeeper” was in the process of burning San Francisco to the ground six times in eighteen months – the most disastrous and costly series of fires ever experienced by any American metropolis.

Black Fire is the most thorough and accurate account of Sawyer’s relationship with Mark Twain and of the six devastating incendiary fires that baptized one of the modern world’s favorite cities. Set amid a scorched landscape of burning roads, melting iron warehouses, exploding buildings, and deadly gangs who extorted and ruled by fear, it includes the never-before-told stories of Sawyer’s heroism during the sinking of the steamship Independence and the crucial role Sawyer and the Torch Boys played in solving the mystery of the Lightkeeper.

Drawing on archival sources such as actual San Francisco newspaper interviews with Sawyer and the handwritten police depositions of the arrest of the Lightkeeper, bestselling author Robert Graysmith vividly portrays the gritty, corrupt, and violent world of Gold Rush-era San Francisco, overrun with gunfighters, hooligans, hordes of gold prospectors, crooked politicians, and vigilantes. By chronicling how Sawyer took it upon himself to investigate, expose, and stop the arsonist, Black Fire details – for the first time – Sawyer’s remarkable life and illustrates why Twain would later feel compelled to name his iconic character after his San Francisco buddy when he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft [Audiobook]

Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft [Audiobook]
Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft [Audiobook] by Geoffrey Hindley, read by Tim Bruce
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 8 hrs 42 mins | 239.45MB

Here Geoffrey Hindley serves us the history of military sieges from every angle, tracing the development of fortifications and equipment (offensive and defensive), penning vivid portraits of the weapons involved, exploring the psychology of laying siege, and even describing the role played by women and camp followers in battle. He shows siege tactics in action through real-life case studies of famous sieges that changed the course of history in medieval Europe and the Holy Land. His stimulating and accessible study will be fascinating reading for medieval specialists and for anyone who is interested in the history of warfare.

Silver Like Dust [Audiobook]

Silver Like Dust [Audiobook]
Silver Like Dust: One Family's Story of America's Japanese Internment [Audiobook] by Kimi Cunningham Grant, read by Emily Woo Zeller
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 36 mins | 209.12MB

The poignant story of a Japanese-American woman’s journey through one of the most shameful chapters in American history.

Kimi’s Obaachan, her grandmother, had always been a silent presence throughout her youth. Sipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or indulgently listening to Ojichan’s (grandfather’s) stories for the thousandth time, Obaachan was a missing link to Kimi’s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted to do was fit in, spurning traditional Japanese culture and her grandfather’s attempts to teach her the language.

But there was one part of Obaachan’s life that fascinated and haunted Kimi—her gentle yet proud Obaachan was once a prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese Americans, for more than five years of her life. Obaachan never spoke of those years, and Kimi’s own mother only spoke of it in whispers. It was a source of haji, or shame. But what really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman, and the thousands of other men, women, and children like her?

From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the terrifying train ride to Heart Mountain, Silver Like Dust captures a vital chapter the Japanese-American experience through the journey of one remarkable woman and the enduring bonds of family.

Peeling the Onion [Audiobook]

Peeling the Onion [Audiobook]
Peeling the Onion: A Memoir [Audiobook] by Gunter Grass, read by Norman Dietz
2007 | MP3@64 kbps | 15 hrs 30 mins | 424.44MB

In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize–winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his boyhood in a cramped two-room apartment in Danzig through the late 1950s, when The Tin Drum was published.

During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, in 1944, he was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.

Full of the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of wild love affairs, and the exhilaration of Paris in the early fifties, Peeling the Onion—which caused great controversy when it was published in Germany—reveals Grass at his most intimate.

Masters of Command [EPUB]

Masters of Command [EPUB]
Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership by Barry Strauss
2013 | EPUB | 3.12MB

In Masters of Command, Barry Strauss compares the way the three greatest generals of the ancient world—Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar—waged war and draws lessons from their experiences that apply on and off the battlefield.

Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar—each was a master of war. Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight, when, and why; to know what victory was and when to end the war; to determine how to bring stability to the lands he conquered. Each general had to be a battlefield tactician and more: a statesman, a strategist, a leader.

Tactics change, weapons change, but war itself remains much the same throughout the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to define success. Understanding where each of these three great (but flawed) commanders succeeded and failed can serve anyone who wants to think strategically or has to demonstrate leadership. In Masters of Command, Barry Strauss explains the qualities these great generals shared, the keys to their success, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself.

The result of years of research, Masters of Command is based on surviving written documents and archeological evidence as well as the author’s travels in Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia in the footsteps of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar.

The Moose That Roared [EPUB]

The Moose That Roared [EPUB]
The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose by Keith Scott
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.93/2.23MB

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show featured some of the wittiest, most inspired, and relentlessly hilarious animation ever created. The legendary Jay Ward and Bill Scott produced the gleeful wonder and cumulative joy that transcended the crude drawings and occasionally muddy sound. Jay Ward was the magnificent visionary, the outrageous showman, while Bill Scott was the genial, brilliant head writer, coproducer, and all-purpose creative whirlwind. With exclusive interviews, original scripts, artwork, story notes, letters and memos, Keith Scott has written the definitive history of Jay Ward Productions.

The Moose That Roared tells the story of a rare and magical relationship between two artists wildly, exuberantly ahead of their time, and a fascinating account of the struggle to bring their vision of bad puns and talking animals to unforgettable life.

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead [EPUB]

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead [EPUB]
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life by Charles Murray
2014 | EPUB | 1.77MB

For those starting out in their careers—and those who wish to advance more quickly—this is a delightfully fussy guide to the hidden rules of the road in the workplace and in life.

As bestselling author and social historian Charles Murray explains, at senior levels of an organization there are curmudgeons everywhere, judging your every move. Yet it is their good opinion you need to win if you hope to get ahead.

Among the curmudgeon’s day-to-day tips for the workplace:

  • Excise the word “like” from your spoken English
  • Don’t suck up
  • Stop “reaching out” and “sharing”
  • Rid yourself of piercings, tattoos, and weird hair colors
  • Make strong language count

His larger career advice includes:

  • What to do if you have a bad boss
  • Coming to grips with the difference between being nice and being good
  • How to write when you don’t know what to say
  • Being judgmental (it’s good, and you don’t have a choice anyway)

And on the great topics of life, the curmudgeon urges us to leave home no matter what, get real jobs (not internships), put ourselves in scary situations, and watch Groundhog Day repeatedly (he’ll explain).

Witty, wise, and pulling no punches, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead is an indispensable sourcebook for living an adult life.

Stress Relief for Men [EPUB]

Stress Relief for Men [EPUB]
Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well by Jed Diamond
2014 | EPUB | 2.83MB

Depression, fatigue, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, anger, and irritability: these are just some of the toxic effects of stress. Stress Relief for Men introduces energy healing techniques based on ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science that are designed to neutralize stress so that you can regain inner strength and power in your life--without talk therapy or drugs. According to preeminent heart surgeon and author Mehmet Oz, MD, "The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine." This essential resource provides the most scientifically sound tools from this emerging new field applied to the most pressing problems facing men today.

Learn how to:

  • Eradicate depression, anxiety, anger, and irritability
  • Improve your love life--including better communication with your partner
  • Eliminate chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and sleep better
  • Develop peace of mind, greater well-being, and a passion for life

This book teaches you how to apply these proven energy healing "power tools":

  • Earthing (Grounding)--healing through connection with the Earth's surface energy
  • Heart Coherence--heart-based breathing and visualization techniques
  • Attachment Love--activating healthy connection in relationships
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)--described as an emotional version of acupuncture

The ultimate goal of these practices is health, vitality, and empowerment--so that you can successfully navigate relationships, skillfully face life's challenges, and enjoy your life!

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide [EPUB]

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide [EPUB]
Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry edited by Robert W Thurston, Jonathan Morris, Shawn Steiman
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 16.11/15.66MB

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry offers a definitive guide to the many rich dimensions of the bean and the beverage around the world. Leading experts from business and academia consider coffee’s history, global spread, cultivation, preparation, marketing, and the environmental and social issues surrounding it today. They discuss, for example, the impact of globalization; the many definitions of organic, direct trade, and fair trade; the health of female farmers; the relationships among shade, birds, and coffee; roasting as an art and a science; and where profits are made in the commodity chain. Drawing on interviews and the lives of people working in the business—from pickers and roasters to coffee bar owners and consumers—this book brings a compelling human side to the story.

The authors avoid romanticizing or demonizing any group in the business. They consider basic but widely misunderstood issues such as who adds value to the bean, the constraints of peasant life, and the impact of climate change. Moving beyond simple answers, they represent various participants in the supply chain and a range of opinions about problems and suggested solutions in the industry. Coffee offers a multidimensional examination of a deceptively everyday but extremely complex commodity that remains at the center of many millions of lives. Tracing coffee’s journey from field to cup, this handbook to one of the world’s favorite beverages is an essential guide for professionals, coffee lovers, and students alike.

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali [EPUB]

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali [EPUB]
Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali by Vivienne Kruger
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 5.01/5.31MB

Explore the exotic world of Balinese cooking—a cuisine dedicated to the gods and fueled by an aromatic array of fresh tropical island spices and ingredients!

In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island's intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. This book provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to make an exciting exploration into the exotic world of Balinese cooking, with chapters on:

  • The traditional Balinese kitchen
  • Snacking at a roadside warung food stall
  • Visiting a traditional Balinese market
  • Preparing delicious satays with a Balinese twist
  • Brewing heavenly kopi Bali coffee

Containing interviews with Balinese master cooks and over 40 of their favorite recipes, Balinese Food presents the full range of food experiences you will find in Bali. Sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, and resources make Balinese Food a delightful social and cultural guide to the food of this fascinating island.

Haute Dogs Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments [EPUB]

Haute Dogs Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments [EPUB]
Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments by Russell van Kraayenburg
2014 | EPUB | 15.94MB

Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments gives the classic cookout staple a fresh and tasty twist, with recipes inspired by everything from south-of-the-border BBQ to Japanese fusion to modern food-cart cuisine. Handcraft your own top-notch dogs, buns, and condiments with step-by-step from-scratch instructions, and brush up on your hot dog history with an in-depth look at tasty traditions from the U.S. and beyond. Just in time for summer, this indispensable guide will make your grilling extraordinary.

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook [EPUB]

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook [EPUB]
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Whole Foods Recipes, Including Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and Egg-Free Dishes by Alissa Segersten, Tom Malterre
2014 | EPUB | 19.76MB

Food is powerful medicine and whole foods, or foods in their natural unrefined forms, offer us vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that prevent diseases and create a state of balance and health within us. Nutritionist Tom Malterre and Chef Alissa Segersten understand that food can be both healing and delicious and in The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook they provide information on the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle, and how to transition into one. Readers will learn to prepare foods that promote optimal health, prevent disease, and energize the body. With over 300 delicious, nourishing recipes, readers will discover amazing, new ways to cook whole grains, fish, poultry, meat and veggies. The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook includes:

  • Evidence-based information on whole foods
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free recipes
  • A complete guide to stocking your whole foods pantry
  • The whole story on the current diet trends and how to adapt them to best serve your individual needs
  • The real story behind toxicity in food and avoiding PCBs GMOs and non-organics
  • Recipes that any vegan, vegetarian, carnivore or omnivore will love

Whether serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or desserts, readers will enjoy their food while healing their immune system, decreasing the inflammation that causes disease, balancing hormones and promoting better overall health.

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq [EPUB]

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq [EPUB]
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/0.9MB

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate--the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The consequences of that policy are shown in the author's brilliant reporting on the ground in Iraq, where he made four tours on assignment for The New Yorker. We see up close the struggles of American soldiers and civilians and Iraqis from all backgrounds, thrown together by a war that followed none of the preconceived scripts.

The Assassins' Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier's family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer's first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America's most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.

Young Mr. Roosevelt [Audiobook]

Young Mr. Roosevelt [Audiobook]
Young Mr Roosevelt: FDR's Introduction to War, Politics, and Life [Audiobook] by Stanley Weintraub, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 06 mins | 250.33MB

In Young Mr. Roosevelt Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I. Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature was rising, his testy marriage to his cousin Eleanor was fraying amid scandal quietly covered up. Ever indomitable, even polio a year later would not suppress his inevitable ascent.

Against the backdrop of a reluctant America’s entry into a world war and FDR’s hawkish build-up of a modern navy, Washington’s gossip-ridden society, and the nation’s surging economy, Weintraub summons up the early influences on the young and enterprising nephew of his predecessor, “Uncle Ted.”

Scorpions [Audiobook]

Scorpions [Audiobook]
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices [Audiobook] by Noah Feldman, read by the Author
2010 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 40 mins | 803.92MB

A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed.

Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius.

They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. SCORPIONS tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World [EPUB]

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World [EPUB]
Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.01/1.14MB

In this first collection of interviews since the bestselling 9-11, our foremost intellectual activist examines crucial new questions of U.S. foreign policy

Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America’s policies in an increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of “preemptive” strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration, warning of the growing threat to international peace posed by the U.S. drive for domination. In his inimitable style, Chomsky also dissects the propaganda system that fabricates a mythic past and airbrushes inconvenient facts out of history.

Barsamian, recipient of the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, has conducted more interviews and radio broadcasts with Chomsky than has any other journalist. Enriched by their unique rapport, Imperial Ambitions explores topics Chomsky has never before discussed, among them the 2004 presidential campaign and election, the future of Social Security, and the increasing threat, including devastating weather patterns, of global warming. The result is an illuminating dialogue with one of the leading thinkers of our time—and a startling picture of the turbulent times in which we live.

Long Mile Home [EPUB]

Long Mile Home [EPUB]
Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by Scott Helman, Jenna Russell
2014 | EPUB | 15.0MB

In the tradition of 102 Minutes and Columbine, the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from The Boston Globe and published to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedy

Long Mile Home will tell the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.

The authors, both journalists at The Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep, relentless, and widely praised coverage of the event. Through the eyes of seven principal characters including the bombers, the wounded, a victim, a cop, and a doctor, Helman and Russell will trace the distinct paths that brought them together. With an unprecedented level of detail and insight, the book will offer revelations, insights, and powerful stories of heroism and humanity.

Long Mile Home will also highlight the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community. It will portray the city on its worst day but also at its best.

Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage [EPUB]

Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage [EPUB]
Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage by Catherine McIntyre
2013 | EPUB | 18.89MB

Catherine McIntyre, like many fine artists, created traditional art for decades before encountering the versatility of digital imaging technology. Free of her Rotring pens and scalpel, she now uses Photoshop to create her montages.

Visual Alchemy explores McIntyre’s sources of inspiration as well as her methods, offering an aesthetic guide to composition, color, texture and all of the other means of communication that artists have at their disposal. While these concepts and techniques make use of Photoshop, they will apply to any digital imaging program and indeed to any medium, whether traditional or digital. Featuring McIntyre’s own art as well as that of artists around the globe, Visual Alchemy is an invitation to discover the artistic possibilities of picture making through digital montage.

Creative Block [EPUB]

Creative Block [EPUB]
Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa
2014 | EPUB | 26.73MB

Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow.

Each artist offers a tried-and-true exercise—from road trips to 30-day challenges to cataloging the medicine cabinet— that will kick-start the creative process. Abundantly visual with more than 300 images showcasing these artists' resulting work, Creative Block is a vital ally to students, artists, and creative professionals.

The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps [EPUB]

The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps [EPUB]
The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps by Tony Buzan
2012 | EPUB | 13.13MB

This book is the definitive guide to Mind Mapping. Tony Buzan has changed the lives of millions with Mind Maps, his revolutionary system of note-taking that will help you excel in every area of your life. This practical full-colour book shows how this incredible thinking tool works and how you can use it to achieve your full potential.

The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps will help you:

  • Come up with brilliant ideas
  • Find inspired solutions to any problem
  • Create more time for yourself
  • Set goals and achieve them
  • Motivate yourself and others
  • Remember anything you want when you want

Colour illustrated throughout, this definitive guide is packed full of examples of amazing thinking tools and practical Mind Map examples, including running a meeting, preparing for an interview, starting up a new venture, planning family events, shopping for gifts, designing a garden, getting fit, and writing a speech for a wedding.

It can even help you plan your ideal future!

Mind Map Handbook [EPUB]

Mind Map Handbook [EPUB]
Mind Map Handbook: The Ultimate Thinking Tool by Tony Buzan
2013 | EPUB | 3.79MB

Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping technique is a revolutionary thinking tool that has changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. The Mind Map Handbook is the indispensible guide to his unique system and will help you discover and harness the genius within you.

The Mind Map Handbook brings together three of Tony Buzan’s inspiring works in one compact volume, namely How to Mind Map, The Power of Verbal Intelligence and The Power of Creative Intelligence. It will show you how to:

  • Increase your vocabulary, creativity and memory
  • Persuade people and hone negotiation skills
  • Improve your understanding of any subject
  • Generate brilliant ideas and push them to their limits
  • Solve problems by seeing them from unusual and unique angles
  • Tap in to your natural genuis.

The New Science of Learning [EPUB]

The New Science of Learning [EPUB]
The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain by Terry Doyle, Todd Zakrajsek
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.57/1.41MB

Learning to learn is the key skill for tomorrow. This breakthrough book builds the foundation every student needs, from freshman orientation to graduate school

Recent advances in brain science show that most students’ learning strategies are highly inefficient, ineffective or just plain wrong. While all learning requires effort, better learning does not require more effort, but rather effectively aligning how the brain naturally learns with the demands of your studies. This book shows you what is involved in learning new material, how the human brain processes new information, and what it takes for that information to stick with you even after the test.

Taking a small amount of time to read and act upon the material in this book will prove to be one of the best decisions you can make as a learner. What you discover will change the way you learn in college and will be helpful in your personal and professional life. You live in a world where you will have to be a lifelong learner, constantly updating your skills and changing jobs to compete in the global marketplace. Most college students today will have as many as 10-14 different jobs by age 38. Learning how to learn in harmony with your brain is crucial to your long-term success.

The New Science of Learning explains straightforward strategies for changing how you prepare to learn, engage with your course material, and set about improving recall of newly learned material whenever you need it. This is not another book about study skills and time management strategies, but instead an easy-to-read description of the research about how the human brain learns in a way that you can put into practice right away.

Did you know neuroscientists have shown that memories are made while you sleep, and by studying right before sleeping you can make stronger memories for your information? In this book the authors explain the role that sleep, exercise and your senses play in learning; how memory works and what makes the brain pay attention; the importance of your mindset towards learning and pattern recognition; as well as new breakthroughs in brain science that can enhance your ability to learn new information and make later recall (for tests or everyday life) easier.

This book will put you on the path to reaching your full learning potential.

Brain Changer [EPUB]

Brain Changer [EPUB]
Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life by David DiSalvo
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 1.28/2.76MB

Let’s be honest. You’ve tried the sticky-note inspirations, the motivational calendar, and the cute (but ineffective) “carpe diem” mug—yet your attitude hasn’t changed. It’s time to apply cutting-edge science to the challenges of daily life.

While everyone desires self-improvement, we are quickly frustrated when trying to implement the contradictory philosophies of self-appointed self-help gurus. Too often, their advice is based on anecdote and personal opinion, not real research.

Bestselling author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain’s Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, communications, and even marketing, DiSalvo replaces self-help with “science help.” He demonstrates how the brain’s enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a factor that we can control to change our lives.

Findings show our brains are fluid and function much like a feedback loop: stimulants from both our environment and from within ourselves catalyze changes in the brain’s response. That response then elicits additional inputs that the brain identifies and analyzes to further tailor its response. DiSalvo shows that the greatest internal tool we have to affect the feedback loop is metacognition (“thinking about thinking”).

Littered with relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, Brain Changer shows you how to harness metacognition to enrich your life.

Success Through Stillness [EPUB]

Success Through Stillness [EPUB]
Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple [Audiobook] by Russell Simmons, read by Herbert Point-Du-Jour
2014 | EPUB | 3.37MB

Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential.

In the New York Times bestseller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank—wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living.

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no “bad” way to meditate, only different forms for different people.

In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he's learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.

50 Psychology Classics [Audiobook]

50 Psychology Classics [Audiobook]
50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books [Audiobook] by Tom Butler-Bowdon, read by Sean Pratt
2007 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + PDF | 12 hrs 23 mins | 341.9MB

50 Psychology Classics is a thinking person's guide to popular psychology. In a journey that spans 50 books, hundreds of ideas, and over a century in time, it explores important contemporary writings such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness as well as wisdom from key figures in psychology's development.

EXPLORE the work of some of the greatest thinkers in psychology, including: Alfred Adler, Albert Ellis, Milton Erickson, Erik Erikson, Viktor Frankl, Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud, Harry Harlow, Karen Horney, William James, Carl Jung, Afred Kinsey, Melanie Klein, RD Laing, Abraham Maslow, Stanley Milgram, Ivan Pavlov, Fritz Perls, Jean Piaget, Carl Rogers, BF Skinner

GAIN insights into the scientific research of leading contemporary psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists.

DISCOVER why we think and act the way we do through the landmark bestsellers of psychology.

With insightful commentaries on each classic, biographical information on the authors, plus a guide to further key titles, 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS provides a unique overview of this fascinating subject.

Great Sex Made Simple [EPUB]

Great Sex Made Simple [EPUB]
Great Sex Made Simple: Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy & Heighten Pleasure by Mark A. Michaels, Patricia Johnson
2012 | EPUB | 7.21MB

Take your sex life from ordinary to extraordinary with this fun and easy-to-use beginner's guide to authentic Tantra. Explore new and surprising sources of sensual delight with fifty-four Tantric techniques for enhancing intimacy and deepening pleasure. Proving that Tantric lovemaking doesn't have to take hours, Tantra experts Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson present straightforward, simple practices that anyone can do. Along with fundamental principles of Tantric sex, you will discover amazing ways to prolong arousal, satisfy your partner, maximize bliss, and reach higher states of consciousness.

  • Erotic trigger points
  • Massage
  • Fantasy and role-play
  • Kissing
  • Self-pleasuring
  • Breathwork
  • Eye-gazing
  • Meditation

Women, Sex, Power, And Pleasure [EPUB]

Women, Sex, Power, And Pleasure [EPUB]
Women, Sex, Power, And Pleasure: Getting the Life (and Sex) You Want by Evelyn Resh
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.6/0.9MB

In her new book, Women, Sex, Power & Pleasure, Evelyn Resh, a sexuality counselor and certified nurse-midwife, takes an innovative approach to helping women create the lives – and sex lives – they want. With a funny and compassionate, yet tell-it-like-it-is style, she looks at the relationship between feeling powerful in life and accessing life’s pleasures, and their combined effect on sexual desire. Resh introduces six essential qualities that women must have to live healthfully, stating that when these are out of balance women seem to exist in lives devoid of pleasure, self-empowerment, and sex. These markers of emotional well-being are:

  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Healthy Habits
  • Spiritual Satisfaction
  • Creativity
  • Self-assurance/re-assurance
  • Compassion and Empathy

Once the six traits are laid out, Resh devotes the rest of the book to exploring how, when one or more of a woman’s markers of emotional well-being are off kilter, their reasons for avoiding sex mount exponentially. She looks at some of the most common excuses she’s heard over her many years as a sexuality counselor – I Feel Nothing, It’s All He Thinks About, I’m Too Busy!, I’m Too Fat to Have Sex – and outlines the specific imbalances that create this void of sexual desire and activity. With practical guidance, self-assessment questions, and stories from her practice and personal life, Resh explains to modern women how to regain their emotional wellness and live a powerful life that includes a steady relationship with pleasure and sexual satisfaction.

This book is a must read for all women. From housewives to sophisticated urban corporate types, from new moms to post-menopausal women – this book will help any woman who feels estranged from her sexual energy and a sense of empowerment, and deprived of pleasure, or who views sex as just another thing to tick off her overwhelming to-do list.

Evolution: Components and Mechanisms [EPUB]

Evolution: Components and Mechanisms [EPUB]
Evolution: Components and Mechanisms by David Zeigler
2014 | EPUB | 2.51MB

Evolution: Components and Mechanisms introduces the many recent discoveries and insights that have added to the discipline of organic evolution, and combines them with the key topics needed to gain a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of evolution. Each chapter covers an important topic or factor pertinent to a modern understanding of evolutionary theory, allowing easy access to particular topics for either study or review. Many chapters are cross-referenced.

Modern evolutionary theory has expanded significantly within only the past two to three decades. In recent times the definition of a gene has evolved, the definition of organic evolution itself is in need of some modification, the number of known mechanisms of evolutionary change has increased dramatically, and the emphasis placed on opportunity and contingency has increased. This book synthesizes these changes and presents many of the novel topics in evolutionary theory in an accessible and thorough format.

This book is an ideal, up-to-date resource for biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and researchers in, as well as students and academics in these areas and professional scientists in many subfields of biology.

  • Discusses many of the mechanisms responsible for evolutionary change
  • Includes an appendix that provides a brief synopsis of these mechanisms with most discussed in greater detail in respective chapters
  • Aids readers in their organization and understanding of the material by addressing the basic concepts and topics surrounding organic evolution
  • Covers some topics not typically addressed, such as opportunity, contingency, symbiosis, and progress

Sort Your Brain Out [EPUB]

Sort Your Brain Out [EPUB]
Sort Your Brain Out: Boost Your Performance, Manage Stress and Achieve More by Jack Lewis, Adrian Webster
2014 | EPUB | 1.44MB

Optimize your brainpower and performance with practical tools and skills

The human brain is constantly rewiring its 160 billion cells, continually and imperceptibly changing the way we think. Because of that, we can fundamentally change the way our brains work—for the better. Sort Your Brain Out shows you how to re-wire your brain to be more creative, make better decisions, improve your mood and memory, manage stress, and stave off senility. The book explains how the brain works and what you can do every day to subtly alter your behaviours, beliefs, and motivations to create positive change in your life and health.

  • Presents tools and exercises for maximizing your brain power
  • Written by brain scientist and television personality Dr. Jack Lewis and motivational speaker Adrian Webster
  • Includes brain-powered self-help advice that will improve your mood, help you deal with stress, and be better and smarter at work or in your everyday life

In Sort Your Brain Out, you'll discover how to shape and control the most adaptable organ in your body to think more creatively, keep your memory sharp, and live a better life on a daily basis.

The End of Back Pain [EPUB]

The End of Back Pain [EPUB]
The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body by Patrick Roth
2014 | EPUB | 3.02MB

Free yourself from back pain without surgery!

Most of what you have been told about back pain is completely wrong. Now, for the frst time, Dr. Patrick Roth shares his groundbreaking and highly efective plan to alleviate back pain. His progressive and innovative approach will reveal how:

  • Back pain sometimes has little to do with the back.
  • Pain medications can cause more pain.
  • Weight loss does not improve back pain.
  • You know your body best. That makes you smarter than your doctor.

This back-strengthening program goes far beyond traditional abdominal core work to strategically target your "hidden core," including all the vital front, side, and back muscles that line, stabilize, and support the spine. Dr. Roth empowers your body and mind to remarkably decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of back pain, giving you true and lasting relief.

How to be a Productivity Ninja [EPUB]

How to be a Productivity Ninja [EPUB]
How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do by Graham Allcott
2014 | EPUB | 3.96MB

In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it when it comes to overflowing inboxes, ever-expanding to-do lists and endless, pointless meetings. Thankfully there is a better way: The Way of the Productivity Ninja.

Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage you will get your inbox down to zero, make the most of your attention, beat procrastination and learn to work smarter, not harder.

Written by one of the UK’s foremost productivity experts, How to be a Productivity Ninja is a fun, accessible and practical guide to staying cool, calm and collected, getting more done, and learning to love your work again.

Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World [EPUB]

Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World [EPUB]
Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World by Yinglan Tan
2011 | EPUB | 4.66MB

It is widely-believed that China's entrepreneur has grown and their businesses are succeeding primarily due to their knowledge of the domestic market, quick adaptation to market changes, and their resourcefulness. But innovation? Forget about it.

Well, not quite.

Drawing on a wealth of on-the-ground stories and thorough research, Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators Are Changing the World shows how Chinese companies of every stripe have dispelled this myth and overcome the barriers to successful, profitable innovation.

  • How did Neil Shen, co-founder of CTRIP Capital China, see the opportunity for a Chinese travel site?
  • How did Ray Zhang, CEO of Ehi, scale up one of the most innovative hybrid car-rental companies in China?
  • How did Zhang Tao, CEO of Dianping, start a ZAGAT-inspired user-review site for restaurants and establish a continuous process of innovation?

Yinglan Tan has spent more than five years learning the secrets of Chinese innovators, a fast-growing subculture playing key roles in China's transformative transition from "Made in China" to "Innovated in China." Learn:

  • What is the path that an innovative Chinese private-owned enterprise take?
  • How blue-chip innovators remix business models successfully in China?
  • What are the capabilities that these innovative companies acquire?
  • How they harness the necessary resources and navigate around legal restrictions?
  • How do they attract, train and retain talent?
  • How do these companies experiment with innovative approaches and also manage the risk of innovation?
  • What are the lessons learnt and how would these entrepreneurial innovators advise others who are embarking on the same journey?

China's rapid economic growth has made it a crucial market but multinational corporations are now competing with China's own homegrown businesses. Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators Are Changing The World uncovers the common threads amongst Chinese entrepreneurs as they reach into a wider world.

iPad for Photographers, 2nd edition [EPUB]

iPad for Photographers, 2nd edition [EPUB]
iPad for Photographers: A Guide to Managing, Editing, and Displaying Photographs Using Your iPad, 2nd edition by Ben Harvell, Rachael D'Cruze
2013 | EPUB | 12.13MB

Think the little LCD on the back of your camera is useful? You haven’t seen anything yet. This book will show you how to put photography’s new essential piece of kit at the centre of your workflow, enabling you to bridge the gap between the camera and the internet by importing and uploading photos to the cloud, edit images on the road with the latest and most powerful apps, and organise and design your portfolio in a sleek and stylish package that will impress clients and present your work at its best. Novice or pro, the photographic uses of your iPad are endless, and this guide gives you everything you need to take full advantage of this powerful tool’s capabilities.

  • Fully updated for the latest apps, retina screen, iPad mini, and iOS 6.
  • Catch up or get left behind – fluency with an iPad is now an industry standard.
  • A must-read for iPad-owning digital photographers everywhere.

Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone [EPUB]

Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone [EPUB]
Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone by Jon Agar
2013 | EPUB | 3.67MB

Mobile phones are a ubiquitous technology with a fascinating history. There are now as many mobile phones in the world as there are people. We carry them around with us wherever we go. And while we used to just speak into them, now mobiles are used to do all kinds of tasks, from talking to twittering, from playing a game to paying a bill.

Jon Agar takes the mobile to pieces, tracing what makes it work, and puts it together again, showing how it was shaped in different national contexts in the United States, Europe, the Far East and Africa. He tells the story from the early associations with cars and the privileged, through its immense popular success, to the rise of the smartphone.

Few scientific revolutions affect us in such a day-to-day way as the development of the mobile phone. Jon Agar's deft history explains exactly how this revolution has come about - and where it may lead in the future.

Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium [EPUB]

Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium [EPUB]
Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium by Michael Z Newman
2014 | EPUB | 5.29MB

Since the days of early television, video has been an indispensable part of culture, society, and moving-image media industries. Over the decades, it has been an avant-garde artistic medium, a high-tech consumer gadget, a format for watching movies at home, a force for democracy, and the ultimate, ubiquitous means of documenting reality. In the twenty-first century, video is the name we give all kinds of moving images. We know it as an adaptable medium that bridges analog and digital, amateur and professional, broadcasting and recording, television and cinema, art and commercial culture, and old media and new digital networks.

In this history, Michael Z. Newman casts video as a medium of shifting value and legitimacy in relation to other media and technologies, particularly film and television. Video has been imagined as more or less authentic or artistic than movies or television, as more or less democratic and participatory, as more or less capable of capturing the real. Techno-utopian rhetoric has repeatedly represented video as a revolutionary medium, promising to solve the problems of the past and the present -- often the very problems associated with television and the society shaped by it -- and to deliver a better future. Video has also been seen more negatively, particularly as a threat to movies and their culture. This study considers video as an object of these hopes and fears and builds an approach to thinking about the concept of the medium in terms of cultural status.

The Hacker Playbook [EPUB]

The Hacker Playbook [EPUB]
The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing by Peter Kim
2014 | EPUB | 13.42MB

Just as a professional athlete doesn’t show up without a solid game plan, ethical hackers, IT professionals, and security researchers should not be unprepared, either. The Hacker Playbook provides them their own game plans. Written by a longtime security professional and CEO of Secure Planet, LLC, this step-by-step guide to the “game” of penetration hacking features hands-on examples and helpful advice from the top of the field.

Through a series of football-style “plays,” this straightforward guide gets to the root of many of the roadblocks people may face while penetration testing—including attacking different types of networks, pivoting through security controls, and evading antivirus software.

From “Pregame” research to “The Drive” and “The Lateral Pass,” the practical plays listed can be read in order or referenced as needed. Either way, the valuable advice within will put you in the mindset of a penetration tester of a Fortune 500 company, regardless of your career or level of experience.

Whether you’re downing energy drinks while desperately looking for an exploit, or preparing for an exciting new job in IT security, this guide is an essential part of any ethical hacker’s library—so there’s no reason not to get in the game.

The Mystery of Market Movements [EPUB]

The Mystery of Market Movements [EPUB]
The Mystery of Market Movements: An Archetypal Approach to Investment Forecasting and Modelling by Niklas Hageback
2014 | EPUB | 1.21MB

A quantifiable framework for unlocking the unconscious forces that shape markets

There has long been a notion that subliminal forces play a great part in causing the seemingly irrational financial bubbles, which conventional economic theory, again and again, fails to explain. However, these forces, sometimes labeled ‘animal spirits’ or ‘irrational exuberance, have remained elusive - until now. The Mystery of Market Movements provides you with a methodology to timely predict and profit from changes in human investment behaviour based on the workings of the collective unconscious.

Niklas Hageback draws in on one of psychology's most influential ideas - archetypes - to explain how they form investor’s perceptions and can be predicted and turned into profit. The Mystery of Market Movements provides:

  • A review of the collective unconscious and its archetypes based on Carl Jung’s theories and empirical case studies that highlights and assesses the influences of the collective unconscious on financial bubbles and zeitgeists
  • For the first time being able to objectively measure the impact of archetypal forces on human thoughts and behaviour with a view to provide early warning signals on major turns in the markets. This is done through a step-by-step guide on how to develop a measurement methodology based on an analysis of the language of the unconscious; figurative speech such as metaphors and symbolism, drawn out and deciphered from Big Data sources, allowing for quantification into time series
  • The book is supplemented with an online resource that presents continuously updated bespoken archetypal indexes with predictive capabilities to major financial indexes

Investors are often unaware of the real reasons behind their own financial decisions. This book explains why psychological drivers in the collective unconscious dictates not only investment behaviour but also political, cultural and social trends. Understanding these forces allows you to stay ahead of the curve and profit from market tendencies that more traditional methods completely overlook.

My So-Called Freelance Life [EPUB]

My So-Called Freelance Life [EPUB]
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.57/2.21MB

Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling work on your own time and also make a living in the process? My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Confused as to whether you should tell your clients that the odd gurgling sound during a conference call is emanating from the infant sleeping on your shoulder? Goodman answers all of the unusual questions that may arise for women exploring the freelance world. Far more than your normal business guidebook, My So-Called Freelance Life blends candid, humorous anecdotes from a wide variety of freelancers with Goodman’s own personal experiences as a creative worker for hire.

Whether you’re a freelance first-timer or a seasoned creative professional, copyediting queen or web guru, My So-Called Freelance Life is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in freelancing.

The Soft Edge [EPUB]

The Soft Edge [EPUB]
The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard
2014 | EPUB | 0.9MB

What Does it Take to Get Ahead Now—And Stay There?

High performance has always required shrewd strategy and superb execution. These factors remain critical, especially given today’s unprecedented business climate. But Rich Karlgaard—Forbes publisher, entrepreneur, investor, and board director—takes a surprising turn and argues that there is now a third element that’s required for competitive advantage. It fosters innovation, it accelerates strategy and execution, and it cannot be copied or bought. It is found in a perhaps surprising place—your company’s values.

Karlgaard examined a variety of enduring companies and found that they have one thing in common; all have leveraged their deepest values alongside strategy and execution, allowing them to fuel growth as well as weather hard times. Karlgaard shares these stories and identifies the five key variables that make up every organization’s “soft edge”:

  • Trust: Northwestern Mutual has built a $25 million dollar revenue juggernaut on trust, the foundation of lasting success. Learn how to create an environment that engenders trust and propels high performance.
  • Smarts: In most technical fields your formal education quickly becomes out of date. How do you keep up? Learn how the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University women’s basketball team, and others stay on top by relentlessly pursuing an advantage through smarts.
  • Teamwork: Since collaboration and innovation are a must in the global economy, effective teamwork is vital. Learn how global giant FedEx stays focused and how nimble Nest Labs relies on lean teams with cognitive diversity.
  • Taste: Clever product design and integration are proxies for intelligence because they make customers feel smart. But taste goes further into deep emotional engagement. Specialized Bicycles calls it “the elusive spot between data truth and human truth.” How can you consistently make products or services that trigger these emotional touch points?
  • Story: Companies that achieve lasting success have an enduring and emotionally appealing story. What’s your company’s story? How do you tell it your way? Gain the ability to create a powerful narrative in a world where outsiders often exercise the louder voice.

Predisposed [EPUB]

Predisposed [EPUB]
Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences by John R Hibbing, Kevin B Smith, John R Alford
2013 | EPUB | 1.69MB

Buried in many people and operating largely outside the realm of conscious thought are forces inclining us toward liberal or conservative political convictions. Our biology predisposes us to see and understand the world in different ways, not always reason and the careful consideration of facts. These predispositions are in turn responsible for a significant portion of the political and ideological conflict that marks human history.

With verve and wit, renowned social scientists John Hibbing, Kevin Smith, and John Alford—pioneers in the field of biopolitics—present overwhelming evidence that people differ politically not just because they grew up in different cultures or were presented with different information. Despite the oft-heard longing for consensus, unity, and peace, the universal rift between conservatives and liberals endures because people have diverse psychological, physiological, and genetic traits. These biological differences influence much of what makes people who they are, including their orientations to politics.

Political disputes typically spring from the assumption that those who do not agree with us are shallow, misguided, uninformed, and ignorant. Predisposed suggests instead that political opponents simply experience, process, and respond to the world differently. It follows, then, that the key to getting along politically is not the ability of one side to persuade the other side to see the error of its ways but rather the ability of each side to see that the other is different, not just politically, but physically. Predisposed will change the way you think about politics and partisan conflict.

As a bonus, the book includes a "Left/Right 20 Questions" game to test whether your predispositions lean liberal or conservative.

Weed Land [EPUB]

Weed Land [EPUB]
Weed Land: Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit by Peter Hecht
2014 | EPUB | 1.06MB

Early in the morning of September 5, 2002, camouflaged and heavily armed Drug Enforcement Administration agents descended on a terraced marijuana garden. The DEA raid on the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, a sanctuary for severely ill patients who were using marijuana as medicine, is the riveting opening scene in Weed Land, an up-close journalistic narrative that chronicles a transformative epoch for marijuana in America.

From the 1996 passage of California’s Proposition 215, the nation’s first medical marijuana law, through law enforcement raids, clinical studies that revealed medical benefits for cannabis, and the emergence of a lucrative cannabis industry, Weed Land reveals the changing political, legal, economic, and social dynamics around pot. Peter Hecht, an award-winning journalist from The Sacramento Bee, offers an independent, meticulously reported account of the clashes and contradictions of a burgeoning California cannabis culture that stoked pot liberalization across the country.

The Blender Girl [EPUB]

The Blender Girl [EPUB]
The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes by Tess Masters
2014 | EPUB | 17.89MB

What’s your perfect blend?

On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.

Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce, Twisted Caesar Pleaser, Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.

Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.

Booze Cakes [EPUB]

Booze Cakes [EPUB]
Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine, and Beer by Krystina Castella, Terry Lee Stone
2010 | EPUB | 65.06MB

Mix, Bake, Buzz!

Booze Cakes features step-by-step recipes for spiking delicious confections with spirits, wine, and beer. These delightfully tipsy desserts are perfect for dinner parties, potlucks, and pitch-ins! You’ll find recipes for:

  • Classic Booze Cakes: All the recipes your grandparents used to bake, including salty-sweet Honey Spice Beer Cake, bourbon-filled Lane Cake frosted with decadent bourbon buttercream, and teeny-tiny yet potent Tropical Fruitcake Cupcakes.
  • Cocktail Cakes: These brand-new recipes are based on classic cocktails and mixed drinks: A tropical Piña Colada Cake, Mint Julep Cupcakes made with Kentucky bourbon, and creamy, chocolatey Rum-and-Coke Whoopie Pies.
  • Cake Shots: For the perfect party snack, try bite-sized Long Island Iced Tea Cakes, decadent little Wine-Tastiing Cakes, and every imaginable flavor of Jelly Cake Shot.
  • Cakes With A Twist: These extraordinary cake recipes are made even better with alcohol. Enjoy a Jägermeister-powered Deutsch German Chocolate Cake, Shamelessly Rich Carrot Cake infused with 151-proof rum, and frosty, delicious Spiked Ice-Cream Cake.

Featured throughout are tips and tricks on baking with alcohol, serving suggestions for fun cocktail-cake parties, and yummy cocktail recipes to accompany your confections—plus a handy “Booze Meter” that tracks the total alcohol content in each of these decadent desserts Indulge yourself!

Paris Pastry Club [EPUB]

Paris Pastry Club [EPUB]
Paris Pastry Club: A Collection of Cakes, Tarts, Pastries and Other Indulgent Recipes by Fanny Zanotti
2014 | EPUB | 16.31MB

A charming collection of pastries and sweet treats. In Paris Pastry Club, Fanny Zanotti recalls her food memories and favorite recipes of France through all the flavors of her childhood. Taste her grandma's rich nougat, her mama's orange and yogurt cake that was inhaled on Sundays, and a fail-safe recipe for crepes that she perfected at her papa's creperie. As well as old favorites, Fanny shares her own recipes from her years as a successful pastry chef. Make a lemon weekend loaf for lazy Saturdays, comforting, chocolate-packed break-up cake and mouth watering better-than-brownies cookies. Let Fanny hold your hand as she gives step-by-step instructions on how to make all persuasions of pastry. Steal her clever advice on how to save time by making ahead, freezing, and even using the microwave without losing the magic.

Illustrated throughout with Fanny's delightful line drawings, Paris Pastry Club will give you the confidence to release your inner pastry chef and is a must for anyone who loves to bake.

Baking Sourdough Bread [EPUB]

Baking Sourdough Bread [EPUB]
Baking Sourdough Bread: Dozens of Recipes for Artisan Loaves, Crackers, and Sweet Breads by Göran Söderin, George Strachal
2014 | EPUB | 21.48MB

Sourdough is magic. It’s healthy, it’s tasty, and it’s alive. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a magician to craft beautiful, tasty loaves from it. Baking sourdough bread is an art for everyone. Baking Sourdough Bread is the cookbook and guide into the delicious, healthy world of sourdough.

Baking with sourdough isn’t difficult; the biggest challenge is patience! But take it easy, and your taste buds will be rewarded with a crispy crust and rich, full flavor. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to know a few tricks when mastering the art, and this book offers plenty. Learn to make a sourdough starter, and keep the leaven active with regular feeding. Try different flours and unique ingredients; did you know you can make delectable bread with apples and raisins, for example?

The book contains recipes for classics like levain and Old English wheat-and-sourdough, unique twists like carrot bread and hazelnut, and sweet breads such as the German gugelhupf, among many others. But it’s not just the recipes that make the book a treat. It’s the creativity it cultivates. The book is a starter—and not just for sourdough.

Donald Link Down South [EPUB]

Donald Link Down South [EPUB]
Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything by Donald Link, Paula Disbrowe
2014 | EPUB | 39.17MB

Perhaps best known as the James Beard Award-winning chef behind some of New Orleans’s most beloved restaurants, including Cochon and Herbsaint, Donald Link also has a knack for sniffing out a backyard barbecue wherever he travels and scoring an invitation to sample some of the best food around. In Down South he combines his talents to unearth true down home Southern cooking so everyone can pull up a seat at the table and sample some of the region’s finest flavors.

Link rejoices in the slow-cooked pork barbecue of Memphis, fresh seafood all along the Gulf coast, peas and shell beans from the farmlands in Mississippi and Alabama, Kentucky single barrel bourbon, and other regional standouts in 110 recipes and 100 color photographs. Along the way, he introduces all sorts of characters and places, including pitmaster Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Louisiana goat farmer Bill Ryal, beloved Southern writer Julia Reed, a true Tupelo honey apiary in Florida, and a Texas lamb ranch with a llama named Fritz.

Join Link Down South, where tall tales are told, drinks are slung back, great food is made to be shared, and too many desserts, it turns out, is just the right amount.