Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West [EPUB]

Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West [EPUB]
Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West by Frithjof Schuon
2010 | EPUB | 13.88MB

This edition of renowned philosopher Frithjof Schuon's writings on the subject of art, selected and edited by his wife Catherine Schuon, contains over 270 photographs—200 color and 70 black and white. He then deals with the spiritual significance of the artistic productions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Far-Eastern world, while also covering the subjects of beauty and the sense of the sacred, the crafts, poetry, music, and dance, and dress and ambience.

Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia [EPUB]

Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia [EPUB]
Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia by Carolly Erickson
1995 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.7/0.9MB

From the moment the fourteen-year-old Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst agreed to marry the heir to the Russian throne, she was mired in a quicksand of intrigue. Precociously intelligent, self-confident, and attractive but with a stubborn, wayward streak, Sophia withstood a degree of emotional battering that would have broken a weaker spirit until at last she emerged, triumphant over her many enemies, as Empress Catherine II of Russia.

Her achievements as empress were prodigious. She brought vast new lands under Russian rule. She raised the prestige of Russia in Europe. She began the process of imposing legal and political order on the chaos she inherited from her predecessors. Yet few historical figures have been so enthusiastically vilified as Catherine the Great. Whispers that she had ordered her husband's murder grew to murmurs that she was an immoral woman and finally to shouts that she was a depraved, lust-crazed nymphomaniac. With deft mastery of historical narrative and an unsurpassed ability to make the past live again, Carolly Erickson uncovers the real woman behind the tarnished image—an indomitable, feisty, often visionary ruler who, in an age of caveats and constraints, blithely went her own way.

Great Catherine reveals the complexities of this great ruler's nature, her craving for love, her insecurities, the inevitable sorrows and disappointments of a strong empress who dared not share her power with any man yet longed to be led and guided by a loving consort. Great Catherine is a fresh portrait of an infamous historical figure, one that reveals how Catherine's flawed triumph guaranteed her posthumous fame and enhanced the might and renown of Russia for generations to come.

The Hour of Peril [Audiobook]

The Hour of Peril [Audiobook]
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War [Audiobook] by Daniel Stashower, read by Edoardo Ballerini
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 13 hrs 44 mins | 377.57MB

Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the “Baltimore Plot,” an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War in THE HOUR OF PERIL.

In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.

As Lincoln’s train rolled inexorably toward “the seat of danger,” Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. With time running out Pinkerton took a desperate gamble, staking Lincoln’s life—and the future of the nation—on a “perilous feint” that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would survive to become president. Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the story of the “Baltimore Plot” is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism [EPUB]

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism [EPUB]
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist
2014 | EPUB | 5.22MB

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.

Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery’s end—and created a culture that sustains America’s deepest dreams of freedom.

HeadTrash: Cleaning Out the Junk that Stands Between You and Success [EPUB]

HeadTrash: Cleaning Out the Junk that Stands Between You and Success [EPUB]
HeadTrash: Cleaning Out the Junk that Stands Between You and Success by Tish Squillaro, Timothy I Thomas
2013 | EPUB | 2.03MB

Why do executives get stuck? Why do leaders sometimes find themselves pushing hard but not gaining traction? Frequently it's because they're working against themselves, defeating their best efforts with their own problematical thoughts and emotions.

In this book, we refer to thought patterns and emotional tendencies that hinder your ability to respond to business issues in a productive and professional way as HeadTrash. Put another way, HeadTrash is the negative voice of your subconscious, engaging you in a deadly inner dialogue that only you hear, consciously or subconsciously, but which affects everything you say and do and everyone around you. HeadTrash is any pattern of self-defeating feelings and thoughts that leads you into trouble and keeps you stuck there. Even worse, depending on your level of responsibility and authority, the rest of your team or company can get stuck too.

Based on their work with thousands of leaders, authors Tish Squillaro and Timothy I. Thomas discovered that some forms of HeadTrash can even produce symptoms in organizations that mirror the symptoms experienced by company leaders. Learn to probe beyond symptoms to identify the forms of HeadTrash you need to address. This book will show you how to change your behavior and become a better leader--for yourself, your business, your employees, and your family.

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens [EPUB]

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens [EPUB]
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
2014 | EPUB | 3.36MB

In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today—and how we can apply it to our own lives.

From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital.

But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? And what if there was a way to achieve more with less effort?

In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey’s search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives—and less of a chore.

By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it’s wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it’s smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that’s because the research defies what we’ve been told, throughout our lives, about how best to learn.

The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.

The Power of Habit [Audiobook]

The Power of Habit [Audiobook]
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It [Audiobook] by Charles Duhigg, read by Mike Chamberlain
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 56 mins | 290.71MB

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern--and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees--how they approach worker safety--and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Krav Maga: Use Your Body as a Weapon [EPUB]

Krav Maga: Use Your Body as a Weapon [EPUB]
Krav Maga: Use Your Body as a Weapon by Boaz Aviram
2014 | EPUB | 97.21MB

The noncompetitive self-defense technique known as Krav Maga originally began in the Israeli Defense Force, of which author Boaz Aviram has been a long-standing member. Krav Maga combines fighting techniques from a wide range of martial arts, from boxing to jiujitsu to judo, and teaches its students invaluable lessons in optimizing self-defense, maintaining awareness, and striking most effectively. Boaz Aviram provides sound information on how to best tackle your opponent in the quickest and most efficient way. Some of these methods include:

  • Preemptive counterattacks
  • Using your opponent’s most vulnerable areas to your advantage
  • Paying attention to possible escape routes
  • Using common objects at hand for self-defense

Krav Maga offers the original philosophy and application of hand-to-hand training as it started out, and Aviram scrupulously explains the origins of each technique to help the reader best comprehend it. This book provides over 150 techniques with over one thousand photos to help you get started in the world of self-defense, self-awareness, and maximum efficiency.

The Associated Press Stylebook 2014 [PDF]

The Associated Press Stylebook 2014 [PDF]
The Associated Press Stylebook 2014 and Briefing on Media Law edited by Darrell Christian, Paula Froke, David Minthorn, Sally Jacobsen
2014 | PDF | 99.93MB

With over 200 terms from Advent to Zionism, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law now includes a separate chapter on religion, along with new entries including relaxing one of writing’s longest standing rules to accept use of “more than” and “over” interchangeably in numerical references.

Stylebook editors worked with AP religion writer Rachel Zoll to create the new chapter, which pulls in some existing terms from the Stylebook’s A-Z entries and adds many new ones, covering the world’s major denominations.

At more than 500 pages, the AP Stylebook is widely used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide.

In addition to the religion chapter, the 2014 edition features updated science and medical terms including HPV, in vitro fertilization and MERS.

The 2014 Stylebook also includes new guidance on spelling out state names in text.

Among the 200 new and revised entries are: selfie, (sic), bitcoin, LGBT and polar vortex.

Advisor for Life [EPUB]

Advisor for Life [EPUB]
Advisor for Life: Become the Indispensable Financial Advisor to Affluent Families by Stephen D. Gresham
2009 | EPUB | 2.83MB

If you intend on becoming a financial advisor to today's affluent families—especially those within the baby boomer generation—you need to provide them with guidance so thorough, insightful, and valuable that it will allow you to stand out from the rest of the financial professionals in this field.

Advisor for Life can help you do this and much more. Going far beyond everyday investment issues—such as setting a client's investment goals, selecting complementary investments, and monitoring portfolio balance—this practical guide will help you truly understand your clients' needs and develop a personalized plan that will allow them to live financially secure and fulfilling lives.

Industry visionary Steve Gresham has extensive experience in the world of wealth management, and with Advisor for Life, he wants to share those experiences with you. Within these pages, Gresham not only shows you what it takes to run a financial advisory practice geared towards affluent families, but he also reveals how an "advisor for life" should properly protect, motivate, and educate clients over the course of the relationship.

Divided into four comprehensive sections, Advisor for Life opens with a detailed discussion of the opportunities available within the industry, and then moves on to outline the essential elements of wealth management. Topics covered include:

  • Developing a compelling investment philosophy and establishing an effective process that will guide the investment decisions you make for your clients
  • Managing a client's fears and dreams when dealing with new wealth, retirement expectations, and the impact of taxation
  • Helping affluent families pass wealth on to their heirs by sorting through the emotions that often entangle spouses, adult children, and aging parents
  • Conveying your expertise, experience, and value proposition to existing clients, affluent prospects, and critical referral sources
  • Creating a framework to optimize the value of a financial advisory practice
  • And much more

Delivering a consistently superior level of service to an affluent client base is the only way to survive and thrive in today's competitive financial advisory business. Filled with in-depth insights, informative examples, and engaging case studies, Advisor for Life will show you the best ways to successfully serve today's most affluent clients.

The Art of Value Investing [Audiobook]

The Art of Value Investing [Audiobook]
The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market [Audiobook] by John Heins, Whitney Tilson, read by Walter Dixon
2014 | M4A@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 5 mins | 204.78MB

You know what value investing is: it's how Warren Buffett made his billions. Perhaps you're even familiar with value investing terminology, such as margin of safety and intrinsic value. And maybe you've already found success with value investing and know from experience that it's the most reliable way to achieve market-beating returns and accumulate significant wealth. Congratulations!

Whether you're a complete beginner in need of an A-to-Z value investing primer, an experienced investor looking to expand and fine-tune your repertoire of value investing skills, or an individual or institutional investor looking to identify the best money managers, this book is for you. In writing it, authors John Heins and Whitney Tilson have achieved a remarkable feat: They've brought together the collective wisdom of today's most successful value investors and distilled it into a series of actionable lessons you can put into practice right away.

Based on extensive interviews with market-beating money managers, superstar hedge fund managers and mutual fund heroes, and featuring many real-world examples, The Art of Value Investing expertly describes:

  • The philosophies behind today's most successful value investing strategies
  • The key skills top market-beaters think of as absolutely indispensable to success
  • The types of situations and market inefficiencies value investor legends look to exploit
  • How top value investors generate new investing ideas
  • How to research companies, with insights on company valuation and deciding what and when to buy
  • How the best value investors maintain mental and emotional discipline
  • How value investing superstars learn from their mistakes and the key lessons they've learned
  • Portfolio management techniques, including guidance on diversification, risk management, position-sizing, and more

But The Art of Value Investing does much more than impart information. It was designed to help you develop an approach to value investing that's just right for you.

Sit ten or a dozen of the most successful practitioners down in a room and you're likely to get as many opinions on which value investment flavor is best. While they're certain to agree on the core principles, when it comes to particulars, such as large-cap versus small-cap, telecom versus transportation, East versus West, onsite research versus pure data analysis, there's bound to be disagreement—some of it vehement.

The trick is to find the combination of tools, techniques and strategies that is right for you, addresses your specific financial goals, and best fits your personality and emotional makeup. And that's where The Art of Value Investing comes in.

Giving you unparalleled access to the thinking of the brightest and best of the value investing world, The Art of Value Investing can save you years of frustrating (and expensive) trial-and-error. With the helping hand of value investing luminaries such as Julian Robertson, Seth Klarman, David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt, Mason Hawkins, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Bill Ackman and Bill Nygren, to name a few, you'll discover your preferred strategies for exploiting market inefficiencies, researching and valuing companies, identifying industry sectors and geographic regions in which to invest, timing buys and sells, managing your emotions, and much more.

Guitar Encyclopedia [EPUB]

Guitar Encyclopedia [EPUB]
Guitar Encyclopedia by Brian Tarquin
2014 | EPUB | 25.76MB

From renowned guitarist and multi-Emmy-award winning composer, Brian Tarquin, comes a display-quality, full-color reference guide to guitars. The Guitar Encyclopedia begins with the history of guitars spanning back to the birth of Epiphone by a Greek immigrant and the great inventions of Les Paul, to the boom of the Rock-‘n-Roll-shredder days with Ibanez guitars and the futuristic designs of the Gibson Moderne and the Randy Rhodes Polka Dot Flying V. The book also contains interviews from guitar designers such as Fender and Eastwood, as well as boutique companies such as Gander and Specimen.

A far cry from other dry schematic encyclopedias, this book details the connections between different guitars and the monumental recordings that they produced. With introductions by Gary Hoey, Chris Poland (Megadeth), and Eric Shoaf (Vintage Guitar magazine), this book provides a rich and unique account of iconic guitars throughout history.