Practice Makes Perfect: Beginning Spanish [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 21:03
2011 | EPUB + PDF | 12.01/11.44MB
Drop boring language courses and learn Spanish with this dynamic, multimedia course!
Practice Makes Perfect: Beginning Spanish gives you an all-encompassing learning experience. You'll immerse yourself in extensive audio practice and written exercises, giving you the guidance and support you need to master the basic structures of Spanish.
Topics include: Finding Your Way Around—Hay, Describing Places and Things—Adjectives, Talking about Nationalities and Professions, Food and Film—Ser, Describing People, Emotions, and Health—Ser and Estar, Talking about Work and Play—Ir and Hacer, Talking about What you Need and What you Know, Shopping and Cooking—Saber and Conocer, Entertaining at Home—Tener, Your Daily Routine—Reflexive Verbs, Talking about Trips, Your Likes and Dislikes—The Preterite, Talking about your Childhood—The Imperfect, Health and Accidents—The Imperfect and the Preterite, At School and the Office—Comparatives and Superlatives, Business and The Cost of Living—The Present Perfect and the Past Perfect, Giving and Following Directions—The Imperative, Plans for the Holidays—The Future and Conditional, Talking about Relationships, Making Judgments—The Present Subjunctive
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Latin [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:59
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 25.11/2.81MB
Learn the Latin you need. Gain the language skills you want.
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Latin is a trusted companion to your Latin learning experience. In each of the forty-one bite-sized lessons, author Randall Childree explains one or two language concepts and supports them with many clear examples. These lessons are purposely short so you can complete them in twenty minutes or less, and you can go at a pace that works for you. A comprehensive glossary of words frequently found in Latin speeches, poems, histories, and plays is a special feature.
With 164 exercises, you will get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills. Whether you are learning on your own or taking a beginning Latin class, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Latin will help you build your confidence.
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Latin will help you master:
- Basic grammar
- High-frequency vocabulary
- Declensions and conjugations
- Imperative and subjunctive moods
- Irregular verbs
- And more
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:55
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 30.21/12.78MB
Strengthen your Japanese grammar skills with practice, practice, practice!
From particles to pronouns, this comprehensive workbook covers all those aspects of Japanese grammar that you might find a little intimidating or hard to remember. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar introduces the fundamentals of the language and then progresses to show how these building blocks connect to create complex sentences. Each chapter features clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style.
You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills in context. With its winning formula for getting a handle on Japanese grammar right away, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar is your ultimate resource for mastering the grammar of this complex language.
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar includes:
- Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation
- A comprehensive introduction to Japanese grammar
- High-frequency vocabulary presented in context
- A clear pronunciation guide
- Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:51
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 21.22/11.95MB
Learn the Japanese you need. Gain the language skills you want.
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese is your trusted companion to your Japanese learning experience. Each chapter focuses on key grammar concepts and essential vocabulary, which are accompanied by helpful, clear examples. With these fundamentals under your belt, you will learn to communicate in authentic Japanese—how to meet new people, engage in small talk, make suggestions and requests, express ideas, and more.
You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills. Whether you are learning on your own or taking a beginning Japanese class, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese will help you build your confidence in communicating in this complex language.
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese includes:
- Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation
- High-frequency vocabulary
- Grammar basics
- An introduction to Japanese pronunciation and writing systems
- Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style
Printmaking Unleashed [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:44
2014 | EPUB | 77.02MB
Unleash your inner artist and join Traci Bautista as she shares inventive ideas for making marks with handmade tools, nontraditional materials and simple DIY printmaking techniques. Pulsing with exploration and whimsy, Printmaking Unleashed features 60+ step-by-step demonstrations and countless possibilities for creating original prints, fabrics, art journal pages, mixed-media collage, and so much more.
- Tools Galore! Create a variety of handmade mark-making tools and texture plates using everything from encaustic paints, Collage Pauge and chipboard letters to modeling compound, needlepoint canvas and recycled cardboard.
- Mix-and-Match Techniques! Discover digital and traditional techniques for producing one-of-a-kind monoprints. Start with the basics, then build up layer after luscious layer of color and texture.
- Pure inspiration! Every page offers new ideas, original artwork and creative jumpstarts.
Flip through the pages and learn how anything with interesting texture or shape (rubber bands, vintage lace, the bottom of a bottle) can be incorporated into printmaking for exciting, unique effects. You will never look at a toothpick, freezer bag or plastic zip tie in the same way again!
Woodworking in a Weekend [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:40
2013 | EPUB | 15.98MB
Finally, a nuts-and-bolts woodworking guide with achievable and beautiful projects that people actually want to use! Woodworking in a Weekend is the ultimate go-to basic woodworking handbook, featuring 20 simple yet eye-catching projects that require only basic tools and reusable wood.
With creative and practical projects, including a rustic table made from axe handles, attractive shelves made of ladders, and even instructions for building a beehive, this gorgeous book is perfect for anyone who wants the satisfaction of building their own furniture without the hassle of extensive time commitments or fancy tools. Including clear, step-by-step instructions, inspiring photographs, and helpful how-to illustrations, crafters will soon be building classic, long-lasting home décor.
Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:36
2011 | EPUB | 9.24MB
Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the thirty-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that most of us never own our homes outright.
Housing Reclaimed is a call to arms for nonconventional home builders. It examines how technological advances, design evolution, and resourceful, out-of-the-box thinking about materials and efficiency can help us meet the challenge of building affordable, environmentally friendly, beautiful, and unique homes. Focusing on the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials, this inspirational volume is packed with case studies of innovative projects including:
- Phoenix Commotion—working together towards low-income home ownership through sweat equity and 100 percent recycled materials
- HabeRae—revitalizing neighborhoods by creating urban infill using modern technology and sustainable and reclaimed materials
- Builders of Hope—rescuing and rehabilitating whole houses slated for demolition
These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one's own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste, and creating stronger communities.
Mindful Compassion [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:30
2014 | EPUB | 791.32KB
Are you ready to transform your mind and emotions? To cultivate compassion, stability, self-confidence, and well-being? If so, get ready to change the way you experience your life with this highly-anticipated approach using mindfulness and compassion.
Therapists have long been aware of mindfulness as a powerful attention skill that can help us live with greater clarity and awareness—but mindfulness alone is not enough to completely change the way a brain works. In order to fully thrive, we require motivation. Compassion, like anger or aggression, is an extremely powerful motivational force that can bring about real, lasting change.
Written by the founder of compassion-focused therapy (CFT), Paul Gilbert and former Buddhist monk, Choden, Mindful Compassion is a unique blending of evolutionary and Buddhist psychology. In this breakthrough book, you’ll learn how traditional mindfulness and compassion can work in harmony to offer a new, effective, and practical approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems.
If you are ready to end toxic self-criticism, heal trauma and shame, feel worthy and loveable, and be kinder to yourself and others, this book can show you the way.
Raise the Barre: Introducing Cardio Barre [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:25
2009 | EPUB | 4.79MB
A comprehensive guide to the hottest new fitness program in the country-Cardio Barre-a dance-based workout that combines cardio, strength training and stretching, in one fast-paced, fat-burning, body-lengthening session. With a full nutrition program as well, you'll see life-changing results in only eight weeks.
While yoga, pilates, aerobics and weightlifting are all successful, popular fitness routines, each one of them is missing something that the others offer. And with our hectic lives that leave little time for sleep, let alone hours of daily exercise, the Cardio Barre workout is the perfect combination of cardio, strength training and stretching—achieving multiple desired results from one fast-paced workout.
Richard Giorla is a classically trained dancer who has learned from his decades of training that the key to strength and endurance is developing core muscle—the center of the body must be strong in order to support the other areas of the body. In Cardio Barre, you work from your core—maintaining your balance using a barre, a countertop, a chair, or even your own strength—then repeat low-resistance motions such as plies, arm extensions, and leg flexes. With no kicking, jumping, or punching, this effective and complete workout leaves participants with long, lean muscles, flexibility, and endurance.
With the success of the Cardio Barre workout in LA, where it has gained celebrity adherents and a long waiting list of others, as well as the recent launch of Cardio Barre in New York, this is poised to become the new "it" workout. And unlike past fitness fads, Cardio Barre sets realistic goals, including following a healthy eating program, and offers the desired results of both cardio health and strength in only eight weeks.
The Daniel Plan Cookbook [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:21
2014 | EPUB | 68.14MB
Easy, Delicious recipes to help you
ENJOY HEALTHY EATING FOR LIFE
Based on The Daniel Plan book, The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life is a beautiful four-color cookbook filled with more than 100 delicious, Daniel Plan-approved recipes that offer an abundance of options to bring healthy cooking into your kitchen.
No boring drinks or bland entrées here. Get ready to enjoy appetizing, inviting, clean, simple meals to share in community with your friends and family.
Healthy cooking can be easy and delicious, and The Daniel Plan Cookbook is the mouth-watering companion to The Daniel Plan book and The Daniel Plan Journal to help transform your health in the most head-turning way imaginably—from the inside out.
Ten Dollar Dinners [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:06
2012 | EPUB | 39.69MB
Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners and season 5 winner of The Next Food Network Star, makes good on the $10 promise of dinner for four in her eagerly awaited debut cookbook. For home cooks who care about what they feed their families and want to stretch their dollars, Melissa is the best guide for putting delicious meals on the table.
With four young girls ages six and under, and a hit show on Food Network, Melissa d’Arabian focuses on savvy budgeting, efficient shopping, and full-flavored cooking. Ten Dollar Dinners has 140 recipes and more than 100 creative, practical tips on great money-savers (“Clear-Your-Pantry Week”); inventive takes on old standby dinners (try her Moroccan Meatloaf); and how to get ingredients to last longer (keep your green onions in a glass of water and they will regrow several times over!). And with a coding system to help you create your own $10 menu, Ten Dollar Dinners celebrates spending with purpose, cooking with love, minimizing time spent in front of the stove, and savoring your homemade meal.
Melissa is a pro at creating satisfying meals that adults and kids alike will enjoy, using everyday ingredients and transforming them into delicious dinners. Her Potato-Bacon Torte (which, at 50 cents a serving, was one of her winning recipes on The Next Food Network Star) shows how basic and inexpensive supermarket ingredients can be turned into an amazingly satisfying dish. Her Roasted Vegetable Tian is a great way to take advantage of deals in the produce aisle. The Four-Step Chicken Piccata offers a plan for getting food on the table in just minutes, using almost anything in the pantry.
Anyone can use this book—especially those who want to save money—and feel great about cooking sensibly for elevated, simple meals that are healthy family-pleasers.
The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:04
2014 | EPUB | 38.01MB
Raise a glass to vintage beer! Treat yourself to a tour through time with this historical collection of beer recipes from 1800 to 1950. Within these pages, you’ll discover timeless recipes, along with drink profiles, and tales of how these tasty brews became a part of the evolution of beer.
Each chapter delves into a different style of beer: porter, stout, pale ale, mild ale, stock ale, burton ale, scotch ale, brown ale, dinner ale, light ale, table beer, and more, and explores the history of each style with recipes representative of different periods in time. Whether you choose to adapt the recipes to suit your palette or recreate them, you’ll bring history to life with each brew you make. Learn how beer has evolved over the last two hundred years and how you can easily recreate authentic recipes right in your own home.
IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 20:01
2012 | EPUB | 13.7MB
Explore the evolution of one of craft beer’s most popular styles, India pale ale. Equipped with brewing tips from some of the country’s best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures. Included are 48 recipes ranging from historical brews to recipes for the most popular contemporary IPAs made by craft brewers such as Pizza Port, Dogfish Head, Stone, Firestone Walker, Russian River, and Deschutes.
Wilderness Ranger Cookbook [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 19:57
2014 | EPUB | 15.46MB
Wilderness Ranger Cookbook is collection of trail-tested recipes from wilderness rangers across all four major agencies that includes quotes from the rangers as well as wilderness tips. Even more so, it is also a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. This book has the backing of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, the corporate sponsorship of Osprey Packs, and the backing of the four agencies (USFS, BLM, USFWS, and NPS). There will be a total of approximately 100 recipes with quotes from the park rangers, color photos, tips, Leave No Trace information, and the entirety of the Wilderness Act.
How to Make Bread [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 19:54
2014 | EPUB | 30.77MB
Today, people are rediscovering the joys of baking their own bread, not only as a cost-saving measure, but with the desire to go back to basics and enjoy making something rewarding. Emmanuel Hadjiandreou is passionate about bread and in this, his first book, he shows you how to make it, step by step.
The book starts by explaining the key to good bread: why flour, yeast and temperature are important, and which kitchen equipment makes life easier. In Basic Breads, you'll learn how to make a Basic White Loaf with clear, step-by-step photos. With this method, you'll have the base for a number of variations. The rest of the book covers Wheat- or Gluten-free Breads, Sourdoughs, Flavoured Yeasted Breads, and Pastries and Morning Bakes - in more than 60 easy-to-follow recipes.
French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food along the Way [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 19:48
2014 | EPUB | 28.45MB
A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle.
Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé met on a street corner in Berkeley, California, in 1980; six months later they were married. French Roots is the story of their lives told through the food they cook—beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, and focusing on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period. The story then travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, where Jean-Pierre was appointed executive chef at Chez Panisse when California cuisine was just emerging as a distinctive and important style, and where Denise began importing French wine. Finally, the journey follows the couple to their homes in Sonoma, California, and Bordeaux to revisit the classic dishes of the Moullés’ native country and hone the forgotten skills of foraging, hunting, and preserving.
Exquisitely written, with recipes that are innovative and timeless, insights on cooking and thinking like a chef, and an insider’s guide to the wines of Bordeaux, French Roots is much more than a cookbook—it’s a guide to living the good life.
Headache Help [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 19:44
2000 | EPUB | 7.2MB
A revolution has occurred in the headache field in the last ten years. Yet many people who suffer from headaches never consult a doctor, believing that no help is available, while others become frustrated and give up the search for relief.
Fully revised and updated, this valuable book can save you time and trouble and help you stop the pain. It describes the full range of treatment options for migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. It includes easy-to-understand information on the actions and side effects of hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medications that prevent or abort headaches or dull the pain of a headache in progress.
- Details on the medications that have revolutionized migraine treatment
- Discussion of how hormones affect migraines
- Quick-reference guides to the medications that are most likely to work for your particular condition
- Helpful suggestions on how to describe your headache to your physician
- Hard-to-come-by information on headaches in children, teens, women, and people over fifty
- Alternative treatments, including herbs and acupuncture
- Self-help strategies such as relaxation techniques and biofeedback
- A national index of headache clinics and organizations
Sleep Safe in a Toxic World [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 08:28
2011 | EPUB | 970.26KB
Many popular mattresses are a chemical nightmare, constructed of polyurethane foam, which is made from a petrochemical base combined with a chemical potpourri of stabilizers, catalysts, surfactants, fire retardants, antimicrobial additives and colorants. These chemicals are associated with environmental problems as well as human health hazards such as chronic bronchitits, impaired lung function, breathlessness, nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions. Some are potential carcinogens and reproductive toxins.
Sleep Safe in a Toxic World details how beds may be one of the single-most overlooked causes of people's health problems in the world today. Author Walt Bader shows the reader how to shop for a safe and healthy organic mattress, and provides tips for eliminating toxins in all parts of your bedroom--from the walls to the floors to the closets.
Invisible Illness [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 08:23
2014 | EPUB | 1.57MB
Few books on invisible illness are written by psychologists. Based on work by the Chronic Illness Research Team (CIRT) at the University of East London, this expert, accessible book encourages people actively to manage their illness using the techniques shown.
- Based on 20 years of research
- Helps those often 'written off' by the medical profession
- Pioneering text on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS)
- Authors specialist in chronic illness
Boost Your Memory (52 Brilliant Ideas) [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 08:18
2008 | EPUB | 620.2KB
In Boost Your Memory, expert author Darren Bridger provides 52 brilliant ideas and brain training exercises that will help you make and store new memories effectively and re-arrange your existing memories for more effective recall. Boost Your Memory will help you perform better at work, and make sure you never forget another anniversary or important detail again. Simply brilliant.
Beating the Blues [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 08:02
2012 | EPUB | 1.99MB
Is This Book for You?
- Are you fed up with particular aspects of your life?
- Have you lost the ability to enjoy things that used to give you pleasure?
- Do you wake up in the morning and wonder how you will get through the day?
- Do you feel that your concentration and memory are not as good as they used to be?
- Do you dwell on feelings of failure and hopelessness?
- Does your future seem bleak?
If you answered 'yes' to some of these questions, you are not alone. The blues and depression are surprisingly common in our society. At any one time, one in five adults is feeling down and one in 10 is showing more significant signs of depression. In fact, depression has been described as the common cold of the psyche.
This book is for people who:
- are dissatisfied with their lives, but don't know what to change.
- are fed up and blue and can't seem to snap out of it.
- are interested in learning how to manage and prevent unpleasant emotions such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, jealousy and hopelessness.
- wish to build self-confidence and self-esteem.
- wish to know how to help friends or family members suffering from depression.
By understanding the relationship between your thoughts and your moods, you will see how thinking in certain ways puts you at risk of low moods or suffering more intense depression and other distressing feelings. This book teaches you how to regulate your moods by changing your thinking style.
By becoming aware of your thinking habits, you will be able to respond more calmly to situations. You will have greater choice in how you respond to events instead of being tied to old self-defeating patterns. You will have better self-control and proven techniques to achieve inner calmness.
Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 07:48
1998 | EPUB | 5.36MB
Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remembered King - Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Forgotten until Egptologists deciphered hieroglyphics in the 1820's, she has since been subject to intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.
Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 07:43
2012 | EPUB | 3.71MB
The discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 was perhaps the world’s most important archaeological find. The only near-intact royal tomb to be preserved in the Valley of the Kings, it has supplied an astonishing wealth of artifacts, spurred a global fascination with ancient Egypt, and inspired folklore that continues to evolve today. Despite the tomb’s prominence, however, precious little has been revealed about Tutankhamen himself. In Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King, acclaimed Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley unshrouds the enigmatic king. She explores his life and legacy as never before, and offers a compelling new window onto the world in which he lived.
Tutankhamen ascended to the throne at approximately eight years of age and ruled for only ten years. Although his reign was brief and many of his accomplishments are now lost to us, it is clear that he was an important and influential king ruling in challenging times. His greatest achievement was to reverse a slew of radical and unpopular theological reforms instituted by his father and return Egypt to the traditional pantheon of gods. A meticulous examination of the evidence preserved both within his tomb and outside it allows Tyldesley to investigate Tutankhamen’s family history and to explore the origins of the pervasive legends surrounding Tutankhamen’s tomb. These legends include Tutankhamen’s “curse”—an enduring myth that reaffirms the appeal of ancient magic in our modern world.
A remarkably vivid portrait of this fascinating and often misunderstood ruler, Tutankhamen sheds new light on the young king and the astonishing archeological discovery that earned him an eternal place in popular imagination.
Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 07:38
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.74/2.02MB
The amazing life of Margaret of York, the woman who tried to overthrow the Tudors.
Reared in a dangerous and unpredictable world Margaret of York, sister of Richard III, would become the standard bearer of the House of York and 'The menace of the Tudors'. This alluring and resourceful women was Henry VII's 'diabolical duchess'. Safe across the Channel in modern-day Belgium and supported by the Emperor she sent Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck with thousands of troops to England to avenge the destruction of her brother and of the House of York. Both rebellions shook the new Tudor dynasty to the core.
As the duchess and wife of the wealthiest ruler in Western Europe, Margaret was at the centre of a glittering court and became the patron of William Caxton. It was at her command that he printed the first book in English. Her marriage to Charles, the dour, war-mad Duke of Burgundy, had been the talk of Europe. John Paston, who was among the awe struck guests, reported in the famous Paston Letters that there had been nothing like it since King Arthur' court. Yet within a decade Charles was dead, his corpse frozen on the battlefield and within another decade her own family had been destroyed in England. Childless and in a foreign land Margaret showed the same energetic and cautious spirit as her great-grand-niece Elizabeth I, surviving riots, rebellions and plots. In spite of all her efforts, the Tudors were still on the throne but Margaret, unlike the Yorkist kings, was a great survivor.
Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Victory [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 07:20
2014 | EPUB | 1.6MB
A riveting foray into Scottish military history
The Battle of Bannockburn, at which Robert the Bruce's army vanquished Edward I, remains one of the most significant and ongoing sources of Scottish pride. This history begins with the military clashes during the initial stages of the Wars of Independence. After Bruce's revolt against Edward I, it follows his chain of military successes which led to the siege of the English garrison in Stirling Castle and brought about the great battle between both countries at Bannockburn. The book considers the significance of the Scottish victory, primarily—but not exclusively—in the light of their continued battlefield successes that compelled England to acknowledge Scotland's reemergence as a sovereign power 14 years later.
Flodden: A Scottish Tragedy [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 07:15
2013 | EPUB | 1.46MB
Drawing together the political, military, and historical background of the battle of Flodden, this book examines the Scottish and British armies and their leaders and explains the crucial tactical moves both before and during the battle Scotland has tried to forget. Before Scotland’s disastrous defeat at the hands of the English under the Earl of Surrey, the proud country under its dynamic Stewart king, James IV, had begun emerging as a distinct and flourishing nation within Europe. With defeat, however, the inevitability of Scotland’s Reformation and union with England was hard to deny. Flodden was an ignominious and disastrous moment for the Scots, all the more so for being a largely unnecessary encounter, fought with superior numbers and arms, which left the country weak, exposed, and leaderless.
In this bestselling study of one of the most famous battles in history, Peter Reese recreates the drama and calamity of the battle fought just south of the River Tweed on 9 September 1513.
The Big, Bad Book of Botany [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 06:57
2014 | EPUB | 10.33MB
David Attenborough meets Lemony Snicket in The Big Bad Book of Botany, Michael Largo’s entertaining and enlightening one-of-a-kind compendium of the world’s most amazing and bizarre plants, their history, and their lore.
The Big, Bad Book of Botany introduces a world of wild, wonderful, and weird plants. Some are so rare, they were once more valuable than gold. Some found in ancient mythology hold magical abilities, including the power to turn a person to stone. Others have been used by assassins to kill kings, and sorcerers to revive the dead. Here, too, is vegetation with astonishing properties to cure and heal, many of which have long since been lost with the advent of modern medicine.
Did you know?
- The word hashish comes from the Arabic hashshashin, the name for a group of Persian assassins who were given the drug to calm their nerves before each assignment.
- The fossil of the oldest-known tree to have thrived on the planet was found in New York's Catskill Mountains, and dates back to more than 360 million years ago.
- The avocado, though delicious to humans, is toxic to most animals.
- Sunflowers grow according to a mathematical formula known as the "golden ratio," and almost always produce exactly 55 or 144 seeds.
Organized alphabetically, The Big, Bad Book of Botany combines the latest in biological information with bizarre facts about the plant kingdom’s oddest members, including a species that is more poisonous than a cobra and a prehistoric plant that actually “walked.” Largo takes you through the history of vegetables and fruits and their astonishing agricultural evolution. Throughout, he reveals astonishing facts, from where the world’s first tree grew to whether plants are telepathic.
Featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, The Big, Bad Book of Botany is a fascinating, fun A-to-Z encyclopedia for all ages that will transform the way we look at the natural world.
See also: The Big, Bad Book of Beasts
The Leadership Playbook [EPUB]
23 September 2014, 06:47
2014 | EPUB |
There are enormous differences between managing and coaching. Yet many companies and organizations encourage their leaders to coach teams without ever teaching them how and without creating a culture that supports coaching.
Nathan Jamail—a leading consultant, professional speaker, and the president of his own group of businesses—trains coaches at several Fortune 500 companies and learned that it takes not only different skills to achieve success, but a truly effective coach needs an organizational culture that creates and multiplies the success of every motivated team member. The Leadership Playbook shows leaders the skills necessary to be an effective coach and to build effective teams by:
- Fostering employees’ belief in the culture of a company
- Resolving issues proactively rather than reactively and creating an involvement that constantly pushes employees to be their best
- Focusing on the more humane principles of leadership—gratitude, positivity, and recognition—that keep morale high
- Holding teams and individuals accountable
- Constantly recruiting talent ("building the bench") rather than filling positions only when they are empty
Combining research, interviews, and inspiring stories with the lessons that have earned Jamail the respect of the world’s foremost corporations including CISCO, FedEx, Sprint, the U.S. Army, and State Farm; The Leadership Playbook will dominate the category for years to come.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street [Audiobook]
23 September 2014, 06:32
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 12 mins | 416.57MB
This gimmick-free, irreverent, and vastly informative guide—with over half a million copies sold—shows how to navigate the turbulence on Wall Street and beat the pros at their own game.
Skilled at puncturing financial bubbles and other delusions of the Wall Street crowd, Burton Malkiel shows why a broad portfolio of stocks selected at random will match the performance of one carefully chosen by experts. Taking a shrewd look at the high-tech boom and its aftermath, Malkiel shows how to maximize gains and minimize losses in this era of electronic brokers, virtual gurus, and flashy investment vehicles. Learn how to analyze the potential returns, not only for stocks and bonds, but for the full range of investment opportunities, from money market accounts and real estate investment trusts to insurance, home owning, and tangible assets like gold and collectibles. Decode the rating game for mutual funds and discover the unique advantages of index mutual funds over the wide range of riskier alternatives. Year in and year out the best investing guide money can buy, this enhanced edition includes an update of Malkiel's famous "Life-Cycle Guide to Investing," showing how to match an investment strategy to your stage in life.