Augustus: First Emperor of Rome [Audiobook]

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome [Audiobook]
Augustus: First Emperor of Rome [Audiobook] by Adrian Goldsworthy, read by Derek Perkins
2014 | MP3@96 kbps + PDF | 18 hrs 24 mins | 760.89MB

Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government—the Principate, or rule of an emperor.

Adrian Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus's rule, the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured, and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability.

How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower [Audiobook]

How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower [Audiobook]
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower [Audiobook] by Adrian Goldsworthy, read by Derek Perkins
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 27 mins | 524.16MB

In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained.

This was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers. It was a time of revolutionary ideas, especially in religion, as Christianity went from persecuted sect to the religion of state and emperors. Ultimately, this is the story of how an empire without a serious rival rotted from within, its rulers and institutions putting short-term ambition and personal survival over the greater good of the state.

How Rome Fell is a brilliant successor to Goldsworthy's "monumental" Caesar.

Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome [PDF]

Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome [PDF]
Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome by Kathryn Tempest
2011 | PDF | 1.9MB

On the back of his natural talent for oratory, Cicero set out on the path to a glorious reputation - his earliest speeches brought the name of Cicero out of the shadows and hurled him into the spotlight.

Cicero was the first 'new man' in thirty years to reach the consulship; the fact that he managed to do so without bribery or violence makes his success even more remarkable. His year of office witnessed events of such a scale that he was granted the extraordinary honour of the title 'pater patriae' - he was the father of his fatherland.

Following the Civil War, and with renewed hopes for the restoration of the Roman Republic, Cicero launched a fierce attack on Mark Antony by delivering a series of speeches that cannot be matched for their vigour. It was these speeches that would be the cause of Cicero's death, and his death was to be as dramatic as his life. Kathryn Tempest's life of Cicero and his times is as engaging as it is informative.

A New Kind of Monster [EPUB]

A New Kind of Monster [EPUB]
A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Shocking True Crimes of an Officer and a Murderer by Timothy Appleby
2011 | EPUB | 3.77MB

Ripped from the headlines, the horrific and astonishing true story of the double life of Russell Williams, who was at once a respected figure in the Canadian military and a ruthless sado-sexual serial criminal and murderer.

In the annals of psycho-killers, Colonel Russell Williams may well be unique. A decorated air force colonel, Williams was, for years, living a double life as a sado-sexual home invader, burglar, pedophile, and, ultimately, murderer. A model officer and elite pilot, he was trusted with flying international dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth, as well as commanding Canada's most important military airbase. Yet his dark and violent secret life included breaking into 82 homes of girls and women; thefts of vast amounts of lingerie (which he dressed in); two bizarre sexual assaults that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and eventually, two rape-murders. When police raided Williams's home--a home he shared with his wife, a respected professional in her own right who was apparently completely unaware of her husband's unconscionable double life--they found hundreds of pairs of women's underwear, meticulously organized and catalogued. In this book, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a true story that could have been lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one that offers fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.

Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, From Politics to Pop [EPUB]

Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, From Politics to Pop [EPUB]
Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, From Politics to Pop by John Rentoul
2014 | EPUB | 1.87MB

Which are the books that people buy but never read?*

Discover the answers to this and other essential questions in Listellany.

This is NOT a fact-based compendium. It's purely opinion - the opinions of John Rentoul, his readers - and, yes, Twitter.

Eccentric and eclectic, this is a book for pub debaters, list boffins and language lovers up and down the land: come inside and join the debate.

Every week in the Independent on Sunday John Rentoul publishes a top ten based on suggestions from the great British public. Now collected together for the first time, and featuring previously unpublished lists, Listellany provides the answers to such quintessential arguments as: which are the top ten overrated 1960s bands; meaningless words found on modern menus; films panned as turkeys that are actually quite good; most beautiful British railway journeys; stupid car names; unsung villains; political heckles; words that ought to be used more often; British place names; great bands with terrible names; best prime ministers we never had; visual clichés; political myths; anagrams; misquotations; worst Beatles songs; most interesting politicians.

But who knows best? You, John, or Twitter? Pick up this book and decide.

*The list includes books by both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s [EPUB]

A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s [EPUB]
A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s by Alwyn W Turner
2013 | EPUB | 11.88MB

When Margaret Thatcher was ousted from Downing Street in November 1990, after eleven years of bitter social and economic conflict, many hoped that the decade to come would be more 'caring'; others dared to believe that the more radical policies of her revolution might even be overturned. Across politics and culture there was an apparent yearning for something the Iron Lady had famously dismissed: society.

Yet the forces that had warred over the country during the 1980s were to prevent any simple turning back of the clock. The 'New Britain' to emerge under John Major and Tony Blair would be a contradiction: economically unequal but culturally classless.

While Westminster agonised over sleaze and the ERM, the country outside became the playground of the New Lad and his sister the Ladette, of Swampy and the YBAs, of Posh and Becks and Jarvis Cocker. A new era was dawning which promised to connect us via the 'information superhighway' and entertain us with 'docusoaps'. It was also a period that would see old moral certainties swept aside, and once venerable institutions descend into farce - followed, in the case of the Royal Family, by tragedy.

Opening with a war in the Gulf and ending with the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, A Classless Society goes in search of the decade when modern Britain came of age. What it finds is a nation anxiously grappling with new technologies, tentatively embracing new lifestyles, and, above all, forging a new sense of what it means to be British.

See also: Crisis, What Crisis: Britain in the 1970s

Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s

Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s [EPUB]

Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s [EPUB]
Crisis, What Crisis: Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn W Turner
2013 | EPUB | 0.6MB

The 1970s. They were the best of times and the worst of times. Wealth inequality was at a record low, yet industrial strife was at a record high. These were the glory years of Doctor Who and glam rock, but the darkest days of the Northern Ireland conflict. Beset by strikes, inflation, power cuts and the rise of the far right, the cosy Britain of the post-war consensus was unravelling – in spectacularly lurid style.

Fusing high politics and low culture, Crisis? What Crisis? presents a world in which Enoch Powell, Ted Heath and Tony Benn jostle for space with David Bowie, Hilda Ogden and Margo Leadbetter, and reveals why a country exhausted by decline eventually turned to Margaret Thatcher for salvation.

The Esperanza Fire [EPUB]

The Esperanza Fire [EPUB]
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57 by John N Maclean
2013 | EPUB | 2.51MB

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling in their seats; prosecution and defense lawyers and the accused stiffen into attitudes of wariness; and the judge looks on owlishly. In that atmosphere of heightened expectation the jury entered a Riverside County Superior Court room in southern California to render a decision in the trial of Raymond Oyler, charged with murder for setting the Esperanza Fire of 2006, which killed a five man Forest Service engine crew sent to fight the blaze.

Today, wildland fire is everybody’s business, from the White House to the fireground. Wildfires have grown bigger, more intense, more destructive—and more expensive. Federal taxpayers, for example, footed most of the $16 million bill for fighting the Esperanza Fire. But the highest cost was the lives of the five-man crew of Engine 57, the first wildland engine crew ever to be wiped out by flames.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America [EPUB]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America [EPUB]
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
2015 | EPUB | 2.37MB

A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shift.

Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.

The Battle For History: Re-Fighting World War Two [EPUB]

The Battle For History: Re-Fighting World War Two [EPUB]
The Battle For History: Re-Fighting World War Two by John Keegan
2010 | EPUB | 1.82MB

Although 50 years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbour? Could the Allies have invaded France before 1944? Might bombing the Auschwitz railway have impeded the course of the Holocaust? John Keegan here assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II - and the controversies it has generated - in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.

Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 [PDF]

Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 [PDF]
Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain 1914-30 by Fiona Reid
2014 | PDF | 1.56MB

Shell shock achieved a very high political profile in the years 1919-1922. Publications ranging from John Bull to the Morning Post insisted that shell-shocked men should be treated with respect, and the Minister for Health announced that the government was committed to protecting shell-shocked men from the stigma of lunacy. Yet at the same time, many mentally-wounded veterans were struggling with a pension system which was failing to give them security. It is this conflict between the political rhetoric and the lived experience of many wounded veterans that explains why the government was unable to dispel the negative wartime assessment of official shell-shock treatment. There was also a real conflict between the government's wish to forget shell shock whilst memorialising the war and remembering the war dead. As a result of these contradictions, shell shock was not forgotten, on the contrary, the shell-shocked soldier quickly grew to symbolise the confusions and inconsistencies of the Great War.

America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It [EPUB]

America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It [EPUB]
America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It by Mark Steyn
2008 | EPUB | 0.4MB

It's the end of the world as we know it...

Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a muezzin. Europeans already are. And liberals will still tell you that "diversity is our strength"--while Talibanic enforcers cruise Greenwich Village burning books and barber shops, the Supreme Court decides sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state," and the Hollywood Left decides to give up on gay rights in favor of the much safer charms of polygamy. If you think this can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious, provocative, and brilliant Mark Steyn--the most popular conservative columnist in the English-speaking world--shows to devastating effect.

The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world's last best hope. Mark Steyn's America Alone is laugh-out-loud funny--but it will also change the way you look at the world.

Egyptians In Ireland [EPUB]

Egyptians In Ireland [EPUB]
Egyptians In Ireland: Why Egyptian Artifacts Were Found by Steve Preston
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.92/1.98MB

Many histories try to tell you how civilization expanded in very ancient times, but most are terribly flawed. This book tries to reduce these inconsistencies by putting together historical records, DNA studies, Biblical translations, new physical evidence, opinion and timelines which establish a more reasonable view of this critical period. Starting before the worldwide flood, the book traces the 6 invasions of Ireland known. One of the common themes has been an Egyptian Princess named Scota. While she is important, the Scythians form a major backdrop for this era along with the Tower of Babel, and even Satan himself.

Not For Tourists Guide to London 2015 [EPUB]

Not For Tourists Guide to London 2015 [EPUB]
Not For Tourists Guide to London 2015
2014 | EPUB | 88.52MB

Whether you’ve called London your home for decades or just arrived last night, there’s information in the Not For Tourists Guide to London that you need to know. From intimate neighborhood details to how to score tickets to the big football match, this guide will help you master this amazing city like an expert. Packed with over 100 maps and thousands of restaurants, shops, theaters, and under-the-radar spots, you won’t find a better guide to London. The book also features:

  • An invaluable street index
  • A foldout map of the London Underground and bus system
  • Profiles of over 100 neighborhoods
  • Listings for museums and landmarks
  • A guide to the best shopping

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to solve the mysteries of London: NFT has all the answers!

Not For Tourists Guide to Los Angeles 2015 [EPUB]

Not For Tourists Guide to Los Angeles 2015 [EPUB]
Not For Tourists Guide to Los Angeles 2015
2014 | EPUB | 47.02MB

The Not For Tourists Guide to Los Angeles is the essential urban handbook that thousands of Los Angelenos rely on daily. It divides the city into fifty-seven mapped neighborhoods and pinpoints all of the essential services and entertainment hotspots with NFT's user-friendly icons.

The guide also includes:

  • A foldout highway map covering all of Los Angeles
  • Over 150 neighborhood and city maps
  • A guide to TV and movie studio locations
  • Details on sports and outdoor activities
  • Listings for the best shopping destinations

Everything from supermarkets, cafes, bars, and gas stations to information on 24-hour services, beaches, public transportation, and city events—NFT will help you find a boutique for an Oscar gown and then show you how to get there.

The Kindness Diaries [EPUB]

The Kindness Diaries [EPUB]
The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Epic Quest to Ignite Goodwill Around the World by Leon Logothesis
2014 | EPUB | 1.5MB

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.

Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he’s won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing [EPUB]

The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing [EPUB]
The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing: Easy-to-Use Natural Remedies, Herbs, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Supplements, and Therapeutic Practices for Health, Happiness, and Well-Being by Brigitte Mars, Chrystle Fiedler
2014 | EPUB | 16.18MB

Reduce stress and live better, naturally! Learn time-tested remedies and safe solutions for dealing with stress. In The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing founding member of the American Herbalist Guild Brigitte Mars offers time-tested remedies and advice to learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, mood, immunity and mental acuity and live a more balanced and happier life. Natural remedies such as herbs, vitamins, minerals, flower essences, and therapeutic practices including yoga, aromatherapy, and meditation can ease the symptoms of stress-related conditions, and improve overall health and well-being.

Five Good Minutes in the Evening [PDF]

Five Good Minutes in the Evening [PDF]
Five Good Minutes in the Evening: 100 Mindful Practices to Help You Unwind from the Day and Make the Most of Your Night by Jeffrey Brantley, Wendy Millstine
2006 | PDF | 4.29MB

What's a typical weeknight like for you? Do you leave your workplace, endure the evening commute, putter around the house, race through dinner, and collapse into bed-only to discover that it's time to go to work again? That's no way to live! You can leave tension at the office and the traffic on the highway. Just five good minutes stand between a stressful workday and a restorative evening of calm, serenity, and joy.

Five Good Minutes in the Evening offers 100 engaging practices that lead you out of a hectic day and into a peaceful night. From the authors of Five Good Minutes, this collection of mindfulness exercises, positive visualizations, and affirmations can become a powerful force for change in your life. In no time at all, the five good minutes you give yourself in the evening can help you transform the mundane into the extraordinary and renew your vitality and passion for life.

One Simple Idea [Audiobook]

One Simple Idea [Audiobook]
One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life [Audiobook] by Mitch Horowitz, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 34 mins | 299.68MB

No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. Its roots are unseen and its long-range impact is unacknowledged. It is often considered a cotton-candy theology for New Agers and self-help junkies.

In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.

Staying Healthy With the Seasons [EPUB]

Staying Healthy With the Seasons [EPUB]
Staying Healthy With the Seasons: 21st-Century Edition by Elson M Haas
2012 | EPUB | 4.62MB

Nature's cycles affect not only the external climate, but also our internal health and mental well-being. With this as its primary tenet, STAYING HEALTHY WITH THE SEASONS revolutionized the fields of preventive and integrated medicine when it was first published in 1981, and introduced a seasonal approach to nutrition, disease prevention, and mind-and-body fitness.

A leading practitioner of the season-based lifestyle theory, Dr. Elson Haas provides simple, logical advice for achieving glowing good health: Bring the mind and body into balance with the earth, and consume a diet that emphasizes in-season, chemical-free foods. Joining Western and Eastern medicines with seasonal nutrition, herbology, and exercise practices, this timeless classic, revised for the 21st century, provides the keys to staying healthy from spring right on through winter.

  • A landmark text in mind/body health and seasonal nutrition, revised for the new millennium, with a new introduction, updated resources, and extended appendices.
  • Makes seasonal recommendations for detoxification, diet, and exercise programs.

School Yourself Into Shape [EPUB]

School Yourself Into Shape [EPUB]
School Yourself Into Shape: A Fascinating Guide into Quickly Improving Your Health, Physique and Way of Life by Kevin Bruce White
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.7/0.8MB

School Yourself into Shape is a fascinating guide that will teach you how to quickly improve your health, physique, and way of life. In the title of the book, the word “S.C.H.O.O.L.” represents Structure, Consistency, Habits, Overcoming Obstacles, and Lifestyle.

The author Kevin White created this acronym for readers to easily remember the key components needed to quickly get in shape, and preserving it. The book eliminates the over thinking involved in trying to get in shape, and replaces it with a simple formula for success. You will come to realize that there is a reason they’re called fad diets and workouts, and in most cases they produce temporary results, regardless of who has endorsed them.

In addition, you’ll learn that it takes less than 2000 hours to get in shape and revitalize your spirit. That’s right 2000 hours! That equates to 83 days, or about twelve weeks to revive your body, mind, and way of life. Moreover, the book teaches you how easy it is to stay fit forever. So if you’re reading this, take a stroll over to the nearest mirror, look at yourself, and think of every possible reason why you want to improve your health, figure, and lifestyle. I don’t care if you think some of the reasons might be stupid, pointless, or even absurd, go write them down. If they came to mind while you were standing in front of that mirror, then to you, they must have some type of significance. Then write down all the things that you are accountable for in your life. Think hard, maybe it’s your spouse, children, job, or school. Once you’ve done that, find the consequences that you avoid by remaining accountable to these particulars. For example, not committing to your job could lead to unemployment, and not committing to your partner might lead to the single life. It’s these types of repercussions that raise awareness and accountability, and remind us that we might ultimately have to answer to our boss or partners. However, when it comes to being self-accountable for improving our fitness, so many of us fail because there is no one to answer to, except ourselves. Remember that you only have one body, and if you don’t take care of it, it will not take care of you. Also realize, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.

Make a pledge to yourself, make yourself accountable, buy and read every chapter of this book, and reap the benefits of a new you!

What to Say When Things Get Tough [EPUB]

What to Say When Things Get Tough [EPUB]
What to Say When Things Get Tough: Business Communication Strategies for Winning People Over When They're Angry, Worried and Suspicious of Everything You Say by Leonard S Greenberger
2013 | EPUB | 13.25MB


Leonard S. Greenberger is a partner at one of today's most successful public relations firms. In What to Say When Things Get Tough, this seasoned expert offers verbal and nonverbal skills for handling communication crises in any public forum.

Whether you’d like to improve your own communication skills or have more information to advise company executives, you’ll learn strategies to:

  • Build and maintain trust and credibility with any audience
  • Convey positive messages both verbally and non-verbally
  • Tell good stories that convey caring and empathy
  • Prepare yourself for communicating in tough situations
  • Craft effective responses to the most difficult questions

Big Picture Economics [PDF]

Big Picture Economics [PDF]
Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy by Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer
2014 | PDF | 2.91MB

Navigate the economy with this insightful new book

The world is awash with economic information. Governments release reports. Pundits give their interpretation on television. And the stock market may go its own way, confusing everyone. How can you better understand what it means for you?

Big Picture Economics, a new book by award-winning columnist and futurist Joel Naroff and veteran journalist Ron Scherer, says the thread that ties everything together is "context."

The authors show how consumers, business, the Federal Reserve, and government take into account what's going on around them to make critical decisions like buying new products, building new factories, changing interest rates, or setting budget goals. The book provides a clear roadmap to understanding the whole story behind the global economy.

Big Picture Economics helps readers understand how context impacts decisions and decision makers.

  • The Federal Reserve and Congress in formulating economic policy
  • Consumers in a shopper nation and what makes us buy or not buy
  • Corporations making decisions on whether to build new factories and buy other companies
  • The federal budget that must deal with complex issues, including the reduction of health care spending
  • A simple test for tax cuts or increases: will they help the economy grow?
  • Where to produce and where to sell in a global economy that is more like a Mobius strip than a flat world
  • International events that can ripple through the economy and ultimately affect workers in the Midwest
  • Technology, such as intelligent drones to wearable computers, are changing the future