Remembering Tommy: The British Soldier in the First World War [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:58
2013 | EPUB | 36.0MB
The British soldier of World War I has been depicted in many books. Invariably, a pen picture paints him as stoic, joining the army in a wave of patriotic fervor, and destined to serve four years on the Western Front in some of the most costly battles in history. Yet often the picture is difficult to resolve for the reader. How did the soldier live, where did he sleep? What was it like to go over the top, and when he did, what did he carry with him? For many, the idea of trench life is hazy, and usually involves "drowning in mud," in, as one writer put it, "the pitiless misery" of Passchendaele. Remembering Tommy pays tribute to the real life British soldier of the Great War. In stunning new images of uniforms, equipment and ephemera, it conjures the atmosphere of the trenches through the belongings of the soldiers themselves—allowing us to almost reach out and touch history.
Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:54
2015 | EPUB | 2.85MB
In Masters of Empire, the historian Michael A. McDonnell reveals the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America. Though less well known than the Iroquois or Sioux, the Anishinaabeg, who lived across Lakes Michigan and Huron, were equally influential. Masters of Empire charts the story of one group, the Odawa, who settled at the straits between those two lakes, a hub for trade and diplomacy throughout the vast country west of Montreal known as the pays d’en haut.
Highlighting the long-standing rivalries and relationships among the great Indian nations of North America, McDonnell shows how Europeans often played only a minor role in this history, and reminds us that it was native peoples who possessed intricate and far-reaching networks of commerce and kinship, of which the French and British knew little. As empire encroached upon their domain, the Anishinaabeg were often the ones doing the exploiting. By dictating terms at trading posts and frontier forts, they played a crucial part in the making of early America.
Through vivid depictions―all from a native perspective―of early skirmishes, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution, Masters of Empire overturns our assumptions about colonial America. By calling attention to the Great Lakes as a crucible of culture and conflict, McDonnell reimagines the landscape of American history.
The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:52
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 69.71/38.23MB
A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing
Your EASY, comprehensive technology troubleshooter!
PCs, smartphones, tablets, networks, cameras, home theater and more—all in one book!
We all use technology—and we all have problems with it. Don’t get frustrated… and don’t waste money on costly repair or support calls! Solve the problems yourself, with the one guide that makes it easy: The PC and Gadget Help Desk. Using clear pictures, handy “symptom tables,” and easy-to-use flowcharts, Mark Edward Soper walks you step-by-step through identifying, solving, and preventinghundreds of today’s most aggravating tech problems. Soper covers all your major platforms: iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Windows systems, and more. He even helps you fix the weird problems that happen when you use them together!
- Regain lost Internet access and fix broken Wi-Fi connections
- Solve problems with viewing and sharing media or other files
- Track down power problems wherever they arise
- Troubleshoot printing problems and print from smartphones or tablets
- Fix missing video or audio on your HDTV or home theater system
- Get syncing working right on your Apple or Android device
- Improve your PC’s 3D gaming performance
- Identify and replace flaky memory chips
- Prevent overheating that can damage your equipment
- Solve common problems with digital cameras and DV camcorders
- Troubleshoot iOS or Android antennas, updates, screens, and connectivity
- Get FaceTime working right on your iPhone or iPad
- Troubleshoot eReaders and display your eBooks on additional devices
- Sensibly decide whether to upgrade, repair, or replace
Playing with Religion in Digital Games [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:50
2014 | EPUB | 15.99MB
Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline.
Playing with Religion in Digital Games explores the increasingly complex relationship between gaming and global religious practices.
- For example, how does religion help organize the communities in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft?
- What role has censorship played in localizing games like Actraiser in the western world?
- How do evangelical Christians react to violence, gore, and sexuality in some of the most popular games such as Mass Effect or Grand Theft Auto?
With contributions by scholars and gamers from all over the world, this collection offers a unique perspective to the intersections of religion and the virtual world.
To Disco, with Love: The Records That Defined an Era [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:46
2015 | EPUB | 69.33MB
Over 250 Disco-era album covers-from sexy to silly, elegant to outrageous-that brings alive a time when fashion, politics, and sexuality all converged in harmony on the dance floor.
Paging through To Disco, with Love is like catching Saturday Night Fever all over again. From Diana Ross and Donna Summer gazing fiercely from their chart topping albums to the Village People's trademark costumes and the Bee Gee's blinding white jumpsuits, To Disco celebrates the days when the dance floor ruled the world.
Gathered together and presented chronologically, these striking covers tell the story of a moment in time when art and photography, music, and dance changed the world. We see a rapid evolution, from the early days when Disco's roots were firmly planted in Soul, Latin, and Jazz, all the way to the digital revolution of the 1980s. Like fleeting moments caught in the strobe, these covers vibrantly capture our takes on fashion and beauty, wealth and status, sex, race, and even God.
As the hair gets bigger, bell bottoms wider, and platform shoes steeper, the vibrancy and energy of this moment in music history is brought back to vivid life. Accompanied by insightful, spirited descriptions that showcase the evolving trends in photography, illustration, and design, To Disco, with Love charts the history of the music and the industry during its groovy heyday.
The Complete Guide to Massage [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:44
2016 | EPUB | 5.04MB
Discover the healing power of massage therapy!
With The Complete Guide to Massage, you can use the power of touch to soothe aches and wash away worries. Each page guides you through the time-honored practice with step-by-step instructions and photographs for massaging yourself and others. You'll learn the different strokes and movements within a massage as well as techniques for popular methods, including prenatal massage, Swedish massage, and trigger point therapy.
Whether you're looking to relieve muscle tension, alleviate pain, or simply de-stress, The Complete Guide to Massage will help you uncover a whole new world of healing and relaxation.
Home Remedies: An A-Z Guide of Quick And Easy Natural Cures [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:42
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 12.23/19.53MB
A handy guide, Home Remedies provides families with ordinary household remedies to treat over 100 common ailments safely, effectively, and inexpensively in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. Discover easy remedies to help care for everyday health problems with cures from a wide range of sources. Get time-tested, natural easements for coughs, cold and flu viruses, aches and pains, digestive complaints, sleep disorders, skin conditions, and even get some tips to help babies and women's health.
The Green Beauty Rules [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:41
2015 | EPUB | 34.11MB
We all want to feel sexy yet demonstrate compassion for our planet at the same time. In Green Beauty Rules, Padgett shares personal anecdotes, insider secrets and surprising facts about the beauty industry, while seamlessly fusing environmental issues with her modern beauty philosophy.
This is the first book of its kind to offer an action plan for creating a totally green beauty routine! Using a step-by-step formula, Padgett guides readers through the decision-making process of what to try, what to toss, and what to buy. She also teaches practical strategies to make green beauty easy—like how to read labels, see through misleading buzzwords, and identify toxic chemicals.
Green Beauty Rules – the book and the brand – is about discovering that green can be glamorous. Leaving all the jargon behind, Padgett offers precise information in a fun, friendly format, and gives women all the tools they need to reduce their Cosmetic Footprint and adopt a more sustainable, healthy and sexy lifestyle!
For readers who are new to the green beauty scene or already experimenting with ecoconscious makeup and skincare, this is the essential guide to a fresh and sexy attitude for a healthier future.
Action Movie Hero Workouts: Get Super Crime-Fighter Ripped [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:38
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 4.93/2.45MB
DO YOU WANT A SCULPTED, SUPERHUMAN PHYSIQUE?
Whether you want to look like Thor, Captain America or Batman, Action Movie Hero Workouts offers high-intensity training programs that are guaranteed to produce the results you want. Packed with over 250 step-by-step photos, this book shows how to sculpt and define your chest, back, arms, legs and butt for:
- Incredible power
- Explosive speed
- Massive strength
Comic book superheros get rippled abs and bowling ball–sized biceps with a stroke of the artist’s pen. The actors who portray them in Hollywood blockbusters are not so lucky. To acquire the same chiseled, jaw-dropping body, they follow the hardcore workouts detailed in this book.
In addition to exciting, comprehensive workouts, the book gives detailed nutritional advice that will help you build and maintain your new blockbuster body.
Thrive Fitness, 2nd edition [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:34
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 19.34/84.87MB
Head of nutrition for the Cannondale-Garmin Cycling Team, nutrition consultant to the pros, and former professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier is one of the world's leading experts on nutrition for professional athletes. In Thrive Fitness, he presents his own easy system for total health and fitness, complete with new photos and step-by-step exercises, for maximum results in minimal time. Whether you're a time-crunched beginner or an experienced athlete, Thrive Fitness will help you sculpt strong, lean muscles, reduce body fat, prevent disease and injuries, increase energy, cut sugar cravings, and sharpen mental clarity.
High Intensity Interval Training [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:32
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 74.14/35.59MB
HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, is a new workout trend that involves short, intense bursts of exercise following by periods of lower-intensity exercise or rest. The science behind HIIT is that through these intense bursts of activity, the body burns more calories in a shorter period of time than traditional exercise routines that take longer and provide less fat-burning benefits. Although HIIT may just sound like another trend, there's considerable science that says the benefits are real, and it's considered to be one of the most efficient and effective ways to get in top physical condition and burn more fat in less time. Idiot's Guides: High Intensity Interval Training is a full color, visual guide that is packed with over 80 exercises, structured routines, and fun yet intense programs that can be done anywhere, and at any time. Step-by-step, readers will learn how to do exercises the right way and reach a new level of fitness and reap fitness benefits that other, more traditional workouts can't offer.
Maximum Interval Training [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:30
2015 | EPUB | 36.86MB
Are you ready to challenge yourself, and turn up the intensity of your workouts? Are you ready for a proven program that burns fat, increases muscle, and sculpts the physique you've always wanted? If so, then Maximum Interval Training is for you! Maximum Interval Training combines high-intensity exercises and nontraditional equipment with a variety of modalities and training options to stimulate muscle growth, avoid plateaus, and produce results.
Ultimate Olympic Weightlifting [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 19:29
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 35.8/5.41MB
ACHIEVE OLYMPIC STRENGTH WITH THIS HARDCORE GUIDE TO WEIGHTLIFTING
Every four years, the world's most powerful athletes showcase their amazing abilities at the Olympics. This book takes you step by step through the same primary lifts, assistance movements and training techniques used by these high-level athletes to help you build explosive strength, power and speed.
By following the programs, exercises and instructions in Ultimate Olympic Weightlifting, you learn how to:
- Develop Full-Body Strength
- Perfect Your Barbell Lifting Form
- Utilize Cross-Training Techniques
- Fuel Your Body for Working Out
- Avoid Overexertion and Injury
The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1: A World History of Espionage [The Modern Scholar]
29 January 2016, 14:26
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 32 mins | 221.97MB
Professor Jeffrey Burds of Northeastern University delves into the history of espionage in this eye-opening lecture series. The course opens with espionage activity in the ancient world and the Roman Empire and continues with the American Revolution, Age of Napoleon, and American Civil War. Throughout this compelling discussion it becomes evident that spying is not only a never-ending source of fascination but also a major contributor to world history and the development of nations.
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 09:48
2010 | EPUB | MB
Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt is now a major motion picture (Carol) starring Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska, directed by Todd Hayes
Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite "hero-criminal," talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, Strangers On a Train, to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe. We see her as a secret writer for the comics, a brilliant creator of disturbing fictions, and erotic predator with dozens of women (and a few good men) on her love list. The Talented Miss Highsmith is the first literary biography with access to Highsmith's whole story: her closest friends, her oeuvre, her archives. It's a compulsive page-turner unlike any other, a book worthy of Highsmith herself.
Carol - The Price of Salt [Audiobook]
29 January 2016, 09:45
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 37 mins | 301.64MB
A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.
Highsmith's sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. Erotic, eloquent, and suspenseful, this story offers an honest look at the necessity of being true to one's nature.
The Price of Salt is the basis for the upcoming film Carol, starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle Chandler, to be released December 18, 2015.
In the World Interior of Capital: Towards a Philosophical Theory of Globalization [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 09:28
2013 | EPUB | 0.6MB
Displaying the distinctive combination of narration and philosophy for which he is well known, this new book by Peter Sloterdijk develops a radically new account of globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The author takes seriously the historical and philosophical consequences of the notion of the earth as a globe, arriving at the thesis that what is praised or decried as globalization is actually the end phase in a process that began with the first circumnavigation of the earth Ð and that one can already discern elements of a new era beyond globalization.
In the end phase of globalization, the world system completed its development and, as a capitalist system, came to determine all conditions of life. Sloterdijk takes the Crystal Palace in London, the site of the first world exhibition in 1851, as the most expressive metaphor for this situation. The palace demonstrates the inevitable exclusivity of globalization as the construction of a comfort structure Ð that is, the establishment and expansion of a world interior whose boundaries are invisible, yet virtually insurmountable from without, and which is inhabited by one and a half billion winners of globalization; three times this number are left standing outside the door.
Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza [TTC Video]
29 January 2016, 09:13
Course No 4652 | AVI, XviD, 640x432 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 3.4GB
What is it like to practice your faith in an environment dominated by another? To evolve as a people when all of the world around you moves to religious and cultural rhythms very different from your own? To maintain your unity as a living community—and always to be aware of that sense of community—even when your numbers have been scattered across many lands, without a common government, a common country, or even a common language?
Moreover, how might these circumstances affect not only your own history, but also the history of those other cultures through which you move? What might you take from them? What might you give them?
For 10 formative centuries, the answers to questions like these helped define a developing Judaism, whose history was forever affected by its encounters with the surrounding social, economic, political, and intellectual environments of both medieval Islam and Christendom. As a result of those encounters, new pathways of philosophical inquiry and religious spirituality would be formed. The Hebrew language would find new ways of artistic expression. And the role of Jews in the life of the surrounding community would be changed forever, sometimes even increased, as was the paradoxical case in Italy, by the very ghettoization meant to keep them isolated.
Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza presents an overview of Jewish culture and society from its rabbinic foundations in late antiquity until the dawn of modernity in the 17th century.
In so doing, it places a special focus on Judaism's creative encounter with Christianity and Islam, giving us a unique perspective from which to examine the three major Western religions as they interact over time, and noting especially their ability or inability to tolerate and even appreciate the "other," as viewed from the vantage point of the Jewish minority.
The course is taught by Professor David Ruderman, a widely honored scholar and teacher whose extraordinary array of achievements in illuminating Jewish history includes coauthorship of the two-volume Heritage: Civilization and the Jews Study Guide and Source Reader, created to accompany the landmark Public Broadcasting System series, and whose last appearance for The Teaching Company was leading an exploration of Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century.
An In-Depth Look at the Roots of Judaic Life and Thought
This time around, Professor Ruderman lets you experience the evolution of all of Jewish life during a critical period that also featured the emergence of two distinct intellectual threads: the rise of medieval Jewish philosophy and the appearance of Jewish mysticism and piety as the faith's primary expressions of religiosity.
His lectures presuppose no previous familiarity with Jewish, Islamic, or Christian history, and reflect a commitment to establishing always the historical context within which the events he is describing can be understood. Even when he material can threaten to be philosophically complex—as in his examination of the two approaches to interpreting the mystical and esoteric traditions of the Kabbalah, or of the intellectual provocation and enduring controversy posed by the towering writings of Moses Maimonides, 12th-century rabbi and philosopher—Professor Ruderman is always clear.
The result is an introduction that is both broad and detailed as it examines the leading Jewish communities of the period, their political and economic structures, the social relations between Jews and non-Jews, and Jewish cultural and intellectual achievements in a premodern world dominated by two other faiths.
"By embedding Jewish history within the larger social and cultural spheres of the Islamic and Christian worlds," notes Professor Ruderman, "the course ultimately raises the perplexing question of whether each of the three religious civilizations can learn to tolerate each other in our own chaotic and dangerous world, allowing each to live creative and dignified lives in the light of the mixed record of their past encounters and interactions."
To explore that question, Professor Ruderman first introduces the rabbinic civilization that defined Judaism prior to the rise of Islam and then moves his focus to the Jewish community of Islamic Baghdad in the 9th and 10th centuries.
This is a period for which a multitude of source materials have enabled historians to compile a rich profile of the political, social, and intellectual life of the Jewish community in and out of the city, especially as regards the community's relationships with the surrounding Islamic world. Professor Ruderman introduces you to the structures of both Jewish leadership and the forces of dissent before moving on to the Jewish experience in Spain and the political and cultural developments of what many have called that country's Golden Age, when a second center of Jewish life arose to parallel the establishment of a rival center of Islamic life in Cordova.
The height of that age, the 9th to the 11th centuries (the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492), saw an intellectual and cultural explosion unparalleled in Jewish history, including great works of philosophy and law and the emergence of secular as well as religious poetry written in Hebrew—a dramatic change from the exclusively liturgical poems that had been composed for centuries.
A Fresh Look at the End of Augustinian Tolerance and the Roots of Medieval Anti-Semitism
Professor Ruderman then moves on to consider the long relationship between Judaism and Christianity from the 1st century until the Middle Ages, exploring the paths of Jewish movement into Europe and the birth of what came to be known as Ashkenazic Jewry; the economic and social conditions under which they fashioned their lives; and the gradual rise of Christian hostility that eventually overwhelmed the established Church position of Augustinian tolerance.
That tolerance had been based on Augustine's position that the Jews had been decreed a life of misery for their rejection of Christ, and that their suffering as pariahs, unharmed and unconverted, would be testimony to that choice. But as the Crusades added the massacres of thousands of Jews—including many examples of deliberate martyrdom—to the Pope's call for a crusade against the Islamic "infidels," it was clear that a new aggressiveness against Jews and Judaism was coming to the fore, though the reasons were far more complex than mere religious hatred, as Professor Ruderman brings out.
These lectures span an enormous disciplinary range, moving back and forth among history, philosophy, religion, and art.
You'll learn the origins of the Talmudùthe body of rabbinic literature that is the primary text of Jewish study—and the enduring importance of Rabbi Solomon b. Isaac of Troyes, known to us as Rashi, to its discussion and understanding. You'll see how the Catholic Church, in elaborately contrived public "disputations" in which Jews were forced to participate, sought to lay an argumentative foundation for the increasing vilification of Judaism, even as violence against Jews was intensifying. And you'll see, as well, the resilience of the worldwide Jewish community as it adapts to ever-changing conditions in its efforts not only to survive, but to endure and prosper.
"The complex historical record we have tried to reconstruct in this course can hardly offer us a blueprint on how we might live together in our own time," notes Professor Ruderman. "But it at least offers the promise that coexistence is possible, that learning from each other is possible, and even appreciating each other is possible, as well.
"What it leaves us with ... is a sense of hope."
Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century [TTC Audio]
29 January 2016, 09:07
2002 | Course No 4647 | MP3@128 kbps | 24x30 mins | 696.2MB
God. Torah. Israel. These three concepts—incorporated in personal belief, the meaning of Jewish ritual acts, and the purpose of continued Jewish existence—have been the focus of Jewish thought throughout history.
But the last four centuries have presented Jewish thinkers with difficult challenges:
- In a world having a history of untold suffering—especially, it seemed, for Jews—was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting God still tenable?
- What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs, given the increasing number of Jews who placed greater value on their own autonomy?
- Could Jews still justify the notion of a "chosen people" in a society where Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?
These lectures present the varying ways in which a small group of thinkers has attempted to answer these challenges.
These men and, in recent years, women, have reflected deeply on the relevance of Jewish texts and traditions to modern Jews.
Different Routes to a Common Goal
Though their approaches and solutions differed, most shared a common goal: provide a continuing sense of faith, meaning, and identity for their fellow Jews.
Through these lectures, you will observe the time-honored intellectual tradition through which Judaism analyzes, rethinks, and reformulates itself.
This process of preserving its essential character while still trying to accommodate itself to the modern world has kept Judaism a vital and vibrant, rather than static, religion.
This course may serve to introduce you to a new and rich body of thinkers and thinking, for until recently, Jewish intellectual history, though an integral part of Western intellectual history, has been less heralded.
But one of the contributions of the young field of Jewish Studies has been to bring the thinkers featured in this series to a wider audience.
Spinoza's Devastating Challenge
The central figure in the course is well known: the prominent philosopher Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632–1677).
Spinoza's impact was so significant, Professor Ruderman notes, that much of the course might be viewed as a series of responses to his thinking.
Spinoza received a traditional rabbinical education, but he broke with Judaism after his father died. He was raised in Amsterdam, a city in which both Jews and Christians lived in an increasingly tolerant and secular atmosphere.
In his Theological–Political Treatise, published anonymously in 1670, Spinoza became the first Jew to break with the medieval Jewish tradition espoused by Moses Maimonides (1132–1204).
Breaking with Four Centuries of Tradition
Spinoza disputed Maimonides's belief that reason and faith could be reconciled. Because biblical texts were believed to have been inspired by God, he asserted, they were supernatural. They could be interpreted through faith or reason, but not both.
If one chose reason, then the Bible was not divinely inspired but a document created by Man.
This argument was devastating to the question of Jewish identity.
Essentially, it negated God, Torah, and Israel, denying any rationale for Jews to think of themselves as the chosen people, observe ceremonial laws, or accept the authority of the rabbis.
Spinoza's critique laid bare the contradiction between Jewish communal values and secular liberal ones. He was the first to pose a fundamental question that remains relevant to this day: Is it possible to be a true liberal and a traditional Jew?
Three Responses: Insiders, Outsiders, and Rejectionists
This course considers modern Jewish thought largely in terms of two issues:
- The response to Spinoza and his attack on the very viability of Judaism
- The shift in the standard by which Jews defined themselves and their faith. In the Middle Ages, this defining factor had been God. In the modern age, it became the non-Jewish world.
With the weakening of the Jewish community, the need to provide a rationale for being Jewish in a non-Jewish world became pressing and more problematic.
Given these two issues, Professor Ruderman presents the various thinkers according to three approaches:
- Insiders want to remain Jews but believe that Judaism has to be tailored to better fit the culture at large. The problem is how to accomplish this and still preserve the belief that Judaism is unique.
- Outsiders believe there is no longer a place for Judaism, that Judaism should essentially be overcome to create something in which all humans can share. The philosophies of Spinoza, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud might be included in this category.
- Rejectionists believe Jews should maintain their traditional beliefs and customs and refuse to blend in with the larger Western culture. This approach became very apparent in the wake of the Holocaust.
Reconciling Problems for a Modern World
Most thinkers represented in these lectures are insiders who struggled to create a better fit between Judaism and the contemporary world.
Each had to deal with problems related to cherished notions of God, Torah, and Israel, including:
- Jewish law: This has been a central issue in modern Jewish thought. In his book Jerusalem (1783), Moses Mendelssohn drew a distinction between moral and ritual commandments, but insisted both were obligatory for Jews. Subsequent thinkers emphasized the moral over the ritual, claiming the former was eternal, while the latter could change.
- Comparisons with Christianity:Living in a predominantly Christian society led many thinkers to reflect on the relative merits of both religions. Some constructed rationales arguing for the superiority of Judaism over Christianity. Immanuel Wolf implied a belief in inferiority by asserting that "Judaism must raise itself to the level of a science."
- Particularity: It remained important to demonstrate that the Jews retained their status as a chosen people. Thinkers developed such philosophies as "the mission of Israel" and "Catholic Israel," and highlighted the moral and rational virtues of Judaism in an effort to preserve its unique place in the world.
This lecture series places historical theories and religious practices in a fresh light. You will encounter thinkers who embodied lifestyles and philosophies difficult to categorize but often original and thought provoking.
A Wait before Considering the Holocaust
The final lectures examine the impact of the Holocaust, as well as newer contributions being made by women thinkers.
Jewish thinkers, in fact, did not write extensively about the Holocaust until 1960.
"The shock was so great that the most appropriate response for a while was silence," Professor Ruderman notes.
Women Jewish intellectuals in the last 40 years have challenged the patriarchal nature of Judaism by arguing for full participation of women in ritual services and creation of gender-sensitive prayer books:
- Judith Plaskow has raised awareness of ways women have been overlooked in Jewish history and in the scriptures themselves.
- Rachel Adler argues that Judaism's commitment to justice obligates it to address gender inequity.
Professor Ruderman completes the lectures with an evaluation of current Jewish thought and the argument that has been raised that it may no longer be relevant.
In his estimation, however, Jewish thinking is not something that only intellectuals do. It is a widespread and necessary part of Jewish life—an effort to find meaning and hope in an uncertain world.
The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve [Audiobook]
29 January 2016, 09:06
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 51 mins |
We all know that the quality of education served up to our children in U.S. schools ranges from outstanding to shockingly inadequate. How can parents tell the difference? And how do they make sure their kids get what's best? Even the most involved and informed parents can feel overwhelmed and confused when making important decisions about their child's education. And the scary truth is that evaluating a school based on test scores and college admissions data is like selecting a car based on the color of its paint.
Synthesizing cutting-edge research and first-hand reporting, Peg Tyre offers parents far smarter and more sophisticated ways to assess a classroom and decide if the school and the teacher have the right stuff. Passionate and persuasive, The Good School empowers parents to make sense of headlines; constructively engage teachers, administrators, and school boards; and figure out the best options for their children - from among local public schools, magnet programs, charter schools, home schooling, or parochial or private education.
Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:42
2015 | EPUB | 6.55MB
Will there be war with China? This book provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of conflict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenges conventional wisdom.
Based on interviews with more than thirty top experts, the author highlights a number of disturbing facts about China’s recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia: the Chinese are deploying game-changing “carrier killer” ballistic missiles; some of America’s supposed allies in Europe and Asia are selling highly lethal weapons systems to China in a perverse twist on globalization; and, on the US side, debilitating cutbacks in the military budget send a message to the world that America is not serious about its “pivot to Asia.”
In the face of these threatening developments, the book stresses the importance of maintaining US military strength and preparedness and reinforcing alliances, while warning against a complacent optimism that relies on economic engagement, negotiations, and nuclear deterrence to ensure peace.
Accessible to readers from all walks of life, this multidisciplinary work blends geopolitics, economics, history, international relations, military doctrine, and political science to provide a better understanding of one of the most vexing problems facing the world.
The Fateful Year: England 1914 [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:41
2015 | EPUB | 15.79MB
The Fateful Year is the story of England in 1914. War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for it. Here, among a crowded cast of unforgettable characters, are suffragettes, armed with axes, and celebrity aviators thrilling spectators by looping the loop. With the coming of war, England is beset by spy hysteria and fears of invasion. Patriotic women hand out white feathers to men who have failed to rush to their country's defence. And as 1914 fades out, England prepares itself for the prospect of a war of long duration.
When Breath Becomes Air [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:25
2016 | EPUB | 4.87MB
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
Visions of the Multiverse [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:23
2011 | EPUB | 0.7MB
The idea of a multiple universe reality is no longer considered speculative or implausible by many physicists; rather, it is deemed inescapable. Distinct concepts of the multiverse spring from quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory-based cosmology, and ideas about a mathematics based reality that borders on the religious.
In this accessible and entertaining book, Dr. Manly guides you on a tour of the many multiverse concepts and provides the non-technical background to understand them.
Visions of the Multiverse explores questions such as:
- Just what is a multiverse?
- What are the different concepts of the multiverse and how are they related?
- Is it possible to determine if we live in a multiverse…or even in multiple types of multiverses?
- How do religious concepts of the afterlife and popular ideas based on the Law of Attraction relate to the scientific visions of the multiverse?
Dr. Manly discusses a wide variety of fascinating concepts from relativity and the fundamental particles and forces of nature to dark matter, dark energy, and quantum mechanics in an unintimidating and conversational tone.
Is humanity is in the midst of a new Copernican revolution? You decide.
A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:22
2015 | EPUB | 1.01MB
Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them.
Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound--ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother’s petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts life-long habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more.
For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his life--and yours--is fascinating reading.
The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:20
2015 | EPUB | 3.49MB
Cofounder of the international beauty company Caudalíe shares the simple, natural, time-tested beauty secrets she learned growing up in France that any woman can use to look younger, healthier, and more radiant without harsh products or drastic procedures.
When Mathilde Thomas moved from her native France to the United States to expand her skin-care company, Caudalíe, she wanted to find out what American women wanted from their beauty routines. She interviewed thousands of women and was struck by how different the French and American approaches to beauty were. American women are all about the quick fix—the elusive product or procedure that will instantly solve a nagging beauty problem, even if it hurts, is wildly expensive, or is damaging in the long term. The French, by contrast, approach beauty as an essential and pleasurable part of the day, a lifelong and active investment that makes you look and feel good.
Mathilde used these insights to turn Caudalíe into one of America’s top beauty brands. Drawing on her company’s twenty years of scientific skin-care expertise backed by the research of doctors and dermatologists—as well as the beauty secrets she learned growing up on a vineyard in Bordeaux—The French Beauty Solution covers everything from how to use natural ingredients such as oil and honey to wash your face; what foods to eat for healthier hair, skin, and nails; and the amazing properties of grapes and grapeseed oil. She also introduces an easy three-day grape cleanse that European aristocrats have been using to detox for hundreds of years. Blending stories, science, DIY recipes, and tons of savoir faire, The French Beauty Solution is the last beauty regimen you’ll ever need.
3 Weeks To A Better Back [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:18
2015 | EPUB | 2.94MB
RELIEF IN JUST 21 DAYS!
Eighty percent of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, and many suffer for far too long. This is a statistic that can be changed. Three Weeks to a Better Back is the key to giving all types of back pain sufferers relief―in just 21 days!
Our doctors are missing the cause of our back pain―and that’s because they are only treating the back. The Sinett Solution lies in a revolutionary concept: It’s Not Your Back. Yes, that’s right. For the majority of sufferers, the problem is not in the back! It’s caused by imbalance in the core, feet, hips, neck and jaw and most unexpectedly, by diet (even a healthy one!) and stress.
The explanation is simple. Your body is comprised of a group of systems that are interconnected, and at the center of those systems is the spine. A problem in one area therefore almost always affects the back. An inflamed stomach, for instance, radiates pain into the back. Sitting on your wallet throws off your hips, which compromises the spine. Stress lives in the muscles of the jaw, neck and shoulders, creating tension and tightness in the back.
Three Weeks to a Better Back offers a simple three-pronged, three week approach to treating back pain. Dr. Sinett helps you figure out what kind of back pain sufferer you are and determines the source of your pain through his Back Pain Inflammation quiz, allowing you to arrive at a proper diagnosis. He then provides you with easy-to-follow tools for a customized treatment plan, including stretches, ergonomics and structural care for all parts of the body, as well as a No More Back Pain Diet featuring delicious recipes and Enerchi techniques to help you cope with both daily and chronic stressors and negative emotions. With quick healthcare tips that you can adapt into your daily routine, Three Weeks to a Better Back is your total-body prescription for a back pain-free life.
The Pain Cure Rx: The Yass Method for Diagnosing and Resolving Chronic Pain [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:16
2015 | EPUB | 14.09MB
Are you struggling with chronic pain? You're not alone: an estimated one billion of us across the globe suffer chronic pain every day. And what Dr. Mitchell Yass has found over his 20-year career is that many of us suffer needlessly. While the current medical model for treating pain isn't helping, there is hope. The Pain Cure Rx presents an alternative model of treatment – the Yass Method – that can resolve pain quickly and effectively without surgery or medication.
In the medical community today, most chronic pain is attributed to a structural problem, such as a herniated disc, a meniscal tear, or arthritis. But Dr. Yass has found that in about 90 percent of cases, the cause is actually a muscular weakness or imbalance – a condition that's easy to treat on your own. The Yass Method, developed through his work with more than 14,000 patients, focuses on finding the true source of the pain and then using simple exercises to find lifelong relief.
Dr. Yass looks at the most common areas where people experience pain; lays out simple tests that examine things like range of motion, walking patterns, and posture; and teaches you to use this information, rather than invalid diagnostic tests, to determine whether your pain is muscular or structural. If it is structural, you can choose surgery, knowing that the outcome will likely be good. But if the pain is muscular, you can use the easy, step-by-step exercises and routines Dr. Yass offers to get the pain resolution you're searching for.
Many of the people Dr. Yass has treated came to him as a last resort before surgery or as a follow-up after surgery that didn't resolve their pain. Many of them had been told that they would have to manage their pain with drugs for the rest of their lives, or, worse, that there was nothing left to try; they would simply have to live with the pain. This revolutionary book shows that, in most cases, this simply isn't true – and empowers you to create a pain-free life.
Functional Training by Juan Carlos Santana [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:14
2015 | EPUB | 34.75MB
Take your performance to the next level with Functional Training. Author Juan Carlos Santana brings you his revolutionary approach to training and conditioning methods sure to improve your function in any sport or activity. Functional Training covers the recent breakthroughs, the most exercises, and proven programs that you can follow or incorporate into your existing training plan.
Offering strength, endurance, power, and sport-specific exercises and programming, Functional Training is a comprehensive resource for every athlete, coach, and athletic trainer. Covering the concepts, exercises, progressions, and sequencing on which a sound functional training program is based, it addresses the needs of more than 11 sports and features 135 exercises, including body weight, bands and pulleys, dumbbells and kettlebells, medicine balls, and stability balls.
Functional Training features a three-tier approach for integrating functional movements into an existing strength program. Through assessment and analysis, you’ll identify the movements and muscles involved in your sport, then select the best exercises and programs based on desired results and performance goals. In addition to quick exercise sequences and personalized programming to address the big four sport skills, more comprehensive programs can be developed to address your athletic and performance needs and goals.
No matter what your sport, Functional Training will help you achieve optimal results.
The Plant-Based Journey [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:12
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.6/5.01MB
It's been proven that a plant-based diet is good for your weight, health, budget, and the environment, but the proof hasn't come with a game plan—until now.
If you've ever wanted to make the plant-based switch but felt overwhelmed about where to start, we have good news: you don't have to do it alone. The Plant-Based Journey provides the support you need every step of the way to make your transition into eating plant-based a fun and (ful)filling experience!
Award-winning teacher, transition strategist, fitness expert and dietary coach Lani Muelrath has been on her own plant-based journey for more than 40 years and has helped thousands of clients lose weight and live more healthy and plant-filled lives. Here, she brings that experience to you, backed by scientific evidence. In this comprehensive, foolproof, and accessible five-step guide, Muelrath will empower you as you make your own dietary transition:
- Step 1: Awakening: Discover your “why" for eating plant-based
- Step 2: Scout: Assemble what you need for plant-based eating basics
- Step 3: Rookie: Increase the presence of plant foods on your plate with specific strategies and systems
- Step 4: Rockstar: Take your newfound plant-based eating success on the road and to social and family situations
- Step 5: Champion: Sharpen your skills for long-term plant-based living success
In addition, in The Plant-Based Journey, Muelrath explains how exercise and your mindset support dietary change, and she also shares more than 20 recipes along with meal plan templates and ready-in-minutes meals that will have you pulling together delicious and satisfying meals with ease.
Whether you're a plant-based newbie looking to shed pounds or a seasoned vegan in search of fresh inspiration and navigational skills, The Plant-Based Journey is your essential, definitive guide—for a healthier, trimmer you.
Everyday Whole Food Recipes [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:10
2016 | EPUB | 0.9MB
Delicious whole food recipes for optimal health!
Get ready to join the Whole 30 movement and change the way you feel about your body! Everyday Whole Food Recipes simplifies the transition into the whole food lifestyle by providing you with more than 200 delicious recipes, from hearty breakfast staples to flavorful dinners. You'll find nutritious meals that will satisfy your appetite throughout the initial 30-day challenge–and then help ease you out of it when the 30 days are over. Featuring step-by-step instructions and photographs, you'll create and devour mouthwatering plates like:
- Coconut-Strawberry Pancakes
- Wild Mushroom Frittata
- Lime-Marinated Chicken Quesadillas
- Rosemary-Rubbed Pan-Fried Flank Steak
- Spicy Peanut Noodles
With the flavor-packed, whole food recipes in this book, you'll break those unhealthy habits, boost your energy levels, and transform your body in just one month!
The Big Book of Low-Sodium Recipes [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:09
2015 | EPUB | 0.99MB
Tasty, low-sodium meals everyone will love!
The Big Book of Low-Sodium Recipes shows you how to create hundreds of heart-healthy dishes that help you control your sodium intake. From hearty breakfasts like Egg Sausage Sandwiches to mouthwatering plates like Beef and Bean Enchiladas, each page offers meals that are so tasty, you won't need to give up your favorite flavors. With more than 500 delicious recipes to choose from, you'll transform every meal into a low-sodium one with easy-to-make plates like:
- Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast
- Curried Veggie Couscous
- Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
- Maple Orange–Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- Peanut Butter S'mores Bars
Complete with step-by-step instructions and plenty of preparation tips, The Big Book of Low-Sodium Recipes has everything you need to make dishes that satisfy your diet and your tastebuds!
The Veggie Spiral Slicer Cookbook [EPUB]
29 January 2016, 08:07
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 1.26/0.9MB
CUSTOM-DESIGNED RECIPES FOR MAKING DELICIOUS “VEGGIE NOODLE" GLUTEN-FREE AND PALEO DISHES WITH THE POPULAR AND INGENIOUS NEW KITCHEN TOOL—THE VEGGIE SPIRALIZER
You love pasta, but not the carbs and gluten. Now, with this book (and your handy veggie spiral slicer), you can indulge yourself without the guilt. Enjoy the flavors of traditional Italian, Asian and American favorites while incorporating a healthy serving of veggies into mouthwatering meals, including:
- Mac and Cheese
- Zucchini Fritters
- Cheesy Lasagna
- Thai Noodle Soup
- Shrimp Scampi
- Seasoned Curly Fries
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Beef Stroganoff
- Apple Noodle Kugel
The Economist Audio Edition [January 30, 2016]
29 January 2016, 06:34
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 164.42MB
The brawl begins: America's presidential primaries
- Understanding Zika's advance
- Nigeria: an oil producer on the brink
- The future of touchscreens
- Smuggling drugs in haunted dolls
- Auction houses take a hammering
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Audiobook]
29 January 2016, 03:51
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 44 mins | 219.42MB
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep - spending their days instead in a frantic blur of email and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules", for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the listener on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business-class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.