The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding [EPUB]

The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding [EPUB]
The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding by Robert Herjavec
2013 | EPUB | 0.98MB

In his bestselling business book Driven, Robert Herjavec, the co-star of CTV’s Shark Tank and former co-star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den, urged his readers to embrace risk, take control of their lives and stay true to their visions. Now, Herjavec pushes his readers even further toward greatness.

Known for his honesty, integrity and powers of persuasion, Herjavec never fails to reach for the highest rung on the ladder. In The Will to Win, he shares some of his own secrets for greatness, whether it’s knowing when to be aggressive (and when not to be), when to talk and when to listen, or when and how to ask the right questions. And he reminds us that we all have the same 24 hours a day in which to maximize our future—it’s how we spend those hours that counts.

Whether you are seeking to build the next big communications technology company, become the most respected teacher in your education system or make a lasting impact as an artist in your field, the most important decision you can make, according to Herjavec, is to reject mediocrity. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life and from the lives of celebrity friends such as Oprah, Georges St-Pierre and Celine Dion, he delivers valuable lessons that will guide readers to greater happiness and success.

You Don't Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success [Audiobook]

You Don't Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success [Audiobook]
You Don't Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success [Audiobook] by Robert Herjavec, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 37 mins | 259.71MB

Many people assume that effective sales ability demands a unique personality and an aggressive attitude. It's not true, and Robert Herjavec is proof. Known as the "Nice Shark" on ABC's Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec is loved by viewers, who respond to his affable nature. He has developed an honest and genuine approach to life and selling that has set him apart from his cutthroat colleagues and rewarded him with a degree of wealth measured in hundreds of millions of dollars.

In You Don't Have to Be a Shark, Robert transcends pure sales technique and teaches "nonbusiness people" what they need to know in order to sell themselves successfully. We are each our own greatest asset, and in order to achieve our goals, we need to be able to communicate with others, position ourselves, and even look the part. Robert's philosophy is simple: Great salespeople are made, not born, and no one achieves success in life without knowing how to sell.

Entertaining, enlightening, and effective, You Don't Have to Be a Shark will reveal the secrets of one of North America's most successful businessmen, who also happens to be one of today's most prominent TV personalities, delivered in a friendly, down-to-earth manner and filled with anecdotes and observations to support its hard-nosed advice.

What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can [Audiobook]

What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can [Audiobook]
What's Stopping You: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can [Audiobook] by Robert Kelsey, read by Matt Addis
2012 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 13 mins | 167.71MB

Do fear and doubt hinder your progress in life? Are you paralyzed at key moments by your insecurities? Millions of smart people are held back from achieving their potential by a fear of failure. Many of them don't even realize that this recognized condition is limiting their progress. Based on extensive research, recognized science, and stark reality, this book will help listeners navigate the barriers that hold them back: at work, with people, and in life.

By finally understanding what's stopping you, you can calculate your true goals and take small, practical, and sustainable steps towards a more positive future.

Included is a foreword by Financial Times columnist and serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson and a conclusion from the London Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland [Audiobook]

Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland [Audiobook]
Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland [Audiobook] by Matthew Brzezinski, read by Arthur Morey
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 35 mins | 460.19MB

Starting as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground movements coalesced around the shared goal of liberating Poland from Nazi occupation. For the next six years, separately and in concert, they waged a heroic war of resistance against Hitler's war machine that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Isaac's Army, Matthew Brzezinski delivers the first-ever comprehensive narrative account of that struggle, following a group of dedicated young Jews - some barely out of their teens - whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II.

Based on first-person accounts from diaries, interviews, and surviving relatives, Isaac's Army chronicles the extraordinary triumphs and devastating setbacks that befell the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. This is the remarkable true story of the Jewish resistance from the perspective of those who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the confident and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founder of the Jewish Fighting Organization; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac's fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish good looks and seeming immunity to danger made him an ideal courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon hearing the first intimations of the Holocaust, declared: "We are going to defend ourselves."

Joined by allies on the left and right, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled arms, ran covert printing presses, opened illegal schools, robbed banks, executed collaborators, and fought in the two largest rebellions of the war. Hunted by the Germans and bedeviled by the "Greasers" - roving bands of blackmailers who routinely turned in resistance fighters for profit - the movement was chronically short on firepower but long on ingenuity. Its members hatched plots in dank basements, never more than a door knock away from summary execution, and slogged through fetid sewers to escape the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the city. And after the initial uprising was ruthlessly put down by the SS, they gambled everything on a bold plan for a citywide revolt - of both Jews and Gentiles - that could end only in victory or total destruction. The money they raised helped thousands hide when the Ghetto was liquidated. The documents they forged offered lifelines to families desperate to escape the horror of the Holocaust. And when the war was over, they helped found the state of Israel.

A story of secret alliances, internal rivalries, and undying commitment to a cause, Isaac's Army is history at its most heart -wrenching. Driven by an unforgettable cast of characters, it's a true-life tale with the pulse of a great novel, and a celebration of the indomitable spirit of resistance.

Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party [Audiobook]

Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party [Audiobook]
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party [Audiobook] by Joshua Bloom, Waldo E Martin Jr, read by Ron Butler
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 11 mins | 500.41MB

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with powerful allies around the world.

Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence.

Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her [Audiobook]

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her [Audiobook]
9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her [Audiobook] by Brion McClanahan, read by Mike Chamberlain
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 11 hrs 30 mins | 314.35MB

It Didn’t Start with Barack Obama

America is well on her way to becoming a banana republic. With presidents signing patently unconstitutional legislation, refusing to enforce laws they don’t like, and even making appointments without the advice and consent of the Senate, it’s clear that the federal Republic our Constitution established is hanging by a thread. And yet the chances that a president who has flouted our founding document and the very rule of law will be impeached are slim to none.

Americans seem to have resigned ourselves to the exact form of government that the framers and ratifiers of our Constitution feared most: the tyranny of an elected monarch. The executive branch of the U.S. federal government has grown so far beyond the bounds set for it in our Constitution that Americans can no longer claim to govern ourselves. We only get the chance to pick the man who will spend four years legislating unilaterally with his pen, waging undeclared wars, and usurping still more powers that the people and the states never delegated to the federal government in the first place.

But how did we get here?

Step by unconstitutional step, as historian Brion McClanahan reveals in Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America—And Four Who Tried to Save Her. McClanahan’s ranking of the presidents is surprising—because he judges them on the only true standard: whether or not they kept their oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette [Audiobook]

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette [Audiobook]
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette [Audiobook] by Hampton Sides, read by Arthur Morey
2013 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 30 mins | 601.06MB

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."

The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom, and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice - a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 [Audiobook]

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 [Audiobook]
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 [Audiobook] by Simon Sebag Montefiore, read by Simon Russell Beale
2016 | M4B@40 kbps + EPUB | 28 hrs 45 mins | 409.49MB

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin.

To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice. Six tsars were murdered, and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, The Romanovs: 1613-1918 is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour [Audiobook]

Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour [Audiobook]
Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour [Audiobook] by Richard Zacks, read by George Guidall
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 16 hrs 37 mins | 454.97MB

From Richard Zacks, best-selling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Coast, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy - and revived his world-class sense of humor.

Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation's worst investors. "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate," he wrote. "When he can't afford it and when he can." The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. "I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it," she wrote. "I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace."

But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the 59-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the "platform" again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories - such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco - and spun them into a 90-minute performance.

Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day.

The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his success, however, traveled slowly enough that one American newspaper reported that he had died penniless in London. That's when he famously quipped, "The report of my death was an exaggeration."

Throughout his quest, Twain was aided by cutthroat Standard Oil tycoon H. H. Rogers, with whom he had struck a deep friendship, and he was hindered by his own lawyer (and future secretary of state) Bainbridge Colby, whom he deemed "head idiot of this century".

In Chasing the Last Laugh, author Richard Zacks, drawing extensively on unpublished material in notebooks and letters from Berkeley's ongoing Mark Twain Project, chronicles a poignant chapter in the author's life - one that began in foolishness and bad choices but culminated in humor, hard-won wisdom, and ultimate triumph.

An Underground Education [EPUB]

An Underground Education [EPUB]
An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human
1999 | EPUB | 14.62MB

Astonishing facts!

Bizarre photographs!

Fascinating & sometimes deeply weird true stories!

Just a small taste of the intellectual smorgasbord contained in this volume.

Did you know:

  • that in the original story of Goldilocks the bears torture and kill their impolite visitor?
  • that Pope Leo XIII appeared in an advertisement for cocaine-laced wine in the 1880s?
  • that people didn't eat with forks until the 1700s?
  • that Sir Isaac Newton's famous humble-pie quote "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" was actually written to a dwarf scientist named Robert Hooke and clearly meant as an insult?
  • that Thomas Edison secretly helped develop the electric chair in a scheme to have the lethal machine named after his arch-rival, George Westinghouse?
  • that the first pediatric guide written in the United States recommended that expectant mothers breastfeed puppies?
  • that for two centuries French scientists obsessively experimented on freshly decapitated heads in an effort to discover whether the bodiless brain still functioned?
  • that Cleopatra was ugly as sin?

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York [Audiobook]

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York [Audiobook]
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York [Audiobook] by Richard Zacks, read by Joe Ochman
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 28 mins | 634.61MB

When young Theodore Roosevelt was appointed police commissioner of New York City, he had the astounding gall to try to shut down the brothels, gambling joints, and after-hours saloons. This is the story of how TR took on Manhattan vice... and vice won.

In the 1890s, New York City was America's financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police cap­tains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration.

In Island of Vice, Richard Zacks paints a vivid portrait of the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York, and of Theodore Roosevelt, the puritanical, cocksure police commissioner resolved to clean it up. Writing with great wit and zest, Zacks explores how young Roosevelt goes head to head with Tammany Hall, takes midnight rambles with muckraker Jacob Riis, and tries to convince two million New Yorkers to enjoy wholesome family fun. When Roosevelt's crackdown succeeds too well, even his supporters turn on him, and TR discovers that New York loves its sin more than its salvation.

With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snap­shot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America's most colorful presidents.

The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 [Audiobook]

The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 [Audiobook]
The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 [Audiobook] by Richard Zacks, read by Raymond Todd
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 22 mins | 367.26MB

After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

Astoundingly, Eaton persevered, gathering a ragtag army, including eight U.S. Marines, and leading them on a brutal march across 500 miles of desert. After surviving sandstorms, treachery, and near death from thirst, Eaton achieved a remarkable victory on "the shores of Tripoli", as commemorated in the Marine Corps Hymn. His triumph gained freedom for the American hostages and newfound respect for the young United States, but for Eaton, the aftermath wasn't sweet. When he dared to reveal that the president had abandoned him, Jefferson set out to crush him.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall [Audiobook]

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall [Audiobook]
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall [Audiobook] by Anna Funder, read by Denica Fairman
2009 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 38 mins | 292.16MB

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards, the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany.

In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories. She meets Miriam, who, as a 16-year-old, might have started World War III; she visits the man who painted the line that became the Berlin Wall; and she gets drunk with the legendary "Mik Jegger" of the east, once declared by the authorities to his face to "no longer to exist."

Each enthralling story depicts what it's like to live in Berlin as the city knits itself back together - or fails to. This is a history full of emotion, attitude, and complexity.

Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff [Audiobook]

Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff [Audiobook]
Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff [Audiobook] by Alison Stewart, read by the Author
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 19 mins | 225.44MB

When journalist and author Alison Stewart was confronted with emptying her late parents' overloaded basement, a job that dragged on for months, it got her thinking: How did it come to this? Why do smart, successful people hold on to old Christmas bows, chipped knickknacks, and books they will likely never reread?

Junk details Stewart's three-year investigation into America's stuff. Stewart rides along with junk removal teams like Trash Daddy, Annie Haul, and Junk Vets. She goes backstage at Antiques Roadshow and learns what makes for compelling junk-based television with the executive producer of Pawn Stars. And she even investigates the growing problem of space junk - 23,000 pieces of manmade debris orbiting the planet at 17,500 miles per hour, threatening both satellites and human space exploration.

But it's not all dire. Listeners will also learn that there are creative solutions to America's crushing consumer culture. The author visits with Deron Beal, founder of FreeCycle, an online community of people who would rather give away than throw away their no-longer-needed possessions. She spends a day at a Repair Café, where volunteer tinkerers bring new life to broken appliances, toys, and just about anything. Junk is a delightful journey through 250-mile-long yard sales, resale shops, and packrat dens, both human and rodent, that for most listeners will look surprisingly familiar.

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President [Audiobook]

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President [Audiobook]
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President [Audiobook] by Candice Millard, read by Paul Michael
2011 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 47 mins | 268.2MB

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.

But the shot didn't kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil. The unhinged assassin's half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power-over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. As his con­dition worsened, Garfield received help: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.

Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.

The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery [Audiobook]

The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery [Audiobook]
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery [Audiobook] by D T Max, read by Grover Gardner
2006 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 239.5MB

For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. In England, cows attack their owners in the milking parlors, while in the American West, thousands of deer starve to death in fields full of grass.

What these strange conditions, including fatal familial insomnia, kuru, scrapie, and mad cow disease, share is their cause: prions. Prions are ordinary proteins that sometimes "go wrong", resulting in neurological illnesses that are always fatal. Even more mysterious and frightening, prions are almost impossible to destroy because they are not alive and have no DNA. And the diseases they bring are now spreading around the world.

In The Family That Couldn't Sleep, essayist and journalist D. T. Max tells the spellbinding story of the prion's hidden past and deadly future. Through exclusive interviews and original archival research, Max explains this story's connection to human greed and ambition, from the Prussian chemist Justus von Liebig, who made cattle meatier by feeding them the flesh of other cows, to New Guinean natives whose custom of eating the brains of the dead nearly wiped them out.

The biologists who have investigated these afflictions are just as extraordinary. They include Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, a self-described "pedagogic pedophiliac pediatrician" who cracked kuru and won the Nobel Prize, and another Nobel winner, Stanley Prusiner, a driven, feared self-promoter who identified the key protein that revolutionized prion study.

Rewire Your Anxious Brain [Audiobook]

Rewire Your Anxious Brain [Audiobook]
Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry [Audiobook] by Catherine M Pittman, Elizabeth M Karle, read by Susannah Mars
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 30 mins | 179.61MB

Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety, based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.

In this audiobook you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison the cortex is the center of worry - that is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen.

Pittman and Karle offer simple, specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping in to both of these pathways in the brain. As you listen, you'll gain a greater understanding of how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it.

The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally "rewire" the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

The Senility of Vladimir P [EPUB]

The Senility of Vladimir P [EPUB]
The Senility of Vladimir P by Michael Honig
2016 | EPUB | 3.07MB

A biting satire of a particular despot and a deeply humane allegory of the fragility of goodness and the contagion of unchecked power.

Set twenty-odd years from now, it opens on Patient Number One―Vladimir Putin, largely forgotten in his presidential dacha, serviced by a small coterie of house staff, drifting in and out of his memories of the past. His nurse, charged with the twenty-four-hour care of his patient, is blissfully unaware that his colleagues are using their various positions to skim money, in extraordinarily creative ways, from the top of their employer’s seemingly inexhaustible riches.

But when a family tragedy means that the nurse suddenly needs to find a fantastical sum of money fast, the dacha’s chef lets him in on the secret world of backhanders and bribes going on around him, and opens his eyes to a brewing war between the staff and the new housekeeper, the ruthless new sheriff in town.

A brilliantly cast modern-day Animal Farm, The Senility of Vladimir P. is a coruscating political fable that shows, through an honest man slipping his ethical moorings, how Putin has not only bankrupted his nation economically, but has also diminished it culturally and spiritually. It is angry, funny, page-turning, and surprisingly moving.

The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems [EPUB]

The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems [EPUB]
The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri
2013 | EPUB | 0.57MB

Sohrab Sepehri (1928-1980) is one of the major Iranian poets of the 20th century. His verses are often-recited in public gatherings and lines from them were used as slogans by protesters in 2009. A painter, wood-worker, and poet, Sepehri wrote these poems after journeys through Japan, China, and India, where he was exposed to various cultural arts and spiritual disciplines.

Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia [EPUB]

Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia [EPUB]
Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia by Brendan Simms
2002 | EPUB | 4.06MB

For most of 1992-1995, Britain stood aside while an internationally recognised state was attacked by externally-sponsored rebels bent on a campaign of territorial aggression and ethnic cleansing. It was her unfinest hour since 1938. Based on interviews with many of the chief participants, parliamentary debates, and a wide range of sources, Brendan Simm's brilliant study traces the roots of British policy and the highly sophisticated way in which the government sought to minimise the crisis and defuse popular and American pressure for action. We all continue to live with the results of these shameful actions to this day.

Gallipoli by Les Carlyon [EPUB]

Gallipoli by Les Carlyon [EPUB]
Gallipoli by Les Carlyon
2003 | EPUB | 9.43MB

This account of the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 brings an epic tragedy to life. As well as taking the reader into the trenches to witness the fear, courage and humour of the soldiers who fought there, describing their experiences, whether Australian, British, New Zealand, French or Turkish, it examines those who led them: the generals and politicians - some brilliant, some ruthless, some hopelessly incompetent - who held the lives of tens of thousands of young men in their hands. From the grand military and political strategies to the squalor of the front line, it is a haunting insight into the realities of war. The struggle for the Gallipoli Peninsula was dominated by the terrain as much as by men and steel, and here the battlefields come alive as the author guides the reader through them, evoking the landscape. Using an intimate knowledge of Gallipoli itself (his researches also took him to the UK, France, Australia and New Zealand), together with storytelling and scholarship, Les Carlyon has written an immediate account of one of modern history's defining moments.

Panzer Commanders of the Western Front: German Tank Generals in World War II [EPUB]

Panzer Commanders of the Western Front: German Tank Generals in World War II [EPUB]
Panzer Commanders of the Western Front: German Tank Generals in World War II by Samuel W Mitcham Jr
2008 | EPUB | 7.03MB

Generals like Heinz Guderian have received most of the credit for devising and executing the German blitzkrieg, but without the lower-ranked commanders who led panzer corps, divisions, and regiments, the blitzkrieg that swept through France in 1940 could not have worked. Nor could the Germans have lasted as long as they did against the Allied invasion in Northwest Europe in 1944-45. In this book, based on original research, Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. profiles five of these panzer generals, chronicling their military careers and focusing on their leadership against the Americans and British in the West.

  • Detailed biographies of 5 panzer commanders
  • Describes what it's like to lead tank units in battle
  • Includes D-Day, Normandy, the campaign for France, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final battles in Germany

Armored Victory 1945 [EPUB]

Armored Victory 1945 [EPUB]
Armored Victory 1945: U.S. Army Tank Combat in the European Theater from the Battle of the Bulge to Germany's Surrender by Steven Zaloga
2012 | EPUB | 147.07MB

Beautifully illustrated with more than 1,200 photos of American tanks and armored vehicles

  • Completes Zaloga's two-volume photo history of American armor in Europe, covering the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine crossings, and the final battles inside Germany
  • Includes all varieties of American armor, from Shermans to Hellcats, plus many photos of German tanks
  • Perfect for modelers and World War II enthusiasts

The Formation of the Greek People (History of Civilization) [EPUB]

The Formation of the Greek People (History of Civilization) [EPUB]
The Formation of the Greek People (History of Civilization) by Auguste Jarde
2013 | EPUB | 2.02MB

Originally published between 1920-70,The History of Civilization was a landmark in early twentieth century publishing. It was published at a formative time within the social sciences, and during a period of decisive historical discovery. The aim of the general editor, C.K. Ogden, was to summarize the most up to date findings and theories of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and sociologists.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion [EPUB]

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion [EPUB]
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion edited by Graham Oppy
2015 | EPUB | 15.36MB

Philosophy of religion has experienced a renaissance in recent times, paralleling the resurgence in public debate about the place and value of religion in contemporary Western societies. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

  • theoretical orientations
  • conceptions of divinity
  • epistemology of religious belief
  • metaphysics and religious language
  • religion and politics
  • religion and ethics
  • religion and scientific scrutiny.

Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, including: religious experience, religion and superstition, realism and anti-realism, scientific interpretation of religious texts, feminist approaches to religion, religion in the public square, tolerance, religion and meta-ethics, religion and cognitive science, and the meaning of life. Together, they offer readers an informed understanding of the current state of play in the liveliest areas of contemporary philosophy of religion.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion is essential reading for students and researchers of philosophy of religion from across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination [EPUB]

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination [EPUB]
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination edited by Amy Kind
2016 | EPUB | 1.52MB

Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as well as epistemology, science and mathematics.

This outstanding Handbook contains over thirty specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers organised into six clear sections examining the most important aspects of the philosophy of imagination, including:

  • Imagination in historical context: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, and Sartre
  • What is imagination? The relation between imagination and mental imagery; imagination contrasted with perception, memory, and dreaming
  • Imagination in aesthetics: imagination and our engagement with music, art, and fiction; the problems of fictional emotions and ‘imaginative resistance’
  • Imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and creativity, the self, action, child development, and animal cognition
  • Imagination in ethics and political philosophy, including the concept of 'moral imagination' and empathy
  • Imagination in epistemology and philosophy of science, including learning, thought experiments, scientific modelling, and mathematics.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and ethics. It will also be a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and art.

The Ministry of Nostalgia [EPUB]

The Ministry of Nostalgia [EPUB]
The Ministry of Nostalgia by Owen Hatherley
2016 | EPUB | 1.49MB

Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”?

In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the growing nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed, a cultural distraction scam prevents people grasping the truth of their condition.

The Ministry of Nostalgia explodes the creation of a false history: a rewriting of the austerity of the 1940s and 1950s, which saw the development of a welfare state while the nation crawled out of the devastations of war. This period has been recast to explain and offer consolation for the violence of neoliberalism, an ideology dedicated to the privatisation of our common wealth.

In coruscating prose—with subjects ranging from Ken Loach’s documentaries, Turner Prize–shortlisted video art, London vernacular architecture, and Jamie Oliver’s cooking—Hatherley issues a passionate challenge to the injunction to keep calm and carry on.

The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series [EPUB]

The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series [EPUB]
The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series by Steve Aldous
2015 | EPUB | 5.93MB

Mention Shaft and most people think of Gordon Parks' seminal 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree in a leather coat, walking the streets of Manhattan to Isaac Hayes' iconic theme music. But the black private dick who inspired the blaxploitation film genre actually made his debut on the printed page as the creation of a white novelist. Ernest Tidyman was a seasoned journalist down on his luck when he decided to try his hand at fiction. Shaft was the result, giving Tidyman the break he was looking for. He went on to become an Academy Award winning screenwriter and respected film producer. Based on extensive research of Tidyman's personal papers, this book tells the story of Shaft from the perspective of his creator. The author provides new insight and analysis of the writing of the Shaft novels, as well as the production of the films and TV series. First-ever coverage of the forgotten Shaft newspaper comic strip includes previously unseen artwork. Also included is Shaft's recent reappearance on the printed page, in both comic book and prose form.

The Social Engineer's Playbook: A Practical Guide to Pretexting [EPUB]

The Social Engineer's Playbook: A Practical Guide to Pretexting [EPUB]
The Social Engineer's Playbook: A Practical Guide to Pretexting by Jeremiah Talamantes
2014 | EPUB | 3.32MB

The Social Engineer's Playbook is a practical guide to pretexting and a collection of social engineering pretexts for Hackers, Social Engineers and Security Analysts. Build effective social engineering plans using the techniques, tools and expert guidance in this book. Learn valuable elicitation techniques, such as: Bracketing, Artificial Ignorance, Flattery, Sounding Board and others.

This book covers an introduction to tools, such as: Maltego, Social Engineer Toolkit, Dradis, Metasploit and Kali Linux among others. Crucial to any social engineering test is the information used to build it. Discover the most valuable sources of intel and how to put them to use.

The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000 [EPUB]

The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000 [EPUB]
The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000 by William H. McNeill
2013 | EPUB | 2.68MB

In this magnificent synthesis of military, technological, and social history, William H. McNeill explores a whole millennium of human upheaval and traces the path by which we have arrived at the frightening dilemmas that now confront us. McNeill moves with equal mastery from the crossbow—banned by the Church in 1139 as too lethal for Christians to use against one another—to the nuclear missile, from the sociological consequences of drill in the seventeenth century to the emergence of the military-industrial complex in the twentieth. His central argument is that a commercial transformation of world society in the eleventh century caused military activity to respond increasingly to market forces as well as to the commands of rulers. Only in our own time, suggests McNeill, are command economies replacing the market control of large-scale human effort. The Pursuit of Power does not solve the problems of the present, but its discoveries, hypotheses, and sheer breadth of learning do offer a perspective on our current fears and, as McNeill hopes, "a ground for wiser action."

Crowds and Party [EPUB]

Crowds and Party [EPUB]
Crowds and Party by Jodi Dean
2016 | EPUB | 0.52MB

How do mass protests become an organized activist collective?

Crowds and Party channels the energies of the riotous crowds who took to the streets in the past five years into an argument for the political party. Rejecting the emphasis on individuals and multitudes, Jodi Dean argues that we need to rethink the collective subject of politics. When crowds appear in spaces unauthorized by capital and the state—such as in the Occupy movement in New York, London and across the world—they create a gap of possibility. But too many on the Left remain stuck in this beautiful moment of promise—they argue for more of the same, further fragmenting issues and identities, rehearsing the last thirty years of left-wing defeat. In Crowds and Party, Dean argues that previous discussions of the party have missed its affective dimensions, the way it operates as a knot of unconscious processes and binds people together. Dean shows how we can see the party as an organization that can reinvigorate political practice.

What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules? [EPUB]

What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules? [EPUB]
What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules by Göran Therborn
2016 | EPUB | 0.42MB

The intricate practices of the elite and how they maintain their dominance.

In his new book, Göran Therborn – author of the now standard comparative work on classical sociology and historical materialism, Science, Class and Society – looks at successive state structures in an arrestingly fresh perspective. Therborn uses the formal categories of modern system analysis – input mechanisms, processes of transformation, output flows – to advance a substantive Marxist analysis of state power and state apparatuses. His account of these is comparative in the most far-reaching historical sense: its object is nothing less than the construction of systematic typology of the differences between the feudal state, the capitalist state and the socialist state. Therborn ranges from the monarchies of mediaeval Europe through the bourgeois democracies of the west in the 20th century to the contemporary regimes in Russia, Eastern Europe and China. The book ends with a major analytic survey of the strategies of working class parties for socialism, from the Second International to the Comintern to Eurocommunism, that applies the structural findings of Therborn’s enquiry in the ‘Future as History’. Written with lucidity and economy, What Does the Ruling Class Do when it Rules? represents a remarkable sociological and political synthesis.

Who Rules the World? [EPUB]

Who Rules the World? [EPUB]
Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky
2016 | EPUB | 0.52MB

The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.

In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy—diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable—the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.

Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling [Audiobook]

Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling [Audiobook]
Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling [Audiobook] by Jeff Porter, read by Arthur Morey
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 30 mins | 288.44MB

From Archibald MacLeish to David Sedaris, radio storytelling has long borrowed from the world of literature, yet the narrative radio work of well-known writers and others is a story that has not been told before. And when the literary aspects of specific programs such as The War of the Worlds or Sorry, Wrong Number were considered, scrutiny was superficial.

In Lost Sound, Jeff Porter examines the vital interplay between acoustic techniques and modernist practices in the growth of radio. Concentrating on the 1930s through the 1970s, but also speaking to the rising popularity of today's narrative broadcasts such as This American Life, Radiolab, Serial, and The Organist, Porter's close readings of key radio programs show how writers adapted literary techniques to an acoustic medium with great effect. Addressing avant-garde sound poetry and experimental literature on the air alongside industry policy and network economics, Porter identifies the ways radio challenged the conventional distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow cultural content to produce a dynamic popular culture.

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir [Audiobook]

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir [Audiobook]
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir [Audiobook] by Ruth Wariner, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 4 mins | 255.65MB

A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl's coming of age in a polygamist cult.

Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can ascend to heaven only by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth's father - the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony - is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs.

Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As Ruth begins to doubt her family's beliefs and question her mother's choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.