Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 23:05
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 28 mins | 261.41MB
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.
Natalie Wood: A Life [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 23:03
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 9 mins | 350.52MB
She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story and countless other hit movies. From the moment Natalie Wood made her debut in 1946, playing Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles’s ward in Tomorrow Is Forever at the age of seven, to her shocking, untimely death in 1981, the decades of her life are marked by movies that–for their moments–summed up America’s dreams.
Now the acclaimed novelist, biographer, critic and screenwriter Gavin Lambert, whose twenty-year friendship with Natalie Wood began when she wanted to star in the movie adaptation of his novel Inside Daisy Clover, tells her extraordinary story. He writes about her parents, uncovering secrets that Natalie either didn’t know or kept hidden from those closest to her. Here is the young Natalie, from her years as a child actress at the mercy of a driven, controlling stage mother (“Make Mr. Pichel love you,” she whispered to the five-year-old Natalie before depositing her unexpectedly on the director’s lap), to her awkward adolescence when, suddenly too old for kiddie roles, she was shunted aside, just another freshman at Van Nuys High. Lambert shows us the glamorous movie star in her twenties—All the Fine Young Cannibals, Gypsy and Love with the Proper Stranger. He writes about her marriages, her divorces, her love affairs, her suicide attempt at twenty-six, the birth of her children, her friendships, her struggles as an actress and her tragic death by drowning (she was always terrified of water) at forty-three.
For the first time, everyone who knew Natalie Wood speaks freely–including her husbands Robert Wagner and Richard Gregson, famously private people like Warren Beatty, intimate friends such as playwright Mart Crowley, directors Robert Mulligan and Paul Mazursky, and Leslie Caron, each of whom told the author stories about this remarkable woman who was both life-loving and filled with despair.
What we couldn’t know–have never been told before–Lambert perceptively uncovers. His book provides the richest portrait we have had of Natalie Wood.
A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 23:02
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 49 mins | 213.37MB
An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history
In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence that saw whites rampage through the city's black neighborhoods. By the time the fires consuming black churches and schools were put out, forty-six freed people had been murdered. Congress, furious at this and other evidence of white resistance in the conquered South, launched what is now called Radical Reconstruction, policies to ensure the freedom of the region's four million blacks - and one of the most remarkable experiments in American history.
Stephen V. Ash's A Massacre in Memphis is a portrait of a Southern city that opens an entirely new view onto the Civil War and its aftermath. A momentous national event, the riot is also remarkable for being "one of the best-documented episodes of the American nineteenth century." Yet Ash is the first to mine the sources available to full effect.
Bringing postwar Memphis to vivid life, he takes us among newly arrived Yankees, former Rebels, boisterous Irish immigrants, and striving freed people, and shows how Americans of the period worked, prayed, expressed their politics, and imagined the future. And how they died: Ash's harrowing and profoundly moving present-tense narration of the riot has the immediacy of the best journalism.
Told with nuance, grace, and a quiet moral passion, A Massacre in Memphis is Civil War-era history like no other.
Stories From the Secret War: CIA Special Ops in Laos [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 23:01
2013 | M4B@64 kbps | 3 hrs 52 mins | 105.5MB
Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:35
2017 | EPUB | 44.19MB
THE FIRST BOOK DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO THE USE AND MASTERY OF MODERN BRUSH PENS
Drawing gorgeous letters, words and phrases with a brush pen doesn’t have to be difficult! Brush Pen Lettering will show you how to create your own unique style. To help you on your lettering journey, this comprehensive how-to guide includes:
- DIY projects
- Tips and Tricks
- Color Photographs
- Inspiring Ideas
- Step-by-step instructions
- Practice sheets
Not for Tourists Guide to Boston 2018 [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:34
2017 | EPUB | 64.38MB
The Not For Tourists Guide to Boston is a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood guidebook for already street-savvy Bostonians, business travelers, and tourists alike. It divides the city into twenty-eight neighborhoods, mapped out and marked with user-friendly icons identifying services and entertainment venues. Restaurants, banks, community gardens, hiking, public transportation, and landmarks―NFT packs it all into one convenient pocket-sized guide.
Want to catch a game of one of our world champion teams? NFT has you covered. How about eating the best pizza of the entire East Coast? We’ve got that, too. The nearest ritzy restaurant, historic trail, jazz lounge, or bookstore―whatever you need―NFT puts it at your fingertips. This light and portable guide also features:
- A foldout highway map
- Sections on all of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville
- More than 110 neighborhood and city maps
- Listings for theaters, museums, entertainment hot spots, and nightlife
Buy it for your cah or your pawket; the NFT guide to Beantown will help you make the most of your time in the city.
Not for Tourists Guide to Brooklyn 2018 [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:33
2017 | EPUB | 57.71MB
The Not For Tourists Guide to Brooklyn is a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach to New York’s most dynamic borough. The Brooklyn guide covers sixteen neighborhoods, with information on services and entertainment venues: everything from restaurants, movie theaters, bagel shops, and bars to landmarks, art galleries, transportation, and parks.
Want to eat the best Mexican tacos and Salvadoran pupusas? NFT has you covered. How about a list of the hippest coffee houses and coolest bars? We’ve got that, too. The nearest beach, hidden park, pizza place, or bookstore―whatever you need―NFT puts it at your fingertips. This light and portable guide also features:
- A foldout map that covers the entire borough, including streets, subways, and buses
- More than seventy-five neighborhood maps and profiles
- Listings for nightlife hot spots
- Details on museums and sports
- Essential Brooklyn books and movies
This guide is a must-have for all Brooklynites and their outta-town visitors.
Not for Tourists Guide to Los Angeles 2018 [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:32
2017 | EPUB | 211.76MB
The Not For Tourists Guide to Los Angeles is the essential urban handbook that thousands of Los Angelenos rely on daily. The map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood guidebook divides the city into fifty-seven mapped neighborhoods and pinpoints all of the essential services and entertainment hot spots with NFT’s user-friendly icons.
Want to drive around the palm tree–peppered concrete jungle like a pro? NFT has you covered. How about sunbathing on a beach? We’ve got that, too. The nearest Hollywood club, holistic health practitioner, sports outing, or shopping destination―whatever you need―NFT puts it at your fingertips. The guide also includes:
- A foldout highway map covering all of Los Angeles
- More than 150 neighborhood and city maps
- A guide to TV and movie studio locations
- Listings for the best shopping destinations
Everything from supermarkets, cafés, bars, and gas stations, to information on twenty-four-hour services, beaches, public transportation, and city events―NFT will help you find a boutique for an Oscar gown and then show you how to get there.
Not for Tourists Guide to Madrid 2018 [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:31
2017 | EPUB | 177.69MB
The Not For Tourists Guide to Madrid is a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood dream guide designed to lighten the load of already street-savvy Madrileños, commuters, business travelers, and, yes, tourists too.
The book includes everything from restaurants, bars, shopping, and theater to information on hotels, airports, parks, transportation, and landmarks. Need to find the best tapas places around? NFT has you covered. How about a list of the top vintage clothing stores in the city? We’ve got that, too. The nearest movie theater, bakery, or coffee shop—whatever you need, NFT puts it at your fingertips. This pocket-sized book also features:
- A foldout Metro map
- More than two dozen neighborhood maps
- Details on parks and places
- Listings for arts and entertainment hot spots
All written by locals, for locals. It is the indispensable guide to the city. Period.
Not For Tourists Guide to Washington DC 2018 [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 15:29
2017 | EPUB | 107.67MB
The Not For Tourists Guide to Washington DC is the urban manual to the city that no local, or tourist, should be without. This map-based guidebook divides the city into forty-six mapped neighborhoods. Each map is marked by NFT’s user-friendly icons, which help locate the essential services, transportation, and entertainment venues in the area.
Want to know the best place to grab an alfresco cocktail? NFT has you covered. How about exploring little residential suburban pockets far away from the National Mall? We’ve got that, too. The nearest up-and-coming restaurant, farmer’s market, LGBT venue, or football game―whatever you need―NFT puts it at your fingertips. The guide also includes:
- A foldout highway map
- More than one hundred neighborhood maps
- Coverage for nearby universities and Baltimore
- Details on parks and outdoor activities
- Information on the National Mall and the US Capitol
It’s the main weapon in implementing our “No resident left behind!” policy.
Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar [EPUB]
16 February 2018, 12:26
2017 | EPUB | 1.65MB
David Crystal explains grammar's rules and irregularities, shows how to navigate its snares and pitfalls, and explores its history and varieties. He gives practical guidance on how grammar may be used for different purposes and in different settings. He provides a series of insights into the stages by which children acquire grammar and shows how this can be used to guide its early instruction. He casts a mordant eye on what learned people have said about English grammar over the centuries and what they continue to say now. People have always been uneasy about points of grammar and worried that what they say may not always be what they mean. Grammar is complex but, Professor Crystal shows, it need not be daunting: the more we understand it, he argues, the more sense we shall make.
Making Sense is as entertaining as it is instructive. David Crystal unites investigations of its nature, variations, history, learning, and teaching with a host of practical advice. Like its three companion volumes it will appeal to everyone interested in the English language and how to use it.
You Say Potato: A Book About Accents [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:25
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 5 mins | 194.26MB
An authoritative, entertaining book about our accents and what they say about us.
Some people say 'sconn' while others say 'schown'. He says 'bath' while she says 'bahth'. You say 'potayto'. I say 'potahto'. And - wait a second, no one says 'potahto'. No one's ever said 'potahto'. Have they?
From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of received pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father, David, travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation.
But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative, and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.
How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:13
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 56 mins | 220.23MB
This audiobook is the improbable and exhilarating story of the rise of Snapchat from a frat boy fantasy to a multi-billion dollar internet unicorn that has dramatically changed the way we communicate.
In 2013 Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, and his co-founder Bobby Murphy stunned the press when they walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius? In How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, tech journalist Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups.
Snapchat began as a late-night dorm room revelation, the brainchild of Stanford English major Reggie Brown who was nursing regrets about photos he had sent. After an epic feud between best friends, Brown lost the company to Spiegel, who has gone on to make a name for himself as a visionary - if ruthless - CEO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his fiancée, Miranda Kerr.
A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company's founding trio, Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. He brings unique access to a company Bloomberg Business called "a cipher in the Silicon Valley technology community."
Gallagher offers insight into challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry's preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.
Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:10
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 10 hours | 275.07MB
Sex is cheap. Coupled sexual activity has become more widely available than ever. Cheap sex has been made possible by two technologies that have little to do with each other - the Pill and high-quality pornography - and its distribution made more efficient by a third technological innovation, online dating.
Together, they drive down the cost of real sex, and in turn slow the development of love, make fidelity more challenging, sexual malleability more common, and have even taken a toll on men's marriageability.
Cheap Sex takes listeners on an extended tour inside the American mating market, and highlights key patterns that characterize young adults' experience today, including the timing of first sex in relationships, overlapping partners, frustrating returns on their relational investments, and a failure to link future goals like marriage with how they navigate their current relationships.
Drawing upon several large nationally-representative surveys, in-person interviews with 100 men and women, and the assertions of scholars ranging from evolutionary psychologists to gender theorists, what emerges is a story about social change, technological breakthroughs, and unintended consequences.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:08
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 20 mins | 423.47MB
Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes listeners to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.
Twitty travels from the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields to tell of the struggles his family faced and how food enabled his ancestors' survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia. As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the South's past.
Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep - the power of food to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.
The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:07
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 56 mins | 520.73MB
From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493 - an incisive portrait of the two little-known 20th-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the 21st century will choose to live in tomorrow's world.
In 40 years, Earth's population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups - Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. Cut back! was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate! was Borlaug's cry. Only in that way can everyone win! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces - food, water, energy, climate change - grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author's insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.
Cause: . . . And How It Doesn't Always Equal Effect [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:06
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 21 mins | 284.96MB
The Freakonomics of the sociology world. This book shows how deeply irrational we humans are, and what we can do about it
When we try to understand our world, we ask “why?” a specific event occured. But this profoundly human question often leads us astray. In Cause, sociologist Gregory Smithsimon brings us a much sharper understanding of cause and effect, and shows how we can use it to approach some of our most daunting collective problems.
Smithsimon begins by explaining the misguided cause and effect explanations that have given us tragically little insight on issues such as racial discrimination, climate change, and the cycle of poverty. He then shows unseen causes behind these issues, and shows how we are hard-wired to overlook them. Armed with these insights, Smithsimon explains how we can avoid these mistakes, and begin to make effective change.
Combining philosophy, the science of perception, and deeply researched social factors, Cause offers us a new way to ask “why?” and a hope that we may improve our society and ourselves.
Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:04
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 240.86MB
Here is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events. The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best-known conquistadors and explorers, including Columbus, Cortes, and Pizarro.
Using a wide array of sources, historian Matthew Restall highlights seven key myths, uncovering the source of the inaccuracies and exploding the fallacies and misconceptions behind each myth. This vividly written and authoritative book shows, for instance, that native Americans did not take the conquistadors for gods and that small numbers of vastly outnumbered Spaniards did not bring down great empires with stunning rapidity. We discover that Columbus was correctly seen in his lifetime - and for decades after - as a briefly fortunate but unexceptional participant in efforts involving many southern Europeans.
It was only much later that Columbus was portrayed as a great man who fought against the ignorance of his age to discover the new world. Another popular misconception - that the Conquistadors worked alone - is shattered by the revelation that vast numbers of black and native allies joined them in a conflict that pitted native Americans against each other. This and other factors, not the supposed superiority of the Spaniards, made conquests possible.
The Conquest, Restall shows, was more complex - and more fascinating - than conventional histories have portrayed it. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest offers a richer and more nuanced account of a key event in the history of the Americas.
Lincoln and Churchill: Statesmen at War [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:02
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 3 mins | 470.85MB
Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, as commanders in chief, led their nations to victory - Lincoln in the Civil War, Churchill in World War II. They became revered leaders - statesmen for all time. Yet these two world-famous war leaders have never been seriously compared at book length.
Acclaimed historian Lewis Lehrman, in his path-breaking comparison of both statesmen, finds that Lincoln and Churchill - with very different upbringings and contrasting personalities - led their war efforts, to some extent, in similar ways. As supreme war lords, they were guided not only by principles of honor, duty, freedom, but also by the practical wisdom to know when, where, and how to apply these principles. They made mistakes which Lehrman considers carefully. But the author emphasizes that, despite setbacks, they never gave up.
Even their writings and speeches were swords in battle. Gifted literary stylists, both men relied on the written and spoken word to steel their citizens throughout desperate and prolonged wars. Both statesmen unexpectedly left office near the end of their wars - Lincoln by the bullet, Churchill by the ballot.
Introduction to Investing: An Audio Course [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 12:01
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 42 mins | 240.61MB
In the world of investing, understanding the fundamentals wins every time. With this in mind, finance guru Greg McGraime shares with you the secrets he teaches executives at Fortune 500 companies. With over 20 years of industry experience, he offers time-tested advice for you to apply immediately to execute a winning investment strategy.
No matter where you are in your investment planning stages, the strategies and recommendations in this easy-to-follow audio course offer just what you need to ramp up your portfolio. In 24 lively audio lectures that you can enjoy while commuting or exercising, you will master the skills and strategies employed by America’s top investing experts.
A seasoned personal wealth advisor and broker, Greg McGraime leads workshops for companies like Google, Yahoo, HCA, and Intuit. These talks allow you to sit in the audience of one of his celebrated workshops, which give you the tools and answers to questions like these:
- How do you create a solid investment plan that best suits your needs?
- How do you ensure that your portfolio is sufficiently diversified?
- Should you be investing in individual stocks or mutual funds?
- How can you get the most wealth from buying and selling your home?
- How should you prepare for retirement?
- When should you buy or sell an investment?
- What’s the best way to save for college?
After exploring these and many more topics, you will walk away with deep wisdom and renewed confidence about your personal finances.
The Human Side of Agile: How to Help Your Team Deliver [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:59
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 52 mins | 280.36MB
Does your Agile team experience the following common problems?
- Members use established Agile practices and tools, yet with little motivation or buy-in.
- Even though the team is cross-functional, members don't collaborate effectively or leverage everyone's abilities.
- Rather than act empowered, they wait for permission and approval.
- Improvement has stalled - the team performs okay, but it can do so much better.
You can't solve these problems with more practices, rules, and tools. These are people problems.
If you're a ScrumMaster, project manager, delivery lead, or manager - or you aspire to be - you can make all the difference to your Agile team. Not by being a taskmaster, administrator, or process enforcer, but by leading your team to greatness. Listen to this audiobook on your Agile leadership journey, and it will help you to:
- Build and cultivate an engaged team that can handle almost any challenge
- Catalyze team communication, collaboration, and continuous improvement
- Establish yourself as a confident and capable leader who adds value
- Reap the full benefits of Agile in the real world with real people
Your Oxygen Mask First: 17 Habits to Help High Achievers Survive & Thrive in Leadership & Life [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:58
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 46 mins | 105.52MB
Here's the hard truth about leadership: It either forces you to get stronger or it slowly destroys your life. There is no in-between. Kevin Lawrence has discovered 17 habits that allow any leader to transcend the perils of success and keep achieving - habits that have already helped hundreds of CEOs and executives become stronger and more resilient.
Obsessed with understanding why successful people crash and burn, Lawrence has studied and tested virtually every leadership theory known to humankind in his two decades as a business adviser. His straight-talk advice in Your Oxygen Mask First will surprise and propel even the most seasoned leaders, as he cuts through the platitudes and jargon to share the best tools he has found to ensure your survival, no matter how high you fly.
The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:57
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 31 mins | 399.78MB
Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream - the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit. Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed.
Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with engaging anecdotes. The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions.
It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within 10 years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars - a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.
Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:56
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 9 hrs 25 mins | 259.48MB
Popular Lost Cities author David Hatcher Childress takes us into the amazing world of ancient technology, from computers in antiquity to the flying machines of the gods. Childress looks at the technology that was allegedly used in Atlantis and the theory that the Great Pyramid of Egypt was originally a gigantic power station.
He examines tales of ancient flight and the technology that it involved; how the ancients used electricity; megalithic building techniques; the use of crystal lenses and the fire from the gods; evidence of various high tech weapons in the past, including atomic weapons; ancient metallurgy and heavy machinery; the role of modern inventors such as Nikola Tesla in bringing ancient technology back into modern use; impossible artifacts; and more.
Physician: How Science Transformed the Art of Medicine [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:54
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 21 mins | 230.78MB
What happened that changed the priest - the revered healer of antiquity - into a person of science? How was the modern doctor made?
Physician is Rajeev Kurapati’s earnest attempt to answer this question and others central to the practice of medicine. For instance, how have the advances of medical technology influenced society’s perception of death? How do physicians balance thinking with feeling when dealing with critically ill patients? How do we meet the needs of patients seeking a personal connection to their doctor in what may seem to be an emotionally deficient medical landscape? Is it possible to overcome some of the compromises we’ve had to make along the way? What is the promise of modern medicine and its limitations? And notably, as medical care becomes more and more digitized and automated, will the medical degree - a universal badge of respectability - continue to hold value?
Dr. Kurapati, a practicing hospital physician, succeeds in gracefully exploring the depths of what it really means to be a doctor - and a patient - at this time in our human history, and his blueprint for building a stronger future of health care is an important and valuable one.
Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:53
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 30 mins | 289.11MB
Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family began sheltering fellow Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon France also fell under Nazi rule. As the French Jews’ basic human rights were stripped away under German occupation, Marthe’s sister Stéphanie was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she was never heard from again. The rest of her family fled safely to the south of France, but Marthe—always a fighter—joined the French Army to help rid her country of the Nazis.
As a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army, Marthe risked her life to retrieve crucial information about Nazi troop movements by slipping behind enemy lines, utilizing her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight, chancing exposure every time she did so, she learned where they were going next and alerted Allied commanders.
When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded the Médaille Militaire, France’s highest military honor, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had faced death daily while helping defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.
The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Survivor’s Memory, 1942-1943 [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 11:51
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 4 mins | 84.84MB
Quickly becoming a cornerstone of Holocaust historiography, this is a devastatingly stark memoir from one of the lone survivors of Treblinka.
Why do some live while so many others perish? Tiny children, old men, beautiful girls - in the gas chambers of Treblinka, all are equal. The Nazis kept the fires of Treblinka burning night and day, a central cog in the wheel of the Final Solution.
In the tradition of Elie Wiesel's Night and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved, Rajchman provides the only survivors' record of Treblinka. Originally written in Yiddish in 1945 without hope or agenda other than to bear witness, Rajchman's account shows that sometimes the bravest and most painful act of all is to remember.
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:43
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 18 mins | 284.06MB
From the New York Times best-selling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of 20 or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than 400 years.
Christianity didn't have to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were 20 or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some 30 million people in just four centuries. The Triumph of Christianity combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen - one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.
The Trojan War: A New History [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:42
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 36 mins | 237.78MB
The Trojan War is one of history's most famous conflicts, a ten-year-long war waged over the beautiful Helen. For more than two thousand years this story has been a source of artistic inspiration. But is it true?
In The Trojan War historian and classicist Barry Strauss explores the myth and the reality behind the war, from Homer's accounts in The Iliad and The Odyssey to Heinrich Schliemann's discovery of ancient Troy in the late nineteenth century to more recent excavations that have yielded intriguing clues to the story behind the fabled city. The Trojans, it turns out, were not ethnic Greeks but an Anatolian people closely allied with the Hittite Empire to the east. At the time of the Trojan War the Greeks were great seafarers while Troy was a more settled civilization. And while the cause of the war may well have been the kidnapping of a queen—and, more significantly, the seizure of her royal dowry—the underlying cause was a conflict between the Trojans and the Greeks for control of the eastern Aegean Sea.
Through vivid reconstructions of the battles and insightful depictions of its famous characters, The Trojan War reveals the history behind Homer's great epic, without losing the poetry and grandeur of the epic myth.
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on The World's Most Powerful Mafia [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:41
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 27 mins | 290.08MB
We live in their buildings, work in their companies, shop in their stores, eat in their restaurants and elect politicians they fund. Founded more than 150 years ago by shepherding families in the toe of Italy, the 'Ndrangheta is today the world's most powerful mafia, with a crushing presence in Southern Italy, a market-moving size in global finance and a reach that extends to 50 countries around the world. And yet, remarkably, few of us have ever heard of it.
The 'Ndrangheta's power rests on a code of silence, omertà, enforced by a claustrophobic family hierarchy and murderous misogyny. Men and boys rule. Girls are married off as teenagers in arranged clan alliances. Beatings are routine. A woman who is 'unfaithful' - even to a dead husband - can expect her sons, brothers or father to kill her to erase the 'family shame'.
In 2009, when abused wife Lea Garofalo 'disappears' after giving evidence against her mafiosi husband, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti realises the 'Ndrangheta's bigotry may be its great flaw. The key to bringing down this criminal empire is to free its women and allow them to speak out and testify. When Alessandra finds two collaborators inside Italy's biggest crime families, she must persuade them to cooperate and save themselves and their children. The stakes could not be higher. Alessandra is fighting to save a nation. The mafiosi are fighting for their existence. The women are fighting for their lives. Not all will survive.
The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:39
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 34 mins | 456.7MB
In the wake of World War II, with Britain's empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.
Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil's thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations - the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we understand like never before Stalin's determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.
Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin's Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today's international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil's account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.
The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920 - 1939 [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:38
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 23 mins | 286.08MB
Essential background to the German blitzkrieg of World War II
Complements the stories of panzer aces like Otto Carius and Michael Wittmann
In the wake of World War I, the German army lay in ruins - defeated in the war, sundered by domestic upheaval, and punished by the Treaty of Versailles.
A mere 20 years later, Germany possessed one of the finest military machines in the world, capable of launching a stunning blitzkrieg attack against Poland in 1939.
Well-known military historian Robert M. Citino shows how Germany accomplished this astonishing reversal and developed the doctrine, tactics, and technologies that its military would use to devastating effect in World War II.
The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist: Understanding What Happens When We Write and Read Novels [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:37
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 10 mins | 114.68MB
From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about reading and writing novels.
In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and the experience of reading. Drawing on Friedrich Schiller’s famous distinction between “naïve” writers—those who write spontaneously—and “sentimental” writers—those who are reflective and aware—Pamuk reveals two unique ways of processing and composing the written word. He takes us through his own literary journey and the beloved novels of his youth to describe the singular experience of reading. Unique, nuanced, and passionate, this book will be beloved by readers and writers alike.
Travel as a Political Act [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:35
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 14 mins | 281.59MB
Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.
With the world facing divisive events and movements like the rise of nationalism, Trump, Brexit, Erdogan, and more, there's never been a more important time to travel.
Rick believes the risks of travel are widely exaggerated, and that fear is for people who don't get out much. After years of living out of a suitcase, he still marvels at how different cultures may find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar.
With gripping stories from Rick's decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home.
Historic Moments in Speech: The Ronald Reagan Presidency [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:33
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 36 mins | 374.1MB
The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan occupied the White House from 1981 to 1989. Among his many acclaimed accomplishments were the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate break-up of the Soviet Union. Speeches include his Inauguration Address ("...government is the problem"), the Brandenburg Gate ("...tear down this wall"), and many others.
Wealth Kryptonite: Discover Your Avatar and Superpowers of the New Rich [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:32
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 2 mins | 139.69MB
Wealth Kryptonite sets you on the path to discovering your Wealthy Avatar and paves the way for your journey to wealth.
Let's face the harsh reality. Most people will never fit into the group that make up the top 3% in terms of financial means, what we call Three Percenters. It takes time, requires commitment, and demands perseverance. When you understand your Avatar and can incorporate the three-pillar approach of blending emotional, financial, and tax intelligence, you move from being an Average Avatar to a Wealthy Avatar.
Authors David Miller, CFP®, and Ridgely Goldsborough, ESQ., deliver one of the most compelling messages on building family wealth and provide a path to get it done.
Discovering your Avatar is challenging and highly emotional. Are you ready to begin the journey?
The Food Therapist: Break Bad Habits, Eat with Intention, and Indulge Without Worry [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 08:31
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 41 mins | 128.82MB
Media darling and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski helps listeners improve their relationship with food, conquer cravings, and feel their best.
If you asked people to post a status update on their relationship with food, most would say ''It's complicated.'' We aspire to eat healthfully but find ourselves making hasty food choices driven by stress and convenience. Or we treat ourselves to a decadent dessert but feel so guilty we don't even enjoy it. The truth is that we can't make good food decisions if we don't examine our relationship with food.
In The Food Therapist, Shira Lenchewski reveals the root causes of our emotional hang-ups around food and provides tools to help us plan ahead wisely, conquer cravings without deprivation, and recognize our fullness signals. The Food Therapist will help us create a truly positive relationship with food to lose weight, feel great, and finally make peace with our bodies and the scale.
The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:56
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 46 mins | 296.76MB
Sixty percent of humanity - some four-point-three billion people - live in debilitating poverty. The standard development narrative suggests that alleviating poverty in poor countries is a matter of getting the internal policies right, combined with aid from rich countries. But anthropologist Jason Hickel argues that this approach misses the broader political forces at play.
Global poverty - and the growing divide between "developing" and "developed" countries - has to do with how the global economy has been designed over the course of 500 years through conquest, colonialism, regime change, debt, and trade deals. Global inequality doesn't just exist; it has been created.
To close the divide, Dr. Hickel proposes dramatic action rooted in real justice: we must abolish debt burdens in the developing world; democratize the IMF, World Bank, and WTO; and institute a global minimum wage, among many other vital steps. Only then will we have a chance at a world built on equal footing.
The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:06
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 23 mins | 203.63MB
The New York Times best-selling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In deliver a breakthrough, groundbreaking guide for building today's most collaborative teams - so any organization can operate at peak performance.
A massive shift is taking place in the business world. In today's average company, up to 80 percent of employees' days are now spent working in teams. And yet the teams most people find themselves in are nowhere near as effective as they could be. They're often divided by tensions, if not outright dissension, and dysfunctional teams drain employees' energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Now Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton share the proven ways managers can build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing.
In The Best Team Wins, Gostick and Elton studied more than 850,000 employee engagement surveys to develop their "Five Disciplines of Team Leaders", explaining how to recognize and motivate different generations to enhance individual engagement; ways to promote healthy discord and spark innovation; and techniques to unify customer focus and build bridges across functions, cultures, and distance.
They've shared these disciplines with their corporate clients and have now distilled their breakthrough findings into a succinct, engaging guide for business leaders everywhere. Gostick and Elton offer practical ways to address the real challenges today's managers are facing, such as the rise of the Millennials, the increasing speed of change, the growing number of global and virtual teams, and the friction created by working cross-functionally.
This is a must-listen for anyone looking to maximize performance at work, from two of the most successful corporate consultants of their generation, whom The New York Times called "creative and refreshing".
Terracotta Warriors: History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:04
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + Companion PDF | 8 hrs 58 mins | 317.55MB
Terracotta Warriors provides an intriguing, original and up-to-date account of one of the wonders of the ancient world. This is the first audiobook available for the general listener which incorporates the most recent excavations, new theories and discoveries.
In one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of all time, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered by chance by farmers in 1974. We now understand that the excavated pits containing nearly 8000 warriors and hundreds of horses are only part of a much grander mausoleum complex. There is a great deal still to be discovered and understood about the entire area which is now thought to cover around 100 square kilometres. And there is the tantalising possibility of the opening of the imperial tomb.
With unique access to the leading Chinese archaeologists and historians - including the full support of the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, responsible for all archaeological sites and museums in the province - Burman is able to guide us through the ancient Chinese concept of longevity and the afterlife, essential to understand the mausoleum. We can see as never before how the Terracotta Warriors strongly represent the fascinating circumstances in which they lived.
The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:03
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 47 mins | 299.17MB
The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported, and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored.
When Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, he discovered that the river which almost surrounded his new home had once marked the Debatable Land's southern boundary. Under the powerful spell of curiosity, Robb began a journey - on foot, by bicycle and into the past - that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land and result in more than one discovery of major historical significance.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more.
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:01
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 49 mins | 132.76MB
A global movement guided by love.
Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.
The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world - for us all.
The 10 Biggest Civil War Blunders [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 01:00
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 26 mins | MB
What makes the Civil War so fascinating is that it presents an endless number of "what if" scenarios - moments when the outcome of the war (and therefore world history) hinged on a single small mistake or omission.
In this audiobook, Civil War historian Edward Bonekemper highlights the 10 biggest Civil War blunders, focusing in on intimate moments of military indecision and inaction involving great generals like Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and William T. Sherman as well as less effective generals such as George B. McClellan, Benjamin Butler, and Henry W. Halleck. Bonekemper shows how these 10 blunders significantly affected the outcome of the war, and explores how history might easily have been very different if these blunders were avoided.
The Civil Rights Movement: Historic Moments in Speech [Audiobook]
16 February 2018, 00:59
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 33 mins | 244.24MB
Following the Supreme Court ruling in 1954 striking down the "separate but equal" doctrine, a decade and a half of civil turbulence existed. Civil rights activists used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to bring about change. This product tells a part of that historic time with speeches from many of those attempting to achieve racial equality.