The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 12:30
2018 | EPUB | 120.01MB
A revolutionary, yet simple guide to better health from the star of BBC1's Doctor in the House.
In The Four Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents an easily accessible plan for taking control of your health and your life.
Everyday health revolves around Dr Chatterjee's four pillars: relaxation, food, sleep and movement. By making small, achievable changes in each of these key areas you can create and maintain good health - and avoid illness.
It's not about excelling at any one pillar - what matters is the balance across all the things you do, including:
- an electronic 'sabbath' once a week
- aiming for 12 hours every day without food
- exposure to sunlight first thing each morning
Based on cutting edge research and his own experiences as a doctor, this book contains fascinating case studies from real patients.
Practical and potentially life-changing, The Four Pillar Plan is an inspiring and easy-to-follow guide to better health and happiness.
Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 12:27
2017 | EPUB | 17.67MB
How can we design places that fulfill urgent needs of the community, achieve environmental justice, and inspire long-term stewardship? By bringing community members to the table, we open up the possibility of exchanging ideas meaningfully and transforming places powerfully. Collaboration like this is hands-on democracy in action. It’s up close. It’s personal. For decades, participatory design practices have helped enliven neighborhoods and promote cultural understanding. Yet, many designers still rely on the same techniques that were developed in the 1950s and 60s. These approaches offer predictability, but hold waning promise for addressing current and future design challenges. Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity is written to reinvigorate democratic design, providing inspiration, techniques, and case stories for a wide range of contexts.
Edited by six leading practitioners and academics in the field of participatory design, with nearly 50 contributors from around the world, Design as Democracy shows how to design with communities in empowering and effective ways. The flow of the book’s nine chapters reflects the general progression of community design process, while also encouraging readers to search for ways that best serve their distinct needs and the culture and geography of diverse places. Each chapter presents a series of techniques around a theme, from approaching the initial stages of a project, to getting to know a community, to provoking political change through strategic thinking. Readers may approach the book as they would a cookbook, with recipes open to improvisation, adaptation, and being created anew.
Design as Democracy offers fresh insights for creating meaningful dialogue between designers and communities and for transforming places with justice and democracy in mind.
This Is How I Save My Life [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 12:26
2018 | EPUB | 2.94MB
The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.
When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.
This Is How I Save My Life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost.
The Mathematical Corporation: Where Machine Intelligence and Human Ingenuity Achieve the Impossible [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 10:03
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 11 mins | 253.04MB
The most powerful weapon in business today is the alliance between the mathematical smarts of machines and the imaginative human intellect of great leaders. Together they make the mathematical corporation, the business model of the future.
We are at a once-in-a-decade breaking point similar to the quality revolution of the 1980s and the dawn of the Internet age in the 1990s. Leaders must transform how they run their organizations, or competitors will bring them crashing to earth - often overnight.
Mathematical corporations - the organizations that will master the future - will outcompete high-flying rivals by merging the best of human ingenuity with machine intelligence. While smart machines are weapon number one for organizations, leaders are still the drivers of breakthroughs. Only they can ask crucial questions to capitalize on business opportunities newly discovered in oceans of data.
This dynamic combination will make possible the fulfillment of missions that once seemed out of reach, even impossible to attain. Josh Sullivan and Angela Zutavern's extraordinary examples include the entrepreneur who upended preventive health care, the oceanographer who transformed fisheries management, and the pharmaceutical company that used algorithm-driven optimization to boost vaccine yields.
Together they offer a profoundly optimistic vision for a dazzling new phase in business and a playbook for how smart companies can manage the essential combination of human and machine.
The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 10:02
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 25 mins | 285.21MB
In 2012 on Catalonia's National Day, the Diada, an enormous crowd calling for Catalan independence took over the heart of Barcelona. On the back of this show of force, Catalonia's governing politicians turned secessionist claims into a new headache for a Madrid government only just recovering from the near-meltdown of Spain's financial system.
Five years on, the separatist challenge has neither come to fruition nor faded away. The Struggle for Catalonia looks at how and why Catalan separatism reached the top of Spain's political agenda as well as its connection to the broader European malaise generated by flawed political responses to financial and other crises.
Through extensive travel and reporting as well as dozens of interviews with leading Catalan personalities, Raphael Minder gives a cultural history of the region, showing how the reshaping of Catalan identity is being played out everywhere, from football clubs to the world of haute cuisine.
Achieve the Impossible [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 10:01
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 21 mins | 147.12MB
Greg Whyte learnt from an early age that the biggest obstacle in life was people telling him, "No, you can't". But we all have the ability to achieve what others may say is impossible. Don't listen to them. Success is not a chance event. With proper planning, preparation and vision, Professor Whyte has the knowledge and methods that can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, mortals into elite athletes, to deliver not dream.
Using the examples of iconic Comic Relief and Sport Relief challenges achieved by the likes of David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, and Davina McCall under his guidance, Greg Whyte shows that anyone can do anything. With expert but simple-to-understand advice, useful diagrams, and structured tasks, he demonstrates how this applies in life, from losing weight to reducing anxiety; in business, through maximising potential and core principles of management; and in sports, whether it be a 10k run or the ultimate endurance challenge. So don't take no for an answer. By making the impossible possible, this book is the blueprint for success in life.
Hitler’s Propaganda Pilgrimage [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:39
2015 | EPUB | 19.21MB
The famous image of Hitler in Paris has become one of the most iconic images of the Second World War. However, Hitler only spent a few hours in Paris before heading to Flanders to revisit the sites of the battlefields where he had served during the Great War. He was on a propaganda mission to publicize his own war service and a full photographic record of Hitler’s visits to France and Flanders was produced by Heinrich Hoffman, Hitler’s personal photographer. Those photographs from 1940 have now been collected together for the first time and are reproduced here along with all of the most important surviving images of Hitler in the Great War.
Featuring rare and previously unpublished images of Hitler in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1940, this important photographic study documents a vital but often overlooked chapter in the story of Adolf Hitler.
Dropping Britain’s First H-Bomb: Story of Operation Grapple 1957 [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:38
2008 | EPUB | 37.96MB
On 15 May 1957 Vickers Valiant V-Bomber X.D.818 under the command of Wg. Cdr. Kenneth Hubbard, O.C. 49 Squadron R.A.F., dropped Britain’s first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the resolve and the capability to protect her own democracy and that of her Commonwealth. It was a major breakthrough that ensured Britain maintained her place in the most senior influential positions of the United Nations and other corridors of world power, and in the ensuing years provide Britain’s deterrent throughout the decades of the Cold War.
The theme of this book is to explain how the R.A.F. selected and trained the crews who would be responsible for the precision dropping of the several weapons that would detonate during Grapple. It also provides a complete background to the parts played by all other services during this unique period in British history.
Get a Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable - Your Journey to Get Real, Get Simple, and Get Results [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:36
2012 | EPUB | 6.23MB
It’s time to take your business to the next level.
Eileen Sharp and Vic Hightower were frustrated. After years of profitable, predictable growth, Swan Services was in a rut. Meetings were called and discussions held, but few decisions were made and even less got done. People were pointing fingers and assigning blame, but nothing happened to solve Swan’s mounting problems. It felt as though they were working harder than ever but with less impact. The company Eileen and Vic had founded and built for 10 years was a different place. It just wasn’t fun anymore.
Their story is not unusual. The challenges they were facing are common, predictable, and solvable. Get A Grip tells the story of how Swan Services resolves its issues by implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System. With the help of EOS, Eileen, Vic, and their leadership team master a set of managerial tools that allow them to get traction on their business, grow the business, and deliver better results for clients.
The story of Swan Services is a fable, but the Entrepreneurial Operating System® is very real and has helped thousands of businesses worldwide. A complete entrepreneurial toolkit, EOS has helped thousands of businesses get to where they want to be.
In Get A Grip, learn how Swan Services leaders learned to develop and commit to a clear vision, establish focus, build discipline, and create a healthier and more cohesive team.
With characters and situations created from collective business experiences and stories, Get A Grip is a fable that will ring true for entrepreneurial leaders the world over and guide them to get their companies on track.
The Planet Friendly Diet: Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 07:35
2015 | EPUB | 44.69MB
Would you like to lose weight, feel great, and minimize the impact of your eating habits on the environment? The Planet Friendly Diet is a unique, all-inclusive blueprint for a greener lifestyle based on responsible dietary choices. Jump start your journey to optimum health with the all-inclusive twenty-one day meal plan, and then apply the information in the accompanying nutrition guide to transform short-term success into long-term, sustainable results.
Leading body-transformation expert and former professional skier Cat Smiley shares her simple step-by-step program for a complete detox and reboot. The diet is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste. All single-portion recipes:
- Use fresh, every day ingredients
- Cost less than $5.00
- Are under 500 calories
- Take no more than twenty minutes to prepare
Whether you want to give your eating patterns a complete makeover or just kick start a change towards a healthier life, The Planet Friendly Diet will motivate, educate and empower you. Fully-illustrated with mouthwatering images of each internationally inspired recipe, it's like having your very own nutrition coach and personal chef. And not only will yopu lose weight, get fit, and feel great - you'll be contributing to a wider humanitarian cause.
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:53
2018 | EPUB | 40.98MB
A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.
Featuring James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor, Giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of south Texas. Isolating his star cast in the wilds of West Texas, director George Stevens brought together a volatile mix of egos, insecurities, sexual proclivities, and talent. Stevens knew he was overwhelmed with Hudson’s promiscuity, Taylor’s high diva-dom, and Dean’s egotistical eccentricity. Yet he coaxed performances out of them that made cinematic history, winning Stevens the Academy Award for Best Director and garnering nine other nominations, including a nomination for Best Actor for James Dean, who died before the film was finished.
In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood. Drawing on archival sources Graham’s Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.
Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty and Wellness [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:52
2018 | EPUB | 17.41MB
A decade ago, after suffering from life-threatening autoimmune disorders, Hollywood actress Shiva Rose set out to discover a more holistic way to natural health and beauty. Growing her own organic herbs and flowers; mixing creams, lotions, and tonics; and following Ayurvedic practices and creating mindful rituals, she has not only healed her life but has also become a leader and entrepreneur in the world of all-natural beauty and lifestyle.
Whole Beauty is her radiant next step, a practical, inspiring, stunningly beautiful guide to following a whole beauty practice at home. Here is the recipe for Rose’s iconic rose hip facial serum, as well as 40 other recipes for masks and exfoliants, hair-care products and detoxes, and even DIY deodorant and toothpaste. She explains Ayurvedic practices, such as dry brushing and oil pulling, and home-cleansing rituals, such as smudging with burning sage; shares a dozen tonics, including Celestial Nog and Summer Lover; and offers an entire chapter on the use of essential oils, both on the body and in the home. From natural beauty solutions like a Blushing Bride Chickpea Face Mask to showing how to tap into the full force of female energy, Whole Beauty is a complete guide to revitalizing your life.
The Baking Soda Companion: Natural Recipes and Remedies for Health, Beauty, and Home [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:51
2018 | EPUB | 96.59MB
75 ways to make life easier―with baking soda
Everyone has baking soda on hand to help cookies rise and keep the pantry smelling fresh. But this simple compound also has dozens of other applications for health, cleaning, gardening, and more.
In The Baking Soda Companion, Suzy Scherr explains just how useful this all-natural pantry staple can be. Make extra-fluffy scrambled eggs, clean the coffee pot, soothe bug bites, mix up toothpaste and shampoo, remove stubborn grass stains, repel garden pests, and more. This is a straightforward, informative guide for anyone who wants to incorporate simple, affordable, and natural solutions into their day-to-day routine.
Styling with Salvage: Designing and Decorating with Reclaimed Materials [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:50
2018 | EPUB | 141.27MB
Discover the secrets of styling your home with reclaimed materials
Joanne Palmisano is passionate about the joy and importance of reuse in home decor. Whether it's reclaimed, repurposed, recycled, salvaged, or antique, Joanne will show you how to turn an old piece into a stunning decorative object. Styling with Salvage is an essential guide for those who can't walk by a secondhand store or salvage yard without taking a peek, or who just want to decorate in a more mindful way. Joanne provides an aspirational-but-achievable template for all who wish to bring some character, style, and soul into their home.
- Top tips on the best places to look for items like vintage lace or old balusters
- Ways to design with salvage when you seek to add color, or are working with monochromatic palettes
- Inspiration on styling and displaying collections, whether it's vintage glass, leather boots, or bottle tops
Filled with Susan Teare's gorgeous photography, this book will inspire everyone who picks it up to reclaim their spaces with reclaimed materials.
The Garden in Every Sense and Season: Gardening to Awaken Your Five Senses [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:48
2018 | EPUB | 28.44MB
“Reminds us that the best way to get to know a garden is through our senses.” —Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista
So much of gardening is focused on the long list of chores—the weeding, the planting, and the pruning. But what about the joy a garden can provide? In The Garden in Every Sense and Season, Tovah Martin mindfully explores the sensory delights her own garden and discovers the pleasures that can be find in focusing on sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.
In 100 evocative essays, Martin shares sage garden advice, offers intimate reflections on her own garden, and urges gardeners to inhale, savor, and become more attuned with their gardens. Packed with lush color photographs, The Garden in Every Sense and Season will help gardeners grow a bounty of gratitude.
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:47
2018 | EPUB | 1.11MB
One of our leading social critics recounts capitalism’s finest hour, and shows us how we might achieve it once again.
In the past few decades, the wages of most workers have stagnated, even as productivity increased. Social supports have been cut, while corporations have achieved record profits. Downward mobility has produced political backlash.
What is going on? Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? argues that neither trade nor immigration nor technological change is responsible for the harm to workers’ prospects. According to Robert Kuttner, global capitalism is to blame. By limiting workers’ rights, liberating bankers, allowing corporations to evade taxation, and preventing nations from assuring economic security, raw capitalism strikes at the very foundation of a healthy democracy.
The resurgence of predatory capitalism was not inevitable. After the Great Depression, the U.S. government harnessed capitalism to democracy. Under Roosevelt’s New Deal, labor unions were legalized, and capital regulated. Well into the 1950s and ’60s, the Western world combined a thriving economy with a secure and growing middle class.
Beginning in the 1970s, as deregulated capitalism regained the upper hand, elites began to dominate politics once again; policy reversals followed. The inequality and instability that ensued would eventually, in 2016, cause disillusioned voters to support far-right faux populism. Is today’s poisonous alliance of reckless finance and ultranationalism inevitable? Or can we find the political will to make capitalism serve democracy, and not the other way around? Charting a plan for bold action based on political precedent, Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? is essential reading for anyone eager to reverse the decline of democracy in the West.
Fascism: A Warning [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 05:46
2018 | EPUB | 0.67MB
A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state
A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.”
The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.
Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.
Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
Mad about the House: How to decorate your home with style [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 04:58
2018 | EPUB | 9.11MB
Expanding on her award-winning blog, Kate Watson-Smyth shares a wealth of experience in home design to help you make the most of your space, be it a house, apartment or single room.
Packed full of ideas and inspiration for every budget, work through your home room by room with Kate’s expert and practical tips and tricks that ensure every corner reaches its maximum potential. As well as her top 10 design hacks, Kate reveals the rules of rug layout, explains how to buy a sofa, and shows you how to get the lighting right in every room. Learn how to decorate your home with style and confidence, select colours that work, make the most of small spaces and create the perfect zones for relaxation, entertaining and work – sometimes all in the same space.
Whatever your style, Mad About The House is a must-have for anyone who is interested in interior design and who wants to make their house a home.
The Joy of Doing Just Enough: The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away with It [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 04:57
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 1 hr 33 mins | 43.3MB
For anyone who's ever heard a motivational speech and immediately vomited, a guide to ignoring society's obsession with success
Sit around, leave sh*t all over the place, drink, forget about deadlines...being lazy is pretty easy. But the real art to being chill is when someone without any real ambition can fly under the radar and live unscathed by the never-ending reams of self-help and inspiration rained upon anyone who just wants to watch Netflix. Find that magical place where doing what comes naturally keeps the do-ers at arm's length. Rather than doing less, do just enough.
Screw TED Talks, Instagram images of a beach with fail better in gold cursive, marathon training, tips for keeping plants alive, and all self-aggrandizing social media. Ninety-nine percent of people on this planet are just pretty average. We're doing our thing. Trying to get out of bed in the morning. Hey, are you awake right now? Reading a sentence? You know what? That's success in my book. Being a person is hard enough without all the pressure of being good at it.
From Slight to Might: Building Muscle for the Hardgainer [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:16
2016 | EPUB | 45.14MB
Are you discouraged at the gym? You see all those muscular men lifting double your weight with ease, but when you look in the mirror, all that’s looking back at you is a skinny guy longing for bulk. Well the days of thinking that you’ll never be muscular are long but over. Now you have the opportunity to bulk up with ease! How you say? Well just pick up a copy of From Slight to Might and find out!
From fitness guru Hollis Lance Liebman comes a book that not only shows you the right way to begin your workouts, but how to train for the future in both the gym and at home. Shown through Liebman’s three phases of progressive change, you’ll be able to see noticeable improvements to you physique in just a few months.
Many people waste hours in the gym doing exercises incorrectly or using too much weight. Then you have those who sweat the fat off and then go home to an unhealthy meal. Liebman touches on this and more by not only showing you the proper form for each exercise, but how to also improve your diet and personal mindset (along with your body).
With full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions, From Slight to Might will help you add the bulk you’ve been seeking and continue to gain personal confidence in your body. Your mood will improve, your clothes will fit better, and you’ll feel like a better person by getting in shape, bulking up, and learning the right way to live that you’ve always been yearning for.
The Pretty Dish: More than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside & Out [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:15
2018 | EPUB | 222.04MB
150 brand-new recipes, party ideas and menus, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects from How Sweet Eats blogger Jessica Merchant.
Jessica Merchant is like your most reliable girlfriend--that is, if your girlfriend was a passionate cook and serious beauty junkie. With her second book, she brings her signature playfulness to the page. It's filled with 150 brand-new recipes, along with themed menus, party ideas, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects.
She's the extra hand guiding you in the kitchen giving you the most inventive pizza toppings (crispy kale and summer corn), showing you how to make hibiscus blueberry mint juleps, and telling you the coolest way to make a avocado face mask while you plan your weekly menu on Saturday morning. All her recipes are deliciously indulgent (think: poke tacos, toasted quinoa chocolate bark, pistachio iced latte) and all take 60 minutes or less to make.
Food You Can Forage: Edible Plants to Harvest, Cook and Enjoy [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:14
2018 | EPUB | 204.53MB
Foraging has seen a surge in popularity over recent years, driven by the organic, natural, local and wholesome lifestyles many now prefer. And knowing how to find food in the wild is beneficial whether you want to avoid eating overly processed foods, need to cope with modern dietary problems or would simply like to enjoy a bit more time with your family outdoors surrounded by nature.
This brand new guide to foraging for families and amateur naturalists is full of information about natural habitats and where to find food in the wild. It includes descriptions of each edible plant, with accompanying illustrations, photos, and recipes.
The book is organized by habitats, such as woodland, grassland, farmland, or coast, to allow readers to engage with whatever natural landscape they walk through and help them understand why things grow where they do.
Each plant entry will be accompanied by a color artwork to assist with identification. Detailed black-and-white illustrations will provide extra guidance and photographs will bring modern foraging to life in a colorful and engaging way.
Every section will also include tried-and-tested recipes from the author allowing readers to use what they forage to make something tasty for the kitchen table.
Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:13
2018 | EPUB | 18.39MB
Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all heard of their systematic destruction; the raising of trees to make way for plantations of oil palms or cattle, the disenfranchisement of indigenous peoples, and the corruption that leads to illegal logging and pollution.
But this is the full story you've never heard: an in depth, wide-ranging, first-hand narrative that not only looks at the state of the world's tropical rainforests today and the implications arising from their continuing decline, but also at what is being done, and can be done in future, to protect the forests and the 1.6 billion people that depend upon them. It is inspirational, too, in its descriptions of the rainforest's remarkable birds and plants ... and its indigenous people.
Rainforest is a personal story, drawing on the author's many years' experience at the frontline of the fight to save the rainforests, explaining the science and history of the campaigns, and what it has felt like to be there, amid the conflicts and dilemmas.
Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 01:12
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 49 mins | 324.95MB
Who can foretell India's future? Mr. Joshi is a fortune-teller in a slum in South Delhi who uses a soothsaying green parrot to make predictions. When Adam Roberts visited him in 2012, Joshi's parrot declared that India was destined to become the most powerful nation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The parrot also foretold that India would win the soccer World Cup.
Parrots may not be the preeminent political authority, but many Indians were just as confident. So Adam Roberts spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the country, from Kerala to the Himalayas, Bengal to Gujarat. As he encountered the power brokers, gatekeepers, and elaborate social dynamics of the world's largest democracy, he asked if - and how - India can become a truly great economic power, more influential abroad, and stable at home. He met prime ministers, multimillionaires, traveling salesmen, pilgrims, ecowarriors, farmers, and tech innovators, each wrestling with the trials posed by the world's most conspicuously nearly great power. He experienced an immense country that, despite daunting challenges, is entering the most optimistic period in its modern history.
Through vivid storytelling and insight, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation examines the problems and promises of fast-growing India to reveal how it might reach its full potential and become, as Mr. Joshi's parrot predicted, a truly powerful nation.
The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 01:11
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 24 mins | 285.9MB
A gripping exploration of the relationship between sex and our society, with a foreword by best-selling author A. J. Jacobs.
Why do political leaders become entangled in so many sex scandals? How did the US military inadvertently help make San Francisco a mecca of gay culture? And what was the original purpose of vibrators?
Find out the answers to all these questions and more as journalist Ross Benes delves into the complicated relationship between everyday human life - including religion, politics, and technology - and our sexuality. Drawing on history, psychology, sociology, and more, The Sex Effect combines innovative research and analysis with captivating anecdotes to reveal just how much sex shapes our society - and what it means for us as humans as we continue to struggle with the wide-ranging effects our sexuality has on the world around us.
The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 01:06
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 9 mins | 196.71MB
Feeling directionless or perhaps too intimidated to make a necessary change in your life? Tired of letting your fears keep you from achieving your goals or becoming healthier, happier, or more successful? If so, this book is for you.
Popular life coach and consultant Adam Smith has created a powerful method to help you harness your inner passion and drive to overcome whatever is holding you back. The Bravest You presents the five-step Bravery Process, an easy and highly effective way to master our biggest fears. Offering inspiring and helpful advice, Smith guides you through each stage of the process - Complacency, Inspiration, Fear, Passion, Bravery - showing how to identify goals and passions and apply the Bravery Process to any circumstance. These proven techniques will empower you to conquer your doubts once and for all and become your bravest self.
Covering the 10 most common fears all successful people face, from the fears of inadequacy and being judged to rejection, failure, loss of control, and loneliness, The Bravest You arms you with the necessary tools to tackle any fear-inducing situation head-on and lead the braver, happier, and more successful life you've always imagined.
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 01:05
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 31 mins | 206.92MB
A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality.
Today's inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder, psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.
Experiments in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics have not only revealed important new insights on how inequality changes people in predictable ways, but have also provided a corrective to our flawed way of viewing poverty as the result of individual character failings. Among modern developed societies, economic inequality is not primarily about money, but rather about relative status: where we stand in relation to other people. Regardless of their average income, countries or states with greater levels of income inequality have much higher rates of all the social problems we associate with poverty, including lower average life expectancies, serious health issues, mental illness, and crime.
The Broken Ladder explores such issues as why women in poor societies often have more children, and have them younger; why there is little trust among the working class that investing for the future will pay off; why people's perception of their relative social status affects their political beliefs, and why growing inequality leads to greater political divisions; how poverty raises stress levels in the same way as a physical threat; inequality in the workplace and how it affects performance; why unequal societies become more religious; and finally offers measures people can take to lessen the harm done by inequality in their own lives and the lives of their children.
Squadron: Ending the African Slave Trade [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:03
2017 | EPUB | 5.85MB
The true account of the British Royal Navy’s crusade to put an end to the African slave trade once and for all
Despite the British being early abolitionists, a significant slave trade remained down the east coast of Africa through the mid-1800s, even after the Civil War ended it in the United States. What further undermined the British Empire was that many of the vessels involved in the trade were themselves British ships.
The Royal Navy’s response was to dispatch a squadron to patrol Africa’s coast. Following what began as a simple policing action, this is the story of the four Royal Naval officers who witnessed how rampant the slave trade remained and made it their personal mission to end it. When the disruption in trade ships started to step on toes within the wealthy merchant class, the campaign was cancelled. However, in the end a coalition of naval officers and abolitionists forced the British government’s hand into eradicating the slave trade entirely.
Squadron grew from historian John Broich’s passion to hunt down firsthand accounts of this untold story. Through research from archives throughout the U.K., Broich tells a tale of defiance in the face of political corruption, while delivering thrills in the tradition of high seas heroism. If it weren’t a true story, Squadron would be right at home alongside Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series.
The Arms of Krupp: 1587-1968 [Audiobook]
11 April 2018, 01:03
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 48 hrs 14 mins | 1.28GB
This is the galvanizing account of a centuries-old German dynasty that made weapons for generations of German leaders, including Hitler, and wielded a huge influence on world events. In this narrative of extraordinary richness, depth, and authority, America's preeminent biographer/historian explored the German national character as no other writer has done.
The Arms of Krupp brings to life Europe's wealthiest, most powerful family, a four-hundred-year German dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons, from cannons to submarines to anti-aircraft guns; provided arms to generations of German leaders, including the kaiser and Hitler; operated private concentration camps during the Nazi era; survived conviction at Nuremberg; and wielded enormous influence on the course of world events.
William Manchester's galvanizing account of the rise and fall of the Krupp dynasty is history as it should be written -- alive with all its terrifying power.
Nathan Turner's I Love California: Live, Eat, and Entertain the West Coast Way [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:01
2018 | EPUB | 126.36MB
Designer Nathan Turner’s style is synonymous with the easy glam of California living. His first book introduced readers to his casual American style and chic design sense. Now, he has written a love letter to his home state in I Love California.
This book is a journey up and down Highway 1 that takes readers from the redwoods of northern San Francisco, to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, to the beaches of Southern California. Simple recipes and tips for entertaining are featured alongside never-before-seen interiors. Lavish photographs capture the homes, people, and food of each unique location in glorious, sun-drenched detail. This book even includes Turner’s signature recipes for California comfort food, like his family’s Cioppino, Marinated Tri-tip Steak, Mexican Chocolate Cake, and more.
More than just a design book, I Love California will appeal to all readers—whether they’re entertaining friends and dining with family, or just wishing to visit the sun-dappled coast. As Nathan says, “The recipes and decor here are inspired by my home state, but really it’s a state of mind.” Now, you can create this dreamy California lifestyle anywhere.
The Berlin Defence Unraveled: A Straightforward Guide for Black and White [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 01:00
2017 | EPUB | 17.58MB
The Berlin Defence has been a highly popular opening in top level chess ever since Vladimir Kramnik famously used it in the 2000 World Championship match to wrest the title from Garry Kasparov.
Club players often hesitate to include ‘the Berlin’ in their repertoire because they see the typical Berlin Wall endgame as complex and daunting. International Master Luis Bernal has unraveled the Berlin and made it accessible for amateur players. His practical guide is fully up to date, explains typical formations and strategies, and presents new ideas and resources in the old Berlin Wall structures. But today, the Berlin is much more than just the Wall. Bernal systematically leads you through the labyrinth of the various modern Anti-Berlins with their constant flow of new ideas. He also presents a number of tricky sidelines that could catch your opponent off guard.
This no-nonsense, state-of-the-art guide finally brings this important chess opening within reach of club players. With clear explanations, concise conclusions and didactic exercises.
The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World [EPUB]
11 April 2018, 00:58
2018 | EPUB | 4.64MB
Discover a groundbreaking, science-based approach to leadership that generates radical innovation for dramatic and permanent results.
Today's business arena is undergoing a revolutionary transformation, equivalent in impact to the Industrial Revolution. While most traditional companies are still built for the old-world economy, where variables could be measured, predicted and controlled, the companies that thrive today enter the market with a new approach.
Today, businesses must strive for radical innovation―game-changing practices that bring about stunning advances and financial gain―and redefine industry dynamics. While many managers, directors, and executives, are paralyzed by the new economy, the leaders of successful organizations must harness intricacies to win―a breakthrough concept that will shape leadership theories and practices in the coming decade. Businesses that don't adapt to the new fast-paced, unpredictable business environment could become irrelevant overnight.
Based on years of solid neuroscience, quantum mechanics, complex systems theory, social science and leadership research, The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World demonstrates the ins and outs of the leadership competencies you need to jump-start and sustain radical innovation in your organization, leading to success and the results you want. Inside, discover how to master:
- Creating Safety
- Strengthening Differentiation
- Providing Connection
- Stimulating Learning
- Producing Radical Innovation
In The New Science of Radical Innovation, professional executive coach and organizational scientist Dr. Sunnie Giles presents scientific evidences, methods, strategies, and step-by-step tools to dramatically and permanently change how leaders manage themselves, create connection with others, and achieve breakthrough innovation on both individual and organizational levels to come out on top.