Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It [EPUB]

Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It [EPUB]
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata
2011 | EPUB | 1.1MB

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children were left orphaned and families were devastated. As many American soldiers were killed by the 1918 flu as were killed in battle during World War I. And no area of the globe was safe. Eskimos living in remote outposts in the frozen tundra were sickened and killed by the flu in such numbers that entire villages were wiped out.

Scientists have recently rediscovered shards of the flu virus frozen in Alaska and preserved in scraps of tissue in a government warehouse. Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for The New York Times, unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. Delving into the history of the flu and previous epidemics, detailing the science and the latest understanding of this mortal disease, Kolata addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and, most important, what can be done to prevent it.

Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You [Audiobook]

Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You [Audiobook]
Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You [Audiobook] by Andreas S Weigend, read by Barry Abrams
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 4 mins | 276.83MB

A long-time chief data scientist at Amazon shows how open data can make everyone, not just corporations, richer

Every time we Google something, Facebook someone, Uber somewhere, or even just turn on a light, we create data that businesses collect and use to make decisions about us. In many ways this has improved our lives, yet, we as individuals do not benefit from this wealth of data as much as we could. Moreover, whether it is a bank evaluating our credit worthiness, an insurance company determining our risk level, or a potential employer deciding whether we get a job, it is likely that this data will be used against us rather than for us.

In Data for the People, Andreas Weigend draws on his years as a consultant for commerce, education, healthcare, travel and finance companies to outline how Big Data can work better for all of us. As of today, how much we benefit from Big Data depends on how closely the interests of big companies align with our own. Too often, outdated standards of control and privacy force us into unfair contracts with data companies, but it doesn't have to be this way. Weigend makes a powerful argument that we need to take control of how our data is used to actually make it work for us. Only then can we the people get back more from Big Data than we give it.

Big Data is here to stay. Now is the time to find out how we can be empowered by it.

May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France [EPUB]

May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France [EPUB]
May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France by Mitchell Abidor
2018 | EPUB | 0.57MB

The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential, changing European politics to this day. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height of its fervour, it brought the entire national economy to a halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution.

Fifty years later, here are the eye-opening oral testimonies of those young rebels. By listening to the voices of students and workers, as opposed to that of their leaders, May '68 appears not just as a mass event, but rather as an event driven by millions of individuals, achieving a mosaic human portrait of France at the time.

This book reveals the legacy of the uprising: how those explosive experiences changed both those who took part, and the course of history. May Made Me will record these moments before history moves on yet again.

Fermented Probiotic Drinks at Home [EPUB]

Fermented Probiotic Drinks at Home [EPUB]
Fermented Probiotic Drinks at Home: Make Your Own Kombucha, Kefir, Ginger Bug, Jun, Pineapple Tepache, Honey Mead, Beet Kvass, and More by Felicity Evans
2018 | EPUB | 21.37MB

Transform your health with fermented probiotic drinks—bubbly and creamy, sweet and tart, and always delicious.

It’s no secret that probiotics—the gut-friendly bacteria found in fermented foods—are a powerful superfood. They’ve been used for centuries to improve digestion, immunity, mood, and hormonal health. Plus, they’re uniquely healthful and perfect to enjoy any time of day and in any season.

This beautifully illustrated cookbook makes it easy and fun to fit probiotics into your busy routine with refreshing fermented drinks you can make at home. It turns out there’s much, much more to enjoy beyond premade kombucha and kefir. Here are 50 recipes for eight different elixirs—from Chinese Jun to Mexican Pineapple Tepache—that will bring surprising flavors from around the world right to your table.

  • Step by step, self-taught fermentation guru Felicity Evans explains how to:
  • Stock your kitchen with expert tools and affordable ingredients
  • Try your hand at both cultured fermentation (Pretty Vanilla, Rosewater and Chia Water Kefir) and wild fermentation (Beautifying Blueberry Beet Kvass)
  • Recognize a successful ferment and troubleshoot when needed
  • Confidently brew and enjoy a diverse menu of presentation-worthy drinks.

With this complete resource at your fingertips, you’ll become a master of these handcrafted, healing drinks in no time.

Innovation By Design [Audiobook]

Innovation By Design [Audiobook]
Innovation By Design: How Any Organization Can Leverage Design Thinking to Produce Change, Drive New Ideas, and Deliver Meaningful Solutions [Audiobook] by Thomas Lockwood,‎ Edgar Papke, read by Chris Henry Coffey
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 23 mins | 203.84MB

Why are some organizations more innovative than others? How can we tap in to, empower, and leverage the natural innovation within our organizations that is so vital to our future success? Now more than ever, companies and institutions of all types and sizes are determined to create more innovative organizations.

In study after study, leaders say that fostering innovation and the need for transformational change are among their top priorities. But they also report struggling with how to engage their cultures to implement the changes necessary to maximize their innovative targets.

In Innovation by Design, authors Thomas Lockwood and Edgar Papke share the results of their study of some of the world's most innovative organizations, including:

  • The 10 ways leaders can create and develop effective cultures of innovation.
  • How to use design thinking as a powerful method to drive employee creativity and innovation.
  • How to leverage the natural influence of the collective imagination to produce the "pull effect" of creativity and risk taking.
  • How leaders can take the "Fifth Step of Design" and create their ideal culture.

Innovation by Design offers a powerful set of insights and practical solutions to the most important challenge for today's businesses - the need for relevant innovation.

Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends [EPUB]

Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends [EPUB]
Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends by Anita Lesko
2018 | EPUB | 0.77MB

Temple Grandin is the most famous person with autism in the world. Whether you know her from the HBO movie, Temple Grandin, her decades of work in the meat and cattle industry, or her unmatched contribution to the autism world, surely you know a thing or two about Temple. Well, prepare to meet a whole new side of her in Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends. Temple’s close friend and author, Anita Lesko, conducts personal and unique interviews that include chapters such as:

  • Filming of the HBO Movie, Temple Grandin, with Clare Danes
  • Crazy Funny Stuff and Childhood Memories
  • Thrilling Events in Temple’s Life
  • Work Hard to Succeed
  • Temple’s Big Message
  • And so much more!

In these pages, witness the moments that made her laugh (and cry!), meet those closest to her, and even take a glimpse into her seventieth birthday party. Discover Temple’s “big message” and her ideas about what makes the biggest difference for children with autism. Lesko has created a truly personal, unique look into the mind and life of Temple Grandin. This is a story you don’t want to miss.

Inequality: A Short History [EPUB]

Inequality: A Short History [EPUB]
Inequality: A Short History by Michele Alacevich, Anna Soci
2017 | EPUB | 1.71MB

Inequality endangers the fabric of our societies, distorts the functioning of democracy, and derails the globalization process. Yet, it has only recently been recognized as a problem worth examining. Why has this issue been neglected for so long?

In Inequality: A Short History, Michele Alacevich and Anna Soci discuss the emergence of the inequality question in the twentieth century and explain how it is related to current issues such as globalization and the survival of democracy. The authors also discuss trends and the future of inequality. Inequality is a pressing issue that not only affects living standards, but is also inextricably linked to the way our democracies work.

Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places [EPUB]

Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places [EPUB]
Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places by Stefan Al, Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra
2017 | EPUB | 8.85MB

Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent. The consequences are measured in smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, unsafe pedestrian environments, and despite hundreds of billions of dollars in investments, a failure to stem traffic congestion. Every year our current transportation paradigm generates more than 1.25 million fatalities directly through traffic collisions. Worldwide, 3.2 million people died prematurely in 2010 because of air pollution, four times as many as a decade earlier. Instead of planning primarily for mobility, our cities should focus on the safety, health, and access of the people in them.

Beyond Mobility is about prioritizing the needs and aspirations of people and the creation of great places. This is as important, if not more important, than expediting movement. A stronger focus on accessibility and place creates better communities, environments, and economies. Rethinking how projects are planned and designed in cities and suburbs needs to occur at multiple geographic scales, from micro-designs (such as parklets), corridors (such as road-diets), and city-regions (such as an urban growth boundary). It can involve both software (a shift in policy) and hardware (a physical transformation). Moving beyond mobility must also be socially inclusive, a significant challenge in light of the price increases that typically result from creating higher quality urban spaces.

There are many examples of communities across the globe working to create a seamless fit between transit and surrounding land uses, retrofit car-oriented suburbs, reclaim surplus or dangerous roadways for other activities, and revitalize neglected urban spaces like abandoned railways in urban centers.

The authors draw on experiences and data from a range of cities and countries around the globe in making the case for moving beyond mobility. Throughout the book, they provide an optimistic outlook about the potential to transform places for the better. Beyond Mobility celebrates the growing demand for a shift in global thinking around place and mobility in creating better communities, environments, and economies.

A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance [EPUB]

A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance [EPUB]
A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance by Stephen Goldsmith, Neil Kleiman
2018 | EPUB | 2.11MB

Proposing an entirely new governance model to unleash innovation throughout local government

At a time when trust is dropping precipitously and American government at the national level has fallen into a state of long-term, partisan-based gridlock, local government can still be effective—indeed more effective and even more responsive to the needs of its citizens. Based on decades of direct experience and years studying successful models around the world, the authors of this intriguing book propose a new operating system (O/S) for cities. Former mayor and Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith and New York University professor Neil Kleiman suggest building on the giant leaps that have been made in technology, social engagement, and big data.

Calling their approach "distributed governance," Goldsmith and Kleiman offer a model that allows public officials to mobilize new resources, surface ideas from unconventional sources, and arm employees with the information they need to become pre-emptive problem solvers. This book highlights lessons from the many innovations taking place in today’s cities to show how a new O/S can create systemic transformation.

For students of government, A New City O/S: The Power of Distributed Governance presents a groundbreaking strategy for rethinking the governance of cities, marking an important evolution of the current bureaucratic authority-based model dating from the 1920s. More important, the book is designed for practitioners, starting with public-sector executives, managers, and frontline workers. By weaving real-life examples into a coherent model, the authors have created a step-by-step guide for all those who would put the needs of citizens front and center. Nothing will do more to restore trust in government than solutions that work. A New City O/S: The Power of Distributed Governance puts those solutions within reach of those public officials responsible for their delivery.

Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization [TTC Audio]

Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization [TTC Audio]
Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization [TTC Audio] by Professor Amanda H Podany PhD
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF Guidebook | 11 hrs 16 mins | 356.54MB

When we imagine what life might have been like thousands of years in the past, the images we often conjure are primitive ones: reed and mud huts or plain brick dwellings, cooking pits, villagers, and simple farms. That was indeed what life was like in the earliest settlements, but by 5,000 years ago, life in some places had become much more sophisticated than we might think. Impressive achievements - like stepped temples that towered like mountains, elaborate palaces (some with bathrooms and plumbing), and complex houses - were also a part of life for people who lived in cities that arose thousands of years ago, particularly in the fertile region that emerged along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Welcome to Mesopotamia, the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago. In this 24-lecture course taught by Professor Podany, you'll fill in the blanks of your historical understanding as you witness a whole new world opening before your eyes.

Riveting stories about kings and priestesses as well as ordinary people from all walks of life transport you back in time, giving you invaluable insights into the history of a landmark region that has long been known as the cradle of civilization.

Thinking About Religion and Violence [TTC Audio]

Thinking About Religion and Violence [TTC Audio]
Thinking About Religion and Violence [TTC Audio] by Professor Jason C Bivins PhD
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF Guidebook | 12 hrs 23 mins | 350.15MB

In a world where violence in the name of religion can impact so many other people's lives, it's critical to understand the intersection between religion and violence. What's required is not to see religion as inherently violent but to recognize that the violence associated with religious groups and communities is worth exploring and interrogating.

In these 24 lectures, embark on a global, multidisciplinary investigation of religious violence. Delivered with honesty and sensitivity to the diversity of spiritual beliefs, these lectures examine the roots of this phenomenon and guide you toward more informed ways of thinking about it.

You'll consider how faiths like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism view concepts like human sacrifice, martyrdom, and penitence; the ways religious violence can be directed toward specific races and genders; concepts like heresy, witch hunting, and demonology; and more. You'll probe complex ideas and concepts that will help you fashion your own interpretations, such as "religion", "Other-ing", and "cult." And you'll burrow deep into both current issues relating to religious violence - as well as their historical and conceptual sources.

Professor Bivins doesn't take a clinical or pessimistic approach to the material. Rather, he's an engaging on-screen presence with a fierce open-mindedness to the varieties of religious experience. He's also optimistic about what we can learn from a comprehensive study of religious violence. And at the individual level, it starts with approaching the topic in a way that's immersive, insightful, thorough, and important for our times.

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It [Audiobook]

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It [Audiobook]
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It [Audiobook] by Henriette Anne Klauser, read by Mike Chamberlain
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 36 mins | 154.6MB

A simple and effective guide to turning your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands, filled with down-to-earth tips and easy exercises.

In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, PhD, explains how simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them. Writing can even help you understand what you want. In this book, you will hear stories about ordinary people who witnessed miracles large and small unfold in their lives after they performed the basic act of putting their dreams on paper. Klauser's down-to-earth tips and easy exercises are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Before you know it, you'll be writing your own ticket to success.

With Write It Down, Make It Happen you can find the perfect mate, buy your dream house, get a great new job, wake up happier, travel the world, or even have a better relationship with your teenager.

We Were Yahoo!: From Internet Pioneer to the Trillion Dollar Loss of Google and Facebook [Audiobook]

We Were Yahoo!: From Internet Pioneer to the Trillion Dollar Loss of Google and Facebook [Audiobook]
We Were Yahoo!: From Internet Pioneer to the Trillion Dollar Loss of Google and Facebook [Audiobook] by Jeremy Ring, read by Marguerite Gavin
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 32 mins | 207.6MB

Twenty-one years after its incorporation and 16 years after its stock peak, Yahoo sold for 96% less than its value on January 3, 2000, when it had closed at an all-time high of $118.75 per share, resulting in a market capitalization of $120 billion. Wall Street valued Yahoo!, at that time in business less than six years, higher than it did Disney, News Corporation, and Comcast combined.

At the end of 2016, the top seven businesses on the list of the highest-valued companies in the world by market capitalization include Apple at #1, Alphabet (Google's Parent Company) at #2, Amazon.com at #5, and Facebook at #7. Those companies combined are valued in excess of $2 trillion more than the price Verizon paid to acquire Yahoo!

Yahoo!'s story is one of missed strategies, failed opportunities, and poor execution. Early decisions to de-emphasize search features, undervalue Google, and overplay Yahoo's hand in the Facebook negotiations haunted the rest of the company's existence. In addition, factors outside of Yahoo's control - most notably how irrational expectations of Wall Street created an environment where short-term decisions were made at the expense of the long-term good.

This Is How I Save My Life [Audiobook]

This Is How I Save My Life [Audiobook]
This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything [Audiobook] by Amy B Scher, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 43 mins | 185.23MB

The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journeythat takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the worldin search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers aworld of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and, mostimportantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.

When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lymedisease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurableand potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and theworld-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, shediscovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, onlyavailable in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her asit did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway andflew 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 infinitepower of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost.

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable [Audiobook]

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable [Audiobook]
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable [Audiobook] by Michael Bennett,‎ Dave Zirin, read by JD Jackson
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 55 mins | 190.5MB

Super Bowl Champion and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor. One of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, he is also a fearless activist, grassroots philanthropist, and organizer.

Written with award-winning sportswriter and author Dave Zirin, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable is a sports book for our times, a sports memoir and manifesto as hilarious as it is revealing.

Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, has gained international recognition for his public support for the Black Lives Matter Movement and women’s rights. Bennett donates all his endorsement money and half of the proceeds from his jersey sales to fund health and education projects for poor underserved youth and minority communities, and has recently expanded his reach globally to provide STEM programming in Africa.

Dave Zirin has been called the “finest, most important writer on sports and politics in America,” by Dr. Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at the Harvard Divinity School. He is sports editor for The Nation and author of several titles for Haymarket Books, including his critically acclaimed book The John Carlos Story, written with 1968 Olympian John Carlos.

Things That Helped: On Postpartum Depression [Audiobook]

Things That Helped: On Postpartum Depression [Audiobook]
Things That Helped: On Postpartum Depression [Audiobook] by Jessica Friedmann, read by Shiromi Arserio
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 5 mins | 195.48MB

Jessica Friedmann navigates her recovery from postpartum depression in a wide-ranging collection of personal essays

Things That Helped is a memoir in essays, detailing the Australian writer Jessica Friedmann’s recovery from postpartum depression. In each essay she focuses on a separate totemic object—from photo red lips to the trans musician Anohni—to tell a story that is both deeply personal and culturally resonant. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and her own experience, Friedmann’s wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confrontational, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts her return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit [Audiobook]

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit [Audiobook]
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit [Audiobook] by Deepak Chopra MD,‎ David Simon MD, read by Tom Zingarelli
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 40 mins | 101.49MB

The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock your full creative potential, capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of your life.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga's path to enlightenment while providing listeners with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses. Whether a newcomer to yoga or an experienced practitioner, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is a portal to yoga's deeper spiritual dimension and a beautiful step to a happier, more harmonious, and more abundant life.

The Power of Having Fun: How Planning Meaningful Breaks Helps You Get More Done [Audiobook]

The Power of Having Fun: How Planning Meaningful Breaks Helps You Get More Done [Audiobook]
The Power of Having Fun: How Planning Meaningful Breaks Helps You Get More Done [Audiobook] by Dave Crenshaw, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 9 mins | 114.42MB

Fun is something you have to earn, right? You work hard, and then maybe once a year you get to enjoy yourself on a vacation. And after a lifetime of this you retire and finally do what you want. Dynamic speaker and consultant Dave Crenshaw calls this the culture of WISH: you slave away and hope it will be Worth It Someday, Hopefully. And it's all wrong.

Crenshaw shows that by putting fun first - carefully scheduling enjoyable, meaningful, and refreshing breaks throughout your day, week, month, and year - not only will you be happier, you'll be a lot more productive too. Fun has the power to turn your life into a WIN - what you do will feel like it's Worth It Now. Using real-world examples, thought-provoking exercises, and a healthy dose of wit, Crenshaw details a five-stage process that has helped thousands of people discover their personal "oases" - specific actions and activities that they find renewing and energizing - and make them a priority. Listeners will be delighted to find a book that lowers their stress, raises their results, and restores recess to their routine.

Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions [Audiobook]

Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions [Audiobook]
Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions [Audiobook] by Alberto Manguel, read by James Cameron Stewart
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 54 mins | 107.95MB

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France's Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000 volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading.

In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries. Manguel's musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria's library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.

'Multiplication Is for White People': Raising Expectations for Other People's Children [Audiobook]

Multiplication Is for White People : Raising Expectations for Other People's Children [Audiobook]
"Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children [Audiobook] by Lisa Delpit, read by Lisa Reneé Pitts
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 6 mins | 223.34MB

As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us - and as all research shows - there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.

Delpit's best-selling and paradigm-shifting first book, Other People's Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. Now, in "Multiplication Is for White People", Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts - including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement - that have still left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement isn't for them.

In chapters covering primary, middle, and high school, as well as college, Delpit concludes that it's not that difficult to explain the persistence of the achievement gap.

Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI [Audiobook]

Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI [Audiobook]
Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI [Audiobook] by Everett N McKay, read by Miles Meili
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 47 mins | 132.34MB

Make your designs immediately self-explanatory and easy to use, and never "agree to disagree" again about whether they are intuitive!

Your mission: To design an intuitive UI for your next project. Your problem: You're not sure what "intuitive UI" really means. Worst problem: Your team isn't sure either, so your discussions about intuitive design are unproductive and opinion-driven.

If this sounds familiar, Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI will give you the insight, principles, and guidelines you need to get the job done. You'll learn the objective and actionable steps for designing intuitive UIs - for mobile, web, and desktop apps. Mission accomplished!

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI [Audiobook]

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI [Audiobook]
Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI [Audiobook] by Paul Daugherty,‎ H James R Wilson, read by Jamie Renell
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 55 mins | 165.16MB

AI is radically transforming business. Are you ready?

Look around you. Artificial intelligence is no longer just a futuristic notion. It's here right now - in software that senses what we need, supply chains that "think" in real time, and robots that respond to changes in their environment. Twenty-first-century pioneer companies are already using AI to innovate and grow fast. The bottom line is this: Businesses that understand how to harness AI can surge ahead. Those that neglect it will fall behind. Which side are you on?

In Human + Machine, Accenture leaders Paul R. Daugherty and H. James (Jim) Wilson show that the essence of the AI paradigm shift is the transformation of all business processes within an organization - whether related to breakthrough innovation, everyday customer service, or personal productivity habits. As humans and smart machines collaborate ever more closely, work processes become more fluid and adaptive, enabling companies to change them on the fly - or to completely reimagine them. AI is changing all the rules of how companies operate.

Based on the authors' experience and research with 1,500 organizations, the book reveals how companies are using the new rules of AI to leap ahead on innovation and profitability as well as what you can do to achieve similar results. It describes six entirely new types of hybrid human + machine roles that every company must develop, and it includes a "leader's guide" with the five crucial principles required to become an AI-fueled business.

Human + Machine provides the missing and much-needed management playbook for success in our new age of AI.

Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up [Audiobook]

Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up [Audiobook]
Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up [Audiobook] by Chris Grosso, Alice Peck, read by
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 6 mins | 305.71MB

In his recovery from drugs and alcohol, Chris Grosso has stumbled, staggered, and started all over again. In an effort to understand why he relapses, and why many of us return to the myriad of other self-defeating behaviors despite our better judgment, he went to best-selling authors, spiritual teachers, psychologists, doctors, and more, and asked them why we tend to repeat mistakes in our lives, even when we know these actions will harm us and the ones we love.

In Dead Set on Living, Chris shares these intimate conversations and the practices that have taught him to be more loving, compassionate, and forgiving with himself as well as new meditation and healing techniques he learned through his journey.

Unabashedly honest and inspiring, Dead Set on Living is essential listening for anyone seeking a path towards triumph over adversity, understanding the human condition, and rebuilding relationships after promises have been broken.

Data Science (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge) [Audiobook]

Data Science (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge) [Audiobook]
Data Science (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge) [Audiobook] by John D Kelleher, Brendan Tierney, read by Chris Sorensen
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 51 mins | 161.48MB

It has never been easier for organizations to gather, store, and process data. Use of data science is driven by the rise of big data and social media, the development of high-performance computing, and the emergence of such powerful methods for data analysis and modeling as deep learning.

Data science encompasses a set of principles, problem definitions, algorithms, and processes for extracting non-obvious and useful patterns from large datasets. It is closely related to the fields of data mining and machine learning, but broader in scope. This book offers a brief history of the field, introduces fundamental data concepts, and describes the stages in a data science project. It considers data infrastructure and the challenges posed by integrating data from multiple sources, introduces the basics of machine learning, and discusses how to link machine learning expertise with real-world problems.

The book also reviews ethical and legal issues, developments in data regulation, and computational approaches to preserving privacy. Finally, it considers the future impact of data science and offers principles for success in data science projects.

Alexander the Great [Audiobook]

Alexander the Great [Audiobook]
Alexander the Great [Audiobook] by Jacob Abbott, read by Donald Corren
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 17 mins | 147.45MB

Alexander the Great is a towering figure in ancient history because of his legendary conquests throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. He was born in 356 BC to the noble family of Macedon. As such, he was afforded with great luxuries growing up including having Aristotle as his private tutor. After his father was assassinated, he took over the throne and inherited a formidable army which he would put to tremendous use. Alexander was just in his early 20s when he embarked on an ambitious expansion of his territories.

Despite his youth, he proved to be a capable military strategist and captured nearly all the kingdoms in his path, often leading the battles himself. Even the mighty Persians who had terrorized the Greek states for centuries had been defeated by his army. He also conquered Egypt, took the title of Pharaoh, and founded the city of Alexandria. His campaigns reached as far as India and could have gone farther if not for his men's refusal to march on due to homesickness.

Despite this premature turnaround back to Macedon, he was able to consolidate most of the known world under his rule - a feat never before achieved. He caught a vicious illness on the way back and died at the age of 32 far away from his home.

This book is part of a biography series by brothers Jacob and John Abbott first published in 1876 with a few updates and revisions. It continues to be one of the best books written on Alexander the Great, his incredible conquests, his eventual downfall, and the aftermath of his death.

It is filled with fascinating details and deep insights into that period in history. Alexander's military tactics are still taught the world over and his influence lingers even after thousands of years.