It's Great to Suck at Something [Audiobook]

It's Great to Suck at Something [Audiobook]
It's Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff That Really Matters [Audiobook] by Karen Rinaldi, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 15m | 201.41/6.08MB

Discover how the freedom of sucking at something can help you build resilience, embrace imperfection, and find joy in the pursuit rather than the goal.

When was the last time you tried something new? Something that won't make you more productive, make you more money, or check anything off your to-do list?

Odds are, not recently. As Karen Rinaldi explains in this eye-opening audiobook, we live in a time of aspirational psychoses. We humblebrag about how hard we work, prioritize productivity over play, clamor for likes on social media, and are told not to accept failure as an option. As a result, we are more anxious and depressed than ever.

This audiobook provides the antidote. Inspired by Rinaldi's viral New York Times article "(It's Great to) Suck at Something", it shows you how to live richer, more fulfilling lives by finding something - anything - to suck at. Rinaldi draws on her personal experience sucking at surfing - a sport she's dedicated 17 years of her life to doing without ever coming close to getting good at it but has managed instead to find meaning and joy in the resilience it takes to continue.

Along with philosophy, literature, and the latest science, she explores sucking as a lost art we must reclaim for our health and our sanity. She busts the myth of perfectionism, exposes the lie of nostalgia, and calls BS on workaholism while helping you discover something you, too, can suck at. Coupling honest, hilarious storytelling with unexpected insights, Rinaldi explains how sucking at something rewires our brain in positive ways and helps us cultivate grit, practice patience and humility, and ultimately experience freedom. Freedom to pursue the futile. As Rinaldi contends, the freedom to suck without caring is revelatory.

(It's Great to) Suck at Something is an invitation to embrace our shortcomings as the very best of who we are and to open ourselves up to adventure, where we may not find what we thought we were looking for but something way more important.

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board [Audiobook]

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board [Audiobook]
Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board [Audiobook] by Vince Houghton, read by the Author
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 29m | 233.3/1.09MB

The International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or even certifiably insane

In 1958, the US Air Force nuked the moon as a show of military force. In 1967, the CIA sent live cats to spy on the Soviet government. In 1942, the British built a torpedo-proof aircraft carrier out of an iceberg. Of course, none of these things ever actually happened.

But in Nuking the Moon, intelligence historian Vince Houghton proves that abandoned plans can be just as illuminating - and every bit as entertaining - as the ones that made it. Vividly capturing the fascinating stories of how 21 plans from WWII and the Cold War went from conception, planning, and testing to cancellation, Houghton explores what happens when innovation meets desperation: For every plan as good as D-Day, there's a scheme to strap bombs to bats or dig a spy tunnel underneath the Soviet embassy. Along the way, he reveals what each one tells us about 20th-century history, the art of spycraft, military strategy, and famous figures like JFK, Castro, and Churchill. By turns terrifying and hilarious - but always riveting - this is the unique story of history left on the drawing board.

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West [Audiobook]

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West [Audiobook]
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West [Audiobook] by David McCullough, read by John Bedford Lloyd
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 23m | 283.41/110.49MB

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story - the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and, most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788, the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.

McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, and no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough's subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.

Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, authored with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis [Audiobook]

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis [Audiobook]
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis [Audiobook] by Jared Diamond, read by Henry Strozier
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 18h 44m | 510.66/94.97MB

A brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the author of the landmark best sellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.

In his earlier best sellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final audiobook in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma.

In a dazzling comparative study, Diamond shows us how seven countries have survived defining upheavals in the recent past - from US Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Pinochet's regime in Chile - through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and he identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, he investigates whether the US and the world are squandering their natural advantages on a path toward political conflict and decline. Or can we still learn from the lessons of the past?

Adding a psychological dimension to the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics, and anthropology that marks all Diamond's work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient. The result is an audiobook that is epic, urgent, and groundbreaking.