Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:59
2019 | EPUB | 2.56MB
From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires--the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.
Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding and the basis for the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook.
Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There’s nothing left to do but make a bet.
From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there―as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.
Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:57
2019 | EPUB | 6.47MB
ABC News legal correspondent and host of LIVE PD Dan Abrams reveals the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s last stand—an epic courtroom battle against corruption—in this thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Lincoln’s Last Trial.
“No more dramatic courtroom scene has ever been enacted,” reported the Syracuse Herald on May 22, 1915 as it covered “the greatest libel suit in history,” a battle fought between former President Theodore Roosevelt and the leader of the Republican party.
Roosevelt , the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, had accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him. The spectacle of Roosevelt defending himself in a lawsuit captured the imagination of the nation, and more than fifty newspapers sent reporters to cover the trial. Accounts from inside and outside the courtroom combined with excerpts from the trial transcript give us Roosevelt in his own words and serve as the heart of Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense.
This was Roosevelt’s final fight to defend his political legacy, and perhaps regain his fading stature. He spent more than a week on the witness stand, revealing hidden secrets of the American political system, and then endured a merciless cross-examination. Witnesses including a young Franklin D. Roosevelt and a host of well-known political leaders were questioned by two of the most brilliant attorneys in the country.
Following the case through court transcripts, news reports, and other primary sources, Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a high-definition picture of the American legal system in a nation standing on the precipice of the Great War, with its former president fighting for the ideals he held dear.
Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:56
2019 | EPUB | 26.16MB
Three sisters from the South wrestle with orthodoxies of race, sexuality, and privilege.
Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes in the North, Grace and Katharine reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works and organizing efforts brought the nation’s attention to issues of region, race, and labor.In Sisters and Rebels, National Humanities Award–winning historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall follows the divergent paths of the Lumpkin sisters, who were “estranged and yet forever entangled” by their mutual obsession with the South. Tracing the wounds and unsung victories of the past through to the contemporary moment, Hall revives a buried tradition of Southern expatriation and progressivism; explores the lost, revolutionary zeal of the early twentieth century; and muses on the fraught ties of sisterhood.
Grounded in decades of research, the family’s private papers, and interviews with Katharine and Grace, Sisters and Rebels unfolds an epic narrative of American history through the lives and works of three Southern women.
Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:54
2019 | EPUB | 13.02MB
The birth of a world-changing idea in the middle of a bloodbath
Einstein’s War is a riveting exploration of both the beauty of scientific creativity and enduring horrors of human nature. These two great forces battle in a story that culminates with a victory now a century old, the mind bending theory of general relativity.
Few recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe from 1914 to 1918, shaped Einstein’s life and work. While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity blockaded in Berlin, literally starving. He lost 50 pounds in three months, unable to communicate with his most important colleagues. Some of those colleagues fought against rabid nationalism; others were busy inventing chemical warfare—being a scientist trapped you in the power plays of empire. Meanwhile, Einstein struggled to craft relativity and persuade the world that it was correct. This was, after all, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton, and its victory was far from sure.
Scientists seeking to confirm Einstein’s ideas were arrested as spies. Technical journals were banned as enemy propaganda. Colleagues died in the trenches. Einstein was separated from his most crucial ally by barbed wire and U-boats. This ally was the Quaker astronomer and Cambridge don A.S. Eddington who would go on to convince the world of the truth of relativity and the greatness of Einstein.
In May of 1919, when Europe was still in chaos from the war, Eddington led a globe-spanning expedition to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein’s bold prediction that light has weight. It was the result of this expedition—the proof of relativity, as many saw it—that put Einstein on front pages around the world. Matthew Stanley’s epic tale is a celebration of how bigotry and nationalism can be defeated, and of what science can offer when they are.
Japanese Paper Flowers: Elegant Kirigami Blossoms, Bouquets, Wreaths and More [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:52
2019 | EPUB | 37.48MB
Learn how to bring a Japanese aesthetic into your life with these elegant works of floral art. Japanese kirigami (cut paper) flowers are delicate and beautiful examples of paper craft, but are surprisingly easy to make. This inspirational how-to guide shows you how to make 31 gorgeous designs that can virtually pass for the real thing—except they will never wilt!
The sculptural quality of these flowers is an amazing and creative way to add a touch of beauty to your home, or to create low-cost decorations for a wedding, a baby shower, or any other special event.
All of the most popular blossoms are represented here, including:
- 5 different roses—these romantic flowers can be mixed and matched to create a natural looking bouquet
- Frilly carnations—full of intricate folds and textures, these popular flowers are just as much fun in paper form
- Colorful tulips—carry a piece of spring with you throughout the entire year
- Delicate cherry blossoms—enjoy the wonders of cherry blossom season in your own home
- 3 bold sunflowers—in slightly different shapes and sizes, these cheerful flowers create a sunny bouquet when grouped together
- Festive poinsettias—blooms that will look fresh throughout the entire holiday season
- And many more!
Simple instructions, templates and colorful step-by-step photos show even novice paper crafters how to create each project, and how to gather them into incredible paper flower bouquets. There are instructions showing how the designs can be used in 18 amazing ways—for decorating, selling, gift giving and entertaining—including:
- Spectacular wreaths
- Decorative ornaments
- Customized photo frames
- Individualized bookmarks
Perhaps best of all, there are instructions for exquisite wearable pieces, sure to draw appreciative comments and perfect as gifts for loved ones:
- A fashionable floral crown
- Cheerful brooches
- A statement corsage
Japanese Paper Flowers has all the information and all of the necessary patterns you need! With just some scissors, a few sheets of colorful tant origami paper, and a few drops of crafts glue—all of which can be found online and in paper stores—you can create breathtaking paper flowers in no time at all!
The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:51
2019 | EPUB | 19.75MB
Preserving food can be one of the most intimidating aspects of homesteading and cooking. Luckily, no one makes it as easy and as much fun as farm-girl-in-the-making Ann Acetta-Scott. For a beginner new to the world of preserving, the ideal tool is a detailed reference guide, and in The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest, Ann covers all the basics on canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting, curing, and smoking, including how to select and use the right tools for each method.
This guide takes home preservers through the beginning, moderate, and advanced stages of preserving. Newcomers can start with a simple jam and jelly recipe using a hot water bath canner, while others may be advanced enough to have mastered the pressure canner and are ready to move onto curing and smoking meat and fish.
With more than 30 delicious and healthy recipesand Ann's expertise and encouragement, the home preserver will build confidence in the most common methods of preserving.
Surviving Global Warming: Why Eliminating Greenhouse Gases Isn't Enough [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:50
2019 | EPUB | 1.55MB
This provocative and important overview of the challenges of and possible approaches to climate change by an expert and shared recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize is essential reading for policy makers, climate scientists, and lay persons alike.
Though the Paris Agreement on climate change was a significant achievement, most authorities agree that its measures to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions will be insufficient to offset the forecasted increase in global warming. Even in the unlikely case of ideal compliance, the Earth will still experience major climate-driven damages. Given this reality, climate expert Roger A. Sedjo argues in this book that a Plan B is required. He makes a compelling case that doing more of the same, by focusing only on the mitigation plan of the Paris Agreement, will leave humanity increasingly vulnerable; instead, we must also begin planning adaptation strategies--Plan B--which enable societies to anticipate and protect against the worst effects of inevitable climate change.The author examines several areas where environmental damage could be severe. Sea-level rise is a major concern and measures could be, and in some cases are now being, undertaken to protect coastal areas. The author also addresses the need for more robust action to ward off the likely decline in agricultural productivity, destruction of forests and biodiversity, and the impact of natural catastrophes like hurricanes made worse by climate change. In addition, he considers geo-engineering strategies, such as atmospheric reflectivity, which may play a role in lessening the impact of global warming.
The Egyptian Origins of King David and the Temple of Solomon [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:49
2019 | EPUB | 10.99MB
An investigation into the real historical figure of King David and the real location of the Temple of Solomon
- Identifies King David as Pharaoh Tuthmosis III of the 18th Dynasty and David’s son Solomon as Pharaoh Amenhotep, Tuthmosis’s successor
- Shows how the Temple of Solomon described in the Bible corresponds with the Mortuary Temple of Luxor in Egypt
- Explains how David was not a descendant of Isaac but his father and how biblical narrators changed the original story of Abraham and Isaac to hide his Egyptian identity
During the last two centuries, thousands of ancient documents from different sites in the Middle East have been uncovered. However, no archaeological discovery speaks of King David or Solomon, his son and successor, directly or in directly. Was King David a real person or a legend like King Arthur? Proposing that David was a genuine historical figure, Ahmed Osman explores how his identity may be radically different than what is described in religious texts.
Drawing on recent archaeological, historical, and biblical evidence from Egypt, Osman shows that David lived in Thebes, Egypt, rather than Jerusalem; that he lived five centuries earlier than previously thought, during the 15th rather than the 10th century B.C.; and that David was not a descendant of Isaac but was, in fact, Isaac’s father. The author also reveals David’s true Egyptian identity: Pharaoh Tuthmosis III of the 18th Dynasty.
Confirming evidence from rabbinic literature that indicates Isaac was not Abraham’s son, despite the version provided in Genesis, Osman demonstrates how biblical narrators replaced David with Abraham the Hebrew to hide the Egyptian identity of Isaac’s father. He shows how Egyptian historical and archaeological sources depict figures that match David’s and Solomon’s known characteristics in many ways, including accounts of a great empire between the Euphrates and the Nile that corresponds with David’s empire as described in the Bible. Extending his research further, the author shows that King Solomon, King David’s son, corresponds in reality to Pharaoh Amenhotep, successor of Tuthmosis III, the pharaoh who stands out in the dynastic history of Egypt not only for his peaceful reign but also as the builder of the Temple of Luxor and the famed Mortuary Temple at Luxor, which matches the biblical descriptions of Solomon’s Temple.
Unveiling the real history behind the biblical story of King David, Osman reveals that the great ancestor of the Israelites was, in fact, Egyptian.
Cannae: Hannibal's Greatest Victory [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 20:22
2019 | EPUB | 3.84MB
From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, the definitive history of Rome's most devastating defeat
August 2, 216 BC was one of history's bloodiest single days of fighting. On a narrow plain near the Southern Italian town of Cannae, despite outnumbering their opponents almost two to one, a massive Roman army was crushed by the heterogeneous forces of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who had spectacularly crossed the Alps into Italy two years earlier. The scale of the losses at Cannae--50,000 Roman men killed--was unrivaled until the industrialized slaughter of the First World War. Although the Romans eventually recovered and Carthage lost the war, the Battle of Cannae became Romans' point of reference for all later military catastrophes. Ever since, military commanders confronting a superior force have attempted, and usually failed, to reproduce Hannibal's tactics and their overwhelming success.
In Cannae, the celebrated historian Adrian Goldsworthy offers a concise and enthralling history of one of the most famous battles ever waged, setting Cannae within the larger contexts of the Second Punic War and the nature of warfare in the third century BC. It is a gripping read for historians, strategists, and anyone curious about warfare in antiquity and Rome's rise to power.
The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think [Audiobook]
22 May 2019, 15:33
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 54m | 270.06/2.22MB
As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be human. The novels of Henry James can communicate the inner world of one human being to another. The music of Wagner or Schubert takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride as we give ourselves up to their sublime sounds.
These are the expressions of what Marcus du Sautoy calls 'the creativity code'. Yet some believe that the new developments in AI and machine learning are so sophisticated that they can learn what it means to be human - that they can crack the code.
- Technology has always allowed us to extend our understanding of being human. But will the new tools of AI allow to us to create in different ways?
- Could recent developments in AI and machine learning also mean that it is no longer just human beings who can create art?
- And creativity, like consciousness, is one of those words that is hard to pin down: what is it that we are challenging these machines to do?
In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines what these new developments might mean, for both the creative arts and his own subject: mathematics. From the Turing test to AlphaGo, are there limits to what algorithms can achieve, or might they be able to perfectly mimic human creativity? And what's more, could they help Marcus to see more deeply into the complex mathematical problems with which he so often wrestles?
Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 15:32
2019 | EPUB | 1.48MB
The definitive guide that teaches you how to use the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to reshape every area of your life and find happiness right where you are.
Fed up with the exhausting challenges of our fast-paced, consumption-driven existence, millions of people around the world are turning to timeless cultural traditions to find true meaning. In this transformative handbook, Beth Kempton introduces you to wabi sabi (”wah-bi sah-bi”), a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics that offers a whole new way of looking at the world.
With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, wabi sabi teaches you to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity, and accept the transient nature of all things. It inspires you to simplify everything and concentrate on what truly matters. Filled with simple yet profound wisdom, Wabi Sabi will help you slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself.
From honoring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to aging with grace, Wabi Sabi teaches you find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.
Work Fuel: The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 15:31
2019 | EPUB | 3.34MB
We all know the benefits of healthy eating, but in practice, it’s often just not compatible with a busy, working lifestyle. Grabbing food on the go between meetings, before you rush to the gym, after catching up with friends – there’s just not enough time to be fussy – what you eat often takes a backseat.
But what if that didn’t have to be the case? What if what you were eating actually gave you more time; boosting your productivity, increasing your focus, and ensuring that you didn’t fall victim to that daily 3pm energy slump?
Productivity and nutrition experts Graham Allcott and Colette Heneghan present a new way to think about what you eat: the Productivity Ninja way. A new book in the bestselling Productivity Ninja series, Work Fuel shows you how eating well can and should fit into your lifestyle, however busy it is. From surviving conferences and work trips to how to best put together your food shopping list, Work Fuel provides you with an investment plan, promising to improve your performance, focus and energy by changing the way that you eat.
21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 15:29
2019 | EPUB | 6.63MB
21 Sikh soldiers.
One epic battle.
On 12 September 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers of 36th SIKH Regiment stood undeterred as they guarded the post of Saragarhi against the onslaught of almost 10,000 Afghan tribesmen – a battle for the ages that ended in them giving their lives in a final hand-to-hand combat.
The unparalleled heroics of these 21 men have, however, been long forgotten by history. What led to the Battle of Saragarhi? What was the socio-political scenario at the time? Who were these tribesmen and why did they attack an outpost with such numerical superiority? Who were the 21 soldiers and how were they able to keep the enemy at bay against all odds?
Based on colonial era records and information provided by the 4 Sikh Battalion of Indian Army, the legatee unit of 36th SIKHs, 21 Kesaris attempts to answer these questions while paying homage to the brave soldiers who defended the 'kesari' flag – depicting their Khalsa heritage – with their last breaths.
How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property [EPUB]
22 May 2019, 15:28
2019 | EPUB | 1.13MB
Ben Price reveals that our Constitution and legal system were intentionally designed to give more rights to the wealthy propertied class than the rest of us and exposes how this hamstrings our ability to effectively address a host of pressing social and environmental problems--and what we can do about it.
Many of today's most serious issues--homelessness, gun violence, fracking, prison privatization, predatory lending, and many more--resist resolution because the "rights of property" undermine the rights of people. Issues that undeniably affect whole communities are determined by the courts to relate primarily to property, contracts, and corporations and are removed from the public sphere and immunized from public governance.
There's a reason for this. Ben Price tells the story of how the Federalists--the more conservative faction of the Founding Fathers--secretly drafted the Constitution as a counterrevolutionary document. It restored to the colonial 1 percent privileges overturned by the revolution, avoiding a popular backlash by bestowing rights on wealth itself, rather than creating a British-style personal aristocracy. These rights of property deprive the majority of their ability to self-govern and weaponize government in ways that let the "minority of the opulent" (in James Madison's phrase) use the Constitution to block local policies that compete with their interests.
Price details often shocking examples of how the supposedly unalienable rights of individuals and communities are blithely disregarded. But he also describes how over 200 communities have drafted their own bills of rights that push back against the primacy of property and how we all can join this struggle to return America to what the revolutionary generation intended.
MasterClass - Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ [Video]
22 May 2019, 00:56
MP4, AVC, 4100 kbps, 1920x1080 | AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 4.5 hours | 6.62GB
Praised as one of the most influential pitmasters in the U.S., self-taught barbecue legend Aaron Franklin has come a long way from the backyard cookouts where he started. Now he has fans across the country, including Jimmy Kimmel and President Barack Obama.
In 2015, he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest. His Austin, Texas, restaurant Franklin Barbecue was named Bon Appétit Magazine's Best Barbecue Joint in America, and people stand in line for hours each day to enjoy his mouth-watering smoked brisket.
He also hosts a popular PBS show, BBQ with Franklin, helped launch an annual food and music festival, Hot Luck Fest, and opened Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar with fellow James Beard Award-winner Tyson Cole.
In his new MasterClass, Aaron teaches you the brisket recipe from Franklin Barbecue and walks you through the meticulous Aaron Franklin brisket process, hour by hour. Learn the low and slow pitmaster techniques that make Central Texas barbecue so deliciously tender, Aaron's process for selecting the right wood and managing an offset smoker, and his steps for making succulent BBQ ribs and pork butt. Gain a better understanding of the science of barbecue, elevate your smoking techniques, and take your pitmaster skills to the next level.
In this Texas-style BBQ class, you’ll learn about:
- Selecting and sorting wood
- Managing a fire to hit optimal temperatures
- Handling an offset smoker
- Aaron's exact process for his famous brisket
- Sourcing and smoking pork
- Selecting, trimming, and seasoning cuts
- Beef quality
- Grilling steak
- Preparing sauces
- The history of Central Texas barbecue