Nirvana FAQ by John D. Luerssen

Nirvana FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important Band of the 1990s by John D. Luerssen
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 13 MB
Overview: Nirvana FAQ traces the band from its genesis to its end. Founded by friends Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic Nirvana had a rocky start and a succession of drummers but by the end of 1990 its debut album Bleach had garnered international attention and the group’s sixth drummer Dave Grohl had joined the fold. Following its mentors Sonic Youth to Geffen Records Nirvana had hoped for modest success.

Instead came unexpected wealth and fame on the strength of 1991’s Nevermind and its iconic breakthrough single Smells Like Teen Spirit. Success didn’t sit well with Cobain who began to numb the stresses of rock stardom with heroin. Despite 1993’s hit album In Utero Cobain’s unhappiness became increasingly apparent. His suicide in April 1994 shocked the music world and put an end to a band at the height of its popularity. Nirvana FAQ answers such questions as What guitar teacher did Cobain and Novoselic have in common? Where did Cobain record his first demo? What was the cause of his first arrest? How was second guitarist Jason Everman hired and fired? What was the name of Grohl’s first band and where did he meet Cobain and Novoselic? Who is Teen Spirit about? How did Nirvana’s war with Guns N’ Roses begin? And more.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Too Young to Die by John Boileau, Dan Black

Too Young to Die: Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in the Second World War by John Boileau, Dan Black
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 17.8MB
Overview: John Boileau and Dan Black tell the stories of some of the 30,000 underage youths – some as young as fourteen – who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the Second World War. Like their predecessors a generation before, these boys managed to enlist despite their youth. Most went on to face action overseas in what would become the deadliest military conflict in human history. They enlisted for a myriad of personal reasons – ranging from the appeal of earning regular pay after the unemployment and poverty of the Depression to the desire to avenge the death of a brother or father killed overseas. Canada’s boy soldiers, sailors and airmen saw themselves contributing to the war effort in a visible, meaningful way, even when that meant taking on very adult risks and dangers of combat. Too Young to Die provides a touching and fascinating perspective on the Canadian experience in the Second World War.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur (.AZW3)

Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.4MB
Overview: Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple you.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Washington’s Dark Secret by John Maszka

Washington’s Dark Secret: The Real Truth about Terrorism and Islamic Extremism by John Maszka
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1,6 Mb
Overview: As a scholar of terrorism, John Maszka has examined how politics, the media, and the War on Terror play off one another. His most startling claim is that the War on Terror is a war for natural resources-and that terrorism has little to do with it. Once the military became mechanized, oil quickly became the most sought-after commodity on the planet, and the race for energy was eventually framed as a matter of national security. Ironically, Maszka argues, the true threats to national security are the massive oil conglomerates themselves. Maszka delves into the repercussions of a government that capitalizes on an us versus them mentality, such as the demonizing of an entire religion, sensationalizing “radical” violent attacks, and loosely applying the word “terrorism.”

Because the United States’ current approach to terrorism has led to the politicization and abuse of the term, Maszka suggests a need for a standardized definition of terrorism. Currently, too many acts of violence can be labeled terrorism, resulting in state and nonstate actors labeling their enemies as “terrorists,” yet claiming their own acts of violence as legitimate and retributive. Maszka argues that much of the violence labeled as terrorism today is not terrorism at all. In an ambitious attempt to connect seemingly unrelated events in politics and the media, Maszka offers an unflinching portrayal of the hypocrisy underlying our foreign policy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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The Banned List by John Rentoul

The Banned List by John Rentoul
Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 1.4 Mb
Overview: A manifesto for clear writing and an indictment of the damage done to the English language by the use of jargon

John Rentoul examines how poor writing and a reliance on jargon have damaged our ability to communicate with each other and makes the case for the use of clear English. He addresses the verbification of nouns, the use of waffle to pad out a simple statement, and the importing of business jargon into everyday situations. Unashamedly polemical in tone, his essay condemning contemporary linguistic atrocities is the perfect read for anyone who has ever had the misfortune to read a public policy report on key deliverables or a newspaper article about the latest game-changer.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Declutter Your Mind by John Williams

Declutter Your Mind: Simple and Effective Strategies to Free Yourself from Anxiety and Worry by John Williams
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 394 KB
Overview: The mind is a powerful thing, yet very little is really understood. Did you know that, even though scientists have spent years trying to figure out exactly how the mind works, what thoughts are, and what the "mind" really is, they still do not fully understand what goes on in the brain, apart from the physical structure that this very important organ in the human body presents. We rely on our minds so much. During the day, we depend on our brain to think, to process information, to store memories, to remember names, locations, and to remind ourselves that we have to go to that very important meeting. We then rely on our brains to remember vital information that we have to present at the meeting. These are only a few ways that we utilize our minds every single day in order to be productive – not only in the workplace but also generally in life. Even when we go to sleep at night, our minds do not stop functioning. The brain processes all the memories of the day and creates new pathways to store these memories. Dreams are also an action of the mind. So, we can all agree that the mind is a truly amazing thing and that human life would not be as advanced as it is today without all the great minds that have allowed us to accomplish so many things in the past. As we rely on the mind each day, take in information, and continuously overload ourselves with stress, there is one particular problem that we have all come across, a cluttered mind. When the mind becomes cluttered, it is so much harder to think clearly to focus on any given task at hand. You may find yourself working on one thing, but your mind is busy with something else. This is common for people who have too much on their plate, and it can be detrimental when you try to focus on being productive at work, but your mind won’t allow you to focus on a specific task or project that you need to complete.What are you waiting for? Grab this book ASAP!
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Fall of the Double Eagle by John R Schindler

Fall of the Double Eagle: The Battle for Galicia and the Demise of Austria-Hungary by John R Schindler
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 673 KB
Overview: Although southern Poland and western Ukraine are not often thought of in terms of decisive battles in World War I, the impulses that precipitated the Battle for Galicia in August 1914?and the unprecedented carnage that resulted?effectively doomed the Austro-Hungarian Empire just six weeks into the war. In Fall of the Double Eagle, John R. Schindler explains how Austria-Hungary, despite military weakness and the foreseeable ill consequences, consciously chose war in that fateful summer of 1914. Through close examination of the Austro-Hungarian military, especially its elite general staff, Schindler shows how even a war that Vienna would likely lose appeared preferable to the ?foul peace? the senior generals loathed. After Serbia outgunned the polyglot empire in a humiliating defeat, and the offensive into Russian Poland ended in the massacre of more than four hundred thousand Austro-Hungarians in just three weeks, the empire never recovered. While Austria-Hungary’s ultimate defeat and dissolution were postponed until the autumn of 1918, the late summer of 1914 on the plains and hills of Galicia sealed its fate.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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A Companion to World War I by John Horne

A Companion to World War I by John Horne
Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.8 Mb
Overview: A Companion to the First World War brings together an international team of distinguished historians who provide a series of original and thought-provoking essays on one of the most devastating events in modern history.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Sir John’s Table by Lindy Mechefske

Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske
Requirements: EPUB Reader 6.3 MB
Overview: Winner, TasteCanada Gold Medal for Culinary Narrative
Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth, Sir John’s Table is a refreshing look at Canada’s first prime minister.
Sir John’s Table traverses the colourful life of Macdonald, from his passage as a young Scottish boy in the steerage compartment aboard the Earl of Buckinghamshire to his new home in Kingston, Upper Canada. It traces his boyhood years of stealing fish and scarfing down fairy cakes into his adult life as a lawyer, husband, father, and eventual leader of the newly founded dominion of Canada. It was a journey that began with hardtack and suspicious-looking, watered-down stew amidst appallingly unsanitary conditions and culminated in grand dinners held in Macdonald’s honour.
In a breezy and engaging style, author Lindy Mechefske traces Macdonald’s life through some of the common foods of the day, from mutton, quince, and gooseberries to hare, cow heel, and ox cheek. Along the way, she reveals how to concoct the fried oysters served at the Charlottetown Conference and how a roast duck dinner saved the dominion.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Food & Drink

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They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington, Kate Masur

They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington, Kate Masur
Requirements: .PDF reader, 32.9 Mb
Overview: Originally published in 1942 and now reprinted for the first time, They Knew Lincoln is a classic in African American history and Lincoln studies. Part memoir and part history, the book is an account of John E. Washington’s childhood among African Americans in Washington, DC, and of the black people who knew or encountered Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Washington recounted stories told by his grandmother’s elderly friends–stories of escaping from slavery, meeting Lincoln in the Capitol, learning of the president’s assassination, and hearing ghosts at Ford’s Theatre. He also mined the US government archives and researched little-known figures in Lincoln’s life, including William Johnson, who accompanied Lincoln from Springfield to Washington, and William Slade, the steward in Lincoln’s White House. Washington was fascinated from childhood by the question of how much African Americans themselves had shaped Lincoln’s views on slavery and race, and he believed Lincoln’s Haitian-born barber, William de Fleurville, was a crucial influence. Washington also extensively researched Elizabeth Keckly, the dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, and advanced a new theory of who helped her write her controversial book, Behind the Scenes.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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