On Afghanistan’s Plains: The Story of Britain’s Afghan Wars by means of Jules Stewart
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2 MB
Overview: Britain’s army involvement in Afghanistan is a contentious matter, but it’s incessantly forgotten that the present battle is actually the fourth in a string of such wars relationship again so far as the early 19th century. Aiming to give protection to the British territories in India from the increasing Russian empire, the British fought a sequence of conflicts on Afghan territory between 1838 and 1919. The Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th and early 20th centuries have been ill-conceived and resulted in one of the crucial worst army failures ever sustained by means of British forces on this a part of the sector, with deficient technique within the First Afghan War ensuing within the annihilation of 16,000 infantrymen and civilians in one week. In his new e-book, Jules Stewart explores the possible threat of replaying Britain’s army catastrophes and considers what will also be learnt from revisiting the tale of those previous Afghan wars.
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
On The Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice From The Great Tibetan Masters [Audiobook]
On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice From the Great Tibetan Masters by Matthieu Ricard
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 171 MB
Overview: Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that "when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’" Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions.
The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche.
They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Cicero: On the Commonwealth and On the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Marcus Tullius Cicero , James E. G. Zetzel (Translator)
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.6 MB
Overview: Cicero’s On the Commonwealth and On the Laws are his most important works of political philosophy. The present volume offers a scholarly reconstruction of the fragments of On the Commonwealth and a masterly translation of both dialogues. The texts are supported by a helpful, concise introduction, notes and other aids. Students in politics, philosophy, ancient history, law and classics will gain a new understanding of this seminal thinker thanks to Professor Zetzel’s volume.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Political Science > Political History
On Justification: Economies of Worth by Luc Boltanski, Laurent Thevenot, Catherine Porter
Requirements: PDF Reader, 16.5 mb
Overview: A vital and underappreciated dimension of social interaction is the way individuals justify their actions to others, instinctively drawing on their experience to appeal to principles they hope will command respect. Individuals, however, often misread situations, and many disagreements can be explained by people appealing, knowingly and unknowingly, to different principles. On Justification is the first English translation of Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thevenot’s ambitious theoretical examination of these phenomena, a book that has already had a huge impact on French sociology and is likely to have a similar influence in the English-speaking world.
Genre: Nonfiction > Economy
On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters by Matthew Desmond
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Overview: In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, Desmond relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, adroitly balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. On the Fireline shows that these firefighters aren’t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they’re so often portrayed.
An immersion into a dangerous world, On the Fireline is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk profession-and a captivating read.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
On Grief and Grieving: Finding The Meaning of Grief Through The Five Stages of Loss [Audiobook]
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 248 MB
Overview: Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and 16 books ago, Kübler-Ross’ groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief.
On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross’ and Kessler’s professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief.
"I know death is close", Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, "but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window.. I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages.. It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived."
In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, "The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I’m learning about receiving love." On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s final legacy, one that brings her life’s work profoundly full circle.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction