Practice to Deceive by Ann Rule
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 248.6 MB
Overview: From “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) Ann Rule comes the New York Times bestselling mystery novel of drama, greed, sex, scandal, and murder on an eerie island in the Pacific Northwest.
Nestled in Puget Sound and accessible only by ferry, Whidbey Island is a gem off the coast of Washington State where life is insular and the island’s year-round residents tend to know one another’s business. But when the blood-drenched body of Russel Douglas is discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV, the whole island is shocked. No one can imagine who among them could plot such a cold-blooded crime. And like a cast of characters from a mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fall under suspicion.
Brenna Douglas was Russel’s estranged and soon-to-be-ex wife, who allowed him to come home for a Christmas visit with their children. Brenna often complained to her good friend Peggy Sue that Russel was physically and emotionally abusive. Married three times, Peggy Sue’s own life has been one of extremes: hers is a rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale. But in 2003, her love affair with married guitarist Jim Huden led the two Whidbey Island natives to pursue their ultimate dreams of wealth and privilege-even at the expense of human life.
Unravel the tangled web woven by Russel Douglas’s murder in Practice to Deceive, the newest heart pounding true-crime tour de force from Ann Rule.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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How British Rule Changed India’s Economy: The Paradox of the Raj by Tirthankar Roy
Requirements: .PDF reader, 4 MB
Overview: This Palgrave Pivot revisits the topic of how British colonialism moulded work and life in India and what kind of legacy it left behind. Did British rule lead to India’s impoverishment, economic disruption and famine? Under British rule, evidence suggests there were beneficial improvements, with an eventual rise in life expectancy and an increase in wealth for some sectors of the population and economy, notably for much business and industry. Yet many poor people suffered badly, with agricultural stagnation and an underfunded government who were too small to effect general improvements. In this book Roy explains the paradoxical combination of wealth and poverty, looking at both sides of nineteenth century capitalism.
Between 1850 and 1930, India was engaged in a globalization process not unlike the one it has seen since the 1990s. The difference between these two times is that much of the region was under British colonial rule during the first episode, while it was an independent nation state during the second.
Roy’s narrative has a contemporary relevance for emerging economies, where again globalization has unleashed extraordinary levels of capitalistic energy while leaving many livelihoods poor, stagnant, and discontented.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Rule, Britannia! : The Biopic and British National Identity by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer
Requirements: .PDF reader, 3 MB
Overview: Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.
Rule, Britannia! surveys the British biopic, a genre crucial to understanding how national cinema engages with the collective experience and values of its intended audience. Offering a provocative take on an aspect of filmmaking with profound cultural significance, the volume focuses on how screen biographies of prominent figures in British history and culture can be understood as involved, if unofficially, in the shaping and promotion of an ever-protean national identity. The contributors engage with the vexed concept of British nationality, especially as this sense of collective belonging is problematized by the ethnically oriented alternatives of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish nations. They explore the critical and historiographical issues raised by the biopic, demonstrating that celebration of conventional virtue is not the genre’s only natural subject. Filmic depictions of such personalities as Elizabeth I, Victoria, George VI, Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Iris Murdoch, and Jack the Ripper are covered.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing-in Only 15 Minutes a Week! by Phil Town
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 121.0 MB
Overview: In this book, self-made millionaire Phil Towns will show you how he turned $1,000 into $1 million in only five years, and then proceeded to make many millions more.
Before I became “Phil Town, teacher of investing principles to more than 500,000 people a year,” I was a lot like you: someone who viewed individual stock investing as way too hard to do successfully. As a guy who barely made a living as a river guide, I considered the whole process pretty impenetrable, and I was convinced that to do it right you had to make it a full-time job. Me, I was more interested in having full-time fun.
So I was tempted to do what you’re probably doing right now: letting some mutual fund manager worry about growing your nest egg. Let me tell you why that decision could one day make you absolutely miserable.
The fact is, because of natural market cycles, the mutual fund industry is likely to soon be facing twenty years of flat returns. That means that if you’ve got your nest egg tucked away in funds-especially the type found in most 401ks-your egg won’t get much bigger than it is now. Translation: Get ready for a retirement filled with lots of cold cuts, plenty of quality TV-watching time, and a place to live that’s too small to accommodate your visiting kids.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction Personal Finance, Money Management
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How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism by Alexander Anievas , Kerem Nisancioglu
Requirements: .PDF reader, 17.3 MB
Overview: How the West Came to Rule offers a unique interdisciplinary and international historical account of the origins of capitalism. It argues that contrary to dominant wisdom, capitalism’s origins should not be understood as a development confined to the geographically and culturally sealed borders of Europe, but the outcome of a wider array of global processes in which non-European societies played a decisive role. Through an outline of the uneven histories of Mongolian expansion, New World discoveries, Ottoman-Habsburg rivalry, the development of the colonies, and bourgeois revolutions, Alex Anievas and Kerem Nisancioglu offer an account of capitalism’s origins that convincingly argues against the prevailing Eurocentric narratives.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Dynastic Rule: Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Hermitage by Geraldine Norman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 15.3 Mb
Overview: The Hermitage, one of the world-renowned Russian State Museums in St. Petersburg, was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has ever since been a symbol of Russian culture, wealth, and achievement. In the past half century, it has only become more popular, serving as both a connection to Russia’s illustrious past and a reminder of its firm place at the heart of contemporary artistic culture.
This book celebrates the Hermitage through the stories of its two most recent, and most important, directors: the father-and-son team of Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky and Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky. Boris, who served as director from 1964 until his death in 1990, was instrumental in maintaining the museum’s position and strength through the Cold War and into the waning years of communist rule. Since Mikhail took over, in 1992, his stewardship has proven to be similarly effective, and he was recently awarded a contract extension that means he’ll be the director through 2020. A tribute to two men and a unique institution, Dynastic Rule is a stunningly illustrated account of a true international treasure.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Art History
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The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane by means of Beatrice Forbes Manz
Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.7 MB
Overview: ‘His appears to be like do threat heaven and dare the gods.
His fiery eyes are fastened upon the earth.’
The ultimate of the nice nomad conquerors, Tamerlane used to be a person of huge ambition and fulfillment who left no robust fresh ruler unchallenged. He rose to energy in 1370 at the ruins of the Mongol Empire and, till his loss of life, campaigned nearly unceasingly. He led those campaigns for my part, in spite of the deformity of his proper arm and leg that gave him his nickname of Temur the Lame. All his achievements had been on a bigger scale than lifestyles, from the calculated ferocity proven to rebellious towns, to the structures of his magnificent capital of Samarqand. In the wintry weather of 1405 he died on his manner to overcome China.
Beatrice Forbes Manz, within the first complete scholarly learn about of this atypical particular person, appears to be like at Tamerlane each because the founding father of a nomad conquest dynasty and as a supremely proficient person.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Jock Rule by Sara Ney (Jock Hard #2), Chelsea Hatfield (Narrator), Jacob Morgan (Narrator)
Requirements: M4B Player, 164mb, 6 hrs 1mins
Overview: Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy. He’s rough. Dirty. Giant. Sasquatch, hairless, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.
The first time Saskatchette lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson is jock-hungry "friends". Week after week, he’s getting bashful Teddy getting overshadowed and overlooked.
Sasquatch finally broad-shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He’s a goner.
Teaching the rules for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.
Genre: Audiobook > Romance
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The Rule of Law by John Lescroart (Dismas Hardy #18)
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 270 MB
Overview: John Lescroart – the “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) – is back in action, marshaling his witty dialogue and airtight plotting in this electrifying thriller featuring attorney Dismas Hardy as he grapples with his longtime trusted assistant being charged as an accessory to murder.
Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Always reliable and consistent, she’s been behaving out of character and disappearing without notice. Dismas becomes even more concerned when he discovers Phyllis has been reluctantly playing host to her convict brother, a man just released from San Quentin after serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery and attempted murder.
Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work, accused of being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who’d been smuggling women into the country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death – on the very same day Phyllis started disappearing from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector’s murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his treasured colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together – and fast.
As “one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike” (USA Today), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart and rousing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Mysteries & Thrillers, Suspense
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