The Small Talk Code by Gregory Peart

The Small Talk Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Conversationalists by Gregory Peart
Requirements: .PDF reader, 0.8
Overview: Small talk is an inevitability of life. Millions of business deals have been signed, millions of friendships have been formed, and millions of relationships have been turned to romance, all because of small talk. In essence, become proficient in small talk or get left behind socially and professionally. If you’re not good at small talk, it may seem like an amorphous puzzle that you can’t quite figure out. It’s especially frustrating when some people make it seem so easy. Small talk can be easy for you too. Once you learn and practice the techniques of the highly successful conversationalists, you’ll be able to upgrade your conversations (and your life) to the next level.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Small Wars and their Influence by William Urban

Small Wars and their Influence on Nation States: 1500 to the Present by William Urban
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.2MB
Overview: After 1500, European warfare was repeatedly revolutionized by new weapons, new methods for supplying armies in the field, improved fortifications and new tactics for taking fortifications. This allowed empires to grow, with, for example, the Ottomans expanding into the Middle East and Africa, Britain dominating India, and Russia conquering the steppe.

The dynamics of resistance to this expansion were remarkably similar to what we see today in ISIS, Afghan and Pakistani Talibans, and various jihadist groups that are more tribal than Islamist. The driving force behind these organizations may be tribal resentment of the modern world undermining long-established traditions and beliefs. Religion – or their interpretation of Islam – is merely a glue that holds the rebels together.

Such resistance continues to be met by world powers who misunderstand the motives of the people that take up arms against them, and we should understand that ours is not the first generation to deal with this problem, and ours will probably not be the last. However, there are some methods that work better than others. The failures and successes of the past can help us now and in the future.
Genre: Non-Fiction, History

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Small Wars & their Influence on Nation States by William Urban

Small Wars and their Influence on Nation States: 1500 to the Present by William Urban
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.1 Mb
Overview: After 1500, European warfare was repeatedly revolutionized by new weapons, new methods for supplying armies in the field, improved fortifications and new tactics for taking fortifications. This allowed empires to grow, with, for example, the Ottomans expanding into the Middle East and Africa, Britain dominating India, and Russia conquering the steppe.

The dynamics of resistance to this expansion were remarkably similar to what we see today in ISIS, Afghan and Pakistani Talibans, and various jihadist groups that are more tribal than Islamist. The driving force behind these organizations may be tribal resentment of the modern world undermining long-established traditions and beliefs. Religion – or their interpretation of Islam – is merely a glue that holds the rebels together.

Such resistance continues to be met by world powers who misunderstand the motives of the people that take up arms against them, and we should understand that ours is not the first generation to deal with this problem, and ours will probably not be the last. However, there are some methods that work better than others. The failures and successes of the past can help us now and in the future.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Thinking Small by Daniel Immerwahr

Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development by Daniel Immerwahr
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.6 Mb
Overview: Thinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small-scale, community-based approaches. And it also sounds a warning: such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, with often disastrous consequences.

It is common for historians to interpret the United States’ postwar development campaigns as ill-advised attempts to impose modernity upon poorer nations. The small-scale projects that are popular today mark a retreat from that top-down, heavy-handed approach. But Daniel Immerwahr shows that community-based development is nothing new: it has been present since the origins of international development practice, existing alongside–and sometimes at the heart of–grander schemes to modernize the global South. His transnational study follows a set of strange bedfellows–the Peace Corps and the CIA, Mohandas Gandhi and Ferdinand Marcos, antipoverty activists and Cold Warriors–united by their conviction that development should not be about engineers building dams but about communities shaping their own fates. The programs they designed covered hundreds of millions of people in some sixty countries, eventually making their way back to the United States itself during the War on Poverty.

Yet the hope that small communities might lift themselves up was often disappointed, as self-help gave way to crushing forms of local oppression. Thinking Small challenges those who hope to eradicate poverty to think twice about the risks as well as the benefits of community development.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Small Business Taxes For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Eric Tyson

Small Business Taxes For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Eric Tyson
Requirements: .PDF reader, 8.9 MB
Overview: Small business taxes taxing you out?
For most business owners, their single biggest “expense” (and headache) is dealing with their taxes. And while the just passed Congressional tax bill reduced taxes for many of the estimated 30 million small business owners in the U.S., the nation’s taxes continue to be complex. Not being up-to-speed on tax rules and strategies can lead to mistakes that cost business owners thousands of dollars in fines and penalties every year.
Small Business Taxes For Dummies assists both current and aspiring small business owners with important tax planning issues, including complete coverage of the tax changes taking effect in 2018, creating an ongoing tax routine, dealing with the IRS, and navigating audits and notices.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The Law of Small Things by Stuart H. Brody (.M4B)

The Law of Small Things: Creating a Habit of Integrity in a Culture of Mistrust by Stuart H. Brody
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 131 MB
Overview: The Law of Small Things begins with an IQ (integrity quotient) test designed to reveal the casual way we regard our promises and the misconceptions we have about acting truthfully. The audiobook shows how most people believe integrity is something we "just have" and that we just do, like a Nike commercial. It depicts these and other deceptions we deploy to appear to act with integrity without actually doing so.
The Law of Small Things also exposes how our culture encourages breaches of integrity through an array of "permitted promise-breaking", a language of clichés that equates self-interest with duty, and the "illusion of inconsequence" that excuses small breaches with the breezy confidence that we can fulfill integrity when it counts.
Brody challenges the prevailing notion that integrity is a possession you hold permanently. No one "has integrity", and no one is perfect in practicing it. What we have is the opportunity to uphold promises and fulfill duties in each situation that faces us, large and small. Integrity is a practice and a habit of keeping promises, the ones we make explicitly and the ones that are implied in all our relationships.
Ultimately, developing skill in the practice of integrity leads us to knowledge of who we are – not in the way the culture defines us, but in the way we truly know ourselves to be.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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