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Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History

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Cait Murphy, "Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History"
2008 | ISBN-10: 0060889381, 0060889373 | 400 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History
From the perspective of 2007, the unintentional irony of Chance's boast is manifest-these days, the question is when will the Cubs ever win a game they have to have. In October 1908, though, no one would have laughed: The Cubs were, without doubt, baseball's greatest team-the first dynasty of the 20th century.

Crazy '08 recounts the 1908 season-the year when Peerless Leader Frank Chance's men went toe to toe to toe with John McGraw and Christy Mathewson's New York Giants and Honus Wagner's Pittsburgh Pirates in the greatest pennant race the National League has ever seen. The American League has its own three-cornered pennant fight, and players like Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and the egregiously crooked Hal Chase ensured that the junior circuit had its moments. But it was the National League's-and the Cubs'-year.

Crazy '08, however, is not just the exciting story of a great season. It is also about the forces that created modern baseball, and the America that produced it. In 1908, crooked pols run Chicago's First Ward, and gambling magnates control the Yankees. Fans regularly invade the field to do handstands or argue with the umps; others shoot guns from rickety grandstands prone to burning. There are anarchists on the loose and racial killings in the town that made Lincoln. On the flimsiest of pretexts, General Abner Doubleday becomes a symbol of Americanism, and baseball's own anthem, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," is a hit.

Picaresque and dramatic, 1908 is a season in which so many weird and wonderful things happen that it is somehow unsurprising that a hairpiece, a swarm of gnats, a sudden bout of lumbago, and a disaster down in the mines all play a role in its outcome. And sometimes the events are not so wonderful at all. There are several deaths by baseball, and the shadow of corruption creeps closer to the heart of baseball-the honesty of the game itself. Simply put, 1908 is the year that baseball grew up.
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Guitar Secrets: Melodic Minor Revealed

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Guitar Secrets: Melodic Minor Revealed by Don Mock
English | May 1, 1998 | ISBN: 0769215564 | 48 Pages | PDF | 7 MB
Legendary guitarist and educator Don Mock exposes the closely-guarded "secret" soloing techniques of jazz and rock giants, revealing easy ways to create ultra-cool sounding lines and patterns by substituting simple harmonic minor patterns over dominant 7th chords. These book/CD packages each contain over 60 music examples, lines, licks and patterns. All music is written in standard notation and tablature.

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Draw 50 Monsters

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Draw 50 Monsters: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Scary Creatures by Lee J. Ames
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0823085848 | 64 pages | EPUB | 28,4 MB

Draw 50 Monsters
Lee Ames has come up with 50 creepy creatures that young people can learn to draw.
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Draw 50 Monsters

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Draw 50 Monsters: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Scary Creatures by Lee J. Ames
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0823085848 | 64 pages | EPUB | 28,4 MB

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Signifying Rappers (Audiobook)

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Signifying Rappers [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace, Mark Costello
English | August 13, 2013 | ISBN: 1478951192, ASIN: B00DO6LXYO | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 42 mins | 158 MB
Narrator: Robert Petkoff | Genre: Nonfiction/Culture/Music
Finally back in print and now in audio – David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture.

Signifying Rappers (Audiobook)
Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?

Available again at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this reissue cannot be missed.
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Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit

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Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit By Robert Bogdan
1990 | 336 Pages | ISBN: 0226063127 | EPUB + MOBI | 9 MB + 4 MB

Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit
From 1840 until 1940, freak shows by the hundreds crisscrossed the United States, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, exhibiting their casts of dwarfs, giants, Siamese twins, bearded ladies, savages, snake charmers, fire eaters, and other oddities. By today's standards such displays would be considered cruel and exploitative the pornography of disability. Yet for one hundred years the freak show was widely accepted as one of America's most popular forms of entertainment.

Robert Bogdan's fascinating social history brings to life the world of the freak show and explores the culture that nurtured and, later, abandoned it. In uncovering this neglected chapter of show business, he describes in detail the flimflam artistry behind the shows, the promoters and the audiences, and the gradual evolution of public opinion from awe to embarrassment. Freaks were not born, Bogdan reveals; they were manufactured by the amusement world, usually with the active participation of the freaks themselves. Many of the "human curiosities" found fame and fortune, becoming the celebrities of their time, until the ascent of professional medicine transformed them from marvels into pathological specimans.
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The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis

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The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Audio CDs in MP3 / English: MP3, 64 kb/s (1 ch) | Duration: 09:45:37 | 2005 | ISBN-10: 0060831251 | 268 MB
Genre: Biographies
"The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and talking beasts, centaurs and epic battles between good and evil — these have become a part of our collective imagination through the classic volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. Yet who was the man who created this world? This audio book attempts to unearth the making of the first Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself."

The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
One of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential religious writer of his day, Lewis was also an Oxford don and a scholar of medieval literature who loved to debate philosophy at his local pub. Yet one of the most intriguing aspects of Clive Staples Lewis remains unanswered. How did a bachelor professor, nearly fifty, and living in a wholly adult world, turn to the writing of stories for children — stories that would become among the most popular and beloved ever written?

Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the story of C. S. Lewis. From his childhood days in Ireland to his horrific experiences in the trenches of the First World War, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkein (and other members of the "Inklings") and his remarkable late-life marriage to Joy Davidman, Jacobs traces the events and people that shaped Lewis's philosophy, theology, and fiction. The story of a profound mind and extraordinary imagination, The Narnian is a remarkable tale of a man who knew great loss and great delight, but who knew above all that the world holds far more richness and meaning than the average eye can see.

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The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and…

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The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Paul Schrag, Xaviant Haze and Michael Tsarion
English | 2011 | ISBN-10: 1591431220 | PDF | 176 pages | 1 MB
An investigation into the discoveries of Lewis and Clark and other early explorers of America and the terrible acts committed to suppress them.

The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and…
* Provides archaeological proof of giants, the fountain of youth, and descriptions from Lewis's journals of a tribe of "nearly white, blue-eyed" Indians

* Uncovers evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus and of ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean

* Investigates the Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up Lewis and Clark's discoveries and what lead to Lewis's murder

Meriwether Lewis discovered far more than the history books tell–ancient civilizations, strange monuments, "nearly white, blue-eyed" Indians, and evidence that the American continent was visited long before the first European settlers arrived. And he was murdered to keep it all secret.

Examining the shadows and cracks between America's official version of history, Xaviant Haze and Paul Schrag propose that the America of old taught in schools is not the America that was discovered by Lewis and Clark and other early explorers. Investigating the discoveries of Spanish conquistadors and Olmec stories of contact with European-like natives, the authors uncover evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus, sophisticated ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean, the fountain of youth, and a long-extinct race of giants. Verifying stories from Lewis's journals with modern archaeological finds, geological studies, 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, and accounts of the world in the days of Columbus, the authors reveal how Lewis and Clark's finds infuriated powerful interests in Washington–including the Smithsonian Institution–culminating in the murder of Meriwether Lewis.
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Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

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Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction by Fergus Kerr
English | 2009-11-30 | ISBN: 0199556644 | PDF | 144 pages | 2,7 MB

Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction
Thomas Aquinas is one of the giants of medieval philosophy, a thinker who had–and who still has–a profound influence on Western thought. Aquinas was a controversial figure in his time who was often engaged in fierce theological debates. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and theology. This Very Short Introduction will look at Aquinas in a historical context, and explore the Church and culture into which Aquinas was born. It will consider Aquinas as philosopher and theologian, and will look at the relationship between philosophy and religion in the thirteenth century. Fergus Kerr, in this engaging and informative introduction, makes the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas's greatest single work, accessible to new readers. He also sheds valuable light on the importance of Thomas Aquinas in modern times, showing why Aquinas matters now, illustrating the significant role that the writings of Aquinas play in contemporary debate.
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Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn From Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian, Capablanca And Nimzowitsch by Neil McDonald

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Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn From Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian, Capablanca And Nimzowitsch by Neil McDonald
English | November 1, 2007 | ISBN: 1857445414 | 256 Pages | PDF | 13,2 MB

Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn From Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian, Capablanca And Nimzowitsch by Neil McDonald
The chess world has been blessed by a number of wonderful strategists, and in Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy, Neil McDonald decides upon his selection of the most prominent ones, highlighting the major contributions they have made. McDonald examines their differing approaches and styles, and from Nimzowitsch to Kramnik, how they followed in each other's footsteps.

Throughout history there have been many famous players who have dazzled the chess world with their swashbuckling approach to opening play. In Chess Secrets: The Great Gambiteers, John Cox picks out his selection of famous gambiteers and studies the mark they made in the sphere of attacking play in the opening. Themes include attacking the opponent's king, exploiting a lead in development, controlling the centre, as well as the significant enhancement of opening theory through the invention of numerous dangerous gambits.

– Learn from the greats of the game
– Discover how famous chess minds work
– Written in an easy-to-read format
– Ideal for improvers, club players and tournament players*
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