Download The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse (.ePUB)

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
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Overview: America’s youth are in crisis. Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, they are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant–are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body–and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly–without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we’re raising our children and the future of our country.
Genre: Non Fiction Politics & Social Sciences

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Download Learn to Play: Designing Tutorials by Matthew M. White(.PDF)

Learn to Play: Designing Tutorials for Video Games by Matthew M. White
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Overview: Learn to Play: Designing Tutorials for Video Games shows how to embed a tutorial directly into your game design mechanics so that your games naturally and comfortably teach players to have fun. The author deciphers years of research in game studies, education, psychology, human–computer interaction, and user interface and experience that equip you to make dynamic tutorials that help players enjoy your games.

The book links game design principles with psychology through the game tutorial. It offers easy-to-implement changes that can make a huge difference in how players receive your games. It explains how you can educate new players and engage experienced players at the same time through a combination of good design and basic understanding of human educational, motivational, and cognitive psychologies.

Transcending disciplinary boundaries, this book improves your understanding of the science of learning and the art of teaching. It helps you design game mechanics, or tutorials, that teach people how to have fun with your games without ever feeling as though they’re being instructed.
Genre: Non Fiction, Educational

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A, B, Sea: A Loose-Footed Lexicon by Jack Lagan
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Overview: A, B, Sea is an entertaining, comprehensive guide to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner’s glossary of nautical terms includes definitions for and cross-references to everything from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This second edition includes many new entries, some purely from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for serious sailors. Packed with practical advice, this is a dictionary with a difference: many words are illustrated by passages from classic books of the sea, others by the author’s experiences aboard an American schooner with a European engine and two boxes of tools. Sample entries from this informative and entertaining dictionary include:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a choice between alien creatures and bad weather combined with inept seamanship and navigation, you should vote for the latter every time. The US Coast Guard certainly does.
carry away, to: when any part of the standing rigging or a spar breaks it is said to have "carried away." What you say is probably unprintable.
seasickness (mal de mer): a form of motion sickness usually brought on by a feeling of well-being and euphoria. Reputedly comes in two stages: during the first you fear you might die, during the second, you fear you might not. The most reliable cure: Stand under a tree.
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Download Liberating Minds by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (.ePUB)

Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
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Overview: Anthony Cardenales was a stickup artist in the Bronx before spending seventeen years in prison. Today he is a senior manager at a recycling plant in Westchester, New York. He attributes his ability to turn his life around to the college degree he earned in prison. Many college-in-prison graduates achieve similar success and the positive ripple effects for their families and communities, and for the country as a whole, are dramatic. College-in-prison programs greatly reduce recidivism, leading to potential savings in the staggering cost of prisons. They increase post-prison employment, allowing the formerly incarcerated to better support their families and to reintegrate successfully into their communities, providing positive role models. College programs also decrease violence within prisons, improving conditions for both correction officers and the incarcerated.

Liberating Minds eloquently makes the case for these multiple benefits and also tells the stories of many formerly incarcerated college students and the remarkable transformations in their lives.

Both access to college for all Americans and criminal justice reform are high on today’s national policy agenda. Liberating Minds argues that it is imperative, both for prisoners themselves and for society, that access to higher education be extended to include the incarcerated. As the country faces a legacy of decades of over-incarceration, offering college behind bars provides a corrective on the path back to a more democratic and humane society.
Genre: Non Fiction Politics & Social Sciences > Crime & Criminals

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Download Psychology of Touch & Blindness by Morton A. Heller (.ePUB)

Psychology of Touch and Blindness by Morton A. Heller and Edouard Gentaz
Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.1 MB
Overview: This book reviews the considerable body of research that has been done to evaluate the touch skills of blind people. With an emphasis on cognitive and neuroscientific approaches, it encompasses a wide-ranging discussion of the theoretical issues in the field of touch perception and blindness.
The volume includes chapters on sensory aspects of touch, perception in blind individuals, multimodal relations and their implications for instruction and development, and new technology, including sensory aids and virtual touch. A distinctive feature of the book is the inclusion of the practical applications of research in this area.
A significant characteristic of research on touch and imagery in congenitally blind individuals is that it speaks to the basic nature of spatial imagery and the importance and necessity — or lack thereof — of specific visual sensory experience for the acquisition of knowledge about space, spatial layout, and picture perception. As such, the book will not only appeal to researchers and professionals with an interest in touch and blindness, but also to a wider audience of cognitive psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists working in the field of perception.
Genre: Non Fiction Science > Behavioral Sciences > Cognitive Psychology

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Download Leisure Activities in Context by Robert A. Stebbins (.ePUB)

Leisure Activities in Context: A Micro-Macro/Agency-Structure Interpretation of Leisure by Robert A. Stebbins
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Overview: There have been many analyses of leisure, drawing on the social, historical, cultural, temporal, and geographical contexts in which acts of leisure are pursued. Yet these studies lack a theoretical framework that can explain how leisure studies interact in various social contexts (cultural, temporal, or geographical), or as Robert A. Stebbins conceptualizes it, at levels of society.

Here Stebbins explores leisure studies at society’s micro, meso, and macro levels. He considers all three as they manifest themselves in the everyday pursuit of leisure, while focusing on the heretofore neglected middle, which he calls the meso side of life. Stebbins not only draws these perspectives together, but does something no one else has: he focuses on the big picture of leisure.

Leisure Activities in Context examines the entire micro-macro/agency-structure dimension, using theory and research from leisure studies and the sociology of leisure as the vehicles to accomplish this. This book will be a useful theoretical sourcebook on the study of leisure because it provides a blueprint of issues that scholars and students can use to draw deeper meaning from their own studies, and a framework for future research.
Genre: Non Fiction Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Research

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Download We are Big Data by Sander Klous, Nart Wielaard (.ePUB)

We are Big Data: The Future of the Information Society by Sander Klous, Nart Wielaard
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.8 MB
Overview: This book demonstrates the inevitability of a continuously growing role of data in our society and it stresses that this role does not need to be threatening: to the contrary, collection and analysis of data can help us prevent traffic jams, suppress epidemics, or produce tailor made medicine. The authors sketch the contours of a new information society, in which everything will be measured from our heartbeat during our morning run to the music we listen to and our walking patterns through department stores and they discuss the resistances within the society that have to be overcome.

Sander Klous holds a PhD in High Energy Physics and contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN (Nobel prize 2013). Klous works at KPMG and is professor in Big Data at the University of Amsterdam.

Nart Wielaard is a self-employed consultant and business writer. He develops compelling and clear stories on complex topics for a broad range of clients. Wielaard specializes in the domain where technology, society and business meet.
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Download Pollution Regulation by Benjamin van Rooij (.PDF)

Pollution Regulation in Development: System Design, Compliance and Enforcement (Law, Governance, and Development) by Benjamin van Rooij
Requirements: Any PDF Reader, 0.34 MB
Overview: This Research and Policy Note explains why the regulation of pollution in countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, India and China is so difficult, by looking at several aspects of pollution regulation frameworks, for instance the obstacles to effective law enforcement, effective enforcement strategies in creating compliance in industrilizing economies, and the role of local communities, markets and politics. This Research & Policy Note was drafted by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for the Kenniscentrum Rechtsstaat en Ontwikkeling (KREO). This Centre of Expertise on Rule of Law and Development is a project commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and set up at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development of the Law Faculty at Leiden University. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Download Guide to Running Injury-Free by Damon Martin et al (.ePUB)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running Injury-Free by Damon Martin, Bob Schaller
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.7MB
Overview: No pain-maximum gain.

More than half of all runners in the U.S. are sidelined at least once a year because of an injury. Many others run through the pain that starts to surface as they age-the result of years of bad posture, joint and muscle stiffness and poor running mechanics. This guide provides readers with a holistic approach to preventing injuries and getting rid of nagging pains. In it, readers learn how to increase flexibility, calibrate muscle strength, pick the right shoes, break bad habits, and more-all while improving distance and efficiency.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Fitness, Sport, Guide

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Download Calculus Early Transcendentals 8th ed by James Stewart(.PDF)

Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition by James Stewart
Requirements: PDF Reader, 40.4 Mb
Overview: Success in your calculus course starts here! James Stewart’s CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS texts are world-wide best-sellers for a reason: they are clear, accurate, and filled with relevant, real-world examples. With CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, Eighth Edition, Stewart conveys not only the utility of calculus to help you develop technical competence, but also gives you an appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the subject. His patient examples and built-in learning aids will help you build your mathematical confidence and achieve your goals in the course.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Textbook, Science, Mathematics

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