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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets and The Templars chronicles the next chapter in British history—the historical backdrop for Game of ThronesThe inspiration for the Channel 5 series Britain's Bloody CrownThe crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses.
Author: Dan Jones
Published by: Penguin Books | Publication date: 10/14/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 418 pages

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

“Dan Jones is an entertainer, but also a bona fide historian. Seldom does one find serious scholarship so easy to read.” – The Times, Book of the YearA New York Times bestseller, this major new history of the knights Templar is “a fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger" – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem   A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.Then, as they faced setbacks at the hands of the ruthless Mamluk sultan Baybars and were forced to retreat to their stronghold in Cyprus, a vindictive and cash-strapped King of France set his sights on their fortune. His administrators quietly mounted a damning case against the Templars, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. On Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and their last master was brutally tortured and burned at the stake. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, to life in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
Author: Dan Jones
Published by: Penguin Books | Publication date: 09/19/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 443 pages

Responsive Web Design with Adobe Photoshop

For a couple of decades now, designers have used Photoshop to mock up Web page designs. However, that work generally results in a static graphic of the page, which has to be translated by a developer into the components of a Web page: HTML files and Web-compatible image files. Our multi-device world has shown us that this approach to web design, including full-page comps done in Photoshop, is increasingly problematic. Modern web designers are adopting a new approach: creating flexible web pages whose layout can adapt to suit the screen on which they are displayed. This is “Responsive Web Design” [RWD]. Until now, books on designing responsive Web sites have focused on HTML and CSS – in other words, they've been very code-centric, and visual creativity seems to take a back seat. This new book is aimed at the visual Web designer who’s accustomed to working in Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop CC contains many new features that help streamline the process of converting a static page design to a set of components for a responsive web page. Dan Rose is one of the best-known advocates of this new way of working in Photoshop. He’s observed that only a few people are talking about Photoshop for RWD constructively, yet a majority (63% as of his last informal poll) of web designers are using Photoshop for more than simple asset creation. This transition is a pain point for many designers. His new book will balance coverage of conceptual issues (how to fit tools like Photoshop to the design workflow rather than fitting a workflow to the tools) with practical design exercises tailored to help communicate the overall design direction of the page while respecting the needs of the fluid Web. In addition, he will introduce methods for taking HTML back into Photoshop for further refinement.  
Author: Dan Rose
Published by: Adobe Press | Publication date: 01/12/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 250 pages

An Introduction to American Law (Carolina Academic Press Law Casebook)

The second edition of this book has been updated to cover essential developments in caselaw, as well as other important changes in American law, during the last five years. The fundamental rules, court cases, concepts and trends of each key subject in American law are presented in a narrative tailored to the reader without an American legal background. Each chapter covers a major area of law, summarizes the leading doctrines, analyzes recurring, current and developing trends, highlights areas of contemporary debate, offers streamlined versions of precedent-setting cases, raises questions for further discussion, and lists important vocabulary words.This book is ideal for readers who want to understand the contemporary American legal system at a more than superficial level, but who are not currently studying to become American lawyers. The style, organization and content make the book attractive for such readers as those planning on entering law school; paralegal assistants; students of American law outside of the United States; American undergraduates taking a course in American law and/or in a pre-law program; and graduate level students in subjects other than American law. The size, weight and price of the book are tailored to make the book attractive to students.
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 482 pages

Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

Instant New York Times Bestseller A simple, straightforward exploration of Transcendental Meditation and its benefits from world authority Bob Roth.Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld. Ray Dalio and Ellen DeGeneres. Gwyneth Paltrow and Howard Stern. Tom Hanks and Gisele Bündchen. What do they have in common? The answer is a Transcendental Meditation teacher named Bob Roth, who has spent the past forty-five years helping many thousands of people access their innate creativity and power through this simple, nonreligious technique. Roth’s students range from titans of business and the arts to federal prisoners, from war-scarred veterans to overworked moms and dads. Medical experts agree that the epidemic of stress is damaging our physical and emotional health at younger and younger ages. While there is no one single cure, the Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life’s challenges. With scientifically proven benefits— reduced stress and anxiety, and improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity, and memory, to name a few—this five-thousand-year-old technique has a clear and direct impact on our very modern problems. Once a skeptic, Roth trained under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the twentieth century’s foremost scientist of consciousness and meditation, and has since become one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world. In Strength in Stillness, Roth breaks down the science behind Transcendental Meditation in a new, accessible way. He highlights the three distinct types of meditation—Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Self-Transcending—and showcases the evidence that the third, Self-Transcending, or Transcendental Meditation, is a uniquely accessible, effective, and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience. Free of gimmicks, mystical verbiage, and obscure theory, Strength in Stillness offers a clear explanation for how Transcendental Meditation can calm the mind, body, and spirit.
Author: Bob Roth
Published by: Simon & Schuster | Publication date: 02/06/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 224 pages

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the international sensation The Rule of Four combines a lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish into a “deliciously labyrinthine” (Providence Journal) intellectual thriller that “kicks off at ninety mph and doesn’t slow down” (Associated Press).A mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. The curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome a week before it opens. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of Greek Catholic priest Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex decides that to find the killer he must reconstruct the secret of what a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron reveals about the church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the Christian church, Father Alex discovers a ruthless stalker is hunting him—an enemy with a vested stake in the exhibit that he must outwit to survive. Rich, authentic, erudite, and emotionally searing, The Fifth Gospel is a riveting novel of suspense and a feast of biblical history that satisfies on every level.
Author: Ian Caldwell
Published by: Simon & Schuster | Publication date: 03/03/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 497 pages

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

"Dan Jones has an enviable gift for telling a dramatic story while at the same time inviting us to consider serious topics like liberty and the seeds of representative government." —Antonia FraserFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets, a lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be—by the author of The Templars   The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles—even its language—can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange document and how did it gain such legendary status?Dan Jones takes us back to the turbulent year of 1215, when, beset by foreign crises and cornered by a growing domestic rebellion, King John reluctantly agreed to fix his seal to a document that would change the course of history. At the time of its creation the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty drafted by a group of rebel barons who were tired of the king's high taxes, arbitrary justice, and endless foreign wars. The fragile peace it established would last only two months, but its principles have reverberated over the centuries. Jones's riveting narrative follows the story of the Magna Carta's creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England, and charts the high points in its unexpected afterlife. Reissued by King John's successors it protected the Church, banned unlawful imprisonment, and set limits to the exercise of royal power. It established the principle that taxation must be tied to representation and paved the way for the creation of Parliament. In 1776 American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king and to demand even more far-reaching rights. We think of the Declaration of Independence as our founding document but those who drafted it had their eye on the Magna Carta.
Author: Dan Jones
Published by: Penguin Books | Publication date: 10/20/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 285 pages

Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism

Eleven years in the making, Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features 45 true and heartwarming stories about animals and their role in the life and evolution of a gifted energy worker and shamanic healer. This inspiring collection of tales, featuring dozens of black and white photographs by the author, is brought together here in one place for the first time.“What I do for a profession may seem exotic, but the emotions and perceptions portrayed in these stories are universal. I share my experiences because I think people are hungry for validation of what they already know at a deep level, namely, that there is more to this world than meets the eye. It is my hope that this book will help people regain the sense of wonder and awareness they enjoyed as children—and the belief that they, too, can connect with animals and the world in magical ways.”—Rose De DanREVIEWS"'Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism' is jam-packed with animal stories that delight the senses, tickle the imagination, and transcend the mundane into the realm of mystery. Author Rose De Dan is not only a gifted healer, shamanic practitioner, and Reiki Master; she is also a master storyteller. The true-life tales in her book will make you laugh and sometimes cry. They'll make you think and they'll fill you with wonder. Most of all, De Dan's stories will teach you about the fine art of bridging worlds: between animals and humans, between heart and mind, between body and soul, and between consensus reality and the deeper levels of reality that nurture and sustain us all. 'Tails of Healer' is a gem!"—Cat Saunders, Ph.D., Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook“Overall, readers will feel the deep connection Rose has for all the animals she encounters. 'Tails of a Healer' is really a collection of love stories.”—Phylameana lila Desy, Guide to Holistic Healing at About.com"'Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism' beautifully chronicles Rose's wonderful healing journey with the animals! She has a wonderful way of weaving her personal healing journey into the journeys of the animals that cross her path. Stories of Reiki for animals intertwine with stories of Shamanic ceremonies and traditions.”—Kathleen Prasad, Co-Author of Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life"'Tails of a Healer' takes you deeply into the world of telepathic animal communication and shamanism. It is a rich mix of intimate animal stories that are both healing and enlightening. Rose De Dan has packed this book with wisdom and heart. Prepare to be opened."—Mary J. Getten, Communicating With Orcas: The Whales' Perspective, winner of 2007 Nautilus Book Awards Animals/Nature“Rose De Dan's approach is one of service to the animal community—a liason for those of us who cannot speak the language. As a shamanic initiate, she attended a workshop led by Don Manuel Quispe, a renowned shamanic teacher from Peru. She found his words especially meaningful, bringing great shifts in perception: ‘Personal power has to be of service to your people and yourself. Share, otherwise it will isolate you.' 'Tails of a Healer' is a memoir of sharing and healing.”—The U.S. Review of BooksSome Comment from Readers“I just finished your book, and had to tell you what a beautiful and wonderful read it was, and how glad I am that I stumbled across it. Although my day job is in the corporate world, my passion is animal rescue work...Your stories really rang true for some of our experiences. I shared your book with my best friend and cat rescue partner and she was up all night reading last night, said she couldn’t put it down either.” —Carol Porta, feral cat rescuer, Arizona“You practice such warmth, understanding and compassion towards animals that I have cried at the energy that you use so lovingly. I must tell you that your energy comes through the book. My 18 year old cat, Mort, has taken to resting on it. —Donna Safley, Reiki practitioner, Zion, IL
Author: Rose De Dan
Published by: AuthorHouse | Publication date: 11/10/2008
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 198 pages

Ring of Roses

The thinking reader’s Da Vinci Code… London, 1991. But not the London you may be familiar with. Imagine an England under Catholic rule – a rule so iron-fisted that science and technology have been set back decades. “Dan Petrou’s script is fluent and bold, in turns naturalistic and grandiose, with a rich range of characters interacting in almost Dickensian complexity. John Watkiss’ art is reminiscent of great illustrators of the past…” – Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen
Author: Dan Petrou
Published by: Titan | Publication date: 07/08/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 144 pages

Dan: EAE:Earth Alien Embassy

Have you ever had a fantasy stuck in your head that makes you hot just thinking about it? This is the product of one such fantasy. Year 3018EAE-Earth Alien embassy, where alien ambassadors from all the intelligent planets live under the same roof.Nicky a simple girl studying medicine gets selected to work for the highly trained group of physicians that work under EAE. It's a dream come true for her but what happens when she is appointed to assist Dr Desai who is Dan's doctor. An alien from humanoid planet Grosh that is far more developed than earth. Dan is the most arrogant and crude alien on EAE. He develops a particular interest in the quite intern that has come to work for Dr Desai.Would Nicky be able to maintain professionalism with the huge brooding alien who doesn't give a fuck about anything? An asshole in the true sense.Erotic Fantasy romance novelMeant for mature readers
Author: R H Rose
Publication date: 09/16/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 189 pages
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