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The Art of the Argument: Western Civilization’s Last Stand

‘The Art of the Argument’ shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, ‘The Art of the Argument’ smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.
Civilization is defined by our willingness and ability to use words instead of fists – in the absence of reason, violence rules. ‘The Art of the Argument’ gives you the intellectual ammunition – in one concentrated, entertaining and powerful package – to engage in truly productive, civilization-saving debates. Armed with this book, you will be empowered to speak truth to power, illuminate ignorance, shatter delusions and expose the dangerous sophists within your own life, and around the world.
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The Art of Tantra

**A guide to meditation, sex, and ecstasy.**
*The Art of Tantra* offers a fascinating method of improving your pleasure, vitality, and internal strength. Clear, practical, and profound, it contains over five hundred color photographs and illustrations demonstrating the positions and exercises that the reader can use to reach a new sexual dimension in his or her emotional relationships.*The Art of Tantra* promotes the comprehension, understanding, and experience of the most important taboo in the history of humanitysexand in its pages you will discover Tantra as a form of comprehensive wisdom on the energies and art of living.
There is an ample variety of exercises and meditations, such as:
The Rainbow
Greeting the Sun
The Dragon
Dance of the Five Elements
*The Art of Tantra* is an invitation to expand your consciousness in a simple and dynamic manner.

(source: Bol.com)

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The *New York Times* bestselling novel from Garth Stein–**a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.**
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

The Art of Public Speaking

Training in public speaking is not a matter of externals, primarily; it is not a matter of imitation, fundamentally; it is not a matter of conformity to standards, at all. Public speaking is public utterance, public issuance, of the man himself. The first thing for the beginner in public speaking is to speak, not to study voice and gesture and the rest. Once he has spoken he can improve himself by self-observation or according to the criticisms of those who hear. But how shall he be able to criticise himself? A Person can simply find out three things: What are the qualities which by common consent go to make up an effective speaker to know how good he is at public speaking; by what means at least some of these qualities may be acquired; and what wrong habits of speech in himself work against his acquiring and using the qualities which he finds to be good. This best seller and evergreen book by renowned self help books author Dale Carnegie will help any normal person to be an effective Public Speaker and achieve success in all spheres of life.
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Training in public speaking is not a matter of externals, primarily; it is not a matter of imitation, fundamentally; it is not a matter of conformity to standards, at all. Public speaking is public utterance, public issuance, of the man himself. The first thing for the beginner in public speaking is to speak, not to study voice and gesture and the rest. Once he has spoken he can improve himself by self-observation or according to the criticisms of those who hear. But how shall he be able to criticise himself? A Person can simply find out three things: What are the qualities which by common consent go to make up an effective speaker to know how good he is at public speaking; by what means at least some of these qualities may be acquired; and what wrong habits of speech in himself work against his acquiring and using the qualities which he finds to be good. This best seller and evergreen book by renowned self help books author Dale Carnegie will help any normal person to be an effective Public Speaker and achieve success in all spheres of life.
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A pioneer in the field of self-help, Dale Carnegie distilled his experiences as a salesman and lecturer in his first guide to successful speech-making, *The Art of Public Speaking.* This predecessor to his bestseller, *How to Win Friends and Influence People,* was co-written with J. B. Esenwein. Its direct, practical advice for emphasizing ideas for easy comprehension and high impact ranges from finding an appropriate rhythm to conquering stage fright.
Avoiding the use of tricks and shortcuts, the authors suggest methods for developing one’s thoughts in order to form an original, authentic manner of speaking. They advise speakers to practice their presentation skills, offering useful tips for speech-making in both personal and professional situations. First published in 1915, this classic continues to encourage people from all walks of life to overcome their self-consciousness and increase their effectiveness and comfort as public speakers.
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The Art of Public Speaking

Do you have trouble getting up in front of an audience? Are you struggling to get your point across? Public speaking can be nerve-wracking, especially if you?re a naturally nervous person or if you?re under-prepared. Originally published in 1915, The Art of Public Speaking has been the go-to guide for those who want to better their speaking abilities for more than a century.

Featured within this classic manual are hundreds of tips and tricks on how to become an efficient and effective public speaker. The sections included address:

Tone

Delivery

Enthusiasm

Confidence

Concentration

Charm

Precision

Gesturing

Preparation

And much more!

Stop putting your audience to sleep. Pick up your copy of The Art of Public Speaking and learn to captivate any audience today!

(source: Bol.com)

The Art of Nonfiction

The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand, Robert Mayhew
A remarkable series of lectures on the art of creating effective nonfiction by one of the 20th century’s most profound writers and thinkers–now available for the first time in print.
Culled from sixteen informal lectures **Ayn Rand** delivered to a select audience in the late 1960s, this remarkable work offers indispensable guidance to the aspiring writer of nonfiction while providing readers with a fascinating discourse on art and creation. Based on the concept that the ability to create quality nonfiction is a skill that can be learned like any other, **The Art of Nonfiction** takes readers through the writing process, step-by-step, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way.
In these edited transcripts, Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing, and the different roles played by the conscious and unconscious minds. From choosing a subject to polishing a draft to mastering an individual writing style–for authors of theoretical works or those leaning toward journalistic reporting–this crucial resource introduces the words and ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne’s most acclaimed works. The story starts in London on Tuesday, October 1, 1872. Fogg is a rich English gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet, James Foster, for bringing him shaving water at 84 °F (29 °C) instead of 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires a Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout as a replacement. At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 from his fellow club members, which he will receive if he makes it around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 1872, and is due back at the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, Saturday, December 21, 1872.

Armored Cav

A penetrating look inside an armored cavalry regiment — the technology, the strategies, and the people . . . profiled by Tom Clancy.

His first non-fiction book, Submarine, captured the reality of life aboard a nuclear warship. Now, the #1 bestselling author of Clear and Present Danger and Without Remorse portrays today’s military as only army personnel can know it.

With the same compelling, you-are-there immediacy of his acclaimed fiction, Tom Clancy provides detailed descriptions of tanks, helicopters, artillery, and more — the brilliant technology behind the U. S. Army. He captures military life — from the drama of combat to the daily routine — with total accuracy, and reveals the roles and missions that have in recent years distinguished our fighting forces.

Armored Cav includes:

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Descriptions of the M1A2 Main Battle Tank, the AH-64A Apache Attack Helicopter, and more
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An interview with General Frederick Franks
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Strategies behind the Desert Storm account
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Exclusive photograph, illustrations and diagrams

PLUS: From West Point cadet to Desert Storm commander . . . an interview with a combat cavalry officer on the rise.

(source: Bol.com)

Armed & Magical

**New from “a definite star on the rise.” (LINNEA SINCLAIR)**
My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker—a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I’m psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it’s ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn’t even begin to describe it. All I want is my life back—which means getting rid of the stone and the power it possesses. To sort things out, I head for the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery school, as well as the Conclave, the governing body for all magic users. It’s also home to power- grubbing mages who want me dead and goblins who see me as a thief. As if that’s not enough, Mid’s best student spellsingers are disappearing left and right, and I’m expected to find them. Lives are at stake, goblins are threatening to sue, mages are getting greedier, and the stone’s power is getting stronger by the hour. This could get ugly.

Armageddon’s Children

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His twenty-three international bestsellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. Armageddon’s Children is a new creation–the perfect opportunity for readers unfamiliar with Brooks’s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos.
Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.
Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent, death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place–and a people–shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind . . . even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. While in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds–and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.
In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.
In Armageddon’s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light–and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level. Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have read him for many years: prepare for a dramatic surprise.
**Recensie(s)**

‘Compelling and rewarding … surprisingly emotional, rich with human feeling and insight. Moore has a keen ear for both dialogue and a well-turned phrase, and the writing is suffused with a reckless joy’ Robert J. Wiersema, Quill & Quire ‘An astonishing writer. She brings to her pages what we are always seeking in fiction and only find in the best of it: a magnetizing gift for revealing how the earth feels, looks, tastes, smells’ Richard Ford, author of Independence Day ‘[She] is from Newfoundland – a rare and fortunate inheritance for any novelist. But she can also flat-out write, and would be a major find even if she came from Kansas’ Richard Ford, author of Independence Day
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Armadillo

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Armadillo by William Boyd
From the award-winning author of **A Good Man Africa** and **An Ice-Cream War** comes **Armadillo**, a brilliant satirical noir set in contemporary London.
To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the handsome, mild-mannered insurance adjuster rising through the ranks of his London firm, is known as the guy who has it all: the sleek suits, the enviable status. But when Lorimer arrives at a routine business appointment and finds his client hanging from a water pipe, his life spirals out of control. His company car is blowtorched after he investigates a fire at a luxury hotel. He becomes the fall guy of a new colleague who puts the company in the red and the victim of a vicious attack by the possessive husband of a mysterious actress.  
        As Lorimer becomes increasingly entangled in an apparent conspiracy that involves everyone he knows, his own past comes to light. A brilliant satirical noir, **Armadillo** confirms Boyd’s place as England’s most versatile, sublime novelist.

Armada: A Novel by the Author of Ready Player One

**From the author of *Ready Player One*, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could. **
Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.
So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.
Especially because the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled *Armada–*in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.
As impossible as it seems, what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And it’s just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth’s history, its future, even his own life–and to play the hero for real, with humanity’s life in the balance.
But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking: Doesn’t something about this scenario feel a little bit like…well…fiction?
At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics as only Ernest Cline can,* Armada* is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before.
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“A thrilling coming-of-age story.”
—***Entertainment Weekly***
“Nerd-gasmic…another science fiction tale with a Comic-Con’s worth of pop-culture shout-outs.”
–***Rolling Stone
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“An amazing novel [that] proves Cline has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone.”
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“Mixes *Star Wars*, *The Last Starfighter*, *Independence Day* and a really gnarly round of *Space Invaders* into a tasty sci-fi stew.”
***—USA Today
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“A fantastic second novel…fans of *Ready Player One*, it is time to rejoice.”
***—Huffington Post***

“A joyous, rollicking read…will garner Cline an even larger group of fans than the formidable crew he’s already assembled.”
***—Boing Boing*
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“A great romp…Cline (ever the fanboy) is both reverent of and referential to the books and movies and games of his childhood.”
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“Video games come to life in this witty, extraterrestrial thriller.”
—***New York Post***
“Built like a summer blockbuster…Cline recombines the DNA of *Ender’s Game*, *Star Wars*, *The Last Starfighter*, and old-school arcade games like *Asteroids *into something that’s both familiar and unpredictable. It’s a mutant homage to sci-fi tropes past.”
—***Gawker***
“Hugely entertaining…a paean to the videogames of a bygone era, and like *Ready Player One* it is a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who remembers that time and played those games.” 
**–George R.R. Martin, *New York Times *bestselling author of *Game of Thrones*
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“A novel so fun, you’ll want to reboot it and read it again…the best novel this gamer geek has read in a long, long time.”
—**Hugh Howey, *New York Times *bestselling author of *Wool***
“Those conspiracies you imagined when you were fourteen turn out to be true in this masterful tale of Earth’s desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe.”
**—Andy Weir, *New York Times *bestselling author of *The Martian***
“*Armada* proves Ernie Cline is the modern master of wish fulfillment literature – and of reminding us to be careful what we wish for.”
—**John Scalzi, *New York Times* bestselling author of *Old Man’s War***
“With another winning** **teen protagonist in Zach, Cline mines the nostalgia and geek spheres just as successfully as he did in his acclaimed debut, *Ready Player One*. The works that obviously influenced the story line, such as Orson Scott Card’s *Ender’s Game* and the films *The Last Starfighter* and *Star Wars*, feel like homages rather than borrowings- a rap artist sampling the best beats our there to create an irresistible jam.”—***Library Journal, *starred review**
“Cline once again brings crackling humor and fanboy knowledge to a zesty, crowd-pleasing, countdown-clock, save-the-planet tale featuring an unlikely hero, adrenaline-pumping action, gawky romance, and touching family moments.…Cline’s sly, mind-twisting premise and energetically depicted and electrifying high-tech battles make for smart, frenetic, and satisfying entertainment.”
—***Booklist, *starred review**
**Praise for *Ready Player One:* **

“Enchanting…*Willy Wonka* meets the *Matrix*. Its geeky characters are geeky cool. And its action is imaginative, always cinematic.[Cline] even weaves a sweet romance into this hero-vs.-villain tale.”
—***USA Today ***

“The grown-up’s ‘Harry Potter’…the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline’s world are simply astounding. *Ready Player One* has it all.”
**—*Huffington Post***

“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story…the best science-fiction novel I’ve read in a decade.”
**—BoingBoing.com**

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted… Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate. You’ll wish you could make it go on and on.”
**—NPR.org **
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“A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture… layered with inside jokes and sly references.”
**—*San Francisco Chronicle***

“An addictive read… part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance and all heart.”
**—CNN.com **

“Incredibly entertaining…a geek fantasia, ‘80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.”
**—*****Austin American-Statesman **
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### About the Author
ERNEST CLINE is an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels *Ready Player One* and *Armada* and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of *Ready Player One*, directed by Steven Spielberg.  His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on** ***The New York Times* Best Sellers list**. **He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

This new edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is an accurate, readable and accessible translation of one of the world’s greatest ethical works. Based on lectures Aristotle gave in Athens in the fourth century BCE, Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most significant works in moral philosophy, and has profoundly influenced the whole course of subsequent philosophical endeavour. It offers seminal, practically oriented discussions of many central ethical issues, including the role of luck in human well-being, moral education, responsibility, courage, justice, moral weakness, friendship and pleasure, with an emphasis on the exercise of virtue as the key to human happiness. This second edition offers an updated editor’s introduction and suggestions for further reading, and incorporates the line numbers as well as the page numbers of the Greek text. With its emphasis on accuracy and readability, it will enable readers without Greek to come as close as possible to Aristotle’s work.
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Area 51: Redemption

The continuation of the series that has sold over 2 million copies, screenplay written by the man who penned Alien, Total Recall and produced Minority Report and is Cool Gus approved.  Paperback and audio versions will be available by publication date. Do we deserve a Second Chance?   Mike Turcotte, the Special Forces officer who led the fight against the Airlia, which ruled our planet from the shadows for over 10 millennia, has returned to Area 51. Earth has freed itself from the shackles of alien domination, but at high cost while winning World War III. He has learned what he believes is the truth about human origins.   A truth so devastating he insists it cannot be made public.   But the thing no one on Earth knows is that in winning the war they’ve initiated the seeds of their own doom.   Something worse than World War III.   Something worse than the Airlia.   Something that means the end of all life in the Solar System.   But there is one who might have a solution; except she’s not human.

Area 51: Invasion: Volume 11

The Ancient Enemy has arrived.
A Swarm Battle Core is orbiting Earth preparing for the Reaping.
The remnants of mankind desperately try to either survive or fight back. But they aren’t certain what they’re going to face. All they have are myths and legends. And when the Swarm actually does land, it’s worse than any of those.
Major Mike Turcotte, the hero in defeating the Airlia, makes a desperate attempt to stop the Swarm by going directly to the Core. On Earth, the future of mankind hides in the Facility, an underground self-contained ecosystem. And across the planet others prepare for the last fight.
From an Assassin in New York City who performs a heroic act of sacrifice, to the enigmatic Darlene in her trailer in Marfa, Texas, to Nosferatu and Nekhbet, the last two Elder undead hiding on an island in Puget Sound.
It appears there is no hope.
But there is always hope, but sometimes it takes a tremendous, unthinkable sacrifice.
**”Action packed entertainment.” Kirkus Reviews.******
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