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Stuff You Should Know

By Josh Clark,Chuck Bryant
  • ISBN Code: : 1250268516
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Reference
  • Reads : 196
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : stuff-you-should-know.pdf

Book Excerpt :

From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew. Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious—curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood. As it turns out, they aren't the only curious ones. They've since amassed a rabid fan base, making Stuff You Should Know one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a passion for sharing, they uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected elements of a wide variety of topics. The pair have now taken their near-boundless "whys" and "hows" from your earbuds to the pages of a book for the first time—featuring a completely new array of subjects that they’ve long wondered about and wanted to explore. Each chapter is further embellished with snappy visual material to allow for rabbit-hole tangents and digressions—including charts, illustrations, sidebars, and footnotes. Follow along as the two dig into the underlying stories of everything from the origin of Murphy beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost. Have you ever wondered about the world around you, and wished to see the magic in everyday things? Come get curious with Stuff You Should Know. With Josh and Chuck as your guide, there’s something interesting about everything (...except maybe jackhammers).

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Forget the Alamo

By Bryan Burrough,Chris Tomlinson,Jason Stanford
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1984880101
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Members : 943
  • Pdf File: forget-the-alamo.pdf

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A New York Times bestseller! “Lively and absorbing. . ." — The New York Times Book Review "Engrossing." —Wall Street Journal “Entertaining and well-researched . . . ” —Houston Chronicle Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head. Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas was a nation before it was a state, it's no surprise that its myths bite deep. There's no piece of history more important to Texans than the Battle of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and a band of rebels went down in a blaze of glory fighting for independence from Mexico, losing the battle but setting Texas up to win the war. However, that version of events, as Forget the Alamo definitively shows, owes more to fantasy than reality. Just as the site of the Alamo was left in ruins for decades, its story was forgotten and twisted over time, with the contributions of Tejanos--Texans of Mexican origin, who fought alongside the Anglo rebels--scrubbed from the record, and the origin of the conflict over Mexico's push to abolish slavery papered over. Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the battle against the backdrop of Texas's struggle for independence, then shows how the sausage of myth got made in the Jim Crow South of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As uncomfortable as it may be to hear for some, celebrating the Alamo has long had an echo of celebrating whiteness. In the past forty-some years, waves of revisionists have come at this topic, and at times have made real progress toward a more nuanced and inclusive story that doesn't alienate anyone. But we are not living in one of those times; the fight over the Alamo's meaning has become more pitched than ever in the past few years, even violent, as Texas's future begins to look more and more different from its past. It's the perfect time for a wise and generous-spirited book that shines the bright light of the truth into a place that's gotten awfully dark.

The 99% Invisible City

By Roman Mars,Kurt Kohlstedt
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0358125022
  • Total of Pages : 405
  • Category : Design
  • Members : 783
  • Pdf File: the-99-invisible-city.pdf

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A NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, USA TODAY, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER “[A] diverse and enlightening book . . . The 99% Invisible City is altogether fresh and imaginative when it comes to thinking about urban spaces.” —The New York Times Book Review “Here is a field guide, a boon, a bible, for the urban curious. Your city’s secret anatomy laid bare—a hundred things you look at but don’t see, see but don’t know. Each entry is a compact, surprising story, a thought piece, an invitation to marvel. Together, they are almost transformative. To know why things are as they are adds a satisfying richness to daily existence. This book is terrific, just terrific.” —Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff, Grunt, and Gulp “The 99% Invisible City brings into view the fascinating but often unnoticed worlds we walk and drive through every day, and to read it is to feel newly alive and aware of your place in the world. This book made me laugh, and it made me cry, and it reminded me to always read the plaque.” —John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All The Way Down A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships? 99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with intriguing tales of both designers and the people impacted by their designs. Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.

Man Enough

By Justin Baldoni
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063055619
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 583
  • Pdf File: man-enough.pdf

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A GRIPPING, FEARLESS EXPLORATION OF MASCULINITY The effects of traditionally defined masculinity have become one of the most prevalent social issues of our time. In this engaging and provocative new book, beloved actor, director, and social activist Justin Baldoni reflects on his own struggles with masculinity. With insight and honesty, he explores a range of difficult, sometimes uncomfortable topics including strength and vulnerability, relationships and marriage, body image, sex and sexuality, racial justice, gender equality, and fatherhood. Writing from experience, Justin invites us to move beyond the scripts we’ve learned since childhood and the roles we are expected to play. He challenges men to be brave enough to be vulnerable, to be strong enough to be sensitive, to be confident enough to listen. Encouraging men to dig deep within themselves, Justin helps us reimagine what it means to be man enough and in the process what it means to be human.

Seen

By Lucie V. Ande
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  • Publisher : Hunting Hills Publishing
  • Book Code : 1733338438
  • Total of Pages : 605
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 652
  • Pdf File: seen.pdf

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Cali may be out of the fire, but that doesn't mean the heat is off. Finn and Knoxx have been summoned to answer for their actions. The paparazzi and media are circling Kingston like vultures. People have questions, and they want answers. Tanner took pity on Cali, bringing Braxton, Bree, Knoxx, Finn, and Hoyt along for the ride; a decision they may regret. Fallout from the fire isn't Cali's only problem. Already victim to a prank war in her own dorm, Cali finds herself in the middle of the first year crew's saga. Can Cali remain Switzerland as the pranks continue to escalate, or will she be caught in the cross-hairs once again? Gruesome scalpel work. New societies. Minor kidnappings. Death by glare. Just a typical day at Wiltshire. Feeling guilty, homeless, and possessing only the clothes on her back, Cali tries to juggle the demanding Wiltshire academics, investigators who don't think Cali is as innocent as she seems, a game with increasing stakes that Cali doesn't know the rules to, and trying to hold on to the friends she's made. Cali wanted to be seen, but this is not what she had in mind.

Caveman Chemistry

By Kevin M. Dunn
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  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Book Code : 9781581125665
  • Total of Pages : 409
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 158
  • Pdf File: caveman-chemistry.pdf

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Half a million years ago our ancestors learned to make fire from scratch. They crafted intricate tools from stone and brewed mind-altering elixirs from honey. Their descendants transformed clay into pottery, wool into clothing, and ashes into cleansers. In ceramic crucibles they won metal from rock, the metals lead to colored glazes and glass. Buildings of brick and mortar enshrined books of parchment and paper. Kings and queens demanded ever more colorful clothing and accessories in order to out-class clod-hoppers and call-girls. Kingdoms rose and fell by the power of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. And the demands of everyday folk for glass and paper and soap stimulated the first round of chemical industrialization. From sulfuric acid to sodium carbonate. From aniline dyes to analgesic drugs. From blasting powder to fertilizers and plastics. In a phrase, From Caveman to Chemist. Your guides on this journey are the four alchemical elements; Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These archetypical characters deliver first-hand accounts of the births of their respective technologies. The spirit of Fire, for example, was born in the first creature to cultivate the flame. This spirit passed from one person to another, from one generation to another, from one millennium to another, arriving at last in the pages of this book. The spirit of Earth taught folks to make tools of stone, the spirit of Air imparted knowledge of units and the spirit of Water began with the invention of spirits. Having traveled the world from age to age, who can say where they will find their next home? Perhaps they will find one in you.

Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know

By James Knipp
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  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Book Code : 1683691016
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 296
  • Pdf File: stuff-every-grandfather-should-know.pdf

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This pocket-sized guide has all the stuff you need to become the coolest granddad, grandpa, or Pop Pop on the block! Becoming a grandfather is one of the most exciting events in a man's life--but there's a lot to learn! This little book is jam-packed with all the wisdom, know-how, and trivia that you'll need to become the best grandfather you can be, including: * How to Pick Your Grandfather Nickname * How to Share Your Wisdom * How to Tell A Tall Tale * When to Step Up and When to Step Back * Planning for Your Future (And Theirs) The handsome package and timeless information make this a perfect gift for seasoned grandpas and grandpas-to-be alike.

Stuff Every Golfer Should Know

By Brian Bertoldo
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  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Book Code : 1594748004
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 610
  • Pdf File: stuff-every-golfer-should-know.pdf

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The perfect gift for the golf lover in your life, this handbook is a pocket-sized companion ready to go out on the green. Tips and tricks include: · How to Calculate Your Handicap · How to Play in the Rain · How to Keep Fit for Golfing · Games to Play within the Game · The Best Golf Travel Destinations

Stuff Every Grandmother Should Know

By Joyce Eisenberg,Ellen Scolnic
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  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Book Code : 1683690990
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 445
  • Pdf File: stuff-every-grandmother-should-know.pdf

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This pocket-sized guide has all the stuff you need to become the coolest grandma, mom-mom, or mimi on the block! Becoming a grandmother is one of life's biggest joys—but that doesn't mean it's simple! This handy gift book lays out all the wisdom, savvy, and know-how you'll need to care for, cherish, and spoil your grandchildren from babyhood through the toddler years and beyond, including: • How to Pick Your Grandmother Nickname • Baby Equipment Essentials • How to Play Safe at Your Place • How to be Someone They Can Talk To • Tips for Sharing Your Memories • And more! The lovely package and timeless information make this a perfect gift for seasoned grandmas and grandmas-to-be alike.