In a narrative that reads like a thriller, an award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world´s first act of nuclear terrorism.On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London´s Millennium Hotel. Hours later, the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism.Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the Cold War to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia´s lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia´s oil riches, and Vladimir Putin´s thirst for power.Cowell provides a remarkable and detailed reconstruction both of how Litvinenko died and of the issues surrounding his murder.A masterful work of investigative reporting, The Terminal Spy offers unprecedented insight into one of the most chilling true stories of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001469de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer. Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part. Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found, and arrests are made, but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing. Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining and a must for all fans of well-written true crime. Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film. Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the American author Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Paul McCartney (Fab). His new book is Amy, 27 - a study of the life and death of Amy Winehouse and the other iconic stars who died at the same young age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Howard Sounes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022899de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kathleen Folbigg was a serial child killer who murdered her three infant children and was convicted for the manslaughter of a fourth. Her killings would take place over the course of an eight-year period during which she was never suspected. She would only be discovered after her husband discovered her personal diary in which she detailed the motivations behind her killing spree. This is her story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082984de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Serial killers are big business. From the endless books, films, and television programs to the fascination of the 24-hour news networks, there is something about these mass murderers that catches the eye and catches the attention. While many people are familiar with the better known killers like John Wayne Gacy or Jack the Ripper, this is not the end of the story. There are so many examples of serial killers from around the world that many of them have simply been forgotten about. But that does not make their crimes any less serious. Instead, some of these serial killers committed heinous acts above and beyond those we have come to expect when thinking about the worst psychopaths in living memory. In cases such as these, the truth is often stranger than fiction. For every Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates, the murders committed by the people detailed in this book are often more extreme, violent, and off-putting than anything you might find in fiction. As we delve further and further into the book, we will begin to see not only the extremities of the crimes, but the difficulty that the authorities face when trying to catch a killer. With so many serial killers on the record books of human history, it is a wonder that we have caught as many as we have. Even in the cases where no one has ever been arrested for the crimes, we can learn a lot about the mindsets of the individuals involved. As we travel further into the minds of the forgotten serial killers, we will not only learn more about what turns people into violent mass murderers, but we will learn how these individuals are shaped and treated by society. The morbid fascination we have with serial killers is matched only by the violence of the crimes in question. So, listen and find out more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles D. Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069109de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Within a maze of true-crime books that tend to provide only minor portions of the whole story, Female Serial Killers, the Damsels of Death provides much more detailed and comprehensive insight into the world of some of the most infamous serial killers in American history. Profiled in volume 2 are: The damsel of death, Aileen Wournos The pickax killer, Karla Faye Tucker Blood sacrifice and devil worship killer Sara Aldrete Child killer Andrea Pia Kennedy The pedophile killer, Sheila LaBarre Babies in a box: infant killer Diane O´dell The giggling grandma, Nannie Doss The Auburn cyanide murders: Stella Nickell The torture mother, Gertrude Baniszewski The angel of death, Kristen Gilbert Incest, torture, and murder: Rosemary West The little old lady killer, Juana Barraza The most evil woman in Britain, Myra Hindley The boardinghouse killer, Dorothea Puente A deadly bedside manner: nutty nurse Jane Toppan 1. Language: English. Narrator: Troy W. Hudson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061820de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Was it because they were subconsciously trying to kill the drunken, violent man that was their father that brothers Luke Karamazov and Tommy Searl from Kalamazoo became serial murderers? Addressing this and other questions, author Conrad Hilberry presents an unusually vivid and detailed portrait of two contrasting psychological types in this account. In 1964, Luke confessed to a five-week murder spree in which he killed five men. Tommy was convicted of the rape and murder of four women in 1972. Hilberry investigates the relationship between the brothers, as well as their feelings about their parents, about the prison staff, and about the woman who has been married to each of them. With the drama of fiction, the resulting story is bizarre, somewhat grisly, but always psychologically revealing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John N. Gully. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075467de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
IT is much easier to understand and remember a thing when a reason is given for it, than when we are merely shown how to do it without being told why it is so done; for in the latter case, instead of being assisted by reason, our real help in all study, we have to rely upon memory or our power of imitation, and to do simply as we are told without thinking about it. The consequence is that at the very first difficulty we are left to flounder about in the dark, or to remain inactive till the master comes to our assistance. Now in this book it is proposed to enlist the reasoning faculty from the very first: to let one problem grow out of another and to be dependent on the foregoing, as in geometry, and so to explain each thing we do that there shall be no doubt in the mind as to the correctness of the proceeding. The student will thus gain the power of finding out any new problem for himself, and will therefore acquire a true knowledge of perspective. George Adolphus Storey Book First The Necessity of the Study of Perspective to Painters, Sculptors, and Architects LEONARDO DA VINCI tells us in his celebrated Treatise on Painting that the young artist should first of all learn perspective, that is to say, he should first of all learn that he has to depict on a flat surface objects which are in relief or distant one from the other; for this is the simple art of painting. Objects appear smaller at a distance than near to us, so by drawing them thus we give depth to our canvas. The outline of a ball is a mere flat circle, but with proper shading we make it appear round, and this is the perspective of light and shade. The next thing to be considered is the effect of the atmosphere and light. If two figures are in the same coloured dress, and are standing one behind the other, then they should be of slightly different tone, so as to separate them. And in like manner, according to the distance of the mountains in a landscape and the greater or less density of the air, so do we depict space between them, not only making them smaller in outline, but less distinct. Sir Edwin Landseer used to say that in looking at a figure in a picture he liked to feel that he could walk round it, and this exactly expresses the impression that the true art of painting should make upon the spectator. There is another observation of Leonardos that it is well I should here transcribe; he says: Many are desirous of learning to draw, and are very fond of it, who are notwithstanding void of a proper disposition for it. This may be known by their want of perseverance; like boys who draw everything in a hurry, never finishing or shadowing. This shows they do not care for their work, and all instruction is thrown away upon them. At the present time there is too much of this everything in a hurry, and beginning in this way leads only to failure and disappointment. These observations apply equally to perspective as to drawing and painting. Unfortunately, this study is too often neglected by our painters, some of them even complacently confessing their ignorance of it; while the ordinary student either turns from it with distaste, or only endures going through it with a view to passing an examination, little thinking of what value it will be to him in working out his pictures. Whether the manner of teaching perspective is the cause of this dislike for it, I cannot say; but certainly most of our English books on the subject are anything but attractive. All the great masters of painting have also been masters of perspective, for they knew that without it, it would be impossible to carry out their grand compositions. In many cases they were even inspired by it in choosing their subjects. When one looks at those sunny interiors, those corridors and courtyards by De Hooghe, with their figures far off and near, one feels that their charm consists greatly in their perspective, as well as in their light and tone and colour...
Within a maze of true crime books that tend to provide only minor portions of the whole story, Serial Killers 101 provides a much more detailed and comprehensive insight into the world of some of the most infamous serial killers in American history. From their births to childhoods to teenagers to adults, this book examines the whole story of each serial killer. Profiled here are: Ted Bundy - the man who gave life to the term serial killer The "hands of death"; Henry Lee lucas and Ottis Toole Born-again killer David Berkowitz And many more Also included in the second half of the book are in-depth interviews with the killers - some of which were their final interviews before their executions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mitchell Small. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051021de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following up on her prior book titled Psychic Development: Sight Beyond Sight Using Clairvoyance Safely the author now takes it a step further to focus on voluntary clairvoyance which is the positive aspect of the whole process while the involuntary is not as safe. In fact a lot of the true psychics state that to do voluntary clairvoyance one has to practice healthy and good living and be generous. One also has to be ready to access one own psyche to be able to ´´see clearly.´´ This book covers all of that and more and is an extremely interesting topic to learn more about. For individuals that are interested in these types of topics this book is the perfect one for them. Despite the fact that science denounces these practices as being unfounded there are enough examples provided to get the mind thinking that this may not be the case. It is a must have for anyone that may be studying the topic and needs some additional material or for those that have a vested interest in learning all that they can so they can either understand someone that they know who says they are clairvoyant or think they are clairvoyants themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Francesca Townes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005347de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.