• LITTLE AMERICA: THE WAR WITHIN THE WAR FOR AFGHANISTAN

    From the award-winning author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a riveting, intimate account of America’s troubled war in Afghanistan.

    When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted. Through their bungling and quarreling, they wound up squandering the first year of the surge.

    Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will. During the Cold War, American engineers undertook a massive development project across southern Afghanistan in an attempt to woo the country from Soviet influence. They built dams and irrigation canals, and they established a comfortable residential community known as Little America, with a Western-style school, a coed community pool, and a plush clubhouse—all of which embodied American and Afghan hopes for a bright future and a close relationship. But in the late 1970s—after growing Afghan resistance and a Communist coup–the Americans abandoned the region to warlords and poppy farmers.

    In one revelatory scene after another, Chandrasekaran follows American efforts to reclaim the very same territory from the Taliban. Along the way, we meet an Army general whose experience as the top military officer in charge of Iraq’s Green Zone couldn’t prepare him for the bureaucratic knots of Afghanistan, a Marine commander whose desire to charge into remote hamlets conflicted with civilian priorities, and a war-seasoned diplomat frustrated in his push for a scaled-down but long-term American commitment. Their struggles show how Obama’s hope of a good war, and the Pentagon’s desire for a resounding victory, shriveled on the arid plains of southern Afghanistan.

    Meticulously reported, hugely revealing, Little America is an unprecedented examination of a failing war–and an eye-opening look at the complex relationship between America and Afghanistan.

    Item: 6152

    Author: Rajiv Chandrasekaran

    Format: Hardcover

  • LIVING OFF THE GRID

    In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.

    Item: 8546

    Author: DAVID BLACK

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKE MEAD LIKE A VIKING

    Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor.

    Item: 7712

    Author: Jereme Zimmerman

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKING AND USING FLAVORED VINEGARS E-HANDBOOK

    Vinegars are simple to make and you can create your own by adding herbs, spices, and flavorings. This e-handbook is divided into two main sections.

    In the "Making Flavored Vinegars" section, you'll find general instructions on heating, steeping, ripening, etc., followed by recipes for specific vinegars including Three-Pepper, Thyme, Lemon Peel, and Black Pepper; Raspberry and Rosemary-Tarragon. Also included are a few hints on making your own wine vinegar from whatever table wine you have left over.

    In the second section, "Recipes Using Flavored Vinegars," are specifics and suggestions for perking up your cooking in the simplest possible way, by judicious use of your beautiful flavored vinegars. Making these vinegars is fun, but using them is even more fun! 36 pages.

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    Item: 3503
  • MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

    Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach.

    Item: 7048

    Author: Chris Magwood

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKING EUROPEAN BREADS E-HANDBOOK

    The breads of Europe are honest, healthful, and greatly loved around the world. These days you can find a variety of European breads not only at bakeries but also at your local grocery store.

    This e-handbook demostrates basic bread baking techniques and tells you the best ingredients to use. Many recipes for European breads are included such as:

    • Sicilian Semolina Bread
    • Pumpernickel
    • Limpa — Swedish Rye Bread
    • Basque Sheepherders’ Bread
    • Portuguese Sweet Bread
    • Irish Soda Bread
    • German Farmhouse Graham Bread



    Also included are instructions on how to use European breads like bruschetta, herbed bread and garlic bread. 36 pages.

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    Item: 3517
  • MAKING HERBAL HAND CREAMS & SALVES E-HANDBOOK

    There are numerous beneficial herbs for hand creams and ointment recipes including aloe, calendula, chickweed, comfrey, viola or garden pansy, plantain, red clover, St.-John’s-wort, and yarrow. Many are used as ingredients in commercial hand-care products.

    This e-handbook evaluates commercial hand-care products, gives recipes for silky-smooth hands, shows you how to have healthy nails and cuticles, smoothing out rough calluses and more. 36 pages.

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    Item: 3474
  • MAKING HOME

    Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more: more happiness, more security and more peace of mind.

    Item: 6211

    Author: Sharon Astyk

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKING ICE CREAMS AND FROZEN YOGURT E-HANDBOOK

    Ice cream can be identified with birthdays, summer Sunday afternoons and family reunions. Ice cream and its various relatives, including ice milk, sherbet, sorbet, ice, and frozen yogurt, are America's favorite dessert.

    This e-handbook shows you how to make these melt-in-your-mouth confections. Chapters include:

    • Making Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
    • The Ingredients
    • Equipment
    • Basic Procedure for Churned Ice Cream
    • Basic Procedure for Still-Frozen Ice Cream



    Also included are recipes for Vanilla Custard Ice Cream, Burnt Almond Ice Cream, Nut Brittle Ice Cream, Coffee Sherbet and Fruit-Flavored Frozen Yogurt. Homemade ice cream need no longer be a "once-in-the-summer" treat. Why not enjoy it year round? 34 pages.

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    Item: 3512
  • MAKING MAPLE SYRUP E-HANDBOOK

    The basic process of making maple syrup and quite simple. Epuipment can vary depending on whether you want to tap just a few trees or be a commercial producer.

    This e-handbook will tell you how to make syrup on the three simplest levels. In these pages you will find instructions on how to tap trees, what containers you need, how to flilter the syrup and boiling the syrup.

    With the help of this handy resource, you can have your very own sweet-tasting syrup to enjoy on pancakes, waffles and french toast, share friends and neighbors or become an entrepreneur by "tapping" into the maple syrup market. 35 pages.

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    Item: 3479
  • MAKING QUICK BREADS E-HANDBOOK

    Quick breads are an old favorite and are versatile standbys that add to the excitement of homemade bread to any meal or occasion without long preparation time.

    This e-handbook has general instructions on quick breads and what cooking time to use for different size pans. Tried and true recipes in this handy reference guide include:

    • Buckwheat-Apple Bread
    • Whole Wheat Walnut Bread
    • Hazelnut-Pear Bread
    • Ginger Brown Bread
    • Honey-Oatmeal Bread
    • Savory Italian Bread
    • Cheddar-Dill Bread
    • Mexican Corn Bread



    These recipes and more can provide sweet and savory eating and offer a creative opportunity for even an amateur baker to say “I baked it myself!" 34 pages.

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    Item: 3509
  • MAKING YOUR OWN INCENSE E-HANDBOOK

    Incense evokes a sense of luxury, of being in an exotic place where spices and aromas lift the spirits and making the home more welcoming, inviting and pleasant.

    This e-handbook describes the history of incense, selecting the right ingredients, making and burning smudge sticks, making and burning loose noncombustible mix and incense recipes that include:

    • Forest Fantasy
    • Sandalwood
    • A Walk in the Woods
    • Clear the Air
    • Vanilla Lavender
    • Kitchen Spice Insense



    With the instructions in this handy resource, you can enjoy the fragrances that you love! 36 pages.

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    Item: 3443

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