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Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

My 12 Favorite Coffee Table Books of 2014

One of my very favorite things to buy, read, and collect are coffee table books. I'm just a sucker for them. These large format tomes--some surpass …

The best history and war books of 2014

The Telegraph's selection of the year's must-read history books<p><b>THE FATEFUL YEAR BY MARK BOSTRIDGE</b> (Viking, 432pp)<p>A moving and myth-confronting account of 1914.<p>Read The Telegraph's review of <b>The Fateful Year</b>.<p>Buy <b>The Fateful Year</b> here.<p><b>THE SEA AND CIVILISATION: A MARTIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD BY LINCOLN</b> …

7 Cleaning Myths--BUSTED!

Don't believe any of these 7 cleaning myths--they'll only slow down your routine.<p><i>Steven Lam / Getty Images</i><p><b>Myth #1: "Don't make your bed in the morning—let it air out!"</b><p>No-clean activists use this to shame bed-makers into giving up their tidy ways. And they have a point, even if they're not actually …

Living Rooms

The Best Headphones Of The Year (So Far)

Dave Thompson

The Muscle Matrix Workout

Muscle

Breathe In, Breathe Fat Out

The more you exercise, the better off you are health-wise and mind- and body-wise, but you already knew that. What you might not know is 80 percent …

The Paleo Diet: So Easy a Caveman Could Do It

The 6 lowest-carb 'pasta' recipes you’ll ever eat

Look Great: Own Your Athletic Look Everywhere You Go

If you’re into working out, chances are you’re really into your workout gear. Everything from tops, bottoms, shoes, socks, and even compression. It’s …

Inside Man: The Veteran

Iconic Party Photos From the Past

From swanky soirees to posh premieres, we look back at candid photos from some of the most iconic parties.<p>From swanky soirees to posh premieres, we look back at candid photos from some of the most iconic parties of all time. Hosted by Truman Capote, Halston and Diana Vreeland, with star attendees …

The 3-in-1 High-Intensity Conditioning Workout

Ryan Heffernan with FOCUS NYC demonstrates a three-part workout to take your fat-burning efforts to the next level.<p><b>CIRCUIT ONE: 3 rounds</b><p>DEADLIFT x …

Workouts

How To Make A Cauliflower-Crusted Grilled Cheese That Is Both Gluten-Free And A Work Of Art

So. Beautiful.<p>This grilled cheese sandwich contains no bread. It is gluten-free, low-carb and plain remarkable.<p>Look at it. Ponder it.<p>The beauty comes from the blogger The Iron You, who has smartly adapted the cauliflower crust craze into something one could eat for any meal of the day. Toss in some …

Striking Photos Showcase the Elegant Beauty of Big Cats

Using only a simple, dark background, Vincent J. Musi captures the elegance of lions, leopards, tigers, and more. The South Carolina-based photographer works for National Geographic and shot these breathtaking images as part of a series titled <i>Big Cats</i>. His photos showcase incredible, up-close …

The 10 hottest cheerleaders in the NFL

1 of 10<p>10. Fire-Hot Cheer Squad<p>The Washington Redskins cheerleaders are absolute stunners.<p>2 of 10<p>9. Cheerleader-Less<p>There are seven teams that don't …

Breakfasts of champions: 5 classic recipes, redone

The 21-Day Shred Exercise and Diet Program

<i>[We recently launched a new program with MEN’S FITNESS digital director Mike Simone. This program is a one-two punch. It’s a combination of what the</i> …

Spend a Night in Some of America's Coolest Airstream Hotels

Just seeing one makes you want to buy a truck and start scouring Craigslist for a good deal on one of these aluminum beauties.<p>Ah, the Airstream… Just seeing one makes you want to buy a truck and start scouring Craigslist for a good deal on one of these aluminum beauties. But what if owning one …

Airstream

Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, …

Tracking Facebook's Most Visited Hotel Brands

When it comes to social brand presence for Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Page …

Discover the Outdoors in America's Most Secret Town

Earlier this week, the tiny town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, won Liveability’s “Best Small Town” contest for its diversity, education, population growth, health, and civic engagement. Although we agree that the Atomic City scores well in these areas, it’s the area’s outdoor scene that really blows …

Visiting Bali, Indonesia: Earth's Paradise

Kneading my toes through the island's chalky-white sand beaches, while staring hypnotized at a sunset burning out over the sapphire and emerald waters.<p><i>Written by Scott Bosco</i><p>If you have as much wanderlust as I do, then you could imagine how often I dream of Bali's Bukit Peninsula. Kneading my toes …

Coastlines

Phoenix Islands

Travel<p><b>Site</b>: Phoenix Islands Protected Area<p><b>Location</b>: Kiribati<p><b>Year Designated</b>: 2010<p><b>Category</b>: Natural<p><b>Criteria</b>: (vii)(ix)<p><b>Reason</b>: One of the newest World Heritage Sites offers little for visitors, but it’s likely that none is more important for the planet.<p>* * *<p>The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

The 35 Best Restaurants In London

We've come up with this ultimate list of the best restaurants in London. To create it, we looked at notable restaurant rankings compiled by food critics, diners, and experts, and gave each restaurant a numerical rating based on our own formula.<p>The rankings we used were the National Restaurant …