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Walter Isaacson Time Dazzling and instructive a magisterial new book Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era advising presidents traveling the world observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives violent conflict proliferating technology and ideological extremism There has never been a true world order Kissinger observes For most of history civilizations defined their own concepts of order Each considered itself the center of the world and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the Emperor at its pinnacle In Europe Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians when Rome fragmented European peoples refined a concept of an equilibrium of sovereign states and sought to export it across the world Islam in its early centuries considered itself the world s sole legitimate political unit destined to expand... indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by religious principles The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democracy a conviction that has guided its policies ever since Now international affairs take place on a global basis and these historical concepts of world order are meeting Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other often instantaneously Yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process or its ultimate destination The result is mounting tension Grounded in Kissinger s deep study of history and his experience as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State World Order guides readers through crucial episodes in recent world history Kissinger offers a unique glimpse into the inner deliberations of the Nixon administration s negotiations with Hanoi over the end of the Vietnam War as well as Ronald Reagan s tense debates with Soviet Premier Gorbachev in Reykjav k He offers compelling insights into the future of U S China relations and the evolution of the European Union and examines lessons of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan Taking readers from his analysis of nuclear negotiations with Iran through the West s response to the Arab Spring and tensions with Russia over Ukraine World Order anchors Kissinger s historical analysis in the decisive events of our time Provocative and articulate blending historical insight with geopolitical prognostication World Order is a unique work that could come only from a lifelong policymaker and diplomat Hillary Clinton The Washington Post It is vintage Kissinger with his singular combination of breadth and acuity along with his knack for connecting headlines to trend lines Michiko Kakutani The New York Times C ould not be more timely the book puts the problems of today s world and America s role in that increasingly interconnected and increasingly riven world into useful and often illuminating context The Financial Times Kissinger s conclusion deserves to be read and understood by all candidates ahead of the 2016 presidential election World order depends on it John Micklethwait The New York Times Book Review If you think America is doing just fine then skip ahead to the poetry reviews If however you worry about a globe spinning out of control then World Order is for you more
If you want to build a better future you must believe in secrets The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create In Zero to One legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation even if we re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice Information technology has improved rapidly but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master learning to think for yourself Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n adding more of something familiar But when you do something new you go from 0 to 1 The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won t make a search engine Tomorrow s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today s marketplace They will escape competition altogether because their businesses will be unique Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future... of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places more
For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion Sam Harris s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology From multiple New York Times bestselling author neuroscientist and new atheist Sam Harris Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that Jesus Buddha Lao Tzu Rumi and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics schizophrenics or frauds Throughout the book Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives and therefore that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow Waking Up is part seeker s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way and no author other than Sam Harris a scientist philosopher and famous skeptic could write it
For more than sixty years the rock-solid time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century Learn Three fundamental techniques in handling people The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality the concentration of wealth and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories In Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries ranging as far back as the eighteenth century to uncover key economic and social patterns His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II The main driver of inequality--the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth--today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values But economic trends are not acts of God Political action has curbed dangerous... inequalities in the past Piketty says and may do so again A work of extraordinary ambition originality and rigor Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today more
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement The New Jim Crow is such a book Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as brave and bold this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness With dazzling candor legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America we have merely redesigned it By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color the U S criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous president and CEO of the NAACP this book is a call to action Called stunning by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis invaluable by the Daily Kos explosive by Kirkus and profoundly necessary by the Miami Herald this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow now with a foreword by Cornel West is a must-read for all people of conscience
In this stunning new book Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers --the best and the brightest the most famous and the most successful He asks the question what makes high-achievers different His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from that is their culture their family their generation and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires what it takes to be a great soccer player why Asians are good at math and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band Brilliant and entertaining Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate
Adopted at more than 1 000 colleges and universities worldwide the market-leading text owes its success to the unique way in which it combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and practical exercises that help students apply what they learn Each chapter of Peter Northouse s Leadership Theory and Practice follows a consistent format allowing students to contrast the various theories and three case studies in each chapter provide practical examples of each theory or trait discussed The Sixth Edition adds an important new chapter on Servant Leadership
Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will become filled with grace peace and unconditional love
A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading thinking and living that elite schools should be but aren t providing As a professor at Yale Bill Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply His students some of the nation s brightest minds were adrift when it came to the big questions how to think critically and creatively and how to find a sense of purpose Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale s admissions committee As schools shift focus from the humanities to practical subjects like economics and computer science students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways Deresiewicz explains how college should be a time for self-discovery when students can establish their own values and measures of success so they can forge their own path He addresses parents students educators and anyone who s interested in the direction of American society featuring quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting... solutions more
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