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In Being Mortal bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times transforming birth injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable But in the inevitable condition of aging and death the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit Nursing homes preoccupied with safety pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs Hospitals isolate the dying checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot Doctors committed to extending life continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering Gawande a practicing surgeon addresses his profession s ultimate limitation arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families Gawande offers examples of freer more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even... to the end providing not only a good life but also a good end more
From actor Cary Elwes who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories exclusive photographs and interviews with costars Robin Wright Wallace Shawn Billy Crystal Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman producer Norman Lear and director Rob Reiner The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey As You Wish is a... must-have for all fans of this beloved film more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIf 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
From the New York Times bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas In this illustrated history Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries tracing facets of modern life refrigeration clocks and eyeglass lenses to name a few from their creation by hobbyists amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life In his trademark style Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips Accompanied by a major... six-part television series on PBS How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world written in the provocative informative and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe 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
The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden among many important roles in a legendary career It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years His first career beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress s most powerful and respected members lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton s budget czar and White House chief of staff He then retired to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years Sylvia to serve on the Iraq Study Group and to protect his beloved California coastline But in 2009 he accepted what many said was a thankless task returning to public office as the director of the CIA taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America s war against Al Qaeda including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden And then in the wake of bin Laden s death Panetta became the U S secretary of defense inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices Like... his career Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta s values It is imbued with the frank grounded and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from his family s walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley California It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011 Throughout his career Panetta s polestar has been his belief that a public servant s real choice is between leadership or crisis Troubles always come about through no fault of one s own but most can be prevented with courage and foresight As always Panetta calls them as he sees them in Worthy Fights Suffused with its author s decency and stubborn common sense the book is an epic American success story a great political memoir and a revelatory view onto many of the great figures and events of our time more
THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON ISISJay Sekulow one of America s most influential attorneys closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas explains their objectives and capabilities and how if left undefeated their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions Recently the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS The world s wealthiest and most powerful jihadists ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians Separate from ISIS the terrorist group Hamas has waged an equally brutal war against Israel Both groups if left undefeated have the potential to unleash a catastrophic genocide Rise of ISIS gives a better understanding of the modern face of terror and provides an overview of the laws of war and war crimes These laws differentiate between the guilty and innocent and explain why the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces are often limited in their defensive measures The authors firsthand experience including multiple appearances before the Office of the Prosecutor International Criminal Court at The Hague along with direct contact... battling jihadists during operation Iraqi Freedom lends insight into this important geopolitical issue A must-have for anyone who wants to better understand the conflict that exists in the middle east this well-researched and fully annotated volume is invaluable in revealing how this new brand of terrorism poses a very real threat to Americans and the world at large It also serves as a guide to what we as individuals and as a nation can do to stop this escalating violence prevent jihad and protect Israel and America from this imminent threat more
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
In his trademark in-your-face style bestselling author and top conservative talk-show host Michael Savage has a lot to say about the state of the country in STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR According to Michael Savage OUR NATION IS IN REAL TROUBLE and the seeds of a second conflagration have been sown Not between the states - but between true patriots who believe in our nation s founding principles and those he believes are working every day to undermine them and change the very nature of the country Michael Savage is convinced we face more than just political differences He believes the split between right and left is possibly irreparable - unless we understand what s really happening and how we must act to stop it This fervent warning offers the Savage truth - a call to action in the voting booth - in order to defend the freedoms our Constitution so brilliantly established
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus A highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington D C There is no cure In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic hot virus The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their crashes into the human race Shocking frightening and impossible to ignore The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction
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