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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
Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today s media Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists intimidation and harassment of opposition groups and surveillance of private citizens Sharyl Attkisson has been a journalist for more than thirty years During that time she has exposed scandals and covered controversies under both Republican and Democratic administrations She has also seen the opponents of transparency go to ever greater lengths to discourage and obstruct legitimate reporting Attkisson herself has been subjected to opposition research efforts and spin campaigns These tactics increased their intensity as she relentlessly pursued stories that the Obama Administration dismissed Stonewalled is the story of how her news reports were met with a barrage of PR warfare tactics including online criticism as well as emails and phone calls up the network chain... of command in an effort to intimidate and discourage the next story In Stonewalled Attkisson recounts her personal tale setting it against the larger story of the decline of investigative journalism and unbiased truth telling in America today more
This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
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
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismWonder Woman created in 1941 is the most popular female superhero of all time Aside from Superman and Batman no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following Like every other superhero Wonder Woman has a secret identity Unlike every other superhero she has also has a secret history Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston Wonder Woman s creator Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists starting with Emmeline Pankhurst who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911 when Marston was a freshman In the 1920s Marston and his wife Sadie Elizabeth Holloway brought into their home Olive Byrne the niece of Margaret Sanger one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century The Marston family story is a tale of drama intrigue and irony In the 1930s Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column... for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity Marston internationally known as an expert on truth he invented the lie detector test lived a life of secrets only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history Wonder Woman Lepore argues is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women s rights a chain of events that begins with the women s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later more
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
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
National Book Award Finalist How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet Do we have a special place even a destiny in the universe Where are we going and perhaps the most difficult question of all Why In The Meaning of Human Existence his most philosophical work to date Pulitzer Prize winning biologist Edward O Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called the rainbow colors around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination Wilson takes his readers on a journey in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our Anthropocene Epoch which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth described by the New York Times as a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere here Wilson posits that we as a species now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of... intelligent life in a systematic indeed in a testable way Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life recognizing that even though the human and the spider evolved similarly the poet s sonnet is wholly different from the spider s web Whether attempting to explicate The Riddle of the Human Species Free Will or Religion warning of The Collapse of Biodiversity or even creating a plausible Portrait of E T Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre- then recorded history is now more than ever before in our hands Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as we wish them Wilson soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring us our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham more
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