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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted Am...
by Beth Macy

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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<div> <div><b>An instant <i>New York Times </i>and indie bestseller, <i>Dopesick </i>is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (<i>New York Times</i>) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it</b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div>In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. <div><br /></div> <div>Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book <i>Factory Man</i>, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>"An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications."--Jennifer Latson, <i>The Boston Globe</i> <br /><br /></b></div></div>
Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times
by Mark Leibovich

Language

English

Pages

399

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of <i>This Town</i>, an equally merciless probing of America's biggest cultural force, pro football, at a moment of peak success and high anxiety</b><br /><br />Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he'd care to admit. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up on a steady diet of lovable loserdom. That is, until the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era made the Pats the most ruthlessly efficient and polarizing sports dynasty of the modern NFL, and its fans the most irritating in all of Pigskin America. Leibovich kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at best, but Brady returned Mark's call in summer 2014 and kept on returning his calls through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and a scandal involving Brady--Deflategate--whose grip on sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous. <br /><br />So began a four-year odyssey that took Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Ultimately, BIG GAME is a chronicle of "peak football"--the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance, but also the time when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, but also one of creeping existential fear. Players have long joked that NFL stands for "not for long," but as the true impact of concussions becomes inescapable background noise, it's increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzz-kill of its obvious consequences.<br /><br />And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, Mark's day job caught up with him, and the NFL slammed headlong into America's culture wars. BIG GAME is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the 2018 Super Bowl. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni...
by Patrick M. Lencioni

Language

English

Pages

239

Publication Date

November 17, 2011

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In <i>The Five Dysfunctions of a Team</i> Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, <i>The Five Temptations of a CEO</i> and <i>The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive</i>. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.<br /> <br /> Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.<br /> <br /> Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

Language

English

Pages

269

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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<p><b>Now a <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Wall Street Journal </i>bestseller</b></p><p>"I raced through <i>Radical Candor</i>--It’s thrilling to learn a framework that shows how to be both a better boss and a better colleague. <i>Radical Candor</i> is packed with illuminating truths, insightful advice, and practical suggestions, all illustrated with engaging (and often funny) stories from Kim Scott’s own experiences at places like Apple, Google, and various start-ups. Indispensable." —<b>Gretchen Rubin author of <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>The Happiness Project</i></b></p><p>"Reading <i>Radical Candor</i> will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights--based on her experience, keen observational intelligence and analysis--will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization." —<b>Sheryl Sandberg author of the <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>Lean In</i></b></p><p>"Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kick-ass boss and a voice that CEOs take seriously. In this remarkable book, she draws on her extensive experience to provide clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback, how to make smart decisions, how to keep moving forward, and much more. If you manage people--whether it be 1 person or a 1,000--you need <i>Radical Candor</i>. Now." —<b>Daniel Pink author of <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Drive</i></b></p><p>From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation.</p><p>Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.</p><p>Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. </p><p>This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of. </p><p><i>Radical Candor</i> offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.</p>
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Sec...
by , Al Switzler

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

September 16, 2011

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</p> <p>The first edition of <i>Crucial Conversations</i> exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:</p> <ul> <li>Prepare for high-stakes situations</li> <li>Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue</li> <li>Make it safe to talk about almost anything</li> <li>Be persuasive, not abrasive</li> </ul>
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Lis...
by Donald Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.</strong></p><p>Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. <em>Building a StoryBrand</em> does this by teaching readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, <em>Building a StoryBrand</em> will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.</p>
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's...
by , Ralph Frammolino

Language

English

Pages

397

Publication Date

May 24, 2011

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<DIV><P><B>A “thrilling, well-researched” account of years of scandal at the prestigious Getty Museum (Ulrich Boser, author of <I>The Gardner Heist</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> In recent years, several of America’s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? The answer lies at the Getty, one of the world’s richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades. Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and candid interviews, these two journalists give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum, and tell a story of outlandish characters and bad behavior that could come straight from the pages of a thriller.<BR />  <BR /> “In an authoritative account, two reporters who led a <I>Los Angeles Times</I> investigation reveal the details of the Getty Museum’s illicit purchases, from smugglers and fences, of looted Greek and Roman antiquities. . . . The authors offer an excellent recap of the museum’s misdeeds, brimming with tasty details of the scandal that motivated several of America’s leading art museums to voluntarily return to Italy and Greece some 100 classical antiquities worth more than half a billion dollars.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I>, starred review<BR />  <BR /> “An astonishing and penetrating look into a veiled world where beauty and art are in constant competition with greed and hypocrisy. This engaging book will cast a fresh light on many of those gleaming objects you see in art museums.” —Jonathan Harr, author of <I>The Lost Painting</I></P></DIV>
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Block...
by George Gilder

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

July 17, 2018

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<b>A <i>FINANCIAL TIMES</i> BOOK OF THE MONTH</b><BR> <BR> <b>FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: </b><B>"</B><B>Nothing Mr. Gilder says or writes is ever delivered at anything less than the fullest philosophical decibel..</B>. <b>Mr. Gilder sounds less like a tech guru than a poet, and his words tumble out in a romantic cascade."</b><BR> <BR> <b>“Google’s algorithms assume the world’s future is nothing more than the next moment in a random process. George Gilder shows how deep this assumption goes, what motivates people to make it, and why it’s wrong: the future depends on human action.” — Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies and author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future</b><BR> <BR> The Age of Google, built on big data and machine intelligence, has been an awesome era. But it’s coming to an end. In Life after Google, George Gilder—the peerless visionary of technology and culture—explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a nervous breakdown and what to expect as the post-Google age dawns.<BR> <BR> Google’s astonishing ability to “search and sort” attracts the entire world to its search engine and countless other goodies—videos, maps, email, calendars….And everything it offers is free, or so it seems. Instead of paying directly, users submit to advertising. The system of “aggregate and advertise” works—for a while—if you control an empire of data centers, but a market without prices strangles entrepreneurship and turns the Internet into a wasteland of ads.<BR> <BR> The crisis is not just economic. Even as advances in artificial intelligence induce delusions of omnipotence and transcendence, Silicon Valley has pretty much given up on security. The Internet firewalls supposedly protecting all those passwords and personal information have proved hopelessly permeable.<BR> <BR> The crisis cannot be solved within the current computer and network architecture. The future lies with the “cryptocosm”—the new architecture of the blockchain and its derivatives. Enabling cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether, NEO and Hashgraph, it will provide the Internet a secure global payments system, ending the aggregate-and-advertise Age of Google.<BR> <BR> Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.<BR> <BR> Life after Google is almost here.<BR> <BR>  <BR> <BR> <i>For fans of "Wealth and Poverty," "Knowledge and Power," and "The Scandal of Money." </i>
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Hei...
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>As heard on NPR's <i>This American Life</i><br /><br />“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, <i>The Feather Thief</i> contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s <i>Fresh Air</i><br /><br />“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —<i>Christian Science Monitor</i><br /><br /><b>A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of <i>The Stranger in the Woods</i>, <i>The Lost City of Z</i>, and <i>The Orchid Thief</i>.</b><br /><br /></b>On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.<b><br /><br /></b>Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, <i>The Feather Thief</i> is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and...
by , Gene Kim

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";"><strong>Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace.</strong></span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";">How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter―that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research <span><span style=" font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; white-space: pre-wrap;">to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet</span></span>, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations.</span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><br /></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";">Readers will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.</span></span></div></div>

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