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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36'.”<br /><br /></b>For readers of <i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The <i>#1 New York Times</i> bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the <i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br />   <br /> <b>“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink</b>  <b><br /> </b><br /> <b>“So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.” —Susan Cain, bestselling author of <i>Quiet</i></b><i> </i>  <br /><br /> <b>“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” —<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.     <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”<br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>"A delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor . . . McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of <i>Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog</i></b><br /><br /><b>From the best-selling author of <i>Born to Run</i>, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.</b></b><br /><br />When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.<br /><br />Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.
Jailhouse Strong: Tactical Shield Training
by , Adam benShea

Language

English

Pages

82

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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A developed and muscular neck protects your back, brain, and entire body from trauma, damage and injury. It is your shield. <br /> <br />For the combat-sport athlete, this means safety and success in the competitive arena. For the tactical athlete, this can mean the difference between making it home for dinner at 6:00 or being six feet deep. <br /> <br />While the emaciated cover model may have airbrushed abs, traps are a true strength-status symbol. Well-developed, diamond-shaped traps are like cobras, coiled and ready to strike. <br /> <br />Together, the traps and neck serve as a foundational centerpiece for a no frills, no-nonsense physique. They are YOUR shield.<br /> <br />With this book we provide you with the exact prescription to build your shield. Every exercise, every set, and every rep is spelled out. <br /><br />If you have the work ethic, we have offer you a proven way.<br />
Pour Judgment
by HEATHER M ORGERON

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English

Pages

345

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>"A week of tits, booze, and fun in the sun? Where do I sign up?" </b><br /><br />Korie Potter’s got goals. Goals that do not include following in her mother’s footsteps. Rock stars and the life of the rich and famous? Yeah… not interested. She likes her heart in one piece, thank you very much. <br /><br />Until a weekend of booze and bad decisions at camp Pour Judgment finds her fake-engaged to country music’s most notorious bad boy, Rhett Taylor, and completely at his mercy.<br /><br />You see, Korie Potter’s also got a dream, and her new “fiancé” just may have the connections to make it come true.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben’s The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Self defense for men and women from...
by Nick Hughes

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English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 01, 2011

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<h3><strong>MASTER THE SKILLS OF A BODYGUARD AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EVER BEING A CRIME VICTIM<br /></strong><br /></h3><p>Now you don't have to be rich enough to hire your own bodyguard. You can learn the skills in this book and take care of yourself the way the pros do.</p><p><strong>WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?</strong></p><p><em>“How To Be Your Own Bodyguard”</em> is an invaluable reference for:</p><p>• Anybody who wants to significantly reduce their risk of ever being a victim of a crime.<br />• People smart enough to figure out there’s more to self-defense than learning how to fight<br />• Anyone who travels for business or pleasure.<br />• Professional Close Protection Agents<br />• People who want to try and avoid trouble rather than fight their way out of it.<br />• Teens going off to college.<br />• Martial artists<br />• Law Enforcement Officers</p><p>Not only does the book explain how to keep you and your loved ones safe from criminals it also covers mindset training, which martial arts to pick, resources used by professional bodyguards and more. There are chapters on where you should stay in a hotel, the safest places on an aircraft, how to conduct a threat analysis like a pro, staying safe in your car, and dealing with blue light bandits.</p><p><strong>THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU:</strong></p><p>• That your car windows are actually stronger if they’re down quarter of an inch if a mob is trying to break them.<br />• Why riots and contact lenses don’t mix<br />• The four unconscious things that bad guys do before they attack you<br />• Why RUN HIDE FIGHT during an Active Killer Event is wrong,and what works better.<br />• How criminals select their victims<br />• Why “Soft Skills” constitute 75% of self-protection and exactly what they are<br />• A less than $10 security kit that will keep you safe in sketchy hotels</p><p><strong>WHY THIS BOOK?</strong></p><p>Because it’s been written by a former professional protection agent who, for over 25 years, used the contents to keep his clients safe in hostile environments around the world. As one Amazon reviewer said <em>“I am a regional disaster preparedness officer for a multi-national corporation. This is the best book on personal security and disaster preparedness I have ever read…and I have a library of such books.”</em><br /></p><p>Critically acclaimed by security experts around the world this is the only book you’ll need on the subject.Take advantage of Amazon’s<strong> “Look Inside”</strong> feature and check out the table of contents for all the things you’re going to learn. There’s even a <strong>bonus home security check list</strong> for you that the author uses when looking after high risk clients. <br /></p><p><strong>WHY MOST OTHER BOOKS GET IT WRONG</strong></p><p>They all begin with you being attacked. In reality the attack began a long time before the assault began. Non consensual violence begins with <strong>SELECTION</strong> of the victim. Next comes<strong> ISOLATION</strong>. The book will teach you how to run counter-surveillance and develop your situational awareness so you’ll know in advance you’re being set up. After the bad guy isolates his intended victim there will be a distraction phase consisting of some <strong>VERBAL</strong> patter. Verbal aggression is also always present in attacks in bars. <em>“What are you looking at?” “You were looking at my girlfriend”</em> If you can say something to make the situation worse then you can learn to say something that just might make the situation better. Again, the answers to that and more are in the book.If you can learn how to master those first 3 phases of a criminal attack then you rarely need to get in to the physical assault itself. As Sun Tzu said <em>“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."</em><br /></p><p>Buy it and learn how to keep you and your loved ones safe. Get a copy for anyone you care about.</p>
Starting Strength
by Mark Rippetoe

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

November 07, 2013

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Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, has sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training. Now, after four more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, this third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis. No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS:BBT3. And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes, they have been successfully applied to everyone: young and old, male and female, fit and flabby, sick and healthy, weak and already strong. Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress/recovery/adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance, their appearance, and their quality of life. SS:BBT3 is your complete guide to developing strength -- the foundation of athletic performance and the key to long-term health.<br /><br />-- Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training.<br />-- The mechanical basis of barbell training, concisely and logically explained.<br />-- All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts, and the biomechanics behind them.<br />-- Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.<br />-- Revised instruction methods for all six lifts, proven effective in four years of seminar, military, and group instruction.<br />-- How the human body adapts to stress through recovery, and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health.<br />-- How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress.<br />-- Completely indexed.<br />-- The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program.
Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir
by Adam Rippon

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir.</b><br />Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. <i>Beautiful on the Outside</i> looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. Yeah, it may be what's on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it's beautiful on the outside. <br />"To be clear: Rippon is funny. He lands a joke like it's a triple axel, with eyebrow-raising, hilarious passages that demand to be read out loud to whomever is nearby...Comedic gold."-<i>Washington Post</i>

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