Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M Grant
Viking | 2013 | ISBN: 0670026557 | EPUB | 622.38KB

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed-without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin-as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estee Lauder, Nike, and NASA-Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

The Eloquent President

The Eloquent President

The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words by Ronald C White Jr
Random House | 2006 | ISBN: 0812970462 | EPUB | 6.16MB

In The Eloquent President, historian Ronald C. White, Jr., examines Abraham Lincoln’s astonishing oratory and explores his growth as a leader, a communicator, and a man of deepening spiritual conviction.

Examining a different speech, address, or public letter in each chapter, White tracks the evolution of Lincoln’s rhetoric from the measured tones of the First Inaugural to the immortal poetry of the Gettysburg Address. As he weighs the biblical cadences and vigorous parallel structures that make Lincoln’s rhetoric soar, White identifies a passionate religious strain that most historians have overlooked. It is White’s contention that, as president, Lincoln not only grew into an inspiring leader and determined commander in chief, but also embarked on a spiritual odyssey that led to a profound understanding of the relationship between human action and divine will.

With grace and insight, White captures the essence of the four most critical years of Lincoln’s life and makes his great words live for our time in all their power and beauty.

Thank You for Arguing

Thank You for Arguing

Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
Three Rivers Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0307341445 | EPUB | 438.11KB

Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to actionÑas well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges, including:

  • The Eddie Haskell Ploy
  • Eminem’s Rules of Decorum
  • The Belushi Paradigm
  • Stalin’s Timing Secret
  • The Yoda Technique

Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular online language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.

Decoding China

Decoding China

Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, and Working in Today's China by Matthew B Christensen
Tuttle Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 0804842671 | EPUB | 13.18MB

Do you want to know the unspoken conversations around you when visiting other countries? Are you someone who likes to travel on your own terms—from finding that special restaurant to negotiating a better price for a prized antique in a local flea market? If so, Decoding China is the hands-on communication guide for you!

Decoding China will teach you the basic "rules of the road" on how to operate in Chinese culture. Like every country, China has its own unique set of cultural "codes," ways of behaving on a daily basis that all Chinese automatically know. These codes frame every personal interaction in China. By learning to recognize these key words and phrases—and use them correctly—everything you do in China will go a lot more smoothly.

In practical chapters organized by topic, Dr. Christensen shows you how to get things done in China, even with very minimal knowledge of the language. Make your China experience work for, rather than against you with Decoding China.

The SAS Guide to Desert Survival

The SAS Guide to Desert Survival

The SAS Guide to Desert Survival by Barry Davies
Skyhorse Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1620872749 | EPUB | 2.83MB

Learn to adapt and survive the hottest places on Earth.

Anyone venturing into the desert, either by crossing on foot, vehicle, or in an aircraft (other than a commercial flight) should be prepared. Desert regions are those least likely to have an easily available source of water. Nevertheless, the survivor must find a water supply or they will die. No matter how abundant the rest of your survival resources are, without water your time is limited.

To travel or stay put is one of the great dilemmas any survivor must face. The factors governing any decision should be based on where you are, your chances of survival if you stay put, where you intend moving to and the related hazards in getting there. Without communications it is difficult to assess whether there will be a rescue attempt, and even if there is, it would be presumptive to believe that they will locate you. Additionally, having the physical and mental ability, plus the resources to travel and reach a given point accurately is also a major factor.

The SAS Guide to Desert Survival prepares the traveler for any situation they may find themselves in while venturing across desert and arid areas. It will explain the need for an immediate plan, as time will be against you, as well as how to dress for the ultimate protection from the sun and the cold (yes, deserts get very cold at night). The book will show you how and when to travel, as well as how to navigate a route to safety. The desert has two main advantages: the sun and the general clearness of visibility; a simple heliograph will flash a signal to both ground and air rescue services up to twenty-five miles away. 100 color photographs

SAS Mountain and Arctic Survival

SAS Mountain and Arctic Survival

SAS Mountain and Arctic Survival by Barry Davies
Skyhorse Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1620872064 | EPUB | 2.22MB

Learn to adapt and survive the coldest and highest points in the world.

It is difficult to imagine how anyone would enter into a polar or mountainous region unprepared. You’re prepared for your journey or you arrive by accident; for example, the aircraft you are traveling in has crash-landed over the frozen tundra, or your mode of transport has broken down in the wilderness. In all cases, providing you are uninjured, your chances of survival are good. Planned travel in a cold or mountainous environment should mean that you are well clothed and equipped.

In both winter and summer, the Northern Arctic offers an abundant supply of water and food; shelter can be found or constructed above and below the tree line. The real threat comes from the cold, injury, and simply doing nothing.

During the Second World War a number of service men became marooned in the arctic wasteland—most of them died. They did so because few ventured far from their crash site, they made no attempt to catch fish, hunt game, or even attempt to travel south. None that were later found had prepared a rescue signal, and most had died not from the cold but from starvation.

The SAS Guide to Arctic and Mountain Survival provides details on what to do immediately after your arctic or mountain survival situation has arisen. You will learn how to prepare a shelter, especially on a barren landscape. You will learn how make a fire in the cold and wind, as well as how to find and cook food. This guide provides detailed instructions on navigation, how and when to travel, and how to prepare signal fires that will help speed up your rescue. 121 b&w illustrations and photographs

US Air Force Pocket Survival Handbook

US Air Force Pocket Survival Handbook

US Air Force Pocket Survival Handbook: The Portable and Essential Guide to Staying Alive
Skyhorse Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1620871041 | EPUB | 12.38MB

A comprehensive manual of proven outdoor survival techniques.

Designed for use in formal Air Force training, the U.S. Air Force Pocket Survival Handbook was written to help a pilot who finds him or herself in a hostile environment. This new edition will allow you to carry all the same information condensed in your back pocket. For the general reader, it offers a complete and comprehensive manual of outdoor survival techniques.

It includes expert advice on:

  • First aid for illness and injury
  • Finding your way without a map
  • Building a fire
  • Finding food and water
  • Using ropes and tying knots
  • Mountain survival
  • Concealment techniques
  • Signaling for help
  • Survival at sea
  • Building shelters
  • Animal tracking
  • Predicting the weather
  • And much more

By outlining specific survival threats found at sea, in the desert, in mountain terrain, and in arctic conditions, and offering techniques on surviving them, this book is invaluable to both the casual outdoorsman and the extreme sports enthusiast, as well as anyone looking for insight into the training tactics of the U.S. Air Force. 300 b/w illustrations

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere by Bradford Angier
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | 2001 | ISBN: 1579122213 | EPUB | 6.5MB

How to Stay Alive in the Woods is a practical, readable-and potentially indispensable-manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors.

Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.

Real Influence

Real Influence

Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In by Mark Goulston, John Ullmen
AMACOM | 2013 | ISBN: 081442015X | EPUB | 1.3MB

People won't put up with being "sold" anymore. If they sense they are being pushed, their guard goes up - and even if they do comply, lingering resentment undermines the relationship ...maybe forever. Yet, most books on influence still portray it as something you "do to" someone else to get your way. That out-of-date approach invites resistance or cynicism from those who recognize the techniques. Manipulative tactics might occasionally wear down a colleague's or client's resistance, but they fail to produce the mutual trust that sustains successful relationships. In short, they just won't work in our sophisticated, post-selling world.

In this groundbreaking book, authors Mark Goulston and John Ullmen reveal a new model for authentic influence - the kind that creates a strong initial connection and survives long after agreement has been reached. Based on listening, genuine engagement and commitment to win-win outcomes, Real Influence provides a powerful four-step method you can use to: examine your priorities; learn about the key players and what they need; earn their attention and motivate them to hear more; and, add value with your questions and actions. Complete with examples of the steps in action and insights from real-world "power influencers," this one-of-a-kind guide shows that being straight with everyone means winning for all.

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern
HarperPerennial | 2004 | ISBN: 0060505338 | EPUB | 500.28KB

For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Traveling extensively—to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon, and Pensacola—she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.

Based on her vast research, Stern lucidly explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who—using religion as both motivation and justification—recruit the disenfranchised. She depicts how moral fervor is transformed into sophisticated organizations that strive for money, power, and attention.

Jessica Stern's extensive interaction with the faces behind the terror provide unprecedented insight into acts of inexplicable horror, and enable her to suggest how terrorism can most effectively be countered.

A crucial book on terrorism, Terror in the Name of God is a brilliant and thought-provoking work.

The Wealth of Nations

The Wealth of Nations

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Bantam Books | 2003 | ISBN: 0553585975 | PDF | 3.2MB

It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence.

In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own goods and services. He argued passionately in favor of free trade, yet stood up for the little guy. The Wealth of Nations provided the first--and still the most eloquent--integrated description of the workings of a market economy.

The result of Smith’s efforts is a witty, highly readable work of genius filled with prescient theories that form the basis of a thriving capitalist system. This unabridged edition offers the modern reader a fresh look at a timeless and seminal work that revolutionized the way governments and individuals view the creation and dispersion of wealth--and that continues to influence our economy right up to the present day.

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause" by James W Loewen, Edward H Sebesta
University Press of Mississippi | 2011 | ISBN: 1604737883 | EPUB | 3.15MB

Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy, the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. For example, two thirds of Americans—including most history teachers—think the Confederate States seceded for "states' rights." This error persists because most have never read the key documents about the Confederacy.

These documents have always been there. When South Carolina seceded, it published "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union." The document actually opposes states' rights. Its authors argue that Northern states were ignoring the rights of slave owners as identified by Congress and in the Constitution. Similarly, Mississippi's "Declaration of the Immediate Causes ..." says, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery—the greatest material interest of the world."

Later documents in this collection show how neo-Confederates obfuscated this truth, starting around 1890. The evidence also points to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate thought even today and to the continuing importance of neo-Confederate ideas in American political life. The 150th anniversary of secession and civil war provides a moment for all Americans to read these documents, properly set in context by award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to put in perspective the mythology of the Old South.

The King's Jews

The King's Jews

The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England by Robin R Mundill
Continuum | 2010 | ISBN: 1847251862 | PDF | 6.55MB
From the author of the acclaimed book on the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290 we now have a lively account of the Jews of medieval England. From now on no one will have any excuse for not including Jews as an integral part of the history of Norman and Angevin England.
Dr Anna Sapir Abulafia, University of Cambridge

The history of medieval English Jews was well-served by earlier scholars, but as more and more evidence has been sifted and as technical scholarship has blossomed over the last several decades, it also became clear that there was a pressing need for a comprehensive new synthesis.
With Robin Mundill's eminently readable book this need is addressed head on. The arguments he offers and the insights he provides into the relations of Jews and Christians in medieval England will be the ones the next generation of scholars will have to engage if they are to make further progress on this exciting subject. Mundill's accomplishment is commendable, and his work will constitute a powerful stimulus to further research.
William Chester Jordan, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University.

In July 1290, Edward I issued writs to the Sheriffs of the English counties ordering them to enforce a decree to expel all Jews from England before All Saints' Day of that year. England became the first country to expel a Jewish minority from its borders. They were allowed to take their portable property but their houses were confiscated by the king.

In a highly readable account, Robin Mundill considers the Jews of medieval England as victims of violence (notably the massacre of Shabbat haGadol when York's Jewish community perished at Clifford's Tower) and as a people apart, isolated amidst a hostile environment. The origins of the business world are considered including the fact that the medieval English Jew perfected modern business methods many centuries before its recognised time. What emerges is a picture of a lost society which had much to contribute and yet was turned away in 1290.

The Interrogator: A CIA Agent's True Story

The Interrogator: A CIA Agent's True Story

The Interrogator: A CIA Agent's True Story by Glenn Carle
Scribe Publications | 2012 | ISBN: 1921942118 | EPUB | 306.38KB

This is the never-before-told story of the 'dark side' of the Bush administration's war on terror, and of one of the CIA's biggest failures — the kidnapping, rendition, and torture of the wrong man — as told by a person who conducted the interrogation. It is an indictment of the CIA's enhanced interrogation from the inside, from a very senior operative. It is also the story of a patriot — Glenn Carle — and his struggle to do the right thing. And, of course, to some of his ex-colleagues he is regarded as a traitor for revealing the truth.

The book is Carle's affirmation that only the truth can lead us from the dark. He had years of training and experience leading up to his encounter with the captive who the CIA believed might hold the key to finding bin Laden. This was his apotheosis as a career spook in the Directorate of Operations, yet Carle immediately struggled to reconcile his orders to make his captive talk with the oath he had sworn to uphold the letter and the spirit of the law. Furthermore, as the interrogation began and he built rapport with his subject, another problem started to gnaw at him. This man wasn't who he was alleged to be; he was low level at best. But while Carle's scepticism grew, his superiors continued to insist that they had the right man. The suspect was moved to one of the CIA's most notorious black sites, and subjected to 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.

Initially enthusiastic about his role at the CIA, Carle eventually began to question the policies of the war on terror because of his involvement in this interrogation. Throughout the operation he had to grapple with the most difficult question a patriot can face: what do you do when your government tells you to do something that is morally abhorrent?

Carle's journey often reads like an international thriller, but it is a true tale of international intrigue, deceit, and betrayal. It is also an extraordinary and intimate portrait of the war on terror.

Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK

Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK

Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK by Edward Jay Epstein
Scribe Publications | 2012 | ISBN: 1921942703 | EPUB | 1.42MB

Here investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein casts fresh doubt on the events surrounding a now-infamous sexual encounter between Dominique Strauss-Kahn — better known by his initials, 'DSK' — and a maid at New York's Sofitel hotel.

Epstein shows that DSK, then managing director at the IMF and a leading contender to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, was under close surveillance both before and after the incident. Just two days before, French authorities intercepted a sensitive phone conversation with DSK in Washington, DC. It looks as if he was carrying his own bug: a smart phone.

The surveillance also continued to New York: as Epstein discovers, the staff of the Sofitel can be seen watching DSK throughout his stay.

Also examined is DSK's BlackBerry cell phone, which was likely compromised by French intelligence. Just before DSK left the Sofitel, the phone went missing, and it has never been found.

The book also contains a collection of essential documents related to the case, including key-card records (tracking who entered DSK's suite) and never-before-released CCTV surveillance footage. DSK also goes on the record about the case for the first time with an American journalist.

Epstein shows that if there was a conspiracy against DSK, as many now believe, it was an after-the-fact one in which DSK's political opponents learned of the sexual incident at the Sofitel through surveillance and shaped it into a major scandal that changed the course of French politics.