Whistlestop: Reporting the Stories That Make Campaign History [Audiobook]

Whistlestop: Reporting the Stories That Make Campaign History [Audiobook]
Whistlestop: Reporting the Stories That Make Campaign History [Audiobook] by John Dickerson, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 11 mins | 362.84MB

From Face the Nation moderator and Slate columnist John Dickerson come the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history.

The stakes are high. The characters full of striving and ego. Presidential campaigns are a contest for control of power in the most powerful country on earth. The battle of ideas has a clear end, with winners and losers, and along the way there are sharp turning points-primaries, debates, conventions, and scandals that squeeze candidates into emergency action, frantic grasping, and heroic gambles. As Mike Murphy the political strategist put it, "Campaigns are like war without bullets."

Whistlestop tells the human story of nervous gambits hatched in first-floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the cross-country crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. At the bar at the end of a campaign day, these are the stories reporters rehash for themselves and embellish for newcomers.

In addition to the familiar tales, Whistlestop also remembers the forgotten stories about the bruising and reckless campaigns of the 19th century when the combatants believed the consequences included the fate of the republic itself. Some of the most modern-feeling elements of the American presidential campaign were born before the roads were paved and electric lights lit the convention halls - if there were convention halls at all.

Whistlestop is a ride through the American campaign history with one of its most enthusiastic conductors guiding you through the landmarks along the way.

Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation [EPUB]

Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation [EPUB]
Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick
2017 | EPUB | 3.34MB

“Time” is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it’s always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we’re bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that “now” actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist’s lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

My Life, My Love, My Legacy [EPUB]

My Life, My Love, My Legacy [EPUB]
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, Rev Dr Barbara Reynolds
2017 | EPUB | 0.7MB

The life story of Coretta Scott King―wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist―as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women's, workers’ and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity.

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity [EPUB]

Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity [EPUB]
Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity by Ronald Epstein
2017 | EPUB | 1.33MB

The first book for the general public about mindfulness and medical practice, a groundbreaking, intimate exploration of how doctors think and what matters most—safe, effective, patient-centered, compassionate care—from the foremost expert in the field.

As a third-year Harvard Medical School student doing a clinical rotation in surgery, Ronald Epstein watched an error unfold: an experienced surgeon failed to notice his patient’s kidney turning an ominous shade of blue. In that same rotation, Epstein was awestruck by another surgeon’s ability to avert an impending disaster, slowing down from autopilot to intentionality. The difference between these two doctors left a lasting impression on Epstein and set the stage for his life’s work—to identify the qualities and habits that distinguish masterful doctors from those who are merely competent. The secret, he learned, was mindfulness.

In Attending, his first book, Dr. Epstein builds on his world-renowned, innovative programs in mindful practice and uses gripping and deeply human clinical stories to give patients a language to describe what they value most in health care and to outline a road map for doctors and other health care professionals to refocus their approach to medicine. Drawing on his clinical experiences and current research, and exploring four foundations of mindfulness—Attention, Curiosity, Beginner’s Mind, and Presence—Dr. Epstein introduces a revolutionary concept: by looking inward, health care practitioners can grow their capacity to provide high-quality care and the resilience to be there when their patients need them.

The commodification of health care has shifted doctors’ focus away from the healing of patients to the bottom line. Clinician burnout is at an all-time high. Attending is the antidote. With compassion and intelligence, Epstein offers a crucial, timely book that shows us how we can restore humanity to medicine, guides us toward a better overall quality of care, and reminds us of what matters most.

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure [EPUB]

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure [EPUB]
To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
2016 | EPUB | 60.38MB

The greatest work in English literature, now in the greatest format of English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!

When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet he gave the world just one possible storyline, drawn from a constellation of billions of alternate narratives. And now you can correct that horrible mistake! Play as Hamlet and avenge your father's death—with ruthless efficiency this time. Play as Ophelia and change the world with your scientific brilliance. Play as Hamlet's father and die on the first page, then investigate your own murder… as a ghost! Featuring over 100 different endings, each illustrated by today's greatest artists, incredible side quests, fun puzzles, and a book-within-a-book instead of a play-within-a-play, To Be or Not To Be offers up new surprises and secrets every time you read it.

You decide this all sounds extremely excellent, and that you will definitely purchase this book right away. Because as the Bard said: “to be or not to be… that is the adventure.”

...You're almost certain that's how it goes.

To Be or Not To Be originally launched as a record-breaking Kickstarter project. This new, reader-friendly edition features the same text and illustrations as the original version, redesigned to take up half as many pages and weigh a whole pound less.

Drone Nation: The Political Economy of America's New Way of War [EPUB]

Drone Nation: The Political Economy of America's New Way of War [EPUB]
Drone Nation: The Political Economy of America's New Way of War by Geoff Martin, Erin Steuter
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Drone Nation unveils an unexpected scenario where international drone warfare leads to a state of permanent war through increasing numbers of assassinations of the western world’s declared enemies. It provides historical context for the rise and acceptance of drone warfare and examines likely future impacts. The book discusses the broad political-economic forces at play in the United States.

Topics include US strategic traditions, domestic political institutions, military-industrial complex, intra-military pressures, think tanks, media, and international law. The authors argue that social progress is not necessarily continuous. While there was widespread social and economic progress from the 1950s through 1970s in the United States, the country is now in a period of economic and political regression. The rise of drone warfare, and the domestic use of drones, is partly to blame. This gradual and important change signals a major departure from the traditional embrace of international law, military ethics, and domestic privacy.

Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest [EPUB]

Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest [EPUB]
Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest by John Sundstrom
2016 | EPUB | 272.57MB

A James Beard Award-winning chef tells the story of Seattle’s popular restaurant, Lark, and shares his recipes for the local seasonal cuisine that has made it a Northwest destination for over ten years. Now available in paperback, Lark is John Sundstrom’s culinary homage to the Pacific Northwest, inspiration for his rustic yet elegant cuisine.

In this new edition Sundstrom adds a chapter of his restaurant’s favorite everyday kitchen staples, including recipes for cordials and syrups, house-made pasta, mayonnaise, dressings, breads, and smoked and pickled foods. Lark celebrates the distinctly moody and majestic Northwest and its bounty of ingredients with more than 100 recipes and stunning full-color photographs.

Living Food: A Feast for Soil and Soul [EPUB]

Living Food: A Feast for Soil and Soul [EPUB]
Living Food: A Feast for Soil and Soul by Daphne Lambert
2016 | EPUB | 112.26MB

Living Food: A Feast for Soil and Soul is not just a cookbook. Rather, it is an eye-opening assessment of the central role food plays in our lives: vibrant food creates nourishment and vitality, and the way we grow it affects the stability and integrity of our planet Earth.

This book starts on the ground with the soil where food originates, moves on to how food can affect our digestion, immune system and mood, and examines how our modern practices are threatening both the environment and the nutritional value of the food we eat. Our health and the health of the planet are intertwined – one cannot thrive without the other.

Through delicious seasonal recipes, nutritional insights and easy-to-understand explanations, Daphne Lambert describes how linking our eating to seasonal rhythms can ensure a harmonious relationship between ourselves and the environment. Each section, one for each of the four seasons, reveals Mother Nature's knack for providing us with the food we need when we need it – both throughout the year and at each stage of our lives – and how we can make the most of her seasonal offerings.

Living Food is an all-encompassing nutritional guide that will make you think more deeply about the food you eat.

Chips with Everything: One Bag of Oven Chips [EPUB]

Chips with Everything: One Bag of Oven Chips [EPUB]
Chips with Everything: One Bag of Oven Chips = Every Mealtime Covered – 60 Delicious Recipes by Denise Smart
2016 | EPUB | 66.31MB

This book celebrates in wondrous versatility of the world’s favourite food.

In need of an instant energy boost? Try Ultimate Chip Butty or Oven-baked Brunch. Your favourite takeaway is closed? Whip up Classic Chip Shop Curry Sauce or Beer and Onion Gravy in the comfort of your own kitchen. In need of a quick-and-easy snack, turn to Tuna Chip Melt or Loaded Cheese and Bacon Wedges.

Really love chips? Why not start off with Chip Pancakes with Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup, opt for the Leek and Chip Soup for lunch (to keep it light) and enjoy a hearty Chip Carbonara or Easy Chip Moussaka for dinner. Finish off your carb-loading extravaganza with some surprisingly delicious Churros-style Chips with Chocolate Dipping Sauce.

Plus, if you are feeling energetic, there are foolproof recipes to oven-bake your own too, from French Fries to Wedges.

The Fit Foodie [EPUB]

The Fit Foodie [EPUB]
The Fit Foodie by Derval O'Rourke
2016 | EPUB | 69.11MB

Derval O'Rourke believes that the secret to being your healthiest happiest self is to eat well and keep moving. Derval discovered the importance of nutrition as an elite athlete. After a poor performance in the 2004 Olympics she learned about food, fell in love with cooking - and then won a world title in her sport, hurdling. She believes eating well made all the difference to her form.

Now that Derval is retired from athletics and is a busy young mum, her focus is on fitting exercise and healthy, pleasurable eating into a hectic schedule. The Fit Foodie is full of simple, delicious and totally doable recipes such as Laid-Back Lamb Tagine, Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti, Butternut and Bean Stew, Almond, Hazelnut and Pine Nut Bread and a stunning Chocolate Fondant Cake. Derval also shares smart and inspiring advice on how to get organised so that good food and exercise are a seamless part of your life.

The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All [Audiobook]

The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All [Audiobook]
The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All [Audiobook] by Hugh G Byrne PhD, read by Mike Chamberlain
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 24 mins | 148.65MB

Have you found yourself doing something and thinking, Why do I keep doing this? We all have an unhealthy habit - or two, or three. Yours may be as simple as wasting time on the Internet, constantly checking your email, or spending too much time in front of the TV. Or it may be more serious, like habitual drinking, emotional overeating, constant self-criticism, or chronic worrying. Whatever your harmful habit is - you have the power to break it.

The Here-and-Now Habit provides proven, effective techniques to help you stop existing on autopilot and start living in the here and now. You'll learn how to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, be aware of thoughts without identifying with them or believing they are true, deal with difficult emotions, and clarify your own intentions regarding unhealthy habits by asking yourself, What do I want? How important is it to me to make this change?

By learning to pay attention to your thoughts and actions in the moment, you'll discover how to let go of old patterns and create healthier habits and ways of living that will make you feel good about yourself. And when you feel good about you, you can do just about anything.

The Frog Commissary Cookbook [EPUB]

The Frog Commissary Cookbook [EPUB]
The Frog Commissary Cookbook by Steven Poses, Anne Clark, Becky Roller
2013 | EPUB | 29.45MB

Originally published in 1985, The Frog Commissary Cookbook is a bestseller beloved by home cooks. This classic tome culls recipes from The Frog and Commissary restaurants “from everyday favorites like Commissary Carrot Cake and Vegetarian Chili to more eclectic fare like Stir-fried Duck with Chinese Sausage."

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook [EPUB]

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook [EPUB]
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
2013 | EPUB | 41.88MB

For more than twenty years, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, has been cooking and baking extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people have tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place are shown here, with dozens of recipes and more than 160 breathtaking photographs, in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

Ina's most popular recipes use familiar ingredients, but they taste even better than you would expect. Her Pan-Fried Onion Dip is the real thing, with slowly car-amelized onions and fresh sour cream. Tomato soup is created from oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to intensify the flavors. Meat loaf is as good as your grandmother's, but it's healthier because it's made with ground turkey and fresh herbs. The light and flaky Maple-Oatmeal Scones are baked with rolled oats, whole wheat, and real maple syrup. Now these and other famous Barefoot Contessa recipes can be prepared at home.

Ina says that before she owned a specialty food store she often spent a week making dinner for six friends. Her experience at Barefoot Contessa has given her hundreds of ideas for creating wonderful parties in a few hours. And they're all in this book. Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce can be stored overnight in the refrigerator and sautéed just before the guests arrive. Cheddar Corn Chowder can be made days ahead, reheated, and served with a salad and bread for a delicious autumn lunch. The ingredients for Grilled Salmon Salad can all be prepared ahead and tossed together before serving. The batter for the Raspberry Corn Muffins can be mixed a day before and popped into the oven just before breakfast.

Ina Garten teaches us how to entertain with style, simplicity, and a relaxed sense of fun. There are notes throughout the book for giving cocktail parties, lunches, and dinner parties where everything is done before the guests arrive. And there are easy instructions for creating gorgeous party platters that don't even require you to cook!

With Ina Garten and The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, you have the perfect recipe for hosting parties that are easy and fun for everyone--including the cook.

Art's Philosophical Work [EPUB]

Art's Philosophical Work [EPUB]
Art's Philosophical Work by Andrew Benjamin
2015 | EPUB | 3.93MB

What is the work of art? How does art work as art? Andrew Benjamin contends that the only way to address these questions is by developing a radically new materialist philosophy of art, and by rethinking the history of art from within that perspective.

A materialist philosophy of art starts with the contention that meaning is only ever the after effect of the way in which materials work. Starting with the relation between history, materials and work (art’s work), this book opens up a highly original reconfiguration of the philosophy of art. Benjamin undertakes a major project that seeks to develop a set of complex interarticulations between art history and an approach to art’s work that emphasizes art’s material presence. A philosophy of art emerges from the limitations of aesthetics.

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer [EPUB]

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer [EPUB]
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer
2017 | EPUB | 0.3MB

Gosnell is the untold story of America's most prolific serial killer.

In 2013 Dr Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies, but is thought to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands more in a 30-year killing spree.

ABC News correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as "America's most prolific serial killer."

Gosnell is currently serving three life sentences (without the possibility of parole) for murdering babies and patients at his "House of Horrors" abortion clinic.

This book—now a major movie starring Dean Cain (Lois & Clarke)—reveals how the investigation that brought Gosnell to justice started as a routine drugs investigation and turned into a shocking unmasking of America's biggest serial killer. It details how compliant politicians and bureaucrats allowed Dr. Gosnell to carry out his grisly trade because they didn’t want to be accused of “attacking abortion.” Gosnell also exposes the media coverup that saw reporters refusing to cover a story that shone an unwelcome spotlight on abortion in America in the 21st century.

Gosnell is an astounding piece of investigative journalism revealing a coverup among the medical political and media establishments that allowed a killer to go undetected for decades.

Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects [EPUB]

Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects [EPUB]
Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects by Alyona Nickelsen
2009 | EPUB | 7.09MB

Learn to paint with groundbreaking new techniques for a favorite medium!

  • Dazzling colors, incredible realism—with simple step-by-step demonstrations
  • Easy-to-follow instructions from a top colored-pencil artist
  • Master the wide range of colored pencil effects possible, including blending, layering, translucent effects, and more

Radiant color…painterly finishes…astonishing realism…with colored pencils! Achieve rich, luminous color and eye-popping ultra-realistic effects. Artists of every level will be inspired by the amazing new techniques created by Alyona Nickelsen, presented in Colored Pencil Painting Bible for the very first time.

Nickelsen’s innovations will delight readers and detailed you-can-do-it processes bring her striking results within reach for every artist. Take colored pencils beyond the ordinary with Colored Pencil Painting Bible!

Looting and Rape in Wartime: Law and Change in International Relations [EPUB]

Looting and Rape in Wartime: Law and Change in International Relations [EPUB]
Looting and Rape in Wartime: Law and Change in International Relations by Tuba Inal
2013 | EPUB | 2.0MB

Women were historically treated in wartime as property. Yet in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, prohibitions against pillaging property did not extend to the female body. There is a gap of nearly a hundred years between those early prohibitions of pillage and the prohibition of rape finally enacted in the Rome Statute of 1998. In Looting and Rape in Wartime, Tuba Inal addresses the development of these two separate "prohibition regimes," exploring why states make and agree to laws that determine the way war is conducted, and what role gender plays in this process.

Inal argues that three conditions are necessary for the emergence of a global prohibition regime: first, a state must believe that it is necessary to comply with the prohibition and that to do otherwise would be costly; second, the idea that a particular practice is undesirable must become the norm; finally, a prohibition regime emerges with state and nonstate actors supporting it all along the way. These conditions are met by the prohibition against pillage, which developed from a confluence of material circumstances and an ideological context: the nineteenth century fostered ideas about the sanctity of private property, which made the act of looting seem more abhorrent. Meanwhile, the existence of conscripted and regulated armies meant that militaries could take measures to prevent it. In that period, however, rape was still considered a crime of passion or a symptom of behavioral disorder—in other words, a distortion of male sexuality and outside of state control—and it would take many decades to erode the grip of those ideas. Only toward the end of the twentieth century did transformations in gender ideology and the increased participation of women in politics bring about broad cultural shifts in the way we perceive sexual violence, women, and women's roles in policy and lawmaking.

In examining the historical and ideological context of how these two regimes evolved, Looting and Rape in Wartime provides vital perspective on the forces that block or bring about change in international relations.

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy [Audiobook]

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy [Audiobook]
The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy [Audiobook] by Michael McCarthy, read by Gordon Griffin
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 53 mins | 270.49MB

Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services.

Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, McCarthy presents a new way of looking at the world.

Wired for Love [Audiobook]

Wired for Love [Audiobook]
Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship [Audiobook] by Stan Tatkin, read by Michael Hinton
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 37 mins | 210.21MB

"What the heck is my partner thinking?" is a common refrain in romantic relationships and with good reason. Every person is wired for love differently, with different habits, needs, and reactions to conflict. The good news is that most people's minds work in predictable ways and respond well to security, attachment, and rituals, making it possible to actually neurologically prime the brain for greater love and fewer conflicts.

Wired for Love is an innovative guide to understanding your partner's brain and enjoying a romantic relationship built on love and trust. Synthesizing research findings drawn from neuroscience, attachment theory, and emotion regulation, this audiobook presents 10 guiding principles that can improve any relationship.

Seduced By Hitler: The Choices of a Nation and the Ethics of Survival [PDF]

Seduced By Hitler: The Choices of a Nation and the Ethics of Survival [PDF]
Seduced By Hitler: The Choices of a Nation and the Ethics of Survival by Adam LeBor, Roger Boyes
2001 | PDF | 5.21MB

Delves into the heart of the Third Reich, evoking daily life as it was lived in Nazi Germany and the countries it conquered.

Seduced by Hitler shows in startling detail how almost every waking hour of Hitler's reign offered insidious choices to the average German in their interactions with each other and the regime, whether at work, at home or at leisure.

Recent scholarship has focused on determinist theories to explain how Germans succumbed to Nazism, such as a predisposition to exterminationist anti-Semitism, or out of terror of a supposedly all-embracing Gestapo. This book goes beyond those accounts and brings to life the steady breakdown of national morality in the Third Reich and the seduction of the German people by Hitler.

Seduced by Hitler reveals little-known information that will illustrate the bleak, macabre and often bizarre reality of the Nazi dictatorship:

  • The story of 2,000 homosexuals who opted to be castrated rather than be sent to concentration camps.
  • How the Nazis launched a war on cancer, conducting groundbreaking research that was later destroyed.
  • How thousands of Germans profited from consumer fascism by buying from the Gestapo–at reduced prices–furs, jewelry and silverware stolen from the victims of the Holocaust.

Play at Work: How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook]

Play at Work: How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook]
Play at Work: How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking [Audiobook] by Adam L Penenberg, read by Tim Andres Pabon
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 33 mins | 223.24MB

Do games hold the secret to better productivity? If you've ever found yourself engrossed in Angry Birds, Call of Duty, or a plain old crossword puzzle when you should have been doing something more productive, you know how easily games hold our attention.

Hardcore gamers have spent the equivalent of 5.93 million years playing World of Warcraft while the world collectively devotes about 5 million hours per day to Angry Birds. A colossal waste of time? Perhaps. But what if we could tap into all the energy, engagement, and brainpower that people are already expending and use it for more creative and valuable pursuits?

Harnessing the power of games sounds like a New-Age fantasy, or at least a fad that's only for hip start-ups run by millennials in Silicon Valley. But according to Adam L. Penenberg, the use of smart game design in the workplace and beyond is taking hold in every sector of the economy, and the companies that apply it are witnessing unprecedented results.

"Gamification" isn't just for consumerschasing reward points anymore. It's transforming, well, just about everything. Penenberg explores how, by understanding the way successful games are designed, we can apply them to become more efficient, come up with new ideas, and achieve even the most daunting goals. He shows how game mechanics are being applied to make employees happier and more motivated, improve worker safety, create better products, and improve customer service.

For example, Microsoft has transformed an essential but mind-numbing task - debugging software - into a game by having employees compete and collaborate to find more glitches in less time. Meanwhile, Local Motors, an independent automaker based in Arizona, crowdsources designs from car enthusiasts all over the world by having them compete for money and recognition within the community. As a result, the company was able to bring a cutting-edge vehicle to market in less time and at far less cost than the Big Three automakers.

These are just two examples of companies that have tapped the characteristics that make games so addictive and satisfying. Penenberg also takes us inside organizations that have introduced play at work to train surgeons, aid in physical therapy, translate the Internet, solve vexing scientific riddles, and digitize books from the nineteenth century. Drawing on the latest brain science as well as his firsthand reporting from these cutting-edge companies, Penenberg offers a powerful solution for businesses and organizations of all stripes and sizes.

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power [Audiobook]

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power [Audiobook]
The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power [Audiobook] by Joseph Turow, read by Rob Grgach
2017 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hrs 50 mins | 213.75MB

A revealing and surprising look at the ways that aggressive consumer advertising and tracking, already pervasive online, are coming to a retail store near you

By one expert’s prediction, within twenty years half of Americans will have body implants that tell retailers how they feel about specific products as they browse their local stores. The notion may be outlandish, but it reflects executives’ drive to understand shoppers in the aisles with the same obsessive detail that they track us online. In fact, a hidden surveillance revolution is already taking place inside brick-and-mortar stores, where Americans still do most of their buying. Drawing on his interviews with retail executives, analysis of trade publications, and experiences at insider industry meetings, advertising and digital studies expert Joseph Turow pulls back the curtain on these trends, showing how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants—including Macy’s, Target, and Walmart—is already using data mining, in-store tracking, and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy, and define our reputations. Eye-opening and timely, Turow’s book is essential reading to understand the future of shopping.