Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing [Audiobook]

Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing [Audiobook]
Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Pete Davis
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 42m | 212.35MB

A profoundly inspiring and transformative argument that purposeful commitment can be a powerful force in our age of restlessness and indecision.

Most of us have had this experience: browsing through countless options on Netflix, unable to commit to watching any given movie - and losing so much time skimming reviews and considering trailers that it’s too late to watch anything at all. In a book borne of an idea first articulated in a viral commencement address, Pete Davis argues that this is the defining characteristic of the moment: keeping our options open. We are stuck in “Infinite Browsing Mode” - swiping through endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping from place to place searching for the next big thing, and refusing to make any decision that might close us off from an even better choice we imagine is just around the corner. This culture of restlessness and indecision, Davis argues, is causing tension in the lives of young people today: We want to keep our options open, and yet we yearn for the purpose, community, and depth that can only come from making deep commitments.

In Dedicated, Davis examines this quagmire, as well as the counterculture of committers who have made it to the other side. He shares what we can learn from the “long-haul heroes” who courageously commit themselves to particular places, professions, and causes - who relinquish the false freedom of an open future in exchange for the deep fulfillment of true dedication. Weaving together examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, Davis’ candid and humble words offer a meaningful answer to our modern frustrations and a practical path to joy.

Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World [Audiobook]

Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World [Audiobook]
Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World [Audiobook]
Author: Philip Hoare | Narrator: Paul Hilliar
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 12m | 253.83MB

An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea from the award-winning author of Leviathan, or The Whale.

Albrecht Dürer changed the way we saw nature through art. From his prints in 1498 of the plague ridden Apocalypse - the first works mass produced by any artist - to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, his art was a revelation: it showed us who we are but it also foresaw our future. It is a vision that remains startlingly powerful and seductive, even now.

In Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover why Dürer's art endures. He encounters medieval alchemists and modernist poets, eccentric emperors and queer soul rebels, ambassadorial whales and enigmatic pop artists. He witnesses the miraculous birth of Dürer's fantastical rhinoceros and his hermaphroditic hare, and he traces the fate of the star-crossed leviathan that the artist pursued. And as the author swims from Europe to America and beyond, these prophetic artists and downed angels provoke awkward questions. What is natural or unnatural? Is art a fatal contract? Or does it in fact have the power to save us?

With its wild and watery adventures, its witty accounts of amazing cultural lives and its delight in the fragile beauty of the natural world, Albert & the Whale offers glorious, inspiring insights into a great artist and his unerring, sometimes disturbing gaze.

The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany [Audiobook]

The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany [Audiobook]
The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany [Audiobook]
Author: Gwen Strauss | Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13h 33m | 373.63MB

The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a 10-day journey across the front lines of World War II from Germany back to Paris.

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author, as well as an archival recording of Martine Podliasky singing the Champs de Marais at her mother, Hélène Podliasky's, funeral.

The nine women were all under 30 when they joined the resistance. They smuggled arms through Europe, harbored parachuting agents, coordinated communications between regional sectors, trekked escape routes to Spain, and hid Jewish children in scattered apartments. They were arrested by French police, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo. They were subjected to a series of French prisons and deported to Germany.

The group formed along the way, meeting at different points, in prison, in transit, and at Ravensbrück. By the time they were enslaved at the labor camp in Leipzig, they were a close-knit group of friends. During the final days of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine chose their moment and made a daring escape.

Drawing on incredible research, this powerful, heart-stopping narrative is a moving tribute to the power of humanity and friendship in the darkest of times.

Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond [Audiobook]

Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond [Audiobook]
Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond [Audiobook]
Author: David Whitehouse | Narrator: Desmond O’Connor
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 40m | 212.01MB

Nearing half a century since the last Apollo mission, mankind has yet to return to the Moon, but that is about to change. With NASA’s Artemis program scheduled for this decade, astronomer David Whitehouse takes a timely look at what the next 50 years of space exploration have in store.

The thirteenth man and the first woman to walk on the Moon will be the first to explore the lunar south pole – the prime site for a future Moon base thanks to its near-perpetual sunlight and the presence of nearby ice.

The first crewed mission to Mars will briefly orbit the red planet in 2039, preparing the way for a future landing mission. Surviving the round trip will be the greatest challenge any astronaut has yet faced.

In the 2050s, a lander will descend to the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa and attempt to drill down to its subsurface ocean in search of life.

Based on real-world information, up-to-date scientific findings and a healthy dose of realism, Space 2069 is a mind-expanding tour of humanity’s future in space over the next 50 years.

The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire [Audiobook]

The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire [Audiobook]
The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire [Audiobook]
Authors: Jeff Berwick, Charlie Robinson | Narrator: Patrick Smith
2021 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 17h 26m | 958.39MB

The American Empire is finished and will soon become another cautionary tale, tossed upon the trash heap of history, and destroyed by the very same societal issues that plagued the many former empires that share similar fates. It did not have to end this way, but when the most devious and ruthless members of a society are tasked with running the system, the outcome can hardly be in dispute.

All empires fall, but it is the reason they eventually come apart that is surprisingly similar. The fate of America will not be any different. Like a 47-story steel and concrete building that is covertly slated for demolition, the American Empire was built on a rotten foundation and has been targeted for destruction. The core of the building has been pre-weakened over the decades through government policies, had its support columns identified and rigged with financial detonators, watched society be transformed into a culture incapable of recognizing their impending doom to sound the alarm, and as the plunger is pushed down and the destruction begins, many people will have no idea of what is coming their way until it is too late. Once the debris is cleared away there is hope that a new civilization can be built, but will they make the same mistakes, or can they learn from the past and chart a different course?

How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be [Audiobook]

How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be [Audiobook]
How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be [Audiobook]
Author: Katy Milkman | Narrators: Katy Milkman, Angela Duckworth
2021 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 6h 14m | 342.87MB

Award-winning Wharton professor and Choiceology podcast host Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behavior change. In this groundbreaking book, Milkman reveals a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be, with a foreword from psychologist Angela Duckworth, the best-selling author of Grit.

Set audacious goals. Foster good habits. Create social support. You've surely heard this advice before. If you've ever tried to change or encourage it - to boost exercise or healthy eating, to prevent missed deadlines or kick-start savings - then you know there are thousands of apps, books, and YouTube videos promising to help and offering sound guidance. And yet, you're still not where you want to be.

This trailblazing book from award-winning behavioral scientist and Wharton professor Katy Milkman explains why. In a career devoted to uncovering what helps people change, Milkman has discovered a crucial thing many of us get wrong: our strategy. Change, she's learned, comes most readily when you understand what's standing between you and success and tailor your solution to that roadblock. If you want to work out more but find exercise difficult and boring, downloading a goal-setting app probably won't help. But what if, instead, you transformed your workouts so they became a source of pleasure instead of a chore? Turning an uphill battle into a downhill one is the key to success.

Drawing on Milkman's original research and the work of her dozens of world-renowned scientific collaborators, How to Change shares an innovative new approach that will help you change or encourage change in others. Through case studies, engaging stories, and examples from cutting-edge research, this book illustrates how to identify and overcome the barriers that regularly stand in the way of change. How to Change will teach you:

  • Why timing can be everything when it comes to making a change
  • How to turn temptation and inertia into assets that can help you conquer your goals
  • That giving advice, even if it's about something you're struggling with, can help you achieve more

Whether you're a manager, coach, or teacher aiming to help others change for the better or are struggling to kick-start change yourself, How to Change offers an invaluable, science-based blueprint for achieving your goals, once and for all.

Hard to Break: Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick [Audiobook]

Hard to Break: Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick [Audiobook]
Hard to Break: Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick [Audiobook]
Author: Russell A Poldrack | Narrator: Tim Fannon
2021 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 7h 1m | 382.62MB

The neuroscience of why bad habits are so hard to break - and how evidence-based strategies can help us change our behavior more effectively.

We all have habits we’d like to break, but for many of us it can be nearly impossible to do so. There is a good reason for this: The brain is a habit-building machine. In Hard to Break, leading neuroscientist Russell Poldrack provides an engaging and authoritative account of the science of how habits are built in the brain, why they are so hard to break, and how evidence-based strategies may help us change unwanted behaviors.

Hard to Break offers a clear-eyed tour of what neuroscience tells us about habit change and debunks “easy fixes” that aren’t backed by science. It explains how dopamine is essential for building habits and how the battle between habits and intentional goal-directed behaviors reflects a competition between different brain systems. Along the way, we learn how cues trigger habits; why we should make rules, not decisions; how the stimuli of the modern world hijack the brain’s habit machinery and lead to drug abuse and other addictions; and how neuroscience may one day enable us to hack our habits. Shifting from the individual to society, the book also discusses the massive habit changes that will be needed to address the biggest challenges of our time.

Moving beyond the hype to offer a deeper understanding of the biology of habits in the brain, Hard to Break reveals how we might be able to make the changes we desire - and why we should have greater empathy with ourselves and others who struggle to do so.

Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America [Audiobook]

Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America [Audiobook]
Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America [Audiobook]
Author: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard | Narrator: Robert Petkoff
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 5m | 277.95MB

In the 10th audiobook in the multimillion-selling Killing series, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard take on their most controversial subject yet: The Mob.

Killing the Mob is the 10th audiobook in Bill O'Reilly's number-one New York Times best-selling series of popular narrative histories, with sales of nearly 18 million copies worldwide, and over 320 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard trace the brutal history of 20th-century organized crime in the United States, and expertly plumb the history of this nation’s most notorious serial robbers, conmen, murderers, and especially, mob family bosses. Covering the period from the 1930s to the 1980s, O’Reilly and Dugard trace the prohibition-busting bank robbers of the Depression Era, such as John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby-Face Nelson. In addition, the authors highlight the creation of the Mafia Commission, the power struggles within the “Five Families”, the growth of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, the mob battles to control Cuba, Las Vegas, and Hollywood, as well as the personal war between the US Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and legendary Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

O’Reilly and Dugard turn these legendary criminals and their true-life escapades into a listen that rivals the most riveting crime novel. With Killing the Mob, their hit series is primed for its greatest success yet.

Islamic Law: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Islamic Law: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Islamic Law: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Author: Mashood A Baderin | Narrator: Paul Boehmer
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5h 40m | 156.03MB

Islamic law is one of the major legal systems in the world today, yet it is often misunderstood, particularly in the West. It is applicable in different forms as part of state law in countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and also has a strong influence on Muslim communities throughout the Western world.

This Very Short Introduction provides an authoritative perspective on the evolution and nature of Islamic law. Mashood A. Baderin considers its theory, covering the history and nature of Islamic jurisprudence; its scope, covering family law, inheritance law, financial law, penal law, and international law; and, finally, its practice. He takes into account both classical and modern scholarly perspectives in examining the various facets of Islamic law, to provide an overview of this key legal system.

The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior [Audiobook]

The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior [Audiobook]
The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior [Audiobook]
Author: David S Duncan | Narrator: Terrence Kidd
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 39m | 127.89MB

A "detective story" that delivers key insights for any businessperson asking the questions: Who really are our customers, why do we lose them, how do we regain them?

Customers can be a mystery. Despite the availability of more data than ever before, everyone, from the CEO to salespeople in the field, struggles to understand who their customers really are, what they want, why they lose them, and how to regain them.

To crack the case, start thinking like a market detective.

David Scott Duncan shows how in his entertaining story of Tazza, a fictional chain of cafes with declining sales and leaders urgently seeking to understand why. The vivid characters of Tazza’s market detective force come to their aha moment when they finally understand why their most loyal customers walked out the door - and how they can get them back.

The core of the Tazza story is a simple, powerful idea that upends how most businesses view their customers. Customers have “jobs to be done”. They “hire” companies to solve a problem or fulfill a need and “fire” them when unhappy. Duncan’s fresh way of thinking about how to understand your customers’ secret lives provides an innovative path for solving whatever market mysteries you face.

The Book of Lymph: Self-Care Practices to Enhance Immunity, Health, and Beauty [Audiobook]

The Book of Lymph: Self-Care Practices to Enhance Immunity, Health, and Beauty [Audiobook]
The Book of Lymph: Self-Care Practices to Enhance Immunity, Health, and Beauty [Audiobook]
Author: Lisa Levitt Gainsley | Narrator: Jean Ann Douglass
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 17m | 257.04MB

A first-of-its-kind guide that outlines and explains the health-promoting properties of lymphatic massage, featuring five-minute self-massage sequences anyone can do at home.

Thanks to the astonishing results it provides - glowing skin, a flatter stomach, enhanced immunity, and full-body detox - the practice of manually stimulating the lymphatic system has become one of the most popular wellness practices today. Lymphatic drainage works because the lymphatic system - a complex geography of rivers that snake throughout the body just beneath the surface of the skin - connects every other bodily system. When lymph flows, everything else flows, too.

In this first-of-its-kind guide, veteran lymphatic drainage practitioner, educator, and advocate Lisa Levitt Gainsley explains how to maintain lymphatic health, sharing the five-minute self-massage techniques she originally developed for her high-powered Los Angeles clientele. These simple sequences are tailored to address a number of specific and common issues: bloating, headaches, digestive problems, immune health, anxiety, weight loss, acne, inflammation, and more.

Whether you just want to look and feel your best or are facing a more serious health issue such as cancer treatment or recovery, The Book of Lymph offers educational and practical instruction to help you cultivate a body free of pain and lethargy, activate a calmer state of being, and boost overall glow - in just five minutes a day.

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine [Audiobook]

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine [Audiobook]
Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine [Audiobook]
Author: Robert H Lustig | Narrator: Charles Constant
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 3m | 332.78MB

The New York Times best-selling author of Fat Chance explains the eight pathologies that underlie all chronic disease, documents how processed food has impacted them to ruin our health, economy, and environment over the past 50 years, and proposes an urgent manifesto and strategy to cure both us and the planet.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science, challenges our current healthcare paradigm which has gone off the rails under the influence of Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government.

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is. One of Lustig’s singular gifts as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the general listener, in order to unpack the scientific data and concepts behind his arguments, as he tells the “real story of food” and “the story of real food”.

Metabolical weaves the interconnected strands of nutrition, health/disease, medicine, environment, and society into a completely new fabric by proving on a scientific basis a series of iconoclastic revelations, among them:

  • Medicine for chronic disease treats symptoms, not the disease itself
  • You can diagnose your own biochemical profile
  • Chronic diseases are not "druggable," but they are "foodable"
  • Processed food isn’t just toxic, it’s addictive
  • The war between vegan and keto is a false war - the combatants are on the same side
  • Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government are on the other side

Making the case that food is the only lever we have to effect biochemical change to improve our health, Lustig explains what to eat based on two novel criteria: protect the liver, and feed the gut. He insists that if we do not fix our food and change the way we eat, we will continue to court chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and threaten the planet. But there is hope: this book explains what’s needed to fix all three.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night [Audiobook]

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night [Audiobook]
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night [Audiobook]
Author: Julian Sancton | Narrator: Vikas Adam
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13h 28m | 370.59MB

The harrowing true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry - with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter.

In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica.

But de Gerlache’s plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: Turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ship’s occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness.

In this epic tale, Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure and horror for the ages. As the Belgica’s men teetered on the brink, de Gerlache relied increasingly on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity: the expedition’s lone American, Dr. Frederick Cook - half genius, half con man - whose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica; and the ship’s first mate, soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen, even in his youth the storybook picture of a sailor. Together, they would plan a last-ditch, nearly certain-to-fail escape from the ice - one that would either etch their names in history or doom them to a terrible fate at the ocean’s bottom.

Drawing on the diaries and journals of the Belgica’s crew and with exclusive access to the ship’s logbook, Sancton brings novelistic flair to a story of human extremes, one so remarkable that even today NASA studies it for research on isolation for future missions to Mars. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings [Audiobook]

The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings [Audiobook]
The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Sy Montgomery
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 2h 5m | 57.65MB

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of the “fascinating...entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures - hummingbirds.

As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of 61 MPH, and beating their wings more than 60 times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. That’s where Brenda Sherburn comes in.

With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are. With Sy Montgomery’s signature “joyful passion” (Library Journal), this inspiring little book celebrates the profound gift that hummingbirds are to our planet and is the ultimate gift for nature lovers and bird watchers everywhere.

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe [Audiobook]

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe [Audiobook]
Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Niall Ferguson
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16h 35m | 457.14MB

"All disasters are in some sense man-made."

Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.

Disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises. and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all.

Yet in 2020 the responses of many developed countries, including the United States, to a new virus from China were badly bungled. Why? Why did only a few Asian countries learn the right lessons from SARS and MERS? While populist leaders certainly performed poorly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Niall Ferguson argues that more profound pathologies were at work - pathologies already visible in our responses to earlier disasters.

In books going back nearly 20 years, including Colossus, The Great Degeneration, and The Square and the Tower, Ferguson has studied the foibles of modern America, from imperial hubris to bureaucratic sclerosis and online fragmentation.

Drawing from multiple disciplines, including economics, cliodynamics, and network science, Doom offers not just a history but a general theory of disasters, showing why our ever more bureaucratic and complex systems are getting worse at handing them.

Doom is the lesson of history that this country - indeed the West as a whole - urgently needs to learn, if we want to handle the next crisis better, and to avoid the ultimate doom of irreversible decline.

The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism [Audiobook]

The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism [Audiobook]
The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism [Audiobook]
Authors: Hubert Joly, Caroline Lambert | Narrator: William Sarris
2021 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 7h 16m | 404.36MB
>How to unleash "human magic" and achieve improbable results.

Hubert Joly, former CEO of Best Buy and orchestrator of the retailer's spectacular turnaround, unveils his personal playbook for achieving extraordinary results.

Joly and his team rebuilt the company into one of the nation's favorite employers, vastly increased customer satisfaction, and dramatically grew Best Buy's stock price, while making Best Buy a leader in sustainability and innovation.

In The Heart of Business, Joly shares the philosophy behind the resurgence of Best Buy: pursue a noble purpose, put people at the center of the business, create an environment where every employee can blossom, and treat profit as an outcome, not the goal.

Putting this approach into practice requires radically rethinking how we view work, how we define companies, how we motivate, and how we lead. Joly shares memorable stories, lessons, and practical advice, all drawn from his own personal transformation from a hard-charging McKinsey consultant to a leader who believes in human magic.

The Heart of Business is a timely guide for leaders ready to abandon old paradigms and reinvent capitalism so that it contributes to a sustainable future. Visit TheHeartofBusiness.org to learn more.

Leverage Change: 8 Ways to Achieve Faster, Easier, Better Results [Audiobook]

Leverage Change: 8 Ways to Achieve Faster, Easier, Better Results [Audiobook]
Leverage Change: 8 Ways to Achieve Faster, Easier, Better Results [Audiobook]
Author: Robert W Jake Jacobs | Narrator: Jeff Hoyt
2021 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 1m | 334.83MB

Organizational change doesn’t have to be so difficult. Leading change expert Jake Jacobs shares eight fail-safe ways to make any change initiative at any organization easier, faster, and more effective.

In a recent Fast Company article, nine CEOs said the biggest challenges their companies face are all related to change. Change is a constant need and a constant challenge for every organization - large or small, for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental. Is there a way to make it easier?

If you’re trying to lift something heavy, it helps to have a lever.

In this book, Jake Jacobs provides eight levers that can transform the typical change process into something far smoother and more efficient - he calls the new process "leverage change". Jacobs offers proven advice and real-life examples that will accelerate every step of the change process, including designing your own customized change process, figuring out where the real energy for change is in your organization, striking the right balance between explicit direction and creative collaboration, making change work as part of people’s regular routines, and more. Archimedes said with the right lever, he could move the world - with Jacobs’ eight levers, you can change your world.

Co-Active Leadership, Second Edition: Five Ways to Lead [Audiobook]

Co-Active Leadership, Second Edition: Five Ways to Lead [Audiobook]
Co-Active Leadership, Second Edition: Five Ways to Lead [Audiobook]
Authors: Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House | Narrator: Jeff Hoyt
2021 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 4h 53m | 271.53MB

As leaders, how we are is as important as what we do. This new edition of a leadership classic shows how to master the inner and outer work needed to build relationships that unleash the transformational creative potential in everyone.

Top-down, one-dimensional leadership models are hopelessly outmoded in today’s rapidly changing world. And they waste the leadership ability present throughout an organization, not just at the top. In the second edition of this visionary book, Karen and Henry Kimsey-House provide a model that harnesses the possibility of many rather than relying on the power of one.

Co-active leadership is a deeply collaborative approach, but the last of its five dimensions focuses on the individual: leading from within. We must be fully present and live with integrity, openheartedness, and self-awareness if we are to make the kind of conscious, creative choices co-active leadership demands.

The second edition is updated with two additional chapters, one offering new ways to utilize the Co-Active Leadership Model and another that goes deeply into the Co-Active philosophy that drives the authors’ approach. Each of the five dimension chapters is expanded to incorporate feedback, new language, case studies, and practical suggestions for practice and development.

Beyond Great: Nine Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution [Audiobook]

Beyond Great: Nine Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution [Audiobook]
Beyond Great: Nine Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution [Audiobook]
Authors: Arindam Bhattacharya, Nikolaus Lang, Jim Hemerling | Narrator: Stephen Graybill
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 9h 40m | 547.17MB

The nine core strategies that will help companies keep customers, attract quality talent, generate revenue, and improve the communities around them, all in the face of new disruptive forces.

Beyond Great will give listeners everywhere the strategies they need to navigate a daunting new era of technological, economic, and social change. Supported by years of research and hands-on consulting practice, it will present a comprehensive framework for building a high-performing, adaptive, and socially responsible global company.

The book begins by taking an incisive look at the disruptive forces transforming globalization, including economic nationalism; the boom in data flows and digital commerce; the rise of China; heightened public concerns about capitalism and the environment; and the emergence of borderless communities of digitally connected consumers. The authors then offer nine core strategies that will help businesses today address and exploit these forces.

Through compelling stories from real companies that have used these strategies to make change, Beyond Great argues that leaders today must evince a new kind of flexibility and light-footedness, constantly layering in new strategies and operational norms atop existing ones to allow for "always-on" transformation. Leaders must master a whole new set of rules about what it takes to be "global", becoming shape-shifters adept at handling contradiction, multiplicity, and nuance. This book will show them how.

Populista: The Rise of Latin America's 21st Century Strongman [Audiobook]

Populista: The Rise of Latin America's 21st Century Strongman [Audiobook]
Populista: The Rise of Latin America's 21st Century Strongman [Audiobook]
Author: Will Grant | Narrator: Ed Hughes
2021 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hours | 546.11MB

For more than six decades, Fidel Castro's words have echoed through the politics of Latin America. His towering political influence still looms over the region today.

The swing to the Left in Latin America, known as the 'Pink Tide', was the most important political movement in the Western Hemisphere in the 21st century. It involved some of the biggest, most colourful and most controversial characters in Latin America for decades, leaders who would leave an indelible mark on their nations and who were adored and reviled in equal measure.

Parties became secondary to individual leaders and populism reigned from Venezuela to Brazil, from Central America to the Caribbean, financed by a spike in commodity prices and the oil-backed largesse of Venezuela's charismatic socialist president, Hugo Chávez.

Yet within a decade and a half, it was all over. Today, this wave of populism has left the Americas in the hands of some of the most authoritarian and dangerous leaders since the military dictatorships of the 1970s.

The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Author: Charles L Cohen | Narrator: Jim Denison
2021 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 4h 53m | 268.79MB

In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram--Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his Covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual--if differentiated--veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus

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Each religion continues to be shaped by this history but has also reacted to the forces of modernity and politics. Movements such as the Reformation and that led by seventh-century Kharijites have emerged, intentioned to reform or restore traditional religious practice but quite different in their goals and effects. Relationships with states, among them Israel and Saudi Arabia, have also figured importantly in their development. The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction brings these traditions together into a common narrative, lending much needed context to the story of Abraham and his descendants.

Royal Bastards: Illegitimate Children of the British Royal Family [Audiobook]

Royal Bastards: Illegitimate Children of the British Royal Family [Audiobook]
Royal Bastards: Illegitimate Children of the British Royal Family [Audiobook]
Authors: Peter Beauclerk-Dewar, Roger Powell | Narrator: John Lee
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 13m | 254.62MB

Since 1066, when William the Conqueror took the throne, English and Scottish kings have sired at least 150 children out of wedlock. Many were acknowledged at court and founded dynasties of their own; several of today's dukedoms are descended from them. Others were only acknowledged grudgingly or not at all. In the 20th century, this trend for royals to father illegitimate children continued, but the parentage, while highly probable, has not been officially recognized.

This book is a genuinely fresh approach to British kings and queens, examining their lives and times through the unfamiliar perspective of their illegitimate children. Interviewees include many of their descendants. But beyond personal narratives, it also sheds light on the perennially fascinating topic of sexual habits; the links between politics, power, and patronage; the class system, scandal, and celebrity; and the different expectations we have of men and women.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day [Audiobook]

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day [Audiobook]
Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day [Audiobook]
Authors: Rodney Scott, Lolis Eric Elie | Narrator: Rodney Scott
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 25m | 122.78MB

In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award–winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.

Rodney Scott was born with barbecue in his blood. He cooked his first whole hog, a specialty of South Carolina barbecue, when he was just eleven years old. At the time, he was cooking at Scott's Bar-B-Q, his family's barbecue spot in Hemingway, South Carolina. Now, four decades later, he owns one of the country's most awarded and talked-about barbecue joints, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston.

In this cookbook, co-written by award-winning writer Lolis Eric Elie, Rodney spills what makes his pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, Ella's Banana Puddin', and award-winning whole hog so special. Moreover, his recipes make it possible to achieve these special flavors yourself, whether you're a barbecue pro or a novice. From the ins and outs of building your own pit to poignant essays on South Carolinian foodways and traditions, this stunningly photographed cookbook is the ultimate barbecue reference. It is also a powerful work of storytelling. In this modern American success story, Rodney details how he made his way from the small town where he worked for his father in the tobacco fields and in the smokehouse, to the sacrifices he made to grow his family's business, and the tough decisions he made to venture out on his own in Charleston.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ is an uplifting story that speaks to how hope, hard work, and a whole lot of optimism built a rich celebration of his heritage—and of unforgettable barbecue.

Connection: How to Find the Life You're Looking for in the Life You Have [Audiobook]

Connection: How to Find the Life You're Looking for in the Life You Have [Audiobook]
Connection: How to Find the Life You're Looking for in the Life You Have [Audiobook]
Author: Kristine Klussman PhD | Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 46m | 268.78MB

We are in the midst of an epidemic of loneliness. Though modern technology purports to "connect" us like never before, we live increasingly isolated and insulated lives, painfully disconnected from each other, from our values, and from ourselves. Indeed, almost 70 percent of Americans report they don't have a single person they can confide in.

Rooted in established scientific findings, as well as her own research and clinical experience, Harvard-trained psychologist and connection researcher Dr. Kristine Klussman's approach to well-being is simple and transformative. Klussman shows us that the way to achieve true happiness and fulfillment is not by striving toward them at all, but rather by cultivating connection in our everyday lives.

Connection brings listeners an eye-opening and actionable guide that teaches how to nurture your own self-knowledge and integrity - and how to use that knowledge to shape a life rich with meaning and purpose. With Connection, you will discover how to connect with yourself and the world around you in deeper and more significant ways. Through experiential exercises and guided reflection, Klussman teaches listeners how to live their best lives in alignment with their values, hopes, and dreams.

Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West [Audiobook]

Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West [Audiobook]
Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West [Audiobook]
Author: Blaine Harden | Narrator: Mark Bramhall
2021 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 39m | 361.94MB

From New York Times best-selling author of Escape From Camp 14, a riveting and revealing account of one of the most persistent "alternative facts" in American history: the story of a missionary, a tribe, a massacre, and a myth that shaped the American West

In 1836, two missionaries and their wives were among the first Americans to cross the Rockies by covered wagon on what would become the Oregon Trail. Dr. Marcus Whitman and Reverend Henry Spalding were headed to present-day Washington state and Idaho, where they aimed to convert members of the Cayuse and Nez Perce tribes. Both would fail spectacularly as missionaries. But Spalding would succeed as a propagandist, inventing a story that recast his friend as a hero, and helped to fuel the massive westward migration that would eventually lead to the devastation of those they had purportedly set out to save.

As Spalding told it, after uncovering a British and Catholic plot to steal the Oregon Territory from the United States, Whitman undertook a heroic solo ride across the country to alert the President. In fact, he had traveled to Washington to save his own job. Soon after his return, Whitman, his wife, and eleven others were massacred by a group of Cayuse. Though they had ample reason - Whitman supported the explosion of white migration that was encroaching on their territory, and seemed to blame for a deadly measles outbreak - the Cayuse were portrayed as murderous savages. Five were executed.

This fascinating, impeccably researched narrative traces the ripple effect of these events across the century that followed. While the Cayuse eventually lost the vast majority of their territory, thanks to the efforts of Spalding and others who turned the story to their own purposes, Whitman was celebrated well into the middle of the 20th century for having "saved Oregon". Accounts of his heroic exploits appeared in congressional documents, The New York Times, and Life magazine, and became a central founding myth of the Pacific Northwest.

Exposing the hucksterism and self-interest at the root of American myth-making, Murder at the Mission reminds us of the cost of American expansion, and of the problems that can arise when history is told only by the victors.

Swing Trading for Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]

Swing Trading for Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]
Swing Trading for Dummies, 2nd Edition [Audiobook]
Author: Omar Bassal CFA | Narrator: Michael Butler Murray
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11h 45m | 322.77MB

Swing trading is all about riding the momentum of brief price changes in trending stocks. Although it can be risky, swing trading is popular for a reason, and Swing Trading For Dummies, 2nd Edition will show you how to manage the risk and navigate the latest markets to succeed at this lucrative trading strategy.

In this updated edition, you'll find expert guidance on new accounting rules, the 2018 tax law, trading in international markets, algorithmic trading, and more. Plus, learn about the role social media now plays in moving asset prices, and how you can tap into online trends to ride price swings.

  • Understand money management, journal keeping, and strategy planning
  • Focus on fundamental analysis to increase your chance of success
  • Evaluate companies to screen for under or overvalued stocks
  • Develop and implement your trading plan and calculate performance

Starting from the basic differences between swing trading and other trading styles and progressing through plain-English explanations of more advanced topics like charts and reporting standards, Swing Trading for Dummies will help you maintain and grow your assets with swing trading in any market!

Philosophical Investigations [Audiobook]

Philosophical Investigations [Audiobook]
Philosophical Investigations [Audiobook]
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein | Narrator: Jonathan Booth
2020 | M4A@128 kbps | 9h 34m | MB

Philosophical Investigations - a landmark in 20th century philosophy - was published in 1953, two years after the death of its author. In the preface written in Cambridge in 1945 where he was professor of philosophy he states: ‘Four years ago I had occasion to re-read my first book (the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus) and to explain its ideas to someone. It suddenly seemed to me that I should publish those old thoughts and the new ones together: that the latter could be seen in the right light only by contrast with and against the background of my old way of thinking.’

Philosophical Investigations was the result.

It explores the concept of meaning, of understanding, of propositions, of logic, of states of consciousness and of many other topics. The fundamental ideas of the Tractatus are both expounded and criticised. This is the text of the third edition.