Wired for Thought: How the Brain is Shaping the Future of the Internet

In this age of hypercompetition, the Internet constitutes a powerful tool for inventing radical new business models that will leave your rivals scrambling. But as brain scientist and entrepreneur Jeffrey Stibel explains in Wired for Thought, you have to understand its true nature. The Internet is more than just a series of interconnected computer networks: it's the first real replication of the human brain outside the human body. 

To leverage its power, you first need to understand how the Internet has evolved to take on similarities to the brain. This engaging and provocative book provides the answer. Stibel lays out:

-How networks have changed and what that implies for how people connect and form communities 

-What the Internet-and online business opportunities-will look like in the future 

-What the next stage of artificial intelligence will be and what opportunities it will present for businesses

Stibel shows how exceptional companies are using their understanding of the Internet's brainlike powers to create competitive advantage-such as building more effective Web sites, predicting consumer behavior, leveraging social media, and creating a collective consciousness. 

The Shark and the Goldfish

 

Now more than ever, fear and uncertainty are becoming staples of daily life. During changing times, it's easy to worry, give up, and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think you do, and how you handle adversity is your choice—the only choice that matters.

Many successful people and businesses have grown to prominence during even the worst recessions and downturns. These successful people and organizations all shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same. 

In The Shark and the Goldfish, bestselling author Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about a goldfish who has always been fed, a nice shark who teaches him to find food, and a wave of change that brings them together. In the process of finding food the shark teaches the goldfish the ultimate lesson—that the difference between a full belly and an empty stomach depends solely on your faith, beliefs, and actions. 

In the face of adversity, this is a simple fable that reinforces a proven truth—you can't control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond to them. You can allow the waves of change to crush you, or you can learn to ride them to a successful future. Packed with tips and strategies for thriving during tough times, The Shark and the Goldfish will have a lifelong impact. 

Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss

A groundbreaking guide to dealing with difficult bosses by two bestselling experts

 

In their bestseller Working with You Is Killing Me, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster taught readers how to free themselves from emotional traps created by difficult colleagues. Now they apply their research and insights to the challenges of "toxic bosses." Sooner or later, we all work for someone we can't stand. When that happens, some people quit, some suffer in silence, and others cope by sulking, obsessing, avoiding, or retaliating. But it's better to take control by applying the four-step process in this book:

 

• Detect: Am I crazy or is my boss driving me crazy?

• Detach: Accept that you can't change your boss, but you can take back your power.

• Depersonalize: Learn to take your supervisor's behavior less personally.

• Deal: Devise a plan to get what you need, manage your boss, and move your career forward.

 

Filled with concrete examples, this book will help readers take back their power from even the most challenging bad bosses- chronic critics, yellers, unconscious discriminators, control freaks, pathological liars, and more. 

The Unemployed Millionaire

 

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn millions while you sit on the beach and enjoy your life? In The Unemployed Millionaire, you'll learn why it's no longer a pipe dream but a real possibility. 

 

The lowering of trade barriers and the emergence of the Internet have made it possible for almost anyone to set up a business from anywhere. Whether you're on a beach in Bali or a cruise ship in Alaska, the Internet lets you instantly market your products and services to millions of consumers around the world. 

 

Making money today is a matter of click-and-order, not brick-and-mortar. The Unemployed Millionaire shows you how to capitalize on this growing trend and shatters the myth that making millions requires huge capital investments, years of experience, or long hours stuck in a stuffy office. 

 

Inside, Matt Morris gives you the same tactics he used to climb out from under $30,000 in debt on his way to generating a staggering $20,000,000 in a few short years. 

 

You'll also learn: 

 

Proven ways to earn your first profits online in less than a week 

 

How to easily set up and market a Web site, or better yet, have someone else do it for you 

 

Five simple strategies to crush your competition 

 

A step-by-step process to recruit joint venture partners to market your Web site—the same exact system Morris used to recruit three partners who earned him over $1 million each 

 

An easy-to-implement three-step management system you can use to run your entire empire while you travel the world, or whatever else your heart desires 

 

If you know where you want to be—and it's not stuck in a dead-end job—read The Unemployed Millionaire and change your life today. 

Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

 How to tap the power of social software and networks to build your business

There's no question that the Internet has changed the way we do business—especially when it comes to marketing. Consumer environments are short on trust and populated by consumers who are cynical, savvy, and informed. Though it's easier than ever to reach your customers, it's less likely that they'll listen. Today, the most valuable online currency isn't the dollar, but trust itself.

At the same time, social networks and personal connections have far more influence on consumers than your marketing messages ever will—unless your business knows how to harness them. In Trust Agents, two social media veterans show you how to tap into the power of these networks to build your brand's influence, reputation, and profits. 

Trust agents aren't necessarily marketers or salespeople; they're the digitally savvy people who use the Web to humanize businesses using transparency, honesty, and genuine relationships. As a result, they wield enough online influence to build up or bring down a business's reputation. This audio book will show you how to build profitable relationships with trust agents, or become one yourself. 

In an online world defined by its transparency, becoming a trust agent is no easy task, but once you've established your reputation, you can build influence, share it, and reap the benefits of it for your business. When you've learned a trust agent's secrets, your words can carry more power and more weight than any PR firm or big corporate marketing department. 

Learn to use the power of the Web and social networks for your business now. Trust Agents gives you all the tools and strategies you need to do it the right way—honestly, effectively, and profitably. 


Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

 

The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical—it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

For more than a decade, Schiff has not only observed the U.S. economy, but also helped his clients restructure their portfolios to reflect his outlook. What he sees today is a nation facing a growing economic storm—brought on by bursting bubbles and growing federal, personal, and corporate debt—that will only continue to intensify as the U.S. government refuses to allow market forces to repair the damage. 

Crash Proof 2.0 picks up right where the first edition—which clearly foresaw the bursting of the real estate bubble, credit crunch, and the insolvency of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—left off and includes more than 80 new pages of up-to-the-minute analysis and advice. This timely guide takes into account the dramatic economic shifts that are reshaping America and provides you with valuable insights which will allow you to protect yourself, as well as prosper, during the difficult times that lie ahead. Throughout the audio book, Schiff explains the factors that will affect your future financial stability—from the bubble in bond prices and collapse of the dollar to surging long-term interest rates and run-away inflation—and offers a specific three-step plan to battle today's economic downturn, and tomorrow's market mayhem. 

STEP #1: Rethinking Your Stock Portfolio shows you exactly how to solidify your portfolio with foreign securities that are better positioned to weather the storm and deliver meaningful long-term returns 

STEP #2: Gold Rush examines the various ways to capitalize on the bull markets in gold and silver and explains how these precious metals can add both safety and growth potential to a conservative foreign stock portfolio 

STEP #3: Stay Liquid discusses the different aspects of liquidity and the importance of having it during times of financial turmoil 

Even with all that's happened in the last few years, the real collapse still lies ahead. With Crash Proof 2.0 as your guide, you'll discover a long-term plan that will put you in a better position to survive and thrive during the coming years of economic uncertainty.

Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top

 

When the economy turns rough, many companies sideline their green business initiatives. That’s a big mistake. In Green Recovery, Andrew Winston shows that no company can afford to wait for the downturn to end before going green. 

 

Green initiatives ratchet up your company’s resource efficiency, creativity, and employee motivation. They save energy, waste, and money, preserving precious capital—and give precise focus to your innovation efforts and strategic priorities. 

 

Part manifesto and part how-to guide, this concise and engaging audio book provides a road map for using green initiatives to deliver short-term gains and position your company for long-term strategic growth. You’ll discover how to:

 

• Get lean: Amp up your energy and resource efficiency to survive tough times.

 

• Get smart: Use environmental data about products and supply chains for competitive advantage. 

 

• Get creative: Rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as “How might we operate with no fossil fuels?”

 

• Get going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company’s, your customers’, and the world’s environmental challenges.

 

Green Recovery is your guide to establishing your competitive positioning in difficult times and emerging even stronger into a vastly changed economy.

Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It from Happening to You

 

Why do smart and experienced leaders make flawed, even catastrophic, decisions? Why do people keep believing they have made the right choice, even with the disastrous result staring them in the face? And how can you be sure you're making the right decision--without the benefit of hindsight?

 

Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead, and Andrew Campbell show how the usually beneficial processes of the human mind can become traps when we face big decisions. The authors show how the shortcuts our brains have learned to take over millennia of evolution can derail our decision making. Think Again offers a powerful model for making better decisions, describing the key red flags to watch for and detailing the decision-making safeguards we need.

 

Using examples from business, politics, and history, Think Again deconstructs bad decisions, as they unfolded in real time, to show how you can avoid the same fate. 


Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness

In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out, at least in disguised form. Today, in a vibrant underground net-work of “psychiatric survivor groups” all over the world, patients work together to unravel the mysteries of madness and help one another re-cover. Optimistic, courageous, and surprising, Agnes’s Jacket takes us from a code-cracking bunker during World War II to the church basements and treatment centers where a whole new way of understanding the mind has begun to take form.

A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Hornstein’s luminous work helps us bridge that gulf, guiding us through the inner lives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression, and paranoia and emerging with nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves.


The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics was Reborn

 

A BRILLIANTLY ORIGINAL and richly illuminating exploration of entanglement, the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles—one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics.

 

In 1935, in what would become the most cited of all of his papers, Albert Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed “spooky action at a distance.” In that same year, Erwin Schrödinger christened this spooky correlation “entanglement.” Yet its existence wasn’t firmly established until 1964, in a groundbreaking paper by the Irish physicist John Bell. What happened during those years and what has happened since to refine the understanding of this phenomenon is the fascinating story told here.

 

We move from a coffee shop in Zurich, where Einstein and Max von Laue discuss the madness of quantum theory, to a bar in Brazil, as David Bohm and Richard Feynman chat over cervejas. We travel to the campuses of American universities—from J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Berkeley to the Princeton of Einstein and Bohm to Bell’s Stanford sabbatical—and we visit centers of European physics: Copenhagen, home to Bohr’s famous institute, and Munich, where Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli picnic on cheese and heady discussions of electron orbits.

 

Drawing on the papers, letters, and memoirs of the twentieth century’s greatest physicists, Louisa Gilder both humanizes and dramatizes the story by employing their own words in imagined face-to-face dialogues. Here are Bohr and Einstein clashing, and Heisenberg and Pauli deciding which mysteries to pursue. We see Schrödinger and Louis de Broglie pave the way for Bell, whose work here is given a long-overdue revisiting. And with his characteristic matter-of-fact eloquence, Richard Feynman challenges his contemporaries to make something of this entanglement.

 

In this stunning debut, Gilder has found a wholly original way of bringing to life a tale of physics in progress, making clear that the keys to many of its riddles lie in the personalities, partisanship, and passions of the physicists themselves. 


The Hamster Revolution for Meetings: How to Meet Less and Get More Done

 

Meetings have changed.  They’re more frequent, virtual, and informal.  Yet, most professionals haven’t upgraded their meeting skills.  It’s no wonder that 43% of meeting time is wasted, due to:  

 

1. Meeting overload: Professionals waste twenty-four days a year in useless meetings.

2. Missing success ingredients: Ninety percent of all professionals attend meetings that lack a clearly stated objective and agenda.

3. Virtual-meeting chaos: Disinterested participants + endless technical glitches= huge amounts of wasted time.

4. Agenda adrift: Goals are missed when meetings veer off course.

5. Action distraction: Incomplete action items result in delayed projects and missed deadlines.

 

Good news- Help is on the way! Meet Iris, a sales manager so overwhelmed by meetings she feels like a hamster on a wheel. 

 

Just in time, Iris finds a coach—a meeting efficiency and etiquette expert with a simple plan that helps her to meet less, make better use of meeting technology, and get more done.


5 Keys to High Performance:: Juggle Your Way to Success

 

The ability to learn is life’s most important skill. Now, Michael Gelb, a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership, and the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, teaches you the 5 keys to high performance:  

 

 

. Activate Your Brain's Success Mechanism

 

. Transform Your Attitude about Mistakes and Failure

 

. Play! Your Genius Birthright

 

. Cultivate Relaxed Concentration

 

. Coach to Learn

 

 

This dynamic, interactive and inspiring program will guide you to  

improve your learning ability as you age, embrace change, and  

discover resilience in the face of adversity as you learn how to juggle!

The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

 

From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding.  And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly—believing they wee avoiding risk—road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

 

The Science of Fear is a disarmingly cheerful roundtrip shuttle to the new brain science, dissecting the fears that misguide and manipulate us every day.

 

As award-winning journalist Daniel Gardner demonstrates, irrational fear springs from how humans miscalculate risks. Our hunter-gatherer brains evolved during the old Stone Age and struggle to make sense of a world utterly unlike the one that made them. Numbers, for instance, confuse us. Our “gut” tells us that even if there aren’t “fifty thousand predators…on the Internet prowling for children,” as a recent U.S. Attorney General claimed, then there must be an awful lot. And even if our “head” discovers that the number is baseless and no one actually knows the truth—there could be one hundred thousand or five—we are still more fearful simply because we heard the big number. And it is not only politicians and the media that traffic in fearmongering. Corporations fatten their bottom lines with fear. Interest groups expand their influence with fear. Officials boost their budgets with fear. With more information, warnings and scary stories coming at us every day from every direction, we are more prone than ever to needlessly worry.

 

Real-world examples, interviews with experts, and fast-paced, lean storytelling make The Science of Fear an entertaining and enlightening tour. Ultimately, by revealing the psychology behind the many ways our “gut” reactions lead us astray and allow others to manipulate us. The Science of Fear will make you brave. 


Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1809-1837: Lincoln's Frontier Background Shapes the Future President

 

 

Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

 

Lincoln’s Frontier Background Shapes the Future President ( 1809-1837)

 

 "I have seen a good deal of the backside of this world."

In Chapter 1, we are introduced to Lincoln's lineage and the history of his grandparents, his parents and the various locations in which they settled. But this chapter is mainly devoted to Lincoln’s father Thomas, recounting many of his ventures, personality traits and the intricacies of his relationship with his son. We also learn of his son’s childhood experiences, mainly those in his first seven years, which helped shape Lincoln into the man he becomes. 

 

 

"I used to be a slave” - Boyhood and Adolescence in Indiana

This chapter begins with an account of the Lincoln family's difficult move to Indiana and the intense labor it took to build a home there.  The Indiana years were marked by the death of Lincoln's mother and the introduction of Lincoln's stepmother, the woman who cultivated his interests and encouraged his education. We get a clear understanding of the role that learning and education played in his life, his developing personality, work ethic and religious views. 

 

 

"Separated from his father, he studied English Grammar” - New Salem (1831-1834)

Chapter 3 begins with a description of the business ventures that Lincoln participated in and leads to several anecdotes which give us a clear idea of the character and personality of the future president. We get a true understanding of his years in New Salem and his experiences there as he progresses from store clerk, to soldier, frontier merchant, surveyor, postmaster, political personality and on to the state legislature. 

 

 

"A Napoleon of astuteness and political finesse” - Frontier Legislature (1834-1837)

This chapter goes further into Lincoln's law studies and political career as a legislator and outlines the ideologies that shape his presidency. We also learn of his relationship with Ann Rutledge, whose passing leads him into a severe depression. His votes and work in the legislature begin to reflect his pro-suffrage, equal rights views.


Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1837-1842: A Righteous Lawyer Deals With an Unhappy Marriage

 Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

 

A Righteous Lawyer Deals With an Unhappy Marriage (1837-1842)

 

 

"We must fight the devil with fire” - Slasher Gaff Politico in Springfield (1837-1841)

Lincoln's studies lead to him becoming a successful lawyer in Illinois. He is often published anonymously during the political campaign of 1837 and his works include detailed rebuttals against opposing politicians. As a pivotal member of the Whig party, Lincoln openly begins to condemn mob violence and lynching, and begins to publicly denounce slavery in his speeches. This chapter details much of the wrongdoings and disorderly conduct that mark the political landscape of the time.

 

 

 “It would just kill me to marry Mary Todd” - Courtship and Marriage (1840-1842)

This chapter is entirely dedicated to Lincoln’s courtship and marriage to his wife, Mary Todd. His complete opposite, she is abusive, spiteful, argumentative and extremely thrifty. Many attribute Lincoln’s drive to become president to her, as even before their marriage, she referred to herself as a president’s wife and her disagreeable temperament often drove him out of the domestic realm and into the streets with the common people, making him extremely popular in the community.  


Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1843-1849: A Win in Congress and a Battle Against Slavery

 

Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

A Win in Congress and a Battle Against Slavery (1843-1849)

 

 

 

“I have got the preacher by the balls” - Pursuing a Seat in Congress (1843-1847)

This chapter begins with Lincoln’s fight for a seat in congress against two other Whig candidates. This part of his life is notably marked by domestic disturbances, many of which shaped people’s idea of Lincoln, the man.  Taking a pro-tariff stance in his campaign, he is elected to congress in 1846. We learn of his affinity to poetry, which he avidly read and wrote, and see the development of the ‘old Abe’ archetype, which apparently stemmed from a casual nickname and stuck with him for the rest of his life.

 

“A strong but judicious enemy to slavery” - Congressman Lincoln (1847-1849)

As a member of congress the Lincolns move to Washington, which at the time could be described as a city dealing with both ‘magnificence and squalor.’ Lincoln became very popular for his wit and humor. His time in congress is marked by a very strong anti-Mexican War sentiment and a denunciation of President Polk, for which he was criticized. He battles for the Whig Party opinion that slavery should not spread to free territories and should be abolished where it exists.


Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1849-1855: A Mid-Life Crisis and a Re-Entry to Politics

Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

 

A Mid-Life Crisis and a Re-Entry to Politics (1849-1855)

 

 

 

 “I was losing interest in politics and went to the practice of law with greater earnestness than ever before” - Mid-life Crises (1849-1854)

This point in Lincoln’s life is marked by a sudden return to the practice of law. Highly moral and judicious, he often took little or no money for cases, and would not represent a client if he didn’t believe in his case. Lincoln tried to settle many cases out of court.  He developed a persona of being affable and open, especially to juries, giving him a noted advantage. He also served on the circuit courts, where lawyers had to prepare cases quickly and where lodging was often quite difficult to find. This period is marked by the passing of both Lincoln’s son Eddie and his father, and it notes Lincoln’s acceptance of Christianity.

 

“Aroused as he had never been before” – Reentering Politics (1854-1855)

The encroachment of slavery to other states caused Lincoln to put a hold on his law career and take up the cause of abolition.  He was derogatorily attacked by opposing politicians who are against his ideals. Lincoln was approached by the anti-foreign, anti-Catholic Know Nothing party asking for his representation in the legislature, which he refused.  In many speeches, Lincoln begins to attack the morality of Southern slave-holders and the hypocrisy of slavery existing in the U.S.  He is also narrowly defeated in his bid for senate.  

Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1855-1858: Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates

 

 

Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

The ‘Rail Splitter’ Fights For and Wins the Republican Nomination (1859-1860)

 

 

 

“That Presidential Grub Gnaws Deep” – Pursuing the Republican Nomination (1859-1860)

Lincoln’s speeches were being published and widely circulated, as he began to practice law again as a means of income.  When John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry occurred, Democrats cited this as an example of slave-agitation caused by the Republicans. Lincoln also began to address the southern threat of succession, deeming it an ‘act of treason’.  In 1860, leading Republicans sought to boost Lincoln’s candidacy, as many saw him as the ‘more-electable’ of the candidates. Of all of the speeches in his political career, the ones that seemed the most difficult for Lincoln were his New York speeches as they made him feel uncomfortable and out of place.  During this time, Lincoln acquired the moniker “rail-splitter” which stemmed from a casual comment he made.

 

“The Most Available Presidential Candidate for Unadulterated Republicans” – The Chicago Convention May 1860

Lincoln seemed to have a good chance of winning the election, despite his opponent, William Henry Seward.  One major hurdle Lincoln faced was that he was seen as radical compared to Seward.  Also, Seward supporters ranged from the sophisticated to the brash, and often made Lincoln feel inferior. But Seward was racked with mistakes of his political past in New York which included fiscal impropriety.  A major victory for Lincoln at this point is Indiana, a victory that slows Seward’s momentum.  Lincoln ultimately beats Seward for the Republican nomination.  

Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1859-1860: The 'Rail Splitter' Fights For and Wins the Republican Nomination

 

Publishers Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “…profound and masterful portrait.” 

 

 

Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates ( 1855-1858)

 

 

 

“Unite With Us and Help Us to Triumph” – Building the Illinois Republican Party ( 1855-1857) 

Lincoln struggles to form a new party to take the place of the defunct Whig party. He has strong doubts that a peaceful end to slavery is possible. Joining with anti-slavery, anti-nativist forces, Lincoln launches the Republican Party of Illinois and the first Republican convention takes place. Supporting a non-radical anti-slavery platform Lincoln intervenes between radicals and conservatives to settle disputes at the convention. When the Dred Scott case is decided, Lincoln publicly denounces the court decision. His finest debates with Stephen A. Douglass take place and Lincoln calls into question the hypocrisy of the Southern disgust of race mixing, as the population of Southern mulattos “dwarfed” that of the north.

 

 

“A House Divided” Lincoln vs. Douglass (1857-1858)

Stephen Douglass vies for Republican support and begins to deny his affiliations with Democrats, stating that he had planned to curtail the spread of slavery geographically by building a railroad. Yet as late as 1858, Douglass wrote often of his belief, which had historical precedent, that blacks were not self-governing citizens and could not be granted passports. Lincoln saw him as a threat in that Douglas’ views were able to win Republicans and at the same time woo Democrats.  During this time, Lincoln delivers his famous “house divided” speech in which he claims that slavery must either exist or cease to exist in all territories.  

 

“A David Greater than the Democratic Goliath” –the Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1858

Despite Douglass being more popular than Lincoln, he lost many supporters due to strong and growing anti-slavery sentiments, a dwindling support from the Whig party, and a general dissatisfaction with the Democrat party. Douglass arrived well dressed for the debates with horse-drawn carriages and bands, whereas Lincoln would arrive quietly by train, and in very shabby clothing. Douglass often took to misquoting and lying, which local newspapers noted, sparking harsh criticism of him. The press also purposefully published inaccurate transcriptions of Lincoln’s speeches. Democratic election fraud was largely at play as Republicans failed to gain control of the legislature although the Republican popular vote was larger than it had been in 1856.  


Lecturing Birds on Flying: Can Mathematical Theories Destroy the Financial Markets

 

For the past few decades, the financial world has often displayed an unreasonable willingness to believe that "the model is right, the market is wrong," in spite of the fact that these theoretical machinations were largely responsible for the stock market crash of 1987, the LTCM crisis of 1998, the credit crisis of 2008, and many other blow-ups, large and small. Why have both financial insiders (traders, risk managers, executives) and outsiders (academics, journalists, regulators, the public) consistently demonstrated a willingness to treat quantifications as gospel? Nassim Taleb first addressed the conflicts between theoretical and real finance in his technical treatise on options, Dynamic Hedging. Now, in Lecturing Birds on Flying, Pablo Triana offers a powerful indictment on the trustworthiness of financial theory, explaining-in jargon-free plain English-how malfunctions in these quantitative machines have wreaked havoc in our real world. 

 

Triana first analyzes the fundamental question of whether financial markets can in principle really be solved mathematically. He shows that the markets indeed cannot be tamed with equations, presenting a long and powerful list of obstacles to prove his point: maverick unlawful human actions rule the markets, unexpected and unimaginable events shape the markets, and historical data is not necessarily a trustworthy guide to the future of the markets. The author then examines the sources of origin of many prevalent theories and mathematical dictums. He details how the field of financial economics evolved from a descriptive discipline to an abstract one dedicated to technically concocting professors' own versions of how such a world should work. He goes on to explain how Wall Street and other financial centers became eager employers of scientists, and how scientists became eager employees of financial firms. Triana concludes with an in-depth discussion of the most significant historical episodes of theory-caused real-life market malaise, with a strong emphasis on the current credit crisis. 

 

In the end, Lecturing Birds on Flying calls for the radical substitution of good old-fashioned common sense in place of mathematical decision-making and the restoration to financial power of those who are completely unchained to the iron ball of classroom-obtained qualifications. 

The Little Book of Main Street Money: 21 Simple Truths That Help Real People Make Real Money

 

Commonsense investing truths for everyone, from a popular and critically acclaimed journalist

 

In a world gone mad with bizarre credit derivatives, interest-only mortgages, and collapsing markets, we still need to manage our money, put our kids through college, and save for retirement. To the rescue comes Jonathan Clements– the hugely popular Wall Street Journal personal-finance columnist–with 21 easy-to-follow rules that could help readers secure their financial future. Clements has spent almost a quarter century demystifying Wall Street for those on Main Street. Now Director of Financial Guidance for myFi, a new Citigroup financial service geared toward individual investors, Clements has a deep understanding of what real people need. 

 

In The Little Book of Main Street Money, Clements brings readers back down to earth with commonsense guidance that will put them on the path to clear and intelligent money management. From the big picture (your home, retirement, and life) to the micro (taxes and inflation), Clements offers readers clear-cut guidelines for taking control of their financial life and details the strategies needed to thrive in today's volatile economy. The 21 truths outlined throughout this book are a guiding light for everyone, young and old, just starting or soon retiring. Each chapter reads like a Clements column–clear, pithy, and feisty. From the obvious to the counterintuitive, each truth will either bolster returns or cut costs. Collectively, the 21 truths are a compelling guide to today's treacherous financial terrain. Renowned for his spirited writing and shrewd investment guidance, Clements is the sane voice investors need to keep themgrounded in the midst of so much financial insanity. 

Get Off Your 'But': How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself

 

“This audio book will show you how to move beyond your limitations and begin to experience and share your gifts at the highest level…Listen to this audio book in its entirety, follow the lessons closely, and watch as your life transforms into a masterpiece filled with an abundance of bliss, passion, and gratitude.”

-From the Foreword by Anthony Robbins

 

In addition to presenting Sean Stephenson’s unbelievable life story, Get Off Your “But,” offers anyone who needs to conquer fears and insecurities a hands-on guide for overcoming the forces of negativity and self-sabotage. Sean—a successful psychotherapist—shows what it takes to overcome the big bumps in the road, eliminate excuses, end insecurities, and ultimately stand up for happiness and success in life. As Sean explains, anyone can fall victim to the “Buts”:

 

 “But” Fears (BUT what if I fail…)

 

  “But” Insecurities

  (BUT I’m not good enough…)

 

 “But” Excuses (BUT there’s no time…)

 

Get Off  Your “But” offers a practical guide for putting fear behind you and building the inner resources to become self-confident at work and at home. It’s time to get off your “but” and start leading the life you dream.

Owning Up: The 14 Questions Every Board Member Needs to Ask

 

Owning Up 

 

Your world as a director has suddenly changed. You've seen members of other boards take the heat when their companies imploded. The managements of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Washington Mutual clearly failed, but so did their boards. Now the board of every company beset with problems is coming under scrutiny. 

 

The pressure is on. Your board must own up to its accountability for the performance of the corporation. Governance now means leadership. 

 

Boards must change their modus operandi to address the new and complex issues that are emerging. These include 

 

 

Ensuring liquidity in the context of the global financial crisis 

Setting CEO performance targets in a very uncertain economy 

 

Assessing strategy and enterprise risk under extreme volatility 

 

So what should boards do now? What should they be talking about in their meetings and executive sessions? What decisions must they make? How assertive must they be regarding company priorities and operating goals? 

 

In Owning Up, business advisor and corporate governance expert Ram Charan answers these and other burning questions on the minds of directors and business leaders. He describes best practices that are emerging in boardrooms he has observed firsthand. And he provides practical recommendations on a range of issues, from compensation to dealing with external constituencies. Wisely attuned to the human side, he confronts the need for some boards to refresh their composition and for others to rebalance their board dynamics. 

 

Directors, CEOs, general counsels, and operating executives will find here the guidance they need to meet the new and rising standards for corporate governance in this demanding business environment. 


The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World

 

The first book to expose and investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization.

 

In his celebrated 1993 book The Clash of Civilizations, political scientist Samuel Huntington argued that the fundamental source of conflict in the post–Cold War world would not be primarily ideological or economic, but cultural. In The Geopolitics of Emotion Dominique Moïsi, a leading authority on international affairs, demonstrates that our post-9/11 world has become divided by more than cultural fault lines between nations and civilizations. Moïsi brilliantly chronicles how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a “clash of emotions,” and how cultures of fear, humiliation, and hope are reshaping the world.

 

Moïsi contends that both the United States and Europe have been dominated by fears of the “other” and of their loss of a national identity and purpose. Instead of being united by their fears, the twin pillars of the West are more often divided by them—or, rather, by bitter debates over how best to confront or transcend them. For Muslims and Arabs, the combination of historical grievances, exclusion from the economic boon of globalization, and civil and religious conflicts extending from their homelands to the Muslim diaspora have created a culture of humiliation that is quickly devolving into a culture of hatred. Meanwhile, Asia has been able to concentrate on building a better future and seizing the economic initiative from the American-dominated West and so creating a new culture of hope.

 

Do these emotions represent underlying cultural tendencies characteristic of particular regions and populations today? How will these varying emotions influence the political, social, and cultural conflicts that roil our world? How can the West transcend its fear and avoid sliding into protectionism or militarism? What can the Muslim world do to overcome is legacy of humiliation? Will China and India manage to maintain their status as the cultures of hope? And what will the effect of the world economic crisis be? By delineating the necessity of confronting emotions to understand our changing world and deciphering the driving emotions behind our cultural differences, The Geopolitics of Emotion presents a provocative new perspective on globalization.

Faith, Hope, and Healing: Inspiring Lessons Learned from People Living with Cancer

 

In his monumental bestseller, Love, Medicine, and Miracles, Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground by revealing the powerful role the mind can play in fighting illness. His dramatic stories of seriously ill patients whose sheer will, determination, and love helped them survive against the odds inspired countless listeners to consider the possibility of participating in their own healing. This new companion audio to Dr. Siegel’s timeless classic takes the journey further. 

 

Faith, Hope and Healing presents remarkable stories of what happened to patients who followed Dr. Siegel’s advice. You’ll meet courageous women and men who have not only been cured of cancer, but have also found deeper faith, hope, joy, and healing by coming to terms with their own mortality.

 

Grouped into sections on faith, hope, and healing, these first-person accounts and Siegel’s insightful commentaries encourage and help you to develop a survivor’s attitude and personality traits. They also offer proven strategies for getting through difficult times and discovering the gifts—true gifts—that illness can bring into your life.

 

Among the survivors who tell their stories here, you’ll find a woman who discovered on the same day that she had lost her battle for the custody of her three sons and that her breast cancer had returned. In the midst of utter catastrophe and defeat, with no how in sight, she discovered a love of life she had never known before. You’ll also meet the woman who asked, “Why me?” when she was diagnosed with cancer, and was surprised when a little voice inside her answered, “Why not?” And, a successful veterinarian reveals how his throat cancer taught him things about pets that he never learned in school.

 

All of the stories in this deeply supportive collection help you discover what Dr. Siegel calls the “side effects” of cancer: the wake-up call that urges you to begin your life anew, a heightened understanding of what really matters to you and what doesn’t, and the courage to take control of your own healing process as you work with caregivers to cure your illness.

 

For more than 20 years, Dr. Siegel has been educating cancer patients on the importance of the spiritual life in facing and recovering from cancer. In Faith, Hope and Healing, he helps you learn from the experiences of others how to recognize the disease as a wake-up call that leads you to seek nourishment for yourself and your life, start building a more authentic and fulfilling today, and keep it going for many years to come.