By Evan Davis
'A Malcolm Gladwell-style social psychology/behavioural economics primer' Evening StandardLow-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us 'your call is important to us'. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times? This brilliantly insightful book steps inside the panoply of deception employed in all walks of life and assesses how it has come to this. It sets out the surprising logic which explains why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent. Why are company annual reports often nonsense? Why should you not trust estate agents? And above all, why has political campaigning become the art of stretching the truth? Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and of course his knowledge of the media, Evan ends by providing readers with a tool-kit to handle the kinds of deceptions we encounter every day, and charts a route through the muddy waters of the post-truth age.
By Jen Welter, Stephanie Krikorian
When Jen Welter became a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL, but it wasn't her first time pioneering as a woman in football: Welter was also the first woman to play running back in a men's professional football league. In Play Big, Welter reveals the grit and determination that it took to be a trailblazer in one of the country's toughest boys' clubs. With reliability and encouragement, Play Big lays out how she handled the unique pressure of being the only woman in a notoriously sexist environment. By detailing her own strategies for succeeding despite the odds, Welter gives readers the tools they need to do the same, whatever their own obstacles might be.Drawing on a move that garnered attention during her time with the Cardinals--writing personal motivational notes for each of her linebackers the night before a game--Welter translates simple but effective tips for perseverance and toughness in Play Big.
Peter Powers and the Itchy Insect Invasion!
By Kent Clark, Brandon T. Snider, Dave Bardin
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers - except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him - mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots!When his parents are captured, will Peter and his siblings be able to work together and save the day? Or will the town--and possibly the world--be iced? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their second action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!This is the second in a new chapter book series of exciting stories about a young boy who has the worst superpower ever. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.
Peter Powers and the Rowdy Robot Raiders
By Kent Clark, Brandon T. Snider, Dave Bardin
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers--except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him--mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots!When his parents are captured, will Peter and his siblings be able to work together and save the day? Or will the town - and possibly the world - be iced? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their second action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!
The Prayer of Protection
By Joseph Prince
THE PRAYER OF PROTECTION unveils the Bible's ultimate psalm of protection, Psalm 91, to help you understand more about how God guards His children. Joseph Prince offers simple keys and practical advice to finding and resting in the secret place of the Most High, where no evil can even come near you. You'll begin to live unafraid and with boldness as you allow the certainty of your heavenly Father's love and the sure promises of His Word to guard your heart against every fear. Come under the wings of the Almighty and live life divinely protected, positioned, and free from all fears with our covenant-keeping God!
By Eric Devine
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth: 2015 Pound by sweaty pound, Greg Dunsmore's plan is working. Greg is steadily losing weight while gaining the material he needs to make the documentary that will get him into film school and away from the constant jeers of Dun the Tun." But when Greg captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by his town's championship-winning lacrosse team, he knows he has evidence that could damage as much as it could save. And if the harm is to himself and his future, is revealing the truth worth the cost?
Peanuts: Be Thankful
By Charles M. Schulz
Sometimes it helps to remember how much we have to be thankful for. Let the Peanuts gang help you count your blessings! Be inspired by Charlie Brown's sincerity, Snoopy's positivity, and Linus's generosity. Learn to love the things the Peanuts way!
The Pleasantries of Krishnamurphy
By Gabriel Rosenstock
The Pleasantries of Krishnamurphy: Revelations from an Irish Ashram combines humour, fantasy and the wellsprings of spiritual traditions, East and West. There is a distinct Sufi flavour to The Pleasantries, with the earthy wisdom and humour of Nasroodeen (that wise fool and foolish wise man), and all the refined and airy wit that those who know and love Ireland and the Irish will recognise.A rich, humorous and wise miscellany of stories and verse by the distinguished Irish author, Gabriel Rosenstock. Welcome to the quixotic world of Krishnamurphy and the fundamental tenets of Spiritual Anarchy. A sage? A maverick? A complete idiot? Is he fooling his followers or are they awakening, one by one, to the deepest mysteries of life and the core of their own being? And what is the roles of the Ashram Cook in all of this? Discover his unique Nothing Soup. It is not called Nothing Soup for nothing!Enter this Irish ashram-at your own peril-and judge for yourself. Wit or wisdom? Divine humor? Many have gone mad finding out. You're next!
Parenting Your Stressed Child
By Michelle Bailey
Childhood is one of the most stressful periods in life as children have limited emotional resources for managing their feelings in times of stress.Parenting Your Stressed Child helps parents, teachers, and school counselors identify signs of stress in their children and teach them simple mindfulness skills for staying resilient and calm in the face of stress, including breath awareness exercises, mindful movement, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, loving-kindness, and counting your blessings. Teachers and school counselors will find that these skills help kids focus on their schoolwork and stay calm when they feel distressed. Parents can practice modeling these skills and incorporate them into their own lives in order to improve their children's ability to tolerate stress, both learning and teaching the art of resilience, a character trait that will stay with both parents and children for a lifetime.
The Power Of You
By Anne Jones
Each and every one of us possesses an amazing personal power. It is our deep core energy that motivates us and gives us the endurance, courage and determination to overcome the challenges in life. When we are in touch with this power we have the confidence and the strength to drive us to our goals and make a positive difference to the world around us.Now spiritual healer Anne Jones shows us how to claim this extraordinary power within us so that we may live our lives to the fullest and bring that joy into the lives of those around us. She will show you:* How to identify and build your core strengths* How to break attachments to your fears* How to manifest your desires* How to use your own strength to empower those around you and make a difference in the world* Empowerment techniques to deal with day-to-day challenges* How to identify the sources of threats to our power and withstand their effects* How to regain confidence in yourself and the world* Healing techniques to balance body and mind and protect your healthIncluding positive meditations and inspiring case studies, The Power of You shows you what the human spirit is truly capable of if we connect to our inner power.
Prepare To Sell Your Company
By L.B. Buckingham
Selling your company is a trying time, similar to selling your house. For those unfamiliar with this process, the challenging thoughts will be: 'How do I start?'; 'Who can help me?'; 'How much can I get for the business?'; 'Who is most likely to buy it, and where do I find them?'; 'When should I do it?' This book will answer all your questions. Easy to read, it covers all the practical aspects of preparing your business for sale. It will show you just how a potential acquirer will view a company that is up for sale. This will enable you to: - develop a business profile that will attract buyers - and maintain their interest until completion - build into the business those aspects that will encourage a buyer to increase their bid. This book will take you through the sale process: preparation, marketing, acceptance of offer, the 'due diligence examination' (the vendor's nightmare), successful completion, and beyond. - What you need to do when selling your company - Setting your desired exit package - Constructing an exit strategy that works for you - Introducing a corporate structure to make sale easier - Organising company finances and tax liabilities in preparation - Matching results to budgets - Identifying your company's intellectual assets - Telling staff about the company sale - Pre-sale and post-completion activitiesContents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Early considerations; 2. Major factors that influence exit; 3. Construct an exit strategy; 4. Adopt a corporate constitution; 5. Introduce a management structure into your business; 6. Organisation of your company's finances; 7. Construct the company growth by sales and marketing; 8. Recognise and secure your intellectual property and assets; 9. Business activities, logistics and supply chain management; 10. Commercial matters; 11. Employee matters; 12. Information technology; 13. Reputation; 14. Your pre-sale period; 15. The company sale process; 16. Introducing due diligence; 17. Completion day; 18. Post completion; Appendix; Glossary; Index.
By Joanne Dahme
In a land overshadowed by death, fifteen year-old Nell's uncanny resemblance to Princess Joan brings her to act as her double,what young girl wouldn't want to leave a life of poverty and pretend to be a princess? But when the plague catches up to the royal entourage, thwarting the King's plan for the princess to marry the Prince of Castile and seal an alliance between their kingdoms, Nell's life could change forever. Princess Joan's brother The Black Prince schemes to make the wedding go on declaring Nell will no longer double for Joan, she will become the princess and dupe Prince Pedro into marriage! With the aid and protection of a quirky band of friends,a Spanish minstrel, a monk, a gravedigger, a band of merchants,Nell must evade not only the Black Prince, a practitioner of the dark arts, but the plague as well, as she fights to return to the King and country. Based on historical truth, Dahme beautifully captures the dark terror of a Plague-infested fourteenth century Europe, while bringing to life the daily existence of medieval life for young adult readers.
By Julian Dibbell
Play Money explores the remarkable new phenomenon of MMORPGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments. With city-sized populations, these games generate their own cultures, governments, and social systems and, inevitably, their own economies, which spill over into the real world. The desire for virtual goods-magic swords, enchanted breastplates, and special, hard-to-get elixirs-has spawned a cottage industry of virtual loot farmers": people who play the games just to obtain fantasy goods that they can sell in the real world. The best loot farmers can make between six figures a year and six figures a month . Play Money is an extended walk on the weird side: a vivid snapshot of a subculture whose denizens were once the stuff of mere sociological spectacle but now-with computer gaming poised to eclipse all otherentertainments in dollar volume, and with the lines between play and work, virtual and real increasingly blurred-look more and more like the future.
The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet
By Nicholas Perricone
Consider this staggering fact: as we age, we can expect to gain ten pounds of fat and lose five pounds of muscle each decade. In The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet, Dr Perricone unlocks for the first time the secret link between non-visible cell inflammation and unwanted weight gain. Dr Perricone shows the reader in clear, practical steps how to reverse the signs of ageing by focusing on the foods, supplements and exercises with proven ability to accelerate fat loss by increasing metabolism and building and maintaining muscle mass. Follow his straightforward program and you'll sleep better, have more energy and achieve greater mental clarity without experiencing food cravings. Lose the fat, the wrinkles and the years!
Prelude to Terror
By Joseph J. Trento
Distinguished investigative reporter Joseph Trento has written the most authoritative indictment of CIA splinter groups, two generations of Bush family involvement in illegal financial networks, and the funding of the agents of terror. Prelude to Terror reveals the history of a corrupt group of spymasters , led by Ted Shackley , who were fired when Jimmy Carter became president, but who maintained their intelligence portfolio and used it to create a private intelligence network. After this rogue group helped engineer Carter's defeat in 1980 and allied with George H.W. Bush, these former CIA men planned and conducted what became the Iran-Contra scandal and, through the Saudis, allied the U.S. with extreme elements in Islam. The CIA's number-one front man, Edwin P. Wilson, was framed by Shackley and his cohorts so that Wilson's operations could be taken over. For the first time the story of how CIA director George H. W. Bush was recruited into this network, and brought it into the bosom of the Saudi royal family, is told in detail, as well as how this group's manipulation of the CIA bureaucracy allowed Osama bin Laden's fundraising to thrive as al Qaeda flourished under Saudi and CIA protection.
The Path To Freedom
By The Dalai Lama
FREEDOM IN EXILE - Here, in his own words, The Dalai Lama describes what it was like to grow up revered as a deity among his people, reveals his innermost feelings about his role, and discusses the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. He tells of secret deals struck with the CIA as Tibet continued to struggle for independence, talks freely of the many world leaders he has known, and talks of the West's malaise from his standpoint as a spirtual and temporal figure of world reknown.ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN WORLD - With wit, gentle good sense and with penetrating insight, the Dalai Lama shows how the truths that have stood the test of generations of practise can provide us with the tools to live happy, fulfilled and meaningful lives. In the process, it becomes apparent that he does not merely espouse the 'feelgood' religiosity some accuse him of. The reader is left admiring not just the wisdom of the author, but the wisdom of the culture he represents. In ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN WORLD, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses these issues, in a spiritual complement to his autobiography FREEDOM IN EXILE.
The Paid Companion
By Amanda Quick
The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiance will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion.
Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, her feisty manner and golden eyes sway him to make a generous offer.
Elenora's sorry financial circumstances - and dreams of a life of independence - leave her little choice but to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
By Heinz Guderian
General Heinz Guderian's revolutionary strategic vision and his skill in armored combat brough Germany its initial victories during World War II. Combining Guderian's land offensive with Luftwaffe attacks, the Nazi Blitzkrieg decimated the defences of Poland, Norway, France,and, very neatly, Russia,at the war's outset. But in 1941, when Guderian advised that ground forces should take a step back, Hitler dismissed him. In these pages, the outspoken general shares his candid point of view on what would have led Germany to victory, and what ensured that it didn't. In addition to providing a rare inside look at key members of the Nazi party, Guderian reveals in detail how he developed the Panzer tank forces and orchestrated their various campaigns, from the break through at Sedan to his drive to the Channel coast that virtually decided the Battle of France. Panzer Leader became a bestseller within one year of its original publication in 1952 and has since been recognized as a classic account of the greatest conflict of our time.
The Performance Challenge
By Ann Maycunich, Jerry Gilley, Nathaniel W. Boughton
Businesses of all shapes and sizes constantly struggle to balance the immediate demands of the market and shareholders against the cost of investing internally in the long-term development of their employees. And though many organizations draw up eloquent mission statements and proudly proclaim that "our people are our greatest asset," in practice they fail to make the commitment to employees in favour of meeting short-term goals. The net result is a failure to achieve a consistently high level of performance.In The Performance Challenge, Jerry W. Gilley, Nathaniel W. Boughton, and Ann Maycunich draw from their extensive research, teaching, and consulting experience to present a comprehensive approach to performance management that will help executives in any organization lear to establish a dynamic balance among people, processes, and strategic objectives. The cornerstone of this approach is the Performance Alignment Model, which consists of seven separate but interrelated steps: conducting stakeholder valuation improving job design establishing synergistic relationships applying performance coaching conducting developmental evaluations creating performance growth and development plans linking compensation and rewards to performance growth and development As executives learn to apply these principles simultaneously, they can pinpoint obstacles to performance improvement and create an environment that successfully assesses stakeholder needs and expectations links employees' tasks and responsibilities directly to the company's strategic goals and objectives provides opportunities for mentoring, skills development, and feedback to enhance performance and rewards employees for entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, creativity, and loyalty. In the process, managers take on new roles as coaches, trainers, and counselors, while corporate leaders reward those who contribute to collabourative, creative problem solving.Ultimately, The Performance Challenge outlines a vision of a new type of corporate structure,the "developmental" organization,defined by its abilities to enhance the collective talent of its employees for the purposes of better serving its customers and shareholders.
Product Development For The Service Sector
By Robert G. Cooper, Scott J. Edgett
As the lines between products and services become less and less distinct, many managers and consultants advocate that manufacturing companies learn to think like the service sector,get close to the customer, offer multi-dimensional solutions, provide high-quality support. But in today's highly competitive and constantly changing marketplace, managers in service industries, such as banking, insurance, financial services, utilities, and retailing, can benefit enormously by thinking like manufacturers,employing a rigorous product development model to create and test new offerings, develop the most promising ones, and see them to market successfully. In Product Development for the Service Sector, product development experts Cooper and Edgett draw from their extensive research, teaching, and consulting experience to offer service sector executives and managers a comprehensive overview of the principles of product development and how they can be successfully applied in any service industry.