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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French goes behind the scenes at one of the country's most popular—and most controversial—destinations: zoos. Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. Zoo Story crackles with issues of global urgency: the shadow of extinction, humanity's role in the destruction or survival of other species. More than anything else, though, it's a dramatic and moving true story of seduction and betrayal, exile and loss, and the limits of freedom on an overcrowded planet—all framed inside one zoo reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. Thomas French, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, chronicles the action with vivid power: Wild elephants soaring above the Atlantic on their way to captivity. Predators circling each other in a lethal mating dance. Primates plotting the overthrow of their king. The sweeping narrative takes the listener from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison. All of it comes to life in the book's four-legged characters. Zoo Story shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.Show more
Some colleagues may experience less anxiety than others, but far more people than you realize are just as burdened by the pressure to perform well and the fear of what will happen they don't. That feeling is called 'workplace anxiety,' and if you suffer from it, you are not alone. For the millions of people who suffer from workplace anxiety, Work Makes Me Nervous is a truly effective self-empowerment training tool. Unlike books about how to manage time, Work Makes Me Nervous provides a cure, in the form of proven therapeutic method for empowering readers to dismantle the wall they have built up between themselves and their desire or necessity to excel at work. Work Makes Me Nervous trains readers in developing a 'High-Performance Mind,' by using Jonathan's 'Mind State Graph' in a way that channels workplace anxiety into powerful performance. Work Makes Me Nervous provides real stories of real people, case studies, and practical exercises.Show more
Winning Across Global Markets examines how 145-year old Nokia grew from a small paper mill in Finland to a multinational telecommunications leader. Why are Nokia's globalization lessons so critical across industries and worldwide? While most large multinational companies enjoy inherent advantages in which their home base/country/flagship location often accounts for 30 - 50% of their revenues, small- multinationals like Nokia who have a home base market that generates less than 1% of its revenues are the exception in the global business world. To such a company, global advantage based on local success is a matter of life and death. To established industry leaders in the U.S., Europe and Japan, Winning Across Global Markets provides a roadmap for how to develop, capture and sustain competitive advantage. To ambitious challengers in emerging economies, it offers a guideline on how to topple the giants. Based on Steinbocks exclusive access to and interviews with all chief/senior executives of Nokia from the CEO and chairman to the technology and design chiefs, as well as the regional directors, Winning Across Global Markets reveals the remarkable story of Nokias resilience and endurance in todays ever-changing world.Show more
A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time---the growing inequality between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich.Show more
The idea of a firms competitive life-cycle and its stock valuation is based on the premise that competition and capital flows operate over the longer term to force companies economic returns toward the cost of capital. In a nutshell, the pattern of corporate economic returns and reinvestment rates reflects an unending struggle between managerial skills and competition over time. To maintain well above average economic returns and reinvestment rates over decades, companies must continually reinvent themselves to outperform competitors. This book approaches that stock valuation process with a systems mind-set and shows the six fundamental lessons in valuation that can be learned by viewing stock valuation from the company life-cycle perspective.Show more
This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant-but accessible-ideas to expand every mind. What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world's most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world. This Will Make You Smarter features Daniel Kahneman on the "focusing illusion"; Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention; Richard Dawkins on experimentation; Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown; Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being; Nicholas Carr on managing "cognitive load"; Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating; Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles; Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion; Frank Wilczek on the brain's hidden layers; Clay Shirky on the "80/20 rule"; Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world; V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts; Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence; John McWhorter on path dependence; Lisa Randall on effective theorizing; Brian Eno on "ecological vision"; Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts; J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life; Helen Fisher on temperament; Sam Harris on the flow of thought; and Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty.Show more
Eric J. Weiner's critically acclaimed first book, What Goes Up: The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street as Told by the Bankers, Brokers, CEOs, and Scoundrels Who Made It Happen, was selected as one of the year's best books by Barron's magazine and one of the year's Most Enriching Reads by Kiplinger's. Weiner has demonstrated a deep knowledge of Wall Street and how the international financial world operates. Now, in The Shadow Market, he reveals that an enormous reshuffling of global fiscal power is taking place'and that Americans are powerless to stop it. Most of us are unaware of the multitrillion-dollar network of super-rich, secretive, and largely unregulated investment vehicles'foreign sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, and hedge funds'that are quietly buying up the world, piece by piece. The Shadow Market tells the definitive story behind this side of high finance, the side most people rarely get to see. It doesn't have a physical headquarters, like Wall Street or the New York Stock Exchange, or an index to track. But it's there, pulling the levers behind the curtain. Weiner investigates the evolution of the international market that now dominates the global financial world'where money mixes with geopolitical power, sometimes invisibly, and other times quite publicly. Highly informative and sometimes startling, The Shadow Market is an urgent warning to the worldwide community and a must-listen for anyone interested in the future of the global economy, America's position in the world, or how and where to invest money.Show more
Dr. John Gottman shares the seven principles essential to the success of any marriage in this definitive guide for any couple who wants their relationship to reach its full potential.Show more
There are one thousand prophecies in the Bible, so it's natural to wonder: Have any prophecies been fulfilled? Do they really explain the future? Can we really know what will happen at the end of time? In succinct and clear answers to most frequently asked questions, David Jeremiah decodes and clarifies prophecy for the average person. He explains in simple lay terms what could otherwise be mysterious and even frightening, allowing listeners to gain a balanced and assuring perspective of the significance of prophetic events to their personal lives as believers in Christ. Jeremiah also helps listeners understand how prophecy is directly related to world events today.Show more
The most venerated and bestselling authors in the mystery world reveal how they created their most beloved serial characters.Show more
A courageous young journalist takes us deep inside the hunt for the most powerful, feared, and charismatic drug lord in the world---Mexico's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman---and tells the full story of the drug trade over the past thirty years.Show more
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