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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary 鈥淭he聽Boys of 鈥?6'.鈥?lt;br /><br /></b>For readers of聽<i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times鈥攖he improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington鈥檚 eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys鈥?own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man鈥檚 personal quest.
We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the Ame...
by Steve Beaven

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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<p><b>The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.</b></p><p>By 1977 the University of Evansville鈥檚 Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board.</p><p>The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history.</p><p>A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, <i>We Will Rise</i> is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.</p>
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The聽<i>#1 New York Times</i>聽bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the聽<i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br /> 聽聽<br /> <b>鈥淭he most important business鈥攁nd parenting鈥攂ook of the year.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>鈥淯rgent and important. . .聽an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.鈥?鈥擠aniel H. Pink</b>聽聽<b><br /> </b><br /> <b>鈥淪o much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.鈥?鈥擲usan Cain, bestselling author of聽<i>Quiet</i></b><i>聽</i>聽聽<br /><br /> <b>鈥淎s David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated鈥?a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you鈥檒l never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world鈥檚 top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.聽聽聽聽 <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world鈥檚 most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields鈥攅specially those that are complex and unpredictable鈥攇eneralists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They鈥檙e also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can鈥檛 see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing,聽<i>Range</i>聽makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised and Updated Edition
by Pavel Tsatsouline

Language

English

Pages

265

Publication Date

October 28, 2019

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Six years after the publication of the original S&S, people are still getting great results from the program and the book has never left the Amazon weight training best-seller list. So why another edition? Pavel answers with a quote from a novel: <i>You know our motto: "We never let well enough alone." </i><P>This is <i>Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised & Updated Edition</i> or simply S&S 2.0.<p>Learn how to use the extreme hand-held gym from the man who started the kettlebell revolution.<P><i>Simple & Sinister</i> will physically prepare you for almost anything life could throw at you, from carrying a piano upstairs or holding your own in a street fight.<br />- <i>Simple & Sinister</i> will forge a fighter's physique because the form must follow the function.<br />- <i>Simple & Sinister</i> will give you the strength, the stamina, and the suppleness to play any sport recreationally and play it well.<br />- If you are a serious athlete, <i>Simple & Sinister</i> will serve as a perfect foundation for your sport-specific training.<br />- If you are a serious lifter, <i>Simple & Sinister</i> will build your strength, rather than interfere with it.<p><i>Simple & Sinister</i> will achieve all of the above while leaving you plenty of time and energy to do your duty, your job, practice your sport, and have a life.<p>Russian kettlebell power to you!
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight 鈥渙ffers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh鈥?(<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company鈥檚 early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world鈥檚 most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it 鈥渁n amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It鈥檚 a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.鈥?lt;br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike鈥檚 annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight鈥檚 Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers鈥攁s well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand鈥攁nd a culture鈥攖hat changed everything.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by , Robert Pool

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<b>鈥淭his book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.鈥濃€擲eth Godin, author of </b><i><b>Linchpin</b></i><br /><br /><b><b>鈥淎nyone who wants to get better at anything should read [</b><i>Peak</i><b>]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson鈥檚 research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.鈥濃€?lt;/b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. <i>Peak</i> distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson鈥檚 revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.<br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淭he science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.鈥濃€擠an Coyle, author of </b><i><b>The Talent Code</b></i><br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淓ricsson鈥檚 research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.鈥濃€擩oshua Foer, author of </b><i><b>Moonwalking with Einstein</b></i>
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
by Margaret Renkl

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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From <i>New York Times</i> opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family鈥攁nd of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.<br /><br /><br /><br />Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents鈥攈er exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father鈥攁nd of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child鈥檚 transition to caregiver.<br /><br /><br /><br />And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds鈥攖he natural one and our own鈥斺€渢he shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love鈥檚 own twin.鈥?lt;br /><br /><br /><br />Gorgeously illustrated by the author鈥檚 brother, Billy Renkl, <i>Late Migrations</i> is an assured and memorable debut.
That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and...
by Mark Kenyon

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

December 01, 2019

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<p><b>From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes鈥擜merica鈥檚 public lands.</b></p><p>Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.</p><p>Since its inception, however, America鈥檚 public land system has been embroiled in controversy鈥攃aught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.</p><p>Part travelogue and part historical examination, <i>That Wild Country</i> invites readers on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.</p>
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>"A聽delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor . . . McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of <i>Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog</i></b><br /><br /><b>From the best-selling author of <i>Born to Run</i>, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection.</b></b><br /><br />When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.<br /><br />Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. An entire community comes together to help save Sherman and, along the way, Chris shows us the joy of a life with animals.

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