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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Annalee Newitz
Publisher: Doubleday (2013, May 14th).
In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference.It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth’s past major disasters—from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation—resulted in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the planet’s species died out. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Gray
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2013, May 14th).
Work With Me is the timely collaboration of two of the world’s foremost authorities on gender relations. Barbara Annis, world-renowned expert on gender issues in the workplace, and John Gray, author of the number one relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, team up to resolve the most stressful and confusing challenges facing men and women at work. Annis and Gray reveal, for the first time, survey results of over 100,000 in-depth interviews of men and women executives in over 60 Fortune 500 companies. Readers will discover the Eight Gender Blind Spots, the false assumptions and opinions men and women have of each other, and in many ways, believe of themselves. Through research, science, and stories, Annis and Gray expose the blind spots that cause our misunderstandings, miscommunications, mistrust, resentment, and frustrations at work. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Juan Williams
Publisher: Crown (2011, Jul 26th).
“You can’t say that. You’re fired.” Prize-winning Washington journalist Juan Williams was unceremoniously dismissed by NPR for speaking his mind and saying what many Americans feel—that he gets nervous when boarding airplanes with passengers dressed in Muslim garb. NPR banished the veteran journalist in an act of political correctness that ultimately sparked nationwide outrage and led to calls for Congress to end its public funding of the media organization. In Muzzled, Williams uses his very public firing as a launching pad to discuss the countless ways in which honest debate in America—from the halls of Congress and the health care town halls to the talk shows and print media—is stifled. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jad Adams
Publisher: Pegasus (2011, Jul 15th).
“Provocative. Adams strips away Gandhi's saintly aura and explores the duality . . . of India's most famous leader.”—Financial TimesJad Adams traces the course of Gandhi’s multi-faceted life, and the development of his religious, political, and social thinking over seven tumultuous decades: from his comfortable upbringing in a princely state in Gujarat; his early civil rights campaigns; his leadership through civil disobedience in the 1920s and 1930s that made him a world icon; and finally to his assassination by a Hindu extremist in 1948, only months after the birth of an independent India. An elegant and masterly account of one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century history, Adams presents for the first time the true story behind the man whose life may truly be said to have changed the world. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Andrew E. Stoner
Publisher: Rooftop Publishing; 1st edition (2007, Jul 20th).
With about 400 murders each year in Indiana, Hoosiers witness their share of human darkness. And, while many citizens might prefer to forget these unfortunate episodes, the seamy side of the state must not go unexamined. Notorious 92: Indiana's Most Heinous Murders In All 92 Counties examines the state's dark side, illustrating that the murderous venom of today has been present in Indiana for two centuries. From marital and financial problems to substance abuse and racial hostilities, generations of Hoosiers are linked by not only the lands they inhabit, but by the demons they face.In Notorious 92, Andrew E. Stoner recounts murders from each of Indiana's 92 counties. Among the eye-opening cases detailed in this volume are:The story of Vigo County's Larry Eyler, a serial killer who claimed the lives of 21 men from 1982 to 1984The story of an unidentified runaway slave who was killed in downstate Switzerland County by a Kentucky slave owner in 1859The story of Elkhart County's Shirley Rock, a young woman who admitted to poisoning her husband because she didn't believe in divorceThe story of brothers Anthony "The Ant" and Michael Spilotro, two alleged members of the Chicago Mob who were found beaten to death and buried in a Newton County cornfield, with the gruesome double murder portrayed in the Martin Scorsese film CasinoThe story of Marion County's Marjorie Jackson, a wealthy widow who was murdered in her home while her killer robbed her of $3. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Nick Tate
Publisher: Humanics Pub Group (2012, Oct 2nd).
Congress passed it. President Obama signed it into law. The Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. And Obama's re-election virtually ensures the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, will be implemented in full, with the prospects of wholesale repeal all but impossible. In fact, many provisions of the new law are already becoming a reality with major new regulations set to start soon. ObamaCare will affect every single American, but few know what exactly the 2,700 page law actually says. Now, the ObamaCare Survival Guide, written in plain, easy-to-read language, makes the law simple to understand and gives you the tools to navigate ObamaCare.Now, the ObamaCare Survival Guide, written in plain, easy-to-read language, makes the law simple to understand. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Napoleon Chagnon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Feb 19th).
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living in isolation, he expected to find Rousseau’s “noble savages,” so-called primitive people living contentedly in a pristine state of nature. Instead Chagnon discovered a remarkably violent society. Men who killed others had the most wives and offspring, their violence possibly giving them an evolutionary advantage. The prime reasons for violence, Chagnon found, were to avenge deaths and, if possible, abduct women. When Chagnon began publishing his observations, some cultural anthropologists who could not accept an evolutionary basis for human behavior refused to believe them. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Bill O'Reilly
Publisher: Crown Archetype (2013, May 7th).
From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core valuesBill O’Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly has become a veritable institution of political insight and keen advice. In Keep It Pithy, O’Reilly offers a classic collection of the most memorable writings from his bestselling books, and looks back at how his opinions and ideas have been proven right or wrong by the passage of time. With his trademark candor and no-nonsense approach, each chapter focuses on a core theme as it gathers O’Reilly’s thoughts on the most compelling issues of our time and provides readers an illuminating guide to the American cultural landscape. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jim DeMint
Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (2011, Jul 4th).
Following his New York Times best seller, Saving Freedom, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's The Great American Awakening chronicles two tumultuous years from the presidential election of 2008 through the mid-term elections of 2010. Untold insider views of the controversial stimulus bill passage, corporate takeovers, and lesser-known executive actions that epitomize political paybacks and moral decay will further motivate DeMint's fellow citizens to reclaim their government and country in 2012. Just as fascinating, the South Carolina official talks openly about his seized upon high profile moments—from that "Waterloo" comment regarding health care reform to becoming known as "Senator Tea Party." He also addresses close-to-home disappointments such as the infidelity of Christian friends like Governor Mark Sanford and Senator John Ensign, and shares personal spiritual insights that came from being part of such public battles. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Rodney Stark
Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (2007, Oct 2nd).
Discovering God is a monumental history of the origins of the great religions from the Stone Age to the Modern Age. Sociologist Rodney Stark surveys the birth and growth of religions around the world—from the prehistoric era of primal beliefs; the history of the pyramids found in Iraq, Egypt, Mexico, and Cambodia; and the great "Axial Age" of Plato, Zoroaster, Confucius, and the Buddha, to the modern Christian missions and the global spread of Islam. He argues for a free-market theory of religion and for the controversial thesis that under the best, unimpeded conditions, the true, most authentic religions will survive and thrive. Among his many conclusions: Despite decades of faulty reports that early religions were crude muddles of superstition, it turns out that primitive humans had surprisingly sophisticated notions about God and Creation. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability