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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: J. Craig Venter
Publisher: Viking Adult (2013, Oct 17th).
From Barnes & NobleTo assert that J. Craig Venter is passionate about synthetic genomics is to understate. At the dawn of the new millennium, he was so frustrated as the lagging pace of the Human Genome Project that he scrambled for private funding to race them. His efforts succeeded to a surprising measure, though eventually his altruism cost him his job. In this book, he give readers a speed of light tutorial on this new exciting branch of biological science, telling us what we need to know what could be next great leap of humankind: the widespread creation of synthetic life. Publishers Weekly08/12/2013 Venter (A Life Decoded), a field giant of genetics, makes a persuasive case that synthetic biology will help us understand, appreciate, and improve our own biology. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Duff McDonald
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Sep 10th).
It ranks among the unquestioned laws of American big business over the last half century: If you want to be taken seriously, you hire McKinsey & Company. FOUNDED IN 1926, McKINSEY CAN LAY CLAIM to the following partial list of accomplishments: its consultants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological change to the nation’s best organizations; they remapped the power structure within the White House; they even revolutionized business schools. In this book, star financial journalist Duff McDonald shows just how, in becoming an indispensable part of decision making at the highest levels, McKinsey has done nothing less than set the course of American capitalism. But he also answers the question that’s on the mind of anyone who has ever heard the word McKinsey: Are they worth it? After all, just as McKinsey can be shown to have helped invent most of the tools of modern management, the company was also involved with a number of striking failures. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lisa Colozza CoccaMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co (2012, Sep 15th).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Brad Stone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2013, Oct 15th).
The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators--Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg--Bezos is a private man. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the "Butcher of Fallujah"--and the Shameful Ordeal They Later EnduredAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Patrick Robinson
Publisher: Da Capo Press (2013, Oct 29th).
THEY JUST CAPTURED IRAQ’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST. NOW THEY HAD TO DEFEND THEIR HONOR. On a daring nighttime raid in September 2009, a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the notorious terrorist Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi, the villainous Butcher of Fallujah,” mastermind behind the 2004 murder and mutilation of four American contractors. Within hours of his capture, al-Isawi, with his lip bleeding, claimed he had been beaten in his holding cell. Three Navy SEALsmembers of the same team that had just captured the notorious terroristwere charged with prisoner abuse, dereliction of duty, and lying. On the word of a terrorist! The three Navy SEALs were placed under house arrest and forbidden contact with their comrades. Despite enormous pressure from their commanders to sign confessions to lesser charges,” the three resolute and fearless SEALs each demanded a court-martial. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: James L. Swanson
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: William Morrow (2013, Nov 12th).
In End of Days, James L. Swanson, the New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, brings to life the minute-by-minute details of the JFK assassination—from the Kennedys' arrival in Texas through the shooting in Dealey Plaza and the shocking aftermath that continues to reverberate in our national consciousness fifty years later.The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, has been the subject of enduring debate, speculation, and numerous conspiracy theories, but Swanson's absorbing and complete account follows the event hour-by-hour, from the moment Lee Harvey Oswald conceived of the crime three days before its execution, to his own murder two days later at a Dallas Police precinct at the hands of Jack Ruby, a two-bit nightclub owner. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Oct 1st).
The gap between rich and poor has never been wider . . . legislative stalemate paralyzes the country . . . corporations resist federal regulations . . . spectacular mergers produce giant companies . . . the influence of money in politics deepens . . . bombs explode in crowded streets . . . small wars proliferate far from our shores . . . a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life. These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s highly anticipated The Bully Pulpit—a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability