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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Time</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Kirkus</i> <i>Reviews</i> Best Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalist</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham鈥檚 definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster鈥攁nd a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century鈥檚 greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history鈥檚 worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br /> Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /> <i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will鈥攍essons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 17, 2010

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The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather鈥檚 company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.<i>Go Like Hell </i>tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. <i>Go Like Hell </i>transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
by Marty Cagan

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English

Pages

362

Publication Date

November 20, 2017

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<p>How do today鈥檚 most successful tech companies鈥擜mazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla鈥攄esign, develop, and deploy the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff a vibrant and successful product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love鈥攁nd that will work for your business.</p> <p>With sections on assembling the right people and skillsets, discovering the right product, embracing an effective yet lightweight process, and creating a strong product culture, readers can take the information they learn and immediately leverage it within their own organizations鈥攄ramatically improving their own product efforts.聽</p> <p>Whether you鈥檙e an early stage startup working to get to product/market fit, or a growth-stage company working to scale your product organization, or a large, long-established company trying to regain your ability to consistently deliver new value for your customers, INSPIRED will take you and your product organization to a new level of customer engagement, consistent innovation, and business success.聽</p> <p>Filled with the author鈥檚 own personal stories鈥攁nd profiles of some of today鈥檚 most-successful product managers and technology-powered product companies, including Adobe, Apple, BBC, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix鈥擨NSPIRED will show you how to turn up the dial of your own product efforts, creating technology products your customers love.聽</p> <p>The first edition of INSPIRED, published ten years ago, established itself as the primary reference for technology product managers, and can be found on the shelves of nearly every successful technology product company worldwide. This thoroughly updated second edition shares the same objective of being the most valuable resource for technology product managers, yet it is completely new鈥攕haring the latest practices and techniques of today鈥檚 most-successful tech product companies, and the men and women behind every great product.</p>
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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In <i>Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future</i>, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. <br /><br />聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Wa...
by , Robert Fabricant

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p>In <i>User Friendly</i>, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant reveal the untold story of a paradigm that quietly rules our modern lives: the assumption that machines should anticipate what we need. Spanning over a century of sweeping changes, from women鈥檚 rights to the Great Depression to World War II to the rise of the digital era, this book unpacks the ways in which the world has been鈥攁nd continues to be鈥攔emade according to the principles of the once-obscure discipline of user-experience design.</p><p>In this essential text, Kuang and Fabricant map the hidden rules of the designed world and shed light on how those rules have caused our world to change鈥攁n underappreciated but essential history that鈥檚 pieced together for the first time. Combining the expertise and insight of a leading journalist and a pioneering designer, <i>User Friendly</i> provides a definitive, thoughtful, and practical perspective on a topic that has rapidly gone from arcane to urgent to inescapable. In <i>User Friendly</i>, Kuang and Fabricant tell the whole story for the first time鈥攁nd you鈥檒l never interact with technology the same way again.</p>
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
by Kai-Fu Lee

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<b>THE </b><i><b>NEW YORK TIMES</b></i><b>, </b><i><b>USA TODAY</b></i><b>, AND </b><i><b>WALL STREET JOURNAL</b></i><b> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>Dr. Kai-Fu Lee鈥攐ne of the world鈥檚 most respected experts on AI and China鈥攔eveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace.聽聽</b><br /><br /> In <i>AI Superpowers</i>, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. Indeed, as the US-Sino AI competition begins to heat up, Lee urges the US and China to both accept and to embrace the great responsibilities that come with significant technological power. Most experts already say that AI will have a devastating impact on blue-collar jobs. But Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Is universal basic income the solution? In Lee鈥檚 opinion, probably not.聽 But he provides聽 a clear description of which jobs will be affected and how soon, which jobs can be enhanced with AI, and most importantly, how we can provide solutions to some of the most profound changes in human history that are coming soon.
Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Cont...
by Stuart Russell

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b><b>"The most important book on AI this year." </b><b><i>--The Guardian</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"Mr. Russell's exciting book goes deep, while sparkling with dry witticisms." --</b><b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /><b>"The most important book I have read in quite some time" (Daniel Kahneman); "A must-read" (Max Tegmark); "The book we've all been waiting for" (Sam Harris)</b><br /><br /><b>A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines</b></b><br /><br />In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable.<br /><br />In this groundbreaking book, distinguished AI researcher Stuart Russell argues that this scenario can be avoided, but only if we rethink AI from the ground up. Russell begins by exploring the idea of intelligence in humans and in machines. He describes the near-term benefits we can expect, from intelligent personal assistants to vastly accelerated scientific research, and outlines the AI breakthroughs that still have to happen before we reach superhuman AI. He also spells out the ways humans are already finding to misuse AI, from lethal autonomous weapons to viral sabotage.<br /><br />If the predicted breakthroughs occur and superhuman AI emerges, we will have created entities far more powerful than ourselves. How can we ensure they never, ever, have power over us? Russell suggests that we can rebuild AI on a new foundation, according to which machines are designed to be inherently uncertain about the human preferences they are required to satisfy. Such machines would be humble, altruistic, and committed to pursue our objectives, not theirs. This new foundation would allow us to create machines that are provably deferential and provably beneficial.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 04, 2014

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<b><b>Revised and Updated, Featuring a New Case Study</b><br /><br />How do successful companies create products people can鈥檛 put down?</b><br /><br /> Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?<p>Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model鈥攁 four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive 鈥渉ook cycles,鈥?these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging.</p><p><i>Hooked</i> is based on Eyal鈥檚 years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder鈥攏ot abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. <i>Hooked</i> is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.</p><p>Eyal provides readers with:</p><p>鈥?Practical insights to create user habits that stick.<br /> 鈥?Actionable steps for building products people love.</p><p>鈥?Fascinating examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest to the Bible App, and many other habit-forming products.</p>

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