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The Hero
by Lee Child

Language

English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥業t鈥檚 Lee Child.聽Why would you聽not聽read it?鈥?Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>鈥業 don't know another author so聽skilled聽at making me turn the page鈥?<em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world 鈥?arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we鈥檒l always need heroes.</p>
Make 'Em Beg To Work For You: 7 Steps to Find, Hire, Manage, Rewa...
by Dr. Angela E Lauria

Language

English

Pages

146

Publication Date

August 23, 2019

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<p><strong>Make 鈥楨m Beg To Work For You: Find, Hire, Manage, Reward, and Release All-star Players to Help Make your Dream a Reality</strong></p><p>If you are like most solopreneurs or small business owners, the desire to make your dreams come true at a bigger level requires a team that can understand your vision and get stuff done. Unfortunately, it can seem impossible, especially with the cultural differences between Gen Xers and Millennials, to ever get people to effectively do what you want.</p><p>This book reveals the reasons why it鈥檚 so hard to build a team and a work culture that get results. In it you will learn:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>Exactly where you can find great employees who know how to take action and get it done</li><br /><li>The magical formula to writing job descriptions that generate just a few high-quality applications from only the best candidates</li><br /><li>How to conduct an interview process to make sure you don鈥檛 ever make an expensive hiring mistake</li><br /><li>The key to saving staff members who aren鈥檛 working out and for navigating the right timing to let go of an employee who isn鈥檛 a fit</li><br /><li>The biggest mistake most employers make with compensation plans which leads to high turn over and low happiness (hint: it isn鈥檛 about paying more)</li><br /></ul><br /><br /><p>An eye-opening revelation about how long-established systems are falling apart at work, this book picks up where classics like <em>Rocket Fuel</em> and <em>Good to Great </em>no longer connect with the realities on the ground of building a team largely of millennials.</p>
In a Manner of Speaking: Phrases, Expressions, and Proverbs and H...
by Colin McNairn

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 28, 2015

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What do 聯the whole kit and caboodle,鈥?聯the whole shebang,鈥?聯the whole megillah,鈥?聯the whole enchilada,鈥?聯the whole nine yards,鈥?聯the whole box and dice,鈥?and 聯the full Monty鈥?have in common? They鈥檙e all expressions that mean 聯the entire quantity,鈥?and they鈥檙e all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world鈥檚 vocabulary.<br /><br />From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of this delightful exploration into what we say and why we say it zeroes in on those expressions and sayings and their variations that are funny, quirky, just plain folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. Some may have become clich茅s that, as it鈥檚 said with 聯tongue in cheek,鈥?should be 聯avoided like the plague.鈥?Others have been distorted, deemed politically incorrect, or shrouded in mystery and must bear some explanation.<br /><br />Among the topics the author delves into are expressions that shouldn鈥檛 be taken literally (聯dressed to kill鈥?and 聯kick the bucket鈥?, foreign expressions that crept into English (聯carte blanche,鈥?聯carpe diem,鈥?and 聯que sera, sera鈥?, phrases borrowed from print ads and TV commercials (聯where there鈥檚 life, there鈥檚 Bud鈥?and 聯where the rubber meets the road鈥?, animal images (聯a barrel of monkeys鈥?and 聯chasing your tail鈥?, and food and drink (聯cast your bread upon the water,鈥?聯chew the fat,鈥?聯bottom鈥檚 up!鈥? and 聯drink as a lord鈥?.<br /><br />Here鈥檚 a book for everyone who delights in the mysteries of language and the perfect gift for all the 聯wordies鈥?in your life.
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'...
by Jessica Brody

Language

English

Pages

311

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<b><b>The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.</b></b><br /><br />Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.
Unfreedom of the Press
by Mark R. Levin

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<b>From six-time #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author, FOX News star, and radio host Mark R. Levin comes a groundbreaking and enlightening book that shows how the great tradition of the American free press has degenerated into a standardless profession that has squandered the faith and trust of the American public, not through actions of government officials, but through its own abandonment of reportorial integrity and objective journalism.</b><br /><br /><i>Unfreedom of the Press</i> is not just another book about the press. Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: 鈥渘ot government oppression or suppression,鈥?he writes, but self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news.<br /> <br />With the depth of historical background for which his books are renowned, Levin takes the reader on a journey through the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other.<br /> <br />It was only at the start of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century that the supposed 鈥渙bjectivity of the press鈥?first surfaced, leaving us where we are today: with a partisan party-press overwhelmingly aligned with a political ideology but hypocritically engaged in a massive untruth as to its real nature.
No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, ...
by Chris Baty

Language

English

Pages

202

Publication Date

September 16, 2014

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Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King鈥檚 critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences,聽habits, and convictions聽that have shaped him and his work.<br /><br />鈥淟ong live the King鈥?hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King鈥檚 <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer鈥檚 craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King鈥檚 advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999鈥攁nd how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it鈥攆ans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another
by Matt Taibbi

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>Part tirade, part confessional from the celebrated <i>Rolling Stone</i> journalist, <i>Hate Inc.</i> reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business</b><br /><br /><br /><br />In this characteristically turbocharged new book, celebrated <i>Rolling Stone</i> journalist Matt Taibbi provides an insider's guide to the variety of ways today's mainstream media tells us lies. Part tirade, part confessional, it reveals that what most people think of as "the news" is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business. <br /><br /><br /><br />In the Internet age, the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. Taibbi, who has spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulative activity is most egregious, provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism's dirty tricks.<br /><br /> <br /><br />Heading into a 2020 election season that promises to be a Great Giza Pyramid Complex of invective and digital ugliness, <i>Hate Inc.</i> will be an invaluable antidote to the hidden poisons dished up by those we rely on to tell us what is happening in the world.
The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control W...
by Sharyl Attkisson

Language

English

Pages

307

Publication Date

June 27, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>Bestseller</strong></p><p>Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Stonewalled</em> pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.</p><p>Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist鈥檚 ability to remain invisible; to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.</p><p>Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she鈥檚 an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are鈥攊ncluding Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (<em>National Review</em>) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.</p><p>Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media鈥攐peratives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.</p>
The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself
by Andrew Pettegree

Language

English

Pages

453

Publication Date

February 01, 2014

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<b>鈥淎 fascinating account of the gathering and dissemination of news from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution鈥?and the rise of the newspaper (Glenn Altschuler, <i>The Huffington Post</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> Long before the invention of printing, let alone the daily newspaper, people wanted to stay informed. In the pre-industrial era, news was mostly shared through gossip, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, ballads, and the first news-sheets. In this groundbreaking history, renowned historian Andrew Pettegree tracks the evolution of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries, examining the impact of news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Invention of News</i> sheds light on who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and for journalists to be trustworthy; and people鈥檚 changing sense of themselves and their communities as they experienced newly opened windows on the world.<br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淭his expansive view of news and how it reached people will be fascinating to readers interested in communication and cultural history.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Library Journal</i> (starred review)</b>

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