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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which controls more than 400 companies in various fields. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age
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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson (Aug 18, 2015)
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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
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Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 15, 2018)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
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Black Box Thinking
The Surprising Truth About Success
by Matthew Syed (Apr 07, 2016)
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An eye-opening, Gladwellian look at the power of a positive attitude toward failure and its profound impact on our success in any field.In the airline industry, failure is taken seriously. Every aircraft is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. When there is an accident, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and the reason for the ac...
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Cosmos
by Carl Sagan (Dec 10, 2013)
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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Forewor...
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!  
by Dr. Seuss (Jan 22, 1990)
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For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us....
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Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela (Oct 01, 1995)
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Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at...
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Stalingrad
The Fateful Siege
by Antony Beevor (May 01, 1999)
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The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bor...
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Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari (Sep 04, 2018)
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Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans...
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Abundance
The Future Is Better Than You Think (Exponential Technology Series)
by Peter H. Diamandis (Sep 23, 2014)
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The New York Times bestselling manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the worlds most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom (The Wall Street Journal).Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conven...
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Shantaram
A Novel
by Gregory David Roberts (Oct 01, 2005)
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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
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Wild Swans
Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang (Sep 01, 1991)
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Three remarkable women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--struggle to survive in a true-life saga that spans 20th-century China with all its violence: wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval. A thrilling adventure story, Wild Swans is an important work of history, and a breathtaking testimony to the human spirit. 16 pages of photograp...
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Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder (Aug 31, 2004)
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This powerful and inspiring book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town....
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The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien (Sep 18, 2012)
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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Ma...
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The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe (Mar 04, 2008)
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Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his ...
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou (Apr 21, 2009)
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequen...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 27, 1995)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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Tales of the Unexpected
by Roald Dahl (Jul 14, 1990)
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A wine connoisseur with an infallible palate and a sinister taste in wagers. A decrepit old man with a masterpiece tattooed on his back. A voracious adventuress, a gentle cuckold, and a garden sculpture that becomes an instrument of sadistic vengeance. Social climbers who climb a bit too quickly. Philanderers whose deceptions are a trifle too ornat...
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Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak (Jan 01, 1984)
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Max, a wild and naughty boy, is sent to bed without his supper by his exhausted mother. In his room, he imagines sailing far away to a land of Wild Things. Instead of eating him, the Wild Things make Max their king....
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In the Heart of the Sea
The True Story of the Whaleship Essex
by Nathaniel Philbrick (Sep 15, 2015)
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The New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning In the Heart of the Sea, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard, adapted by the author for young readers. On November 20, 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry whale.  Within minutes, the twenty-one-man crew, including the fourteen-year-old cabin bo...
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Lost Ocean
An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults
by Johanna Basford (Oct 27, 2015)
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From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustration...
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Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer (Oct 19, 1999)
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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also pro...
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1984
by George Orwell (Apr 04, 2017)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
by Stephen Hawking (Aug 01, 2011)
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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by the world renowned physicist - generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories ...
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Hey Grandude!
by Paul McCartney (Sep 05, 2019)
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From Paul McCartneyan action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to.See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin!Meet Grandudea super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he...
Richard Branson
Sep 17, 2019
Can’t wait to read @PaulMcCartney’s new children’s book #HeyGrandude with my own grandkids. Hey Paul, mine call me Grandude too!     source
Happiness
A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
by Matthieu Ricard (Jan 05, 2007)
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In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific r...
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No Future Without Forgiveness
by Desmond Tutu (Oct 17, 2000)
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The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a...
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Obama
The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama - 2,920 Days
by Mark Greenberg (Apr 04, 2017)
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A vibrant celebration of President Obama, this perfect commemorative book provides a valuable record of his historical presidency. In January 2017, Barack Obama concluded two terms of his historic presidency. Through stunning images by White House photographers and beyond, as well as notable essays and quotes from a broad spectrum of people, Obama...
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Mandela's Way
Lessons for an Uncertain Age
by Richard Stengel (Mar 20, 2018)
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A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader's wisdom into 15 vital life lessonsWe long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber-ated a country from a system of viole...
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Big World, Small Planet
Abundance within Planetary Boundaries
by Johan Rockström (Sep 22, 2015)
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A profoundly original vision of an attainable future that ensures human prosperity by safeguarding our threatened planet "If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend the new ...
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Wise Guy
Lessons from a Life
by Guy Kawasaki (Feb 26, 2019)
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Silicon Valley icon and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki shares the unlikely stories of his life and the lessons we can draw from them.Guy Kawasaki has been a fixture in the tech world since he was part of Apple's original Macintosh team in the 1980s. He's widely respected as a source of wisdom about entrepreneurship, venture capital, marketing, and...
Richard Branson
Apr 15, 2019
Interesting read from @GuyKawasaki as he shares some surprising entrepreneurial stories from his life in his new book:     source
Arctica
The Vanishing North (PHOTOGRAPHY)
by Sebastian Copeland (Sep 14, 2015)
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Few landscapes convey Nature in all of its untamed splendor like the Arctic. Fewer still conjure respect like the seldom traveled and ethereal North Pole. Yet, sadly, this largely pristine and mostly misconceived treasure is now in jeopardy. Sebastian Copeland's noble goal in these pages is to pay homage to this wonderland, and, in turn, draw aware...
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Start with Why
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek (Dec 27, 2011)
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"A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest." -Polly LaBarre, coauthor of Mavericks at Work Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influe...
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Originals
How Non-Conformists Move the World
by Adam Grant (Feb 07, 2017)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideasand how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option BReading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully ne...
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After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. This book reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.     source
The Outermost House
A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
by Henry Beston (Jul 01, 2003)
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The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, "written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty" (New York Herald Tribune)A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks...
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Travels with Charley in Search of America
by John Steinbeck (Jan 31, 1980)
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A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to Californias Monterey PeninsulaTo hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.With Ch...
Richard Branson
Dec 16, 2016
With his inimitable charm, it opens your eyes to the small pleasures of life, and the great wonders of humanity in the little moments that matter. Less a direction on how to lead, you could see it as a subtle guide on how to live.     source
In Defense of Food
An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Pollan (Apr 28, 2009)
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#1 New York Times BestsellerFood. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is no longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Mich...
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Self Belief
The Vision
by Jamal Edwards (Sep 12, 2013)
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From the iBooks Number 1 bestselling ebook series.So you want to know how Jamal Edwards beat the system and made it big in business his own way? Self Belief: The Vision will show you how.At the age of 15, with only a hand-held camera and a Wi-Fi connection, Jamal started to build his media empire. The videos he made showcased undiscovered talent on...
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Feb 21, 2006)
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One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of ...
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George's Marvelous Medicine
by Roald Dahl (Aug 16, 2007)
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George's Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn't seem to do her any good. She's always just as poisonous after she's taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, i...
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Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton (Sep 25, 2012)
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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . . In Jurassic Park, Michael Crich...
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The Quiet American
by Graham Greene (Nov 05, 2002)
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While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back in Saigon a young and high-minded American named Pyle begins to channel economic aid to a "Third Force." Caught between French colonialists and the Vietminh, Fowler, the narrator and seasoned foreign correspondent, observes: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all t...
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Dear Stranger
Letters on the Subject of Happiness
by Penguin UK (Jul 02, 2015)
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Dear Stranger is a collection of inspirational, honest and heartfelt letters from authors and Mind ambassadors to an imagined stranger. Insightful and uplifting, Dear Stranger is a humbling insight into different interpretations of happiness, and how despite sometimes seeming unobtainable it can become and achievable goal. No one should face a ment...
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Lean In
Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg (Mar 12, 2013)
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Sheryl Sandbergs Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the ...
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Longitude
The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel (Nov 05, 2007)
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and t...
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Winners
And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell (2016-11-22)
by Alastair Campbell (Jan 01, 1754)
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Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist he helped guide his party to victory in three successive elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to succeedHow do sportsmen excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve the ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mindset som...
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The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling (Mar 01, 2016)
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Rudyard Kipling’s classic collection of fables gets reimagined in this deluxe four-color collectible volume, featuring stunning new artwork and nine interactive elements crafted by MinaLima Design, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the illustrated classic Peter Pan.Since its publication in 1...
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A Full Life
Reflections at Ninety
by Jimmy Carter (Jul 19, 2016)
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In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and “reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian” (Booklist).At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and...
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The Weather Makers
How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
by Tim Flannery (Jan 10, 2001)
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An international best seller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, ...
Richard Branson
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Mao
The Unknown Story
by Jung Chang (Nov 14, 2006)
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The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader ever written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before -- and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth o...
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne (Oct 28, 2006)
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Jules Verne was one of the earliest science fiction writers. He based his stories on the inventions of the day and made educated projections of future technologies. Like the best science fiction writers he did not let technology overtake his story or his characters.In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne created the character of Captain Nemo and his...
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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing...
Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
by Richard Reed (Apr 03, 2018)
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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing . . . curates invaluable wisdom from 50 of today's most remarkable, diverse, and influential voices in an engaging collection of profiles. Paired with a specially commissioned pen-and-ink portrait, each essay and its illuminating nugget of life advice is gathered together in a handsome package (featuring an emboss...
Richard Branson
Apr 03, 2018
I found so many wonderful pearls of wisdom from remarkable game-changers.... If you're looking for inspiration or useful life lessons, I recommend you pick up a copy.     source
Remote
Office Not Required
by Jason Fried (Oct 29, 2013)
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The work from home phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why with a few controversial exceptions such as Ya...
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WEconomy
You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World
by Craig Kielburger (Mar 07, 2018)
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Change the world and drive profit with smart, sustainable strategyWEconomy introduces the modern evolution of business: profit for purpose and purpose for profit. Purpose is the business world's biggest advancement since the assembly line, and both top talent and quality consumers are making their preferences known. This book fuses social purpose w...
Richard Branson
Feb 12, 2018
You can achieve great career success and change the world at the same time – Holly’s book #WEconomy shares how https://virg.in/JYz     source
A Time for New Dreams
by Ben Okri (May 02, 2019)
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Booker-winning novelist and one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri is a passionate advocate of the written word. In A Time for New Dreams he breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance of the...
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An Inconvenient Truth
The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
by Al Gore (May 26, 2006)
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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book...
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Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson (Apr 23, 2017)
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One-legged Long John Silver, treacherous Captain Billy Bones, wicked Black Dog and the terrifying Blind Pew are the most cruel and frightening pirates ever to sail the high seas! They all dream of finding Captain Flint's buried treasure, but it is young Jim Hawkins who finds Flint's map of Treasure Island. Can Jim and his friends outwit these blood...
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The World Without Us
by Alan Weisman (Aug 05, 2008)
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If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures -- our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments -- survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelato...
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain (Oct 27, 2006)
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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the great American humorist Mark Twain follows the escapades of Tom Saywer's best friend on a raft trip down the swirling waters of the Mississippi River. Join Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, on their remarkable adventure, where they meet con artists and slave traders, while learning the power of friendship. Th...
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Ending the War on Drugs
by Richard Sir Branson (Mar 24, 2016)
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For the last 50 years, drug prohibition laws have put the market for illegal drugs into the hands of organised criminals. Now, it’s time to take control.Ending the failed war on drugs will reduce drug-related violence, tackle organised crime, end the needless criminalisation of millions, and will halt the drain on government funds and resources.In ...
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In Patagonia
by Bruce Chatwin (Mar 01, 2003)
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An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Ch...
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The Overview Effect
Space Exploration and Human Evolution (Library of Flight)
by Frank White (Sep 25, 2014)
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Using interviews with and writings by 30 astronauts and cosmonauts, Frank White shows how experiences such as circling the Earth every 90 minutes and viewing it from the moon have profoundly affected our space travelers' perceptions of themselves, their world, and the future. He shows how the rest of us, who have participated imaginatively in these...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
Fast Food Nation
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser (Mar 13, 2012)
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Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.In a new afterw...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
In-N-Out Burger
A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules
by Stacy Perman (Oct 12, 2010)
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“This book grills up an enjoyable read for both avid foodies and novice diners alike! Perman’s sneak peek into the fascinating history of In-N-Out is as good as the delicious burgers themselves.”—Mario Batali, celebrity chef and author of Molto ItalianoA behind-the-counter look at the fast-food chain that breaks all the rules, Stacy Perman’s In-N-O...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
The Dice Man
by Luke Rhinehart (May 01, 1998)
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Categories: Fiction
The cult classic that can still change your life! Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart -- and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
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Little Wins
The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler
by Paul Lindley (Nov 01, 2017)
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Categories: NonfictionBusiness
'Read on, and rediscover how to live a fuller and more successful life' SIR RICHARD BRANSON, from the forewordThere are some 400 million people worldwide whose creativity, imagination and determination put the rest of us to shame. They are experts in their field, despite having no experience to speak of. Once, you were one of them too. They are tod...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
Limitless
Leadership that Endures
by Ajaz Ahmed (Oct 01, 2015)
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There isn’t a magic formula for better leadership. But there is an enduring philosophy behind the most inspiring leaders in business, past and present. It’s one that has outlasted markets, currencies, meltdowns, revolutions and regime changes.Limitless is a celebration of the transformative power of thinking beyond conventional boundaries. Its fasc...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
Great Expectations SparkNotes Literature Guide
by SparkNotes (Feb 04, 2014)
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SparkNotes Literature Guides:Making the reading experience fun!  When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay t...
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One of 70 must-read books.     source
GQ How to Win at Life
The Expert Guide to Excelling at Everything You Do
by Charlie Burton (Sep 14, 2018)
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Essential skills from the best-selling men's magazine on looking sharp and living smart.Based on personal expertise, interviews with foremost authorities and wisdom from GQ's editors, Charlie Burton shows men how to win at fashion, sport, food and drink, work, romance, travel -- well, everything.Eight chapters comprising 75 entries cover life's mus...
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Nov 02, 2018
New book @gqwinatlife features some business tips from yours truly, so thought I would share an extract with you all:     source