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              Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
               

              Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Spinney, Laura

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              In 1918, the Italian-Americans of New York, the Yupik of Alaska and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus--one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the twentieth century. The Spanish flu of ...1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted--and often permanently altered--global politics, race relations and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, religion and the arts. It was partly responsible, Spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid and Switzerland to the brink of civil war. It also created the true lost generation. Drawing on the latest research in history, virology, epidemiology, psychology and economics, Pale Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity.
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              ISBN 9781541736122
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              Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life
               

              Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Varol, Ozan

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              * One of Inc.com's 6 Books You Need to Read in 2020 (According to Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Adam Grant) * Adam Grant's # 1 pick of his top 20 books of 2020* One of 6 Groundbreaking Books of Spring 2020 (according to Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant). A ...former rocket scientist reveals the habits, ideas, and strategies that will empower you to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible. Rocket science is often celebrated as the ultimate triumph of technology. But it's not. Rather, it's the apex of a certain thought process -- a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It's the same thought process that enabled Neil Armstrong to take his giant leap for mankind, that allows spacecraft to travel millions of miles through outer space and land on a precise spot, and that brings us closer to colonizing other planets. Fortunately, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to think like one. In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life -- whether it's landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems -- without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking -- enjoy an extraordinary advantage. Think Like a Rocket Scientist will inspire you to take your own moonshot and enable you to achieve liftoff.
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              Awakening: #Metoo and the Global Fight for Women's Rights
               

              Awakening: #Metoo and the Global Fight for Women's Rights (Hardback)

              By Vogelstein, Rachel B.; Stone, Meighan

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              Bringing together political analysis and powerful storytelling from some of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, Awakening chronicles the remarkable global impact of the #MeToo movement. Awakening will take readers to the front lines of a networked movement that'...s fundamentally shifting how women organize for their own equality. With in-depth, original reporting, the book will tell the stories of brave women in six diverse countries who have used technology to raise their voices, capture national attention, and sow the seeds for a revolution in the role of women. In northern Nigeria, #ArewaMeToo caught fire, uniting Muslim and Christian survivors. In China, where the government brutally represses women's rights activism, the sheer number of people active in the #MeToo movement has overwhelmed government censors. In Pakistan, women leaders are drawing upon years of advocating for freedom from violence to fight digitally for legal solutions to sexual harassment and assault. In Brazil, the #MeToo movement has inspired a new generation of women to use digital organizing and political power to resist the rising tide of reactionary populism. In Egypt, #MeToo activists remain resolute even as authoritarian president Sisi alleges their campaign amounts to terrorism, slander, and fake news. And in Sweden, home to some of the most expansive gender-equality protections in the world, women are organizing online to end persistent pay inequality and underrepresentation in leadership positions. Catalyzed by the #MeToo campaign, fueled by technology, and driven by millions more women than ever before, this connected global movement has already wrought the most widespread cultural reckoning on women's rights in history-and has the power to fundamentally change the way we work, govern, negotiate, and make peace.
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              Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients
               

              Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients (Hardback)

              By Pearl, Robert

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              With our health care system both dysfunctional and constantly changing, how can doctors actually keep us healthy and safe? The spread of COVID-19 has brought the lives of doctors into sharper focus than ever before. We now see how the daily work of making important, even life-and...-death decisions is frequently made harder. Hospitals and medical offices face budget problems, the influence of big pharmaceutical and insurance companies, as well as stress and long hours and massive amounts of bureaucracy and paperwork. And that was before the pandemic. In this important book, Dr. Robert Pearl--the former CEO of Permanente and a Stanford professor--shows how all these stresses have led to a toxic culture in medicine. Doctors resist change, leading to important clerical mistakes. They don't offer equal treatment to nonwhite patients. Their competitive work ethic leads to burnout and bad decisions. All these mistakes can be and frequently are matters of life and death. As we engage in a public debate about the appropriate role of government, technology, big pharma and insurance companies in our health care, we've paid little attention to what it actually feels like to be a doctor. In our rush to express gratitude for frontline doctors, we are also neglecting their humanity, for better and worse. If we want to improve medical outcomes, for doctors and patients alike, we need to start seeing health care professionals as the real and flawed human beings they actually are. Contaminated is a breakthrough book that draws just such a portrait, and offers a prescription for a safer and healthier system.
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              The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy
               

              The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Mazzucato, Mariana

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              First published in Great Britain in 2018 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK --Title page verso.

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              It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear
               

              It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Easterbrook, Gregg

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              Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever? Most people who read the news would tell you that 2017 is one of the worst years in recent memory. We're facing a series of deeply troubling, even existential problems: fascism, terrorism,... environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet this narrative misses something important: by almost every meaningful measure, the modern world is better than it ever has been. In the United States, disease, crime, discrimination, and most forms of pollution are in long-term decline, while longevity and education keep rising and economic indicators are better than in any past generation. Worldwide, malnutrition and extreme poverty are at historic lows, and the risk of dying by war or violence is the lowest in human history. It's not a coincidence that we're confused--our perspectives on the world are blurred by the rise of social media, the machinations of politicians, and our own biases. Meanwhile, political reforms like the Clean Air Act and technological innovations like the hybridization of wheat have saved huge numbers of lives. In that optimistic spirit, Easterbrook offers specific policy reforms to address climate change, inequality, and other problems, and reminds us that there is real hope in conquering such challenges. In an age of discord and fear-mongering, It's Better Than It Looks will profoundly change your perspective on who we are, where we're headed, and what we're capable of.
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              The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism
               

              The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism (Hardback)

              By Duffy, Peter, QC

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              This story of an anti-fascist's dramatic and remarkable victory against Nazism in 1935 is an inspiration to anyone compelled to resist when signs of oppression are on the horizon --

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              Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe
               

              Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Cadbury, Deborah

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              A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother. As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria's grandchildren numbered over thirty, and to maintain and increase British roya...l power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe. Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets. Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined Queen Empress the next.
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              Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?
                

              Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Emanuel, Ezekiel J.

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              The preeminent doctor and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel is repeatedly asked one question: Which country has the best healthcare? He set off to find an answer. The US spends more than any other nation, nearly $4 trillion, on healthcare. Yet, for all that expense, the US is not ranke...d #1 -- not even close. In Which Country Has the World's Best Healthcare? Ezekiel Emanuel profiles eleven of the world's healthcare systems in pursuit of the best or at least where excellence can be found. Using a unique comparative structure, the book allows healthcare professionals, patients, and policymakers alike to know which systems perform well, and why, and which face endemic problems. From Taiwan to Germany, Australia to Switzerland, the most inventive healthcare providers tackle a global set of challenges -- in pursuit of the best healthcare in the world.
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              Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America Into World War II
                

              Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America Into World War II (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hemming, Henry

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              The astonishing story of the British spies who set out to draw America into World War II As World War II raged into its second year, Britain sought a powerful ally to join its cause-but the American public was sharply divided on the subject. Canadian-born MI6 officer William Step...henson, with his knowledge and influence in North America, was chosen to change their minds by any means necessary. In this extraordinary tale of foreign influence on American shores, Henry Hemming shows how Stephenson came to New York--hiring Canadian staffers to keep his operations secret--and flooded the American market with propaganda supporting Franklin Roosevelt and decrying Nazism. His chief opponent was Charles Lindbergh, an insurgent populist who campaigned under the slogan America First and had no interest in the war. This set up a shadow duel between Lindbergh and Stephenson, each trying to turn public opinion his way, with the lives of millions potentially on the line.
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