Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?
Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology and his own extraordinary experiences, Joshua Ramo puts forth a radical new model for looking at the world, one that embraces its inherent unpredictability--and offers our best hope for dealing with problems and disasters as they emerge.
"Great read, well read"
On a blustery San Francisco day, six strangers take shelter inside a popular neighborhood restaurant - never imagining they have only minutes left to live. The gunman is merciless, and the ensuing carnage is the worst the city has witnessed in decades. It is a random act of violence no one could have foreseen. Unless it wasn’t random at all.… Pregnant with her first child, homicide lieutenant Jane Candiotti is under strict doctor’s orders to take it easy. But when a mass shooting claims the life of her teenage nephew, all bets are off.
"Not your average detective novel"
Richard Tillson was happy with his life... well... sort of. He has spent the last few years of his life making a name for himself in the dance community, has a very expensive apartment in Manhattan and he knows he's gorgeous. So why is he so miserable? Enter Vernon “Vet” Tate. The older brother of Richard's best friend Amanda Lynn. The first time the two men meet it's when Vet is saving Richard's life from an oncoming vehicle.
"Short, Sexy and Steamy!"
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.
After losing both of his legs in a car accident at age 18, Scott Rigsby battled his way back from depression and addiction to achieve the unthinkable - become the first double-leg amputee ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world's most grueling and prestigious competition, the Ironman Triathlon.
"A story of a man who bet the odds"
Sometimes we make sacrifices to help us get ahead, to allow us more time with family, or because we believe in the cause. And then there are sacrifices in which we have no say, "Isaac experiences" as in Genesis 22, thrust upon us without warning or survival instructions.
"Inspiring, Encouraging Truth of Excruciating Circumstances"
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.' Douglas Adams, Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.We human beings have trouble with infinity - yet infinity is a surprisingly human subject. Philosophers and mathematicians have gone mad contemplating its nature and complexity - yet it is a concept routinely used by schoolchildren. Exploring the infinite is a
"Really not great in Audio, not great otherwise"
This first series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy won a Silver Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, and stars Marcus Brigstocke as team leader Ryan ('Imagine you are square pegs and we are round holes. Try to think of me as a round hole'), Emma Kennedy as the sociopathic Sophie, Catherine Shepherd as dopey Daisy, and David Mitchell as Owen: 'Alright, losers!' It's time to think the unthinkable as Longleys Bank needs to transform its image. So what can the team of consultants bring to the table?
Reality is catching up to science fiction. But there are still new science-fiction writers who are thinking the unthinkable and daring to go beyond the limits of our imaginations.
"A Cure for AIDS Is No Longer Unthinkable" is from the July 16, 2016 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Lenny Bernstein and narrated by Jill Melancon.
"American Jews Consider the Unthinkable: Should They Become German Citizens?" is from the July 14, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Julie Zauzmer and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
On what should have been a beautiful August evening, Jack and Renee Haley were faced with one of the most devastating and senseless tragedies that anyone could imagine. An accidental shooting by a police officer had resulted in the death of their five-year-old son, Austin. The Austin Haley Story will encourage anyone facing an unimaginable tragedy.