In this book, Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, experts on entertainment analytics, show how the success of House of Cards upended the film and TV industries - and how companies like Amazon and Apple are changing the rules in other entertainment industries, notably publishing and music. We're living through a period of unprecedented technological disruption in the entertainment industries.
Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She's not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.
"Poignant Memoir, Stirring Call to Action"
Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight.
Forget the traditional model of selling that says you should focus first on the transaction or the sale. It's outdated thinking and there is another way. A way to develop stronger, more powerful relationships by adopting an approach that is more authentic, which strips away the unnecessary layers then focuses on how to add greater significance to others. That way is to Go Naked.
Jack Welch once claimed that great leaders are "relentless and boring." Management thinkers largely agree: Good leaders, so the narrative goes, are consistent in their decision making, stick to their commitments, and remain on-message. The trouble is, much as we may value consistency in our leaders, we don’t live in a world that rewards it - at least not in the long term.
Tired of living below your hopes, capabilities, and expectations? Should you keep your business or "take the money and run"? What would you have others do? Discover the common mistakes that may have cost you success, happiness, and opportunity in the past...and how you can avoid them in the future. In the dazzling Town Hall discussion you'll learn the unexpected payoffs, prices and possibilities from this distinguished panel of business leaders.
A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from? What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Lee Child's Jack Reacher a drifter?
"Love the backstories on all the different novels!"
A stunning first novel full of empathy, marked by an astounding maturity of insight. Cumberland is both a place and a state of mind; it is a small-town story of longing and loss in the manner of David Adams Richards. It is an exploration of loneliness and the fear of loneliness in lives limited by circumstance. Cumberland is an industrial town located halfway between Ottawa and Montreal on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. It's facing the close of its factories and mills in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Calm by Michael Acton Smith, read by Maria Teresa Creasey. Trains delayed, kids squabbling before bedtime, endless emails filling the inbox: everyone needs more calm in their life. The evidence in favour of calmness is huge. Practices like meditation and mindfulness improve life expectancy, productivity at work, health and even personal happiness.
Revenge is one of the great themes in literature, from Shakespeare to Poe. This collection contains 18 original stories commissioned for this volume plus a reprint of a classic Ruth Rendell mystery.
This book encourages men to father with the knowledge that they are vitally important to the futures of their children. National speaker Michael Byron Smith discusses the implications of a fatherless home, the challenges of parenting, and the hierarchy of fathers. There are absent fathers, present yet uninvolved fathers, authoritative fathers, loving fathers, teaching fathers, and many more.
In compelling detail two leading U.S. civil rights attorneys recount the extraordinary life and deliberate killing of the world's most storied revolutionary: Ernesto Che Guevara. Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith survey the extraordinary trajectory of Che's career, from an early politicization recounted in the Motorcycle Diaries, through meetings with his compaero Fidel Castro in Mexico, his vital role in the Cuban revolution, and his expeditions abroad to Africa and Latin America.
"the last word on Che"
After fatally shooting the Confederate sharpshooter who killed his best friend, Zach Harkin's sense of revenge changes to deep remorse when he views the dead man's diary and photo. Haunted, suffering from post-traumatic stress, and unable to serve, he is mustered out of service. With scant information, he begins an epic journey to search for the dead man's family. He is captured, imprisoned, tortured, and thoroughly tested as a human being, and after escaping, he never expects to find love in the war-ravaged South.
"Scarred is a great novel!"
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn't rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land. Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast - stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border - has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline.
"Post apocalypse without the brutality"
Bletchley 1945: a place where nearly 10,000 people would contribute decisively to the Allied war effort. Their role? To decode the Enigma cypher used by the Germans for high-level communications. It is an astonishing story. A melting pot of Oxbridge dons, maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages.
"Great story spoilt by performance"
In this chilling tale of Internet horror, a friendly freelance computer technician finds himself gradually drawn into a seedier side of the Web. When he stumbles across a photograph of a female coworker on a less-than-reputable Web site, it’s clear she had not volunteered for the modeling position, the anger apparent in both her facial expression and body language. There is only one explanation: her boyfriend forced her to do it. As the man fights back his anger and annoyance, he contemplates his options.
The life of Huston Smith reads like an adventure novel. One of the foremost religious scholars in the world today, Smith has lived in a missionary household in China, monasteries in Japan, and a sweat lodge in North America. Smith has engaged many of the contemporary wisdom giants, including Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama, and believes in the eternal mystery of life, cautioning against our "tendency to reduce the Divine to where it is easily manageable by our finite mind."
Prayer practitioners Eddie Smith and Michael L. Hennen identify 27 principles that will equip you to pray more purposefully and effectively. Using them, you will focus on the Lord's answers rather than your requests, understand strategies for a successful offensive, grasp the critical importance of timing, learn the enemy's goals and strategies and prepare for victory as God's glory is revealed.
Before the Civil War had even begun, these young men, Zach and Luke, had already crossed paths while fishing in eastern Tennessee. After they parted ways, they never expected to later be pitted against each other in war - but, when Zach joined the Northern cause and Luke joined the Southern, that's exactly what happened. On the battlefields, each boy learns invaluable lessons about himself, and both contribute to the outcome of battles and, ultimately, to the war.