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1. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster|
by Jon Krakauer
Amazon.com Review Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions. Features:
Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.... Read more
2. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things|
by Michael Braungart, William McDonough
A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism
"Reduce, reuse, recycle" urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as this provocative, visionary book argues, this approach perpetuates a one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world?
In fact, why not take nature itself as our model? A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we do not consider its abundance wasteful but safe, beautiful, and highly effective; hence, "waste equals food" is the first principle the book sets forth. Products might be designed so that, after their useful life, they provide nourishment for something new-either as "biological nutrients" that safely re-enter the environment or as "technical nutrients" that circulate within closed-loop industrial cycles, without being "downcycled" into low-grade uses (as most "recyclables" now are).
Elaborating their principles from experience (re)designing everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, William McDonough and Michael Braungart make an exciting and viable case for change.
Amazon.com Review Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually "downcycling," creating hybrids of biological and technical "nutrients" which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm--they're actually doing some good for the environment and their neighborhoods, and making more money in the process. Cradle to Cradle is a refreshing change from the intractable environmental conflicts that dominate headlines. It's a handbook for 21st-century innovation and should be required reading for business hotshots and environmental activists. --Therese Littleton
Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually "downcycling," creating hybrids of biological and technical "nutrients" which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm--they're actually doing some good for the environment and their neighborhoods, and making more money in the process. Cradle to Cradle is a refreshing change from the intractable environmental conflicts that dominate headlines. It's a handbook for 21st-century innovation and should be required reading for business hotshots and environmental activists. --Therese Littleton... Read more
3. The Last American Man|
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Finalist for the National Book Award 2002
In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.... Read more
1. Stern Men
3. Committed: A Love Story
4. The Signature of All Things: A Novel
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
6. full circle: a life story of Eustace Conway
7. How to Build a Girl: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))
8. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
9. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
10. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival (P.S.) .
4. Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems|
by Richard LaMotte
This definitive reference for beachcombers is also a beautiful addition to any coffee table. Pure Sea Glass surveys the history of glass manufacturing, explains the weathering process that creates frosted gems from fragile shards of old glass and tableware, and offers tips on how and where to find the best pieces. More than 200 exquisite photographs bring to light the luminous beauty of authentic sea glass. Winner, 1st place for nonfiction, Writer's Digest International Self Published Books Award.... Read more
1. The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean's Most Beautiful Stones
2. Sea Glass Hunter's Handbook
3. The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones
4. Sea Glass Treasures from the Tide
5. Pure Sea Glass Identification Deck
6. The Official Sea Glass Searcher's Guide: How to Find Your Own Treasures from the Tide
7. The Lure of Sea Glass: Our Connection to Nature's Gems
9. Beach Stones
10. Sea Glass: Rare and Wonderful .
5. Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before|
by Alastair Fothergill
A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe, including incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats. Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world's premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a spectacular journey from the world's greatest rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts. Planet Earth captures breathtaking sequences of predators and their prey, lush vistas of forests viewed from the tops of towering trees, the oceans and their mysterious creatures viewed from beneath the surface, and much more—in a magnificent adventure that brings unknown wonders of the natural world into our living rooms.... Read more
Copub: BBC Worldwide Americas
1. National Geographic Stunning Photographs
2. Visions of Earth: National Geographic Photographs of Beauty, Majesty, and Wonder (National Geographic Collectors Series)
3. National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
4. The Art of God
5. National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)
6. National Geographic: The Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)
7. Planet Earth II: A New World Revealed
8. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places
9. The National Parks: America's Best Idea
10. The Life and Love of the Sea .
6. Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather|
by Mike Smith
Experience the most devastating storms of the last fifty years through the eyes of the scientific visionaries who took them on and tamed them.
For decades, the author, a pioneering meteorologist, has dedicated himself to saving lives by combining science, experience, and instinct. The struggle to understand nature's fury provides fascinating insights into the natural forces that shape our world, and the turbulent politics that influence our scientific establishment.
Tracing the Herculean effort to improve weather forecasting and advanced warning systems, the author draws fascinating biographical sketches of the scientists behind the breakthroughs, such as Dr. Theodore Fujita, creator of the Fujita Scale for tornado measurement.
With its gripping story-telling approach to major natural disasters, Warnings is narrative nonfiction at its heart-pounding best.
''I highly recommend this exceptional book.''
''The weatherman's version of The Right Stuff--Mike Smith's Warnings. I recommend it highly.''
''A fascinating journey inside the world of weather and the mind and heart of the meteorologist. A great read for anyone.''
''This book chronicles the remarkable advances that have occurred in meteorology over the past 50 years--not through dry statistics but through very personal stories. The book discusses the virtual elimination of airline crashes due to wind shear and the thousands of lives saved by hurricane warnings. Its primary focus is on severe storms in the Midwestern U.S., but the issues raised about the evolution of forecasting the weather, and the impact those forecasts have on the people and commerce, are much more universal. The narrative throughout the book is engaging and compelling, and I found it very hard to put down after reading just the first few pages.This book is not just for hard-core weather enthusiasts or those who work in weather-related fields (though they will love it). Anyone who has ever watched a stormy sky on warm afternoon or felt moved by the images on the news following the Greensburg tornado or Hurricane Katrina (both of which are covered in this book) will get pulled into the narrative of this book.''
1. Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities
2. Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere (Jones and Bartlett Titles in Physical Science)
3. Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth
4. What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley
5. The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future
6. Storm Watchers: The Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin's Kite to El Nino
7. Caught In The Path, A Tornado's Fury, A Community's Rebirth
8. What Stands in a Storm: A True Story of Love and Resilience in the Worst Superstorm in History
9. Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey
10. The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather .
7. The Thin Book of Naming Elephants: How to Surface Undiscussables for Greater Organizational Success|
by Sue Annis Hammond, Andrea B. Mayfield
There's an elephant in the room that everyone knows about but no one is acknowledging. The elephant is implicit and undiscussable and lurks in every organization. Everyone talks around the elephant and thinks that everyone else knows about the elephant. But, until the elephant's presence is made explicit, the level of dialogue and therefore the quality of decision-making is limited. Sound familiar?
Using NASA's tragic accidents and Enron's bankruptcy as examples of the price of not having open, constructive dialogue, the book shows how great companies create an environment that encourages and listens to input from all levels of the organization.
After reading this book, you'll understand: The role of assumptions and multiple realities; why surfacing assumptions is so important; how to have constructive dialogue; why arrogance, hubris and smart talk gets in the way of constructive dialogue; and what strategies you can use to name the elephants in your organization.... Read more
1. Unwritten Laws of Engineering: Revised and Updated Edition
2. The Thin Book of Trust; An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work
3. Conscious Communication: How to Establish Healthy Relationships and Resolve Conflict Peacefully while Maintaining Independence
4. The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry (3rd Edition) (Thin Book Series)
5. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling (Agency/Distributed)
6. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management (including featured article ?Leading Change,? by John P. Kotter)
7. The Essential Guide to Workplace Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Rebuilding Working Relationships
8. HBR Guide to Coaching Employees (HBR Guide Series)
9. Leaders Open Doors, 2nd Edition: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance
10. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making (Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) .
8. Performance Rock Climbing|
by Dale Goddard, Udo Neumann
Handbook for experienced climbers covers all the physical and psychological aspects of climbing training.... Read more
1. Self-Coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance
2. The Rock Climber's Training Manual
3. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition
4. The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers
5. 9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes
6. Conditioning for Climbers: The Complete Exercise Guide (How To Climb Series)
7. Better Bouldering, 2nd (How To Climb Series)
8. The Rock Climber's Training Manual | Three Season Training Log
9. Training for Climbing: The Definitive Guide To Improving Your Performance (How To Climb Series)
10. Advanced Rock Climbing: Expert Skills and Techniques (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts) .
9. The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time|
by Elizabeth Rogers, Thomas M. Kostigen
Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the environment.
1. Environmental Science
2. The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
3. The Green Studio Handbook
4. Biology: A Guide to the Natural World, Technology Update (5th Edition)
5. Biology: A Guide to the Natural World (5th Edition)
6. Structures (7th Edition)
7. Elementary Statistics (12th Edition)
8. Structures (7th Edition)
9. EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want
10. 365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment .
10. Green Hills of Africa (Scribner Classics)|
by Ernest Hemingway
"There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave."
1. A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition
2. The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition
3. To Have and Have Not (Scribner Classics)
4. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (Scribner Classics)
5. The Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)
6. Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari
7. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
8. Death in the Afternoon
9. A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
10. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist (Capstick Adventure Library) .
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