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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary 鈥淭he聽Boys of 鈥?6'.鈥?lt;br /><br /></b>For readers of聽<i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times鈥攖he improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington鈥檚 eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys鈥?own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man鈥檚 personal quest.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think.</b><br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But if you take a closer look at the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, you'll find that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. <br /><br />David Epstein, author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Sports Gene</i>, studied the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields--especially those that are complex and unpredictable--generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't spy from deep in their hyperfocused trenches. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. <br /><br />Our obsession with getting a head start is understandable; early specialization feels efficient. But Epstein marshals an enormous body of scientific research to argue that we should all actively cultivate inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience, interdisciplinary thinking, and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes, even demands, hyperspecialization.
Pour Judgment
by HEATHER M ORGERON

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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鈽?A TOP 15 AMAZON BESTSELLER 鈽?lt;br /><br />Korie Potter鈥檚 got goals. Goals that do not include following in her mother鈥檚 footsteps. Rock stars and the life of the rich and famous? Yeah鈥?not interested. She likes her heart in one piece, thank you very much. <br /><br />Until a weekend of booze and bad decisions at camp Pour Judgment finds her fake-engaged to country music鈥檚 most notorious bad boy, Rhett Taylor, and completely at his mercy.<br /><br />You see, Korie Potter鈥檚 also got a dream, and her new 鈥渇ianc茅鈥?just may have the connections to make it come true.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight 鈥渙ffers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh鈥?(<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company鈥檚 early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world鈥檚 most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it 鈥渁n amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It鈥檚 a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.鈥?lt;br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike鈥檚 annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight鈥檚 Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers鈥攁s well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand鈥攁nd a culture鈥攖hat changed everything.
The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer...
by Jennifer Jordan

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

August 01, 2011

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<p><strong>"A fascinating tale鈥eaders who are into high-altitude adventure stories won鈥檛 be disappointed." 鈥?lt;em>Associated Press</em></strong></p><br /><p>In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world鈥檚 second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn鈥檛 get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.</p>
How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter...
by Bradford Angier

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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<b>A practical and indispensable guide for anyone venturing into the outdoors and backcountry, this classic resource by wilderness expert Branford Angier is packed with illustrated core survival skills and timeless advice.</b><strong><br /></strong> Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this useful manual reveals time-tested outdoor skills, including how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. <br />Pioneering survivalist Bradefore Angier helps you master the great outdoors without modern gear. Detailed illustrations and clear instructions offer crucial information at a glance, making <em>How to Stay Alive in the Woods</em> is truly a lifesaver.
Starting Strength
by Mark Rippetoe

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

November 07, 2013

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Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, has sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training. Now, after four more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, this third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis. No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS:BBT3. And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes, they have been successfully applied to everyone: young and old, male and female, fit and flabby, sick and healthy, weak and already strong. Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress/recovery/adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance, their appearance, and their quality of life. SS:BBT3 is your complete guide to developing strength -- the foundation of athletic performance and the key to long-term health.<br /><br />-- Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training.<br />-- The mechanical basis of barbell training, concisely and logically explained.<br />-- All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts, and the biomechanics behind them.<br />-- Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.<br />-- Revised instruction methods for all six lifts, proven effective in four years of seminar, military, and group instruction.<br />-- How the human body adapts to stress through recovery, and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health.<br />-- How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress.<br />-- Completely indexed.<br />-- The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<b>At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, <i>The River of Doubt</i> is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.</b><br /><br />The River of Doubt鈥攊t is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.<br /><br />After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil鈥檚 most famous explorer, C芒ndido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.<br /><br />Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. <i>The River of Doubt</i> brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.<br /><br />From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 life, here is Candice Millard鈥檚 dazzling debut.
ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Ph...
by , Selene Yeager

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. <br /><br />Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, it鈥檚 no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. <i>ROAR</i> is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition, hydration, and training to your unique physiology so you can work with, rather than against, your female physiology. Exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy T. Sims, PhD, shows you how to be your own biohacker to achieve optimum athletic performance.<br /><br />Complete with goal-specific meal plans and nutrient-packed recipes to optimize body composition, <i>ROAR </i>contains personalized nutrition advice for all stages of training and recovery. Customizable meal plans and strengthening exercises come together in a comprehensive plan to build a rock-solid fitness foundation as you build lean muscle where you need it most, strengthen bone, and boost power and endurance. Because women鈥檚 physiology changes over time, entire chapters are devoted to staying strong and active through pregnancy and menopause. No matter what your sport is鈥攔unning, cycling, field sports, triathlons鈥攖his book will empower you with the nutrition and fitness knowledge you need to be in the healthiest, fittest, strongest shape of your life.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>

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