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The Half-Life of Facts
Samuel Arbesman
Learn Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date. At one point, smoking was healthy. It relieved stress and calmed you down, it was even recommended by doctors! Today, we understand just how deadly the habit can be. And what about red meat? Fat? Red wine? Information regarding the nutritional value of such foods is constantly changing. In other words, we are living in a world where facts are not static, as we gain more knowledge, facts change. And just like the benefits of smoking, your reality is out of date. Throughout The Half-Life of Facts, Samuel Arbesman argues that what we may think of as true today may turn out to be false tomorrow. Through thought-provoking ideas, theories, and mathematical and scientific techniques, The Half-Life of Facts details just how our knowledge changes over time and how facts have a dwindling lifespan. As you read, you’ll learn how the height of Mount Everest is constantly changing, how Popeye contributed to the spread of misinformation, and why it’s important to accept change in our ever-growing world.
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Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Robert T. Kiyosaki
What the wealthy teach their children about financial independence. Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997) is part memoir and part financial self-help book. Written by best-selling author, entrepreneur, and billionaire Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad investigates the money management lessons that are taught only in upper-class homes. Kiyosaki uses his personal experience to explain why everyone should learn these personal finance secrets that will help you cultivate and maintain wealth.
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14 minutes
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The Millionaire Next Door
Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
A behind-the-scenes look at the unglamorous lives of America’s millionaires. When you think of millionaires, what do you imagine? Do you think of private islands, multiple mansions, and fancy cars? Would it surprise you if you knew that, for many millionaires, that mansion is mortgaged to the max? Would you be surprised to know that that Ferrari was bought with a loan? Or that many millionaires are struggling to keep up appearances? The Millionaire Next Door (1996) offers a peep behind the scenes and demonstrates that being a millionaire isn’t quite as easy or exciting as you might think.
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Invisible Influence
Jonah Berger
Learn how other people impact our behavior. Would you consider yourself to be a person who is easily influenced by others? Most of us would probably say no-- but we might be wrong! Invisible Influence (2016) explores the hidden power that other people wield over our life, our choices, and our behavior. Written by a renowned marketing professor who understands the power of influencers and successful social media campaigns, this book posits that we have to understand the power of the invisible influence if we want to reclaim our lives and make decisions for ourselves.
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14 minutes
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The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization
Peter F. Drucker
Discover the key questions that will unlock your company’s success. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could tell you, “These are the most important questions you need to ask if you want your business to succeed? Fortunately, Peter Drucker is here to connect you with those questions (and all the right answers!) with his definitive guide. So, whether you’re a business student, hopeful entrepreneur, or experienced business owner, Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization (2008) will take your success to the next level.
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17 minutes
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Isaac’s Storm
Erik Larson
Learn about the deadly hurricane that devastated Texas in 1900. Isaac’s Storm (1999) is the story of the deadliest hurricane in American history. It’s the story of a storm that destroyed thousands of lives. It’s also the story of one man, the weather, and the development of the United States Army’s Weather Bureau. Written for anyone who is fascinated by history or extreme weather, Isaac’s Storm captures the imagination through its vivid retelling of the fatal events that took place on one September day in Galveston Texas, 1900.
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18 minutes
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The Failure of Risk Management
Douglas W. Hubbard
How to manage risk management. Life is full of risks and dangers; that’s why we have the risk management industry. But what do you do if your risk management strategies are flawed? The Failure of Risk Management (2009) explores the flaws and failings of our current risk management model and provides practical top tips for overcoming them.
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14 minutes
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In Defense of Selfishness
Peter Schwartz
Why being selfish sometimes can be healthy. It’s wrong to be selfish: this is the message we receive from the time that we’re old enough to attend pre-school. We are taught that sharing is important and that no one likes a person who is selfish. But is selflessness really all it’s cracked up to be? In Defense of Selfishness (2015) argues that altruism should never prevent you from setting personal boundaries or making healthy decisions for yourself.
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The Narcissist You Know
Joseph Burgo
Unmasking the evil of the everyday narcissist. We often hear the term “narcissistic abuse” cited in psychological case studies and the testimony of mentally broken partners. We are told that social media is making everyone narcissistic. And yet, even as this term is thrown around as an overwhelmingly negative thing, popular makeup brands invoke the aesthetic of self-absorption, even going so far as to literally brand themselves “NARSISSIST.” But what is narcissism really? And what do you need to know to protect yourself against the narcissists among us? The Narcissist You Know (2015) explores the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of narcissism.
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16 minutes
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Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
Lori Gottlieb
What one therapist learned from her therapist. If you’ve ever thought therapists have it all together, think again! In this poignant and unusual memoir, the author-- a therapist-- writes openly about her own struggles with mental health. After her life circumstances led her to seek professional help herself, the author discovered new insights about herself and her profession as a therapist. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (2019) is her way of documenting these experiences and the revelations she learned.
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14 minutes
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