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Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing

KRISTEN HADEED · Portfolio
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

The inspiring, unlikely, laugh-out-loud story of how one woman learned to lead-and how she ultimately succeeded, not despite her many mistakes, but because of them. This is the story of how Kristen Hadeed built Student Maid, a cleaning company where people are happy, loyal, productive,...
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Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

Lucy Inglis · Pegasus Books
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

An intelligent and authoritative history of opium -- a drug that has both healed and harmed since the beginning of civilization.Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the "Milk of Paradise" for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer...
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Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

Elizabeth Goodman · HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Pages: 1
Format: Audiobook

In the second half of the twentieth century, New York was the source of new sounds, including the Greenwich Village folk scene, punk and new wave, and hip-hop. But as the end of the millennium neared, cutting-edge bands began emerging from Seattle, Austin, and London, pushing New York from...
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God's Armies: Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath

Malcolm Lambert · Pegasus Books
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

With ramifications on geopolitics today, a vivid chronicle of the Christian and Islamic struggle to control the sacred places of Palestine and the Middle East between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Crusade and jihad are often reckoned to have represented two sides of the same coin:...
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Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Peter Bjo?rn Kerber · J. Paul Getty Museum
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Luca Carlevarijs, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Francesco Guardi, Hubert Robert these renowned view painters are perhaps most famous for their expansive canvases depicting the ruins of Rome or the canals of Venice. Many of their most splendid paintings, however, feature...
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The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Geoffrey Robinson · Princeton University Press
Pages: 456
Format: Hardcover

The Killing Season explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century -- the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million...
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Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace

Michael A. Messner · Rutgers University Press
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover

Over the last few decades, as the United States has become embroiled in foreign war after foreign war, some of the most vocal activists for peace have been veterans. These veterans for peace come from all different races, classes, regions, and generations. What common motivations unite...
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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

RUBY LAL · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire.When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents' mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal....
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Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

Bret Baier · William Morrow
Pages: 346
Format: Print book

"THE BEST BOOK ON EISENHOWER TO APPEAR IN A VERY LONG TIME"*: BRET BAIER'S "RIVETING ACCOUNT"† OF IKE'S FINAL MISSION IS "A LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT"‡ THAT IS "DESTINED TO TAKE ITS PLACE AS ONE OF THE CLASSICS OF PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY"§January...
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Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age

Leslie Berlin · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

The richly told narrative of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today's technology-driven world.At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans...
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Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

Sujatha Gidla · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 306
Format: Hardcover

"Ants Among Elephants is an arresting, affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir. It is quite possibly the most striking work of non-fiction set in India since Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and heralds the arrival of a formidable new writer." -- The EconomistA...
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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

Sonia Purnell · Penguin Books
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, Clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most...
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Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

Beth Comstock · Currency
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

From one of today's foremost innovation leaders, an inspiring and practical guide to mastering change in the face of uncertainty. The world will never be slower than it is right now, says Beth Comstock, the former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE. But confronting...
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The Transgenerational Consequences of the Armenian Genocide: Near the Foot of Mount Ararat

Anthonie Holslag · Palgrave Macmillan
Pages: 291
Format: Hardcover

This book brings together the Armenian Genocide process and its transgenerational outcome, which are often juxtaposed in existing scholarship, to ask how the Armenian Genocide is conceptualized and placed within diasporic communities. Taking a dual approach to answer this question, Anthonie...
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Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine

Sophie Pinkham · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A distinctive writer's fascinating journey into the heart of a troubled region.Ukraine has rebuilt itself over and over again in the last century, plagued by the same conflicts: corruption, poverty, substance abuse, ethnic clashes, and Russian aggression. Sophie Pinkham saw all this...
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