On 3/8/1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was “to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas” & unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in 10/1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political & economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings. Most records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China’s long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus & had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans & transplanted in America & other countries the principal economic crops that have fed & clothed the world.,Unveiling incontrovertible evidence of these astonishing voyages, “1421” rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it’s been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation.
Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will the world become overpopulated? How will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife? In 100 Plus, futurist Sonia Arrison brings together over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to paint a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but is now very real. The first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds, 100 Plus is an illuminating and indispensable text that will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years.
Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that???s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.,Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children???s books, history, and more, ,ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it???s not a proscriptive list of the ???great works??????rather, it???s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.,Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and , next to Robert McCloskey and , Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. ,There are nuts and bolts, too???best editions to read, other books by the author, ???if you like this, you???ll like that??? recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned???a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading.
Funny because it’s true. ??From the creator of the viral sensation “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” (5+ million views and hundreds of thousands of shares) comes the must-have book you never knew you needed, ,. ??In it, you will learn how to appear smart in less than half the time it takes to actually learn anything.,You know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they???re doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now.,Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, , gives you actionable ways to use words like ???actionable,??? in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It???s all here.
13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese presents tested shortcuts for Japanese language acquisition. Identifying two groups of people who actively and effectively study Japanese to the point of fluency –successful non-native learners and Japanese children –Giles Murray has collected from both groups the most rewarding and universal techniques which can be put to immediate use by both beginner and advanced students of Japanese.,This book is designed for people who have tried orthodox textbooks and failed, people who know a little Japanese but don’t have the necessary time or motivation to make the transition to more serious textbooks, and people seeking to increase fluency using ability already acquired. It introduces new strategies for thinking, speaking and memorizing Japanese quickly, efficiently and independently. Used in tandem with a mainstream textbook, these strategies will enable any student to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, and to speak without hesitation in natural and fluent Japanese.,With lively and entertaining commentaries, striking illustrations, two Japanese manga –including a six-page extract from Osamu Tezuka’s famous Blackjack series–brainteasing puzzles, and genuinely useful example sentences, 13 Secrets offers a unique and exciting alternative to all students of Japanese.
In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.,Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she???s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it ???Technology Shabbat.???,Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.,A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we???ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.
Best-selling author Chris Guillebeau presents a full-color ideabook featuring 100 stories of regular people launching successful side businesses that almost anyone can do.,Chris Guillebeau, self-employment guru, author of ,, and creator of the popular , podcast, presents a collection of the top hundred side-gig case studies from both his podcast and his personal files, featuring jewelry makers, website founders, food truck bakers, and more. With inspiring anecdotes alongside bullet-point takeaways, this playbook will not only inspire you to follow in these innovators’ entrepreneurial footsteps but also achieve similar business success. From identifying underserved markets to crafting unique products and services that spring from your passions, you’ll soon be making money on the side while living your best life.
Introducing the new Fisher Investment Series, comprised of engaging and informative titles written by renowned money manager and bestselling author Ken Fisher. This series offers essential insights into the worlds of investing and finance.,Over the course of nearly two centuries, the innovations, mistakes, and scandals of different market participants have played an important role in shaping today’s financial markets. Now, in ,, Ken Fisher delivers cameo biographies of these pioneers of American financial history. From Joe Kennedy’s “sexcapades” to Jesse Livermore’s suicide, this book details the drama, the dirt, and the financial principles of an amazingly inventive group of financial minds. Fisher digs deep to uncover the careers, personal lives, and contributions of these individuals, and leads you through the lessons that can be learned from each one. Here you have 100 of the best teachers — some you already know, some you will feel you know, and some you may not have previously discovered — whose experiences will undoubtedly enhance your understanding of the markets.,With a few pages dedicated to each person, , quickly captures the essence of the people and ideas that have influenced the evolution of the financial industry.