Sex Rules!

Sex is always hot. Other people's lusty antics even hotter. This book pulls back the curtains on a dizzying array of hilarious stereotype-busting sexual mores from around the world. It is joyful, deliciously outrageous, titillating, hilarious. The fact that it's all true makes it even more fascinating. It takes the ever-intriguing question “What is ‘normal’ sex?” and creates a rollicking worldwide tour with LOL perspectives on extraordinary sexual mores. It will astound you, regale you, blow you away. At the same time, it expands your tolerance, proving sex is like happiness – universally sought but subjectively enjoyed.

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Still I Rise

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When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invicitus. The inspirational verse was by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invicitus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. It embodies the strength of character of the women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great ladies who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. The intrepid women are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince they took salvation into their own hands. Women celebrated in the book include Madame C. J. Walker-first female American millionaire, Aung San Suu Kyi-Burma’s first lady of freedom, Betty Shabazz-civil rights activist, Nellie Sachs-Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient, Selma Lagerlof-first woman Nobel Laureate, Fannie Lou Hamer-American voting rights activist, Bessie Coleman-first African-American female pilot, Wilma Randolph-first woman to win three gold medals, Sonia Sotomayor-first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Wangari Maathai-Nobel Prize winner, Winnifred Mandela-freedom fighter, Lois Wilson-founder of Al-Anon, Roxanne Quimby-co-founder of Burt’s Bees. From the Book: "Still I Rise Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. I rise I rise I rise."

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The Book of Awesome Women

Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. (All after a long day at the office.) Women have always been strong- true heroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised for the future. The amazing women inside include: Dian Fossey, Martina Navratilova, Sojourner Truth, Indira Ghandi, Aretha Franklin, Margaret Mead, Coretta Scott King, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Joan Baez, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, Anita Hill, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, and many more. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

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The Great Uprooting

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Over the last decade, more than 10 million refugees have fled the Middle East and North Africa. There is not a day that goes by without the media highlighting another human interest story. The Great Uprooting stands out in the crowd. It targets Arab Jews, a million strong that were displaced before the Arab spring and scattered to many Diasporas. Invisible and ignored, the volume gives voice to these Jews from Islamic Lands, a forgotten exodus and reveals a human rights story that foreshadows what lies ahead for many of today's refugees.
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Jim Morin's World

WANT TO LAUGH AND ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST CARTOONS FROM A GIFTED CREATOR OF EDITORIAL CARTOONS? THE MIAMI HERALD'S JIM MORIN HAS CREATED SOME OF THE BEST EDITORIAL CARTOONS IN THE BUSINESS Political cartoonists distill opinions about power and culture into art and commentary with the sharp points of their pens. How does an artist who has produced over the past 40 years some of the best cartoons among editorial cartoonists in the business generate the ideas for a relentless stream of sharp political and social commentary? Most recently, during and after Election 2016, the remarkable artist's pen of Jim Morin has produced a steady stream of Donald Trump cartoons that have both delighted and infuriated followers, depending upon their side of the Donald Trump divide. This book of best cartoons by Jim Morin is both funny and poignant. It is a nostalgic journey through the last 40 years of the comedy and reality of our world. MEMBER OF THE EXCLUSIVE CLUB OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS Jim Morin has been the Miami Herald’s internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist since 1978. He is the Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning in 1996 and shared Pulitzer Prize winner status with the Miami Herald Editorial Board in 1983. In 2007, he won the prestigious Herblock Prize. He has covered eight U.S. presidents from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump as candidate and Donald Trump as the new president. Morin also is syndicated nationally and internationally by his own Morintoons Syndicate at http://www.jimmorin.com. include “Line of Fire: Political Cartoons by Jim Morin”, “Bushed”, and “Ambushed”. EDITORIAL CARTOONS FROM A GIFTED ARTIST Upon awarding the prestigious Herblock Prize to Jim Morin in 2007, Harry Katz, the Herb Block Foundation curator, praised this two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his "impressive, unrelenting barrage of cartoons and caricatures displaying artistry, courage and conviction." Morin should also be praised for his wit and timely wry sense of humor, which has been a staple of the Miami Herald since 1978. "Jim Morin's World: 40 Years Of Social Commentary From A Pulitzer Prize Winner Cartoonist" is a collection of some of the best cartoons by this gifted artist and commentator on our times. WHAT DO SOME OF JIM MORIN'S PEERS SAY ABOUT HIM? "We’re lucky to have one of the very best, waiting with pen in hand to carve up the phonies, blowhards, crooks and hypocrites who make headlines. They might not want to end up in a Jim Morin cartoon, but they will." - Carl Hiaasen "Jim Morin has all the attributes of a first-rate cartoonist. He has a clear idea how he feels about issues and he wants you to know about it. He then expresses himself clearly and concisely in a manner that is both exciting and explorative." - Pat Oliphant "Jim Morin is one of the great under-appreciated cartoonists of the last quarter century." - The Comics Reporter

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FIDEL CASTRO

He towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world. Few fired the hearts of the world’s restless youth as Castro did when he was young, and few seemed so irrelevant as Castro when he was old — the last Communist, railing on the empty, decrepit street corner that Cuba became under his rule. Fidel Castro: Life and Death of a Dictator follows key events that impacted the Caribbean island, its people, and the world during the tumultuous reign of this controversial dictator.

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The Responsive Chord

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The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.

Tony Schwartz, the man the New York Times called the "king of sound," drew on his unrivaled wealth of experience in the communications industry, to give us The Responsive Chord, an engaging read and one of the seminal books on media. Through his decades of work, Schwartz came to understand that most advertisers, politicians, and educators—in fact, most all of us—use a model of communication long outmoded by the coming of electronic media. In The Responsive Chord, he shows us how this model has made us blind to many of the inner workings of modern communication. He explains how audio and visual material can be used to create “resonance” with an audience. His “resonance principle” explains that the meaning of an ad (or any other stimulus) is not present in the ad itself but rather in how the ad relates to the vast array knowledge and associations—both factual and emotional—already held in the mind of the viewer. Thus, audience members do not merely digest a message; they are an essential force in creating it.

The implications for anyone looking to impart a message or influence decisions are enormous.

And with so many people these days getting their information through social media and "fake news" sites, it is crucial that we understand the strong forces by which these outlets act upon us and, yes, manipulate our ideas and actions. The Responsive Chord reveals these forces in a captivating and eye-opening read.

 

“I read The Responsive Chord as a freshman in college and it affected everything I’ve ever made since. Its message is practical and deep. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

— Ira Glass, Creator & Host of NPR’s This American Life

“Tony Schwartz was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century. My interview with him was one of my favorites and one of the most important of my own long career in broadcast journalism.”

— Bill Moyers, Journalist, Political Commentator and White House Press Secretary

“Tony Schwartz was not only an original theorist but a master persuader whose must-read book is brimming with indispensable insight about how humans construct meaning through media.”

— Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

“Here's the still-true story about how a media environment can shape our thoughts, our purchases and, yes, our votes. It's not just the content that influences us; if only it were that simple. No, it's the media themselves, the political economy driving them, and the atomizing impact of their targeted messaging. Maybe reading this book will prepare us to think more critically about the way social media is used on, and against us today.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“The Responsive Chord had a profound impact on me when I first read it as a teenager, and it sparked a lifelong interest in the impact of media and technology in education. Re-reading it today, Tony Schwartz's observations about education in a media-saturated environment are deeply prescient and more relevant than ever.”

— Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson Education

"I keep talking to Tony, learning from Tony, practically every day. Radio and audio are Tony’s World. We just live in it.”

 Christopher Lydon, Radio Host of The Connection and Open Source, former New York Times Journalist

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Terrorism in Europe

Europe is facing an unprecedented and growing terror threat as homegrown extremists inspired by jihadis and an Islamic State squeezed by the West are desperate to attack outside the ‘caliphate’. Terrorism in Europe: In the Crosshairs, examines this extreme threat to Europe through a collection of articles by journalists of The Independent.

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Racism in America

Bestselling author and syndicated columnist on issues of race in the U.S., Leonard Pitts has received death threats and been subjected to harassment by neo-Nazis. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004, he has authored hundreds of articles addressing the charged subject of race. In Racism in America, the best of Leonard Pitts is presented in a collection of Miami Herald articles.

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IRAQ

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In Iraq: The West Shakes Up The Middle East, The Independent continues its series of History As It Happened books. Over the past 15 years the US and its allies should have had the greatest interest in maintaining a Middle East status quo. But, as Cockburn details in a series of insightful articles published in The Independent, the West has been the most radical instrument of change in the Middle East.

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ISIS

In ISIS: Battling the Menace, Patrick Cockburn provides unique insights into the Islamic State scourge. He traces the origin of ISIS, confronts the horror of its methods, and details its threat to the Middle East and the world at large through a series of his articles published by The Independent.

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Guantánamo Bay

In January 2002, an editor at the Miami Herald dispatched correspondent Carol Rosenberg to report on an emerging U.S. military mission at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. The Pentagon was setting up a war on terror prison at Camp X-Ray. She called it The Alcatraz of the Caribbean. She saw U.S. Marines walk the first 20 prisoners off a U.S. Air Force cargo plane from Afghanistan looking like a poor man’s Hannibal Lecter – in orange jumpsuits and shackles and surgical masks and blackout goggles. Hundreds more would follow, and hundreds got to go, nine of them dead. And her assignment is still not over.

For 15 years Carol Rosenberg has reported about the U.S. Navy base called Gitmo. The newspaper called it The Most Expensive Prison on Earth first, by White House estimates $5.6 million a year per prisoner. The newspaper calls the indefinite detainees forever prisoners, captives of a global war against an enemy with no leader to surrender.

This Herald Books edition offers a unique perspective on the people, policy, and place that strikes Rosenberg as the first no-exit-strategy, U.S. military enterprise since the Vietnam War. Her dispatches are inside.

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ROBERT FISK ON AFGHANISTAN

It began on a surge of international consensus, following the 9/11 terrorist atrocities. Thirteen years later, the US-led coalition’s war in Afghanistan came to a quiet close. Britain and America are still counting the cost. Throughout that time, one journalist above all others has reported on the conflict with unfailing insight, perspective and courage. This is Robert Fisk at his best.

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Middle East Exodus

The tragedy of the Middle East has brought about the greatest refugee migration since World War II and a crisis in Europe. Desperate people are pouring across borders in search of sanctuary or escape, and some believe the very existence of the EU could be at stake. The mood across Europe is hardening. Join us as journalists of the Independent explore this 21st century exodus.

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ROBERT FISK ON ALGERIA

The deserts of North Africa are a new front in the global “war on terror”. Islamic extremists, loosely affiliated to al-Qa’ida, are attacking Western interests. The legacy of years of horrifying sectarian bloodletting in Algeria has led to an “arc of insecurity” stretching from Senegal to Somalia, with some of the fiercest action in Algeria and Mali. Rarely has a nation’s suffering been so under-reported. More than 150,000 people have been killed by their fellow Algerians, mostly with sickening cruelty, since 1992. Meanwhile, the power and influence of the fighters who call themselves Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb has been growing inexorably. For those seeking to understand why Algeria’s tragedy matters and what it means, Robert Fisk, who raised the alarm about what was happening in Algeria while the rest of the world looked away, it is essential reading.

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ROBERT FISK ON EGYPT

No commentator is better qualified to tell the tragic tale of the cruel disappointments of the Arab Spring than Robert Fisk. He is the unflinching critic of the Mubarak regime and acclaimed chronicler of Middle-Eastern affairs for The Independent for 25 years. This powerful anthology of his journalism describes the full cycle of Egypt’s awakening and relapse, episode by episode, as it happened – from the first stirrings of unrest to the glorious dawn of Tahrir Square, and the days of shame and atrocity that followed. Told with rare insight into both Egyptian culture and the hypocrisy of the West, this is history at its most compelling, written by one of the very greatest commentators on the Arab world.

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ROBERT FISK ON ISRAEL

No journalist has chronicled the tragedies of the Israelis and the Palestinians so exhaustively, so authoritatively - or so controversially - as Robert Fisk, the Independent’s correspondent in the region for 25 years. No US president has entered the White House carrying so much hope of peace and progress in the region as Barack Obama. Yet how much has the Nobel prize-winning icon of reconciliation actually delivered? And how much objectivity has the world’s media brought to its coverage of his Middle-Eastern initiatives? This unique anthology of six years of reporting and analysis allows you to re-examine a crucial period of history by following it episode by episode, through the ferociously clear-sighted eyes of one of the great foreign reporters of our times.

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SCIENCE MADE SIMPLE

Every child goes through a phase of asking embarrassingly simple questions. Why is the sky blue? Why do we dream? Where did the Moon come from? Even the most educated adult can be stumped by such inquiries. But the curiosity behind them – and the urge to satisfy it – lies at the heart of science. This compendium of questions and answers is based on a weekly column first launched in The Independent more than 15 years ago under the rubric “Technoquest”.

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