Every Saturday in The Independent’s award-winning Traveller section, our “48 hours” stories explore new and exciting city-break itineraries. Now, 25 years after the series was first launched, we’ve produced this special, designed to help you get the most from a visit to a selection of 20 key North American cities. Among them, you can choose from New York’s dizzying nightlife, the rollercoaster thrills of Orlando, the Hollywood glitter of Los Angeles or Vancouver’s great outdoors. We’ve also included a range of accommodation options to suit your budget.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
This remarkable anthology chronicles more than three years of spiralling violence and despair in Syria: atrocity heaped upon atrocity, misery upon misery, and all - so far - to no avail. No faction is without blood on its hands; no crime, from torture to poison gas, has been deemed taboo. The dead are too numerous to count. As for the living, close to 3 million refugees have fled Syria, with millions more internally displaced. How did we come to this? There is no better way to answer this question than to revisit The Independent's published accounts of the unfolding tragedy. Spearheaded by peerless and profoundly experienced correspondents such as Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Kim Sengupta, our coverage has led the world in its fearlessness and insight. Syria's tragedy is not yet over.
From Stephen R. Covey—the New York Times Bestselling author—comes a new approach to understanding balance.
Dr. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People inspired millions by providing them with the tools needed to become the best version of their selves. In Achieving Balance, Covey takes that philosophy one step further by helping you reignite the vision, passion, and a spirit of adventure in your life, while preserving a sense of balance in your life and your time.
From Stephen R. Covey—the New York Times Bestselling author—comes a new approach to understanding your purpose.
Dr. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People inspired millions by providing them with the tools needed to become the best version of their selves. In A Sense of Purpose, Covey takes that philosophy one step further by helping you craft a Personal Mission Statement that truly defines you. As you discover your mission you will become empowered to lead your life instead of spend your life reacting.
From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.
If you give a kid a smart phone, you’ll have a lot of headaches to fix. Bringing the question of whether or not children are mature enough to have their own smart devices, this downward spiral of a spoiled kid gone rotten will show the consequences of giving a child gifts they’re not ready for. From accidentally flushing the phone down the toilet to crying for the next gadget update, parents will learn that if you give a kid a smart phone, you’ll only cause trouble.
These days, the only certainty is uncertainty. The business world is constantly changing and trying to predict the trends can feel like an impossible task. Yet, successful companies perform at the highest levels in spite of the ever-changing world. Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times - The Interactive Edition is updated for today’s modern solutions to the unknown. It has the the four essentials for getting the best from business and yourself through easy and hard times.
High performing companies have straight-forward goals and direct targets. They make trust a priority with all stakeholders. They see the glass half-full and make the best of any situation. This added value with a refusal to hold back is essential in the modern world. By transforming fear into something you can engage and understand, you avoid the unpredictable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Stephen R. Covey is a well-known and respected authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. He has a B.S. from the University of Utah, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. Through this book and his organization, Covey has given insight to millions of people and his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold millions of copies and was named one of the ten most influential business books by Forbes magazine.
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Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The Interactive Edition, Stephen Covey is a best-selling author and organizational consultant and leader. The collection gathered here present the best of Covey's writing as he continues to advise millions of readers worldwide.
Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals The Interactive Edition offers a cohesive approach to his principle-centered philosophy for becoming a highly effective network marketing professional. Within this enhanced edition, you’ll get exclusive integrated multimedia, real-world examples of current, successful networkers, and the step-by-step direction for applying his time-tested habits.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals The Interactive Edition is the complete guide to becoming a more success professional in the 21st century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) was a leading authority on leadership and family relations. He held a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Brigham Young University. Dr. Covey was Vice Chairman of FranklinCovey Co., and in high demand as a speaker, teacher, and organizational consultant. Throughout his career, Dr. Covey brought new insight and understanding to millions of readers and students.
Oh, boy . . . you got a dog. Now what? They’re cute and cuddly, but do you really know what you just got yourself into? Walking, feeding, and cleaning are only the beginning. Your new best friend will provide you unconditional love with never-ending demands. So where do you go from here? Dog Hacks Handbook has all the help you need for the newest member of your family. From keeping your playful pup from jumping on every guest to making sure he doesn't get sick, every hack will help you expect the unexpected. Overflowing with how-to illustrations, infographics and heavily researched insight on everything pet-friendly, Dog Hacks Handbook will make it so you love every second you spend with your pup.
One evening, over-indulged Holly decided to demonstrate her artistic talents on the newly-decorated walls of her parents dream home. In this made-for-parents satirical tale, our 21st Century-imaginative child Holly creates a messy masterpiece only an unemployed painter could love. Will her new age parents finally give in and punish her? Will they take away the marker for a day? Or will they go the route of Harold and the Purple Crayon, and simply let her imagination ruin their walls? Holly, Drop that Friggin' Marker is the perfect blend of comedy and truth that any parent with an artistic child can enjoy and learn from.
Level up your Veggie life with 52 Simple Ways to reduce your footprint, eat organics, and maintain an animal-friendly lifestyle. As you progress through each of the five levels, you'll find tips for great recipes, shopping and cooking techniques for every mealtime. Learn surprising facts about the impact of meat and animal products on the environment and how even small do-it-yourself ideas lead to real impact. Begin with small changes, and transition all meat out of your diet. You can be meat-free every day of the year with 52 Simple Ways to be Vegetarian.
If you’ve ever been unemployed or are currently unemployed, then you know the magical soul-searching journey that is looking for a job. From sending hundreds of emails into the black void that is the internet job market to contemplating whether you should pick up a life of crime to pay the bills, unemployment brings out the darkest attributes in a person. It starts off as a time for freedom and bucket-list vacations, but it slowly downward spirals into a battle against job market trolls and unemployment dragons—but maybe that’s just a sign that you might need to leave the house, buddy. Presenting the sequel to 99 Signs You Are Not in the 1%, S.m. Torres gives you 99 Signs You Are Unemployed, a book that covers each stage of unemployment, from denial to madness to recovery. It’s a difficult journey to embark upon, but there’s no room for giving up. It may get rough. It may get weird. But in the end, someone’s got to hire you eventually, right?
Life is expensive. Rent. School. Gas. Dates. Breakfast. Alcohol. It just seems like all the best parts of life come with a price tag. Well, not anymore! Sort of. While things will always cost money, there is a way to make it work for you. Money Hacks Handbook will solve all your worries about budgeting, investing, and all things money management. This is the definitive book when it comes to our fiscal needs. Overflowing with how-to illustrations, infographics and heavily researched insight on everything that requires a credit card, Money Hacks Handbook will make it so you never have to worry about being evicted again.
Honey Badger is angry because Honey Badger is hungry. In The Very Hungry Honey Badger, you’ll witness the angriest mammal in the animal kingdom get into several fights as he searches for food. From scaring off buffalo to battling cobras, Honey Badger will show you he does not mess around when his stomach’s grumbling. Someone get him food, pronto! From Kumquat comes the retelling of a classic story through the voracious appetite of the Honey Badger.