Written more than a century ago and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the fourteen operas of Gilbert & Sullivan emerged over the course of the twentieth century as the world´s most popular body of musical-theater works, ranking second only to Shakespeare in the history of English-language theater. Despite this resounding popularity and proven longevity, most books written about the duo have focused on the authors rather than the works. With this detailed examination of all fourteen operas, Gayden Wren fills the void. His bold thesis finds the key to the operas´ longevity, not in the clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories themselves. Like Shakespeare´s comedies, Wren shows, the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan endure because of their timeless themes, which speak to audiences as powerfully now as they did the first time they were performed. Written out of an abiding love for the Savoy operas, this volume is essential reading for any devotee of these enchanting works, or indeed for anyone who loves musical theater.
Cicero´s Stoic Paradoxes is a brilliant and accessible summary of the six major ethical beliefs of Stoicism. The nature of moral goodness, the possession of virtue, good and bad conduct, the transcendence of wisdom, and the sources of real wealth are all discussed with the author´s characteristic intensity and wit. This is the only existing modern translation of this little-known classic, as well as the most detailed study. Also included here is Cicero´s visionary essay ´´The Dream of Scipio´´, which is a compelling testament to his belief in the immortality of the soul. Taken together, these two works provide a glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential thinkers of antiquity. For this special edition, translator Quintus Curtius has returned to the original Latin texts to provide a modern, fresh interpretation of these forgotten classics. Supplementary essays, summaries, and textual notes provide additional guidance and help present these works to a new generation of listeners. Quintus Curtius can be found at qcurtius.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Weyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118248/bk_acx0_118248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why can fear be pleasurable? Why do we sometimes enjoy an emotion we otherwise desperately wish to avoid? And why are the movies the predominant place for this paradoxical experience? These are the central questions of Julian Hanich´s path-breaking book, in which he takes a detailed look at the various aesthetic strategies of fear as well as the viewer´s frightened experience. By drawing on prototypical scenes from horror films and thrillers like Rosemary´s Baby, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven and The Blair Witch Project, Hanich identifies five types of fear at the movies and thus provides a much more nuanced classification than previously at hand in film studies. His descriptions of how the five types of fear differ according to their bodily, temporal and social experience inside the auditorium entail a forceful plea for relying more strongly on phenomenology in the study of cinematic emotions. In so doing, this book opens up new ways of dealing with these emotions. Hanich´s study does not stop at the level of fear in the movie theater, however, but puts the strong cinematic emotion against the backdrop of some of the most crucial developments of our modern world: disembodiment, acceleration and the loosening of social bonds. Hanich argues that the strong affective, temporal, and social experiences of frightening movies can be particularly pleasurable precisely because they help to counterbalance these ambivalent changes of modernity.
Book Summary of The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In ‘Healthy Foods’ That Cause Disease And Weight Gain by OneHourReads (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.) In the book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In ‘Healthy Foods’ That Cause Disease And Weight Gain, Dr. Steven Gundry sets out to demystify long-held myths about plant-based foods. These foods, believed for the most part, to be healthy, have been responsible for hurting the human body for so long. Gundry exposes the real cause of weight problems, and if you’re one of those people who seem to be eating right and doing all the right exercises, yet suffering weight problems and related diseases, then you’ll want to listen to this audiobook. Gundry’s book contends that your weight loss efforts are failing not because of any fault of yours, but because you’re misinformed. This audiobook contains a comprehensive, well detailed summary and key takeaways of the original book by Steven R. Gundry, MD. It summarizes the book in detail, to help people effectively understand the original work by Dr. Gundry. This book is not meant to replace the original book but to serve as a companion to it. This summary includes: An executive summary of the original book Key points of each chapter Brief chapter-by-chapter summaries Buy this audiobook today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Krista Nicely. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119036/bk_acx0_119036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the audiobook and not the original book. Start Publishing Notes´ Summary, Analysis, and Review of Steven R. Gundry´s The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ´´Healthy´´ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain includes a summary of the audiobook, a review, analysis & key takeaways, and a detailed ´´About the Author´´ section. Preview: Steven Gundry´s The Plant Paradox is a diet book, which argues that many fruits and vegetables are dangerous to your health. Gundry says that a plant protein called lectin is responsible for obesity, and many autoimmune disorders. Gundry offers a diet that eliminates lectins, GMOs, and other toxins. This diet will allow people to reduce weight, improve health, and eliminate a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, lupus, and more. Lectins are plant toxins. Plants evolved lectins as poisons to discourage insects from eating plant seeds or other parts of the plant. Lectins are in most plants, and can cause sickness in humans. Eating good plants is vital for health, but many plants we typically think of as ´´healthy,´´ are actually full of lectins, which cause damage to the body. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094541/bk_acx0_094541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With absorbing power, Emory M. Thomas tells the story of one of the most revered figures in American history. A story of triumph and tragedy, this stunning biography provides a fascinating glimpse at the man behind the Civil War legend. Revealing the ´´whole´´ Lee in this enthralling, detailed saga, Thomas portrays him as a man driven by the paradoxes in his own personality. Here is the Lee who is both a legend and a man. Heroic and larger than life in battle; insecure and unfulfilled in private life. Thomas presents the legendary general who inspired millions to support the southern cause, and the humble man who was amazed that thousands flocked to see him near the end of his life. This moving saga paints Lee on a canvas broader than the war that, for many, he has come to personify. Armchair historians and devoted Robert E. Lee buffs alike will enjoy this refreshingly candid portrait of an often honored historical figure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006960/bk_reco_006960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Confessions of a Horseshoer offers a close and personal look at the mind-set of a professional horseshoer (farrier) who also happens to be a college professor. The audiobook, an ironic and playful view of the many unusual animals (and people) Ron Tatum has encountered over thirty-seven years, is nicely balanced between straightforward presentation, self-effacing humor, and lightly seasoned wisdom. It captures the day-to-day life of a somewhat cantankerous old guy, who has attitude and strong opinions. Throughout the audiobook, Tatum ponders the causes that led him into the apparently opposing worlds of horseshoeing, with its mud, pain, and danger, and the bookish life of a college professor. He tells the listener that it is his hope that writing the audiobook will help him understand this apparent paradox between the physical and the mental. Tatum provides a detailed description of the horseshoeing process, its history, and why horses need shoes in the first place. The listener will learn about the dangers of shoeing horses in ´´Injuries I Have Known´´, in which Tatum describes one particular self-inflicted injury that he claims no other horseshoer has ever, or will ever, experience. ´´Eight Week Syndrome´´ demonstrates the close, often therapeutic, relationship between the horseshoer and his or her customers. Tatum relates the story of an old Wyoming cowboy who could talk with horses, and consistently cure their injuries, lameness, and other physical problems after the veterinarians had given up. The humor in the chapters on chickens and rabbits will entertain any listener, as well as the sections on various dogs, ducks, llamas, goats, flies, and a sexually disoriented pig. Listeners of western life and lovers of horses will find Confessions of a Horseshoer an informative, quirky, and delightful work full of humor, attitude, and off-beat insight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul J. McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013065/bk_acx0_013065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Alexei Yurchak´s Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More immediately seduced me by its very title with a profound philosophical implication that eternity is a historical category--things can be eternal for some time. The same spirit of paradox runs through the entire book--it renders in wonderful details the gradual disintegration of the Soviet system from within its ideological and cultural space, making visible all the hypocrisy and misery of this process. I consider Yurchak´s book by far the best work about the late epoch of the Soviet Union--it is not just history, but a pleasure to read, a true work of art.´´--Slavoj Zizek, author of In Defense of Lost Causes´´In this remarkable book, Alexei Yurchak asks: How can we account for the paradox that Soviet people both experienced their system as immutable and yet were unsurprised by its end? In answering this question, he develops a brilliant, entirely novel theory of the nature of Soviet socialism and the reasons for its collapse. The book is must reading for anyone interested in this most momentous change of contemporary history, as well as in the place of language in social transformation. A tour de force!´´--Katherine M. Verdery, author of What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?´´Alexei Yurchak brilliantly debunks several widely held misconceptions about the lived experience of late socialism in Soviet Russia, and does so through a compelling dossier of materials, all creatively conceived, organized, and analyzed. The writing is fluid, accessible, interesting, and beautifully structured and styled.´´--Nancy Ries, Colgate University, author of Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika´´This ambitious book admirably combines a new theoretical approach with detailed ethnographic materials. Written in a clear and engaging style, it is both thorough and precise, and provides a new and convincing insight that will definitely be central to all serious discussions of Soviet-type systems for years to come--namely, that the shift in Soviet life from a semantic to a pragmatic model of ideological discourse served to undermine the ideological system.´´--Caroline Humphrey, University of Cambridge, author of The Unmaking of Soviet Life´´This book makes an important contribution not only to anthropological studies of the former Soviet Union but to the broader discussion about Soviet power, ethics, and public space. Yurchak provides a subtle alternative to traditions of debate in Sovietology that counterposed an analysis of totalitarian accounts of Soviet power to the ´revisionists´ of the 1970s who saw a much more dynamic space of social maneuverings. What is more, he persuasively shows a level of commitment to Soviet ideals that has rarely been appreciated in scholarship. Indeed, he makes the important point that many Russians actually have memories of being much more critical of the Soviet Union than they actually were when it existed.´´--Stephen Collier, New School University
Based on ten years of research and interviews with 80 top executives, the award-winning The Samsung Way is the first definitive guide to the groundbreaking management principles that transformed a lagging electronics company into one of the most successful brands in the world. Combining professional insights from Samsung insiders with practical applications for managers, executives, and CEOs, this powerhouse of a book shows you how to: * Speed up decision making and execution, on a bigger scale. * Create a convergence synergy among diversified businesses, while staying competitive in core businesses. * Mix and match Western and Eastern management styles. Also known as ´´The Three Paradoxes of Samsung Management,´´ these seemingly contradictory goals are the keys behind Chairman Lee Kun-Hee´s now-famous New Management Initiative-the business plan that drove Samsung to become the number-one leader in mobile phones, televisions, semiconductors, and other electronics. A revolutionary-and time-tested-approach to innovation, Samsung´s management principles will help you find the perfect balance of styles by combining the best of all worlds. This ingenious step-by-step guide shows you how to implement Samsung´s proven techniques for grafting American business practices onto a Japanese system, thus keeping costs low and bringing about differentiation. You´ll learn how to achieve both economies of scale and speed in this era of a hypercompetitive world. Best of all, you´ll drive new ideas and innovations at every level of your company while building on your greatest strengths and successes. That´s The Samsung Way. Praise for The Samsung Way ´´To remain competitive in today´s global marketplace, GE must benchmark itself against the best run companies in the world. Samsung is one of these companies. This insightful book outlines Samsung´s formula for success and is an important read for any executive or leader who wishes to implement a similar plan in their own organization.´´ -Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE ´´If I were to be asked about how Samsung Electronics became successful, I would confidently recommend The Samsung Way in lieu of a response. As CEO of Samsung Electronics, I am still amazed by the insightful analyses and explanations given here. This book led me to reconsider the direction of Samsung´s future strategy.´´ -Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics ´´A firsthand glimpse of how an unlikely laggard in emerging economies became a global power to be reckoned with. This informed, readable book will help you understand what management innovation is really all about.´´ -Rita McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School, and author of The End of Competitive Advantage ´´Samsung has emerged as the most intriguing, and to its rivals most threatening, global company from Asia. This book provides both detailed insights into how Samsung rose to global prominence and developed a new management model, transcending contradictions to combine the best from East and West. A fascinating read!´´ -Yves Doz, Solvay Chaired Professor of Technological Innovation, INSEAD ´´This is the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how Samsung achieved its current success as one of the world´s foremost corporations. It will be of great interest to executives, managers, and companies who need to upgrade their game to world-class status and beyond.´´ -Pankaj Ghemawat, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor, IESE Business School ´´The herculean efforts of Professors Song and Lee go some distance in demystifying the secrets of The Samsung Way. There are lessons here for the behemoths of the developed world, as well as tomorrow´s challengers from the emerging world.´´ -Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
The personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as ´´The Oracle of Omaha´´-for fans of the HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. Although the media track him constantly, Buffett himself has never told his full life story. His reality is private, especially by celebrity standards. Indeed, while the homespun persona that the public sees is true as far as it goes, it goes only so far. Warren Buffett is an array of paradoxes. He set out to prove that nice guys can finish first. Over the years he treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time he became the world´s richest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company Berkshire Hathaway. None of this fits the term ´´simple.´´ When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write. Never before has Buffett spent countless hours responding to a writer´s questions, talking, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates-opening his files, recalling his childhood. It was an act of courage, as The Snowball makes immensely clear. Being human, his own life, like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth may be, Buffett´s legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people´s lives. This book tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time. Praise for The Snowball ´´Even people who don´t care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait. . . . Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen.´´-Time ´´Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story.´´-New York Times ´´If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists.´´-Washington Post ´´Riveting and encyclopedic.´´-Wall Street Journal ´´A monumental biography . . . Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer. . . . She deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway.´´-Forbes ´´The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.´´-Los Angeles Times