The War for America´s Soul looks seriously at whether America will survive this liberal attack on our freedoms, our religious rights, and our privacy rights. Will our economy survive? Will our American values survive? The liberal template is exposed, and the Republican weaknesses are revealed. Are our best days ahead of us or behind us? This is a thought-provoking analysis and an enjoyable listen. Learn a very practical three-step strategy to save America and make America great again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Marunde. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106953/bk_acx0_106953_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of Oscar Wilde´s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous. On January 3, 1882, Oscar Wilde, a 27-year-old ´´genius´´ - at least by his own reckoning - arrived in New York. The Dublin-born Oxford man had made such a spectacle of himself in London with his eccentric fashion sense, acerbic wit, and extravagant passion for art and home design that Gilbert & Sullivan wrote an operetta lampooning him. He was hired to go to America to promote that work by presenting lectures on interior decorating. But Wilde had his own business plan. He would go to promote himself. And he did, traveling some 15,000 miles and visiting 150 American cities as he created a template for fame creation that still works today. Though Wilde was only the author of a self-published book of poems and an unproduced play, he presented himself as a ´´star´´, taking the stage in satin breeches and a velvet coat with lace trim as he sang the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows - and himself. What Wilde so presciently understood is that fame could launch a career as well as cap one. David M. Friedman´s lively and often hilarious narrative whisks us across 19th-century America, from the mansions of Gilded Age Manhattan to roller-skating rinks in Indiana, from an opium den in San Francisco to the bottom of the Matchless silver mine in Colorado - then the richest on earth - where Wilde dined with twelve gobsmacked miners, later describing their feast to his friends in London as ´´First course: whiskey. Second course: whiskey. Third course: whiskey´´. But, as Friedman shows, Wilde was no mere clown; he was a strategist. From his antics in London to his manipulation of the media - Wilde gave 100 interviews in America, more than anyone else in the world in 1882 - he designed every move to increase his renown. There had been famous people before him, but Wilde was the first to become famous for being famous. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021516/bk_adbl_021516_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
By the 1920s English comic Stan Laurel had been in dozens of films, and American Oliver Hardy had appeared in hundreds, but it was not until they formed a duo together in 1926 that they began to truly be noticed. Once they did, however, Laurel and Hardy became one of the most famous comedy teams in American history, with a career that spanned four decades and included over 100 combined shorts and feature films. Even today, nearly 60 years after their last performances together, Laurel and Hardy are still popular, alongside legends like The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello, and their routines are still watched across the globe. Perhaps most importantly, Laurel and Hardy were forerunners of slapstick comedy and thus influenced those that followed. Their complementary style of slapstick humor, with the thin, childish Laurel acting as a foil for the overweight and overly pompous Hardy, offered a template for others to follow, and the duo established several famous gags that other acts like the Stooges subsequently mimicked. For example, when Laurel occasionally came up with a smart idea, something completely out of character, the surprised Hardy would ask him to repeat what he just said, and Laurel would be unable to replicate it. That theme would recur with Curly and the Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy´s use of ´´D´oh!´´ has been made even more famous by Homer Simpson in The Simpsons. Of course, the physical aspects of their slapstick, which often included destruction and mayhem, proved popular for them and several groups as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter D Stover, Keith Peters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038138/bk_acx0_038138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most NPR listeners have experienced at least one ´´driveway moment´´: You’re so captivated by a story, interview, or essay you’re hearing on the radio that you sit in your driveway, motor running, to hear it all the way through. Even if the ice cream is melting in the trunk. The latest collection of this best-selling series features memorable tales, bits, and commentary from NPR favorites, regulars, and guests. Smartly chosen, sincerely hilarious, this collection will leave you in stitches. Contents: Joan Rivers: ´´Outrageous and Outspoken as Ever´´ Harry Shearer: ´´Now You See It´´ Harry Shearer: ´´Sammy the Flame-Resistant Salmon´´ ´´Comedy Writing: How to Be Funny´´ ´´The (Wacky) World According to John Hodgman´´ ´´At Climate Conference, Hot Air Reigns´´ ´´Dave Barry´s Science Fair Tricks´´ Brian Williams on Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! ´´Snoring Does Not Get in the Way of Love´´ ´´Kevin Kling Returns´´ Carol Burnett: ´´Still Glad For ´This Time Together´´ ´´Tim Conway Delivers Laughs Without an Apology´´ ´´Mehlman´s Famous Actors Tour of Los Angeles´´ ´´A Rejection Letter Template´´ ´´What´s America´s Funniest Joke?´´ Robert Earl Keen Plays ´´Not My Job´´ ´´Bob and Ray, Masters of the Subtle Spoof´´ ´´Powerball Dreams´´ ´´Jane Lynch, TV’s New Queen of Mean´´ ´´Wedding Season Can Be Trying´´ ´´My Child, the Prodigy - and Other Punch Lines´´ ´´Advice for New Fathers´´ Tom Bodett: ´´You´ve Been Warned´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Krulwich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000706/bk_high_000706_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the former secretary of state and best-selling author - a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy. At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen, in order to put democracy´s challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America´s long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world - from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Time frames for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia, they never exist in the real world. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones. These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around th 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grace Angela Henry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003111/bk_hach_003111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want to know how to write a business plan that doesn´t suck (and helps you achieve your business planning goals)? Looking for a step-by-step guide to creating business plans that both boost operational focus and raise serious moola? Searching for a no-nonsense crash-course in business-plan writing that’ll have you talking like an MBA grad (even if you never got past 10th-grade geometry)?Then look no further, intrepid entrepreneur! Because in How to Write a Business Plan That Doesn’t Suck, you’ll have a business planner Sherpa walking you through every step of the way.We’ll cover thorny topics such as:´´Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Business Plan (But Were Afraid to Ask)”´´7 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Business Plan (Learn from My Mistakes!)”´´What the @#@$# Needs to Go into Your Executive Summary”´´How to Describe Your Business in a Way That Doesn’t Put People to Sleep”´´Financial and Legal Docs You Just Gotta Have in Your Business Plan”And so much more!And you won’t find a single business plan outline or business plan template recycled from 1995, when Friends was the number-one show in America. These are strategies, straight from the business-plan trenches, that will help sharpen your business focus and give you the document you need to realize your business goals.So, if you’re ready to put your business-plan floaties on - don’t worry, the water is warm - then grab a copy of How to Write a business Plan That Doesn’t Suck and begin your entrepreneurial quest today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Zarcone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127489/bk_acx0_127489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Inspiring´´ --Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; Founder, Shake Shack; and author, Setting the Table James Beard Award-winning food journalist Kevin Alexander traces an exhilarating golden age in American dining Over the past decade, Kevin Alexander saw American dining turned on its head. Starting in 2006, the food world underwent a transformation as the established gatekeepers of American culinary creativity in New York City and the Bay Area were forced to contend with Portland, Oregon. Its new, no-holds-barred, casual fine-dining style became a template for other cities, and a culinary revolution swept across America. Traditional ramen shops opened in Oklahoma City. Craft cocktail speakeasies appeared in Boise. Poke bowls sprung up in Omaha. Entire neighborhoods, like Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and cities like Austin, were suddenly unrecognizable to long-term residents, their names becoming shorthand for the so-called hipster movement. At the same time, new media companies such as Eater and Serious Eats launched to chronicle and cater to this developing scene, transforming nascent star chefs into proper celebrities. Emerging culinary television hosts like Anthony Bourdain inspired a generation to use food as the lens for different cultures. It seemed, for a moment, like a glorious belle epoque of eating and drinking in America. And then it was over. To tell this story, Alexander journeys through the travails and triumphs of a number of key chefs, bartenders, and activists, as well as restaurants and neighborhoods whose fortunes were made during this veritable gold rush--including Gabriel Rucker, an originator of the 2006 Portland restaurant scene; Tom Colicchio of Gramercy Tavern and Top Chef fame; as well as hugely influential figures, such as André Prince Jeffries of Prince´s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville; and Carolina barbecue pitmaster Rodney Scott. He writes with rare energy, telling a distinctly American story, at once timeless and cutting-edge, about unbridled creativity and ravenous ambition. To ´´burn the ice´´ means to melt down whatever remains in a kitchen´s ice machine at the end of the night. Or, at the bar, to melt the ice if someone has broken a glass in the well. It is both an end and a beginning. It is the firsthand story of a revolution in how Americans eat and drink.
Used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of the Amazon rain forest, the mystical brew ayahuasca is now becoming increasingly popular in the West. Psychologist Rachel Harris here shares her own healing experiences and draws on her original research (the largest study of ayahuasca use in North America) into the powerful medicine´s effects on depression, addiction, PTSD, and anxiety. In this wide-ranging and personal exploration, Harris details ayahuasca´s risks and benefits, helping listeners clarify their intentions and giving psychotherapists a template for transformative care and healing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Postel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014678/bk_tant_014678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.