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Uncommon Wisdom

Uncommon Wisdom
by Fritjof Capra

Synopsis coming soon…….

Howard’s Gift
by Eric Sinoway, Merrill Meadow

“This work offers wonderful wisdom for navigating the inflection points in our lives.” — Mehmet Oz, MD

An iconic teacher. A warm friend. A generous mentor.

For more than 40 years, Howard Stevenson has been a towering figure at Harvard Business School: the man who literally defined entrepreneurship and taught thousands of the world’s most successful professionals.

Now – spurred by Stevenson’s heart-stopping brush with death – his student, colleague, and dear friend Eric Sinoway shares the man’s wisdom and inspiration. Through warm and engaging conversations, we hear Howard’s timeless and practical lessons on pursuing both success and fulfillment, beginning with:

– Create a vision of your own legacy through a process called “business planning for life.”

– Be entrepreneurial in driving your career ahead (even if you’re not an entrepreneur).

– Exploit the inflection points in your life – whether “friend,” “foe,” or “silent.”

– Cut risk in tough career and life decisions by shining the “light of predictability” on them.

– Plan for the ripples, not just the splash from your actions and choices.

Reading Howard’s Gift is like having a wise, caring friend sit down and say, “Let’s figure all this out together.”

And the deeply personal perspectives from guest contributors – such as CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien, Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp, two-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks, and legendary MTV Founder Bob Pittman – reinforce the practical lessons in this clear-sighted book that will help readers “define success in their own terms,” and “live a life with no regrets.”


Uncommon Wisdom
by John Castaldo, Lawrence Levitt

In light of the escalating costs of healthcare in the U.S. and the on-going debate about appropriate health insurance reform, it’s easy to forget about the human side of medicine and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. In Uncommon Wisdom, neurologists John Castaldo and Lawrence Levitt share what they have learned in their many years as doctors, not just from tests and labs, but from years of listening and learning from their patients.

These 16 tales show doctors as human beings: flawed and full of doubt, wonder, and reverence about what it means to be alive. The stories remind us that the medical profession should be about treating people with the dignity they deserve and that medical miracles don’t always involve medicine. These doctors find cures, solve mysteries, and glean many lessons from listening deeply to their patients.


Common Sense about Uncommon Wisdom
by Dhruv S. Kaji

The essence of any great truth should be simple, and its discovery should unfold with joy. This straightforward introduction to Vedanta will bring the ancient and uncommon wisdom of Vedanta alive for you in the spirit of today. In a broad sense, Vedanta is any tradition or methodology that provides knowledge of the true nature of the self. Based on the profound wisdom of the Upanishads, the most ancient and authoritative scriptures of India, this book is a simple, insightful, and contemporary introduction to the vital teachings of Vedanta.Common Sense About Uncommon Wisdom reveals what Vedanta is, what it is not, and how to begin understanding its beauty and perennial truth. Excerpts from the Upanishads and other ancient Sanskrit scriptures provide insight on the origins of Vedanta, and chapters on traditional methods of study supply essential background for anyone seeking liberation from a sense of incompleteness.

“Don’t Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats”
by Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

Uncommon times call for uncommon wisdom. It’s inspiring to hear from people who’ve graduated from the school of hard knocks, yet kept a sense of humor. People like Twain, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde. People who’ve said the thing so well that we all wish we’d said it. People who’ve been there, done that, and refuse to sugarcoat what they’ve learned. People who know, as Sherry Hochman puts it, that “Every day is a gift—even if it sucks.”

From Kathryn and Ross petras, curators of craziness (and surprising smarts), comes a timely collection of reassuring reality:

“Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?”—John Barrymore

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.” —Mark Twain

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”—Mother Teresa

“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.”—Dylan Thomas

“If you think you have it tough, read history books.”—Bill Maher

And Voltaire: “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”


Familiar Strangers
by Gotham Chopra

A flip through the newspaper or a glance at the evening news reveals a world in which old ways are dying and new worlds are beginning, often in the midst of violence and chaos. In the face of these massive changes and disruptions, many people are questioning their roles as individuals: Why am I here? What is my purpose?

In Familiar Strangers, Gotham Chopra travels from China, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir to Chechnya and the Yucatán in search of answers to these age-old spiritual questions. Everywhere he goes, he encounters people who have had to dig within themselves to survive horrible realities and bear heart-wrenching losses. From his New York to Los Angeles flight on September 11, 2001 to a harrowing week spent among young boys toting guns in the contested hills of Kashmir and a sojourn in a small Yucatán village where he witnesses firsthand the collision between the romance of the past and the uncertain promise of the future, Chopra shares the wisdom, idealism, and sense of purpose he found in ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances.

Rich in drama and insights into cultures far different from our own, the stories Chopra recounts articulate, as well, anxieties and fears we all share. While acknowledging that his travels often take him to the extreme edges of civilized society, Chopra shows that the questions that arise in times of peril or in the face of great dangers are not so different from what many of us ask in the course of our daily lives–whether after a grueling eighty-hour work week, a six-hour exam, or a fiery argument with a lover. The challenge, he argues, is to use these moments of revelation as the first step in moving beyond self-imposed fears and limits and embracing new opportunities for spiritual growth.

From the Hardcover edition.


What I Know
by Roger Fishman

Only people at the bookends of life can truly tell it like it is. In What I Know, a remarkable group of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds share their insights on life with Roger Fishman to reveal unguarded truths and surprising wisdom.

You’ll be inspired by the lighthearted yet profound thoughts from 10-year-olds:
“Think of yourself as a dot on a line. The things behind you are already over, so always move forward down the line.”
“Integrity is doing good deeds when no one is looking.”
“It’s not about whether somebody will ‘be there’ for you. It’s all about whether you will ‘be there’ for somebody else.”

And you’ll find time-tested knowledge in the words of centenarians:
“In marriage, you have two sides to the bed: one where you fight and the other where you make up.”
“You’ve got to love, respect, and develop a genuine belief in yourself before you can be there to do that for anybody else.”
“In life, the one thing you can control is your word.”

Offering a variety of perspectives from these two unique groups, What I Know is, ultimately, a trove of universal truths from a diverse cross section of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds with a wealth of experience.


Uncommon Wisdom 1
by F. Anton Stahl

WARNING! Uncommon Wisdom I Lifetime Strategies for Successful Living will:

  • tear away popular beliefs concerning hypnosis, spirituality and religion.
  • present new tools for improving oneself and one’s relationships.
  • offer new insights into understanding how people function.
  • enhance personal efficiency and effectiveness.
  • inspire one with new concepts in spirituality.
  • challenge readers to new ways of thinking.
  • encourage personal and spiritual growth.
  • sharpen analytical thinking skills.
  • rev up one’s motivational motor.
  • help uncover hidden potential.

Uncommon Wisdom
by Thomas Whittingslow, Paul Jaffe, Richard Mcgarey, Bob Ramsey, Charles Okeke

Twelve extraordinary people have shared their lives with me —ranging from a Nobel Prize winner and a 107-year old Navajo grandmother, to a man who lived connected to an artificial heart machine for two years. Each of us leaves a unique footprint or a legacy before we die. At the end of each chapter the interviewee was asked if they were at the end of life — what are the most important lessons that they would like to pass along to a favorite son or daughter. To retain character and personality; the stories are unfiltered, told in the interviewees’ own words. Every man’s story is sacred and worthy of recognition. Every act has its consequences—and with it come lessons. Uncommon Wisdom touches upon the following: Purpose of life Artistic breakthroughs Success Personal growth Courage under pressure Confronting death Overcoming racial and gender barriers Foundations for a fulfilling life Business strategies from a CEO Breaking social barriers Caretaking Ethics and spiritualityThe need for mentors has never been more crucial as colleges and universities are teaching students how to memorize and spit out dates and names in order to pass tests, but nothing about how to make your way through life. Uncommon Wisdom captures the distillation of twelve extraordinary men and women’s experiences and the lessons that they have learned on their journey. One of the book’s first readers said, “I only wish that I had read this book twenty years ago.”

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Hidden Connections

The Hidden Connections
by Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, bestselling author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life, here explores another frontier in the human significance of scientific ideas—applying complexity theory to large-scale social interaction.

In the 1980s, complexity theory emerged as a powerful alternative to classic, linear thought. A forerunner of that revolution, Fritjof Capra now continues to expand the scope of that theory by establishing a framework in which we can understand and solve some of the most important issues of our time. Capra posits that in order to sustain life, the principles underlying our social institutions must be consistent with the broader organization of nature. Discussing pertinent contemporary issues ranging from the controversial practices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the Human Genome Project, he concludes with an authoritative, often provocative plan for designing ecologically sustainable communities and technologies as alternatives to the current economic globalization.


The Etymologicon
by Mark Forsyth

This perfect gift for readers, writers, and literature majors alike unearths the quirks of the English language. For example, do you know why a mortgage is literally a “death pledge”? Why guns have girls’ names? Why “salt” is related to “soldier”? Discover the answers to all of these etymological questions and more in this fascinating book for fans of of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what, precisely, the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening. This witty book will awake the linguist in you and illuminate the hidden meanings behind common words and phrases, tracing their evolution through all of their surprising paths throughout history.


Hidden Connections and Double Meanings
by David Wells

Everything in mathematics has many meanings — every diagram and every figure, every sum and every equation can be "seen" in different ways, just as every sentence in English or in algebra can be variously read and interpreted. This book explores mathematical topics by pointing out remarkable similarities and taking a fresh look at familiar items. Loaded with thought-provoking facts and surprises, it explores the relationships between mathematics and humor, shows how mathematicians use metaphors to name the nameless and to point to hidden connections, and presents a series of challenging puzzles that offer thought-provoking fun.
You don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate this playful approach to numbers, patterns, graphs, and pictures. Author David Wells focuses on insight and imagination rather than technique, emphasizing the mystery, intrigue, and other pleasurable aspects of mathematics. Hints for the captivating problems and puzzles appear at the end of the book, in addition to complete solutions.

The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers
by Nöel Palomo-Lovinski

This handsomely illustrated volume examines fifty of the most influential fashion designers of the past 100 years. Each designer’s most significant creations are illustrated and discussed in light of how they survived the test of time, and then went on to influence fashion to the present day. The author categorizes leading fashion designers as follows–

  • Designers as Celebrities: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and others
  • Defining Women for a New Generation: Gabrielle Chanel (20s and 50s), Claire McCardell (40s) Halston (70s), and others
  • Designers as Artisans: Mariano Fortuny, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hohji Yamamoto, Olivier Theyskins, and others
  • Designers as Futurists: Pierre Cardin, Andre Courreges, Thierry Mugler, and others
  • Designers as Modernists: Francisco Costa, Jill Sander, Raf Simmons, and others
  • Designers as Historians: John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood
  • Designers as Conceptualists: Elsa Schiaparelli, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, and others

    This comprehensive analysis of fashion design and how it has evolved is complemented with more than 350 color illustrations.


Intergenerational Linkages
by Vern L. Bengtson, Robert A. Harootyan

Published in cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), this volume contains the results of a national study intended to better our understanding of the many linkages between generations in American society. This study, undertaken by eminent researchers in gerontology, unveiled a complex set of attitudes and behaviors – hidden connections – between different age groups in our society, including family relationships, formal volunteering and informal help, and other types of intergenerational transfers. This volume will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, and students in gerontology, political science, and family studies.

Hidden Connections
by Edward Charles, Anne Charles

Who and what is really being smuggled into the US from Mexico? Are jihadists and suicide bombers among the gardeners, dish washers, and day laborers Americans hire to do their menial jobs? Our heroes, Mike and Andy on a trip to Arizona discover wide open, unsecure areas of the border that are allowing half a million aliens to sneak into the US each year. They are appalled. Upon returning home they creatively invent a foolproof device that deters aliens from sneaking across. They return to Arizona and develop a volunteer group called the Guardians. The Guardians rely on help from the Wounded Warrior Project to watch over these desolate rural areas. Once this new ‘weapon’ designed by Mike and Andy is employed, the Guardians are able to report every smuggler to the border patrol. Soon, the entire Arizona border is made secure.But no one thought about the question – What would happen when the drug lords, smugglers and who knows who else are prevented from sneaking into the US? Once the border is secured, ugly politics emerge between the US and Arizona concerning states rights. The president is trapped between national and international politics, while Mike and Andy’s lives are thrust into peril. Will their courageous efforts save the US from an attack worse than 9-11?

Your Network Is Your Net Worth
by Porter Gale

An internationally known public speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive shares practical, up-to-date tips for mastering the skills of networking.

Networking doesn’t have to be that frenzied old-school game of calendars packed with stuffy power lunches and sterile evenings at community business gatherings. We’ve entered a new era, one in which shifting cultural values and the explosion of digital technology enable us to network in vastly more efficient, more focused, and more enjoyable ways.

A fresh take on How to Win Friends and Influence People, Your Network Is Your Net Worth is an entertaining, straightforward guide filled with revealing case studies, hands-on advice, and innovative strategies for building your network. Written by sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive Porter Gale, with a foreword by Apple evangelist and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki, this book shows you how to establish, expand, and nurture your connections both online and off.

New ways to network are popping up every day—and Gale tells you how to make the most of them—but even traditional networking opportunities are not the same animals that they once were, and we need to shift our attitudes and approaches accordingly. Networking has evolved from a transactional game to a transformational process. Whereas once it was about power plays, now it’s about charting your own course, following your passions, and making meaningful connections, which in turn increase your happiness and productivity.

In addition to chronicling her own rise from an ad agency intern to an in-demand consultant, Gale also shares the inspiring stories of so many others who live by this networking model: a military wife who connects with social media communities while her husband is deployed overseas, a young woman blog-ger battling leukemia, a dyslexic politician who wins elections by telling stories, and the CEO of a Major League Baseball team who once made a phone call that changed the course of his life. When you focus on your passions and reorganize your networking around your values and beliefs, you will discover the kind of lasting relationships, personal transformation, and, ultimately, tangible wealth that are the foundation for happiness and success. With a message both timely and important, Your Network Is Your Net Worth is the definitive handbook to Networking 2.0.


Brain Trust
by Colm A. Kelleher

When the cattle-borne sickness known as Mad Cow Disease first appeared in America in 2003, authorities were quick to assure the nation that the outbreak was isolated, quarantined, and posed absolutely no danger to the general public.
What we were not told was that the origins of the sickness may already have been here and suspected for a quarter of a century.

This illuminating exposé of the threat to our nation’s health reveals for the first time how Mad Cow Disease (a.k.a. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) has jumped species, infecting humans in the form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), and may be hidden in the enormous increase in the number of Alzheimer’s cases since 1979.
Detailing the history and biology of Mad Cow Disease, Brain Trust discloses how an investigation into the mysterious deaths in a group of cannibals in a remote part of the world evolved into a research program in the United States that may have had unforeseen and frightening consequences.
The shocking questions examined include:
• Have millions of Americans already been exposed to the prions known to cause Mad Cow Disease through years of eating tainted beef?
• Does the epidemic of prion disease spreading like wildfire through the nation’s deer and elk pose a threat to hunters and venison eaters?
• Are the cattle mutilations discovered in the last 30 years part of a covert, illegal sampling program designed to learn how far the deadly prions have spread throughout the nation’s livestock and beef products?
Exposing the devastating truth about Mad Cow Disease and a new theory of the possible consequences of a little-known government research program and the potential national health catastrophe that may be the result, Brain Trust inoculates Americans with an effective cure: the truth.

The World’s Most Influential Fashion Designers
by Nöel Palomo-Lovinski

This survey of 50 of the considered most influential designers, ranging from early designers such as Paul Poiret to contemporary cutting edge talent such as Hussein Chalayan. Each designer’s creations are shown in detail, and graphic timelines and cross references. The timelines demonstrate design influence through the generations.

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Tao Of Physics

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra

Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time–way back in 1975. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best seller that has gone on to become a classic. It includes a new preface by the author, in which he reflects on the further discoveries and developments that have occurred in the years since the book’s original publication. Physicists do not need mysticism, Dr. Capra says, and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both. It’s a message of timeless importance.

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra

After a quarter of a century in print, Capra’s groundbreaking work still challenges and inspires. This updated edition of The Tao of Physics includes a new preface and afterword in which the author reviews the developments of the twenty-five years since the book’s first publication, discusses criticisms the book has received, and examines future possibilities for a new scientific world.

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra

Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time—way back in 1975. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best seller that has gone on to become a classic. It includes a new preface by the author, in which he reflects on the further discoveries and developments that have occurred in the years since the book’s original publication. “Physicists do not need mysticism,” Dr. Capra says, “and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.” It’s a message of timeless importance.

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra’s groundbreaking exploration of the parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism.

‘It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet.’ Werner Heisenberg

An international bestseller which has sold over one million copies worldwide, The Tao of Physics is a classic exploration of the connections between Eastern mysticism and modern physics.

The book’s central thesis, that the mystical traditions of the East constitute a coherent philosophical framework within which the most advanced Western theories of the physical world can be accommodated, has not only withstood the test of time but is ever more emphatically endorsed by ongoing experimentation and research.

Fritjof Capra addresses recent scientific developments in this, the third edition, in the form of a chapter-length afterword on ‘The Future of the New Physics’.


How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival
by David Kaiser

“Meticulously researched and unapologetically romantic, How the Hippies Saved Physics makes the history of science fun again.” —Science

In the 1970s, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the “Fundamental Fysiks Group,” they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics, studying quantum entanglement in terms of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading. As David Kaiser reveals, these unlikely heroes spun modern physics in a new direction, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory.


The Dancing Wu Li Masters
by Gary Zukav

“The most exciting intellectual adventure I’ve been on since reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”
—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

Gary Zukav’s timeless, humorous, New York Times bestselling masterpiece, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, is arguably the most widely acclaimed introduction to quantum physics ever written. Scientific American raves: “Zukav is such a skilled expositor, with such an amiable style, that it is hard to imagine a layman who would not find his book enjoyable and informative.” Accessible, edifying, and endlessly entertaining, The Dancing Wu Li Masters is back in a beautiful new edition—and the doors to the fascinating, dazzling, remarkable world of quantum physics are opened to all once again, no previous mathematical or technical expertise required.


The Systems View of Life
by Fritjof Capra, Pier Luigi Luisi

Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions – from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.

Quantum Reality
by Nick Herbert

This clearly explained layman’s introduction to quantum physics is an accessible excursion into metaphysics and the meaning of reality.  Herbert exposes the quantum world and the scientific and philosophical controversy about its interpretation.

The Jazz of Physics
by Stephon Alexander

A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane


More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.

Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics’ most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres,” taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics.

The Jazz of Physics will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.


The Compassionate Brain
by Gerald Hüther

Here is the ultimate explanation of the brain for everyone who thinks: a guide to how the brain works, how our brains came to operate the way they do, and, most important, how to use your precious gray matter to its full capacity.

The brain, according to current research, is not some kind of automatic machine that works independently of its user. In fact, the circuitry of the brain actually changes according to how one uses it. Our brains are continuously developing new capacities and refinements–or losing them, depending upon how we use them. Gerald Hüther takes us on a fascinating tour of the brain’s development–from one-celled organisms to worms, moles, apes, and on to us humans–showing how we truly are what we think: our behavior directly affects our brain capacity. And the behavior that promotes the fullest development of the brain is behavior that balances emotion and intellect, dependence and autonomy, openness and focus, and ultimately expresses itself in such virtues as truthfulness, considerateness, sincerity, humility, and love.

Hüther’s user’s-manual approach is humorous and engaging, with a minimum of technical language, yet the book’s message is profound: the fundamental nature of our brains and nervous systems naturally leads to our continued growth in intelligence and humanity.