Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson Requirements: .MP3 reader, 115 MB Overview: What’s the secret to having an engaged and productive team? It’s having a plan for developing all employees–no matter where they are on their personal learning curves.
Better morale and higher performance happen through learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of coaching, investing, and consulting, Johnson has seen that employees need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay motivated.
The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen by thoughtfully designing people’s jobs around the skills they have today as well as the skills they’ll need to be even more valuable tomorrow. That’s how entire organizations stay competitive in an unpredictable, rapidly changing business environment.
In this book, Johnson explains how to become one of those bosses and how to build your A-team. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King Requirements: .MP3 reader, 328.45 MB Overview: Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet’s brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.” Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.
Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny, and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. By early 1914, French newspapers were reporting that Monet, by then 73 and one of the world’s wealthiest, most celebrated painters, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision–what Paul Cezanne called “the most prodigious eye in the history of painting”–was threatened by cataracts. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again on a more ambitious scale than ever before. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture–from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his close friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family by Mara Shalhoup Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 504 MB Overview: In the early 1990s, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother, Terry “Southwest T”, rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. They socialized with music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, did business with New York’s king of bling Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo, and built allegiances with rap superstars Young Jeezy and Fabolous. Yet even as BMF was attracting celebrity attention, its crew members struck fear in a city.
When the brothers began clashing in 2003, the flashy and beloved Big Meech risked it all on a shot at legitimacy in the music industry. At the same time, utilizing a high-stakes wiretap operation, the feds inched toward their goal of destroying the Flenory’s empire and ending the reign of a crew suspected in the sale of thousands of kilos of cocaine – and a half-dozen unsolved murders. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Requirements: .MP3 reader, 162 MB Overview: “I can’t imagine a scenario where this isn’t one of the more important – and breathlessly debated – books of the year.” (Dave Eggers)
From a thrilling new talent, Three Women is an astonishing work of narrative journalism – reported over eight years – about the sex lives and desires of three ordinary American women.
Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them both – as well as the community in which they live.
For nearly a decade, Lisa Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York Magazine and Esquire, embedded herself with three everyday women to write this deeply immersive account of their erotic lives and longings. The result – shocking, powerful, and timely – comes across like George Packer’s The Unwinding, but for the state of female desire. Three Women is a major work from an exhilarating new voice. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor by Anthony Everitt Requirements: .MP3 reader, 663 MB Overview: Historian Anthony Everitt earned widespread critical acclaim for his best-selling biography of Cicero. Now, with Augustus, he delivers his second spellbinding account of a Roman icon whose legacy has echoed through the ages.
Caesar Augustus has been called history’s greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned, yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.
Drawing on the available information, while making a handful of his own groundbreaking assertions, Everitt brings the real Augustus to vivid life in this fascinating narrative. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon by Ash Carter Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 996 MB Overview: The 25th Secretary of Defense takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of the Pentagon, its vital mission, and what it takes to lead it.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the single largest institution in America: the Department of Defense. The DOD employs millions of Americans. It owns and operates more real estate and spends more money than any other entity. It manages the world’s largest and most complex information network and performs more R&D than Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined. Most important, the policies it carries out, in war and peace, impact the security and freedom of billions of people around the globe.
Yet to most Americans, the dealings of the DOD are a mystery and the Pentagon nothing more than an opaque five-sided box that they regard with a mixture of awe and suspicion.
In this new book, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon and sheds light on all that happens inside one of the nation’s most iconic and most closely guarded buildings. Drawn from Carter’s 36 years of leadership experience in the DOD, this is the essential book for understanding the challenge of defending America in a dangerous world – and imparting a trove of incisive lessons that can guide leaders in any complex organization.
In these times of great disruption and danger, the need for Ash Carter’s authoritative and pragmatic account is more urgent than ever. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak Requirements: .MP3 reader, 192 MB Overview: National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe.
In Archaeology from Space, Sarah Parcak shows the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. From surprise advancements after the declassification of spy photography, to a new map of the mythical Egyptian city of Tanis, she shares her field’s biggest discoveries, revealing why space archaeology is not only exciting, but urgently essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures.
Parcak has worked in 12 countries and four continents, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery to identify thousands of previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even potential pyramids. From there, her stories take us back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans whose traits and genes we share. And she shows us that if we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Revenge of the Trailer Dogs: Life in America’s New Middle Class: The Trailer Dog Chronicles, Book 2 by Ellen Garrison Requirements: .MP3 reader, 150 MB Overview: Book two of the continuing hilarious and often bittersweet real-life saga of Ellen Garrison and her husband as they adjust to life in a 29-foot travel trailer with two spoiled, incorrigible, small dogs. Self-proclaimed liberals, Ellen and her "old man", struggle to fit in with their fellow (mostly right-wing) "Trailer Dogs", as they recover from devastating personal and financial losses. Often profane, often caustic, and frequently satirical, Revenge of the Trailer Dogs takes up where Garrison’s first audiobook left off, at "The Resort", a trailer park populated by wackos, racists, Evangelicals, hippies, NRA enthusiasts, transsexuals, homosexuals, and lesbians, each with their own views and prejudices. Unexpected events and new authoritarian management at The Resort leave Ellen and her "old man" pining for friendlier pastures in the Pacific Northwest. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Trailer Dogs: Life in America’s New Middle Class: The Trailer Dog Chronicles, Book 1 by Ellen Garrison Requirements: .MP3 reader, 182 MB Overview: Trailer Dogs is the profoundly profane, hysterically funny, yet often poignant, story of survival in today’s near-extinct Middle Class. After losing their small business and life savings to the government’s unfathomable shutdown, the author and her husband are forced to sell their home and move into a travel trailer.
Still reeling from financial loss and the deaths of two of their beloved dogs, the pair embark on a new life in a trailer park, populated with some of the most unconventional characters you’d ever hope not to meet.
There’s Gretchen, the park’s unsympathetic and conniving manager, and her puny, perverted husband, Lloyd, who “maintains” the park grounds and who gives pool algae a bad name. Daisy and Lonnie May are the author’s closest neighbors, and are, perhaps, the park’s most devoted couple. Only Daisy May happens to be Lonnie’s dog.
Trailer Dogs will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even a little angry. But it will never make you bored. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One by Edward O. Thorp Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 132 MB Overview: Edward O. Thorp is the father of card counting, and in Beat the Dealer he reveals the revolutionary point system that has been successfully used by professional and amateur card players for two generations. From Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, the tables have been turned, and the house no longer has the advantage at blackjack.
Containing the basic rules of the game, proven winning strategies, and how to overcome casino countermeasures and spot cheating. Beat the Dealer is the Bible for players of this game of chance.
A winning strategy for the game of 21. The essentials can be understood and memorized by the average player. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction