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It S Better Than It Looks

Author : Gregg Easterbrook
ISBN : 9781610397421
Genre : History
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Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever? Most people who read the news would tell you that 2017 is one of the worst years in recent memory. We're facing a series of deeply troubling, even existential problems: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet this narrative misses something important: by almost every meaningful measure, the modern world is better than it ever has been. In the United States, disease, crime, discrimination, and most forms of pollution are in long-term decline, while longevity and education keep rising and economic indicators are better than in any past generation. Worldwide, malnutrition and extreme poverty are at historic lows, and the risk of dying by war or violence is the lowest in human history. It's not a coincidence that we're confused--our perspectives on the world are blurred by the rise of social media, the machinations of politicians, and our own biases. Meanwhile, political reforms like the Clean Air Act and technological innovations like the hybridization of wheat have saved huge numbers of lives. In that optimistic spirit, Easterbrook offers specific policy reforms to address climate change, inequality, and other problems, and reminds us that there is real hope in conquering such challenges. In an age of discord and fear-mongering, It's Better Than It Looks will profoundly change your perspective on who we are, where we're headed, and what we're capable of.
Category: History

It S Even Worse Than It Looks

Author : Thomas E. Mann
ISBN : 9780465096732
Genre : Political Science
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Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it's a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. Identifying the overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse, It's Even Worse Than It Looks profoundly altered the debate about why America's government has become so dysfunctional. Through a new preface and afterword, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein bring the story forward, examining the 2012 presidential campaign and exploring the prospects of a less dysfunctional government. As provocative and controversial as ever, It's Even Worse Than It Looks will continue to set the terms of our political debate in the years to come.
Category: Political Science


Author : Peter H. Diamandis
ISBN : 9781451616835
Genre : Science
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The authors document how four forces--exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion--are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. "Abundance" establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.
Category: Science

The Progress Paradox

Author : Gregg Easterbrook
ISBN : 9780812973037
Genre : Political Science
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In an illuminating study of the state of the world, the author of The Here and Now explores the question of societal progress to explain why, despite strong evidence that the quality of life has improved dramatically, many people refuse to believe it, discussing the new science of positive psychology, the fad for victimhood, fears engendered by 9/11, and other important topics. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Category: Political Science

Better Than It Sounds

Author : David William Barber
ISBN : 0920151221
Genre : Music
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Better Than It Sounds is sometimes pithy, sometimes provacative, sometimes profound and always amusing, these quotes by famous (and not so famous) musicians will brighten your day.
Category: Music


Author : Hans Rosling
ISBN : 9781250123817
Genre : Business & Economics
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates “Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” —Melinda Gates "Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. --- “This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance...Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” Hans Rosling, February 2017.
Category: Business & Economics

Better Than College

Author : Blake Boles
ISBN : 9780986011924
Genre : Education
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Category: Education

Long Live You

Author : Jane Wilkens Michael
ISBN : 9781938170539
Genre : Self-Help
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Everyone reaches a place in life where concerns or conflicts have raised hurdles--either low or high--in their path. It can be easy to lose your footing during life's most challenging times. Obstacles such as health issues, financial concerns, and family troubles, as well as life-changing events such as marriage, divorce, new careers, relocating, and even the death of a loved one can leave us feeling off balance and without focus or hope. Renowned radio host and health, fitness, and beauty expert Jane Wilkens Michael's Better Than Before program is designed to help you get your life back on track, no matter what it is that's pulling you astray. With nine achievable rungs covering the most important aspects of physical and emotional wellness, Long Live You! will motivate and inspire you to live your life to the fullest. Whether you're hoping to make positive health decisions, improve your emotional well-being, establish a support system, find your creativity, reconnect with your spirituality, or simply give something back to your community and the world, Jane Wilkens Michael will help you realign your life and discover your Better Than Before.
Category: Self-Help

Better Than Beauty

Author : Helen Valentine
ISBN : 9780811834513
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A collection of hints, tips, and advice on charm, personal beauty, and social interactions.
Category: Health & Fitness

It S Not As Bad As It Seems

Author : Ed Nottingham
ISBN : 0595141684
Genre : Psychology
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From the Preface: My goal in this revised and updated edition of It's Not as Bad as It Seems is to offer skills which you can use to make healthier choices, to have more control over how you think, feel, and act, and to generally develop what Edward Garcia, a therapist in Georgia, once called emotional muscle. Since the earlier editions of this book, I have come to think of myself as a coach or personal trainer for emotional muscle. Getting our thinking in shape does not require mumbo jumbo, psychobabble, or years and years of endless discussions of childhood events. Rather, it is a process just like getting our bodies in shape that requires skills and practice. Now that I have been working in the field of psychology and therapy for more than twenty years, I am convinced more than ever that the road to emotional muscle, wellness, contentment, and happiness can be found in the tools offered in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) which is the foundation for this book. If you are ready to get in shape and create emotional muscle, then I have made every effort in this edition to offer you the training and equipment to do so. You will learn about those colorful sharks that swim around in our heads and largely cause emotional upset and behavioral problems (for example, procrastination, overeating, drinking too much, not exercising, and so on). More importantly, you will learn how to put those sharks in their place and take charge of your thinking, feeling, and behavior to achieve greater happiness and effectiveness in daily living. You can learn to be your own therapist in order to cope more effectively with daily stress. You will be presented with examples which illustrate just how the change process works within therapy. And perhaps best of all, you can learn how to empower yourself in many ways and stop being a victim of your past as you learn that today you can control your outlook, your thinking, and your beliefs about yourself, others, and the world. So, now it's time for you to get started. I wish you the best of success as you get your thinking in shape and develop your new emotional muscle.
Category: Psychology