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The Great American University: Its Rise to

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Jonathan R. Cole

The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2010

The former provost of Columbia University explores the vital role of America's research universities as engines of technological and economic growth--and illuminates the urgent need to protect them

  

Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education

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Harry R. Lewis

Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2007

America's great research universities are the envy of the world--and none more so than Harvard. Never before has the competition for excellence been fiercer. But while striving to be unsurpassed in the quality of its faculty and students, Universities have forgotten that the fundamental purpose of undergraduate education is to turn young people into adults who will take responsibility for society. In Excellence Without a Soul, Harry Lewis, a Harvard professor for more than thirty years and Dean of Harvard College for eight, draws from his experience to explain how our great universities have abandoned their mission. Harvard is unique; it is the richest, oldest, most powerful university in America, and so it has set many standards, for better or worse. Lewis evaluates the failures of this grand institution--from the hot button issue of grade inflation to the recent controversy over Harvard's handling of date rape cases--and makes an impassioned argument for change. The loss of purpose in America's great colleges is not inconsequential. Harvard, Yale, Stanford--these places drive American education, on which so much of our future depends. It is time to ask whether they are doing the ...

  

A Chance to Make History: What Works and What

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Wendy Kopp

A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2011

On the 20th anniversary of Teach For America, its founder offers an inspiring summation of the lessons learned: The achievement gap can be closed, and there's nothing elusive about what it will take.

  

Waiting for

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Waiting for "Superman": How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2010

Each book includes a 15 gift card from DonorsChoose.org to give to a classroom in need. The American public school system is in crisis, failing millions of students, producing as many drop-outs as graduates, and threatening our economic future. By 2020, the United States will have 123 million high-skill jobs to fill--and fewer than 50 million Americans qualified to fill them. Educators, parents, political leaders, business people, and concerned citizens are determined to save our educational system. Waiting for "Superman" offers powerful insights from some of those at the leading edge of educational innovation, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Rhee, Geoffrey Canada, and more. Waiting for "Superman" is an inspiring call for reform and includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas, and hands-on suggestions for improving the schools in your own community as well as throughout the nation. For parents, teachers, and concerned citizens alike, Waiting for "Superman" is an essential guide to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing America's schools.

  

Nothing's Impossible: Leadership Lessons from

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Lorraine Monroe

Nothing's Impossible: Leadership Lessons from Inside and Outside the Classroom

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 1999

In 1991, Dr. Lorraine Monroe founded the Frederick Douglass Academy, a public school in Harlem, in the belief that caring instructors, a disciplined but creative environment, and a refusal to accept mediocrity could transform the lives of inner-city kids. Her experiment was a huge success. Today the Academy is one of the finest schools in the country, sending graduates to Ivy League colleges and registering the third highest SAT scores in New York City. The key to its success: a unique leadership method Monroe calls the "Monroe Doctrine," which she developed through decades as a teacher and principal in some of America's toughest schools. In this book Monroe tells her own remarkable story and explains her "Doctrine" through pithy, memorable rules and observations and a host of wonderful true stories. This is an inspiring read for both new and experienced educators--and for anyone who wants to succeed in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

  

To Get Back Home: A Mysterious Disease: A Fight

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Wendy Chapin Ford

To Get Back Home: A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life

Editura: iUniverse

Anul aparitiei: 2010

To Get Back Home is a medical thriller of the first order, a true story of triumph and survival over astronomical odds, as an otherwise healthy and active young woman fights for her life after being suddenly stricken by a rare neurological disorder, Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). To Get Back Home takes you on a harrowing journey as Ms. Ford forges her way back from a coma and quadriplegia, desperate to return to her family and young children. Her life seemed perfect until Wendy Ford was stricken and rendered comatose within days, and then, after a tense weeks-long battle for survival, quadriplegic. At one of the most renowned hospitals in the world, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the Harvard teaching hospital known as "Harvard with a heart," her doctors Harvard Medical School professors all were helpless to diagnose and treat her, hard as they tried, as the rare malady confounded even them and she slipped further and further away. Initially, she was not expected to live, or, ultimately, to walk again or recover her prior intellectual abilities. Doctors have referred to hers as a miracle case, but the mysteries persist to this day. "An engaging, ...

  

First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait

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Vladimir Putin

First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2000

Who is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly--overnight and without warning--was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don't know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.

  

One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph of

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Wendy Kopp

One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2003

Not just a personal memoir, this is a blueprint for a new civil rights movement that demands educational access and opportunity for all American children.

  

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle

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Muhammad Yunus

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2003

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone. Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world's poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in "putting homelessness and destitution in ...

  

The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the

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Rick Wartzman, Mark Arax

The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2005

J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields." The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s, drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere. Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.

  

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

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Conrad Black

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2005

In this extraordinary and eminently readable assessment, Black--a staunch conservative--takes to task the Roosevelt naysayers, lays bare the Yalta myth, and makes a surprising and compelling case that FDR was the most influential and important person of the 20th century.

  

Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir

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Dorothy I. Height

Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2005

Dorothy Height marched at civil rights rallies, sat through tense White House meetings, and witnessed every major victory in the struggle for racial equality. Yet as the sole woman among powerful, charismatic men, someone whose personal ambition was secondary to her passion for her cause, she has received little mainstream recognition--until now. In her memoir, Dr. Height, now ninety-one, reflects on a life of service and leadership. We witness her childhood encounters with racism and the thrill of New York college life during the Harlem Renaissance. We see her protest against lynchings. We sit with her onstage as Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech. We meet people she knew intimately throughout the decades: W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Langston Hughes, and many others. And we watch as she leads the National Council of Negro Women for forty-one years, her diplomatic counsel sought by U.S. Presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton. After the fierce battles of the 1960s, Dr. Height concentrates on troubled black communities, on issues like rural poverty, teen pregnancy and black family values. In ...

  

Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert

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Benjamin Weiser

Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2005

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a highly respected colonel in the Polish Army, embarked on what would become one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Despite the extreme risk to himself and his family, he contacted the American Embassy in Bonn, and arranged a secret meeting. From the very start, he made clear that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his country was on the wrong side of the Cold War. Over the next nine years, Kuklinski--code name "Jack Strong"--rose quickly in the Polish defense ministry, acting as a liaison to Moscow, and helping to prepare for a "hot war" with the West. But he also lived a life of subterfuge--of dead drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and secret transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the secret plans to crush Solidarity. Then, about to be discovered, he made a dangerous escape with his family to the West. He still lives in hiding in America. Kuklinski's story is a harrowing personal drama about one man's decision to betray the Communist leadership in order to save the country he loves, and the intense debate it spurred over whether he was a traitor or a ...

  

Slave: My True Story

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Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis

Slave: My True Story

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2005

Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende. Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her "Yebit," or "black slave." She called them "master." She was subjected to appalling physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own. Normally, Mende's story never would have come to light. But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master--a diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom. Slave is a story almost beyond belief. It depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. ...

  

The Value of Everything
Who Makes and Who Takes

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Mazzucato Mariana

The Value of Everything Who Makes and Who Takes from the Real Economy

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2018

Page dim. Weight: 266 grams

  

The Great Successor
The Divinely Perfect Destiny

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Fifield Anna

The Great Successor The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2019

Page dim. 233 x 152 x 29 Weight: 418 grams

  

Shorter
Work Better, Smarter, and Less Here's How

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Pang Alex Soojung-Kim

Shorter Work Better, Smarter, and Less Here's How

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2020

Page dim. 138 x 209 x 25 Weight: 314 grams

  

Think Like a Rocket Scientist
Simple Strategies

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Varol Ozan

Think Like a Rocket Scientist Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2020

Page dim. 234 x 154 Weight: 445 grams

  

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

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Henderson Rebecca

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2020

Page dim. 232 x 149 Weight: 399 grams

  

The Deficit Myth
Modern Monetary Theory and the

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Kelton Stephanie

The Deficit Myth Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy

Editura: PublicAffairs

Anul aparitiei: 2020

Page dim. 234 x 150 Weight: 426 grams

  
 
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