Monday, December 31, 2012

Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work

Patrick Snow
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Put your own fate exactly where it belongs-in your hands

It is one of the great questions of life. It's a simple question, really, but it seems impossible for many to answer: Do we control our own destinies? 90 percent of people think and act as if their destiny is foreordained, while only about 10 percent believe in the capacity to change and act on it.

Creating Your Own Destiny explains and demonstrates to the majority how to dream, plan, and execute a better future-despite the challenges of the economy and life circumstances.

• Based on time-honored principles, theories, and case studies
• Provides a Success Road Map for all those people who are seeking to achieve success but who aren't satisfied with their careers.
 • Written in an easy and accessible tone by Patrick Snow, who has been dubbed "the Dean of Destiny"

With the powerful and practical tools featured in this essential guide, you'll find yourself newly empowered and energized to achieve extraordinary results.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Sherry Turkle
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Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But, as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. As technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on hundreds of interviews, it describes new unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude.

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善惡的彼岸 (Beyond Good and Evil)

弗里德里希. 尼采 (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created

William J. Bernstein
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In The Birth of Plenty, William Bernstein, the bestselling author of The Four Pillars of Investing, presents his provocative, highly acclaimed theory of why prosperity has been the engine of civilization for the last 200 years.

This is a fascinating, irresistibly written “big-picture” work that highlights and explains the impact of four elements that when occurring simultaneously, are the fundamental building blocks for human progress:
·         Property rights, which drive creativity
·         Scientific rationalism, which permits the freedom to innovate without fear of retribution;
·         Capital markets, which provide funding for people to pursue their visions;
·         Transportation/communication, which allows for the effective transfer of ideas and products.

Meticulously researched, splendidly told, and featuring a new preface and introduction, The Birth of Plenty explains the interplay of the events, philosophies, and related phenomena that were nothing less than the crucible of the modern age. This is one of the rare books that will change how you look at the world.
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一九八四 (1984)

喬治. 歐威爾 (George Orwell)
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

Julian Stallabrass
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Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art?

Here Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This book is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art.

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安迪.沃霍爾: 永不結束的15分鐘 (Andy Warhol )

尼科爾林 (Geoff Nicholson)
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Creator: Andy Warhol
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