Monday, December 29, 2014

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

Ken Blanchard, Mark Miller 
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In The Secret, Debbie, a struggling leader finds herself about to lose her job due to poor performance. In a desperate attempt to save her career, she enrolls in a new mentoring program offered by her company. Much to her surprise, Debbie finds her mentor is the president of the company (Jeff Brown).

Debbie decides that all she needs is the answer to one question, "What is the secret of great leaders?" She is convinced that if Jeff will tell her, she can apply the secret in her leadership.

Over the next 18 months Jeff explains to Debbie that the secret is rooted in an attitude. He tells her that she must be willing to become a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. The secret is that all great leaders serve.

After Debbie learns the secret she still doesn’t know what to do next. Jeff explains that great leaders serve in at least five ways. They…

• See and shape the future
• Engage and develop others
• Reinvent continuously
• Value results and relationships
• Embody the values

The story unfolds as Debbie learns and applies each of these imperatives with her team. As a result, Debbie’s team goes from worst to first. They become the highest performing team within the company.

In the end, Debbie understood that all the changes and improvements were the result of the choices she made as a leader. She realized that to SERVE is a choice. Debbie decided once and for all, she would no longer be a self-serving leader, she would be a serving leader! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

迎向開闊的人生

劉墉 著
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本書取名為「迎向開闊的人生」,強調超越人性弱點的藩籬、空間的藩籬、時間的藩籬和傳統的藩籬。裡面可能有不同於別人的看法,像是贊成適當的發怒,認為人要承受孤獨,主張以壓力對抗壓力,讚美「勤儉」而反對「節儉」,主張聰明人應該下笨工夫,並建議每個人為自己下一個「價碼」。

凡此,表面輕鬆的文字,都是由劉墉由多年埋藏的文化憤慨中產生。那種憤慨以兩種方式呈現,一為已經出版的「不是我教你詐」系列,一為現在推出的這本書。劉墉誠心希望讀者能兩本一起看,使自己不致過度「社會性」,而顯得江湖;也不致只知修身,而無法適應多變的社會。

(摘錄自kingstone.com.tw)


Monday, December 22, 2014

Holidays on Display

William L. Bird
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For millions of people the world over, the annual visit to a department store to view the festive window displays and visit Santa in his winter wonderland is a treasured holiday tradition. In America, the Thanksgiving holiday is almost inconceivable without Macy's annual parade. But how did holiday traditions like this begin? Who are the behind-the-scenes magicians that conjure up this unique blend of imagination, showmanship, and salesmanship?

Holidays on Display is a comprehensive overview of the art and industry of the holiday display. Author William L. Bird, Jr., traces its evolution as holiday decorations moved from shop windows to building exteriors and out into the street in the form of parade floats. In this fascinating and colorful history we are introduced to turn-of-the-century "trimmers" hired by merchants to maintain product displays, and we marvel as advances in lighting, animation, and miniaturization lead to the incredible feats of creative self-expression practiced by today's window artists. Packed with rarely seen photographs and ephemera, Holidays on Display makes it easy to see why we have such lasting emotional attachments to animated Christmas windows, passing parades, and the ambient glow of holiday lights.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


那些年, 我們一起讀的書

郭鳳嶺 編
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書緣如情緣。所有的記憶,終將上升為美好。

在無書可讀的年代裡,我們曾如飢似渴。如今有書可讀,而且書越來越多,我們反倒不怎麼讀了。正如在禁慾的年代,愛情青澀但美好,到了這個開放的年代,我們卻怎麼都愛不起來了。於是,不如懷念。就像懷念初戀一樣,懷念那些年,我們與一本書的相遇,和相戀。

這是一本關於閱讀記憶的書。四十多位作者集體回憶與一本書相遇和相戀的故事,用他們真誠的文字,傳達那些年讀書的記憶和情緒:有書可讀的年代,終究是幸福的。他們用自己的閱讀體驗,最大程度地呈現了一個時代的印記;在這個不怎麼讀書的年代,對那些曾經廣泛影響了一個時代、承載了讀書人青春與夢想的書,進行了一次盛大的回憶。

(摘錄自book.douban.com)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

Ken Hyland
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Why do engineers "report" while philosophers "argue" and biologists "describe"? In the Michigan Classics Edition of Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing, Ken Hyland examines the relationships between the cultures of academic communities and their unique discourses. Drawing on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and the voices of professional insiders, Ken Hyland explores how academics use language to organize their professional lives, carry out intellectual tasks, and reach agreement on what will count as knowledge. In addition, Disciplinary Discourses presents a useful framework for understanding the interactions between writers and their readers in published academic writing. From this framework, Hyland provides practical teaching suggestions and points out opportunities for further research within the subject area.

As issues of linguistic and rhetorical expression of disciplinary conventions are becoming more central to teachers, students, and researchers, the careful analysis and straightforward style of Disciplinary Discourses make it a remarkable asset.

The Michigan Classics Edition features a new preface by the author and a new foreword by John M. Swales.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

閱讀的危險 : 大師的讀書經驗

安悱 编
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馮友蘭曾說:“會讀書的人能把死書讀活,不會讀書的人能把活書讀死。”安悱編寫的《閱讀的危險:大師的讀書經驗》精選現當代人文領域的35位大師——會讀書的人——談讀書經驗的文章。

他們的觀點不盡相同,有時甚至針鋒相對,也就是說把書讀活的方法不止一種。

讀書人與書的故事就像愛情故事一樣,沒有完全相同的,但又大同小異,只有經歷過的人才會懂得。

明代魏學伊在一封信(《答康宜之》)中說“弟子好書,如世人好色,暫時割絕,到時又被纏綿。今古文字,無一不足以貪者”,講的就是這個道理。

《閱讀的危險:大師的讀書經驗》討論的雖然是讀書的方法,講述的卻是大師們的苦樂哀愁,表達的是編者對他們的敬意。

(摘錄自m.sanmin.com.tw)

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Secrets of College Success

Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman 
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...Winner of the 2010 USA Book News Award for best book in the college category, The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal. The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to:

Pick courses and choose a major
Manage your time and develop college-level study skills
Get on top of the core requirements
Get good grades and avoid stress
Interact effectively with the professor
Match college and career, and more…

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

離開微軟 改變世界: 一名微軟高管的意外人生 (Leaving Microsoft to Change the World)

約翰‧ 伍德 (John Wood)
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《離開微軟 改變世界:一名微軟高管的意外人生》記錄了伍德如何努力為自己的管理天份和商業才情開闢出一條意義非凡的新路。對於每一位取得過卓越成就卻不知該如何回饋社會的人而言,伍德的經歷無疑是一個生動感人而又引人入勝的故事。他告訴了人們怎樣將從微軟這樣知名的企業中所學的知識用於解決世界上最棘手的難題之一:基礎教育的缺失。本著這樣的理念,作者最終放棄在微軟的大好前程,成為全心投入為亞洲第三世界國家兒童提供教育機會的慈善基金會創辦人。

伍德發現自己最大的熱情、成功以及值得他一生為之奮鬥的事業:既不在於就讀商學院之時,也不在於他20世紀90年代領導微軟亞洲區事務時,而是在於他對靈魂進行探求的一次喜瑪拉雅之旅中。一邊是讓自己忙忙碌碌的事業,一邊是對做些具有永恆而重大意義的事情的渴望,這其中的取捨讓伍德深感困頓。在感到工作壓力之餘,他踏上了前往尼泊爾的旅程。因為他的一位朋友曾經說過:“等你攀登到一定的高度時,就不會再聽到史蒂夫.鮑爾默向你大呼小叫了。”

這次旅程儘管沒有成為伍德脫離高節奏商業競爭的良方,但卻喚醒了他內心那股想改變世界的衝動:讓世界上的每個兒童都有書讀,並最終促使他將貢獻於微軟的無盡能量轉移到另一項極其有必要去完成的事業上。在造訪尼泊爾一所偏遠的學校時,伍德發現當地圖書館藏書寥寥無幾。而當他提議要為那所學校捐贈書籍時,他的想法卻遭到了禮貌的質疑。畢竟,不論他的初衷有多麼美好,但作為一名成功的微軟高管,怎麼可能抽出寶貴的時間為一所貧困不堪的學校募集圖書呢?

但是,約翰‧伍德真的又回到了那所學校,還將數千冊書捆在牦牛背上送了過來。正是在那時,伍德決意離開微軟,創辦“閱讀空間”以造福全世界的兒童。

(摘錄自amazon.cn)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Who Killed Creativity: ...And How Do We Get It Back: Seven Essential Strategies to Make Yourself, Your Team and Your Organisation More Innovative

Andrew Grant, Gaia Grant with Jason Gallate 
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The essential guide to building a culture of creativity and innovation throughout an organization

Your help is needed to crack an unsolved crime: creative thinking is critical for future fulfillment and survival, and yet it is now declining at an alarming rate. In this original mystery-style approach, you will have the opportunity to match your knowledge against that of the latest brain researchers, psychologists, and sociologists as you are taken on a humorous and often startling journey to discover why creativity is dying an untimely death. The '7 Rescue Strategies' then provide proven innovation solutions, from personal issues through to organizational imperatives. Authors Andrew and Gaia Grant have travelled the world for more than 25 years working with more than 20,000 international keynote and workshop participants in more than 30 countries at all levels. With a fascinating forensic approach, revealing carefully researched facts and anecdotal insights, this is a compelling modern tale. And there is a final twist that will leave you wondering.... Can we really live happily ever after?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

黑白之間:中國書法審美文化

崔樹強 著
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受儒家思想的影響,在書法品評中,常常由書法論到人,於是,很多人把書法美的特點歸結為書家人格的美。揚雄《法言‧問神》云︰「言,心聲也;書,心畫也。聲畫形,君子小人見矣。聲畫者,君子小人所以動情乎!」柳公權發展了這一思想,他的「心正則筆正」的名言,以新的命題將人格、倫理與書法的關係聯繫起來。後來,明代項穆在《書法雅言‧心相》裡說得就更充分了︰

在這裡,他把書法同人格聯繫起來,試圖從主體的角度說明書法美的根源,是有價值的。書法和人品、性情有關,書法要表現人的精神意氣、情感意志,書法美也能折射人格美。但是,並不是說書法的美就「在」人心的感覺、情緒、思維裡,而是說要「通過」感覺、情緒、思維去尋找美,「發現」一朵微花的美、一灣溪水的美,要「發現」大化流行和生生自然中所蘊含的生命節奏,用最抽象的線條生動地表達出來。書法有和諧的結構、節奏的規律、豐富的形象,它最深層的美的源泉,在於那自然動象中不絕的生命活力。人們只有把心靈的起伏、情慾的波濤、思想的矛盾,表現在舞動的漢字形象裡,表現在跡化的線條節奏裡,只有當你的心具體表現在形象裡,旁人才會看見你精神的美,你也才能真切具體地發現你心裡的美。

書法同時傳達了自然的美和精神的美。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work

Peg Streep, Alan B. Bernstein 
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Find out why the happiest, most successful people have the ability both to persist and to quit.

In a culture that perceives quitting as a last resort and urges us to hang in, Mastering the Art of Quitting tackles our tendencies to overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on goals that have outlived their usefulness.

Bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist Alan Bernstein demonstrate that persistence alone isn't always the answer. We also need to be able to quit to get the most out of life. They reveal simple truths that apply to goal setting and achievement in all areas of life, including love, relationships, and work:

• Quitting promotes growth and learning, as well as the ability to frame new goals.
• Without the ability to give up, most people will end up in a discouraging loop.
• The most satisfied people know when it's time to stop persisting and start quitting.
• Quitting is a healthy, adaptive response when a goal can't be reached.

Featuring compelling stories of people who successfully quit, along with helpful questionnaires and goal maps to guide you on the right path, Mastering the Art of Quitting allows you to evaluate whether your goals are working for or against you, and whether you need to rechart certain aspects of your life.

When is it time to stop persisting and start quitting?

Take a moment and answer the following questions. Just thinking about the answers will give you insight into your ability to quit artfully and restart your life.

• Do you believe that "winners never quit and quitters never win"?
• How realistic are you when it comes to setting goals?
• What matters more: staying the course or exploring new possibilities in life?
• How much of your sense of self relies on other people's judgments?
• Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you're unhappy?
• When you try something new, do you focus on the effort you have to put in or the possibility of failure?
• Are you a procrastinator or a delayer when it comes to getting things done?
• How much do you worry about making a mistake? Do you second-guess yourself?
• How hard is it for you to get over a setback?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


創新者的工具箱:65個創造性解決問題的思維技巧 (Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox)

理查德・福布斯著 (Richard Fobes)
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《創新者的工具箱》一書描述了65個非常適合學習的思維技巧,它們能夠幫助你在面對各種類型的問題時,通過冷靜而有條理的分析,找到創意獨特、新穎可行的解決辦法。作者選用了200多個例子,涉及商務運營問題、撫養孩子、改善人際關係、求職應聘、發明創造以及解決全球問題等,其中包括一些非常有名的發明創造的幕後故事,比如打字機、籃球運動、盲文、化學元素週期表等的發明過程,告訴你轉換思路並不難,你也可以將這些技巧應用在現實生活當中,突破思維定勢,找到解決問題的最佳辦法。

(摘錄自中國圖書網)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fabricated : The New World of 3D Printing

Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
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Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into homes, businesses, schools, kitchens, hospitals, even the fashion catwalk. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today's mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation. Fabricated provides readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question "how will 3D printing technologies change my life?" Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)




學會創造性觀察:攝影中的設計、色彩和構圖 (Learning to See Creatively)

布賴恩・彼得森 (Bryan Peterson)
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《學會創造性觀察:攝影中的設計、色彩和構圖》的要點,拓寬視野,如何觀察,廣角、全幀魚眼、街景變焦、攝遠鏡頭和超近攝影。構圖的六元素:線條、輪廓、形狀、質感、圖案、色彩。怎樣構圖,取景、黃金分割和三分法則、地平線、斜線、畫中畫、橫幅與直幅、佈置場景、打破規律。光的有關知識,光的利用、光的方向、光的色彩、多雲和雨天的光。數碼攝影的有關知識:優缺點、圖像處理軟件。如何成為一名出色的攝影師:職業要求、重要素質、挑戰和超越、確定主題。

(摘錄自amazon.cn)



Monday, November 10, 2014

The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All

Jon Gordon; foreword by Ken Blanchard 
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Bestselling author Jon Gordon returns with his most inspiring book yet—filled with powerful lessons and the greatest success strategies of all.

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.

As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there's no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help you stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.

Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams, non-profit organizations and schools, Jon Gordon shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire you to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.

If you are ready to create your masterpiece, read The Carpenter and begin the building process today.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


少有人走的路 (The Road Less Traveled)

M・斯科特・派克(M. Scott Peck)
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或許在我們這一代,沒有任何一本書能像《少有人走的路》這樣,給我們的心靈和精神帶來如此巨大的沖擊。僅在北美,其銷售量就超過了700萬冊,被翻譯成23種以上的語言;在《紐約時報》暢銷書榜單上,它停駐了近20年的時間。這是出版史上的一大奇跡。毫無疑問,本書創造了空前的銷售紀錄,而且,至今長盛不衰。

本書處處透露出溝通與理解的意味,它跨越時代限制,幫助我們探索愛的本質,引導我們過上嶄新、寧靜而豐富的生活;它幫助我們學習愛,也學習獨立;它教誨我們成為更稱職的、更有理解心的父母。歸根到底,它告訴我們怎樣找到真正的自我。正如本書開篇所言:人生苦難重重。M・斯科特・派克讓我們更加清楚:人生是一場艱辛之旅,心智成熟的旅程相當漫長。但是,它沒有讓我們感到恐懼,相反,它帶領我們去經歷一系列艱難乃至痛苦的轉變,最終達到自我認知的更高境界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, November 3, 2014

The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks

Al Siebert 
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Resiliency - the ability to adapt to life's changes and crises - is the key to a healthy, productive life. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bogged down by feelings of anger and helplessness. The Resiliency Advantage helps readers banish negative, self-defeating thoughts and break free from the roles of ""victim"" and ""good child"" while improving problem-solving skills, maintaining humor and optimism during rough times, and becoming both self-reliant and socially responsible. By mastering the five stages of development - sustaining health, energy, and positive feelings; handling challenges; achieving positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-concept; honing the skills and attributes of highly resilient people; and developing a talent for serendipity - readers learn to stand up to adversity, overcome obstacles, and meet life head on.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

蘇菲的世界 (Sophie's World)

喬斯坦・賈德 (Jostein Gaarder)
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Sophie's World
我是誰?世界從何而來?
每個曾對生命懷抱好奇的心靈,都應該翻開《蘇菲的世界》
全球銷售超過三千萬本,發行超過五十餘國


有一天,十四歲的蘇菲放學回家,發現信箱裡有一封給她的信,沒有郵戳,沒有寄件人姓名。信中的字條寫著兩個問題:「你是誰?」、「世界從何而來?」。

一天天過去,蘇菲不斷收到匿名信,在某個神祕導師的指引下,她透過信中文字,開始修習「哲學課」,認識了從希臘哲人到康德、從馬克思到佛洛伊德等西方哲學家所思考的大問題。

同時,蘇菲還接到另一些不尋常的來信,是「亞伯特上校」寫給「席妲」的生日卡片和信件。蘇菲不認識席妲,但兩個女孩的人生卻不斷交錯;另一方面,匿名哲學課仍繼續透過信件進行,蘇菲越來越著迷於人類千百年來反覆爭辯的哲學和人生問題,不過此時,她所生活的世界卻出現不合常理的驚人變化,彷彿魔術師的戲法,好戲才正要上演……

面對一連串的奇異事件,以及神秘的「亞伯特上校」,蘇菲開始運用學習到的哲學知識來應對,但事情的真相卻遠遠超出她的想像。當蘇菲漸漸釐清了所有謎團後,終於再次能以「彷彿乍見」的眼光,審視自己所生活的世界。

一場揉合了推理、幻想和宇宙觀的哲學之旅,一段探索智慧的解謎過程

《蘇菲的世界》是二十世紀最暢銷的哲學小說。引人入勝的故事情節,徹底打破「哲學=枯燥」的刻板印象,作者還巧妙地揉合了三種經典的敘事模式:推理、書信和師生問答。

整本書就是一段解謎的過程,作者利用書信創造出第二層的虛構世界,席妲與上校是喬斯坦.賈德塑造的人物,而蘇菲與亞柏特又是上校塑造的人物,最後卻以這兩層虛擬人物的交疊作結尾。

對蘇菲來說,她以為自己所生活的世界便是真實的,作者也賦予她思考的能力,當她發現自己是別人筆下所創造出的人物,也有自由意志去爭取自己的真實存在,這正是哲學思考的奧妙。故事發展至此,讀者也不禁開始思索自己「存在」的事實。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, October 27, 2014

Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On

Sharon Melnick 
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From overflowing priority lists to power-hungry colleagues to nagging parental guilt, stress is the defining characteristic of most of our lives. Real help is here-an all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit that goes far beyond breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Such one-size-fits-all methods are no match for the stressors we experience daily in our overcomplicated lives. Whether you have too many projects, your confidence is flagging, or you are clashing with a coworker, Success Under Stress provides a flexible array of strategies. You will learn how to: adjust your perspective to see opportunity instead of obstacles; alter your physiology to get focused when overwhelmed, energized when exhausted, and calm when wired; and change the problem to prevent the stress from returning. All in all, Success Under Stress offers a veritable arsenal of "magic bullet" solutions-hundreds of situation-specific, quick-acting tips for defusing stress and boosting productivity. Complete with quizzes, examples, exercises, and more, this practical book helps you gain control, exude calmness and confidence amidst everyday chaos, and achieve the success you richly deserve.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


非暴力溝通 (Nonviolent Communication)

馬歇爾・盧森堡 (Marshall B. Rosenberg)
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生活在充斥著比較與論斷的社會文化中,我們習於判斷他人的是非對錯,話語中也往往充滿指責、嘲諷、批判的意味,這些思考和溝通模式帶來了情感和精神上的創傷,導致人與人之間的關係愈加疏離、冷漠,人際衝突也就在所難免。

馬歇爾.盧森堡博士早年深受言語和肢體暴力之苦,使他不禁開始思索:「究竟是什麼,使人們難以體會到心中的愛,以致互相傷害?又是什麼,讓有些人即使在充滿敵意的環境中,也能心存愛意?」最後,他發現了一種愛的語言,依此來談話和傾聽,能使人們心意相通、和諧共處,這就是「非暴力溝通」。

作者深信在一切衝突的表面下,反映出人心深處尚未得到滿足的種種需要。透過非暴力溝通,我們不但能誠實地表達自己,又能深入地傾聽他人,建立心與心之間的聯繫,使雙方毋須委曲求全就能滿足彼此的需要,和平地化解衝突。

非暴力溝通的功能:
→突破那些引發爭論、憤怒和焦慮等負面情緒的思維方式。
→和平地化解人際衝突,諸如發生在家庭、學校、職場或種族間的衝突。
→培養彼此尊重、互愛互助的人際關係。
→療癒人際關係中的傷痛,建立和諧的生命體驗。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, October 20, 2014

Ukiyo-e

Dora Amsden and Woldermar von Seidlitz 
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Ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) is a branch of Japanese art which originated during the period of prosperity in Edo (1615-1868). Characteristic of this period, the prints are the collective work of an artist, an engraver, and a printer. Created on account of their low cost thanks to the progression of the technique, they represent daily life, women, actors of kabuki theatre, or even sumo wrestlers. Landscape would also later establish itself as a favourite subject. Moronobu, the founder, Shunsho, Utamaro, Hokusai, and even Hiroshige are the most widely-celebrated artists of the movement. In 1868, Japan opened up to the West. The masterful technique, the delicacy of the works, and their graphic precision immediately seduced the West and influenced greats such as the Impressionists, Van Gogh, and Klimt. This is known as the period of ‘Japonisme’. Through a thematic analysis, Woldemar von Seidlitz and Dora Amsden implicitly underline the immense influence which this movement had on the entire artistic scene of the West. These magnificent prints represent the evolution of the feminine ideal, the place of the Gods, and the importance accorded to landscape, and are also an invaluable witness to a society now long gone.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

浮世繪的故事

宮竹正 著
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華美令人心折的浮世繪,是西方人在廢紙堆中掘出的寶藏。那些古老優雅的流暢線條和抽象迷濛的二維空間,觸發了印象派大師記錄視覺瞬間的衝動。人們難以想像如此醉人的藝術在日本僅僅意味著市井和歡場文化,也無從知曉浮世繪竟能漸漸蠶食幕府的勢力,推動一場驚天動地的社會變革。

本書緊扣日本德川幕府時期錯綜複雜的社會背景和日本民族特有的性格與文化,深入並全方位地闡釋浮世繪這一傳奇生動的東方藝術,同時結合歷史上各個時期、不同流派的大師名作及故事性的敘述手法,使您在最短的時間內輕鬆、直觀地把握浮世繪藝術魅力的精髓。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Patrick Modiano

Alan Morris 
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Patrick Modiano is the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature and winner of some of France's most prestigious literary prizes. Patrick Modiano is considered one of the most fascinating French novelists alive today. This is the first English literary critique of this best-selling French author, whose works are found increasingly in translation throughout the world and who is attracting considerable critical attention outside France.

In this lucid study, Alan Morris explores Modiano's fifteen major novels. He also traces Modiano's development as a writer and the tragedies which have influenced his works: the death of his younger brother, the neglect of his father and the horrors of the German occupation. Morris delves into Modiano's themes of time, memory, identity and the past, clearly demonstrating this intriguing writer's key place in French writing today.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


暗店街 (Missing Person)

帕特里克・莫迪亞諾 (Patrick Modiano)
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為尋找自己真實的身份,患失憶症的私家偵探開展一段尋找前半生經歷的過程。四十七個片段,跨越二十年時間,回溯至佔領時代,再現這黑暗時期法國社會生活的某些側面。簡易的鋪陳中,蘊含濃郁的生命憂傷。

本書榮獲國龔古爾文學大獎,並經《今日法國》推薦為一百部必讀的。  

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: On Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong
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The world economic landscape has experienced seismic changes in the fifteen years after restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China. Fortunately the Hong Kong economy has remained steadfast and is still making progress, but public confidence in the governance of the SAR government has declined, and economic and social dissatisfaction have flared. Where should Hong Kong go from here in the face of all kinds of contradictions? Economist Yue Chim Richard Wong provides an analysis of the origins of these contradictions and shares his insights on these issues. All those concerned about Hong Kong’s future should not miss this collection of essays how indigenous artists in turn manipulated Western visual languages.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


民主的模式 (Models of Democracy)

戴維・赫爾德 (David Held)
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我們正生活於民主的時代,而甚麼是民主?民主生活的含義是甚麼?今天民主對我們來說意味著甚麼?本書將針對這些問題探究具有可行性之不同的民主模式,思索懸而未決的議題,以及當代民主進行思考的若干替換方式。本書更針對原著中擱置的問題,收錄兩篇作者重要的新論文,完整地呈現民主在民族間與國家間的意涵和互動關係。本書更針對原著中擱置的問題,收錄兩篇作者重要的新論文,完整地呈現民主在民族間與國家間的意涵和互動關係。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness

Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall, editors
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Since World War II, students in East and Southeast Asia have led protest movements that toppled authoritarian regimes in countries such as Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand. Elsewhere in the region, student protests have shaken regimes until they were brutally suppressed—most famously in China’s Tiananmen Square and in Burma. But despite their significance, these movements have received only a fraction of the notice that has been given to American and European student protests of the 1960s and 1970s. The first book in decades to redress this neglect, Student Activism in Asia tells the story of student protest movements across Asia.

Taking an interdisciplinary, comparative approach, the contributors examine ten countries, focusing on those where student protests have been particularly fierce and consequential: China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. They explore similarities and differences among student movements in these countries, paying special attention to the influence of four factors: higher education systems, students’ collective identities, students’ relationships with ruling regimes, and transnational flows of activist ideas and inspirations.

The authors include leading specialists on student activism in each of the countries investigated. Together, these experts provide a rich picture of an important tradition of political protest that has ebbed and flowed but has left indelible marks on Asia’s sociopolitical landscape.

Contributors: Patricio N. Abinales, U of Hawaii, Manoa; Prajak Kongkirati, Thammasat U, Thailand; Win Min, Vahu Development Institute; Stephan Ortmann, City U of Hong Kong; Mi Park, Dalhousie U, Canada; Patricia G. Steinhoff, U of Hawaii, Manoa; Mark R. Thompson, City U of Hong Kong; Teresa Wright, California State U, Long Beach

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港學生運動回顧

香港專上學生聯會 編
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本書內容包括從學潮到大學問題的總檢討、全港專上學生罷休組織法的商榷、專上學生組織的經濟背景、評介專上學生組織的活動、左派在專上學院的活動等內容。

(摘錄自 books.google.com.hk)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Iconoclast : A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently

Gregory Berns
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No organization can survive without iconoclasts -- innovators who single-handedly upturn conventional wisdom and manage to achieve what so many others deem impossible.

Though indispensable, true iconoclasts are few and far between. In Iconoclast, neuroscientist Gregory Berns explains why. He explores the constraints the human brain places on innovative thinking, including fear of failure, the urge to conform, and the tendency to interpret sensory information in familiar ways.

Through vivid accounts of successful innovators ranging from glass artist Dale Chihuly to physicist Richard Feynman to country/rock trio the Dixie Chicks, Berns reveals the inner workings of the iconoclast's mind with remarkable clarity. Each engaging chapter goes on to describe practical actions we can each take to understand and unleash our own potential to think differently -- such as seeking out new environments, novel experiences, and first-time acquaintances.

Packed with engaging stories, science-based insights, potent practices, and examples from a startling array of disciplines, this engaging book will help you understand how iconoclasts think and equip you to begin thinking more like an iconoclast yourself.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


呼蘭河傳

蕭紅 著
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蕭紅,30年代中國文壇最負盛名、最活躍、最有才氣的女作家,深受魯迅、茅盾等名作家賞識,讚譽她的作品寫出了窒息年代中人民對生的堅強與對死的掙扎。

《呼蘭河傳》以夢幻般的筆法勾畫了一個平靜而飽含幽怨的寂寞世界,宛如掠過無聲黑夜的璀璨極光,堪稱是中國現代文學中永垂不朽的經典之作……

武俠文學大師金庸說:

「蕭紅在香港寫的《呼蘭河傳》感人至深,我閱此書後,逕去淺水灣她墓前憑弔一番,深恨未能得見此才女……」

曾經對生活寄以美麗希望,但又屢次幻滅的人是寂寞的。呼蘭小城是蕭紅生命的起點,充滿著各式各樣的美好想像和色彩,可是逝水一般的年華卻又那麼刻板單調﹔在漂泊的歲月和戰爭的煙硝中,即將走道生命終點的蕭紅仍懷著最美好的憧憬,忍住寂寞的心情,以含淚的微笑追憶這寂寞的小城。

《呼蘭河傳》是一串淒婉的歌謠組成的夢幻詩篇。蕭紅把自己對生命的體驗與感悟,孤獨與憂傷、寂寞與悵惘,真誠地融入一篇篇追憶,透過渾樸簡婉的筆調與洗盡鉛華的輕淡詞句,愈發烘襯出那個幽暗、冰冷的、令人窒息的時代……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stylish Academic Writing

Helen Sword
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Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write.

Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce.

Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


學術寫作手冊 : 一種新方法 (The Handbook of Academic Writing)

羅伊娜・默里 (Rowena Murray), 薩拉・穆爾 (Sarah Moore)
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這本書,不論什麼時候讀,都不能不嘆服作者對閱讀用心之深,視野之廣。不懂閱讀的人,初探閱讀的人,讀這本書可以節省冤枉路。對閱讀有所體會的人,讀這本書可以有更深的印證與領悟。這是一部有關閱讀、永不褪色的經典。

羅伊娜‧默里、薩拉‧穆爾所著的《學術寫作手冊》為忙碌的學術人員提供了實用的建議,幫助他們將寫作融入工作生活。它重新定義了學術寫作,以及從開始到結束的整個過程。它所包含的主題有︰ ‧如何獲得動力; ‧審讀和修改 ‧自我管理 ‧堅持寫作不輟 ‧寫作小組和“寫作者之家” 學術寫作對所有的學術人員和研究者而言都是一項必須面對的使命。

在有些學科,會有如何成為一個高產的成功寫作者的相關指導;但是在有的學科卻缺乏此類訓練、指引。這本《學術寫作手冊》幫助上述兩類學術寫作者改進他們的寫作技巧和寫作策略,同時也幫助他們從經常並且高效的寫作中獲得滿足。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills

Mike Kallet 
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Learn Critical Thinking techniques for better decisions, problem solving, and innovation

Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills is the comprehensive guide to training your brain to do more for you. Written by a critical thinking trainer and coach, the book presents a pragmatic framework and set of tools to apply critical thinking techniques to everyday business issues. Think Smarter is filled with real world examples that demonstrate how the tools work in action, in addition to dozens of practice exercises applicable across industries and functions, Think Smarter is a versatile resource for individuals, managers, students, and corporate training programs.

Thinking is the foundation of everything you do, but we rely largely on automatic thinking to process information, often resulting in misunderstandings and errors. Shifting over to critical thinking means thinking purposefully using a framework and toolset, enabling thought processes that lead to better decisions, faster problem solving, and creative innovation. Think Smarter provides clear, actionable steps toward improving your critical thinking skills, plus exercises that clarify complex concepts by putting theory into practice. Features include:

• A comprehensive critical thinking framework
• Over twenty-five "tools" to help you think more critically
• Critical thinking implementation for functions and activities
• Examples of the real-world use of each tool

Learn what questions to ask, how to uncover the real problem to solve, and mistakes to avoid. Recognize assumptions your can rely on versus those without merit, and train your brain to tick through your mental toolbox to arrive at more innovative solutions. Critical thinking is the top skill on the wish list in the business world, and sharpening your ability can have profound affects throughout all facets of life. Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills provides a roadmap to more effective and productive thought.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

批判性思維 : 思維、溝通、寫作、應變、解決問題的根本技巧 (Critical Thinking)

理查德保羅 (Richard Paul), 琳達埃爾德 (Linda Elder)
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成功取決於你的思維:

批判性思維能力在美國受到特別的推崇,是美國公認的優秀人才的標準之一。無論在美國的著名學府還是在全美頂級企業,選才用才的重要標準便是是否具有批判性思維能力。擁有該能力的人,在創造力、鑒別力、商務溝通能力和解決問題的能力上往往勝人一籌,而且會給企業帶來持續發展的動力。

培養這種批判性思維能力是美國包括哈佛、耶魯在內的大學共同的核心教育目標、也是歷任美國總統的首要教育目標。對批判性思維的推崇提升了美國高等學府的含金量,也使得接受過該項訓練的人,成為炙手可熱的人才。

本書作者均為國際批判性思維領域的著名專家。本書作為批判性思維的權威著作,被美國各著名學府普遍使用,同時也被採用為頂級企業的員工培訓教材。

(摘錄自dangdang.com)

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

Alan Jacobs 
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...Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. In contrast to the more methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940), Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.

Invitingly written, with equal measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction will appeal to all readers, whether they be novices looking for direction or old hands seeking to recapture the pleasures of reading they first experienced as children.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


如何閱讀一本書 (How to Read a Book)

莫提默・艾德勒 (Mortimer J. Adler) , 查理・范多倫(Charles Van Doren) 原著
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這本書不論什麼時候讀,都不能不嘆服作者對閱讀用心之深,視野之廣。不懂閱讀的人,初探閱讀的人,讀這本書可以節省冤枉路。對閱讀有所體會的人,讀這本書可以有更深的印證與領悟。這是一部有關閱讀、永不褪色的經典。

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Monday, August 25, 2014

College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make It Happen

Malcolm Gauld 
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As a lifelong teacher, Malcolm Gauld has watched thousands of kids go off to college. Some return to visit after their first year exuding the vibe of conquering heroes. Others look, well, pretty bummed out. This book offers a plan to help the new college student complete Year #1 as a member of the first group. With anecdotes from current college students and recent graduates, the book presents five simple rules:

Rule #1: Go to Class - I've never known a kid who flunked out of college who attended all his or her classes.
Rule #2: Study 3 Hours X 5 days per week - How to transition from homework to study.
Rule #3: Commit to Something - Don't drown in free time. Here's how to stay afloat.
Rule #4: Get a Mentor - How to set up a support system.
Rule #5: Procrastination Kills - How to rise above.

The book is a short, non-preachy, fun, and tad irreverent primer that can help you get off to a strong start toward the 'best four years of your life.'

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

哈佛情商課:哈佛精英是如何練成的

鄧東文 著
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如果你不懂EQ,從現在起,我們宣布——你落伍了!
—美國《時代週刊》

你知道富蘭克林.羅斯福、約翰.甘迺迪等8位美國總統、喬治.明諾特、愛德華.珀西爾等34位諾貝爾獎得主、比爾.蓋茲、路易士.郭士納等幾十位商業領袖有什麼共同特徵嗎?

他們都是哈佛大學的莘莘學子,都非常注重哈佛的情商課。

在哈佛,成績絕對不是唯一重要的條件。哈佛選人的要求是學生的綜合素質。哈佛大學教授、著名心理學家丹尼爾.戈爾曼有句至理名言:「成功=20%的智商+80%的情商。」

如果說成績由智商決定,那麼綜合素質主要取決於一個人的情商。只有提高情商,才能有效地發揮組織的協調能力,才能培養領導能力和團隊精神,也才能成為政治和經濟方面的領袖。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb

Betty Press ; proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller… 
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I Am Because We Are features 125 black and white photographs by Betty Press taken all over East and West Africa since 1987, combined with related African proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller, an American born in Tanzania. The book highlights the importance of proverbs in educating members of African societies on how to think, how to behave, and how to have a better life. Press took these photographs with the goal of making a significant educational and artistic contribution to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and society as well as our own.

The photographs of daily life deal with knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, sorrow, happiness, gratitude, dance, tradition, faith, peace, war, death, and human relationships. These are the same themes found in African proverbial language. Thus came the natural idea of coupling images with proverbs. Together they offer a powerful expression of African life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.

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改變自己影響世界的一句話

楊雲鵬 編著
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改變世界,從改變自己開始
改變自己,從這句話開始

愛因斯坦、富蘭克林、林肯、羅斯福、巴頓、愛森豪、麥克阿瑟、松下幸之助、卡耐基、洛克菲勒、張榮發、王永慶、李嘉誠……

這是一連串閃亮的名字——代表著成就、地位、富豪、影響力。
他們以他們的成就,影響了整個世界

可是你知道嗎?他們也曾和你我一樣尋常,是什麼影響改變了他們?
是關鍵的這一句話。

這句話改變了他們一生,也改變了世界。
你是否也願意讓這句話走進你的生活、你的人生。


你是否總想著:「只要……我就能……」
遇到難關,你會告訴自己:「是很困難,但沒問題!」嗎?
面對討厭的人,你該如何自處?……解決生活中的難題,其實很簡單,只要養成好習慣,就能化不可能為可能,苦差事也不苦了!


如何創造自己人生的價值?
如何選擇幸福與成功的捷徑?讓他們告訴你——
香港景泰藍商人陳玉書:「致富的秘訣在於『大膽創新,眼光獨到』。」
阿爾弗雷德.諾貝爾:「當失敗一次次接踵而至的時候,我從來沒有氣餒過,依然按照自己既定的目標前進。」
法國哲學家羅西法古:「如果你要得到仇人,就表現得比你的朋友聰明與優越;如果你想得到朋友,就讓你的朋友表現得比你自己更聰明與優越。」
心理學家蘭奇:「只要是自己的成功,不分大小都能為自己帶來快樂與動力。」


每個人在人生的道路上,努力追求著幸福與成功。但是「不如意之事,十有八九」。
本書告訴你怎樣才能打破不如意的情況,讓自己的行為創造成功!
本書不是講解高深的理論,或玄妙的人生哲學,而是透過對各個領域、各個人生環節的觀察總結,如為人處世、自身心態調整,以及創新意識和對生命的激情等等,總結出一些對人生有幫助的行為,幫助追求幸福與成功的人,以更有效的方式走上成功的大道。


為什麼你諸事不順,什麼都做不好?因為你還沒有養成好習慣。每個人天生的才能,其實差距不大成功與否,通常是由日常生活的小習慣決定的。
從現在開始改變吧!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 11, 2014

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

Contributors, Richard Boyatzis ... 
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The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.

If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to:
Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life
Tap into your deepest values
Solicit candid feedback
Replenish physical and mental energy
Balance work, home, community, and self
Spread positive energy throughout your organization
Rebound from tough times
Decrease distractibility and frenzy
Delegate and develop employees' initiative

This collection of best-selling articles includes: "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life," "Reclaim Your Job," "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror," and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance."

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

論語中的名言

南懷瑾 著
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《論語》是中華文化最偉大不朽的經典之一,記錄了孔子的重要思想言行,內容博大精深。其中許多警句名言裡所包含的思想,體現人類普世價值,兩千多年來歷經無數考驗卻始終萬古常新,顛簸不破,被古今中外奉為為人處世、安身立命的金科玉律。南懷瑾先生青年時期即遍研儒家經典,對《論語》的精髓有著深刻的體悟。 

《論語中的名言》是從南懷瑾先生的《論語別裁》中精選而來。讀者可以通過南先生對《論語》名言深入淺出充滿睿智的解釋,輕鬆喜悅地進入《論語》的境界,深入領會《論語》的真義,對增長處世智慧,提高自身的人生價值大有裨益。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 4, 2014

50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose

Tom Butler-Bowdon 
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50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from St. Augustine’s Confessions to Eckhart Tolle’s recent The Power of Now, from Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements to Rick Warren’s phenomenon The Purpose-Driven Life. The first and only bite-sized guide to the very best in spiritual writing, this one-of-a-kind collection includes personal diaries and compelling biographies of such diverse figures as Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Black Elk; Eastern philosophers and gurus including Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Chögyam Trungpa and Suzuki; and Western saints and mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi, Herman Hesse and Simone Weil.
In its commentaries of both the conventional classics as well as new writings destined to endure, 50 Spiritual Classics makes universal the human spiritual experience beyond time and space and will inspire spiritual seekers everywhere to begin their own adventure.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


從卡夫卡到昆德拉︰20世紀的小說和小說家

吳曉東 著  
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回顧剛剛逝去的20世紀文學,冠以經典的蓋棺論定或許言之尚早。但吳曉東在經大講壇上推崇的從卡夫卡到昆德拉這九位小說家,卻無疑稱得上大師;他在課堂上選作闡釋分析對象的九篇作品也已經或終將被證明為不朽。因此,吳曉東對他心儀小說家的獨具慧眼的研究、對他欣賞小說的別有會心的解讀,不失為一種對20世紀現代派文學的回顧和盤點。

雖然作者無意經營小說史的契約,但其宏闊視野卻有助於我們對百年文學脈絡的整體關照和把握,進而領悟已經過去的這個“人類有史以來最複雜的一個世紀”對小說家及小說形式的深層影響,以及為甚麼20世紀的小說令人感到“閱讀不再是一種消遣和享受;閱讀已成為嚴肅的甚至痛苦的儀式”。

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders

John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, W. Oliver Segovia
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Globalization. Sustainability. Technology. Diversity. Learning. Convergence of the public and private sectors. These are the big issues on the minds of young leaders today—the challenges they most want to, and must, pursue.

In Passion and Purpose, dozens of recent Harvard Business School MBAs share personal stories on assuming the mantle of leadership in ways unlike any previous generation. In candid accounts of their successes and setbacks—from launching start-ups to taking on the family business to helping kids in the Arabian Gulf to harnessing new technology and developing clean energy—they reveal how the next generation of ideas, aspirations, and practices are shaping business and redefining leadership around the world.

Drawing on insights from a survey of 500 students from top U.S. business schools, Passion and Purpose provides an overview of big, hot-button issues, followed by firsthand accounts from young leaders who are tackling these issues head-on. Their personal stories are rounded out with broader perspectives from established luminaries in business, academia, and the public sector, including Dominic Barton (Managing Director of McKinsey & Company), Nitin Nohria (dean of Harvard Business School), David Gergen (CNN analyst, presidential advisor and director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership), Carter Roberts (CEO of World Wildlife Fund), and many others.

Passion and Purpose offers profound insight into the values and vision of tomorrow’s leaders, and inspiration and ideas for all aspiring leaders who hope to lead change in the world.

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