Monday, December 28, 2015

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise

Chris Taylor
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In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. More than forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars–related products outnumber human beings, a stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism” has become a religion in its own right. Lucas’s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet until now the complete history of Star Wars―its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects―has never been told.

In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend. He also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett’s helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.

Since the first film’s release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics around the world and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and critically savaged prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a new set of savvy bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.

An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a filmmaker’s fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals and gained a die-hard, multigenerational fan base―and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

小王子 (The Little Prince = Le Petit Prince)

安東尼‧聖修伯里 (Antoine de Saint-Exuper)
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Le Petit Prince 小王子享譽全球70年,每個人心中獨一無二的成人童話經典




Monday, December 21, 2015

Colonial Hong Kong in the Eyes of Elsie Tu

Du Ye Xien
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Elsie Tu is well known as a social activist and crusader against injustice and corruption in Hong Kong. In this powerful personal statement, she expresses her views about the injustices in the past colonial system and her fears about present day economic colonialism.

This is a book with strong messages for today. Mrs. Tu's deep concerns about the current international scene have the most immediate and obvious topical relevance. But there is an equally strong lesson in her description of the corruption that used to be so pervasive in Hong Kong and her battles against it. She reminds us forcefully of the need for continued vigilance if corruption and its awful effects are not to return.

However, the most important message of this book pervades all parts of it: the example of a life devoted to improving things for the ordinary people of Hong Kong, a life not just lived according to high principles, but characterized by a dogged and fearless determination to fight for those principles, to be an activist.

This book is important because it records the beliefs, some of the experiences and above all the commitment of one of the most notable people of post-war Hong Kong. By giving rich insights into the mind and beliefs of an extraordinary and indomitable person, it brings to life the recent history of Hong Kong and challenges the next generation of Hong Kong people to contribute as much.

Readers may have heard of Hong Kong's economic miracle during the second half of the twentieth century, but they may not be aware of the suffering and injustices caused by greed and corruption at that time. This book shows how the society's struggle stirred the spirit of determination upon which the Hong Kong we know today was built.

The book will also give readers a bird's eye view of the worldwide scale of suffering and injustices caused by nations seeking economic and political domination.

I write this book because I believe that human beings can only comprehend the present when they understand the past, and they can only make a better future when they learn from previous errors. And I feel compelled to alert the younger generation of the dangers that confront the world today from those obsessed with wealth and power. I hope that all prejudices and evil ambitions can be set aside, and an equal playing field can be created for all nations. - Elsie Tu

'With decidedly pro-grassroots sympathies, Mrs. Tu is fiercely critical of British colonialism with its corruption, hypocrisy, malpractice, racist and pro-big business bias in pre-1997 Hong Kong.? This book yields keen insights into and informed observations of government and community in colonial Hong Kong, often from a ring side, first-hand perspective.' - Professor Ming K. Chan, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

'Elsie Tu, a veteran activist and a former legislative councillor, told a fascinating story about post-World War II Hong Kong. Going through the volume, you will be amazed by the arrogance of the colonial officials, the rampart corruption in the Hong Kong government, the widespread influence of the triad, and the difficulties facing those living in the squatters and the resettlement estates in the 1950s and the 1960s. This book is indispensable for anyone who is interested in knowing about what Hong Kong was like before it was turned into an Asian little dragon.' - Professor Alvin Y. So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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狄更斯文集----聖誕故事集 (A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books)

狄更斯 (Charles Dickens) 著 
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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

Harvey Deutschendorf
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We have known for years that the difference between those who become successful in life and those who struggle is their degree of emotional intelligence (EI), or "people skills." Now, The Other Kind of Smart shows readers how they can increase their emotional intelligence and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from realizing their true potential. Emotional intelligence coach Harvey Deutschendorf has shown thousands of people how to relate emotional intelligence to everyday situations. Here, he uses the proven techniques of storytelling, combined with quotes and exercises, to show readers how to apply the principles of EI on the job. Filled with real-life scenarios and solutions, the book offers tools that will bring results in as little as five minutes a day and shows how to develop stress tolerance, cultivate empathy, increase flexibility with co-workers, boost assertiveness, and resolve problems successfully. Complete with an EI quiz that will help readers measure their own level of emotional intelligence, this invaluable guide will enable everyone to improve their relationships and increase their effectiveness at work in a practical, accessible way.

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陳智凱,邱詠婷 著 ; 陳沛珛 繪
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results

John C. Maxwell
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New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows that talent is just the starting point for a successful impact in any organization. It's what takes you beyond your talent that matters.
People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? Maxwell, the go-to guru for business professionals across the globe, insists that the choices people make? not merely the skills they inherit? propel them to greatness. Among other truths, successful people know that:
• Belief lifts your talent.
• Initiative activates your talent.
• Focus directs your talent.
• Preparation positions your talent.
• Practice sharpens your talent.
• Perseverance sustains your talent.
• Character protects your talent ... and more!

It's what you add to your talent that makes the greatest difference. With authentic examples and time-tested wisdom, Maxwell shares thirteen attributes you need to maximize your potential and live the life of your dreams.

You can have talent alone and fall short of your potential. Or you can go beyond talent and really stand out.

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蔡康永 著
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Monday, November 30, 2015

How to Succeed in Exams & Assessments

Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers 
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How to succeed in Exams & Assessments will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in revising, preparing for and succeeding in academic exams and assessments and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.

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人類群星閃耀時 (Decisive Moments in History)

斯蒂芬.茨威格 (Stefan Zweig)
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

Gary Klein
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Insights—like Darwin’s understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick’s breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA—can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed—or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don’t, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery.

Klein is a keen observer of people in their natural settings—scientists, businesspeople, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, family members, friends, himself—and uses a marvelous variety of stories to illuminate his research into what insights are and how they happen. What, for example, enabled Harry Markopolos to put the finger on Bernie Madoff? How did Dr. Michael Gottlieb make the connections between different patients that allowed him to publish the first announcement of the AIDS epidemic? What did Admiral Yamamoto see (and what did the Americans miss) in a 1940 British attack on the Italian fleet that enabled him to develop the strategy of attack at Pearl Harbor? How did a “smokejumper” see that setting another fire would save his life, while those who ignored his insight perished? How did Martin Chalfie come up with a million-dollar idea (and a Nobel Prize) for a natural flashlight that enabled researchers to look inside living organisms to watch biological processes in action?

Klein also dissects impediments to insight, such as when organizations claim to value employee creativity and to encourage breakthroughs but in reality block disruptive ideas and prioritize avoidance of mistakes. Or when information technology systems are “dumb by design” and block potential discoveries.

Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, Seeing What Others Don’t shows that insight is not just a “eureka!” moment but a whole new way of understanding.

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大地, 非石油: 氣候危機時代下的環境正義 (Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis)

范達娜·席娃 (Vandana Shiva)
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書中席娃詳述了糧食危機、石油危機、氣候變遷的諸多關聯環節,假若我們只見一端未涉其餘,人類仍將走向末路。 席娃指責生質能源和農業成了生態和經濟浩劫的主因,也提出小型農場是最佳的替代之道。受害於飢荒的幾億人和瀕死的地球,唯有傾賴永續、生物多樣性的農場,方得以抵抗疾病、乾旱、洪水,餵養並保衛我們的後代子孫。《大地,非石油》見解果敢、具前瞻性,籲求回歸健全農業的原則,並奠基於自治、社區和環境正義的世界。


Monday, November 16, 2015

A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe

David A. Hunter 
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A thoroughly updated introduction to the concepts, methods, and standards of critical thinking, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, the book offers a broad conception of critical thinking and explores the practical relevance to conducting research across fields such as, business, education, and the biological sciences.
Applying rigor when necessary, the Second Edition maintains an informal approach to the fundamental core concepts of critical thinking. With practical strategies for defining, analyzing, and evaluating reasons and arguments, the book illustrates how the concept of an argument extends beyond philosophical roots into experimentation, testing, measurement, and policy development and assessment. Featuring plenty of updated exercises for a wide range of subject areas, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition also includes:

• Numerous real-world examples from many fields of research, which reflect the applicability of critical thinking in everyday life
• New topical coverage, including the nature of reasons, assertion and supposing, narrow and broad definitions, circumstantial reasons, and reasoning about causal claims
• Selected answers to various exercises to provide readers with instantaneous feedback to support and extend the lessons

A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is an excellent textbook for courses on critical thinking and logic at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an appropriate reference for anyone with a general interest in critical thinking skills.

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谷振詣, 劉壯虎 著
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design

Randy Krum
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Make information memorable with creative visual design techniques

Research shows that visual information is more quickly and easily understood, and much more likely to be remembered. This innovative book presents the design process and the best software tools for creating infographics that communicate. Including a special section on how to construct the increasingly popular infographic resume, the book offers graphic designers, marketers, and business professionals vital information on the most effective ways to present data.

•Explains why infographics and data visualizations work
•Shares the tools and techniques for creating great infographics
•Covers online infographics used for marketing, including social media and search engine optimization (SEO)
•Shows how to market your skills with a visual, infographic resume
•Explores the many internal business uses of infographics, including board meeting presentations, annual reports, consumer research statistics, marketing strategies, business plans, and visual explanations of products and services to your customers

With Cool Infographics, you'll learn to create infographics to successfully reach your target audience and tell clear stories with your data.

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郎世寧,原名朱塞佩·伽斯底里奧內(意大利語:Giuseppe Castiglione,1688年7月19日-1766年7月16日),意大利人,天主教耶穌會傳教士及中國宮廷畫家,寫實畫風記錄了清朝初期的中國宮廷人物與景色。


CityU’s creative media artwork brings Castiglione’s masterpieces to life in Florence

Giuseppe Castiglione
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action

Ben Decker, Kelly Decker
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"The gold standard for communication training programs." ―USA Today

Business communication sucks. At each meeting and presentation, we are inundated with information, leaving us thirsting for inspiration. Sure, we will check off an action item because we have to . . . but what if we were actually inspired to do something? What if we were so moved that we wanted to do it?

Leaders must earn the license to lead. Not by expertise, authority, or title alone, but by influence. In Communicate to Influence, you will learn the secrets of the Decker Method―a framework that has been perfected over the past 36 years. Ben and Kelly Decker add fresh insights to these proven principles so that you can ignite change and inspire action. Discover:

-The Five White Lies of Communicating: learn which barriers prevent you from getting better
-The Communicator's Roadmap: use a tool to visually chart what type of communication experience you create
-The Behaviors of Trust: align what you say with how you say it to better connect with your audience
-The Decker Grid: shift your message from self-centered, all about me content to relevant, audience-centered content that drives action

You are called to communicate well. Not only on the main stage, under bright lights, but every time you speak with your colleagues, your clients, and other stakeholders. It's time to learn how. Stop informing. Start inspiring.

BEN DECKER & KELLY DECKER are the leading experts in the field of business communication. They consult on messaging, cultivate executive presence among the leadership of Fortune 500companies and startups alike, and regularly deliver keynotes to large audiences. Together, they run Decker Communications, a global firm that trains and coaches tens of thousands of executives a year. Ben and Kelly live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they constantly test and refine communication techniques with their most demanding audience, their three boys.

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社會科學研究方法 (The Practice of Social Research)

艾爾. 巴比 (Earl Babbie)
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《社會科學研究方法》2013 年版最大的特色為作者清晰易懂的寫作風格,詳細解說質化與量化資料分析、研究設計、實驗法、問卷調查、田野研究、非介入性方法及研究倫理與政治等內容,讓讀者學到有效做研究所必需的邏輯與技巧以及撰寫研究報告的各個步驟,適合社會學、社會工作、心理學、行政學、都市研究、教育學、大眾傳播學、企業管理及政治學等 30 門不同學科,是一本兼顧理論與實務的研究方法暢銷教科書。


Monday, October 26, 2015

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

by Dan Ariely 
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Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, this provocative book offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

“Dan Ariely is a genius at understanding human behavior: no economist does a better job of uncovering and explaining the hidden reasons for the weird ways we act.” — James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds

Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely returns to offer a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence our dating lives, our workplace experiences, and our temptation to cheat in any and all areas. Fans of Freakonomics, Survival of the Sickest, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Tipping Point will find many thought-provoking insights in The Upside of Irrationality.

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葉靈鳳香港史系列: 張保仔的傳說和真相、香港的失落、香港方物志、香島滄桑錄、香海浮沉錄

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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Great Escape : Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Angus Deaton
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The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was awarded to Angus Deaton "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare". (

The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind.

Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.

Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

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小思 著
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students

Stephen Bailey
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Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students... writing good academic English is a demanding task. The new, fourth edition of Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students has been completely revised to help students reach this goal.

The four main parts of Academic Writing are:
• The writing process
• Elements of writing
• Vocabulary for writing
• Writing models

Each part is divided into short units which contain examples, explanations and exercises, for use in the classroom or for self-study. The units are clearly organised to allow teachers and students find the help they need with writing tasks, while cross-referencing allows easy access to relevant sections.

In the first part, each stage of the writing process is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proof-reading.

The fourth edition of this popular course builds on the success of the earlier editions, and has a special focus on the vital topic of academic vocabulary in part three, Vocabulary for Writing. Part three deals with areas such as nouns and adjectives, adverbs and verbs, synonyms, prefixes and prepositions, in an academic context. More key features of the book include:
• All elements of writing are clearly explained, with a full glossary for reference
• Models provided for all types of academic texts: essays, reports, reviews and case-studies
• Full range of practice exercises, with answer key included
• Use of authentic academic texts
• A companion website offers further practice with a range of additional exercises
• Fully updated, with sections on finding electronic sources and evaluating internet material

Students wanting to maximise their academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use book an invaluable guide to writing in English for their degree courses.

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戰爭中沒有女性 (War's Unwomanly Face)

斯薇特蘭娜. 阿列克茜葉維契 (Svetlana Alexievich)
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戰爭中沒有女性 (War's Unwomanly Face) / Svetlana Alexievich 《戰爭中沒有女性》是2015年諾貝爾文學獎得主斯維特拉娜·阿列克西耶維奇(Svetlana Alexievich)的作品。



Monday, October 5, 2015

The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

Eric Hayot
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The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities / Eric HayotEric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture issues, such as adhering to genre patterns for successful research and publishing and developing productive and rewarding writing habits, Hayot helps ambitious students, newly minted Ph.D.'s, and established professors shape their work and develop their voices.

Hayot does more than explain the techniques of academic writing. He aims to adjust the writer's perspective, encouraging scholars to think of themselves as makers and doers of important work. Scholarly writing can be frustrating and exhausting, yet also satisfying and crucial, and Hayot weaves these experiences, including his own trials and tribulations, into an ethos for scholars to draw on as they write. Combining psychological support with practical suggestions for composing introductions and conclusions, developing a schedule for writing, using notes and citations, and structuring paragraphs and essays, this guide to the elements of academic style does its part to rejuvenate scholarship and writing in the humanities.

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研究設計與方法 (Research Design and Methods)

肯尼斯·S·博登斯 (Kenneth S. Bordens) , 布魯斯·B·阿博特 (Bruce B. Abbott)
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研究設計與方法  (Research Design and Methods) 本書從研究設計的通用原理、研究設計方法和結果分析等三部分,對心理學研究方法進行闡述。不但是心理學專業,而且也是社會科學裡很多專業的學習者都值得閱讀的一本書。


Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Instantly Connect with Anyone: 96 All-New Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Leil Lowndes 
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How to Instantly Connect with Anyone: 96 All-New Little Tricks for Big Success in RelationshipsThis sequel to Leil’s international top selling “How to Talk to Anyone” makes you a master communicator with 96 all new cutting-edge communication “Little Tricks” for big success in business and social relationships―in person, by email, and on the phone. It has been praised as the 21st century version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and was nominated one of the five best books in psychology by “Books for a Better Life!”

The author introduces the psychologically sound concept, “Emotional Prediction” or E.P. which you can employ with everyone. Here are the ten sections of the book:
7 Little Tricks to Make a Great Impression Before People Even Meet You
11 Little Tricks to Take the “Hell” Out of “Hello,”and Put the “Good” in “Good-bye”
12 Little Tricks to Develop an Extraordinary Gift of Gab
10 Little Tricks to Actually Enjoy Parties
5 Little Tricks to Handle the Good, the Bad, and the Bummers
12 Little Tricks to Avoid the 13 Most Common Dumb Things You Should NEVER Say or Do
13 Little Tricks to be a Cool Communicator
11 Little Tricks to Give Your E-Mail Today’s Personality and Tomorrow’s Professionalism
10 Little Tricks to Make an Impression on your Cell (A.K.A. “Phone”)
5 Little Tricks to Deepen the Relationships You Already Have

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說服力 : 讓人說Yes的7個關鍵 (The 7 Triggers to Yes)

羅素・葛蘭傑 (Russell H.Granger)
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love

David Sturt
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Great work lives inside all of us.

The question is: Do we make the contributions we're capable of? Is our best work getting out there? Breaking through? Creating a difference the world loves?

We've long been told our ability to succeed depends on our IQ, talent, education level, gender, job title, or when and where we were born. Great Work turns that conventional thinking on its head to reveal that innovation can come from anyone, anywhere.

Especially you.

With insights from the largest-ever study of award-winning work, Great Work reveals five practical skills that will help you ideate, innovate, and deliver work that gets noticed and appreciated.

Great Work is filled with stories of real people in real jobs who did what was asked and then added something extra--a personal touch all their own--to deliver better-than-asked-for results. Their stories will inspire you to write your own page in the book of human progress.

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野火集 : 二十週年紀念版

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Train Your Brain For Success: Read Smarter, Remember More, and Break Your Own Records

Roger Seip 
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Train your mind to achieve new levels of success!

Professionals and entrepreneurs do a great job of keeping up appearances. But if they're honest with themselves, they're short on living the life they really want. Train Your Brain For Success provides the perspective to analyze how you got where you are and, more importantly, learn the skills to get where you truly desire to be. Train Your Brain For Success explains specific ways of thinking and acting that will get anyone where they want to go, fast. Learn to condition your mind to move towards success automatically, by discovering greater memory power and fundamental techniques for boosting reading speed and comprehension.

Get a proven strategy for succeeding and becoming a record-breaking performer.
• Learn to live in the moment
• Become brilliant with the basics
• Aggressively take care of your mind
Train your mind for new levels of success by boosting memory power, reading speed and comprehension.

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弗吉尼亞·伍爾夫 (Virginia Woolf) 著
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這本書主要選自弗吉尼亞·伍爾夫 (Virginia Woolf) 的三部重要散文集,《普通讀者》、《普通讀者二集》和《自己的房間》,多為伍爾夫的讀書心得和感想,而且寫得比較隨意,不拘一格,故稱為“讀書隨筆”。主要內容有:如何讀書,書和女性生活有何關系,如何看待名字名作,以及如何評價當代文學。


Monday, September 7, 2015

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

David Mikics
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Wrapped in the glow of the computer or phone screen, we cruise websites; we skim and skip. We glance for a brief moment at whatever catches our eye and then move on. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age reminds us of another mode of reading--the kind that requires our full attention and that has as its goal not the mere gathering of information but the deeper understanding that only good books can offer.

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience, and who wants to sharpen reading skills and improve concentration. David Mikics, a noted literary scholar, demonstrates exactly how the tried-and-true methods of slow reading can provide a more immersive, fulfilling experience. He begins with fourteen preliminary rules for slow reading and shows us how to apply them. The rules are followed by excursions into key genres, including short stories, novels, poems, plays, and essays.

Reading, Mikics says, should not be drudgery, and not mere escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. A good book is a pathway to finding ourselves, by getting lost in the words and works of others.

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六頂思考帽 (Six Thinking Hats)

波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Second World War : A Short History

R.A.C. Parker 
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From the rise of the Nazi party, through the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the ultimate defeat of the Axis nations and the first chills of the Cold War, The Second World War: A Short History offers a completely comprehensive overview of the Second World War in one readable, compact volume. Alastair Parker deftly explores the causes of the war and why it lasted so long, how it was won and lost, and its consequences for humanity.

The author traces the key events in both the European and Far Eastern theaters, outlining the strategies of the participants and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. Parker conveys a vivid picture of the features that distinguished the Second World War from any war that preceded it, including mobile warfare, widespread forced migration, the Holocaust, and strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war, this short history places the British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, never shying away from raising difficult and fundamental questions about this monumental conflict.

The Second World War presents an unprecedented short history, offering a sweeping survey of events that omits none of the drama that filled the years between 1939 and 1945. With intriguing photographs and a number of helpful maps, it is a fascinating and objective look at the central struggle of our times.

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葉德偉等 編著
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• 淪陷前夕港軍的防衛工作
• 戰前的香港社會
• 日進攻香港情況
• 香港的黑色聖誕日
• 日治時期的香港
• 香港重光
• 香港淪陷記
• 我們怎樣帶領文化界人士逃離香港
• 香港淪陷抗日文化人脫險記
• 香港脫險記
• 重抵國門
• 梅蘭芳戰時在香港
• 香港淪陷大事記
• 日治期間日軍的行政體制表

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Secrets of College Success

Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman
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Heading off to college? Or perhaps already there? This book's just for you. 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.

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馬龍海 主編
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill: Essential Lessons for Using the Power of Positive Thinking

By Don M. Green
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In 1937, Napoleon Hill changed the world with THINK AND GROW RICH. . . Now his legacy can be yours.

In 1937, one man changed the face of entrepreneurship forever with a single book.

Napoleon Hill's landmark Think and Grow Rich remains one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, with over 20 million copies in print and translated into more than 30 languages. Hill's philosophy of personal achievement, wealth, and empowerment created millionaires the world over. At the present time, the principles behind Think and Grow Rich are more vital--and relevant--than ever before.

Are you ready to put the power of Napoleon Hill to work for you?

In this new book, the Napoleon Hill Foundation's own executive director puts Hill's essential principles right at your fingertips.

Filled with fascinating stories from Dolly Parton, Jeffrey Gitomer, Chief Poly Emenike, and Joe Dudley, Jr.--iconic figures who each applied Hill's principles to their own lives, Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill lays out the tools needed to uncover the secrets of growth, creativity, power, and achievement inside all of us. It's an essential playbook for any business professional seeking the knowledge and inspiration necessary to discard fear and attain the goals of personal and professional triumph.

The author also details Napoleon Hill's influence on his own success, growing up in rural Virginia and moving on to become a bank CEO at just 41 years old.

Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill teaches you how to:
• Utilize creative visualizations
• Formulate actionable plans
• Lift yourself out of the "rut of mediocrity"
• Incorporate discipline and practice into your game plan for success

If you're ready to apply Hill’s time-tested tools for success and make your dreams a reality using the original principles of personal achievement, this is the book for you.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Hunger Games and Philosophy : A Critique of Pure Treason

Edited by George A. Dunn and Nicolas Michaud
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A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New York Times bestselling series, just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movie

Katniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is also the girl who made us think, dream, question authority, and rebel. The post-apocalyptic world of Panem's twelve districts is a divided society on the brink of war and struggling to survive, while the Capitol lives in the lap of luxury and pure contentment. At every turn in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and their many allies wrestle with harrowing choices and ethical dilemmas that push them to the brink. Is it okay for Katniss to break the law to ensure her family's survival? Do ordinary moral rules apply in the Arena? Can the world of The Hunger Games shine a light into the dark corners of our world? Why do we often enjoy watching others suffer? How can we distinguish between what's Real and Not Real? This book draws on some of history's most engaging philosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the story and its themes, such as sacrifice, altruism, moral choice, and gender.

• Gives you new insights into the Hunger Games series and its key characters, plot lines, and ideas
• Examines important themes such as the state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, and social class
• Applies the perspective of some of world's greatest minds, such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, and Immanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogy
• Covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy

An essential companion for Hunger Games fans, this book will take you deeper into the dystopic world of Panem and into the minds and motivations of those who occupy it.

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歐宗智 著
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◆美麗與悲哀 談川端康成《雪國》
◆暗示的美感 談川端康成《千羽鶴》的象徵手法
◆浪漫與現實 談川端康成《名人》
◆幸福與孤單 談川端康成《古都》
◆老年人內心隱密的角落 談川端康成《山之音》
◆純情青春的謳歌 細品川端康成〈伊豆的舞孃〉
◆一幅畫的完成 談夏目漱石《草枕》焦點人物「那美」
◆軍國主義的諷刺與批判 談井伏鱒二的〈遙拜隊長〉
◆死亡與再生 談太宰治《斜陽》
◆宗教的信仰與質疑 談遠藤周作的小說主題
◆罪與反省 談遠藤周作《海與毒藥》
◆逃避或面對 談大江健三郎《個人的體驗》
◆不只是推理而已 讀松本清張《天城山奇案》
◆提升推理小說的藝術水準 以松本清張《砂之器》為例
◆分裂造成時代悲劇 讀黃皙 〈韓氏年代記〉
◆誠實面對生命 讀巴斯特納克《齊瓦哥醫生》
◆浪漫主義者的悲劇 談海明威《戰地春夢》
◆超越有形的悲劇 海明威《老人與海》的象徵意義
◆既愉悅又憂傷 海明威《流動的饗宴》
◆反戰思想的具體呈現 雷馬克《西線無戰事》歷久彌新
◆反極權的人道主義者 《凱旋門》雷維克醫師的人物塑造
◆憤世嫉俗的苦悶少年 讀J.D.沙林傑麥田捕手
◆荒誕的內在寓意與象徵 波赫士的魔幻寫實
◆純真心靈的追求 看聖艾修伯里小王子
◆百年家族的興亡寓言 讀馬奎斯百年孤寂
◆歷史的荒謬與諷刺 談米蘭‧昆德拉笑忘書


Monday, August 3, 2015

Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success

David Livermore  
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Business today is global - and success requires a new set of skills. But not to worry, whether you're negotiating with vendors in Asia, exploring potential markets in Africa, or leading a diverse team at home, you don't have to master the nuances of every culture you encounter. With Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, you can lead effectively in any context. Featuring fresh research, case studies, and statistics on the ROI of improving your CQ, this new edition of Leading with Cultural Intelligence details a powerful, four-step model for becoming more adept at managing across cultures: drive - boost your motivation for and confidence in interacting with other cultures; knowledge - understand the relevance of differences in religion, values, norms, and languages; strategy - plan ahead for unfamiliar cultural settings, but remain flexible if actual experience differs from expectations; and action - successfully adapt your behavior to each situation. With Leading with Cultural Intelligence as your guide, you'll be able to thrive in any business environment - whether it's across the world or in your own backyard.

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