Monday, June 16, 2014

The New Brazil

Riordan Roett 
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The New Brazil tells the story of South America's largest country as it evolved from a remote Portuguese colony into a regional leader; a respected representative for the developing world; and, increasingly, an important partner for the United States and the European Union.

In this engaging book, Riordan Roett traces the long road Brazil has traveled to reach its present status, examining the many challenges it has overcome and those that lie ahead. He discusses the country's development as a colony, empire, and republic; the making of modern Brazil, beginning with the rise to power of Getúlio Vargas; the advent of the military government in 1964; the return to civilian rule two decades later; and the pivotal presidencies of Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio (Lula) da Silva, leading to the nation's current world status as one of the BRIC countries.

Under newly elected President Dilma Rousseff, much remains to be done to consolidate and expand its global role. Nonetheless, as a player on the world stage, Brazil is here to stay.

"In part the [country's] success is due to external factors such as the high demand for Brazilian exports, particularly in China and the rest of Asia. But it also reflects sophisticated policy choices, including inflation targeting and maintenance of an autonomous central bank."—from the Introduction

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress

Elizabeth Grace Saunders
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Time management skills that work! Reboot your entire life in three simple steps
Quick Reference Guide included with over 30 online tools and 40 done-for-you routines

Is it possible to keep up on life, let alone enjoy it, when you’re overloaded and overwhelmed--with work, with errands, with emails and texts, and with relationship responsibilities? You get things done, but do you get them done well? Do you have enough time for other people--and for yourself?

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment takes you beyond simple time management to provide you with the skills and outlook you need to completely revamp the quality of your life. You'll learn how to reorient your mindset and use simple routines to accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

Packed with tips and advice about how to overcome crippling emotions like guilt, let go of the compulsion to be perfect, and overcome the most common obstacles to a life well managed, this powerful, holistic, total-life guide is founded on three powerful principles:

Secret #1: Clarify Action-Based Priorities
Determine what's most important to you and define exactly what you will do to invest in those priorities

Secret #2: Set Realistic Expectations
Shift expectations of yourself and others from the realm of the ideal to the realm of the possible

Secret #3: Strengthen Simple Routines
Develop healthy habits so the flow of your life moves effortlessly toward your highest goals

A renowned authority in her field, Elizabeth Grace Saunders illustrates exactly how her methods work through case studies of time-coaching clients, and she provides a quick-reference guide of real-life example routines on everything from exercising regularly to moving forward on a dreaded project.

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment does more than help you make the best of the time you have. It gives you the tools, insight, and guidance you need to overhaul your entire life.

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人生的意義與價值、緣分與命運、做人與處事、容忍、成功、知足、朋友、毀譽、壓力、長壽之道、倫理道德……學術大家季羨林先生結合多年來的生活體驗,暢談對人生的感悟。 ……此書充滿了季羨林的智慧之言。


Monday, June 2, 2014

The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011: True Stories from Around the World

Edited by Lavinia Spalding 
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Since publishing A Woman's World in 1995, Traveler’s Tales has been the recognized leader in women's travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women's travel writing of the year. This title is the seventh in an annual series The Best Women's Travel Writing that presents inspiring and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves. The common threads are a woman's perspective and compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn't. The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011, readers have lunch with a mobster in Japan and drinks with an IRA member in Ireland. Learn the secrets of flamenco in Spain and the magic of samba in Brazil. Deliver a trophy for best testicles in a small town in rural Serbia. Fall in love while riding a camel through the Syrian Desert. Ski a first descent of over 5,000 feet in Northern India. Discover the joy of getting naked in South Korea. Leave it all behind to slop pigs on a farm in Ecuador. . .and much more.

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