Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who's with you, your purchasing patterns are recorded, your e-mails and texts expose your friends, Google knows what you're thinking. The powers that surveil us do more than store this information--corporations use it to manipulate the news and ads we see and the prices we're offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, and chill free speech. This is a mass surveillance society of our own making. Schneier offers another path that values security and privacy. He shows us how we can reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day.
The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today. Now, as governments around the world open their files and records on internal UFO investigations, the US remains steadfast in its denial of interest in the UFO issue. This book details the secret history of UFOs and the corresponding presidential administration. For the first time, the involvement of all of the modern presidents up to and including President Obama, and the rise and then fall of their influence on UFO issues, are told in a story that is an integral part of the UFO tapestry.
Journalist Andy Steiner introduces us to dozens of people who have lived through excruciating times. We meet a marathon runner who suffers a massive heart attack, an entrepreneur whose new venture ate up his savings, a brother who lost his sister to suicide, and more. These are difficult things to endure, and difficult things to discuss. But the subjects all opened themselves up to Steiner, offering helpful advice about how they lived through tough times. This is a book for anyone who has gone through something hard and wants to see a way out, It's a book for all of us.
edited by Sarah Van Gelder and the staff of YES! Magazine
Sarah van Gelder and her colleagues at YES! Magazine have been exploring the meaning of real happiness for eighteen years. In this volume, they marshal research, in-depth essays, and personal stories that lead to a life-altering conclusion: what makes us truly happy are the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, our opportunities to make a contribution, and the renewal we receive from the natural world.
Ayaan Ali Hirsi makes a powerful case that a religious reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world.
At the age of 39, theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The questions were acute: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness. He moves beyond pat answers to show how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ.
Lowe was shocked when she realized how the small, everyday expenses of living just added up until her family was being threatened by one dragon of a debt. Through hard work and God's help, the family paid off their creditors in just under four years. Lowe shares how her war on debt strengthened her marriage and brought her whole family closer to God and to one another.
From the staff of Washington Monthly comes a new kind of college guide, inspired by and including the magazine's alternative college rankings. The Other College Guide features chapters on finding the best-fit schools and the real deal about money, loans, and preparing for the world of work. This essential higher ed handbook also highlights information on what to look for (and watch out for) in online programs and for-profit colleges and concludes with fifty profiles of remarkable but frequently overlooked schools.
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. Bruni explains why that belief is wrong, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Graham Holliday didn't want to be just a tourist in a foreign country--he was determined to try to live in it. An ordinary guy who liked trying interesting food, he moved to the capital city of Vietnam and embarked on a quest to find real Vietnamese food.
Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist--'Carpenter's assistant : women strongly encouraged to apply'--despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She got the job, and in her book she tells the story of becoming a carpenter.
Forget exotic condiments and specialty foods. With a working base of 50 readily available ingredients, from oats and honey to almonds and canned chickpeas, you will always have the makings of a delicious home-cooked meal. Whether cooking in his world-class restaurants, on Iron Chef, or judging the offerings on Chopped, Geoffrey knows every great meal starts with a trip to the pantry first for inspiration.
Gilbert shows you how you can use one sheet pan in your oven to cook a complete meal-- and sometimes two! Cooking on a sheet pan combines three techniques: roasting, baking, or broiling, and this intensifies flavor-- and allows you to be creative. Plus by using just one sheet pan, you'll cut prep and clean-up time!
Nothing beats spending a cozy Sunday in the kitchen, and Sunday Casseroles serves up the perfect afternoon activity. Home cooks searching for new ideas will love these 60 modern recipes using fresh, whole foods--no processed ingredients. Easy recipes, beautiful photographs, and mouthwatering results make this cookbook a staple for any kitchen.
From top to bottom, outside to inside, Mike answers homeowners' most common questions and provides solutions for everyday problems. Mike also offers trusted advice on maintenance--including instructions for repairs and projects that homeowners can tackle themselves. Packed with color photographs, handy tips and sidebars, The Holmes Manual is a must-have guide for every homeowner.
Rebecca Miller Ffrench offers fresh ways to add protein, antioxidants, and fiber to your daily diet. Helpful for the home cook with chopping vegetables, mixing marinades, and whipping up dessert, the blender makes meal prep quick, easy, and nutritious.
Throughout time, people have chosen to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for a variety of reasons, from ethics to economy to personal and planetary well-being. Experts now suggest a new reason for doing so: maximizing flavor--which is too often masked by meat-based stocks or butter and cream. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is an essential guide to culinary creativity, based on insights from leading American chefs.
Conceived as a fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV's palace, the world's elite gathered at Versailles to view a fashion extravaganza of the best that French and American designers had to offer, while being entertained by top names. What they saw would forever alter the history of fashion. At the Battle of Versailles five Americans faced off against five French designers, considered the best in the world. Against all odds, the American energy and the domination by their fearless models transformed America's place on the world stage and sowed the seeds for change in fashion for decades to come.
An analysis of Bob Dylan fandom shares insights into the music artist's influential role in American culture, contrasting the activities of particularly devout fans against Dylan's intensely private nature.
Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer's remarkable life.
This is the story of an isolated community in France that conspired to save the lives of 3,500 Jews under the noses of the Germans and the soldiers of Vichy France. It is the story of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke laws and defied orders to protect the lives of total strangers. It is the story of an 18-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5,000 sets of false identity papers to save other Jews and French Resistance fighters from the Nazi concentration camps. And it is the story of a community of good men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need, knowing full well the consequences to themselves.
Examines the relationship between cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way.
From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during World War II. Each of the the 30 stories begins with a WWII-era song title and concludes with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world. Illustrated with photographs from the 1940s as well as current ones of each couple, War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own.
Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward I throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny--a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents to resist him. The result is a sweeping story and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
In 1763, James Boswell left Great Britain for a 'Grand Tour' of the Continent. The tour was a tradition among British and Scottish youths; by visiting the great historical sites--those of Roman and Greek antiquity--they would complete the studies they had begun at universities back home. Boswell's tour, however, was different: he was less concerned with the ruins of the past than the thinkers of the present. He was eager to question the leading figures of the Enlightenment on matters of faith and God. In his conversations with figures like Voltaire, Rousseau, and Hume, we see a man struggling with the claims of reason and needs of faith--a struggle that remains very much our own 250 years later.
After The Bachelorette broke his heart, Sean Lowe suspected his 'nice guy' image hurt him. The show never emphasized it, but Sean committed to living according to Biblical standards of sexuality, even as producers emphasized the risqué and promiscuous. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Sean tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith--and ultimately winning his true love's heart.
UNFORGETTABLE is a son's spirited, affecting, and inspiring tribute to his mother and the love between parent and child. NPR's Scott Simon expands on the tweets he sent from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, to create a memoir that is rich, deeply affecting, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating. Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience. Not only is this Simon's moving tribute to his mother's colorful life and graceful death, it is also a powerful portrayal of the universal bond between mother and child.