A Book About a Book About the Corporation That Owns the Mormons
Author: Daymon M. Smith
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
"Brilliant, Clever, Tragic," "Laugh out loud funny," "A Terrifically Insightful Work." Described as The Office meets The Bible, the tale told here is hardly to be believed. The Question: What happens when God and Mammon are made to synergize? In answer, this book opens the doors to Mormon corporate offices, most secret of spaces, and invites you inside. At the Church Office Building (it's actual name) spiritual ambitions speak through HR evaluations, missionary mission statements, digital converts, and scripture marketing campaigns. Hear employees chant "cultural beliefs" and test if a new DVD hits your "spiritual hot buttons." Watch us market food storage "solutions" to religious consumers! Read about the "best practices" of the corporate side, from smuggling underwear into banana republics to Mitt Romney's role in a billion dollar Church Mall. The author, an Ivy League trained cultural anthropologist, "works" (sometimes) as a media evaluator with the Mormon Church's corporate arm. During long lunches he traces the ins and outs of a religion being consumed by corporate culture, and you, Dear Reader, are invited along for the insights, laughs, and revelations. A compelling, light-hearted but serious memoir, sometimes fictional ethnography, and, yes, even apocalypse, this book crosses genres, fact, fancy, and everything between. Not for the faint of heart, dumb persons, or the casual reader.
The Psychology of Persuasion
Author: Robert B. Cialdini, PhD
Publisher: Harper Collins
Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.
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Author: Post, Jr. Gaines
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1951 Gaines Post was a gangly, bespectacled, introspective teenager preparing to spend a year in Paris with his professorial father and older brother; his mother, who suffered from extreme depression, had been absent from the family for some time. Ten years later, now less gangly but no less introspective, he was finishing a two-year stint in the army in West Germany and heading toward Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, having narrowly escaped combat in the Berlin crisis of 1961. His quietly intense coming-of-age story is both self-revealing and reflective of an entire generation of young men who came to adulthood before the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Post's experiences in high school in Madison, Wisconsin, and Paris, his Camus-influenced undergraduate years at Cornell University, and his army service in Germany are set very effectively against the events of the Cold War. McCarthyism and American crackdowns on dissidents, American foreign and military policy in Western Europe in the nuclear age, French and German life and culture, crises in Paris and Berlin that nearly bring the West to war and the Post family to dissolution—these are the larger scenes and subjects of his self-disclosure as a contemplative, conflicted "Cold War agnostic." His intelligent, talented mother and her fragile health hover over Post's narrative, informing his hesitant relationships with women and his acutely questioning sense of self-worth. His story is strongly academic and historical as well as political and military; his perceptions and judgments lean toward no ideological extreme but remain true to the heroic ideals of his boyhood during the Second World War.
A Background on Literature
Author: Henry A. Beers
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
Category: Literary Criticism
This book contains a brief history of English and American literature, it was written by Henry Augustin Beers and also contains an introduction and supplementary chapters on the Religious and Theological Literature of Great Britain and the United States by John Fletcher Hurst.
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Category: Business & Economics
A brilliant investigation of globalization, the most significant socioeconomic trend in the world today, and how it is affecting every part of society--economically, politically, and culturally--abroad and at home.
The Science of Plant Color
Author: David Lee
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Though he didn’t realize it at the time, David Lee began this book twenty-five years ago as he was hiking in the mountains outside Kuala Lumpur. Surrounded by the wonders of the jungle, Lee found his attention drawn to one plant in particular, a species of fern whose electric blue leaves shimmered amidst the surrounding green. The evolutionary wonder of the fern’s extravagant beauty filled Lee with awe—and set him on a career-long journey to understand everything about plant colors. Nature’s Palette is the fully ripened fruit of that journey—a highly illustrated, immensely entertaining exploration of the science of plant color. Beginning with potent reminders of how deeply interwoven plant colors are with human life and culture—from the shifting hues that told early humans when fruits and vegetables were edible to the indigo dyes that signified royalty for later generations—Lee moves easily through details of pigments, the evolution of color perception, the nature of light, and dozens of other topics. Through a narrative peppered with anecdotes of a life spent pursuing botanical knowledge around the world, he reveals the profound ways that efforts to understand and exploit plant color have influenced every sphere of human life, from organic chemistry to Renaissance painting to the highly lucrative orchid trade. Lavishly illustrated and packed with remarkable details sure to delight gardeners and naturalists alike, Nature’s Palette will enchant anyone who’s ever wondered about red roses and blue violets—or green thumbs.
Four British Folkways in America
Author: David Hackett Fischer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This fascinating book is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins. While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time. In this sense, nearly all Americans are "Albion's Seed," no matter what their ethnicity may be. The concluding section of this remarkable book explores the ways that regional cultures have continued to dominate national politics from 1789 to 1988, and still help to shape attitudes toward education, government, gender, and violence, on which differences between American regions are greater than between European nations.
Author: Matteo Vatta,Valeria Novelli,Luisa Mestroni,Jeffrey A. Towbin,Carlo Napolitano,Guia Guffanti
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
The field of cardiovascular genetics has tremendously benefited from the recent application of massive parallel sequencing technology also referred to as next generation sequencing (NGS). However, along with the discovery of additional genes associated with human cardiac diseases, the analysis of large dataset of genetic information uncovered a much more complex and variegated landscape, which often departs from the comfort zone of the monogenic Mendelian diseases image that clinical molecular geneticists have been well acquainted with for many decades. It is now clear that, in addition to highly penetrant genetic variants, which in isolation are able to recapitulate the full clinical presentation when expressed in animal models, we are now aware that a small but significant fraction of subjects presenting with cardiac muscle diseases such as cardiomyopathies or primary arrhythmias such as long QT syndrome (LQTS), may harbor at least two deleterious variants in the same gene (compound heterozygous) or in different gene (double heterozygous). Although the clinical presentation in subjects with more than one deleterious variant appears to be more severe and with an earlier disease onset, it somehow changes the viewpoint of clinical molecular geneticists whose aim is to identify all possible genetic contributors to a human condition. In this light, the employment in clinical diagnostics of the NGS technology, allowing the simultaneous interrogation of a DNA target spanning from large panel of genes up to the entire genome, will definitely aid at uncovering all such contributors, which will have to be tested functionally to confirm their role in human cardiac conditions. The uncovering of all clinically relevant deleterious changes associated with a cardiovascular disease would probably increase our understanding of the clinical variability commonly occurring among affected family relatives, and potentially provide with unexpected therapeutic targets for the treatment of symptoms related to the presence of “accessory” deleterious genetic variants other than the key molecular culprit. The objective of this Research Topic is to explore the current challenges presenting to the cardiovascular genetics providers, such as clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, clinical molecular geneticists and molecular pathologists involved in the diagnosis, counseling, testing and interpretation of genetic tests results for the comprehensive management of patients affected by cardiovascular genetic disorders.
Understanding Fame Online
Author: Crystal Abidin
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Category: Social Science
This book presents a framework for thinking about different forms of internet celebrity that have emerged in the last decade. Through cross-cultural case studies, the book offers a brief history of internet celebrity; analysis on recent developments in the industry; and commentary on emergent trends.
The World in the Age of Terrorism
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Collects the twice-weekly columns by the foreign affairs writer for "The New York Times" as published since September 11 to document the nation's emotional and analytical responses to the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
Author: Hasan Deniz,Lisa A. Borgerding
This edited book provides a global view on evolution education. It describes the state of evolution education in different countries that are representative of geographical regions around the globe such as Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North Africa, South Africa, North America, South America,Middle East, Far East, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.Studies in evolution education literature can be divided into three main categories: (a) understanding the interrelationships among cognitive, affective, epistemological, and religious factors that are related to peoples’ views about evolution, (b) designing, implementing, evaluating evolution education curriculum that reflects contemporary evolution understanding, and (c) reducing antievolutionary attitudes. This volume systematically summarizes the evolution education literature across these three categories for each country or geographical region. The individual chapters thus include common elements that facilitate a cross-cultural meta-analysis. Written for a primarily academic audience, this book provides a much-needed common background for future evolution education research across the globe.