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  • Builders of Empire
    Builders of Empire Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs
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    Brett Barry
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    They built some of the first communal structures on the empire's frontiers. The empire's most powerful proconsuls sought entrance into their lodges. Their public rituals drew dense crowds from Montreal to Madras. The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were quintessential builders of empire, argues Jessica Harland-Jacobs. In this first study of the relationship between Freemasonry and British imperialism, Harland-Jacobs takes listeners on a journey across two centuries and five continents, demonstrating that from the moment it left Britain's shores, Freemasonry proved central to the building and cohesion of the British Empire. The organization formally emerged in 1717 as a fraternity identified with the ideals of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism, such as universal brotherhood, sociability, tolerance, and benevolence. As Freemasonry spread to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Africa, the group's claims of cosmopolitan brotherhood were put to the test. By tracking an important, identifiable institution across the wide chronological and geographical expanse of the British Empire, Builders of Empire makes a significant contribution to transnational history as well as the history of the Freemasons and imperial Britain.
  • Building a Business of Politics
    Building a Business of Politics Adam Sheingate
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    James Conlan
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    Political races in the United States rely heavily on highly paid political consultants who carefully curate the images of politicians, advise candidates on polling and analytics, and shape voters' perceptions through marketing and advertising techniques. More than half of the $6 billion spent in the 2012 election went to consultants who controlled virtually every aspect of the campaigns, from polling, fundraising, and media to more novel techniques of social media and micro-targeting. These consultants play a central role in political campaigns - determining not only how the public sees politicians, but also how politicians see the public. In Building a Business of Politics, author Adam Sheingate traces the history of political consultants from its origins in the publicity experts and pollsters of the 1920s and 1930s to the strategists and media specialists of the 1970s who transformed political campaigns into a highly profitable business. Today, consultants command a hefty fee from politicians as they turn campaign cash from special interest groups and wealthy donors into advertisements, polls, and direct mail solicitations characteristic of modern campaigns. The implications of this system on the state of American democracy are significant: the rise of the permanent campaign brings with it the rise of a permanent campaign industry. A professional political class stands between the voters and those who claim to represent them, influencing messages on both sides. Sheingate not only shows how political consultants have reshaped politics, though; he also covers recent developments like the commercialization of digital campaign tools and the consolidation of the political consulting industry into global media conglomerates. Building a Business of Politics is both a definitive account of the consulting profession and a powerful reinterpretation of how political professionals reshaped American democracy in the modern era.
  • Building a StoryBrand
    Building a StoryBrand Donald Miller
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    Donald Miller
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    New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.
  • Building Engaged Schools
    Building Engaged Schools Gary Gordon
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    Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Can America’s public schools, long resistant to change, meet the challenges of globalization and new educational alternatives? Not by doing what they’re doing today. So argues Building Engaged Schools, a book that challenges the faulty assumptions that guide American public education.In our efforts to create the best possible schools for America’s kids, we’ve allowed process concerns such as standards, curriculum, and testing to overshadow the importance of people. But the fact is, what we’ve come to think of as the “soft” aspects of education are actually what make truly effective learning possible. Building relationships, nurturing student and teacher talents, fostering engagement ... these are what motivate great teachers and inspire students.Indeed, if schools can learn anything from the business world, it’s this: The “soft” stuff drives results. Corporate leaders have realized that the best way to improve productivity is to tap the talents and motivation of their human assets. This approach is even more critical in the classroom. An overemphasis on process reforms has set the education system at odds with both teachers and students. Too many students are lethargic or alienated; too many teachers have become disillusioned and cynical. We must find a way to bring public schools back to life, and to tap the enormous potential that exists in America’s classrooms.Drawing on decades of Gallup research, Building Engaged Schools offers a fresh approach: Leverage student and teacher talent, on a school-by-school basis. Focusing on talent may lack the political appeal of process reforms, which can be implemented in broad strokes. This approach is surely more complex. But the return on the time and effort invested is far greater. In fact, that return is no less than a more fully engaged society, and a better future for America’s children.
  • Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter
    Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter Dave Stone
    Narrator:
    Tom Parks
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    Hear what others are saying: Dave’s book is full of no nonsense, common sense suggestions, and biblically inspired truth. As a parent of two “under construction” children still finding their way in a fallen world, I am keenly aware of the importance of living a life of faithful integrity in order to actually teach it to my kids. I, of course, have failed miserably on occasion. But then, I didn’t have Dave’s book like you do! - Kathie Lee Gifford Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter shares practical tips on how your family can achieve a close-knit love for one another and become each other’s best friends! - Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, TLC’s 19 kids & Counting This book is an incredible guide, especially for mothers, to help create that godly atmosphere around our families and in our homes. The example Dave and his family sets proves that his walk is even more powerful than his talk. - Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000 As a mother of three small children, I found this book to be a wonderful tool full of timely and practical advice. I will re-read it often over the next few years as my husband and I strengthen our family ties with faith, love, and laughter. - Natalie Grant, four-time dove award winner
  • Building the Fit Organization
    Building the Fit Organization Dan Markovitz
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    Todd Blecher
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    Shingo Award-winning author Markovitz outlines a powerful plan to help business leaders improve the competitive “fitness” of their companiesThe 7 Habits of Fit Companies gives executives a distilled, jargon-free method for attaining the benefits of lean management under real-world conditions. The corporate landscape is littered with companies that have failed to achieve success by mirroring the Toyota Way, but this audiobook distills the lessons from the Toyota Production System into six core concepts and presents them in the easily understandable language of physical fitness and athletic excellence.You can easily create a dynamic, constantly improving, profoundly customer-focused organization with this revolutionary guide’s realistic game plan, complete with case studies and interviews highlighting how lean principles were used at actual companies as well as self-assessment checklists in each chapter for evaluating corporate “fitness” at any type of institution.
  • Built for Growth
    Built for Growth John Danner
    Chris Kuenne
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    John Danner
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    A Wall Street Journal best seller Are you a driver, an explorer, a crusader, or a captain? Many factors shape the success or failure of a new business, whether it's a stand-alone start-up or a venture inside a larger corporation. But the most important and least understood of these factors is the personality of the entrepreneur - the particular combination of beliefs and preferences that drives his or her motivation, decision making, and leadership style. And your builder personality is the one resource you can directly control in growing a business that wins. Simply put, who you are shapes how you build for growth. Built for Growth decodes the interplay between builder personality and new business success. Using a patented analytic methodology, authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner discovered four distinct types of highly successful entrepreneurial personalities - the driver, the explorer, the crusader, and the captain. Each is motivated, makes decisions, manages, and leads their businesses differently. Kuenne and Danner blend pioneering research and exclusive personal interviews to illustrate how each type handles the five dynamic challenges in building a business of lasting value: converting ideas into products, galvanizing individual talent for collaborative impact, transforming buyers into partners, aligning financial and other supporters, and scaling the business. With assessments and tools, including a brief Builder Personality quiz and in-depth profiles of each builder type, Built for Growth is the ultimate guide for how to play to your strengths, complement and compensate for your gaps, and build a successful business - from start-up to scale-up. Its vivid stories and practical advice show how you can unlock the potential of your builder personality to shape your business, your team, and your ability to win in the marketplace. Please visit builtforgrowthbook.com to learn more and access the Builder Personality Discovery tool.
  • Built on Bones
    Built on Bones Brenna Hassett
    Narrator:
    Laurence Bouvard
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    The city has killed most of your ancestors, and it's probably killing you, too - this book tells you why. Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 12,000 years ago. You've got a choice - carry on foraging or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't know is that urban life is short and riddled with dozens of new diseases; your children will be shorter and sicklier than you are; they'll be plagued with gum disease and stand a decent chance of violent death at the point of a spear. Why would anyone choose this? But choose they did. Why? This is one of the many intriguing questions tackled by Brenna Hassett in Built on Bones. Based on research on skeletal remains from around the world, this book explores the history of humanity's experiment with the metropolis and looks at why our ancestors chose city life and, by and large, have stuck to it. It explains the diseases, the deaths and the many other misadventures that we have unwittingly unleashed upon ourselves throughout the metropolitan past and, as the world becomes increasingly urbanised, what we can look forward to in the future. Built on Bones offers accessible insight into a critical but relatively unheralded aspect of the human story: our recent evolution. It tells the story of shifts in human longevity, growth and health that have occurred as we transitioned from a mobile to a largely settled species. Beginning with the very earliest experiments in settling down, the narrative moves slowly forward in time, with each chapter discussing a new element of humanity's great urban experiment.
  • Built to Grow
    Built to Grow Royston Guest
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    Royston Guest
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    'This book is straightforward, factual and to the point. Any Leader responsible for business growth should read it! A blueprint full of practical ideas and tools to inspire you into action.' (Craig Donaldson, chief executive officer, Metro Bank, ranked number one in Gglassdoor's Highest Rated CEO 2016) If you asked a cross-section of business leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs what their biggest business challenge is, you would probably hear the same recurring thought: growing their business in a sustainable, predictable, yet profitable way - quickly. It's a reality that most businesses and individuals never reach their full potential, always yearning for the thing that will catapult them into significance, but never really finding it. Whether you're an entrepreneur starting out or a director, executive, or business leader climbing the corporate ladder, the building blocks of Built to Grow are universally applicable. Developed in the real-world laboratory of thousands of businesses in 27 countries spanning over two decades, Built to Grow is a proven, time-tested model to unlock the real potential in your business. Avoid the common pitfalls of a trial and error approach to business growth. Built to Grow is full of practical strategies, tools, and ideas, backed up with real-world case studies to illustrate what can be achieved - leaving you equipped to transform your businesses performance and drive tangible results. Built to Grow is destined to become your handbook, your go-to guide, your road map to accelerated, sustained, and profitable business growth.
  • Bull from The Sea, The
    Bull from The Sea, The Mary Renault
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    Kris Dyer
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    This second instalment in the story of the legendary hero begins with Theseus' triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur. Having freed the city of Athens from the onerous tribute demanded by the ruler of Knossos—the sacrifice of noble youths and maidens to the appetite of the Labyrinth's monster—Theseus has returned home to find his father dead and himself the new king. But his adventures have only just begun: He still must confront the Amazons; capture their queen, Hippolyta; and face the tragic results of Phaedra's jealous rage. Piecing together the fragments of myth and using her deep understanding of the cultures reflected in these legends, Mary Renault has constructed an enthralling narrative of a time when heroes battled monsters and gods strode the earth.
  • Bull God
    Bull God Roberta Gellis
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    Lisa Wolpe
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    Momma doesn't talk about that party… When gods still walked the Earth, a king could pray for a sign and have a white bull rise from the sea to confirm his claim to the throne. But a god's price was high, and when Minos did not keep his promise to the god Poseidon, the god meddled with Minos' wife...and the Minotaur, a child with the head of a bull, was born. The question is, did Poseidon intend his son to be worshiped as a new god, or is he the god's curse on Knossos, a monster that will destroy it? Ariadne—the Minotaur's half-sister—was the only one who would touch him and care for him when he was born. She was also high priestess of Dionysus, sworn to interpret his Visions, but one Vision destroys her peace. Dionysus Sees that the bull-head must die or bring disaster upon the realm. Can Ariadne agree to the slaughter of the deformed half-brother who clings to her as the only one who cares for him? Can she protect the Minotaur in defiance of Dionysus' vision and dare the god's wrath? Should she?
  • Bull Street
    Bull Street David Lender
    Narrator:
    Nick Podehl
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    Bull Street is the story of Richard Blum, a naïve, young Wall Streeter who gives a jaded billionaire the chance for redemption, as they team up to bring down an insider trading ring before they wind up in jail or dead.Excerpts from Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train and Vaccine Nation, David Lender's other thrillers, follow the text of Bull Street.
  • Bull's-Eye
    Bull's-Eye Brian Tracy
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    Brian Tracy
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    Clarity, Focus, and Concentration: Three strong attributes needed to hit the bull's eye! And just as you can develop your physical muscles through hard work and concentration, you can develop your mental muscles through continuous repetition. Bull's Eye will teach you how to unleash your powers for success and accomplish more in the next few months than many people do in a lifetime.
  • Bulldog Drummond
    Bulldog Drummond Sapper
    Narrator:
    Roy McMillan
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    Demobilised officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; excitement essential. When Captain Hugh Drummond, DSO, MC placed that advertisement, he was looking for adventure. What he finds is an international plot headed by the greatest criminal mastermind in the world. For the sake of the beautiful Phyllis, he faces murderous schemers, acid baths and even wild animals in his attempts to save her father—and his own life. In this, his first appearance, Bulldog Drummond is charming, undaunted and endlessly resourceful: the template of the modern action hero.
  • Bullet Beach
    Bullet Beach Ronald Tierney
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    Ric Jerrom
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    PI Deets Shanahan takes on the search of his lifetime. When seventy-one-year-old private investigator Deets Shanahan learns from a snippet of news on the Internet that his brother – who disappeared when they were kids – could be somewhere in Thailand, he immediately sets out, accompanied by his lover, Maureen, to find his errant sibling. But it turns out that this is much more than finding a missing person who wants to stay missing, and treasure, deceit and murder soon interrupt their search on the streets of Bangkok and on the beaches of Phuket...
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