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Book Cover Age of the UnthinkableAge of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It

by Joshua Cooper Ramo

Format: print

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Publisher’s Description
Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History’s grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Read more…


Book Cover Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey, Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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Publisher’s Description
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.  Learn more…


Book Cover Showing Up for Life

Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime

by Bill Gates, Sr.

Format: print

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Publisher’s Description
A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned growing up in the Great Depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more…