Letter to a New President:Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader Thomas Dunne Books Sen. Robert C. Byrd
´´Mommy, I used to be a tall baseball player.´´ ´´Yes, you will be a tall baseball player someday.´´ With a look of exasperation, he stomped his foot and hollered. ´´No! I was a tall baseball player - tall like Daddy!´´ What was my son trying to say to me? Did he mean...he couldn´t mean...was he trying to tell me that he was a grown-up in a previous lifetime? At the tender age of two, baseball prodigy Christian Haupt began sharing vivid memories of being a baseball player in the 1920s and ´30s. From riding cross-country on trains to his fierce rivalry with Babe Ruth, Christian described historical facts about the life of American hero and baseball legend Lou Gehrig that he could not have possibly known at the time. Distraught by her son´s uncanny revelations, Christian´s mother, Cathy, embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that would shake her beliefs to the core and forever change her views on life and death. In this compelling and heartwarming memoir, Cathy Byrd shares her remarkable experiences, the lessons she learned as she searched to find answers to this great mystery, and a story of healing in the lives of these intertwined souls. The Boy Who Knew Too Much will inspire even the greatest skeptics to consider the possibility that love never dies. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Byrd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hayh/000381de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Under Joe Solmonese´s leadership, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation´s largest LGBT rights organization, became the model other organizations look toward to create effective social and political change. Ranked among the National Journal´s top five most effective groups, HRC was instrumental in passing landmark national legislation such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the repeal of Don´t Ask, Don´t Tell, and the passage of marriage equality in eight states. Beginning with a moving story of working with Matthew Shepard´s mother Virginia in passing the hate crimes bill that bears Matthew´s name, Solmonese shows how he discovered that channeled anger can drive a commitment to change. Mrs. Shepard taught him to keep his unquestionably justifiable anger from blinding him in the moment, and instead use it strategically, in the service of a larger purpose. In this book he uses the lessons he learned during his tenure at HRC, as well as his previous position as the CEO of Emily´s List, and his current work as a corporate consultant, to teach listeners how they can affect real, lasting change in society and at work. His often-surprising lessons may not be entirely expected or celebrated by all groups, e.g., don´t shame your enemies, find allies wherever you can, and ask for the doable, not the impossible. Most striking in this book are the stories of Joe´s ability to draw some kind of win - however small - from seeming enemies. Many of these former enemies became stalwart allies over time. Joe´s book is more concerned with the ´´long game´´ of changing culture and achieving long-term goals, not the ´´short game´´ of enforcing purity or litmus tests. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Dheere. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065291de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book scrutinizes the entire disaster trajectory history in the Republic of Korea: evolution, cross-over, and interconnection among natural, technological, and social disasters. Also examined is the governments dynamic reaction for effective disaster responses in the wake of major disasters, labelled as focusing events, distributed in the long tail of the power law function. Collating one nations entire disaster history, its disaster management policies, and its responses to major disasters is a unique journey into that nations evolution. Korea rose from devastation in the 1950s to become one of the most economically and politically dynamic nations by the turn of the century. However, with rapid growth has come all types of disasters. Looking at the lessons learned from Koreas disaster risk management measures, policies, and responses, as well as some of the worlds major disasters, we can gain insight into the future of disaster risk management. This book is intended to lay out developing nations potential future disaster risk management path, a theoretical policymaking guide, and desirable institutional and organizational transformations. Effective countermeasures included in this book will guide policymakers, capacity builders, and academics in developing nations to avoid the disaster path in the near future at the cost of rapid economic growth that Korea faced. Yong-kyun Kim is the Director of the Disaster Preparedness and Coordination Division for the Ministry of Public Safety and Security in the Republic of Korea. He has worked closely with national and local governments in Asia and Africa, NGOs, and international organizations including the United Nations during his 20-year professional career in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Ministry of Public Safety and Security of Korea, the National Emergency Management Agency of Korea, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the USA. His research interests are disaster risk management, institutional reforms for effective disaster response, emergency management in complex situations, and climate change adaptation. He has published several articles in the field of disaster risk management and community-based water management. Hong-Gyoo Sohn was a senior research associate of the NASA-sponsored Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP) at the Byrd Polar Research Center of Ohio State University, USA. For the successful accomplishment of RAMP he received the NASA Group Achievement Award. He has been involved with various GIS and remote sensing projects in natural disaster-modeling techniques utilizing national databases, damage identification techniques using geospatial image information, and more. He is a full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Yonsei University, Korea. He has worked closely with local governments and international organizations, including UNISDR and UNESCAP. He is also working as an expert in The open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on targets and indicators relating to disaster risk reduction as a follow-up activity of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030.