Letter to a New President:Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader 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/000381/bk_hayh_000381_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/acx0/065291/bk_acx0_065291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.