In this ´´charming memoir,´´ a determined Francophile pursues fluency in the language he loves-and we read along to find out if it will ever love him back (Kirkus Reviews). William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. If only he could speak the language. In Flirting with French, Alexander eats, breathes, and sleeps au français. He travels to France, where mistranslations send him bicycling off in all sorts of wrong directions. At an immersion class in Provence where he faces the riddle of masculine breasts, feminine beards, and a turkey cutlet of uncertain gender, he wonders if he should´ve taken up golf instead. While playing hooky from grammar lessons and memory techniques, Alexander reports on the riotous workings of the Académie Française, the centuries-old institution charged with keeping the language pure; explores the science of human communication, learning why it´s harder for fifty-year-olds to learn a second language than it is for five-year-olds. Never giving up his quest for fluency, Alexander discovers that studying French may have had a far greater impact on his life than actually learning to speak it ever would. ´´Alexander proves that learning a new language is an adventure of its own-with all the unexpected obstacles, surprising breakthroughs and moments of sublime pleasure traveling brings.´´ -Julie Barlow, author of The Bonjour Effect
A comparison of nine leaders who led their nations through the greatest wars the world has ever seen and whose unique strengths--and weaknesses--shaped the course of human history, from the bestselling, award-winning author of Churchill and Napoleon Taking us from the French Revolution to the Cold War, Andrew Roberts presents us with a bracingly honest and deeply insightful look at nine major figures in modern history: Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George C. Marshall, Charles de Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Margaret Thatcher. Each one of these leaders fundamentally shaped the outcome of the war their nation was embroiled in. In what ways were they alike, and in what ways did they differ? Is war leadership unique, or did these leaders have something in common, traits and techniques that transcend time and place and can be applied to the fundamental nature of conflict? Meticulously researched and compellingly written, Leadershipin War presents readers with fresh, complex portraits of leaders who approached war with different tactics and different weapons, but with the common goal of success in the face of battle. Both inspiring and cautionary, these portraits offer important lessons on leadership in times of struggle, unease, and discord. With his trademark verve and incisive observation, Roberts reveals the qualities that doom even the most promising leaders to failure, and the qualities that lead a person to victory.
John Chambers, el visionario de Silicon Valley, comparte las lecciones que transformaron a un niño disléxico en uno de los mejores líderes empresariales del mundo y convirtieron a una simple empresa de enrutadores en un titán tecnológico mundial. Cuando Chambers se unió a Cisco, en 1991, era una empresa con 400 empleados, un solo producto y unos 70 millones de dólares en ingresos. Cuando dejó su puesto de ceo en 2015, dejó un gigante tecnológico de 47 mil millones de dólares que era la columna vertebral de internet y un líder en áreas desde la ciberseguridad hasta la convergencia de centros de datos. En el camino, adquirió 180 compañías y convirtió a más de 10 mil empleados en millonarios. Ampliamente reconocido como un innovador, líder de la industria y uno de los mejores ceo del mundo, Chambers ha superado a prácticamente todos los rivales que alguna vez intentaron enfrentar a Cisco: Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, ibm, Dell y Hewlett-Packard, por nombrar a unos pocos. Ahora, Chambers comparte sus estrategias únicas para ganar en un mundo digital. Desde sus primeras lecciones hasta sus audaces apuestas y batallas con algunos de los nombres más importantes de la tecnología, Chambers ofrece a los lectores un libro de jugadas sobre cómo actuar antes de que el mercado cambie, seleccionar clientes para la estrategia, asociarse para el crecimiento, construir equipos y desafiarse a sí mismos ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Silicon Valley visionary John Chambers shares the lessons that transformed a dyslexic kid from West Virginia into one of the world´s best business leaders and turned a simple router company into a global tech titan. When Chambers joined Cisco in 1991, it was a company with 400 employees, a single product, and about $70 million in revenue. When he stepped down as CEO in 2015, he left a $47 billion tech giant that was the backbone of the internet and a leader in areas from cybersecurity to data center convergence. Along the way, he had acquired 180 companies and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires. Widely recognized as an innovator, an industry leader, and one of the world´s best CEOs, Chambers has outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on--Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few. Now Chambers is sharing his unique strategies for winning in a digital world. From his early lessons and struggles with dyslexia in West Virginia to his bold bets and battles with some of the biggest names in tech, Chambers gives readers a playbook on how to act before the market shifts, tap customers for strategy, partner for growth, build teams, and disrupt themselves. He also adapted those lessons to transform government, helping global leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create new models for growth. As CEO of JC2 Ventures, he´s now investing in a new generation of game-changing startups by helping founders become great leaders and scale their companies. Connecting the Dots is destined to become a business classic, providing hard-won insights and critical tools to thrive during the accelerating disruption of the digital age.
She came to Second Chance ...he took a chance on love Art curator Sophie Monroe is overwhelmed with starting a new business and raising four-year-old twins. Needing help, the divorced mom hires cowboy Zeke Roosevelt as her interim nanny! French lessons and bookish pursuits give way to riding and roping. And scholarly Sophie falls hard for the strong, practical cowboy. Until Zeke reveals a secret that may prevent this temporary posse from becoming a permanent family.
À la carte wisdom from the international bestseller Bringing up Bébé In BRINGING UP BÉBÉ, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris. BÉBÉ DAY BY DAY distills the lessons of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ into an easy-to-read guide for parents and caregivers. How do you teach your child patience? How do you get him to like broccoli? How do you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? How can you have a child and still have a life? Alongside these time-tested lessons of French parenting are favorite recipes straight from the menus of the Parisian crèche and winsome drawings by acclaimed French illustrator Margaux Motin. Witty, pithy and brimming with common sense, BÉBÉ DAY BY DAY offers a mix of practical tips and guiding principles, to help parents find their own way.
A collection of stories and essays about translating and translators ´´What an astonishing collection, it seemed as if I could drink it--these pieces exude such humanness, refer effortlessly to the tender place that exists in between languages, and somehow leave you with both everything and nothing to say.´´ --Ella Frances Sanders, author of Lost in Translation In Joyce Carol Oates´s story ´´The Translation,´´ a traveler to an Eastern European country falls in love with a woman he gets to know through an interpreter. In Lydia Davis´s ´´French Lesson I: Le Meurtre,´´ what begins as a lesson in beginner´s French takes a sinister turn. In the essay ´´On Translating and Being Translated,´´ Primo Levi addresses the joys and difficulties awaiting the translator. Lynne Sharon Schwartz´s Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays About Translation gathers together thirteen stories and five essays that explore the compromises, misunderstandings, traumas, and reconciliations we act out and embody through the art of translation.
Breton, whose foundations date back to the Middle Ages is a language of Celtic origin. The regional language has undergone the French policy of expansion, it now finds little place in the cities and countryside. This method proposes to introduce you to the Breton language while you are soaking up the amazing culture that is inseparable. Breton gives you all the tools, in a few months to master the basics of the language, devote 20 to 30 minutes daily. 100 lessons, much of the grammar and vocabulary used is discussed so that you can communicate easily in the life of everyday Britons. Breton lessons and book translation exercises, are performed by professional native speakers.
Lire Magazine Best Travel Book Take four friends, put them on two Ural motorcycles (complete with sidecars), send them off on a 2,500-mile odyssey retracing history´s most famous retreat, add what some might consider an excessive amount of Vodka, and you´ve got Sylvain Tesson´s Berezina , a riotous and erudite book that combines travel, history, comradery, and adventure. The retreat of Napoleon´s Grande Armée from Russia culminated, after a humiliating loss, with the crossing of the River Berezina, a word that henceforth became synonymous with unmitigated disaster for the French and national pride for the Russians. Two hundred years after this battle, Sylvain Tesson and his friends retrace Napoleon´s retreat, along the way reflecting on the lessons of history, the meaning of defeat, and the realities of contemporary Europe. A great read for history buffs and for anyone who has ever dreamed of an adventure that is out of the ordinary.