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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Published by Pocket Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum. Published by Fawcett Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
The number one bestseller that has inspired an entire nation is finally available in mass market paperback! Fulghum's work has been called "as universal as air." (LosAngeles Times) "(Fulghum's) 'uncommon thoughts on common things' reminds us that within simplicity lies the sublime."--San Francisco Chronicle. (This text refers to the mass market edition of this title.) Witty, insightful reflections on life's enduring truths pluck a responsive chord in all who encounter them in this striking edition. Full of wisdom found "not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School."
Three by Fulghum: Maybe (Maybe Not), Uh-Oh, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It by Robert Fulghum. Published by Villard Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
Robert Fulghum's books have sold more than 14 million copies in 27 languages in 93 countries. They radiate a spiritual yet down-to-earth universality, balancing levity and gravity, wisdom and wit. Packaged together in this boxed set are hardcover editions of three of his most popular works: Maybe, Maybe Not, Uh-Oh and It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Published by E P Dutton and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Rand's masterpiece that is as passionate as it is profound. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world--and did. 6 cassettes. (This text refers to the cassette edition of this title.)
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Published by Bobbs-Merrill Co. and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence. (This text refers to the paperback [reprint] edition of this title.)
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (InnerWork Book/Deluxe Gift Edition) by Julia Cameron, Mark A. Bryan. Published by J P Tarcher and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity. This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.
In Defense of Elitism by William A. Henry. Published by Anchor and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning critic renounces commonly accepted opinions, such as everyone is the same at heart, all people and cultures offer significant contributions to society, and a fair world automatically produces equality. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour. (This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.) In this "passionate yet reasoned argument for the proposition that some people contribute more to a society than others" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic takes on, and debunks, some basic, fundamentally ingrained ideas about elitism, making clear that, while these notions are seductively democratic, they are also hopelessly wrong.
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet. Published by Knopf and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic. (This text refers to the paperback [reprint] edition of this title.)
It's well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. Have you ever thought about how these components are collated? Or why the director is most often considered the author of a film? Wonder no more, because Sidney Lumet's Making Movies is a terrific journey through each stage of filmmaking that is overseen by the director. Lumet, the veteran director of Twelve Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, and many other fine movies, knows the ins and outs of American filmmaking as well as anyone. In this excellent, personable account, Lumet tells what he's learned about making movies in the course of the last 40 years. He shows why fine directors need to have strong imaginations, extraordinary adaptability, and skill in many different fields. His enthusiasm for his life's work, particularly his love of actors, is evident on every page of this book. As Herculean as the labors of film directing are, Lumet takes great pleasure in his work, almost guiltily admitting that the film director's job is "the best in the world." (This text refers to the paperback [reprint] edition of this title.)
The Maverick Mindset: Finding the Courage to Journey from Fear to Freedom by Doug Hall, David Wecker. Published by Simon & Schuster and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
The professional inventor whose first book, Jump Start Your Brain, showed how to boost creativity in business and in life now helps readers achieve the maverick mindset. Hall argues that developing true independence of thought and action--the Maverick Mindset--is "the highest order of courage," especially in these corporate group-think times, when bucking convention is strictly verboten. Among the options presented for those ready to make the break is using positive experiences from the past as a way to find this courage. Another avenue is to execute a number of small successes, which can then foster confidence. Hall also stresses the identification of one's fears and regularly confronting them as the key to overcoming those irrational roadblocks to independence. Having specific goals is also important, because it not only helps people devise plans but also helps them stay on track despite the inevitable failures. Hall then argues that the ultimate responsibility for success lies with the individual. Vigorous prose and short, forceful chapters create a high-impact message of courage and faith.
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg. Published by Vintage Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.
Budd Schulberg, screenwriter of "On The Waterfront," wrote this timeless classic on the wheelings and dealings of Hollywood back in the early 1950s. The tale is told by the cynical, wannabe screenwriter Al Manhiem, as he indulges us on the successes of young Sammy Glick. Despite the book's age, many facts about the studio system still remain true: the ousting of grand studio executives by young blood, the street smart back stabbing means to sell screenplays, plagiarism, and the philosophy of the Hollywood marriage (there's no love in it, it's just to keep an upstanding image). Sammy Glick, a poor but ambitious newspaper copy boy climbs the ladder from Hollywood screenwriter to Hollywood mogul without any concern for his fellow man. Manhiem's biting personality on the Hollywood system of red tape is quite typical of many screenwriters' views today. This book is truly the Great Gatsby of Hollywood, though instead of a dying life, we find that it is the soul that truly has the great possibility of dying in Tinsel Town.
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