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My friend and former colleague, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, has written a compelling book about why diplomacy matters more than ever in a world riven by division and discord. A former White House Social Secretary in the Clinton Administration and Chief of Protocol for the U.S. under President Obama, Marshall has planned and executed some of the toughest and most sensitive diplomatic events undertaken by the past two Democratic presidents. She argues here that protocol is a universal language of global diplomacy, necessary to bring leaders and countries together so that they can negotiate effectively. Marshall also makes the case that understanding rules of protocol can help all of us in our own lives, whether handling issues at work or resolving family disputes. The best thing about Protocol: Marshall is an exceptional story-teller, and the stories she tells are informative, educational, and entertaining!  

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062844460
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Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2020

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Judging from the title, the premise of Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing (Melville House, $25.99) might seem straightforward. After all, doing nothing seems easy. Images likely flashed through your mind of a lazy day spent reading a book (this bookseller hopes) while putting off your chores until tomorrow. What Odell proposes, however, is a radical reorientation and reclamation of an important human trait: our ability to pay attention. Odell skillfully peels back the veil on what she calls “the attention economy” to show that while seemingly benign, the ultimate purpose of this economy is the monopolization of our attention for its own gain. In the process, our connection with the physical world is diminished. As fundamentally embodied beings, Odell demonstrates that our greatest chance for happiness occurs when we engage directly with each other and with our surroundings. For this to happen people need time and space to cultivate an awareness of the world around them. They need to be able to, seemingly, “do nothing." Odell’s book is not an angry screed railing against the evils of modern society and media. Ultimately, it is a compassionate and hopeful guide on how we can best care for ourselves, each other, and the planet.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781612197494
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Published: Melville House - April 9th, 2019

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The biggest single danger facing America today, according to recent national intelligence assessments, isn’t terrorism or nuclear weapons but cyber threats. David Sanger of the New York Times has broken some big stories in this area. For one, he revealed Olympic Games, the code name for the most sophisticated cyberattack in history, the American-Israeli effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program with the Stuxnet worm. And with his Times colleague Bill Broad, he described, in 2017, a different cyber effort to neutralize North Korea’s missiles. In The Perfect Weapon, Sanger explores the growing threat and use of cyberwarfare, the full dimension of which goes well beyond what Russia did to the United States in the 2016 election. As Sanger notes, cyber capabilities nowstand to transform military and geopolitical thinking and strategy as much or more than the advent of nuclear weapons did in the 20th century.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780451497895
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Published: Crown - June 19th, 2018

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