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The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All


Coaches are critical to achieving top performance from individual athletes and teams. As with the competitors themselves, the performance of the coaches is measurable and teachable. Coach profiles the 150 most successful coaches of all time—in every major sport—providing biographical background while lasering-in on their most relevant ideas and methods. Rich in quotations, each profile ends with a prescriptive list of takeaways that readers can apply not only to the sports they love but also to their lives and careers. Competitive sports are all about performance, and because all sporting competition involves scoring, “performance” is lifted out of the realm of subjective opinion and into the objective domain of numbers. This book will teach, and it will also settle arguments.

Among the 150 coaches profiled are—

Bill Belichick: Take-no-prisoners coach of the New England Patriots, with five Super Bowl appearances in twelve years.

Brad Gilbert: Tennis coach, author of Winning Ugly, whose most famous student, Andre Agassi, said, “Brad taught me how to play tennis, period.”

Marian Vajda: She is the coach behind Novak Djokovic and has been called the “puppet master” behind Djokovic’s history-making 43-match winning streak.

Pat Summitt: As coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols women’s basketball team from 1974 to 2012, Summitt racked up 1,098 wins, the most in college basketball.

Vince Lombardi: Although he coached the Green Bay Packers for just seven years, he made it very much his team, winning five league championships and history’s first two Super Bowls.

László Polgár: The great Hungarian chess coach who believed that, while only geniuses win at chess, “geniuses are not born, but made.” He set out to make them.

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The Global Elite

An Introduction


What people command the real power to write the laws, start and end wars, shape the economy, and sway public opinion? You’ll find them here—more than 200 of them, anyway. The reality of the ranks of the global elite is stranger than any conspiracy theory. In this book’s four comprehensive sections, you will meet: The Masters of Might: The political and military leaders who use the power of law, regulation, and lethal force to set the boundaries of our lives The Masters of Money: The bankers (public and private), investors, and philanthropists who allocate the world’s stored value, past and future The Masters of Matter: The government and corporate leaders who build our infrastructure and control the global supply chain, from natural resource extraction to retail storefronts and home delivery The Masters of Media: The spymasters, propagandists, tech and media bosses, as well as the schools and teachers—secular and religious—who control what we think and what we think we know Forget the “Deep State” and the “Shadow Government,” this encyclopedia of our unelected—and, often, self-appointed—national and global leaders profiles the true sources of power, whether hidden or hidden in plain sight. Each of the book’s four sections begins with a brief essay outlining the nature of influence in politics and the military; finance; the material world; and media and education. Within each section, the who’s who entries are arranged alphabetically.

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You Bet Your Life

An Encyclopedia of Risk


Here is the gritty and granular truth behind the wagers we make with our lives every single day—and, sometimes, as it turns out, just once in a lifetime.

What are your chances of living through the next 24 hours? This week? This month? This decade? Will your job kill you? Your car kill you? Your spouse kill you? Or will your own bad habits kill you? And how does where you live increase or decrease your risk?

Or will a rogue asteroid just kill us all? You Bet Your Life applies to you, the individual, the analytical approach insurance companies use to calculate risk: actuarial science. The result is a comprehensive, encyclopedic, real-world assessment of the risks we take every day of our all-too-finite lives.

The cold, hard truth will intrigue, surprise, amuse, and sometimes even shock you.

Arranged A to Z by risk, entries include:

Bathtubs: Safer than a swimming pool?

Cigarettes: How risky is smoking, really? (And what about “the occasional cigarette”?)

Dating online: Riskier than hooking up at a bar? Dog ownership: Does owning a dog make me safer or put me at greater risk? (What about a pit bull?) Driving: Just how dangerous is it? (And what about that classic car without airbags or ABS?)

Eating at a restaurant: During flu season? (During flu season if you’re over sixty?)

Elevators: Safer than an escalator? The stairs? Shark attack: What are my chances of being killed by a shark? Versus the drive to the beach? Versus a bee sting? Versus using a trampoline?

Sleep: What are the odds of dying in slumber?

Youth mortality: How risky is growing up?

The encyclopedia is introduced by an essay explaining how objective actuaries calculate risk versus how those with agendas—in government, industry, finance, science, technology, and religion—arbitrate hazard with their own competing calculi of risk and reward.

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