Drugs in sport are big news and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is common. Here, Chris Cooper, a top biochemist at the University of Essex, looks at the science behind drugs in sport. Using the performance of top athletes, Cooper begins by outlining the limits of human performance. Showing the basic problems of human biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy, he looks at what stops us running faster, throwing longer, or jumping higher. Using these evidence-based arguments he shows what the body can, and cannot, do. There is much curiosity about why certain substances are used, how they are detected, and whether they truly have an effect on the body. Cooper explains how these drugs work and the challenges of testing for them, putting in to context whether the ´doping´ methods of choice are worth the risk or the effort. Exploring the moral, political, and ethical issues involved in controlling drug use, Cooper addresses questions such as ´What is cheating?´, ´What compounds are legal and why?´, ´Why do the classification systems change all the time?´, and ´Should all chemicals be legal, and what effect would this have on sport?´. Looking forward, he examines the recent work to study the physical limitations of rat and mice behaviour. He shows that, remarkably, simple genetic experiments producing ´supermice´ suggest that there may be ways of improving human performance too, raising ethical and moral questions for the future of sport. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kieran Phoenix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011588/bk_adbl_011588_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why They Stay explores the reasoning and motivation of wives who stay with their politician-husbands after they cheat. Hillary Clinton couldn´t have known in 1998 how her husband´s high-profile philandering would play out. Would he be rehabilitated in the public eye? She took the gamble. Had she left the marriage, today she might be the spurned wife of a retired politician instead of the first American woman to run for president on a major party ticket. Looking back on the path chosen by the nine political wives profiled in this book, we have the evidence to see a pattern as old as the dynastic maneuverings of England´s medieval queens. The women married to the ´´royalty´´ of our times, politicians, make similar cold calculations in order to hold onto their ´´thrones´´ and their family´s history-making potential. After covering politicians for decades, acclaimed columnist Anne Michaud switched her gaze to the women behind the cheating men. Drawing from multiple sources that span the Roosevelts´ marriage to the more recent scandal involving Hillary Clinton´s closest aide Huma Abedin (wife of sexter Anthony Weiner), Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives argues that when it comes to the ´´power behind the throne´´, women in the limelight weigh the risks and rewards. They remain loyal to their men, because of complex, often unconscious forces. From mapping a path to power to laudable notions of holding the family together, Michaud examines the uniquely challenging Faustian bargains that political wives grapple with, even as the public spotlight illuminates their every move. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sara Morsey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094577/bk_acx0_094577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two Hundred Jurors Completely Isolated from Society - Can Their Impartiality Lead to Justice? Even the most incorruptible juror can be unwittingly influenced by others´ opinions in the digital age, but more sinister forces are at work: Jury tampering has reached all-time highs. Unexpected verdicts are coming down more and more often, indicating that shadowy groups may be blackmailing jurors - and leaving the American justice system in shambles. Is impartiality even possible anymore? Victoria Lewis, former governor of Virginia, thinks it is - and she has a plan to fix the broken system. Her home state is about to select 200 citizens to become full-time jurors. Those chosen will live in a refurbished prison for two years, where they´ll be completely isolated from society and protected from all outside influences. But someone always finds a way to cheat the system. And when a deadly political conspiracy reveals corruption that poisons even the highest echelons of government, everything Victoria has created stands on the brink of destruction. Can she protect the jurors, the justice system - or even herself? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007407/bk_brll_007407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump´s authoritarian appeal.´´-Salon It Can´t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis´s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler´s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called ´´a message to thinking Americans´´ by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can´t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today´s news. With an Introduction by Michael Meyer and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst
Faking what you haven´t earned is one of the most unethical and immoral practices known to man. The United States of America has a plethora of honest, hardworking people. Most of us in the United States have worked for everything we have. Some of us had to work two jobs every day just to scrape by. It´s this type of hardworking people that deserve monetary bonuses, assistance, or promotions. There are also those who are able to find the loops in the so-called system. By loops I mean ways to effectively cheat their way through life and do things just to get by in their places of employment, but because of favoritism or rumors or for political reasons these loopy people are still able to slip through the cracks. Dive into this great example of faking credentials through recent incidents with Walmart Stores, Inc., and a few other corporate entities. I have a bachelor´s degree in business administration as well as an associate´s degree in business management technology. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037761/bk_acx0_037761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Though written around 1513, more than 500 years ago, Italian diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli´s The Prince is still both widely listened to and very influential. Listeners turn to it for its direct advice on the question of how to attain - and retain - power. Machiavelli´s answer, in brief: Use any means necessary to make sure the state survives. Given the changeable nature of politics, the strong ruler that Machiavelli describes may need to lie or cheat, deceive, and, if necessary, resort to acts of violence - all the while maintaining an image of goodness. With enough skill - along with luck and favorable circumstances - the prince will retain his power. Machiavelli´s ideas continue to be used today by leaders both scrupulous and unscrupulous. Rightly or wrongly, his name remains a byword for political behavior that deals in realities rather than theories, making The Prince arguably one of the most influential books in the Western tradition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Macat.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060548/bk_acx0_060548_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors surrounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make, are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains. How does love begin? How can two strangers come to the conclusion that it would not only be pleasant to share their lives, but that they must share them? How can a man say he loves his wife, yet still cheat on her? Why do others stay in relationships even after the romance fades? How is it possible to fall in love with the ´´wrong” person? How do people come to have a ´´type”? Physical attraction, jealousy, infidelity, mother-infant bonding - all the behaviors that so often leave us befuddled - are now being teased out of the fog of mystery thanks to today’s social neuroscience. Larry Young, one of the world’s leading experts in the field, and journalist Brian Alexander explain how those findings apply to you. Drawing on real human stories and research from labs around the world, The Chemistry Between Us is a bold attempt to create a ´´grand unified theory” of love. Some of the mind-blowing insights include: Love can get such a grip on us because it is, literally, an addiction. To a woman falling in love, a man is like her baby. Why it’s false to say society makes gender, and how it’s possible to have the body of one gender and the brain of another. Why some people are more likely to cheat than others. Why we sometimes truly can’t resist temptation. Young and Alexander place their revelations into historical, political, and social contexts. In the process, they touch on everything from gay marriage to why single-mother households might not be good for society. The Chemistry Between Us offers powerful insights into love, sex, gender, sexual... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000810/bk_gdan_000810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From James McManus, author of the best-selling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global - but especially an American - phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater´s game has become a mostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today´s professional tour. And it examines poker´s remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker´s relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America´s favorite pastime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001023/bk_aren_001023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014 Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called ´´sexy´´. From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you´ll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more. For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions. You’ll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let’s Make a Deal - and you’ll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a best seller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011763/bk_adbl_011763_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was December 2011 when the body of Cadet Nicholas Argento was found lying facedown in the snow at the foot of his dormitory. Was his death the result of an accident, suicide, or murder? With the backdrop of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, investigators Captain Samantha Rodamsky, representing the academy´s Office of Special Investigation, and Detectives Zach Fields and Mindy Reynolds from the El Paso sheriff´s office are led through a series of twists and turns before they are able to uncover the cause of Cadet Argento´s death. To complicate matters even further, there are political implications, since the victim was the son of Mario Argento, a prominent US senator from California. A turning point in the investigation occurs when Detective Fields is secretly given a diary written 45 years earlier by Cadet Anthony Alexander. This diary details four years in the life of Cadet Alexander. It deals with not only the rigorous physical and mental challenges but also his struggle to follow the honor code, which stated, ´´We shall not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate among us those who does´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123859/bk_acx0_123859_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.