Monday, December 28, 2015

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise

Chris Taylor
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In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. More than forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars–related products outnumber human beings, a stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism” has become a religion in its own right. Lucas’s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet until now the complete history of Star Wars―its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects―has never been told.

In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend. He also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett’s helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.

Since the first film’s release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics around the world and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and critically savaged prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a new set of savvy bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.

An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a filmmaker’s fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals and gained a die-hard, multigenerational fan base―and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)




Sunday, December 27, 2015

小王子 (The Little Prince = Le Petit Prince)

安東尼‧聖修伯里 (Antoine de Saint-Exuper)
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Le Petit Prince 小王子享譽全球70年,每個人心中獨一無二的成人童話經典
譯本多達27國語言,僅次於聖經


一位來自某顆遙遠小星球的小王子,因為和一朵他深愛的玫瑰花兒鬧別扭,同時也懷著想要了解外面世界的渴望,離開自己的星球,進行了一場“星際旅行”。他走訪了不同的星球,見到了形形色色的人和事,這些人和事讓天真的小王子困惑迷茫,深感不解。最後他來到了地球,降落在沙漠上,在那裡遇到一位由於飛機發動機故障而迫降的飛行員,於是他們成了好朋友。旅行見聞,以及和飛行員的交流,讓小王子對世界、對生活、對愛有了新的認識,他像一位精靈一樣,道出許多人生真諦。同時也讓作為成年人,卻內心葆有童真的飛行員重新對生命進行了思考。

最終,本不屬於地球的小王子帶著對生命的感悟,在蛇的幫助下拋棄沉重肉身——以肉體死亡的方式——返回自己的星球,去照料他的世界,愛護他的玫瑰花兒。他的飛行員朋友則懷著淡淡的憂傷,想念著這位小朋友,品味著靈魂超脫的歡欣與孤獨……

(摘錄自douban.com)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Colonial Hong Kong in the Eyes of Elsie Tu

Du Ye Xien
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Elsie Tu is well known as a social activist and crusader against injustice and corruption in Hong Kong. In this powerful personal statement, she expresses her views about the injustices in the past colonial system and her fears about present day economic colonialism.

This is a book with strong messages for today. Mrs. Tu's deep concerns about the current international scene have the most immediate and obvious topical relevance. But there is an equally strong lesson in her description of the corruption that used to be so pervasive in Hong Kong and her battles against it. She reminds us forcefully of the need for continued vigilance if corruption and its awful effects are not to return.

However, the most important message of this book pervades all parts of it: the example of a life devoted to improving things for the ordinary people of Hong Kong, a life not just lived according to high principles, but characterized by a dogged and fearless determination to fight for those principles, to be an activist.

This book is important because it records the beliefs, some of the experiences and above all the commitment of one of the most notable people of post-war Hong Kong. By giving rich insights into the mind and beliefs of an extraordinary and indomitable person, it brings to life the recent history of Hong Kong and challenges the next generation of Hong Kong people to contribute as much.

Readers may have heard of Hong Kong's economic miracle during the second half of the twentieth century, but they may not be aware of the suffering and injustices caused by greed and corruption at that time. This book shows how the society's struggle stirred the spirit of determination upon which the Hong Kong we know today was built.

The book will also give readers a bird's eye view of the worldwide scale of suffering and injustices caused by nations seeking economic and political domination.

I write this book because I believe that human beings can only comprehend the present when they understand the past, and they can only make a better future when they learn from previous errors. And I feel compelled to alert the younger generation of the dangers that confront the world today from those obsessed with wealth and power. I hope that all prejudices and evil ambitions can be set aside, and an equal playing field can be created for all nations. - Elsie Tu

'With decidedly pro-grassroots sympathies, Mrs. Tu is fiercely critical of British colonialism with its corruption, hypocrisy, malpractice, racist and pro-big business bias in pre-1997 Hong Kong.? This book yields keen insights into and informed observations of government and community in colonial Hong Kong, often from a ring side, first-hand perspective.' - Professor Ming K. Chan, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

'Elsie Tu, a veteran activist and a former legislative councillor, told a fascinating story about post-World War II Hong Kong. Going through the volume, you will be amazed by the arrogance of the colonial officials, the rampart corruption in the Hong Kong government, the widespread influence of the triad, and the difficulties facing those living in the squatters and the resettlement estates in the 1950s and the 1960s. This book is indispensable for anyone who is interested in knowing about what Hong Kong was like before it was turned into an Asian little dragon.' - Professor Alvin Y. So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

(Excerpt from cp1897.com.hk)


狄更斯文集----聖誕故事集 (A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books)

狄更斯 (Charles Dickens) 著 
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狄更斯所有作品中再版次數最多的作品。金庸最喜歡的一部聖誕故事集。書中的一些情節已經成為歐洲聖誕節的固定風俗,而主人公斯克魯濟(Scrooge)的名字也被收入字典,成為“吝嗇鬼”的同義詞。其中《聖誕頌歌》於1843年問世,是最受推崇的一部短篇小說。主人公斯克魯濟是一位商人,他成天與錢櫃、賬本和發票打交道,一生只知道賺錢,毫無人性。他克扣員工的工資,拒絕外甥的問候和祝福,不施捨分文給窮人。然而,平安夜出現的三個精靈帶領他回到了過去、現在和未來的一些生活情境,並讓斯克魯濟從自制的陷阱和枷鎖中解脫出來,領悟到聖誕節的意義和生活的意義。他在聖誕頌歌奏響時開始了自己新的人生。《古教堂的鐘聲》於1844年問世。小說的主人公是一位名叫托比的腳夫。此人因為肉體和精神上的摧殘而認同了富人對他們“天生就是壞人”的看法。銅鐘精靈讓他在新年鐘聲敲響之前做了一場噩夢。他終於認清了富人的偽善和自己應處的立場。作者抨擊了壓迫者,鼓舞了被壓迫的民眾。當教堂鐘敲響的那一刻,他終於擯棄了謊言而投奔了真理。聖誕頌歌奏響了,教堂鐘聲敲響了,讓我們翻開書頁尋找靈魂迷宮的出口。

(摘錄自douban.com) 


Monday, December 14, 2015

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

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We have known for years that the difference between those who become successful in life and those who struggle is their degree of emotional intelligence (EI), or "people skills." Now, The Other Kind of Smart shows readers how they can increase their emotional intelligence and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from realizing their true potential. Emotional intelligence coach Harvey Deutschendorf has shown thousands of people how to relate emotional intelligence to everyday situations. Here, he uses the proven techniques of storytelling, combined with quotes and exercises, to show readers how to apply the principles of EI on the job. Filled with real-life scenarios and solutions, the book offers tools that will bring results in as little as five minutes a day and shows how to develop stress tolerance, cultivate empathy, increase flexibility with co-workers, boost assertiveness, and resolve problems successfully. Complete with an EI quiz that will help readers measure their own level of emotional intelligence, this invaluable guide will enable everyone to improve their relationships and increase their effectiveness at work in a practical, accessible way.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

消費:浪漫流刑

陳智凱,邱詠婷 著 ; 陳沛珛 繪
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消費是一種犧牲自我的浪漫,浪漫不是面向出口,而是徘徊於入口出口之間,為了追尋失落,最後連自己也都遺失。浪漫的心靈是鞭長莫及,流亡是,唯一路徑,在模糊的時間疆界,在難以捉摸的移動,在一件尚未完成之前,就開始新的另外一件,在欲望和失望之間,一個煙廣無邊的流刑地,自我放逐……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results

John C. Maxwell
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New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows that talent is just the starting point for a successful impact in any organization. It's what takes you beyond your talent that matters.
People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? Maxwell, the go-to guru for business professionals across the globe, insists that the choices people make? not merely the skills they inherit? propel them to greatness. Among other truths, successful people know that:
• Belief lifts your talent.
• Initiative activates your talent.
• Focus directs your talent.
• Preparation positions your talent.
• Practice sharpens your talent.
• Perseverance sustains your talent.
• Character protects your talent ... and more!

It's what you add to your talent that makes the greatest difference. With authentic examples and time-tested wisdom, Maxwell shares thirteen attributes you need to maximize your potential and live the life of your dreams.

You can have talent alone and fall short of your potential. Or you can go beyond talent and really stand out.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

蔡康永的說話之道

蔡康永 著
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★蔡康永的第一本實用書!40篇短文,都是讓談話變美味的醍醐味。
「我不在乎說話之術,而在意說話之道。我的說話之道,就是把你放在心上。」

★把說話練好,是最划算的事。
因為怎麼說,決定你是誰;說對了話,人生節目就由你主持!

★侯文詠:看電視只是聽「道」,要讀書才能知「道」、學「道」、做「道」、掌握康永的說話之道。

★職業婦女小S:做自己跟沒禮貌常常就是一線之間,每次聽到別人說:「我這個人說話就是比較直。」我就開始冒汗,因為接下來一定會有一些被他歸類為直其實挺刺耳的話出現,例如:「你今天氣色怎麼這麼差?」「最近胖囉?」「怎麼還不結婚?」「你記得我嗎?」(已經面露尷尬還死不報上名)

跟康永哥聊天絕對不會被刺傷,還被他附帶的一兩句小誇獎逗得心花怒放,但又感覺那麼真誠不滑頭,讓人不愛都難!

如果因為懂得說話交到好朋友,又可讓人開心,為什麼不?

沒有條列式的說話技術,40篇短文,都是讓談話變美味的醍醐味

█從環境猜測人的個性:如果我初次跟別人碰面,約見的地點牆上是有鏡子的,我會儘量讓對方坐在可以照鏡子的位置,這樣就可以看看對方在和你談話的過程中,是對你比較有興趣,還是對鏡子裡面地自己的倒影比較有興趣。

█尖銳問題怎麼開口:問題很尖銳,可以把心裡假設的事,倒推回去兩三步來問。比方說,假設對方在吸毒,倒推回去兩三步:吸毒是因為他不快樂嗎?是因為離婚嗎?可能可以這樣問對方:「離婚以後,是不是過得很痛苦?」之後再問到「所以你有在吸毒?」這樣對方就不會那麼難以承受,他知道你是關心,而不是在審問。

█話題卡住怎麼辦:談話卻卡住的話,其實不必用力挽救,另開一個話題即可。如果在相聚的兩小時裡面,你有三次讓對方開心的笑,那對方應該是絕對不會記得你曾經提過幾個無聊的話題的。

█說話的爆點不要藏在最後:你如果習慣把爆點藏在故事的後面,可能聽你說話的人,熬不了那麼久,就紛紛陣亡了。一個大家不熟的畫家,如果用「兩個手掌大的畫,就能賣兩三百萬」來介紹不是更吸引人?

█讓對方聊自己,他就會覺得有趣:不要說出「我」字。每次想說「我」字時,都改成「你」字或「他」字。你會發現自己,忽然變成一個不斷把話題丟給對方、讓對方暢所欲言的、超級上道的人!

█講好笑故事,不講笑話:講話幽默的人,就像走路好看的人,你跟她走在一起,會覺得很平常的走路,也是賞心樂事。而講笑話比較像翻跟斗,翻得好不好姑且不說,但其實很少人喜歡跟一個沒事就翻跟斗的人一起走路的。

█讚美:別人罵你一句,你回罵他一句,這就叫吵架。別人讚美你一句,你回一句讚美,這就叫社交。

█不想交淺言深的話,應該避開的地雷:第一,對方很容易有苦衷的、不方便對不熟的人說的。第二,是對方很容易有強硬立場的,談起來容易起爭執的。

█聽懂就問得到:因為人說話,常常是「語帶保留」、或者「話中有話」,你只聽字面的意思,就做決定,恐怕機會就跑掉了。

█讓自己的問題短,對方的回答長:問的問題越具體,回答的人越省力。回答的人越省力,她就越有力氣和你聊下去。

█尖銳問題也可營造談話氣氛:適度的挑釁,絕對能讓談話熱絡,因為每個人都希望自己的意見被重視、被探討,而不是被一個完全沒原則的人敷衍了事的點頭稱是、應付過去。

█沒興趣怎麼接話:遇上對方提起了一個你完全不想接的話題,不必急著要抵抗,而是輕巧的把對方熱衷的話題,連接到一個很生活的方向,就行了。

█懸疑,讓人想聽下去:跟朋友轉述一件事的時候,每講個幾句,就稍稍停一下,看你朋友會不會問「然後呢?」「後來呢?」如果有這樣追問,就表示你敘述事情的方法是吸引人的,但如果你停頓一下,你朋友卻想都不想,就把話題轉去別的地方,那就表示你講得很沒意思。

█安慰別人:人真的很難「了解另一個人所受的苦」。如果不能了解,就不要這樣說,因為當事人向你傾訴的時候,她只需要你聽,也許她也很需要你給她一點建議,但她可能不需要另一個人宣稱有別人懂她的苦。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 30, 2015

How to Succeed in Exams & Assessments

Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers 
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How to succeed in Exams & Assessments will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in revising, preparing for and succeeding in academic exams and assessments and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

人類群星閃耀時 (Decisive Moments in History)

斯蒂芬.茨威格 (Stefan Zweig)
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涌動着匪徒、探險家、叛亂者兼英雄血液的巴爾沃亞成為第一個看到太平洋的歐洲人;僅僅一秒鍾的優柔寡斷,格魯希元帥就決定了拿破侖在滑鐵盧之戰中失敗的命運;七十多歲的歌德像情竇初開的男孩愛上了十幾歲的少女,求婚未遂之後,老人在蕭蕭秋色中一氣呵成地創作了《瑪麗恩巴德悲歌》;流亡國外的列寧不顧自己的榮辱毀譽,乘坐一列鉛封的火車取道德國返回俄國,十月革命就這樣開啟了歷史的火車頭……

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

沒有一個藝術家會在他一天的二十四小時之內始終處於不停的藝術創作之中;所有那些最具特色、最有生命力的成功之筆往往只產生在難得而又短暫的靈感勃發的時刻。歷史——我們把它讚頌為一切時代最偉大的詩人和演員——亦是如此,它不可能持續不斷地進行新的創造。儘管歌德曾懷著敬意把歷史稱為“上帝的神秘作坊”,但在這作坊裡發生的,卻是許多數不勝數無關緊要和習以為常的事。在這裡也像在藝術和在生活中到處遇到的情況一樣,那些難忘的非常時刻並不多見。這個作坊通常只是作為編年史家,冷漠而又持之以恆地把一件一件的事實當作一個又一個的環節連成一條長達數千年的鏈條,因為所有那些最重要的歷史性時刻都需要有醞釀的時間,每一樁真正的事件都需要有一個發展過程。在一個民族內,為了產生一個天才,總是需要有幾百萬人。一個真正具有世界一時意義的時刻——一個人類的群星閃耀時刻出現以前,必然會有漫長的歲月無謂地流逝而去.

不過,誠如在藝術上一旦有一個天才產生就會流芳百世一樣,這種具有世界歷史意義的時刻一旦發生,就會決定幾十年和幾百年的歷史進程。就象避雷針的尖端集中了整個大氣層的電流一樣,集中在極短的時間內發生。那些平時慢慢悠悠順序發生和並列發生的事,都壓縮在這樣一個決定一切的短暫時刻表現出來。這一時刻對世世代代作出不可改變的決定,它決定著一個人的生死,一個民族的存亡甚至整個人類的命運。

這種充滿戲劇性和命運攸關的時刻在個人的一生中和歷史的進程中都十分難得;這種時刻往往只發生在某一天、某一小時、甚至常常只發生在某一分鐘,但它們的決定性影響卻超越時間。我想在這裡從極其不同的時代和地區回顧這樣一些群星閃耀的時刻——我之所以如此稱呼它們,是因為它們宛若星辰一般永遠散射著光輝,普照著終將消逝的黑夜。但我絲毫不想通過自己的虛構來增加或者沖淡所發生的一切的內外真實性,因為歷史本身在那些非常時刻已表現得十分完全,無需任何後來的幫手。歷史是真正的詩人和戲劇家,任何一個作家都別想超過它。

(摘錄自書中序言)


Monday, November 23, 2015

Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

Gary Klein
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Insights—like Darwin’s understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick’s breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA—can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed—or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don’t, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery.

Klein is a keen observer of people in their natural settings—scientists, businesspeople, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, family members, friends, himself—and uses a marvelous variety of stories to illuminate his research into what insights are and how they happen. What, for example, enabled Harry Markopolos to put the finger on Bernie Madoff? How did Dr. Michael Gottlieb make the connections between different patients that allowed him to publish the first announcement of the AIDS epidemic? What did Admiral Yamamoto see (and what did the Americans miss) in a 1940 British attack on the Italian fleet that enabled him to develop the strategy of attack at Pearl Harbor? How did a “smokejumper” see that setting another fire would save his life, while those who ignored his insight perished? How did Martin Chalfie come up with a million-dollar idea (and a Nobel Prize) for a natural flashlight that enabled researchers to look inside living organisms to watch biological processes in action?

Klein also dissects impediments to insight, such as when organizations claim to value employee creativity and to encourage breakthroughs but in reality block disruptive ideas and prioritize avoidance of mistakes. Or when information technology systems are “dumb by design” and block potential discoveries.

Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, Seeing What Others Don’t shows that insight is not just a “eureka!” moment but a whole new way of understanding.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

大地, 非石油: 氣候危機時代下的環境正義 (Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis)

范達娜·席娃 (Vandana Shiva)
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所有關注地球未來的人,《大地,非石油》是必讀的著作;它讓我們勇於想像人民比利益更優先的世界。
書中席娃詳述了糧食危機、石油危機、氣候變遷的諸多關聯環節,假若我們只見一端未涉其餘,人類仍將走向末路。 席娃指責生質能源和農業成了生態和經濟浩劫的主因,也提出小型農場是最佳的替代之道。受害於飢荒的幾億人和瀕死的地球,唯有傾賴永續、生物多樣性的農場,方得以抵抗疾病、乾旱、洪水,餵養並保衛我們的後代子孫。《大地,非石油》見解果敢、具前瞻性,籲求回歸健全農業的原則,並奠基於自治、社區和環境正義的世界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe

David A. Hunter 
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A thoroughly updated introduction to the concepts, methods, and standards of critical thinking, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, the book offers a broad conception of critical thinking and explores the practical relevance to conducting research across fields such as, business, education, and the biological sciences.
Applying rigor when necessary, the Second Edition maintains an informal approach to the fundamental core concepts of critical thinking. With practical strategies for defining, analyzing, and evaluating reasons and arguments, the book illustrates how the concept of an argument extends beyond philosophical roots into experimentation, testing, measurement, and policy development and assessment. Featuring plenty of updated exercises for a wide range of subject areas, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition also includes:

• Numerous real-world examples from many fields of research, which reflect the applicability of critical thinking in everyday life
• New topical coverage, including the nature of reasons, assertion and supposing, narrow and broad definitions, circumstantial reasons, and reasoning about causal claims
• Selected answers to various exercises to provide readers with instantaneous feedback to support and extend the lessons

A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is an excellent textbook for courses on critical thinking and logic at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an appropriate reference for anyone with a general interest in critical thinking skills.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

批判性思维教程

谷振詣, 劉壯虎 著
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該書是國家級"十五"規劃教材,書中融教學實踐與理論研究為一體,作者借鑒了國外批判性思維課程的不同風格,結合北京大學和中國青年政治學院的教學實踐,系統地介紹了一套具有邏輯風格的批判性思維教程,內容涉及對論証的理解,評估各種論証的技術與方法,以及批判性思維在寫作與生活實踐中的應用,既可以作為高校相關課程的教材,又可以成為應用邏輯學的普及讀物。全書內容充實,結構嚴謹,語言通俗朴實。


Monday, November 9, 2015

Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design

Randy Krum
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Make information memorable with creative visual design techniques

Research shows that visual information is more quickly and easily understood, and much more likely to be remembered. This innovative book presents the design process and the best software tools for creating infographics that communicate. Including a special section on how to construct the increasingly popular infographic resume, the book offers graphic designers, marketers, and business professionals vital information on the most effective ways to present data.

•Explains why infographics and data visualizations work
•Shares the tools and techniques for creating great infographics
•Covers online infographics used for marketing, including social media and search engine optimization (SEO)
•Shows how to market your skills with a visual, infographic resume
•Explores the many internal business uses of infographics, including board meeting presentations, annual reports, consumer research statistics, marketing strategies, business plans, and visual explanations of products and services to your customers

With Cool Infographics, you'll learn to create infographics to successfully reach your target audience and tell clear stories with your data.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

郎世寧傳

蘇立群
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郎世寧,原名朱塞佩·伽斯底里奧內(意大利語:Giuseppe Castiglione,1688年7月19日-1766年7月16日),意大利人,天主教耶穌會傳教士及中國宮廷畫家,寫實畫風記錄了清朝初期的中國宮廷人物與景色。

郎世寧的代表作品有《百駿圖》、《乾隆大閱圖》、《聚瑞圖》等。

城大新聞網:
城大創意媒體作品令郎世寧傑作活現佛羅倫斯
CityU’s creative media artwork brings Castiglione’s masterpieces to life in Florence





Giuseppe Castiglione
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action

Ben Decker, Kelly Decker
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"The gold standard for communication training programs." ―USA Today

Business communication sucks. At each meeting and presentation, we are inundated with information, leaving us thirsting for inspiration. Sure, we will check off an action item because we have to . . . but what if we were actually inspired to do something? What if we were so moved that we wanted to do it?

Leaders must earn the license to lead. Not by expertise, authority, or title alone, but by influence. In Communicate to Influence, you will learn the secrets of the Decker Method―a framework that has been perfected over the past 36 years. Ben and Kelly Decker add fresh insights to these proven principles so that you can ignite change and inspire action. Discover:

-The Five White Lies of Communicating: learn which barriers prevent you from getting better
-The Communicator's Roadmap: use a tool to visually chart what type of communication experience you create
-The Behaviors of Trust: align what you say with how you say it to better connect with your audience
-The Decker Grid: shift your message from self-centered, all about me content to relevant, audience-centered content that drives action

You are called to communicate well. Not only on the main stage, under bright lights, but every time you speak with your colleagues, your clients, and other stakeholders. It's time to learn how. Stop informing. Start inspiring.

BEN DECKER & KELLY DECKER are the leading experts in the field of business communication. They consult on messaging, cultivate executive presence among the leadership of Fortune 500companies and startups alike, and regularly deliver keynotes to large audiences. Together, they run Decker Communications, a global firm that trains and coaches tens of thousands of executives a year. Ben and Kelly live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they constantly test and refine communication techniques with their most demanding audience, their three boys.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

社會科學研究方法 (The Practice of Social Research)

艾爾. 巴比 (Earl Babbie)
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《社會科學研究方法》2013 年版最大的特色為作者清晰易懂的寫作風格,詳細解說質化與量化資料分析、研究設計、實驗法、問卷調查、田野研究、非介入性方法及研究倫理與政治等內容,讓讀者學到有效做研究所必需的邏輯與技巧以及撰寫研究報告的各個步驟,適合社會學、社會工作、心理學、行政學、都市研究、教育學、大眾傳播學、企業管理及政治學等 30 門不同學科,是一本兼顧理論與實務的研究方法暢銷教科書。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

by Dan Ariely 
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Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, this provocative book offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

“Dan Ariely is a genius at understanding human behavior: no economist does a better job of uncovering and explaining the hidden reasons for the weird ways we act.” — James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds

Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely returns to offer a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence our dating lives, our workplace experiences, and our temptation to cheat in any and all areas. Fans of Freakonomics, Survival of the Sickest, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Tipping Point will find many thought-provoking insights in The Upside of Irrationality.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

葉靈鳳香港史系列: 張保仔的傳說和真相、香港的失落、香港方物志、香島滄桑錄、香海浮沉錄

葉靈鳳
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葉靈鳳,最早一批對香港歷史進行認真研究的學者,於上世紀四十年代年開始在《星島日報》開闢「香港史地」專欄,依據實地調查和豐富藏書資料,以獨到角度寫下大量有關香港「失落」(成為殖民地)的經過、著名「海盜」張保仔事跡以至香港方物等文章,開創了「香港學」研究寫作的先河。「葉靈鳳香港史系列」共五冊,收錄了葉靈鳳有關香港研究的重要文章,為後世提供了全面的香港歷史參考,尤其是開埠前後、鴉片戰爭那一段時期,極具學術價值。

在《張保仔的傳說和真相》中,葉靈鳳旁徵博引,以客觀沉著的態度去挖掘晚清時期的大海盜張保仔的種種真相。張保仔在全盛時期擁有數千艘大小盜船,部眾二萬五千餘人,威震華南沿海。其叱吒風雲的海盜傳奇,中外聞名。據說當時在香港的張保仔洞,遍及紅磡、赤柱、長洲、大嶼山,甚至牛池灣及鴨(月利)洲。有關其藏金地圖之說,更是疑幻疑真,為人津津樂道。

蕭國健導讀:《張保仔的傳說和真相》一書以中、外檔案及文獻資料,考證張保仔的事蹟、出身、在海盜中地位、品德、與香港有關的史實、投降朝廷的經過及最後下落,目的是使人認識有關張保仔的歷史真相。

《香港的失落》收錄香港島為英國割佔前後、開埠初期、二次鴉片戰爭及租借新界有關的文章。通過這些探索性的文章及書介,葉靈鳳為大家逐步解開香港的「失落之謎」。葉靈鳳並非歷史學家出身,他原是愛恨分明的文學作家,因此所寫文章皆立場鮮明,再加上文筆潑辣,文章短小精悍,讀來實在饒有生趣。

丁新豹導讀:葉靈鳳學貫中西,掌握到這麼多外文資料,故往往可以徵引中外文資料作比較,從而探索到事件的真相。葉氏在〈九龍城寨的主權問題〉一文裏,相當詳細的記述了中英雙方就九龍寨城的管治權的角力。記憶中,這是有關此一問題較早的一篇。

《香港方物志》的文章記述的是二十世紀五十年代的香港風物。葉靈鳳將香港的鳥獸蟲魚和若干掌故風俗,運用自然科學知識和民俗學知識,將它們與祖國方面和這有關的種種配合起來,這裏面有科學也有傳說,用散文隨筆的形式寫成。

《香島滄桑錄》所收錄葉靈鳳研究香港史的文章,題材主要分兩類,一是香港成為英國殖民地之後早期的社會現象(如「大笪地的痛心史」),二是考證英佔以前香港的山海史實(如宋末二帝在香港留下的種種史蹟)。文章雖然寫於五六十年前,但涉及不少近年香港社會關注的課題,例如填海帶來的紛爭、政府山的保育,以及因荷李活道已婚警察宿舍的保育而為公眾所注意的城隍廟等。

《香海浮沉錄》收錄了三十五篇有關香港由開埠到二十世紀初的法政歷史的文章,早年的香港華洋雜處,政法制度一時未備,於是諸如「全港英人中毒事件」、「顧利臣街的警匪大槍戰」和「大難財標參的故事」等令人嘖嘖稱奇的事件,遂層出不窮。在書中,葉靈鳳以舒徐不疾、寓考證於趣味的文字將段段舊事娓娓道來,從側面寫出早年香港殖民地的種種危機。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, October 19, 2015

The Great Escape : Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Angus Deaton
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The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was awarded to Angus Deaton "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare". (nobelprize.org)

The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind.

Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.

Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港故事

小思 著
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香港,一個身世十分朦朧的城市!身世朦朧,大概來自一股歷史悲情。

文化,是一座城市的個性所在。香港的個性呢?

我常對朋友說,香港既是一個朦朧之城,生長其中的人,自當也具備這種朦朧個性。香港人不容易讓人理解,因為我們自己也無法說得清楚。生於斯長於斯,血脈相連著,我們已經與香港訂下一種愛恨交纏的關係。對於她,我們有時很驕傲,有時很自卑,這矛盾纏成不解之結,就是遠遠離她而去的人,還會時在心頭。

傾城之戀,朦朧而纏綿,這是香港與香港人的故事。

(摘錄自三民網路書店)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students

Stephen Bailey
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Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students... writing good academic English is a demanding task. The new, fourth edition of Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students has been completely revised to help students reach this goal.

The four main parts of Academic Writing are:
• The writing process
• Elements of writing
• Vocabulary for writing
• Writing models

Each part is divided into short units which contain examples, explanations and exercises, for use in the classroom or for self-study. The units are clearly organised to allow teachers and students find the help they need with writing tasks, while cross-referencing allows easy access to relevant sections.

In the first part, each stage of the writing process is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proof-reading.

The fourth edition of this popular course builds on the success of the earlier editions, and has a special focus on the vital topic of academic vocabulary in part three, Vocabulary for Writing. Part three deals with areas such as nouns and adjectives, adverbs and verbs, synonyms, prefixes and prepositions, in an academic context. More key features of the book include:
• All elements of writing are clearly explained, with a full glossary for reference
• Models provided for all types of academic texts: essays, reports, reviews and case-studies
• Full range of practice exercises, with answer key included
• Use of authentic academic texts
• A companion website offers further practice with a range of additional exercises
• Fully updated, with sections on finding electronic sources and evaluating internet material

Students wanting to maximise their academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use book an invaluable guide to writing in English for their degree courses.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

戰爭中沒有女性 (War's Unwomanly Face)

斯薇特蘭娜. 阿列克茜葉維契 (Svetlana Alexievich)
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戰爭中沒有女性 (War's Unwomanly Face) / Svetlana Alexievich 《戰爭中沒有女性》是2015年諾貝爾文學獎得主斯維特拉娜·阿列克西耶維奇(Svetlana Alexievich)的作品。

《戰爭中沒有女性》這部作品,可以說是一部全景性紀實文學。作者沒有像前人一樣,選擇一個或幾個原型,精心構思,寫成一篇環繞一個或幾個人物展開情節的小說。如果那樣做,作者也是有足夠的素材積累和駕馭能力的。但是,作者為自己確立的目標,似是要寫出偉大衛國戰爭中蘇聯婦女的整體形象。她不是描寫一兩個、十幾個女性形象,而是集中了數十個戰時婦女的故事,讓她們作為主人公輪流出現,“自己講自己”,仿佛直接面對讀者娓娓而談。這些女主人公的命運遭際豐富多彩、各個不同,又具有整體的共性。作者巧妙地剪輯和匯合了她們的故事,構成了一幅波瀾壯闊的戰爭中婦女群象的長卷巨畫。作者所取的描繪角度也頗具獨特性,她不去渲染戰鬥和工作的過程,也沒有直接描寫女兵們在戰場上的英勇表現,而主要是通過女性心靈對於戰爭的感受,從感情上去反映和描繪戰爭,進而深刻地揭示了那場戰爭的本質。戰爭本來似乎是男人的事,女性與軍人難以得兼,但這一常規在衛國戰爭中被打破了,眾多女性從戎參戰。女孩子們身上習見的嬌柔、溫存、端莊、懦弱等等,在戰火中改變了,女性非女性化了,這一事實說明了戰爭的嚴峻和殘酷,更說明了衛國戰爭的正義性和全民性。這部作品著意於探索戰爭中女性的心理及其種種表現,種種變化,同時也就反映了衛國戰爭中蘇聯婦女的犧牲和貢獻。

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

Eric Hayot
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The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities / Eric HayotEric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture issues, such as adhering to genre patterns for successful research and publishing and developing productive and rewarding writing habits, Hayot helps ambitious students, newly minted Ph.D.'s, and established professors shape their work and develop their voices.

Hayot does more than explain the techniques of academic writing. He aims to adjust the writer's perspective, encouraging scholars to think of themselves as makers and doers of important work. Scholarly writing can be frustrating and exhausting, yet also satisfying and crucial, and Hayot weaves these experiences, including his own trials and tribulations, into an ethos for scholars to draw on as they write. Combining psychological support with practical suggestions for composing introductions and conclusions, developing a schedule for writing, using notes and citations, and structuring paragraphs and essays, this guide to the elements of academic style does its part to rejuvenate scholarship and writing in the humanities.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

研究設計與方法 (Research Design and Methods)

肯尼斯·S·博登斯 (Kenneth S. Bordens) , 布魯斯·B·阿博特 (Bruce B. Abbott)
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研究設計與方法  (Research Design and Methods) 本書從研究設計的通用原理、研究設計方法和結果分析等三部分,對心理學研究方法進行闡述。不但是心理學專業,而且也是社會科學裡很多專業的學習者都值得閱讀的一本書。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Instantly Connect with Anyone: 96 All-New Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Leil Lowndes 
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How to Instantly Connect with Anyone: 96 All-New Little Tricks for Big Success in RelationshipsThis sequel to Leil’s international top selling “How to Talk to Anyone” makes you a master communicator with 96 all new cutting-edge communication “Little Tricks” for big success in business and social relationships―in person, by email, and on the phone. It has been praised as the 21st century version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and was nominated one of the five best books in psychology by “Books for a Better Life!”

The author introduces the psychologically sound concept, “Emotional Prediction” or E.P. which you can employ with everyone. Here are the ten sections of the book:
7 Little Tricks to Make a Great Impression Before People Even Meet You
11 Little Tricks to Take the “Hell” Out of “Hello,”and Put the “Good” in “Good-bye”
12 Little Tricks to Develop an Extraordinary Gift of Gab
10 Little Tricks to Actually Enjoy Parties
5 Little Tricks to Handle the Good, the Bad, and the Bummers
12 Little Tricks to Avoid the 13 Most Common Dumb Things You Should NEVER Say or Do
13 Little Tricks to be a Cool Communicator
11 Little Tricks to Give Your E-Mail Today’s Personality and Tomorrow’s Professionalism
10 Little Tricks to Make an Impression on your Cell (A.K.A. “Phone”)
5 Little Tricks to Deepen the Relationships You Already Have

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

說服力 : 讓人說Yes的7個關鍵 (The 7 Triggers to Yes)

羅素・葛蘭傑 (Russell H.Granger)
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請賜予我神奇的說服力!
是誰掌握了世界最偉大的力量?是誰能夠實現偉大的夢想?
要成功,甚至生存,決定於一個要素:說服力
成功或失敗,碰碰運氣?!

多年來,許多行銷人員、廣告人員以及其他人訴諸情緒反應來成就事業。但是這種方式有時成功、有時失敗。現在你有讓自己的說服力大增。你越了解大腦處理訊息的方式,就越能夠與他人進行良好的溝通,而不是以違反大腦本能的方式來與他人溝通。

在說服的過程中,有些要素有其功效,但是卻不知道為何有效以及它們如何發揮效用。本書的研究,讓我們獲得以經驗為基礎的資訊。所有的揣摩、推測以及原理都是根據觀察與推斷而來。我們創造出來的訓練計畫成效達到了合理的水準。但是我們仍舊沒有真正探討到真正的核心。

本書不是探討大腦的運作過程與說服力。而是?讀者如何應用新獲得的知識。能真正協助讀者更成功地讓他人說出「好的」、「是的」、「沒問題」等重要字眼。本書作者為的就是讓您不僅能夠獲得突破性的資訊,而且更提供您一套完整的系統與過程,讓您可以獲得您想要的結果,讓您成功獲得他人的贊同,讓他人順應您的要求。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love

David Sturt
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Great work lives inside all of us.

The question is: Do we make the contributions we're capable of? Is our best work getting out there? Breaking through? Creating a difference the world loves?

We've long been told our ability to succeed depends on our IQ, talent, education level, gender, job title, or when and where we were born. Great Work turns that conventional thinking on its head to reveal that innovation can come from anyone, anywhere.

Especially you.

With insights from the largest-ever study of award-winning work, Great Work reveals five practical skills that will help you ideate, innovate, and deliver work that gets noticed and appreciated.

Great Work is filled with stories of real people in real jobs who did what was asked and then added something extra--a personal touch all their own--to deliver better-than-asked-for results. Their stories will inspire you to write your own page in the book of human progress.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

野火集 : 二十週年紀念版

龍應台
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……一篇〈中國人,你為什麼不生氣〉的個人投書會演變成一股燎原野火,一個學英美文學批評的女子,成了推動社會說真話的能量來源!「野火」之後不久,台灣經歷了開放黨禁報禁、解嚴、政治強人過世、民意代表全面改選、總統直選;台灣宛然脫胎換骨的青春期男女,經歷著關鍵的二十年。

《野火集》二十周年紀念版便是台灣社會不分藍綠充滿熱情的青春的記憶,這場「時代的刻痕」,有著更多豐富的故事,每一篇《野火集》的文字背後,有著說不完風聲鶴唳的時代痕跡,本書整理出龍應台當年精采文章及其幕後種種,並增加了海內外最具代表性的二十位華人(柏楊、余秋雨等)為他們所共同見證的台灣青春時期留下文字,共同推薦。

(摘錄自誠品網路書店)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Train Your Brain For Success: Read Smarter, Remember More, and Break Your Own Records

Roger Seip 
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Train your mind to achieve new levels of success!

Professionals and entrepreneurs do a great job of keeping up appearances. But if they're honest with themselves, they're short on living the life they really want. Train Your Brain For Success provides the perspective to analyze how you got where you are and, more importantly, learn the skills to get where you truly desire to be. Train Your Brain For Success explains specific ways of thinking and acting that will get anyone where they want to go, fast. Learn to condition your mind to move towards success automatically, by discovering greater memory power and fundamental techniques for boosting reading speed and comprehension.

Get a proven strategy for succeeding and becoming a record-breaking performer.
• Learn to live in the moment
• Become brilliant with the basics
• Aggressively take care of your mind
Train your mind for new levels of success by boosting memory power, reading speed and comprehension.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

伍爾夫讀書隨筆

弗吉尼亞·伍爾夫 (Virginia Woolf) 著
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這本書主要選自弗吉尼亞·伍爾夫 (Virginia Woolf) 的三部重要散文集,《普通讀者》、《普通讀者二集》和《自己的房間》,多為伍爾夫的讀書心得和感想,而且寫得比較隨意,不拘一格,故稱為“讀書隨筆”。主要內容有:如何讀書,書和女性生活有何關系,如何看待名字名作,以及如何評價當代文學。

(摘錄自book.douban.com)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

David Mikics
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Wrapped in the glow of the computer or phone screen, we cruise websites; we skim and skip. We glance for a brief moment at whatever catches our eye and then move on. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age reminds us of another mode of reading--the kind that requires our full attention and that has as its goal not the mere gathering of information but the deeper understanding that only good books can offer.

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience, and who wants to sharpen reading skills and improve concentration. David Mikics, a noted literary scholar, demonstrates exactly how the tried-and-true methods of slow reading can provide a more immersive, fulfilling experience. He begins with fourteen preliminary rules for slow reading and shows us how to apply them. The rules are followed by excursions into key genres, including short stories, novels, poems, plays, and essays.

Reading, Mikics says, should not be drudgery, and not mere escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. A good book is a pathway to finding ourselves, by getting lost in the words and works of others.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

六頂思考帽 (Six Thinking Hats)

波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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到底該如何思考?>>>一次只帶一頂帽子,一次只思考一件事情

「為什麼我總想不到好方法?」「他那麼厲害,到底怎麼思考的?」「這個團隊的創意源源不絕,怎麼做到的?」思考泰斗愛德華.狄波諾發現許多人或團隊有「到底該如何思考」的困擾,原因出於不懂得思考的本質與方法。

思考最大的敵人是混亂,思考之所以沒有成效,是因為一次想太多事情。

一般人思考問題時常會帶著各種複雜的情緒和觀點,想在同一時間解決所有的問題,因而看不清問題本質,開會討論時,又由於每個人切入思考的面向不同,容易發生爭執,往往花費時間與力氣辯解,導致思考沒有成效,無法做出明確的判斷。於是思考大師狄波諾創造了一套創新思維模式「六頂思考帽」,來簡化我們的思考模式,解決思考上的障礙。

「六頂思考帽」二十多年來風靡全球,是使用最廣、最受歡迎的思維訓練模式。其目的在指導人們進行「平行思考」,也就是一次只用一個觀點想事情,讓思考過程簡單不混亂。它促使我們將思考分割成許多面向,而我們可以依次從不同的面向進行單一且充分的考量,最終就能對一件事情得到諸多角度的觀點,使得思考效果更全面、完善。

風行全球的創新性思考工具>>>六頂帽子,六種思維模式;自由取戴,隨時切換這六頂思考帽分別是:

1.白色思考帽:白色是中性的顏色,代表中立、客觀,代表思考過程中搜集證據、數字、訊息等中立客觀的事實與數字。

2.紅色思考帽:紅色是溫暖熱情的顏色,代表直覺、情感,代表思考過程中的情感、感覺、印象、直覺等問題。

3.黃色思考帽:黃色是陽光與樂觀的顏色,代表積極、正面,代表思考過程中的樂觀及建設性思考,研究利益所在,可取之處等問題。

4.黑色思考帽:黑色是邏輯與負面的顏色,代表謹慎、負面,代表思考過程中反思事實與判斷是否與證據相符,考慮風險、困難、和潛在問題等負面因素。

5.綠色思考帽:綠色是活躍的顏色,代表創意、巧思,代表思考過程中的探索、提案、建議、新觀念、以及可行性的多樣化這些問題。

6.藍色思考帽:藍色是冷靜的顏色,代表指揮、控制,代表思考過程的控制與組織,冷靜地管理思考程序及步驟、瞭解需求、總結與決策。

當我們使用「六頂思考帽」進行思考時,切記一次只戴一頂帽子、一次只想一件事情。當你戴上某種顏色的帽子時,就用該頂帽子的特性來思考。透過戴帽子的過程,可以使我們提醒自己轉換思維,讓混亂的思考變得更清晰。

原來思考可以這麼簡單有趣!帶給個人與企業驚人的成效

這種思考法對於團隊合作時的決策過程特別有效,可將團體中無意義的爭論變成集思廣益的創造,使溝通更有效率,團隊潛能發揮到極致。因此,許多國際知名的企業都曾採用「六頂思考帽」作為員工思維訓練的課程,如:微軟、IBM、西門子、NOKIA、麥當勞等:

作為一個廣受肯定的思維工具,「六頂思考帽」的作用和價值在於:

◎使思考聚焦,簡化單一思考使之清晰明瞭。
◎鼓勵平行思考,取代傳統的思考模式,更能激發團隊創意。
◎允許情緒的發洩,在正反討論之後,讓思考結果更加全面和完備。
◎避免無謂的辯論,增進溝通的效率,產生建設性的成果。

學會活用六頂思考帽,你將會發現原來思考可以這麼簡單有趣!
人人都能成為思考高手,處處都可產生創意團隊!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Second World War : A Short History

R.A.C. Parker 
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From the rise of the Nazi party, through the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the ultimate defeat of the Axis nations and the first chills of the Cold War, The Second World War: A Short History offers a completely comprehensive overview of the Second World War in one readable, compact volume. Alastair Parker deftly explores the causes of the war and why it lasted so long, how it was won and lost, and its consequences for humanity.

The author traces the key events in both the European and Far Eastern theaters, outlining the strategies of the participants and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. Parker conveys a vivid picture of the features that distinguished the Second World War from any war that preceded it, including mobile warfare, widespread forced migration, the Holocaust, and strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war, this short history places the British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, never shying away from raising difficult and fundamental questions about this monumental conflict.

The Second World War presents an unprecedented short history, offering a sweeping survey of events that omits none of the drama that filled the years between 1939 and 1945. With intriguing photographs and a number of helpful maps, it is a fascinating and objective look at the central struggle of our times.

 (Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港淪陷史

葉德偉等 編著
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《香港淪陷史》內容包括:
• 淪陷前夕港軍的防衛工作
• 戰前的香港社會
• 日進攻香港情況
• 香港的黑色聖誕日
• 日治時期的香港
• 香港重光
• 香港淪陷記
• 我們怎樣帶領文化界人士逃離香港
• 香港淪陷抗日文化人脫險記
• 香港脫險記
• 重抵國門
• 梅蘭芳戰時在香港
• 香港淪陷大事記
• 日治期間日軍的行政體制表

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Secrets of College Success

Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman
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Heading off to college? Or perhaps already there? This book's just for you. Winner of the 2010 USA Book News Award for best book in the college category, The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal.

The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to:
• Pick courses and choose a major
• Manage your time and develop college-level study skills
• Get on top of the core requirements
• Get good grades and avoid stress
• Interact effectively with the professor
• Match college and career, and more.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


大學學習生涯指導:教你成為卓越大學生

馬龍海 主編
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本教材以大學新生為閱讀主體,重點指導學生如何從高中教育過渡到高等教育,全面講述了大學精神的內涵、大學機構的特點、學科專業的設置、角色轉變的重要性。以做計劃、學習管理、學術規範、考試技巧、人際交往、健康生活、學生領導力開發等幾個關鍵主題為寫作核心,內容緊貼當代大學生活實際。全書既是一個整體,每個小節又可以獨立成文。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, August 17, 2015

Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill: Essential Lessons for Using the Power of Positive Thinking

By Don M. Green
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In 1937, Napoleon Hill changed the world with THINK AND GROW RICH. . . Now his legacy can be yours.

In 1937, one man changed the face of entrepreneurship forever with a single book.

Napoleon Hill's landmark Think and Grow Rich remains one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, with over 20 million copies in print and translated into more than 30 languages. Hill's philosophy of personal achievement, wealth, and empowerment created millionaires the world over. At the present time, the principles behind Think and Grow Rich are more vital--and relevant--than ever before.

Are you ready to put the power of Napoleon Hill to work for you?

In this new book, the Napoleon Hill Foundation's own executive director puts Hill's essential principles right at your fingertips.

Filled with fascinating stories from Dolly Parton, Jeffrey Gitomer, Chief Poly Emenike, and Joe Dudley, Jr.--iconic figures who each applied Hill's principles to their own lives, Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill lays out the tools needed to uncover the secrets of growth, creativity, power, and achievement inside all of us. It's an essential playbook for any business professional seeking the knowledge and inspiration necessary to discard fear and attain the goals of personal and professional triumph.

The author also details Napoleon Hill's influence on his own success, growing up in rural Virginia and moving on to become a bank CEO at just 41 years old.

Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill teaches you how to:
• Utilize creative visualizations
• Formulate actionable plans
• Lift yourself out of the "rut of mediocrity"
• Incorporate discipline and practice into your game plan for success

If you're ready to apply Hill’s time-tested tools for success and make your dreams a reality using the original principles of personal achievement, this is the book for you.

 (Excerpt from amazon.com)

記憶像鐵軌一樣長

余光中
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“集裡的〈沙田七友記〉寫於我香港時期的盛時。那時我在沙田已經住了四年,生活大定,心情安穩,不但俯仰山水,而且涵濡人文,北望故國,東眷故島,生命的棋子落在一個最靜觀的位置。……〈牛蛙記〉、〈吐露港上〉、〈春來半島〉幾篇所表達的,仍不失這種正盛方酣的沙田心情。同樣是寫香港的天地,〈山緣〉和〈飛鵝山頂〉在九七的陰影和臨別的壓力下,感情的張力就比前三篇要飽滿得多。〈山緣〉是我對香港山水的心香巡禮,〈飛鵝山頂〉則是我對香港山水的告別式了。十年的沙田山居,承蒙山精海靈的眷顧,這幾篇作品就算是我的報答吧。如果說徐霞客是華山夏水的第一知音,我至少願做能賞香港山水的慧眼。”

(摘錄自《記憶像鐵軌一樣長》自序)


此書收錄詩人所撰散文作品二十篇,品類豐富,兼擅感性與理趣,風格華美,晶瑩,明快,幽默,冶各種現代散文的特性於一爐,包括膾炙人口的〈我的四個假想敵〉、〈春來半島〉、〈記憶像鐵軌一樣長〉,思索深入時代的感慨,技巧結合了詩、畫、和音樂的優點。

雙管在握的作家要表現一種經驗時,怎能決定該用詩還是散文呢?詩的篇幅小,密度大,轉折快,不能太過旁鶩細節,散文則較多迴旋的空間。所以同一經驗,欲詳其事,可以用散文,欲傳其情,則宜寫詩。去年初夏,和沙田諸友爬山,從新娘潭一直攀上八仙嶺,終於登上純陽峰,北望沙田而同聲歡呼者共為六人:梁錫華伉儷、劉述先、朱立、黃國彬和我。當時登高望遠臨風長嘯的得意之情,加上回顧山下的來路,辛苦,曲折,一端已沒入人間,那一份得來不易的成就感,用詩來歌詠最能傳神。用散文也能,若是那作者筆下富於感性,在敘事、抒情之外尚能狀物寫景。可惜純散文家?有一半不擅此道。另一方面,若要記述事情的始末,例如還有那些遊伴留在山下,為什麼不曾一起仰攀,有誰半途而回,是誰捷足先登,是誰掌管水壺,是誰在峰頂為眾人的狂態拍下照片,甚至誰說了一句什麼妙語,若要詳記這些旁枝細節,用散文,就方便得多了。詩一上了節奏的虎背,就不能隨便轉彎,隨便下來。詩要敘事,只有一個機會,散文就從容多了。

(摘錄自hkbookcity.com)

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Hunger Games and Philosophy : A Critique of Pure Treason

Edited by George A. Dunn and Nicolas Michaud
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A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New York Times bestselling series, just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movie

Katniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is also the girl who made us think, dream, question authority, and rebel. The post-apocalyptic world of Panem's twelve districts is a divided society on the brink of war and struggling to survive, while the Capitol lives in the lap of luxury and pure contentment. At every turn in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and their many allies wrestle with harrowing choices and ethical dilemmas that push them to the brink. Is it okay for Katniss to break the law to ensure her family's survival? Do ordinary moral rules apply in the Arena? Can the world of The Hunger Games shine a light into the dark corners of our world? Why do we often enjoy watching others suffer? How can we distinguish between what's Real and Not Real? This book draws on some of history's most engaging philosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the story and its themes, such as sacrifice, altruism, moral choice, and gender.

• Gives you new insights into the Hunger Games series and its key characters, plot lines, and ideas
• Examines important themes such as the state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, and social class
• Applies the perspective of some of world's greatest minds, such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, and Immanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogy
• Covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy

An essential companion for Hunger Games fans, this book will take you deeper into the dystopic world of Panem and into the minds and motivations of those who occupy it.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

好書永遠不寂寞:書評與文學批評集

歐宗智 著
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人生因文學而豐富,文學因人生而發光,小說則是表現最多面、最豐富人生的文學形式,作者仔細閱讀世界經典名著,注意小說的故事性和思想性,深入淺出地予以析論,引導讀者認識夏目漱石超越世俗人情的思想特質。

川端康成文學的美麗與悲哀,井伏鱒二對於日本軍國主義的諷刺與批判,松本清張推理小說兼顧文學的商業性與藝術性,遠藤周作小說呈現靈魂的渴望與救贖,大江健三郎之勇於挑戰日本社會的傳統文化價值,南韓作家黃皙英超越歷史悲情的用心。

巴斯特納克以史詩般的敘事表達自由思想,海明威充滿浪漫主義色彩的愛情書寫與人性象徵,雷馬克凸顯反極權的人道精神,聖艾修伯里理想主義的堅持,沙林傑的大愛讓備受現實生活煎熬的生命得到了安撫與救贖,波赫士和馬奎斯呈現真實與夢幻、合理與荒誕交織而成的想像世界,米蘭.昆德拉捕捉現代世界存在的複雜性……等,可謂繁花似錦,美不勝收。

作者邀請更多愛書人加入閱讀文學的行列,進入偉大作家的心靈世界,傾聽他們智慧的聲音,於潛移默化中,提升了自己的人生境界。

◆美麗與悲哀 談川端康成《雪國》
◆暗示的美感 談川端康成《千羽鶴》的象徵手法
◆浪漫與現實 談川端康成《名人》
◆幸福與孤單 談川端康成《古都》
◆老年人內心隱密的角落 談川端康成《山之音》
◆純情青春的謳歌 細品川端康成〈伊豆的舞孃〉
◆一幅畫的完成 談夏目漱石《草枕》焦點人物「那美」
◆軍國主義的諷刺與批判 談井伏鱒二的〈遙拜隊長〉
◆死亡與再生 談太宰治《斜陽》
◆宗教的信仰與質疑 談遠藤周作的小說主題
◆罪與反省 談遠藤周作《海與毒藥》
◆逃避或面對 談大江健三郎《個人的體驗》
◆不只是推理而已 讀松本清張《天城山奇案》
◆提升推理小說的藝術水準 以松本清張《砂之器》為例
◆分裂造成時代悲劇 讀黃皙 〈韓氏年代記〉
◆誠實面對生命 讀巴斯特納克《齊瓦哥醫生》
◆浪漫主義者的悲劇 談海明威《戰地春夢》
◆超越有形的悲劇 海明威《老人與海》的象徵意義
◆既愉悅又憂傷 海明威《流動的饗宴》
◆反戰思想的具體呈現 雷馬克《西線無戰事》歷久彌新
◆反極權的人道主義者 《凱旋門》雷維克醫師的人物塑造
◆憤世嫉俗的苦悶少年 讀J.D.沙林傑麥田捕手
◆荒誕的內在寓意與象徵 波赫士的魔幻寫實
◆純真心靈的追求 看聖艾修伯里小王子
◆百年家族的興亡寓言 讀馬奎斯百年孤寂
◆歷史的荒謬與諷刺 談米蘭‧昆德拉笑忘書

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success

David Livermore  
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Business today is global - and success requires a new set of skills. But not to worry, whether you're negotiating with vendors in Asia, exploring potential markets in Africa, or leading a diverse team at home, you don't have to master the nuances of every culture you encounter. With Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, you can lead effectively in any context. Featuring fresh research, case studies, and statistics on the ROI of improving your CQ, this new edition of Leading with Cultural Intelligence details a powerful, four-step model for becoming more adept at managing across cultures: drive - boost your motivation for and confidence in interacting with other cultures; knowledge - understand the relevance of differences in religion, values, norms, and languages; strategy - plan ahead for unfamiliar cultural settings, but remain flexible if actual experience differs from expectations; and action - successfully adapt your behavior to each situation. With Leading with Cultural Intelligence as your guide, you'll be able to thrive in any business environment - whether it's across the world or in your own backyard.

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