What We Are Reading Today: The Bald Eagle by Jack E. Davis

What We Are Reading Today: The Bald Eagle by Jack E. Davis
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Updated 22 April 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Bald Eagle by Jack E. Davis

What We Are Reading Today: The Bald Eagle by Jack E. Davis

For centuries, Americans have celebrated the bald eagle as “majestic” and “noble,” yet savaged the regal but fearless bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies.

Taking us from before the nation’s founding through inconceivable resurgences of this enduring all-American species, Jack E. Davis contrasts the age when native peoples lived beside it peacefully with that when others, whether through hunting bounties or pesticides, twice pushed Haliaeetus leucocephalus to the brink of extinction.

Filled with spectacular stories of Founding Fathers, rapacious hunters, heroic bird rescuers, and the lives of bald eagles themselves — monogamous creatures, considered among the animal world’s finest parents — The Bald Eagle is a much-awaited cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this bird’s wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale.


What We Are Reading Today: Empire of Ice and Stone

What We Are Reading Today: Empire of Ice and Stone
Updated 26 January 2023

What We Are Reading Today: Empire of Ice and Stone

What We Are Reading Today: Empire of Ice and Stone

Author: Buddy Levy

In the summer of 1913, the wooden-hulled brigantine Karluk departed Canada for the Arctic Ocean. At the helm was Captain Bob Bartlett, considered the world’s greatest living ice navigator. 

The expedition’s visionary leader was a flamboyant impresario named Vilhjalmur Stefansson hungry for fame.

Set against the backdrop of the Titanic disaster and World War I, filled with heroism, tragedy, and scientific discovery, Buddy Levy’s “Empire of Ice and Stone” tells the story of two men and two distinctively different brands of leadership: one selfless, one self-serving, and how they would forever be bound by one of the most audacious and disastrous expeditions in polar history.


What We Are Reading Today: ‘Nine Things Successful People Do Differently’

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Updated 25 January 2023

What We Are Reading Today: ‘Nine Things Successful People Do Differently’

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Author: Heidi Grant Halvorson

“Nine Things Successful People Do Differently” is a self-help book written by Heidi Grant Halvorson.

An easy read, the book highlights the key attributes of high achievers in helping them to achieve their goals.

It cites research showing that people achieve things not because of who they are, but because of what they do, and identifies nine strategies used by successful people to hit their targets.

They include being specific, seizing the moment, being a realistic optimist, focusing on getting better rather than getting good, showing determination, and focusing only on what needs to be done.

Halvorson explains the importance of knowing exactly what must be accomplished and keeping track of every action toward that set goal.

On being a realistic optimist, she points out the need to aim high, have a clear plan, and stay motivated.

And thoughts and ideas should be written down and acted upon as soon as possible.

A psychologist, researcher, and author, Halvorson has written for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and was one of Thinkers50 most influential management thinkers.

She is director of research and development for EY Americas Learning, and associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University.

 


What We Are Reading Today: The Land Beneath the Ice by David J. Drewry

What We Are Reading Today: The Land Beneath the Ice by David J. Drewry
Updated 24 January 2023

What We Are Reading Today: The Land Beneath the Ice by David J. Drewry

What We Are Reading Today: The Land Beneath the Ice by David J. Drewry

From the moment explorers set foot on the ice of Antarctica in the early nineteenth century, they desired to learn what lay beneath.

David J. Drewry provides an insider’s account of the ambitious and often hazardous radar mapping expeditions that he and fellow glaciologists undertook during the height of the Cold War, when concerns about global climate change were first emerging and scientists were finally able to peer into the Antarctic ice and take its measure.


What We Are Reading Today: The Scythian Empire

What We Are Reading Today: The Scythian Empire
Updated 23 January 2023

What We Are Reading Today: The Scythian Empire

What We Are Reading Today: The Scythian Empire

Author: Christopher I. Beckwith 

In the late 8th and early 7th centuries BCE, Scythian warriors conquered and unified most of the vast Eurasian continent, creating an innovative empire that would give birth to the age of philosophy and the Classical age across the ancient world - in the West, the Near East, India, and China.

Mobile horse herders who lived with their cats in wheeled felt tents, the Scythians made stunning contributions to world civilization - from capital cities and strikingly elegant dress to political organization and the world-changing ideas of Buddha, Zoroaster, and Laotzu-Scythians all.

In “The Scythian Empire,” Christopher I. Beckwith presents a major new history of a fascinating but often forgotten empire that changed the course of history.

At its height, the Scythian Empire stretched west from Mongolia and ancient northeast China to northwest Iran and the Danube River, and in Central Asia reached as far south as the Arabian Sea. The Scythians also ruled Media and Chao, crucial frontier states of ancient Iran and China.

By ruling over and marrying the local peoples, the Scythians created new cultures that were creole Scythian in their speech, dress, weaponry, and feudal socio-political structure.


What We Are Reading Today: Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss

What We Are Reading Today: Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss
Updated 22 January 2023

What We Are Reading Today: Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss

What We Are Reading Today: Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss

Author: Juliet Hooker

In democracies, citizens must accept loss; we can’t always be on the winning side. But in the United States, the fundamental civic capacity of being able to lose is not distributed equally.

Propped up by white supremacy, whites (as a group) are accustomed to winning; they have generally been able to exercise political rule without having to accept sharing it. 

Black citizens, on the other hand, are expected to be political heroes whose civic suffering enables progress toward racial justice.