The stoic writings of the philosopher seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.throughout history, some books have changed the world. they have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. they have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. they have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they have enriched lives—and destroyed them.now, penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook
What makes an effective executive?the measure of the executive, peter f. drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." this usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: managing time choosing what to contribute to the organization knowing where and how to mobilize
“I was very honored to have the opportunity to write the foreward to the 50th anniversary edition.”
When john mcphee met bill bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. a sense of where you are, mcphee's first book, is about bradley when he was the best basketball player princeton had ever seen. mcphee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. but athletic prowess alone would not explain bradley's magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense
While john mcphee was working on his previous book, rising from the plains, he happened to walk by the engineering building at the university of wyoming, where words etched in limestone said: "strive on--the control of nature is won, not given." in the morning sunlight, that central phrase--"the control of nature"--seemed to sparkle with unintended ambiguity. bilateral, symmetrical, it could with equal speed travel in opposite directions. for some years, he had been planning a book about places in the world where people have been engaged in all-out battles with
The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a western mountain range, and on the colorado river in the grand canyon. the four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.