Was browsing through my old notes and I saw that I made a list of books that might interest me in 2012.. ***all product description is copied from www.bookdepository.com
Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son
In a stunning memoir-cum-travelogue Peter Carey charts this journey, inspired by Charley's passion for Japanese Manga and anime, and explores his own resulting re-evaluation of Japan. Although graphically violent and disturbing, the two mediums are both inherently concerned with Japan's rich history and heritage, and hold a huge popular appeal that crosses the generations. Led by their adolescent guide Takashi, an uncanny mix of generosity and derision, father and son look for the hidden puzzles and meanings, searching, often with comic results, for a greater understanding of these art forms, and for what they come to refer to as their own 'real Japan'. From Manhattan to Tokyo, Commodore Perry to Godzilla, kabuki theatre to the post-war robot craze, Wrong about Japan is a fascinatingly personal, witty and moving exploration of two very different cultures.
This is a classic story of paradise found - and lost. Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?
How to Win Any Argument: Without Raising Your Voice, Losing Your Cool, or Coming to Blows
"This will be one of the most important books you've read in a long time." --Larry King "[Mayer's methodology] is martial. It's mental judo, where you use the other guy's energy to win. It's mind-set. It's charisma." --The New York Times "Two thumbs up! A whole new way of being smart about all the people in your life--coworkers, bosses, family, the people you do business with. Bob Mayer tells you how to finesse the results you want without pleading, prodding, pushing, or pulling." --Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award-winning actor "A tender and effective approach to tough problems. Mayer has written more than a book, it's a way of life." --Robert Hudecek, retired CEO, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Co. "Anybody can learn these methods, which range from recommendations to stay calm to suggestions on shaping your message. All are useful and presented in clear principles and vivid illustrations." --Rolf Dobelli getabstract.com The art of the argument. It's mysterious and powerful. It's the art of having things go your way. But it's also the art of getting out of your own way. It's having the Moves. But it's also about having the Touch. Welcome to the "new normal." It's a time and place where conversations are tougher, disagreements more frequent, consensus more difficult to find than ever before. This new world demands three new "right for our times" chapters: "Heavy Metal Moves" and "Taboo Tactics": When you're being dissed, dismissed, and dumped on. Or when you need to break through. "Waging Peace: The Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Practice Game": Because there's more conflict but less money to hire litigation lawyers. "The World Has Gotten Smaller": Learn to identify deep-rooted cultural differences, and how to act and react.