Non-Fiction

All non fiction books that don't fall under other genre can be submitted here.

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city’s politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.

In revealing how Moses did it–how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force–Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars–the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were–even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him–until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better – and thus we don’t like to talk or even think about the extent of our selfishness. This is “the elephant in the brain.” Such an introspective taboo makes it hard for us to think clearly about our nature and the explanations for our behavior. The aim of this book, then, is to confront our hidden motives directly – to track down the darker, unexamined corners of our psyches and blast them with floodlights. Then, once everything is clearly visible, we can work to better understand ourselves: Why do we laugh? Why are artists sexy? Why do we brag about travel? Why do we prefer to speak rather than listen?

Our unconscious motives drive more than just our private behavior; they also infect our venerated social institutions such as Art, School, Charity, Medicine, Politics, and Religion. In fact, these institutions are in many ways designed to accommodate our hidden motives, to serve covert agendas alongside their “official” ones. The existence of big hidden motives can upend the usual political debates, leading one to question the legitimacy of these social institutions, and of standard policies designed to favor or discourage them. You won’t see yourself – or the world – the same after confronting the elephant in the brain.

Venetian Window A Step-by-Step Guide to Trompe L’Oeil Painting

Trompe l’oeil, or literally, “trick the eye”, describes a style of painting that sets out to deceive. It is the art style that creates an illusion of three-dimensions onto a two dimensional surface.

This project book is for the beginner to intermediate artist, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions accompanied by detailed photographs and diagrams. It will equip you with an understanding of the techniques and materials necessary to create your very own trompe l’oeil masterpiece.

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he’d just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They’d have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress—to measure what mattered.

Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove (“the greatest manager of his or any era”) drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove’s brainchild with more than fifty companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked.

In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone’s goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization.

The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization’s most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention.

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

Interview Preparation and Success Tips: A Detailed Guide on How to Answer Interview Questions and Bag That Dream Job!

Congratulations! You finally got the call for the interview of your dream job. But, you still have a long way to go before you get an offer. In today’s competitive world, perfect interview tips and strategies can make the difference in getting your hired or promoted. You might have the qualifications and experience but the interview process is like a jungle and you must stand out over the competition and impress your potential employer in every stage as there are no second chances. That’s why this Interview Preparation Book is a must-have.

Coming Out Of The Dark

This book is my personal story of my ongoing process of recovery from a lifetime of abuse. As a result I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD. It does not focus on the graphic details of the abuse. I chose rather to talk about my recovery. What helped me, and what didn’t. The biggest lesson I learned is that healing is very much connected to love. Learning how to love yourself and break away from the old patterns of being told you were worthless.

Fear: Trump in the White House

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.

Orange Tree – A Step-by-Step Guide to Trompe L’Oeil Painting

Trompe l’oeil, or literally “trick the eye”, describes a style of painting that sets out to deceive. It is the art style that creates the illusion of three-dimensions onto a flat surface.

In this Orange Tree project the artist takes you on a step-by-step journey throughout the planning and painting process complete with photos and diagrams. It is his wish to equip you with an understanding of the techniques and materials necessary to create your very own trompe l’oeil masterpiece.

The author, Chris Westall, is an established muralist and trompe l’oeil artist from the UK
As well as this series of trompe l’oeil project books, he is also the author of Trompe L’Oeil Interiors and the Trompe L’Oeil Bible.
He has also been invited to demonstrate his painting on numerous occaisions for interior design programs on both BBC1 and ITV1.

Further details of the artist and his work can be found at www.ChrisWestallMurals.co.uk