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Hughes, William 1957-

Works: 95 works in 606 publications in 1 language and 10,070 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Forecasts  Military history  Popular works 
Roles: Narrator, Author, nar
Classifications: ML418.A96, B
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Most widely held works by William Hughes
The soloist : [a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music] by Steve Lopez( Recording )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard--ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans--until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers's life. The soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges
Too big to fail : the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis--and themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea and Russia and the corridors of Washington, this is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and ultimately, the fate of the world's economy."
The next 100 years : [a forecast for the 21st century] by George Friedman( Recording )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utilizing 2000-year-old geopolitical models, expert weather forecaster George Friedman reviews major historical changes and predicts what changes await humanity in the 21st Century
Murder in the high Himalaya : [loyalty, tragedy, and escape from Tibet] by Jonathan Green( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese police are instructed to take any measures necessary to protect the border of Tibet. When a group of climbers witness the murder of a young Tibetan nun who is fleeing to India, two men have a choice: turn a blind eye and preserve their climbing careers or alert the world to the grand scale of human injustice played out daily in Tibet
The generals : American military command from World War II to today by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History has been kinder to the American generals of World War II?Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley?than to the generals of the wars that followed. Is this merely nostalgia? Here,?Thomas E. Ricks answers the question definitively: No, it is not, in no small part because of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During World War II, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. In?The Generals?we meet great leaders and suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers. Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story, but no single figure is more inspiring than Marine General O. P. Smith, whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in 1950 snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation. But Smith's courage and genius in the face of one of the grimmest scenarios the marines have ever faced only cast the shortcomings of the people who put him there in sharper relief. If Korea showed the first signs of a culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring, the Vietnam War saw American military leadership bottom out. In the wake of Vietnam, a battle for the soul of the US Army was waged with impressive success. It became a transformed institution, reinvigorated from the bottom up. But if the body was highly toned, its head still suffered from familiar problems, resulting in tactically savvy but strategically obtuse leadership that would win battles but end wars badly. Ricks has made a close study of America's military leaders for three decades, and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning: the transmission of values, strategic thinking, the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails. Military history of the highest quality,?The Generals?is also essential reading for anyone with an interest in the difference between good leaders and bad ones
Brain bugs : how the brain's flaws shape our lives by Dean Buonomano( )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano illuminates the causes and consequences of the brain's imperfections in terms of its innermost workings and its evolutionary purposes. He then examines how our brains function--and malfunction--in the digital, predator-free, information-saturated, special-effects-addled world we have built for ourselves
The great deformation : [the corruption of capitalism in America] by David Alan Stockman( Recording )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution meant to restore sound money principles to the United States government. It failed, derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. In The Great Deformation, Stockman describes how the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America and provides a surprising nonpartisan catalog of the corrupters and defenders. His analysis overturns the assumptions of Keynesians and monetarists alike, showing how both liberal and neoconservative interference in markets has proved damaging and often dangerous. Over time, crony capitalism has made fools of us all, transforming Republican treasury secretaries into big-government interventionists and populist Democrat presidents into industry-wrecking internationalists
Planet Google : how one company's all-encompassing vision is transforming our lives by Randall E Stross( Recording )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Randy Stross explores Google's bold and possibly disastrous attempts at continued success. He explains the possibilities of bankruptcy for other providers, and how this will affect our culture as a whole
The Teapot Dome Scandal : how big oil bought the Harding White House and tried to steal the country by Laton McCartney( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called "oil cabinet" made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast oil reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt. When news of the scandal finally emerged, the consequences were disastrous for the nation and for the principles in the plot to bilk the taxpayers: Harding's administration was hamstrung; Americans' confidence in their government plummeted; Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was indicted, convicted, and incarcerated; and others implicated in the affair suffered similarly dire fates. Stonewalling by members of Harding's circle kept a lid on the story--witnesses developed "faulty" memories or fled the country, and important documents went missing--but contemporary records newly made available to McCartney reveal a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far-reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators.--From publisher description
Brothers, rivals, victors : Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the partnership that drove the Allied conquest in Europe by Jonathan W Jordan( Recording )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the relationship between American World War II generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley, and looks at how they were able to work together to defeat Germany
The Road to serfdom by Friedrich A. von Hayek( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders: from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-forties, to Reagan and Thatcher in the eighties. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent" defense of laissez-faire capitalism." Hayek shows that the idea that "under a dictatorial government you can be free inside," is nothing less than a grievous fallacy. Such dictatorial governments prevent individual freedoms and they often use psychological measures to perform "an alteration of the character of the people." Gradually, the people yield their individuality to the point where they become part of the collectivist mass
Superparenting for ADD : an innovative approach to raising your distracted child by Edward M Hallowell( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dealing with ADD in their own personal lives, Drs. Edward Hallowell and Peter Jenson offer a precise program for parents to help their ADD child lead a more productive life
My dyslexia by Philip Schultz( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the "dummy class" in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition. In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination
Outrageous fortunes : the twelve surprising trends that will reshape the global economy by Daniel Altman( Recording )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economics expert Daniel Altman helps listeners look past the current economic crisis by revealing twelve political and business trends that will reshape the global economy and serve as a plan for future economic success
Lion of liberty : Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation by Harlow G Unger( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian and journalist Harlow Giles Unger chronicles the heroic life of Patrick Henry. One of the most outspoken Founding Fathers, it was Henry who coined the term 'liberty or death, ' and battled tyranny, against the British during the American Revolution. However, he also fought tyranny in America after the war, as he rallied for a Bill of Rights, denounced big government, and instilled in his country an unsurpassed passion for liberty and patriotism
Twin : a memoir by Allen Shawn( )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty years ago, an eight-year-old Allen Shawn watched as his autistic twin sister Mary was placed into an inpatient treatment center after their parents could no longer care for her. Here Shawn explores the link between himself and his twin as well as the challenges that came with autism in the 1950s. He also uncovers the family drama that went on behind closed doors as his father, William, served as the editor of the New Yorker
Republican Gomorrah : inside the movement that shattered the party by Max Blumenthal( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intimate, investigative portrait of how the purveyors of the politics of personal crisis and redemption brought down the GOP--and why they're still calling the shots for the party
At the edge of the precipice : [Henry Clay and the compromise that saved the Union] by Robert V Remini( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has been said that if Henry Clay had been alive in 1860, there would have been no Civil War. Based on his performance in 1850, it may well be true. In that year, the United States faced one of the most dangerous crises in its history, having just acquired a huge parcel of land from the war with Mexico. Northern and Southern politicians fought over whether slavery should be legal on the new American soil. After a Northern congressman introduced a proviso to forbid slavery in any territory acquired from Mexico, Southerners threatened to secede from the Union. Only Henry Clay, America's great compromiser, could keep the Union together, saving it from dissolution for ten crucial years. In this contribution to American history, Remini explores Henry Clay's final and most important act of bipartisanship
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The soloist : [a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music]
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Too big to fail : the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis--and themselvesThe next 100 years : [a forecast for the 21st century]Murder in the high Himalaya : [loyalty, tragedy, and escape from Tibet]Brain bugs : how the brain's flaws shape our livesPlanet Google : how one company's all-encompassing vision is transforming our livesThe Teapot Dome Scandal : how big oil bought the Harding White House and tried to steal the countryBrothers, rivals, victors : Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the partnership that drove the Allied conquest in EuropeThe Road to serfdom