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Hughes, William 1957-

Works: 85 works in 391 publications in 1 language and 9,057 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Forecasts  Military history  Popular works 
Roles: Narrator, Author
Classifications: ML418.A96, 787.2092
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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 )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 800 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( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 596 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"--Container
The next 100 years [a forecast for the 21st century] by George Friedman( Recording )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 568 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
The generals American military command from World War II to today by Thomas E Ricks( Recording )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 288 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 it merely nostalgia? 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 the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. In The Generals, we meet great leaders and suspect ones, from World War II to the present, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers
Murder in the high Himalaya [loyalty, tragedy, and escape from Tibet] by Jonathan Green( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 277 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. Intrepid journalist Jonathan Green here investigates the clash of cultures at the rooftop of the world. As he gains entrance to a fascinating network of Tibetan guides and safe houses operating in the name of freedom, investigates the tradition of extreme mountaineering in Chinese-occupied Tibet, and establishes contact with surviving refugees, he offers a rare, affecting portrait of modern Tibet and raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths to which we go to achieve freedom
Brain bugs how the brain's flaws shape our lives by Dean Buonomano( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 251 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 250 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
Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity by Steve Silberman( Recording )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more--and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives. Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger's syndrome, whose "little professors" were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences
Superparenting for ADD an innovative approach to raising your distracted child by Edward M Hallowell( Recording )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 222 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
Brothers, rivals, victors [Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the partnership that drove the allied conquest in Europe] by Jonathan W Jordan( Recording )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the complex friendship between Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, and Omar Bradley that began decades before the war and was shaped by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, and ambition
The Teapot Dome Scandal how big oil bought the Harding White House and tried to steal the country by Laton McCartney( Recording )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 210 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
Outrageous fortunes the twelve surprising trends that will reshape the global economy by Daniel Altman( Recording )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 199 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
My dyslexia by Philip Schultz( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. His balancing act, life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer, reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind
The Road to serfdom by Friedrich A. von Hayek( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 189 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
Lion of liberty Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation by Harlow G Unger( )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 180 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
Republican Gomorrah inside the movement that shattered the party by Max Blumenthal( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 179 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
Planet Google how one company's all-encompassing vision is transforming our lives by Randall E Stross( Recording )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on unprecedented access he received to the highly secretive "Googleplex," New York Times columnist Randall Stross takes readers deep inside Google, the most important, most innovative, and most ambitious company of the Internet Age. His revelations demystify the strategy behind the company's recent flurry of bold moves, all driven by the pursuit of a business plan unlike any other: to become the indispensable gatekeeper of all the world's information, the one-stop destination for all our information needs. Will Google succeed? And what are the implications of a single company commanding so much information and knowing so much about us?"
At the edge of the precipice [Henry Clay and the compromise that saved the Union] by Robert V Remini( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 166 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
A safeway in Arizona what the Gabrielle Giffords shooting tells us about the Grand Canyon state and life in America by Tom Zoellner( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Zoellner uses the tragedy as a jumping-off point to expose the fault lines in Arizona's political and socioeconomic landscape that allowed this to happen and offers a revealing portrait of the southwestern state at a critical moment in history-and as a symbol of the nation's discontents and uncertainties. Ultimately, it is his rallying cry for a more sane and more civil way of life
In the graveyard of empires [America's war in Afghanistan] by Seth G Jones( Recording )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the September 11 attacks, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The U.S. established security throughout the country--killing, capturing, or scattering most of al Qa'ida's senior operatives--and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of struggle and conflict. But Jones argues that as early as 2001, planning for the Iraq War siphoned resources and personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. Jones introduces us to key figures on both sides of the war. He then analyzes the insurgency from a historical and structural point of view, showing how a rising drug trade, poor security forces, and pervasive corruption undermined the Karzai government, while Americans abandoned a successful strategy, failed to provide the necessary support, and allowed a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan to catalyze the Taliban resurgence
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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 livesSuperparenting for ADD an innovative approach to raising your distracted childBrothers, rivals, victors [Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the partnership that drove the allied conquest in Europe]The Teapot Dome Scandal how big oil bought the Harding White House and tried to steal the countryOutrageous fortunes the twelve surprising trends that will reshape the global economy