• Business & Economics

A Question of Intent

A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry
Author: David A. Kessler
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781586481216
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 492
View: 8174
Former FDA commissioner David Kessler guides the reader through a legal thriller, telling the story of the FDA's fight with big tobacco.

    • Business & Economics

A question of intent

a great American battle with a deadly industry
Author: David A. Kessler
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 492
View: 1218
The former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recounts his investigation into the inner workings of the tobacco industry, revealing how tobacco companies hid the truth about the health risks of smoking for decades.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction


How Your Brain Is Fooled by Food
Author: David A. Kessler, MD
Publisher: Tundra Books
ISBN: 1770495053
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
View: 8551
Most people believe that it's natural to gain a lot of weight as we get older. But this is not true. Kessler knows it's not true because until about 30 years ago, we did not have a weight problem in North America. In fact, throughout history, the human body weight stayed pretty much the same. People ate the amount of food they needed and no more. Then, in the 1980s, something changed. North Americans started gaining a lot of weight. What happened in such a short time to add so many millions of pounds to so many millions of people? Something had changed in North America, but it wasn't us. It was our food. These processed foods - loaded with sugar, fat, and salt - make it almost impossible for some people to stop eating. Many years ago, the food industry managed to figure out that they could sell more food if it had a lot of sugar, fat, and salt in it. Good food should make you feel full and satisfied. But foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt have the opposite effect on many people. Instead of easing our hunger, these foods make us want to eat more. Even when we're full, even when we're not hungry, we feel the need to eat. Hijacked helps us understand what it is that we're eating and helps us train our brains to know when to stop eating and to stop craving food.

    • Political Science

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't

A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter
Author: Jessamyn Conrad
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628726733
Category: Political Science
Page: 408
View: 4934
“Engaging and inspiring . . . Reading this book should make you want to vote.” —Barack Obama In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene that is colored by the blue versus red partisan divide. How does the average educated American find a reliable source that’s free of political spin? What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why—whether it’s the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it’s the perfect book to brush up on a single topic or read through to get a deeper understanding of the often mucky world of American politics. This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2016 presidential election. But it is also a book that transcends the season. It’s truly for anyone who wants to know more about the issues, which are perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction


How Your Brain Is Fooled by Food
Author: David A. Kessler
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781770495036
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
View: 3706
Explains why our bodies crave fast food.

    • Business & Economics

An Introduction to Business Ethics

Author: Joseph DesJardins
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780078038327
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
View: 6358
Since its inception, An Introduction to Business Ethics by Joseph DesJardins has been a cutting-edge resource for the business ethics course. DesJardins’ unique multidisciplinary approach offers critical analysis and integrates the perspective of philosophy with management, law, economics, and public policy, providing a clear, concise, yet reasonably comprehensive introductory survey of the ethical choices available to us in business.

    • Business & Economics

FDA in the Twenty-First Century

The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies
Author: Holly Fernandez Lynch,I. Glenn Cohen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231540078
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 528
View: 9150
In its decades-long effort to assure the safety, efficacy, and security of medicines and other products, the Food and Drug Administration has struggled with issues of funding, proper associations with industry, and the balance between consumer choice and consumer protection. Today, these challenges are compounded by the pressures of globalization, the introduction of novel technologies, and fast-evolving threats to public health. With essays by leading scholars and government and private-industry experts, FDA in the Twenty-First Century addresses perennial and new problems and the improvements the agency can make to better serve the public good. The collection features essays on effective regulation in an era of globalization, consumer empowerment, and comparative effectiveness, as well as questions of data transparency, conflicts of interest, industry responsibility, and innovation policy, all with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals. The book also intervenes in the debate over off-label drug marketing and the proper role of the FDA before and after a drug goes on the market. Dealing honestly and thoroughly with the FDA's successes and failures, these essays rethink the structure, function, and future of the agency and the effect policy innovations may have on regulatory institutions abroad.

    • Business & Economics

True Professionalism

The Courage To Care About Your Clients & Career
Author: David H. Maister,Robert Galford,Charles Green
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471108511
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
View: 2630
Are some technically competent professionals who work hard and long hours 'true professionals' or are they just cruisers? In this deeply illuminating call to arms, David Maister, the world's premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges individuals to examine closely the meaning of their work and reach beyond their grasp. The pursuit of the highest standards, Maister argues, is the primary road to commercial success. He presents a visionary reconception of professionalism that encompasses a lifelong dedication to self-improvement, a personal commitment to excellence, and a true spirit of service to clients. Looking first at the individual professional, Maister dares those good corporate citizens who 'do their duty' to discover what they truly love to do. Turning to the institution, Maister focuses on what he calls the 'instability' of professional service firms today, and offers advice on how to invest in skill building. David Maister's message is a recipe for success and for professional satisfaction making TRUE PROFESSIONALISM a worthy successor to his previous writings.

    • Law

The People Vs. Big Tobacco

How the States Took on the Cigarette Giants
Author: Carrick Mollenkamp
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781576600573
Category: Law
Page: 334
View: 5551
For the first time, the facts behind the scorching of Big Tobacco are woven into a single investigative narrative. Written in the fast-paced, riveting style by a reporting team positioned from the beginning inside the frame with key players from all sides of the legal battleground, this book lets readers become insiders themselves in one of the most amazing social and financial dramas of our century. Photos.

    • Psychology


Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering
Author: David A. Kessler, M.D.
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062388533
Category: Psychology
Page: 416
View: 1833
Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wished we did not? For decades, New York Times bestselling author Dr. David A Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon—capture—is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control. In Capture, Dr. Kessler considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: What are the origins of mental afflictions, from everyday unhappiness to addiction and depression—and how are they connected? Where does healing and transcendence fit into this realm of emotional experience? Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it. With a new basis for understanding the phenomenon of capture, he explores the concept through the emotionally resonant stories of both well-known and un-known people caught in its throes. The closer we can come to fully comprehending the nature of capture, Dr. Kessler argues, the better the chance to alleviate its deleterious effects and successfully change our thoughts and behavior Ultimately, Capture offers insight into how we form thoughts and emotions, manage trauma, and heal. For the first time, we can begin to understand the underpinnings of not only mental illness, but also our everyday worries and anxieties. Capture is an intimate and critical exploration of the most enduring human mystery of all: the mind.

    • Business & Economics

Smoke in their eyes

lessons in movement leadership from the tobacco wars
Author: Michael Pertschuk
Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 327
View: 5004
The classic American struggle between the public interest and corporate interests is perhaps nowhere better illustrated than in the decades-long struggle between the tobacco industry and advocates for public health. The failure of the "global settlement" legislation is now viewed by many public health experts as an historic missed opportunity, and in this extraordinary book, Smoke in Their Eyes,Michael Pertschuk brilliantly describes the forces brought to bear. A lifelong public health leader and tobacco control advocate, Pertschuk provides uncommon insight into the movement and its opposition. Questions that reveal themselves here can be applied to public advocacy as a whole: how can movement leaders gauge and best employ popular support? Who has legitimacy to speak on behalf of a particular public cause? And perhaps most crucially, how is it possible for those whose cause is a moral one to strike political compromise? With a narrative as compelling as the issues it raises, Smoke in Their Eyeswill be of great interest to everyone from students of public advocacy and political science to general readers.

Too Greedy for Adam Smith

CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism
Author: Steven Bavaria
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781518861512
Page: 168
View: 2723
(LIBRARY EDITION) "Too Greedy for Adam Smith" is about how out-of-control CEO pay is destroying free enterprise in America. If a corporate purchasing manager rented office space from a cousin or crony at twice the market rate he would be fired in a heartbeat. But "sweetheart deals" that would be unethical elsewhere in the business world are the norm in the world of CEO pay, where highly conflicted boards of directors award pay packages many times the size normal free market economics would require. "Too Greedy for Adam Smith" explains in plain English how this is more than just flawed economics. It also gives capitalism a "bad name" as voters see our corporate elite living by a different set of rules than everyone else. Beyond paying CEOs more than they deserve, this encourages corporate behavior that has little economic purpose besides enriching management and its Wall Street enablers. Excessive one-time payoffs encourage CEOs to "swing-for-the-fences," so that doing mega-deals where they can "take the money and run" trumps doing what's best for the company in the long run. We need to reject the idea that excessive pay for CEOs is just a "normal" part of capitalism in the same way we refuse to accept price fixing, embezzlement and other corrupt activity. Boards of directors should be put on notice that approving such deals is a breach of their fiduciary duty, and they should be held to account through shareholder suits, SEC actions and by the press. This issue concerns everyone - Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative - who values free enterprise and wants to see it maintained and strengthened.

    • History

The Cigarette Century

The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America
Author: Allan Brandt
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786721901
Category: History
Page: 640
View: 6151
From agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, The Cigarette Century is the definitive account of how smoking came to be so deeply implicated in our culture, science, policy, and law. No product has been so heavily promoted or has become so deeply entrenched in American consciousness. The Cigarette Century shows in striking detail how one ephemeral (and largely useless) product came to play such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives—and deaths.

    • History

Lead Wars

The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children
Author: Gerald Markowitz,David Rosner
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520283937
Category: History
Page: 326
View: 6093
In this incisive examination of lead poisoning during the past half century, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner focus on one of the most contentious and bitter battles in the history of public health. Lead Wars details how the nature of the epidemic has changed and highlights the dilemmas public health agencies face today in terms of prevention strategies and chronic illness linked to low levels of toxic exposure. The authors use the opinion by Maryland’s Court of Appeals—which considered whether researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) engaged in unethical research on 108 African-American children—as a springboard to ask fundamental questions about the practice and future of public health. Lead Wars chronicles the obstacles faced by public health workers in the conservative, pro-business, anti-regulatory climate that took off in the Reagan years and that stymied efforts to eliminate lead from the environments and the bodies of American children.

    • Political Science


Why the World Needs a Powerful America
Author: Dick Cheney,Liz Cheney
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150111543X
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
View: 3928
"Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney explain the unique and indispensable nature of American power, reveal the damage done by President Obama's abandonment of this principle, and show how America can and must lead again"--

    • Fiction

Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101137193
Category: Fiction
Page: 1088
View: 1729
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

    • Health & Fitness

The End of Overeating

Taking Control of the Insatiable North American Appetite
Author: David A. Kessler, MD
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 1551993716
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 344
View: 1003
With engineers working around the clock to figure out how to add "irresistibility" and "whoosh" to food, and the ever-expanding choices (and portions) available to us, it's no wonder we've become a culture on caloric overload. But with obesity rising at alarming rates, we're in desperate need of dietary intervention. In The End of Overeating, Dr. David A. Kessler, former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, takes an in-depth look at the ways in which we have been conditioned to overeat. Dr. Kessler presents a combination of fascinating anecdotes and newsworthy research - including interviews with physicians, psychologists, and neurologists - to understand how we became a culture addicted to the over-consumption of unhealthy foods. He also provides a controversial view inside the food industry, from popular processed food manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast food franchises. Kessler deconstructs the endless cycle of craving and consumption that the industry has created, and breaks down how our minds and bodies join in the conspiracy to make it all work. He concludes by offering us a common sense prescription for change, both in our selves and in our culture. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Fiction

Broken Eagle

Author: James Crouse
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780997471205
Category: Fiction
Page: 264
View: 3188
A fast-paced, legal-military-aviation thriller about veteran Jake Baird, who got his law degree, began practicing, intending to leave harrowing situations behind. Soon his world is crawling with murderous rogue agents willing to do anything so the program can continue and to prevent dissemination of damaging documents Jake has obtained.

    • Social problems

Lords of Industry

Author: Henry Demarest Lloyd
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social problems
Page: 355
View: 5931

    • Fiction

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Author: Frederick Douglass
Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1910833819
Category: Fiction
Page: 106
View: 1949
One of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life.