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Commitment

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The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football. In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.

Commitment

by Didier Drogba
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The Book
The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football. In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.
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What Michael Moritz says

Interwoven with the inevitable recapitulation of a torrent of games, an oddly affecting self-portrait emerges from Didier Drogba’s account of his footballing life. The image is that of a man who, after an unsettling childhood and almost a decade of toiling in football’s lower reaches, finally achieved the security for which he yearned: during all too few winters at Chelsea, the club he calls home; in Ivory Coast, the country of his childhood; and, most of all, with a woman with whom, since the age of 22, he has raised four children. Undercurrents of sensitivity and shyness course through this work — a surprising revelation from a man who, in his prime, seemed cut from bronze, but whose moral compass is touchingly calibrated.

Birth of a Theorem

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Birth of a Theorem is French mathematician Cédric Villani's own account of the years leading up to the coveted Fields Medal award. But you don't have to to be a mathematician to enjoy this wonderful work. In mathematics, as in any creative work, it is the thinker's whole life that propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Cédric Villani welcomes you into his.

Birth of a Theorem

by Cédric Villani
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Birth of a Theorem is French mathematician Cédric Villani's own account of the years leading up to the coveted Fields Medal award. But you don't have to to be a mathematician to enjoy this wonderful work. In mathematics, as in any creative work, it is the thinker's whole life that propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Cédric Villani welcomes you into his.
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

Riveting! Particularly if you follow the paper. Partial Differential Equations familiar to quants! A gem.

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In this book, Colonel Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. His vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.
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In this book, Colonel Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. His vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.
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What Bharat Masrani says

Not a business book per se, Colonel Hadfield’s memoir recounts how insatiable curiosity, single-minded dedication and a healthy competitive streak propelled him to, quite literally, out-of-this world accomplishments.

Wild

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Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey – alone across thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State - that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Wild

by Cheryl Strayed
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Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey – alone across thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State - that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
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What Jim Yong Kim says

Any writer’s ability to be that honest is striking. I also really appreciated her own persistence in finishing the hike. It helped her deal with such profound issues, and it was a reminder to readers that there is a kind of a deep, sometime therapeutic value to persist in the face of an almost impossible task until you are done.

Orr: My Story

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The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. Now he breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself.

Orr: My Story

by Bobby Orr
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The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. Now he breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself.
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What John Kerry says

A gift I received for my 70th birthday. Orr is my Boston Bruins idol and reading this one, I’m just struck by what a class act he is off the ice. Humble, self-effacing, generous, he’s class personified. And in my mind he’ll always be soaring through the air in that famous image.

Final Rounds

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James Dodson always felt closest to his father while they were on the links. So it seemed only appropriate when his father learned he had two months to live that they would set off on the golf journey of their dreams to play the most famous courses in the world. Final Rounds is a book about their poignant journey; it is also about golf, about fathers and sons, long-held secrets, and the lessons a middle-aged man can still learn from his dad about life, love, and family.

Final Rounds

by James Dodson
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James Dodson always felt closest to his father while they were on the links. So it seemed only appropriate when his father learned he had two months to live that they would set off on the golf journey of their dreams to play the most famous courses in the world. Final Rounds is a book about their poignant journey; it is also about golf, about fathers and sons, long-held secrets, and the lessons a middle-aged man can still learn from his dad about life, love, and family.
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What James Gorman says

Any son who has played golf with his father will instantly connect not just to the golf but to the bond of father and son.

The Doctor Stories

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This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.

The Doctor Stories

by William Carlos Williams
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This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.
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What Atul Gawande says

The Doctor Stories is a collection of factual pieces by William Carlos Williams about his life as a doctor in New Jersey; the stories themselves are incredibly vivid and revealing.