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Eye Contact
by Mr. Stephen W. Collins (Steve) '69
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Bantam; 1995; 376 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Law, Mystery/thriller
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A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger leads to more than a quick sexual fling for actress Nicolette Stallings when he flaunts her rules of anonymity, confronts her on the street, breaks into her apartment, and turns up dead there.

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Working with Emotional Intelligence
by Dr. Daniel J. Goleman (Dan) '68
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Bantam; 2000; 400 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Business, Psychology
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Do you have what it takes to succeed in your career?

The secret of success is not what they taught you in school. What matters most is not IQ, not a business school degree, not even technical know-how or years of expertise. The single most important factor in job performance and advancement is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is actually a set of skills that anyone can acquire, and in this practical guide, Daniel Goleman identifies them, explains their importance, and shows how they can be fostered.

For leaders, emotional intelligence is almost 90 percent of what sets stars apart from the mediocre. As Goleman documents, it's the essential ingredient for reaching and staying at the top in any field, even in high-tech careers. And organizations that learn to operate in emotionally intelligent ways are the companies that will remain vital and dynamic in the competitive marketplace of today—and the future.

Comprehensively researched, crisply written, and packed with fascinating case histories of triumphs, disasters, and dramatic turnarounds, Working with Emotional Intelligence may be the most important business book you'll ever read.

Drawing on unparalleled access to business leaders around the world and studies in more than 500 organizations, Goleman documents an astonishing fact: in determining star performance in every field, emotional intelligence matters twice as much as IQ or technical expertise.

Readers also discover how emotional competence can be learned. Goleman analyzes five key sets of skills and vividly shows how they determine who is hired and who is fired in the top corporations in the world. He also provides guidelines for training in the "emotionally intelligent organization," in chapters that no one, from manager to CEO, should miss.

Working with Emotional Intelligence could prove to be the most important reference for bottom-line businesspeople in the first decades of the 21st century.

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Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama
by Dr. Daniel J. Goleman (Dan) '68
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Bantam; 2004; 448 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion/spirituality
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The God Machine
by Mr. J. Gregory Sandom '79
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Bantam; 2009; 480 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Mystery/thriller
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A secret so explosive, the church always insisted it was just a legend. Now it'll stop at nothing to prevent its discovery...

The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful, it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.

Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the church’s most deeply buried secrets . . . and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of the puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling … and infinitely more deadly.

Now, along with a beautiful engineer, Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin’s journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone, to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies, and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing … staying alive, another.

For as Koster and Sajan are about to learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven … could open the portals of Hell.

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Infinite Jest: A Novel
by David Foster Wallace [d] '85
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Back Bay Books; 1996; 1079 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Classics, Post-modern, Sports
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A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

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Oblivion: Stories
by David Foster Wallace [d] '85
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Back Bay Books; 2005; 336 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Literature
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In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt-of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion"). Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.

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McCain's Promise: On the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Reporters,...
by David Foster Wallace [d] '85
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Back Bay Books; 2008; 124 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Politics
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Is John McCain "For Real?"

That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when Mccain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anticandidate whose goal was "to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest." And many young Americans were beginning to take notice.

To get at "something riveting and unspinnable and true" about John Mccain, Wallace finds he must pierce the smoke screen of spin doctors and media manipulators. And he succeeds-in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio that not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into John McCain himself: the senator, the POW, the campaign finance reformer, the candidate, the man.

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Secrets Of The Astonishing Executive
by Mr. William C. Herz (Bill) '79
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Avon Books; 1991; 184 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Business
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And the Blood Cried Out: A Prosecutor's Spellbinding Account of Dna's Power to Free or Convict
by Mr. Harlan A. Levy '77
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Basic Books; 1996; 240 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Criminal Justice, Law
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A former member of the Manhattan homicide prosecution team profiles fourteen of the decade's most suspenseful criminal cases while explaining how detectives, prosecutors, and attorneys use DNA evidence in court.

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Double Exposure
by Mr. Stephen W. Collins (Steve) '69
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William Morrow; 1998; 256 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Mystery/thriller
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In Double Exposure, Collins plunges readers into a world he knows intimately -- broadcast television. We meet top TV critic Joe McBride, who's doing fine professionally, but whose private life is a mess, what with a five-year-old daughter, an angry ex-wife, and a very-soon-to-be-ex-fiancie, not to mention a come-hither co-anchor, and a beautiful brand-new neighbor who's alluring, available . . . and much, much more than meets the eye.Savvy, sexy, and edge-of-the-seat suspenseful, Double Exposure is the kind of thriller only an industry insider could create, a star turn from a man who knows that when people talk about a role to kill for, sometimes they mean exactly that.