In the midst of a deadly heat wave during the summer of 1834, a woman clawed her way over the wall of a Roman Catholic convent near Boston, Massachusetts and escaped to the home of a neighbor, pleading for protection. When the Bishop, Benedict Fenwick, persuaded her to return, rumors began swirling through the Yankee […]
Management Consulting is the first complete resource guide to the consulting industry, updated and expanded to reflect the impact of the new economy. Sugata Biswas and Daryl Twitchell cover all the bases—from the origins and history of the field to how to ace the case interview and how to become established in one of the many […]
For centuries we’ve believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance—in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn’t work, you didn’t eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe […]
Peter Williamson had a fantastic tale to tell upon his return to Aberdeen, Scotland in 1758. He would publish, and perform, his story of being kidnapped as a boy in Aberdeen, transported across the Atlantic and sold into indenture in Philadelphia, then freed only to have his home destroyed in a raid at the outset […]
Jon Coleman grew up in Boulder and received his BA and MA from the University of Colorado. he traveled east for his Ph. D., graduating from Yale University in 2003. Since 2004, he has taught early American, environmental, and western American history at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds the rank of full […]
Ellen Langer is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Her work focuses on the illusion of control, aging, decision-making, and mindfulness theory. Ellen’s books include Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, and On Becoming an Artist. She also is the author of over 200 research articles and six academic books, work […]
Serena Zabin is a professor of history at Carleton College and a historian of early America. She is the author of two books: Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2009 and The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden’s Journal of the Proceedings, […]
Jon Butler is a historian and the Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. At Yale, he served as chair of the American Studies Program from 1988 to 1993, the director of the Division of the Humanities from 1997 to 1999, and chair of the Department of […]
It’s becoming commonplace – first government, and then arts organizations, colleges, schools are being “reinvented” in the business model. Even the PTA is remaking itself in the corporate model. So, we should hardly be surprised to find that churches are doing exactly the same thing. In response to congregations that increasingly demand that their churches be shaped […]
It’s intuitively appealing to imagine a line as composed of infinitely small individual points – or “indivisibles,” as they’re called in mathematics. After all, we know that wood is a composite of individual fibers, and a rope is composed of individual strings, so we would expect the same to be true of the lines and […]
Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War—also known as the Seven Years’ War—and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In The War That Made America, Fred Anderson deftly shows how the expansion of the British colonies into French territory in the […]
Matchmakers have been around forever – there’s seemingly always been a need for a business that brings together people looking to marry. But until relatively recently, we didn’t recognize that many other kinds of businesses – from Airbnb and American Express to Tencent and Visa – are matchmakers, too. And these businesses operate under a […]
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy […]
Andreas Wagner is a professor in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute for the study of complex systems. He is the author of Arrival of the Fittest: How Life Invents Itself, which Kirkus (in a starred review) called “A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm…’ His next book, <em>Landscapes of Evolution: Mapping the Origins of Creativity</em>, will be published by Basic Books.
Amy Elizabeth Smith teaches writing and literature at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her book, <em>All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year Long Journey with Jane</em> was published by Sourcebooks. <em>Booklist</em> called the book, “a fun twist on the fascination with all things Jane.” A lifetime member of JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America), she has been publishing scholarly articles for years, but this is her first venture into travel writing.
David J. Silverman is Professor in the Department of History at George Washington University. He is the author of four books in Native American and colonial American history, with a particular focus on New England. His next book, a Wampanoag-centered history of Plymouth colony and the Thanksgiving holiday, will be published by Bloomsbury.