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The Unthinkable

Author : Amanda Ripley
Publisher : Harmony
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2009-06-16
Category : Self-Help
ISBN : 9780307352903


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Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and death Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.

The Unthinkable Swift

Author : Warren Montag
Publisher : Verso
Page : 198 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 1994
Category : Church and state
ISBN : 1859840000


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No major figure of the English Augustan period has generated stronger and more contradictory views than Jonathan Swift. Scourge of the Whig ascendancy in his own day, vilified by the Victorians, celebrated by Yeats, he has in recent years become a significant bone of contention for prominent figures on the left like E.P. Thompson and Perry Anderson. In this highly original and subtle new study, Warren Montag situates Swift in relation to the ideological and political currents of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries--in particular to what Montag perspicaciously identifies as the long crisis of the British state. Swift's perspective, he argues, was determined less by his personality or psychology than by his position as an Anglican cleric. The church, an instrument of the Tudor and Stuart absolutist state, lapsed into institutional and ideological crisis after the Stuart's fall. In Montag's view, Swift's writings were a defense of this increasingly indefensible institution. Swift employed satire because only in the negative representations of this literary form could the now effectively 'unthinkable' doctrines of the Church be made to appear. Opening with a historical survey of the crisis of English absolutism and the Anglican Church, Montag then gives a definitive account of the specific conflicts in philosophy against which Swift's Anglican orthodoxy was aligned. Detailed examinations of Swift's two prose masterpieces, A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels, follow. Historically and philosophically informed, The Unthinkable Swift contributes not only to our understanding of a seminal figure in English literary history but also to the study of historical ideologies, in particular the once dominant religious tradition at the dawn of the first modern capitalist state.

When the Unthinkable Happens!

Author : Lajla Abrams
Publisher :
Page : 214 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2008-09-01
Category : Self-Help
ISBN : 9781435719538


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A true story of Life and Death and Survival. In December of 1997, my two youngest children were killed deliberately by their own father in South Africa. They died along with their father from carbon monoxide poisoning. I was left, along with my 14 year old surviving daughter. This is a deeply personal story but one which I felt compelled to share. It focuses on this tragic incident, how it affected my life and how I dealt with the overwhelming grief and guilt I had to endure. It was with a deep faith in God that my daughter and I were able live on and begin a new life for ourselves in the United States. Anyone who has known someone or had to cope with surviving your children should read this.

The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran

Author : Charles Kurzman
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 318 pages
File Size : 44,8 Mb
Release : 2005-09-06
Category : History
ISBN : 0674039831


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The shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, would remain on the throne for the foreseeable future: This was the firm conclusion of a top-secret CIA analysis issued in October 1978. One hundred days later the shah--despite his massive military, fearsome security police, and superpower support was overthrown by a popular and largely peaceful revolution. But the CIA was not alone in its myopia, as Charles Kurzman reveals in this penetrating work; Iranians themselves, except for a tiny minority, considered a revolution inconceivable until it actually occurred. Revisiting the circumstances surrounding the fall of the shah, Kurzman offers rare insight into the nature and evolution of the Iranian revolution and into the ultimate unpredictability of protest movements in general. As one Iranian recalls, The future was up in the air. Through interviews and eyewitness accounts, declassified security documents and underground pamphlets, Kurzman documents the overwhelming sense of confusion that gripped pre-revolutionary Iran, and that characterizes major protest movements. His book provides a striking picture of the chaotic conditions under which Iranians acted, participating in protest only when they expected others to do so too, the process approaching critical mass in unforeseen and unforeseeable ways. Only when large numbers of Iranians began to think the unthinkable, in the words of the U.S. ambassador, did revolutionary expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A corrective to 20-20 hindsight, this book reveals shortcomings of analyses that make the Iranian revolution or any major protest movement seem inevitable in retrospect.

Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible

Author : Anonim
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Page : 370 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2013
Category : History
ISBN : 9781412852784


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"New material this edition copyright (c) 2013 by Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Originally published in 2011 by Transaction Publishers."

Thinking the Unthinkable

Author : Charles C. Lemert
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 208 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2015-12-03
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781317250449


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In the eloquent style for which he has become famous, Charles Lemert writes of social theory as no one else. Thinking the Unthinkable is offered as text for instruction, yet it defies the prevailing assumption that social theory is a method for clarifying the facts of social life. Lemert shows how social theory began late in the 19th century as a struggle to come to terms with the failure of modern reason to solve the social problems created by the capitalist world-system. Since then, social theory has developed through twists and turns to think and rethink this Unthinkable. Hence the surprising innovations of recent years-postmodern, queer, postcolonial, third-wave feminist, risk theories, among others arising in the wake of globalization. Once again, Lemert has made the difficult clear in a book that students and other readers will treasure and keep.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Author : Nik Gowing
Publisher : John Catt Educational
Page : 318 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2018-06-08
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 9781908095640


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Executive leadership faces new vulnerabilities. Many leaders privately concede them, but few are willing to talk publicly about them. "e;Unthinkable"e; events since 2014 have revealed a new leadership fragility at the highest levels. And the pace of change in 2017 shows that the uncertainties are greater than ever. Is this the "e;new normal?"e;Thinking The Unthinkable is an investigation into why leaders have appeared more unable or unwilling than ever to anticipate the biggest issues of our time.In an era of "e;wicked problems"e; why are current leadership behaviours and culture apparently not fit for purpose? What are the causes of so many failures in policy and strategic forecasting? Are they human frailties? Or are they systemic failures to embrace smartly new realities?Through hundreds of interviews and conversations, Nik Gowling and Chris Langdon have analysed the deep new challenges to the human capacity of leaders at the highest keels to accept, understand, embrace then handle the extraordinary processes of change and disruption. This essential book draws on the candid responses. The findings are scary and disconcerting.

Facing the Unthinkable

Author : Raymond Creed
Publisher :
Page : 138 pages
File Size : 41,7 Mb
Release : 2019-07-29
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780244920005


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'Facing the Unthinkable' dramatically portrays the likely emotional and psychological reactions of a beleaguered number of Jewish people at the very point when they turn to their true Messiah. Their state of near-total despair will suddenly change to one of exuberant joy. All of the bible prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel will start to be fulfilled. 'Facing the Unthinkable' provides hope for the Messianic Jewish Community and for those Christians with a genuine interest in the Jewish people and in bible prophecy. It helps rebuild Christianity by emphasising its links to Israel and Judaism.

Planning the Unthinkable

Author : Peter René Lavoy,Scott Douglas Sagan,James J. Wirtz
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Page : 592 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2000
Category : Weapons of mass destruction
ISBN : 0801487048


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The proliferation of chemical, biologial and nuclear weapons is now the single most serious security concern for governments around the world. This text compares how organisations shape the way leaders intend to employ these armaments.

Rethinking the Unthinkable

Author : Ivo H. Daalder,Terry Terriff
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 296 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2014-02-04
Category : History
ISBN : 9781135235970


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Rethinking the Unthinkable examines the future direction of nuclear arms control in the post-Cold War security environment. Believing that the new environment requires a radical rethinking of the purpose and role of nuclear weapons in international politics, the contributors address many fundamental issues influencing further US, Russian and European nuclear arms reductions. This volume is a product of the Project on Rethinking Arms Control, sponsored by the Center for International and Security Studies in Maryland.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Author : Lydia Dotto
Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Page : 80 pages
File Size : 53,6 Mb
Release : 2006-01-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780889208247


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An overwhelming majority of climatologists believe there will be significant changes in climate during the next century. Although the rate and magnitude of this change are uncertain, it could happen very rapidly. In August 1987, a working group of fifty scientists and humanists from Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, and Canada gathered in Calgary to focus their attention on the impact upon civilization of sudden climate change. One of the more revealing aspects of climate change discussed in Thinking the Unthinkable: Civilization and Rapid Climate Change is that contrary to the popular viewpoint complex societies are more vulnerable to environmental and climate disruption than less “advanced” societies. This work was written to emphasize the gravity of the situation we now face. It should serve to inform not only those concerned with our global environment, but more importantly the policy makers who will be responsible for setting new guidelines and policies aimed at safeguarding our fragile environment.

Surviving the Unthinkable

Author : Don J. Payne
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Page : 72 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2015-10-20
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781498230643


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Losing a dearly loved family member or friend suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically jars us at our very core. We shudder at the thought of it. When that loss results from a suicide it defies and assaults everything in us. The unthinkable is often considered not survivable. In Surviving the Unthinkable theology professor Don J. Payne exits the classroom and invites you into the chambers of his personal experience of that indescribable loss. This intensely personal narrative traces his process through shock, grief, anger, fear, and a host of unexpected sensations to redemption and hope. Yet, he offers no psychological analysis or formula to make it all OK. Here you will find hope--gritty, realistic hope that will deepen the resources of anyone who walks the unthinkable path of losing someone they love to suicide. Life on the other side of such a nightmare will never be the same, but there is life and it can be good. Don Payne gives voice to the experience in a way that extends a healing hand to any who wonder if they can survive.

Managing the Unthinkable

Author : Gretchen M. Bataille,Diana I. Cordova
Publisher : Stylus Publishing, LLC
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2014-04-17
Category : Education
ISBN : 9781620360743


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Crises are no strangers on campuses—whether the deaths of students, severe weather events, athletic wrongdoing, crime, or student or employee malfeasance. How leaders respond can save lives, strengthen the institution, and comfort the community—or compromise reputations and result in scandal. Risk management and readiness are not often at the top of the list of what presidents and their boards must do, but in a time of ongoing change, instantaneous communication, and media scrutiny, they risk their jobs and their institutional reputation if they do not heed the messages conveyed in this book. Gretchen Bataille and Diana Cordova, with extensive and varied experiences that include a university presidency, directing senior leadership programs, and counseling presidents and senior administrators faced with critical campus events – together with 22 presidents, seasoned leaders in higher education, and media experts – provide forthright, firsthand advice on preparing for and managing a crisis, as well on handling the emotional, and often long-term, toll that can result from dramatic events on campus. Through the examples of those who have successfully managed crises, this book provides expert insights and guidance on preparedness, assigning roles and responsibilities, and planning for contingencies ahead of time so that, in the moment, when there is pressure for immediate response that will be scrutinized by the media, by the public, and by the local constituencies, leaders can act with confidence. The contributors emphasize the crucial importance of ethical behavior, the need for clear protocols for how all employees should handle problematic issues, and the need for mechanisms that allow employees and students to report problems without fear of retribution. Creating an atmosphere of transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior isn’t something a leader does when a scandal strikes to protect a reputation; it’s what leaders must do to reinforce their good name every day. For senior leaders and board members not in the throes of managing a crisis, this book outlines what needs to be done to be prepared and offers extensive resources for further reading.

Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable

Author : Jonathan Stevenson
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 322 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 0670019011


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From the Unthinkable to the Unavoidable

Author : Carol Rittner,John K. Roth
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Page : 236 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : Holocaust (Christian theology)
ISBN : 0313296839


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In the last half century, ways of thinking about the Holocaust have changed somewhat dramatically. In this volume, noted scholars reflect on how their own thinking about the Holocaust has changed over the years. In their personal stories they confront the questions that the Holocaust has raised for them and explore how these questions have been evolving. Contributors include John T. Pawlikowski, Richard L. Rubenstein, Michael Berenbaum, and Eva Fleischner.