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December 29, 2014

Featured Author – Stefan Weitz with Search: How the Data Explosion Makes Us Smarter

Stefan Weitz is a Senior Director of Search at Microsoft and charged with working with people and organizations across the industry to promote and improve Search technologies. While focused on Microsoft’s product line, he works across the industry to understand searcher behavior, academic developments, and innovations from all over and, in his role as an evangelist for Search, gathers and distills feedback to drive product improvements. Prior to Search, Stefan led the strategy to develop the next generation MSN portal […]
December 26, 2014

Featured Author – Jake Ducey with The Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life

Jake Ducey, a kid from a good Southern California family, seemed to have it all. But he didn’t. Something was missing, and the emptiness had led him to a life fueled by alcohol and drugs. Following his heart, Jake left it all behind and, with his meager savings, traveled the world. He discovered  that what he was seeking was inside himself the entire time—that our destiny is realized only if we look within ourselves first. Upon returning from his spiritual […]
December 12, 2014

Featured Author – George Westerman, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation

George Westerman is a Research Scientist in the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching help senior executives drive competitive advantage with digital technology. He is coauthor of two award-winning books: The Real Business of IT (2009) and IT Risk (2007). Didier Bonnet is a Senior Vice President at Capgemini Consulting, where he serves as Global Practice Leader and heads Capgemini Consulting’s Digital Transformation program. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience in strategy, internet economics, globalization, and business transformation for large […]
November 20, 2014

Phil Klay’s Redeployment Wins National Book Award, Fiction

The Hooks Book Events team was excited to learn that our friend Phil Klay was honored with the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction for Redeployment. Klay’s story takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of […]
November 20, 2014

Featured Author – Chuck Todd, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

Chuck Todd is NBC News Political Director and the moderator of Meet the Press the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and longest-running broadcast in television history. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent (2008-2014) as well as host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown (2010-2014). Todd has held the role of Political Director since March 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis […]
November 17, 2014

Featured Author: Meryl Comer, Slow Dancing with a Stranger

Meryl Comer is President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, which promotes early diagnosis, virtual innovation challenges, m-health technologies and national public service campaigns like Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of Science™. A co-founder of Women Against Alzheimer’s, she is the recipient of the 2014 Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award, 2007 Proxmire Award and 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award. Ms. Comer has provided testimony before Congress on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association and served on the 2008 Alzheimer’s Study Group, charged with presenting […]
October 30, 2014

Featured Author: Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Alex Epstein started the Center for Industrial Progress to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is antipollution but prodevelopment. A popular speaker on college campuses, he has publicly debated leading environmentalists. He lives in Orange County, California. About The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to […]
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