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Books to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2014

Books to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2014

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Can’t wait for TEDGlobal 2014? We’re here to help! Spend the next two weeks curling up with these books by the wonderful speakers who will grace the stage in Rio. Memoir American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, by Marie Arana. The writer’s classic, in which she shares her own experience growing up between Peru and the United []

TED Books—now in print!

TED Books—now in print!

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On the anniversary of September 11, we’re proud to launch an idea that is the deepest possible antidote to terror. It’s the powerful story of Zak Ebrahim, who grew up the son of a terrorist (his father helped plan the 1993 WTC bombing), and chose tolerance over hatred. This idea reaches you in a form []

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

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Last night, four authors stepped onto an Edison-bulb-lit stage in our New York office to share the bold ideas at the center of their books. “Tonight will bring to life the nonfiction section of the library,” promised the evening’s host, June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. From a new vision for healthcare, to a []

Books to get you ready for TED2014

Books to get you ready for TED2014

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TED2014, our 30th anniversary conference, is less than a month away! If you’re counting the days like we are, get a head start by reading some of the insightful and compelling books by the groundbreaking thinkers who will speak in Vancouver. Books from speakers in Session 1, “Liftoff” Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte. This 1995 []

P.W. Singer answers a key question on cybersecurity: How can I protect myself  — and the whole Internet?

P.W. Singer answers a key question on cybersecurity: How can I protect myself — and the whole Internet?

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At TED2009, military analyst P.W. Singer spoke about how drones are changing warfare. It was fascinating — and sobering. This month, Singer directs our attention to a different way technology can intersect with malice in his new book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored by Allan Friedman. Below, an excerpt that asks: What can we do []

Your holiday reading list: Great novels by 2013 TED speakers

Your holiday reading list: Great novels by 2013 TED speakers

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Packing up for your holiday trip home? For the downtime from eggnog, food and family, consider bringing a couple of these excellent novels from TED speakers whose talks were published this year. Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel, The Age of Miracles, quickly took off when it was published last year. Walker imagines a world in []

9 memorable, manic moments of jealousy in literature

9 memorable, manic moments of jealousy in literature

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“When we feel jealous, we tell ourselves a story. We tell ourselves a story about other people’s lives,” says Parul Sehgal, an editor for The New York Times Book Review, in her TED Talk, a poetic meditation on an oft-resented emotion. “These stories make us feel terrible because they are designed to make us feel []

6 talks to watch for Book Lovers Day

6 talks to watch for Book Lovers Day

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The Book. Few things are as universal, as ubiquitous and as transformative. On this Book Lovers Day, we’ve compiled talks that examine all the facets that make books great. Do you judge a book by its cover, like Chip Kidd, or get absorbed into a compelling narrative like Andrew Stanton? Were you taken to new []

A reading list in behavioral science, from speaker Alex Laskey

A reading list in behavioral science, from speaker Alex Laskey

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At Opower, Alex Laskey and colleagues are running what they describe as “the largest behavioral science experiment in the world.” Laskey explains some of the thinking behind it in his TED Talk, “How behavioral science can lower your energy bill,” and he shared further insights into the importance of the field in this discussion with Harvard []