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Teaching Common Sense

Author : Linda Kulman
ISBN : 1632260689
Genre : Political Science
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The Grand Strategy Program at Yale was founded in 2000 by Professors John Lewis Gaddis, Yale’s Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History and director of the program; Paul M. Kennedy, the university’s J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of British History and founding director of Yale’s International Security Studies Program (ISS); and Charles Hill, a "practitioner” professor who distinguished himself as a career Foreign Service officer before coming to Yale to teach full time. Two years before he joined its faculty as a practitioner professor in 2013, New York Times columnist David Brooks described the seminar as "the best course in America.” The class has been the subject of articles and blog posts in the Wall Street Journal, the Nation, and the New Republic. Most significantly GS attracted the notice of Nicholas F. Brady (Yale, ’52) and Charles Johnson (Yale, ’54), who endowed the program in 2006. Brady, the longtime senior partner at a leading Wall Street investment banking firm, US senator, and treasury secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, is best known for the Brady Plan, which resolved the 1980s international debt crisis. He went on to found Darby Overseas Investments, a pioneer in emerging markets private equity investment. Johnson is the retired chairman of Franklin Resources, a money management company that he led for nearly fifty years. One of the largest single-gift donors in Yale’s history--for the construction of its two new colleges --Johnson also underwrote renovations in Yale’s athletic facilities and the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, which supports research in the Kissinger papers at Yale. Brady and Johnson believe that the Grand Strategy course fills a void in American higher education. "Colleges are turning out hothouse flowers,” Brady said. "These overstudied, underexposed students need a course in common sense.” As he wrote in a monograph on common sense (defined as "sound, practical judgment in everyday matters”) it’s "a key ingredient in the best leadership.” "If you don’t teach leadership and people aren’t exposed to it,” Johnson added, "they don’t even know what they missed.” Gaddis, Kennedy, and Hill, each of whom is now a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, built GS in response to Kissinger’s observation that "the convictions that leaders have formed before reaching high office are the intellectual capital they will consume as long as they continue in office.” In its fifteenth year, the Grand Strategy Program is as recognizable to Yalies as the letter Y and the school’s bulldog mascot, Handsome Dan. High school students often hear about the program even before they apply to Yale. Along with cultivating leadership skills the Brady-Johnson Program offers students a worldview. Many of the approximately five hundred women and men who have completed the program and are ascending the ladders of government, nonprofits, the US military, universities, and the corporate sector describe it as one of their most formative Yale classes--influencing them not just professionally, as might be expected, but also, personally. One former student related the GS model back to Carl von Clausewitz’s idea of "leverage”--applying a small amount of force to make a difference. "You invest all this, and this group of people will then go off and change the world. The teaching is not the end in itself. In order to do that well, you can’t take people who don’t have a natural inclination to leadership. It’s not making leaders out of nothing. It’s accelerating that. The idea is that we’ll have a community within ourselves and develop each other.” The big thing it does is scope. It takes [students] five feet off the ground and puts them at five hundred feet.

The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost

Author : Molly Worthen
ISBN : 0547347685
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Psychologically astute and passionately written, Molly Worthen’s remarkable debut charts the intricate relationship between student and teacher, biographer and subject. As a Yale freshman, Worthen found herself deeply fascinated by worldly-wise professor Charles Hill, a former diplomat who had shaped American foreign policy in his forty-year career as an adviser to Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, among others. Hill was never afraid to tell students how to think or what to do, and the Grand Strategy seminar he co-taught had developed a cult following. The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost is at once the biography of a political insider and the story of how its author evolved as she wrote it. In a moving, highly original work, Worthen conveys the joy and the heartache of uncovering the human being behind one’s idol.


Author : Henry Kissinger
ISBN : 9781439126318
Genre : History
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A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China. The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy. Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations. Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

Get What S Yours

Author : Laurence J. Kotlikoff
ISBN : 9781476772295
Genre : Business & Economics
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Helps those nearing retirement make the best decisions about their Social Security benefits by detailing techniques and options like “file and suspend” and “start stop start” to maximize their benefit income for a variety of different life situations.

The Situation And The Story

Author : Vivian Gornick
ISBN : 9781466819016
Genre : Reference
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A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of Love All narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom. In a story or a novel the "I" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth. How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers. Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, or Marguerite Duras. This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid intelligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of nonfiction. In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.

People Analytics In The Era Of Big Data

Author : Jean Paul Isson
ISBN : 9781119050780
Genre : Business & Economics
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"This book will be the ultimate guide for integrating analytics into a company's HR business practices. It provides an actionable framework to leverage predictive analytics at every stage of the hiring process and talent management. The author focuses on integrating analytics across the entire cycle of talent workforce management and planning. The book offers people analytics' case studies from a variety of industries and companies from small and medium sized organizations to large multinational companies. Finally the book focuses on integrating analytics across the entire cycle of talent workforce management and planning; while most books focus on one -- integrating them together and covering the entire hiring cycle is still a relatively new idea"--

Kids First

Author : David Kirp
ISBN : 9781586489489
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It may "take a village to raise a child," but most American families are struggling, with diminishing social support, to do the job on their own. While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. More and more children may well not make it to a healthy, productive adulthood. That's terrible for them--and for us as well. It doesn't have to be this way. In this book, renowned expert David L. Kirp clarifies the importance of investing wisely in children. He outlines a visionary "Kids First" policy agenda that's guided by a "golden rule" principle: Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love. And he offers lively and inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all children's lives: strong support for parents; high-quality early education; linking schools and communities to improve what both offer children; giving all youngsters access to a caring and stable adult mentor; and providing kids a nest egg to help pay for college or kick-start a career.

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