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From much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux comes a funny, heartfelt and entertaining account of his life and weird times in TV. In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore's TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he'd always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn't . . . In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in the weird worlds of paranoid US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, get under the skin of celebrities like Max Clifford and Chris Eubank and tackle gang culture in San Quentin prison, all the time wondering whether the same qualities that make him good at documentaries might also make him bad at life. As Louis woos his beautiful wife Nancy and learns how to be a father, he also dares to take on the powerful Church of Scientology. Just as challenging is the revelation that one of his old subjects, Jimmy Savile, was a secret sexual predator, prompting him to question our understanding of how evil takes place. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best.
'Transforming Technology into Profit' offers a new and unique perspective on the art of innovation and new product development, and guides the reader through the skills required to successfully deal with the people and politics you will meet along the way. It describes in detail how to successfully take new ideas and turn them into sustainable profits for a business. The author, Dr Andy Wynn, says this about his new book; 'During my 30 years in industry, I have read plenty of books on innovation and new product development, sat through many seminars and worked with plenty of consultants and experts in the field. All very well thought out, well researched and presented. But whenever I went back to my day job and tried to implement what I had learnt, it was not easy. I discovered many barriers which slowed project progress, many challenges that prevented successful project implementation, and many negative attitudes that blocked or brought down great ideas. I discovered that these 'how to' books and training seminars, presented an idealised version of the new product development process, but in the real world I found the things they taught often too complex, too academic, too clever and offering too many confusing tools and techniques to really be useful or practical in real business situations. I was therefore motivated to write this book to fill in the gaps and bring a sense of realism to this important subject and to help all those thousands of businesses worldwide who are struggling with implementing these processes. This is not a book about 'how to do it, ' this is a book about 'how I did it', written from the perspective of someone who has made enough mistakes and had enough successes along the way to understand what works and what does not. And so this book is primarily about how to deal with people. In it, I give many examples of real life situations I faced and how I learnt to deal with them, to help the reader navigate through their own career. I know these techniques work, because the products I and my teams have developed for companies have gone on to sell hundreds of millions of dollars around the world.
Celebrate the dawning of a new decade with the fully revised Guinness World Records 2020. To kick off the '20s, we've created an electrifying new cover and curated a record-breaking edition packaged with thousands of new, updated and classic superlatives, hundreds of never-before-seen images, and a selection of eye-opening photo-composites that put a new spin on record-breaking... A new decade means it's time for a fresh approach, so starting with our front cover, we've re-booted record-breaking with an all-new design. There's a new look inside, too, and thanks to our team of digital artists, we've created mind-blowing poster pages that will reveal some of our classic record holders in a whole new light. Our ever-expanding pool of international consultants and experts help us make sense of the world around us, so join us as we explore the vast spectrum of record-breaking in 11 superlative-packed chapters. As always, we're committed to bringing you record-breaking from the cutting edge of science, and this year we've produced a feature chapter on remarkable robots with the help of award-winning tech blogger Evan Ackerman. We've also been out on the road, adjudicating records at events as diverse as the UK National Pet Show, Skill Con in Las Vegas and BubbleFest in Wales. Guinness World Records is nothing without its dedicated record-breakers, so we've also selected the best of the newly approved claims from the 50,000 applications received from the public over the past 12 months. If you want to be one of those lucky few, look out for the Do Try This At Home challenges in the VIRAL SPORTS chapter - you might even make it into next year's edition!
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