Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Trailer for WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers

Check out this amazing trailer for Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers' WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, to be published by HarperBusiness next month:

Brian Doherty's RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM Boosted in The New Yorker


In her story "Covert Operations:  The Billionaire Brothers Who Are Waging a War Against Obama," Jane Mayer repeatedly mentions Brian Doherty's interviews with the Koch brothers for his 2007 history of the Libertarian movement, RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement published by Public Affairs, which rescues "libertarianism from its own obscurity, eloquently capturing the appeal of the 'pure idea,'" (Wall Street Journal), and includes the life stories of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman,Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard.  Brian's previous book, THIS IS BURNING MAN, was published by Little, Brown in 2004, and chronicles the history of The Burning Man Festival from 1995-2004. This is the story of what really happens out at Black Rock City, Nevada, out there on the playa, as told through the eyes of a participant.

Juliet Nicolson's THE GREAT SILENCE a Tina Brown Must-Read Story of Survival

For Morning Edition's monthly feature "Word of Mouth," Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown spoke with Renee Montagne on NPR about what she's been reading in the way of stories of survival. Brown's "survival" picks are about displaying character in the face of stress, and includes THE GREAT SILENCE, represented by us in collaboration with Ed Victor Ltd., and published in the US by Grove in June.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Matt Gallagher's KABOOM Gets Another Rave Review

This time in the September issue of Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute:

Matt Gallagher’s memoir is the finest I have yet read from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…The genius of both the blog and the memoir is Gallagher’s ability and willingness to accurately capture not just the fear and boredom of small-unit combat but also its hilarity…Laugh-out-loud dialogue…Gallagher’s parting act of service is this book, which is as noteworthy for its adventurous and stylized prose as for the story it tells…As engaging a combat memoir as any I have ever read.

Watch him on New England Cable News on August 12th:


On WGBH's The Emily Rooney Show on August 12th, as well:



 Matt will appear at Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store on September 15th.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS' Rachel Botsman to speak at The Feast, NYC October 15th

Rachel Botsman, co-author with Roo Rogers of the upcoming WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, will be speaking at the upcoming conference The Feast at The Times Center in New York City on October 15th.  The Feast is "a cross-disciplinary series of programs addressing social innovation and new ways to make the world a better place. Our secret sauce lies in a healthy combination of passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship to shift the way things are done - thereby changing individuals, industries, and ultimately the world."

Check out her recent speech at TEDx Sydney on The Rise of Collaborative Consumption:


“Such is the wisdom of Rachel Botsman and the revolutionary ideas in her recent TEDx Sydney talk. Goodbye Hyper-Consumption, hello ‘Collaborative Consumption’. In her funkily-presented 101, we learn how the internet is removing the middle man and making it possible to have a sustainable business plan selling peer-to-peer… Collaborative Consumption is a new socio-economic ‘big idea’ promising a revolution in the way we consume.” — ABC Big Ideas

Rachel received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University. She has consulted to businesses around the world on brand and innovation strategy and was a former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation.  Her articles have appeared in a range of publications including Business Week, Brandchannel, Business21, and Worldchanging.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Seattle Times finds THE GREAT SILENCE by Juliet Nicolson "a pearl of anecdotal history"

We just discovered a wonderful Seattle Times review from early June of Juliet's new book THE GREAT SILENCE:  1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War, her first being THE PERFECT SUMMER: England 1911, Just Before the Storm, which Publishers Weekly called a "delightfully gossipy yet substantial slice of social history."  The agency represents Juliet in collaboration with Ed Victor Ltd.

Ellen Emry Heltzel writes:  A pearl of anecdotal history, "The Great Silence" is a satisfying companion to major studies of World War I and its aftermath. Its psychological profile of a country in mourning is imperfect and patchwork.

Yet, as Nicolson proceeds through the familiar stages of grief — denial, anger and acceptance — she gives you a deeper understanding of not only this brief period, but also how war's sacrifices don't end after the fighting stops.

KABOOM'S Matt Gallagher Gives His Boots-on-the-Ground Perspective on NPR'S On Point with Tom Ashbrook

When President Obama took office, there were 144,000 troops in Iraq. By the end of August, there will be 50,000 left.

Yesterday, the President said combat missions are ending. As the U.S. pulls back – and eventually out – of Iraq, we’re reflecting on the meaning of that toil, sacrifice, service and bloodshed. What it means for regular Iraqis, and for the armed forces who gave much, and lost comrades.

Tom Ashbrook guides this discussion between Anthony Shadid, David Finkel, and Matt Gallagher.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Adam Platt finds a "Different, More Original Alchemy" at Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue in this week's New York


...Other cooks—David Chang, Anita Lo—have dabbled in traditional Asian barbecue. But with Richter’s help, Pelaccio is the first to combine the classic salty-sweet flavor profile of the East with the bulky, messy, down-home goodness of authentic American barbecue.

KABOOM's Matt Gallagher's Politics and Prose Appearance airs on BookTV

Matt read at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC on June 3rd, and C-SPAN was there to capture the event.

Zhang Yajun Reviews COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler from the Chinese Point of View


On Jottings from the Granite Studio, Christian Science Monitor Beijing bureau staffer Zhang Yajun has this to say:

...In Hessler’s account of Wei Ziqi, I see my family, my relatives and my friends all facing a similar predicament. But it is not their fault. They are just normal human beings looking for the best for their families and themselves. At the same time, China is developing fast — almost everyone is better off than before — but the psychological and mental adjustment to cope with the rapid change is much more difficult than they expected. Hessler does a good job capturing both the anxiety and opportunity of this transitional period.

...There is a myth, one believed by many Chinese, that foreigners do not and cannot understand China. This book shows that this myth is simply nonsense.

...Hessler makes the effort. He drives through many of the least developed provinces and villages in China and down little country lanes for months on end. He camps in the open air and lives on Red Bull, chocolate bars and Oreos. He saw the China where villagers worked for months to dig useless tree holes even though the diggers only received two bags of instant noodles each day to show for their work; the China where young people move away to cities or towns to find jobs while the elderly cling to their old life in the villages; the China where desperate migrants have to lie about their age and identities to seize a job in a booming industrial coastal town. Even many Chinese, especially those who live in the cosmopolitan illusion of Shanghai and Beijing, are unaware of this China. It may not always be pretty in pieces, but there is great beauty in the mosaic of a people living their lives in a time of great change and working to make a better life for themselves and their children. It is a China I want more people to know about.