Arthur Benjamin – The Magic of Math: Solving for X and Figuring out Why


Think of a number between 20 and 100. Then add the digits together. Now subtract the total from your original number. Finally, add the digits of the new number together.

Your answer is 9, right?  It’s Always 9!

America’s greatest “mathemagician” uses magic tricks and fun, everyday examples to teach math’s classic problems

The Magic of MathArthur Benjamin_edited-1America’s Best Math Whiz by Reader’s Digest, one of America’s 300 
Best Professors by Princeton Review and three-time TED talker with more than 11 million views.

“Mathematics is filled with magic like this, but most of us are never exposed to it in school,” 

–mathemagician Arthur Benjamin. 

Blending magic with lightning-fast mental math feats, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin has been dazzling, entertaining, and inspiring audiences of all ages with his mathematical magic shows for more than thirty years. In his new book, he draws on his sense of humor and a delightful assortment of tricks, mental shortcuts, and examples to explain the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties behind some of math’s most well-known formulas and properties. “While math is a seriously important subject, it doesn’t have to be taught in a serious and dry fashion,” he writes.

About the Author:  Arthur Benjamin holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Benjamin has received numerous awards for his writing and teaching, and served as editor of Math Horizons magazine for the Mathematical Association of America. He has given three TED talks, which have been viewed over 10 million times. Reader’s Digest calls him “America’s best math whiz.” Benjamin has appeared on numerous television programs, including TodayThe Colbert Report, and The Queen Latifah Show. He and his work have also been featured in the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesUSA TodayPeople Magazine, and Wired, among others.The author of Secrets of Mental Math, he lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and two daughters.

Winston Groom – The Generals

They had been born into the age of horses and buggies and lived to the age of nuclear weapons and—in MacArthur’s case—the spectacle of men in outer space. At times they were revered by their peers and by the multitudes as gods, but they weren’t, of course. They were exceptionally good soldiers, and great captains, brave as lions, bold as bulls, audacious, and inventive, marshaling huge victorious armies. With all their quirks and foibles and mistakes they were still fine men who served their country with distinction, and when they died their memory enriched the national trust.
                                                                                                            – from “The Generals
Winston Groom author The AviatorsThe Generals coverOn the heels of his national bestseller “The Aviators,” acclaimed historian Winston Groom returns with THE GENERALS: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II, an exhilarating military history that tells the story of three remarkable soldiers who rose from the blood-soaked battlefields of World War I to become the finest generals of their time during World War II. In a uniquely American tale, George Marshall, George Patton and Douglas MacArthur collectively redefined America’s notions of military leadership and gave rise to a new generation of American soldiers.
Marshall, while a poor student as a child, went on to lead his class at theVirginia Military Institute and become the principal planner of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the greatest American operation of World War I and thestruggle that ended the conflict. A brilliant thinker, he rose from there to become chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, organizing thelargest military expansion in the United States. He was also chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Patton, remembered as one of the most heroic and controversial generals in U.S. history, overcame a debilitating learning disability to graduate in the top half of his class at West Point.  He would go on to build the Army’s burgeoning tank corps, command the invasions of North Africa and Italy during World War II and lead the famed Third Army in Europe, before dying from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in December 1945.
MacArthur became known as the “bravest man in the U.S. Army” during theFirst World War, where he was appointed the youngest general in the Army and, afterward, the youngest superintendent of West Point and the youngest chief of staff of the Army. He boldly led his troops in the Pacific during theSecond World War, where his strategy famously defeated the Empire of Japan.
These three extraordinary men of arms contributed to the wars in different ways, but it was their collective bravery, passion and determination that defined 20th-century America and drove the Allied victory. Rich with vivid detail and set against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the 20th century, Winston Groom’s THE GENERALS is narrative history at its most gripping and entertaining.
Winston Groom is the author of 19 previous books, including “Forrest Gump”; “The Aviators”; the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Conversations with the Enemy”; “1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls”; Vicksburg, 1863”; and “Shiloh, 1862.” Groom served in Vietnam as an officer with the Fourth Infantry Division. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.
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Laura Lynne Jackson – The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven, Lessons for Living

Laura Lynne JacksonThe Light Between USHere’s the information we received from the publishers: For readers of Proof of Heaven, this is the astonishing true story of Laura Lynne Jackson, a high school English teacher, a Long Island native, a wife and mother of three children, and a psychic medium able to converse with souls from the other side. Laura teaches us how we can embrace our own intuitive abilities and transform how we see our world. In her inspirational memoir, THE LIGHT BETWEEN US, Jackson shares what she’s learned about the Universe from the readings she’s done for people who’ve lost loved ones and how it works to guide us to live in a more loving and meaningful way, right here, right now.

When Laura was 11-years-old, she had her first psychic experience: a premonition that she needed to visit her grandfather one summer day. After that day, she never saw him alive again. At first, she was convinced that something was wrong with her. She began having dreams where she would see and speak with her grandfather; she would see bright and beautiful colors around people; and she could tell when something tragic had occurred and many were in pain. Over time and with the support of her friends and family, Laura learned to harness her abilities and brought the two sides of her life together—the high school English teacher and the psychic medium—through a scientific understanding of her gift and an appreciation of how her gift could help those coping with loss.

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Adam Makos – Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice

DevotionAdam MakosDuring this 65th Anniversary year of the Korean War, New York Times bestselling author Adam Makos tells the stories of real superheroes—men and women of the armed forces who have committed great acts of bravery and compassion.

Continuing his tradition of unearthing incredible stories, Makos’s, DEVOTION: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice (Ballantine Hardcover; On Sale 10/27), tells the inspirational account of the U.S Navy’s most famous aviator duo: Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white, blue-blooded New Englander, and Ensign Jesse Brown, the sharecropper’s son from Mississippi who became the first African American aviator in the navy. While America remained gripped in segregation, Tom and Jesse joined forces as wingmen. Makos brings us into the cockpit as these young aviators cut their teeth at landing on aircraft carriers—a dangerous line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to embrace. Then comes the war in far-off Korea.

In DEVOTION, Makos alternates among the perspectives of Tom and Jesse in the air and the Marines they defend on the ground. As the fury of the fighting escalates, Tom and Jesse fly headlong into waves of Communist troops to save a unit of Marines who are cornered at the hellish Chosin Reservoir. When Jesse is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning fighter, Tom faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history’s most audacious one-man rescue mission. His decision would earn him the Medal of Honor—and an unexpected responsibility for life.

About the Author: ADAM MAKOS is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller A Higher Call. As a journalist, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. In pursuit of a story, Makos has met with presidents, had tea with Prince Charles, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and organized an expedition into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman. He lives in Denver.

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Andrew Pettegree – Brand Luther

Brand LutherAndrew Pettegree - Brand LutherIn 2017 we mark the 500th anniversary of a defining moment in Western civilization: the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In BRAND LUTHER: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe—and Started the Protestant Reformation, acclaimed historian Andrew Pettegree details how a theological spat became a great public event. Here he offers a powerful corrective to the standard narrative about Martin Luther and the Reformation: this moment was really about the birth of the marketplace as we know it. Luther, thanks to his gifts as a theologian and communicator, with the help of the printing business became the world’s first mass-media figure, its first brand.

When Martin Luther posted his “theses” on the door of the Wittenberg church in 1517, protesting corrupt practices, he was virtually unknown. Within months, his ideas spread across Germany, then all of Europe; within years, their author was not just famous, but infamous, responsible for catalyzing the violent wave of religious reform that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation and engulfing Europe in decades of bloody war.

Luther came of age with the printing press, and the path to glory of neither one was obvious to the casual observer of the time. Printing was, and is, a risky business—the questions were how to know how much to print and how to get there before the competition. He recognized in printing the power of pamphlets, written in the colloquial German of everyday people, to win the battle of ideas.

But that wasn’t enough—not just words, but the medium itself was the message. Fatefully, Luther had a partner in the form of artist and businessman Lucas Cranach, who together with Wittenberg’s printers created the distinctive look of Luther’s pamphlets. Together, Luther and Cranach created a product that spread like wildfire—it was both incredibly successful and widely imitated. Soon Germany was overwhelmed by a blizzard of pamphlets, with Wittenberg at its heart; the Reformation itself would blaze on for more than a hundred years.

In BRAND LUTHER, Pettegree fuses the history of religion, publishing, and capitalism into one enthralling story, revolutionizing our understanding of one of the pivotal figures and eras in all of human history.

About the Author

ANDREW PETTEGREE is a professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews, where he was the founding director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute. He currently serves as the vice president of the Royal Historical Society. His previous books include The Invention of NewsThe Book in the Renaissance, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, and Emden and the Dutch Revolt. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

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Jamye Waxman – How to Break Up With Anyone

Break ups aren’t just for significant others: learn how to let go of other toxic relationships with: HOW TO BREAK UP WITH ANYONE: Letting Go of Friends, Family, and Everyone In-Between

How to Break up with Anyone 300Jamye WaxmanSome of the most difficult but necessary breakups a person can experience will likely be with people who aren’t romantic or sexual partners, yet resources for surviving these endings are limited. With How to Break Up With Anyone: Letting Go of Friends, Family, and Everyone In-Between, relationship expert and sex educator Jamye Waxman has written a much-needed step-by-step guide to non-romantic breakups. Drawing from her own experiences, Waxman provides strategies for disengaging from a friend, family member, community, or even former version of oneself, addressing both practical and emotional concerns.

While ending a relationship can be painful, Waxman’s positive message focuses on the ultimately liberating aspects of putting unhealthy relationships to rest. Chapter topics include key issues such as “Best Friends Forever No More,” “Breaking Up With Family,” and “Breaking Up With Your Career.” Waxman also includes firsthand advice and guidance for those who have been broken up with and are looking for answers.

How to Break Up With Anyone provides the tools readers need to initiate a breakup, the encouragement to get through it, and the wisdom to recognize that they don’t have to settle for anything less than productive, healthy relationships. For readers facing an impending breakup with a best friend, parent, job, or community, How to Break Up With Anyone will help them reach the other side.

About the Author

Jamye Waxman, M.Ed started her professional career as a radio producer. From there, she launched into the field of human sexuality and relationships—as both a sex educator and media personality. Waxman is currently pursuing an MA in counseling psychology and a PhD in human sexuality education. 

A sought-after speaker and media consultant, Waxman has been interviewed by top media outlets including Forbes, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Heeb, The Doctors, MTV, Playboy TV, and The History Channel. She is also a regular contributor to Playgirl magazine.

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Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Jodi Wheeler-ToppenEdible Science coverGrab a beaker, pick up your whisk, and get ready to cook up some solid science. Using food as our tools (or ingredients!) EDIBLE SCIENCE: EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN EAT shows curious kids how to become saucy scientists that measure, weigh, combine, and craft their way through the kitchen. Discover dozens of thoroughly-tested, fun, edible experiments, sprinkled with helpful photos, diagrams, scientific facts, sub-experiments, and more. And the best news is when all the mad-science is done, you’re invited to grab a spoon and take a bite — and share your results with friends and family.

JODI WHEELER-TOPPEN is the author of ten books and numerous articles for teachers and students. She holds a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Georgia and conducts teacher workshops on science and literacy. She is a former high school science teacher, where she learned exactly what happens if you pull the emergency shower in the chemistry classroom. And she swears that her mealworm brownies are the best ones her kids have ever had.

The above is the publisher’s description of this fun book. It’s put out by the National Geographic Kids imprint, which means both the photography and the writing are magnificent. In addition, Jodi Wheeler -Toppen is full of energy and excitement in our interview, which you can hear by clicking on the grey podcast bar below.