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Josh's diversity sets him apart from other collaborators as his New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers show. He co-authored Howie Mandel's HERE'S THE DEAL: DON'T TOUCH ME, a no-holds-barred look at the America's Got Talent host's struggle with OCD and ADHD, and he co-wrote Bob Newhart's landmark comedic memoir I SHOULDN'T EVEN BE DOING THIS. He co-authored with Colin Tudge THE LINK: UNCOVERING OUR OLDEST ANCESTOR, which tells the incredible story of the discovery and examination of a 47 million year-old primate fossil and its journey to the Museum of Natural History (and has been translated into five languages), and he co-authored with Dr. Sam Parnia ERASING DEATH: THE SCIENCE THAT IS REWRITING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which brings together compelling stories with the latest research at the frontiers of resuscitation medicine to shed light on the ultimate mystery - what happens to human consciousness during and after death. In late 2020, Josh will release the Amazon pre-publication best-seller EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN: THE FIRST DESCENT TO THE BOTTOM OF ALL FIVE OCEANS, the riveting story of the history-making mission that used technological innovations, engineering breakthroughs and the derring-do of a team of engineers and scientists to achieve the audacious global quest of building a one-of-a-kind submersible and exploring the deepest points of all five oceans for the first time in history.
Josh is the co-author with movie mogul Mike Medavoy of the national best seller YOU'RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR NEXT ONE that delves into the films, the players, and the cultural events that shaped the movie industry over the past four decades; the co-author with actor, entrepreneur, and Fox News commentator Wayne Rogers of the iconoclastic business book MAKE YOUR OWN RULES: A RENEGADE GUIDE TO UNCONVENTIONAL SUCCESS; the co-author with Matt Graham, co-star of Discovery Channel's Dual Survival, of EPIC SURVIVAL: EXTREME ADVENTURE, STONE AGE WISDOM, AND LESSONS IN LIVING FROM A MODERN HUNTER-GATHERER, and the co-author of Anita L. DeFrantz's MY OLYMPIC LIFE, the story of her amazing rise through the ranks of the Olympic Movement.
Books that Josh co-wrote in the guy's category include Jay Mohr's gripping national best seller GASPING FOR AIRTIME: TWO YEARS IN THE TRENCHES OF 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'; Jim Belushi's outrageous "guy's guide to life" entitled REAL MEN DON'T APOLOGIZE, and wild man Hal Needham's STUNTMAN: MY CAR-CRASHING, PLANE-JUMPING, BONE-BREAKING, DEATH-DEFYING HOLLYWOOD LIFE.
He is the author of the biographies AND GIVE UP SHOWBIZ?: HOW FRED LEVIN BEAT BIG TOBACCO, AVOIDED TWO MURDER PROSECUTIONS, BECAME CHIEF OF GHANA, EARNED BOXING MANAGER OF THE YEAR, AND TRANSFORMED AMERICAN LAW, and DINO GANGS, the story of renowned paleontologist Phil Currie's quest to uncover the mystery of gang behavior in dinosaurs.
He is the co-author with Matt Kaplan of SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S FIRST LIFE: A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME, the epic story of the beginning of life on earth told with the personal views of the renowned natural historian and broadcaster; the co-author with filmmaker Mel Stuart of PURE IMAGINATION: THE MAKING OF 'WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY', the co-author of Ted Kotcheff's DIRECTOR'S CUT: MY LIFE IN FILM, and the co-author of renowned trial attorney Mike Burg's autobiography TRIAL BY FIRE: ONE MAN'S BATTLE TO END CORPORATE GREED AND SAVE LIVES.
He worked as a contributing writer on the No. 1 New York Times best seller THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME, edited by Marlo Thomas, in which he wrote first person stories for Senator James Jeffords, Mike Wallace, and BET founder Robert Johnson, among others. He has written "as told to" magazine articles for former First Lady Laura Bush and CNN's Anderson Cooper.
On the film side, Josh served as Production Consultant on WHITE HOUSE DOWN, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In his career as a journalist, Josh served as a Contributing Editor at John Kennedy's George magazine from 1996-2000, a Senior Contributing Writer at LIFE magazine from 2003-2006, and a Contributing Writer at Entertainment Weekly from 1997-2002. Previously, Josh wrote for Esquire for one year and the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section for two years. His writing has appeared in numerous other publications, including Talk, The New Republic, Details, The (London) Sunday Telegraph, The Independent (London), Allure and Los Angeles. He started his writing career while in college at the University of Maryland covering professional tennis for USA Today, Reuters, and The Washington Times, and was awarded the 1988 WTA Writer of the Year.
He has appeared on several national and international television programs, including ABC's World News Tonight, NBC's The Today Show, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, Entertainment Tonight, CNBC's Rivera Live, BBC, PBS and MSNBC's morning show. He hosted "Screening Room" on The Discovery Times Channel, and had his own segment on EXTRA entitled "The Ultimate Insider to the Movies."
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Never a punch-line comic, always more of a storyteller, he tells anecdotes from throughout his life and career, including his beginnings as an accountant and the groundbreaking success of his comedy albums and The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, which gave him fifteen years on primetime television. And he also gives his wry, comedic twist to a multitude of topics, including golf, drinking, and family holidays.
Today, Newhart appears on Desperate Housewives, in hit movies such as Elf, and in theaters around the country. Reruns of his shows air constantly on Nick at Nite -- have recently been released with great success for the first time ever on DVD. With this book, Bob Newhart gives his millions of fans a first ever opportunity to sample his unique brand of humor -- including excerpts from some of his classic routines -- on the printed page.
Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death reveals that death is not a moment in time. Death, rather, is a process—a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Innovative techniques have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the body and mind, but they are only employed in approximately half of the hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.
Dr. Sam Parnia, Director of the AWARE Study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) and one of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death and near-death experiences (NDE), presents cutting-edge research from the front lines of critical care and resuscitation medicine while also shedding light on the ultimate mystery: What happens to human consciousness during and after death? Dr. Parnia reveals how some form of “afterlife” may be uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuation of the human mind and psyche after the brain stops functioning.
With physicians such as Dr. Parnia at the forefront, we are on the verge of discovering a new universal science of consciousness that reveals the nature of mind and a future where death is not the final defeat, but is, in fact, reversible.
An engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals Howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life
Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He speaks candidly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life—as a son, husband, and father of three. Along the way, the versatile performer reveals “the deal” behind his remarkable rise through the show-business ranks, sharing never-before-told anecdotes about his career.
As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places.
The epic story of the beginning of life on Earth from the much loved and respected naturalist, writer and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.
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In this groundbreaking investigation, Attenborough travels the world, from Canada to Australia and Morocco to unearth the secrets hidden in prehistoric fossils, providing a deeper understanding of the first living creatures and the origins of our evolutionary traits.
In Gasping for Airtime, Jay offers an intimate account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live. He also dishes on the guest hosts (John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Charles Barkley), the musical guests (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton), and of course his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and David Spade). Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal both to fans of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday Night Live.
Staples outlines a nine-step approach that anyone can use to launch their product or service without having to invest a fortune.
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Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, has remained well loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. What further sets him apart is his role in bringing to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time: Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle are just some of the projects he green-lighted at United Artists, Orion, TriStar, his own Phoenix Pictures.
"The ultimate lose-lose situation for a studio executive: to wind up with a commercial bomb and a bad movie."
Of course, there are the box office disasters, and the films, as Medavoy says, "for which I should be shot." They, too, have a place in his fascinating memoir -- a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, and of working with the industry's brightest star power, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Meg Ryan, and countless others.
"Putting together the elements of a film is a succession of best guesses."
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Born to immigrant parents and raised in the slums of Toronto during the Depression, Ted Kotcheff learned storytelling on the streets before taking a stagehand job at CBC Television. Kotcheff went on to direct some of the greatest films of the freewheeling 1970s, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Wake in Fright, and North Dallas Forty.
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With his seminal films enjoying a critical renaissance, including praise from Martin Scorsese and Nick Cave, Kotcheff now turns the lens on himself. Director’s Cut is not just a memoir, but a close-up on life and craft, with stories of his long friendship with Mordecai Richler and working with stars like Sylvester Stallone, James Mason, Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Gene Hackman, Jane Fonda, and Richard Dreyfuss, as well as advice on how to survive the slings and arrows of Hollywood.
“As he explains why music matters, how Gene Hackman gets into character, and how shooting a nighttime kangaroo slaughter resulted in a change in Australian hunting policy, Kotcheff’s love of the whole process of filmmaking shines through.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A secret until now, the fossil - "Ida" to theresearchers who have painstakingly verified her provenance - is the most complete primate fossil ever found. Forty-seven million years old, Ida rewrites what we've assumed about the earliest primate origins. Her completeness is unparalleled - so much of what we understand about evolution comes from partial fossils and even single bones, but Ida's fossilization offers much more than that, from a haunting "skin shadow" to her stomach contents. And, remarkably, knowledge of her discovery and existence almost never saw the light of day.
With exclusive access to the first scientiststo study her, the award-winning science writer Colin Tudge tells the history of Ida and her place in the world. A magnificent, cutting-edge scientific detective story followed her discovery, and The Link offers a wide-ranging investigation into Ida and our earliest origins. At the same time, it opens a stunningly evocative window into our past and changes what we know about primate evolution and, ultimately, our own.