Le 26 juillet 2016 à 0h05 GMT, Bertrand Piccard pose son avion solaire, Solar Impulse 2, sur l’aéroport international d’Abou Dhabi. Au terme de 23 jours de vol effectif, lui et son partenaire ami André Borschberg qui se sont relayés aux commandes de leur engin futuriste, ont bouclé le premier tour du monde aérien sans carburant fossile, accomplissant l’un des exploits les plus marquants de l’histoire de l’exploration. Quelle aventure : faire « autrement » ! Née dans la tête de Bertrand Piccard - fils et petit-fils de Jacques et d’Auguste, familiers des hautes altitudes et des grandes profondeurs - l’épopée de Solar Impulse 2 est d’abord l’histoire d’une longue patience. Treize ans de prospective et de tâtonnements pour financer cet avion silencieux, preuve de notre capacité à explorer de nouvelles alternatives. Et à défier l’impossible ! Car l’objectif que Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg ont poursuivi 43 041 kilomètres durant, au gré de 17 étapes, à une vitesse moyenne de 75 km/h c’est d’abord et surtout de démontrer qu’il est possible de faire « autrement ». Un exploit technologique Confinés dans leur cockpit sans pressurisation ni commandes automatiques, jusqu’à 117 heures d’affilée, les deux pilotes du futur n’ont cessé de se battre contre le temps qui passe, la météo qui s’obstine et la fatigue qui s’accumule, sans que ces contrariétés ne les détournent de leur objectif premier : adresser aux oiseaux de mauvaises augures et aux consommateurs à tout va, un message plein d’optimisme. Avec le soleil comme seul carburant, Solar Impulse 2 - ses 72,30 mètres d’envergure, ses 2,3 tonnes de charge effective et ses 17 248 cellules photovoltaïques - a bouclé le tour de la planète en ne dérogeant pas aux règles du recyclable et du renouvelable.
Around the World in 20 Days
The Story of the First-Ever Round-the-World Balloon Flight As Told by the Pilots "Both of us were being driven on by a colossal charge of hope, which sometimes became so strong that we had to take deep breaths and physically choke it down. The important thing, now, was to concentrate and not make any mistakes." — Brian Jones, March 4, flying over the Sahara Desert "This is exactly my definition of adventure…a point at which you cannot avoid confronting the unknown, so that you have to dig inside yourself to find the courage and resources to deal with what may lie ahead, and to succeed." — Bertrand Piccard, diary entry March 10, heading out over the Pacific
A Trace in the Sky
From the child who dreamed about space while rubbing shoulders with the Cape Kennedy astronauts, to the initiator of the first trip round the world in a balloon and of the Solar Impulse project, Bertrand Piccard has always combined science and adventure to explore the human soul. By following that trace in the sky, he became a doctor, a psychiatrist and then a hypno-therapist, and turned his efforts towards research, to find out what makes life meaningful. A mixture of narration, personal experience and reflection, this book illustrates the ideas and thoughts which turned this 'scientist-adventurer' into one of the most sought-after speakers in the world. Aware of the fact that his readers are not getting ready for a flight in a balloon, but rather trying to find in his quest a source of inspiration for their personal and professional lives, he uses his aerial experiences to develop his concept of the philosophy of life, of human behavior, and of how to deal with stress and crisis situations. This lavishly illustrated, large-format book, with original layout, is a philosophical study of the author's flying experiences that draws far-reaching reflections on the psychology of life.
In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells about the brave men who piloted night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. Preface by André Gide. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.
Somewhere Towards the End
An esteemed memoirist and one of the great editors in British publishing examines aging with the grace of Elegy for Iris and the wry irreverence of I Feel Bad About My Neck.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Arthur Hailey’s suspense-charged novel presents a terrifying question: What happens when a terrorist attack shuts down the power in America’s largest state? In the middle of a sweltering July heat wave that has no end in sight, California’s Golden State Power and Light is on overload. An emergency brownout is already in effect. Then, GSP&L’s newest and largest generator explodes. With four people dead and a widespread loss of power, a fringe group takes responsibility. But for GSP&L vice president Nim Goldman and his family; his adversary, investigative reporter Nancy Molineaux; detective Harry London; and beautiful quadriplegic Karen Sloan, whose every breath depends on electric power, the terror is just beginning . . . A dramatic and timely story of the people and the events leading to a crisis, Overload presents a fascinating view of the little-known world of electric power production that is vital to contemporary life.
Blue Ocean Strategy Expanded Edition
The global phenomenon that has sold 3.5 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 43 languages and is a bestseller across five continents—now updated and expanded with new content. This global bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Now updated with fresh content from the authors, Blue Ocean Strategy argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”—untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: • A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red • Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time • Two new chapters and an expanded third one—Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps—that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space—and making the competition irrelevant.
Around the World in Eighty Days
One of the most popular novels in Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires series, this book tracks the adventures of affluent Englishman Phileas Fogg, who attempts to swiftly span the globe with his hapless French valet, Passepartout. A case of mistaken identity leads a determined sleuth named Fix to purse Fogg on his trek, which consists primarily of boat and train travel. Published in 1873, the story depicts Fogg and Passepartout at odds with their unfamiliar surroundings while taking in various international wonders.
The Madeleine Project
"Simply magical. . . . Words and images, magnified in this book, are woven together in small strokes to create two moving portraits of women." --Lire "A beautiful book that bears witness. An original compilation of traces, thoughts and photos . . . that form the strata of our collective memory." --T�l�rama A young woman moves into a Paris apartment and discovers a storage room filled with the belongings of the previous owner, a certain Madeleine who died in her nineties, and whose treasured possessions nobody seems to want. In an audacious act of journalism driven by personal curiosity and humane tenderness, Clara Beaudoux embarks onThe Madeleine Project, documenting what she finds on Twitter with text and photographs, introducing the world to an unsung twentieth-century figure. Along the way, she discovers a Parisian life indelibly marked by European history. This is a graphic novel for the Twitter age, a true story that encapsulates one woman's attempt to live a life of love and meaning together with a contemporary quest to prevent that existence from slipping into oblivion. Through it all,The Madeleine Project movingly chronicles, and allows us to reconstruct, intimate memories of a bygone era. Clara Beaudoux is a Paris-based journalist for the France Info news network.The Madeleine Project has been wildly popular in France. You can follow her on Twitter at @Clarabdx.
The Politics of Obedience and tienne de La Bo tie
In 1550, Étienne de la Boétie wrote his classic work of political reflection, Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, which laid the ground work for the concept of civil disobedience, and as such, has exerted an important influence on the traditions of dissidence from Thoreau and Ralph Emerson, to Tolstoy, to Gandhi. Along with the complete text of Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, this edition includes a comprehensive 100-page biography, written by 19th century author Paul Bonnefon, on the life and times of de La Boétie. It was the only one ever written, and it has never before been published in English.