Pick up right where the TEDxMileHigh talks left off! Now, you can dig deeper into the ideas presented on stage with 10 books written by the speakers themselves.


American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

With memorable accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, The American Eclipse animates the drama of 19th-century science in America. This epic tale recounted through the mythologized age of the Wild West reveals the ambition, failure, and glory in the grueling race to witness a total solar eclipse. Historically, this rare celestial event has prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier hoping to expose some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles.

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Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

Research shows that self-awareness, i.e. knowing who we are and how others see us, is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Just one problem: most people aren’t as self-aware as clearly as they could be. Fortunately, it’s a surprisingly developable skill. Tasha Eurich’s research in the Fortune 500 world shows us what it really takes to better understand ourselves on the inside — and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.

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The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We’ve mastered fire, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome — yet we’re error-prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. Constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our brain: in our possessions, our environment, and the community with which we interact—usually, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. This book explains how true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the collective consciousness around us.

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The Law of Action: Master Key to the Universe We Actually Live In

Let’s be realistic! The ‘Laws of Attraction’ have been compromised. If staying mentally focused on what you want were enough to attract it, you’d have it by now. Although the laws of the mind are powerful tools, there is another side of the equation: The Laws of Action. It is the spiritual growth that comes from the doing, even if the doing is hard. Theo E.J. Wilson uses his own life to lay out a hands-on, practical, common sense guide to making the most of the potential latent within us all.

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Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture

Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history? And who has the right to decide this ownership, particularly when the objects are sacred or, in the case of skeletal remains, human? Is it the museums that care for the objects or the communities whose ancestors made them? These questions are at the heart of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, an unflinching insider account by a leading curator who has spent years learning how to balance these controversial considerations.

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Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead

You’re 14 years old, bright, and especially loved, but you’re a lonely outsider. Enter America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead gang, where you rise to the top, overseeing brutal, drunken street brawls, recruitment by foreign terrorist dictators, and riotous white power rock music. This was Christian Picciolini experience, ultimately coming to realize his hate-filled life was built on lies and reinvented himself. He recounts his cautionary tale in order to advocate for peace, inclusion, and racial diversity.

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Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent

Criminalization and abstinence policies meant to curb sexting often fail to account for distinctions between consensual sharing and malicious distribution—and just plain unrealistic. Anxieties about technology and teen girls’ sexuality distract us from critical questions about how to adapt norms of privacy and consent to the digital age. Sexting Panic challenges the idea that sexting inevitably victimizes young women while advocating the capacity for young people to make their own choices.

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Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry

The appetite for marijuana is exponential — and it’s not going away. In fact, cannabis today is practically an entirely different product than what most people think it is, so before you start saying, ‘What’s the big deal about legalizing weed?’ there’s a lot you should know. From new methods of consumption (“cosmic cookies”) and hiking potencies to the deluge of advertisements and the political agendas behind the guise of American capitalism, the cannabis culture has evolved.

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What Works For Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

Negotiate more! Stop being such a wimp! Stop being such a witch! Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead— it’s not their fault. The fact is office politics often benefit men over women. Distilling more than 35 years of research, What Works for Women at Work is an insightful, comprehensive toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace, guiding women on how to be savvier than men to survive and thrive in high-powered careers.

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Where War Lives: A Photographic Journal of Vietnam

For two searing years during the Vietnam war, Dick Durrance served as the photographer for the U.S. Army. With one camera slung around his neck, he snapped roll after roll of film to be sent to Washington to be used for archival purposes. With the other, he took photographs himself. Where War Lives is an incredible expression of journalistic photography. The result is a powerful, tragic, and unflattering document of America’s infamous war.

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