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Real life inspiration for the Academy award-nominated film Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, Captain Richard Phillips is a modern hero of the high seas.

In his speeches, he tells the riveting true story about his experience as the captain of a ship hijacked by Somali pirates. An incredibly dynamic speaker, Captain Phillips thrills audiences around the world.

“In a word…..AMAZING! Captain Phillips is without a doubt, the nicest, most down to earth person I have encountered in my many years of doing this! He came down and introduced himself in the morning, was on time that night, gave a great speech, all was perfect to the last detail!” -Boys and Girls Harbor of Houston

The bestselling authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner are back with a new book that takes their Freakonomics ideas to the next level.

Think Like A Freak, will be published on May 13. It will challenge people “to bury the idea that there’s a right way and a wrong way to think about problem-solving, a smart way and a foolish way, a red way and a blue way. The modern world demands that we all think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally; that we think from a different angle, with a different set of muscles, with a different set of expectations; that we think with neither fear nor favor, with neither blind optimism nor sour skepticism. That we think like – ahem – a Freak.”

Ohio State University said the pair "spoke to capacity crowds and couldn't have been more accomodating," while ASTD International raved, "Levitt's and Dubner's presentation was a big hit with our audience. They were able to deepen our insight into why people do what they do with wonderful humor and engaging style."

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of America's most important novelists," Nicole Krauss is the award-winning fiction writer and internationally bestselling author of Great House and The History of Love.

"The event was a huge success. We filled the Continental Ballroom and the classroom visit was very special and engaging. The class was thrilled for the visit and I have been getting great feedback from my peers and from other attendees. A big thanks to you and Nicole for all of your support and for the great reading and discussion on yesterday!" -George Washington University

Award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his bestselling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated.

His second bestseller, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was transformed into an award-winning movie starring Tom Hanks. His latest book is the non-fiction work Eating Animals.

“Jonathan was the perfect speaker for our audience. Witty, charming, self-deprecating, he had the audience on the edge of their seats, awaiting his every word. We had people sitting two rows deep into the hallways outside the room just so they could catch a glimpse of him. We had to open a second room to accommodate people and even then some were left standing. The feedback we received was incredible!” -The University of Pennsylvania

A leading Israeli columnist and writer, Ari Shavit's voice has become one of the most powerful and influential voices on Israel.

His latest book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, was hailed as "important and powerful" by the New York Times (read here) and has been spurring dramatic discussions about Israel.

According to the Wall Street Journal, My Promised Land is "one of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years." Read the rest of the WSJ book review...

The Washington DC JCC said "Mr. Shavit was outstanding, he was engaging, and made everyone in the audience feel that he was speaking directly to them, a rare talent! His work is clearly significant in shifting the conversation around Israel to be an increasingly open and honest dialogue."

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