Why has the female voice deepened over the last fifty years? Who talks more, men or women? How can a baby in the womb distinguish between different voices? The human voice is the personal and social glue that binds us, and the most important sound in our lives. The moment we open our mouth we leak information about our biological, psychological and social status. Babies use it to establish emotional ties and acquire language, adults to decode mood and meaning in intimate and professional relationships. Far from being rendered redundant by modern technology, the human voice has enormous and enduring significance.
"The finest writer of paperback originals in America." - Stephen King A delightful look at chance and outrageous fortune. In 1968, John Howard missed out on winning The Human Voice : The Story of a Remarkable Talent download book the state seat of Drummoyne by just 420 votes. Howard reflects- 'I think back how fortunate I was to have lost.' It left him free to stand for a safe federal seat in 1974 and become one of Australia's longest-serving prime ministers. In The Luck of Politics, Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events. This is a book full of fascinating facts and intriguing findings. Why is politics more like poker than chess? Does the length of your surname affect your political prospects? What about your gender? From Winston Churchill to George Bush, Margaret Thatcher to Paul Keating, this book will persuade you that luck shapes politics - and that maybe, just maybe, we should avoid the temptation to revere the winners and revile the losers. 'Andrew Leigh takes the simplest idea there is - luck - and threatens to remake your basic understanding of politics with it. Then he succeeds. Lucky for us.' Waleed Aly 'It's rare to find a politician prepared to acknowledge the role of luck - sheer chance - in political success and failure.
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