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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

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By Liz Jensen

Nine-year-old Louis Drax is an issue baby: shiny, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, twist of fate companies. while he falls off a cliff right into a ravine, the twist of fate turns out virtually predestined.

Louis miraculously survives - however the kin has been shattered. Louis' father has vanished, his mom is paralysed through surprise, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may possibly by no means emerge.

In a health center in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet attempts to coax Louis again to recognition. however the boy defies scientific common sense, startling Dannachet out of his secure preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the darkish middle of Louis' buried global. purely Louis holds the main to the secret surrounding his fall - and he can't speak. Or can he?

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How did consumers come to value Nike so much compared to its competitors? Nike is a seminal cultural innovation. Yet, conventional explanations avoid grappling with the cultural aspects of Nike’s innovation and, as a result, fail to explain why Nike was so successful. Many experts view Nike as a better-mousetraps poster child: Nike engineered the best shoes and earned a reputation for great performance as a result. But, as we demonstrate, this argument does not align with the historical facts. Nike’s famed shoe innovations happened early on and do not coincide with the brand’s takeoff.

The company was having trouble getting consumers to pay attention to its air-cushion technology. Jordan flew through the air in superhuman fashion on the way to his patented dunks. Therefore, Nike management reasoned, he was a natural spokesman for ‘‘air’’ (never mind that the technology was to cushion shocks, not to propel mere mortals toward the rim). Nike went to the trouble of designing a unique Jordan shoe for this purpose—Air Jordans. What set them apart was the flashy red and black design, echoing the team colors of the Chicago Bulls, in contrast to the white shoes everybody else in the league wore.

Ideologically speaking, the order of the day was a demand not only to revive the original industrious version of the American Dream, but to push these ideals even harder in the face of the economic challenges of the day. As the economy came to a halt, and along with it the increases in standard of living that had become a birthright, Americans struggled to find out what went wrong and how they should respond. The emerging rough-and-tumble free-agent economy demanded a very different mentality from what they were used to.

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