The Universe Within [Audiobook]

The Universe Within [Audiobook]

The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People [Audiobook] by Neil Shubin
Random House Audio | 2013 | ASIN: B00AMNOHLS | MP3@96 kbps | 13 hrs 08 mins | 235.56MB

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Paleontologist Neil Shubin is the kind of guy you’d like to meet at a cocktail party: smart, funny, a good storyteller who can drop your jaw with scientific insights on how that jaw developed thanks to obscure creatures from other eons.

Author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish, Dr. Shubin doesn’t merely explain science with clarity and humor; he unearths some of those connections in his own fieldwork.

In The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People Dr. Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth.

The Universe Within is as much about the people who moved science forward in discovering evolution's cosmic links as it is about their ideas.

Neil Shubin sees our bodies as time capsules that carry the signature of great cosmic and earthly events. For example, written inside us is the birth of the stars. Certain elements in our bodies derive from supernovae. Certain of our organs are shaped by the workings of planets and the action of seas. The particles that make us have traveled billions of years across the universe and will be part of other worlds when Earth is gone...

Pretty: A Novel [Audiobook]

Pretty: A Novel [Audiobook]

Pretty: A Novel [Audiobook] by Jillian Lauren
Blackstone Audio | 2011 | ISBN: 1455113700 | MP3@48 kbps | 7 hrs 49 mins | 161.55MB

A powerful debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls

Jillian Lauren's breathtakingly honest memoir, Some Girls, earned both critical praise and outstanding sales. In Pretty, Lauren delivers on her promise as a ''natural storyteller'' (Los Angeles Weekly) with an electrifying novel about a broken girl looking to be saved.

Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl. Everything seemed simple when Bebe's musician boyfriend, Aaron, promised that they'd start a new life in San Francisco. But now Aaron is dead--killed in a fatal car crash that she survived--and Bebe is stuck in LA. As she tries to piece her life back together with the help of her makeshift family of friends--from both the halfway house where she's in recovery for addiction and from her beauty school--she finds salvation in unexpected places.

The Undercover Economist [Audiobook]

The Undercover Economist [Audiobook]

The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor-And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car [Audiobook] by Tim Harford
2006 | ISBN: 1419392808 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 09 mins | 325.43MB

What does 19th century farming have to do with your frothy latte?

The Undercover Economist presents the world - yours and mine - through the scrutinizing lenses of a curious economist. Not a thrilling prospect on the surface for most people but when you get through this book—and believe me, you will have no trouble getting through it—you may never want to take off those lenses.

The book begins in the most universal of urban locations, the coffee kiosk, and takes us through a real-world crash course in economics minus the academic jargon. Author Tim Harford tackles small questions (how far would you walk to save 30p?) and some not so small questions (is globalisation a good thing?) with wit and aplomb, revealing bits and pieces of economic principles that unwittingly guide our everyday actions and interactions.

If you ever wondered why supermarket ‘value’ brands look so unattractive, why it is virtually impossible to find a decent second-hand car, or how Shanghai catapulted itself to stunning modernity in mere decades, The Undercover Economist provides surprisingly simple, yet not simplistic, explanations. Harford takes us from the world’s most expensive home (£70 million in London’s West End) to the world’s worst library (just outside the city of Bameda, Cameroon) and back again in time to realise that economics is, simply put, about people and their choices. While relying on solid theories, he demonstrates that the study of economics is inextricably tied to the study of human behaviour. He exposes us in a fascinating light—as “players in an intricate game of signals and negotiations, contests of strength and battles of wits”—revealing patterns of cost-weighing behaviour that crop up in the most unexpected of circumstances.

If this book has a weakness, it is perhaps only a slight tendency to confound certain political points of view with moral correctness. This however, is a subtlety that does nothing to detract from either its credibility or its entertainment value.

So…what does 19th century farming have to do with your frothy latte? And how does the £2.55 you paid for the latte relate to immigration policy? The answers, you may find, lie in London’s Green Belt.

Each of the ten chapters in The Undercover Economist presents concrete real-world examples and uses simple economic principles to explain some of underlying mechanics of our often baffling world.

1. Who Pays for Your Coffee?: Introducing the concepts of scarcity and bargaining power, we learn that the premium price we pay for coffee on our morning commute to work has nothing to do with the quality of the coffee and everything to do with location, location, location

2. What Supermarkets Don't Want You to Know: In a discussion on price-targeting policies, we see that the difference between Whole Foods Market and Safeway has very little to do with the relative price of goods and a lot to do with who the shoppers are.

3. Perfect Markets and the ‘World of Truth’: What does truth mean in economic terms and how does it lead to perfect market efficiency? We see where efficiency is good, where it may fall short, and why it’s not always fair.

4. Crosstown Traffic: Introducing 'externalities' and how they help deal with some of the major blights on our society: pollution, congestion, and fights with neighbours.

5. The Inside Story: George Akerlof's revolutionary 1970 paper reveals how inside information dramatically affects markets and why this means it’s virtually impossible to buy a decent second hand car.

6. Rational Insanity: A paradox: economists study rational behaviour, but the more rational the behaviour of stock market investors, the more erratic the behaviour of the stock market becomes. We learn how a market full of unexploited opportunities offers big rewards to any investor willing to research them and how a ‘rational’ investment in Grolsch beer keeps the market nearly-random.

7. The Men Who Knew the Value of Nothing: A brief look at game theory reveals how auctioning radio spectrum air space is like playing poker.

8. Why Poor Countries Are Poor: Self interest and ambition are often the cause of wastefulness in developing countries but a visit to the world’s worst library in Cameroon shows that the real tragedy occurs when there is no law, press or democratic opposition to restrain the actions of powerful people.

9. Beer, Chips and Globalisation: A peek into the histories of Antwerp and Bruges suggest that if you want to be rich, it is a good idea to forge links with the rest of the world. A discussion on globalising trends illustrates how foreign investment is good for economic growth and why comparative advantage is controversial when it comes to trading with the Chinese.

10. How China Grew Rich: How did China grow from a mere minnow in the global trading scene to the fourth largest exporter in the world in less than 20 years? Incentives, education, investment and just a little bit of luck.

Big Book of Secret Hiding Places

Big Book of Secret Hiding Places

Big Book of Secret Hiding Places by Jack Luger
Breakout Productions | 1987 | ISBN: 0915179660 | 124 pages | PDF | 13.97MB

The biggest and best book on concealment of physical objects ever printed! This huge books tells how searchers find hidden contraband and how to hide your stuff so it can't be found. Topics covered include identifying hiding places in the home, on your person and in automobiles, descriptions of the different types of searchers you may encounter, and the intensity of the searches they may conduct, as well as the tools and techniques searchers use, including mirrors, metal detectors, vapour detector, dogs, and more. And what items might you need to hide? A partial list might include prohibited items, unobtainable after-the-crash items, things that must remain secret, or items that can be easily hidden and easily stolen. There is even a lengthy chapter included on concealing weapons and the best tactics for employing them.

The Encyclopedia of Money [Second Edition]

The Encyclopedia of Money [Second Edition]

The Encyclopedia of Money [Second Edition] by Larry Allen
ABC-CLIO | 2009 | ISBN: 159884251X | 545 pages | PDF | 5.22MB

The original edition of The Encyclopedia of Money won widespread acclaim for explaining the function—and dysfunction—of the financial system in a language any reader could understand. Now a decade later, with a more globally integrated, market-oriented world, and with consumers trying to make sense of subprime mortgages, credit default swaps, and bank stress tests, the Encyclopedia returns in an expanded new edition.

From the development of metal and paper currency to the ongoing global economic crisis, the rigorously updated The Encyclopedia of Money, Second Edition is the most authoritative, comprehensive resource on the fundamentals of money and finance available. Its 350 alphabetically organized entries—85 completely new to this edition—help readers make sense of a wide range of events, policies, and regulations by explaining their historical, political, and theoretical contexts. The new edition focuses most intently on the last two decades, highlighting the connections between the onrush of globalization, the surging stock market, and various monetary and fiscal crises of the 1990s, as well as developments, scandals, and pocketbook issues making headlines today.

Les Miserables [Audiobook]

Les Miserables [Audiobook]

Misérables [Audiobook] by Victor Hugo
Recorded Books | 2011 | ASIN: B0055T18DY | MP3@96 kbps | 60 hrs 49 mins | 2.37GB

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Les Misérables (literally "The Miserable Ones"; usually pronounced /leɪ ˌmɪzəˈrɑːbl/; French pronunciation: [le mizeʁabl(ə)]), translated variously from the French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims), is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a seventeen-year period in the early nineteenth century, starting in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion.

The novel focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expounds upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual and historic events.

Les Misérables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations, most notably the stage musical of the same name, sometimes abbreviated "Les Mis".

Trying to forget his past and live an honest life, escaped convict Jean Valjean risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris.

This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo's work. Narrated by George Guidall

Victor Hugo

Novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, politician, and leader of the French Romantic movement from 1830 on, Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, France, on February 26, 1802. Hugo's early childhood was turbulent: His father, Joseph-Léopold, traveled as a general in Napoléon Bonaparte's army, forcing the family to move frequently. Weary of this upheaval, Hugo's mother, Sophie, separated from her husband and settled in Paris. Victor's brilliance declared itself early in the form of illustrations, plays, and nationally recognized verse. Against his mother's wishes, the passionate young man fell in love and secretly became engaged to Adèle Foucher in 1819. Following the death of his mother, and self-supporting thanks to a royal pension granted for his first book of odes, Hugo wed Adèle in 1822.

In the 1820s and 1830s, Victor Hugo came into his own as a writer and figurehead of the new Romanticism, a movement that sought to liberate literature from its stultifying classical influences. His 1827 preface to the play Cromwell proclaimed a new aesthetic inspired by Shakespeare, based on the shock effects of juxtaposing the grotesque with the sublime. The great success of Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) confirmed Hugo's primacy among the Romantics.

By 1830 the Hugos had four children. Exhausted from her pregnancies and her husband's insatiable sexual demands, Adèle began to sleep alone, and soon fell in love with Hugo's best friend, the critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve. They began an affair. The Hugos stayed together as friends, and in 1833 Hugo met the actress Juliette Drouet, who would remain his primary mistress until her death 50 years later.

Personal tragedy pursued Hugo relentlessly. His jealous brother Eugène went permanently insane following Victor's wedding to Adèle. His daughter, Léopoldine, together with her unborn child and her devoted husband, died at 19 in a boating accident on the Seine. Hugo never fully recovered from this loss.

Political ups and downs ensued as well, following the shift of Hugo's early royalist sympathies toward liberalism during the late 1820s. He first held political office in 1843, and as he became more engaged in France's social troubles, he was elected to the Constitutional Assembly following the February Revolution of 1848. After Napoléon III's coup d'état in 1851, Hugo's open opposition created hostilities that ended in his flight abroad from the new government.

Declining at least two offers of amnesty -- which would have meant curtailing his opposition to the Empire -- Hugo remained in exile in the Channel Islands for 19 years, until the fall of Napoléon III in 1870. Meanwhile, the seclusion of the islands enabled Hugo to write some of his most famous verse as well as Les Misérables (1862). When he returned to Paris, the country hailed him as a hero. Hugo then weathered, within a brief period, the siege of Paris, the institutionalization of his daughter Adèle for insanity, and the death of his two sons. Despite this personal anguish, the aging author remained committed to political change. He became an internationally revered figure who helped to preserve and shape the Third Republic and democracy in France. Hugo's death on May 22, 1885, generated intense national mourning; more than two million people joined his funeral procession in Paris from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon, where he was buried.

Some interesting Facts

Hugo was seen by his fans as a grand, larger-than-life character -- and rumors spread that he could eat half an ox in one sitting, fast for three days, and then work without stopping for a week.

Hugo owned a pet cat named Gavroche -- the name of one of the primary characters in Les Misérables.

The longest sentence ever written in literature is in Les Misérables; depending on the translation, it consists of about 800 words.

When Hugo published Les Misérables, he was on holiday. After not hearing anything about its reception for a few days, Hugo sent a telegram to his publisher, reading, simply: "?" The complete reply from the publisher: "!"

Sex at Dawn

Sex at Dawn

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
HarperCollins | 2012 | ISBN: 0062207946 | MOBI | 1.47MB

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science—as well as religious and cultural institutions—has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.

How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can't be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.

Ryan and Jetha's central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is. Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.

With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jetha show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. They explore why long-term fidelity can be so difficult for so many; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why many middle-aged men risk everything for transient affairs with younger women; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.

In the tradition of the best historical and scientific writing, Sex at Dawn unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
HarperCollins | 2012 | ISBN: 0062200712 | MOBI | 722.64KB

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture — including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband. Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola by Ricardo Cortés
Akashic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1617751340 | EPUB | 21.45MB

From the illustrator of Go the F*** to Sleep comes a history of coffee, Coca-Cola, caffeine, cocaine, secret formulas, special flavors, special favors, Harry J. Anslinger, and prohibition. A SECRET HISTORY OF COFFEE, COCA & COLA is an illustrated book disclosing new research in the coca leaf trade conducted by The Coca-Cola Company. It has been redesigned and reformatted for this flowable text ebook edition, and features material not included in the print version of the book. 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of its iconic beverage, and the fiftieth anniversary of the international drug control treaty that allows Coca-Cola exclusive access to the coca plant. Most people are familiar with tales of cocaine being an early ingredient of "Coke" tonic; it's an era the company makes every effort to bury. Yet coca leaf, the source of cocaine which has been banned in the U.S. since 1914, has been part of Coca-Cola's secret formula for over one hundred years. THIS IS A HISTORY THAT SPANS FROM COCAINE FACTORIES IN PERU, to secret experiments at the University of Hawaii, to the personal files of U.S. Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Anslinger (infamous for his "Reefer Madness" campaign against marijuana, lesser known as a long-time collaborator of The Coca-Cola Company). A SECRET HISTORY OF COFFEE, COCA & COLA tells how one of the biggest companies in the world bypasses an international ban on coca. The book also explores histories of three of the most consumed substances on earth, revealing connections between seemingly disparate icons of modern culture: caffeine, cocaine, and Coca-Cola. COCA-COLA IS THE MOST POPULAR SOFT DRINK ON EARTH, and soft drinks are the number one food consumed in the American diet. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance. Cocaine . . . well, people seem to like reading about cocaine. An illustrated chronicle that will appeal to fans of food and drink histories (e.g., Mark Kurlansky's Salt and Cod; Mark Pendergrast's For God, Country & Coca-Cola), graphic novel enthusiasts, and people interested in drug prohibition and international narcopolitics, the book follows in the footsteps of successful pop-history books such as Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire and Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation—but has a unique style that blends such histories with narrative illustration and influences from Norman Rockwell to Art Spiegelman.

A History of Money: From Ancient Times to Present Day

A History of Money: From Ancient Times to Present Day

A History of Money: From Ancient Times to Present Day by Glyn Davies
University of Wales Press | 2003 | ISBN: 0708317731 | PDF | 4.83MB

This is a straight-forward, readable account, written with the minimum of jargon, of the central importance of money in the ordinary business of the life of different peoples throughout the ages from ancient times to the present day. The revised and updated paperback edition published in 1997 included the Barings crisis and the report by the Bank of England on Barings Bank; up-to-date information on the state of Japanese banking and the changes in the financial scene in the US. It also touches on the US housing market and the problem of negative equity. The paradox of why more coins than ever before are required in an increasingly cashless society is clearly explained, as is the role of the new 'Euro' coin as the lowest common denominator in Europe's controversial single currency system. The final section provides evidence to suggest that for most of the world's richer countries the era of persistent inflation may well be at an end. This new edition is updated and takes account of important recent developments such as the independence of the Bank of England, the introduction of Euro notes and coins from 1st of January 2002 and developments in electronic money.

History of the Conquest of Mexico

History of the Conquest of Mexico

History of the Conquest of Mexico by William H Prescott, James Lockhart
Modern Library | 2010 | ISBN: 0307769763 | EPUB | 3.11MB

"It is a magnificent epic," said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations that reverberates in Latin America to this day.

"Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott's masterpiece," judged his biographer Harry Thurston Peck. "More than that, it is one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration. . . . Here, as nowhere else, has Prescott succeeded in delineating character. All the chief actors of his great historic drama not only live and breathe, but they are as distinctly differentiated as they must have been in life. Cortés and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Pres-cott. . . . Over against these brilliant figures stands the melancholy form of Montezuma, around whom, even from the first, one feels gathering the darkness of his coming fate. He reminds one of some hero of Greek tragedy, doomed to destruction and intensely conscious of it, yet striving in vain against the decree of an inexorable destiny. . . . [Prescott] transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature."

The First World War

The First World War
The First World War by John Keegan
Vintage | 2000 | ISBN: 0375700455 | EPUB | 11.52MB

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society--and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment. With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation.

Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe's crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent.

But the heart of Keegan's superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict. With unequalled authority and insight, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names have become legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them--and sheds new light on the strategies and tactics employed, particularly the contributions of geography and technology. No less central to Keegan's account is the human aspect. He acquaints us with the thoughts of the intriguing personalities who oversaw the tragically unnecessary catastrophe--from heads of state like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to renowned warmakers such as Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. But Keegan reserves his most affecting personal sympathy for those whose individual efforts history has not recorded--"the anonymous millions, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially deprived of any scrap of the glories that by tradition made the life of the man-at-arms tolerable."

By the end of the war, three great empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. But as Keegan shows, the devastation ex-tended over the entirety of Europe, and still profoundly informs the politics and culture of the continent today. His brilliant, panoramic account of this vast and terrible conflict is destined to take its place among the classics of world history.

I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior

I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior

I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior by John Maeda, Alex Bentley, Mark Earls, Michael J O'Brien
MIT Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0262298864 | MOBI | 714.05KB

Humans are, first and foremost, social creatures. And this, according to the authors of I'll Have What She's Having, shapes--and explains--most of our choices. We're not just blindly driven by hard-wired instincts to hunt or gather or reproduce; our decisions are based on more than "nudges" exploiting individual cognitive quirks.I'll Have What She's Having shows us how we use the brains of others to think for us and as storage space for knowledge about the world. The story zooms out from the individual to small groups to the complexities of populations. It describes, among other things, how buzzwords propagate and how ideas spread; how the swine flu scare became an epidemic; and how focused social learning by a few gets amplified as copying by the masses. It describes how ideas, behavior, and culture spread through the simple means of doing what others do.It is notoriously difficult to change behavior. For every "Yes We Can" political slogan, there are thousands of "Just Say No" buttons. I'll Have What She's Having offers a practical map to help us navigate the complex world of social behavior, an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand how people behave and how to begin to change things.

Investment Valuation [3rd Edition]

Investment Valuation [3rd Edition]

Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset [3rd Edition] by Aswath Damodaran
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118206568 | EPUB | 14.47MB

The definitive source of information on all topics related to investment valuation tools and techniques

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is buy, sell or hold. But the pricing of many assets has become a more complex task in modern markets, especially after the recent financial crisis. In order to be successful at this endeavor, you must have a firm understanding of the proper valuation techniques. One valuation book stands out as withstanding the test of time among investors and students of financial markets, Aswath Damodaran's Investment Valuation.

Now completely revised and updated to reflect changing market conditions, this third edition comprehensively introduces investment professionals and students to the range of valuation models available and how to chose the right model for any given asset valuation scenario. This edition includes valuation techniques for a whole host of real options, start-up firms, unconventional assets, distressed companies and private equity, and real estate. All examples have been updated and new material has been added.

  • Fully revised to incorporate valuation lessons learned from the last five years, from the market crisis and emerging markets to new types of equity investments
  • Includes valuation practices across the life cycle of companies and emphasizes value enhancement measures, such as EVA and CFROI
  • Contains a new chapter on probabilistic valuation techniques such as decision trees and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Author Aswath Damodaran is regarded as one of the best educators and thinkers on the topic of investment valuation

This indispensable guide is a must read for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of investment valuation and its methods. With it, you can take the insights and advice of a recognized authority on the valuation process and immediately put them to work for you.

The Grand Chessboard

The Grand Chessboard

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Basic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0465004342 | EPUB | 2.02MB

The great merit of this volume lies in its analysis of the strategic outlook and policy dilemmas of a host of states in Eurasia, a tour d'horizon lucidly rendered. Brzezinski's analysis of the triangular relationship among China, Japan, and America -- together with the policy recommendations flowing therefrom -- is particularly good. But the heart of the book is the ambitious strategy it prescribes for extending the Euro-Atlantic community eastward to Ukraine and lending vigorous support to the newly independent republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, part and parcel of what might be termed a strategy of "tough love" for the Russians. That grand design is problematic for two reasons: one is that the excessive widening of Western institutions may well introduce centrifugal forces into them; a second is that Brzezinski's test of what constitutes legitimate Russian interests is so stringent that even a democratic Russia is likely to fail it. Russia, in effect, is to be accorded the geopolitical equivalent of basketball's full court press (whereas China, by contrast, merits the geopolitical equivalent of football's prevent defense). Given Russia's weak and friendless condition, a point to which Brzezinski frequently returns, that strategy is difficult to square with the author's otherwise sensible emphasis on ensuring a balance of power in Eurasia.

The Indomitable Investor

The Indomitable Investor

The Indomitable Investor: Why a Few Succeed in the Stock Market When Everyone Else Fails by Steven M Sears
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118237390 | EPUB | 567.89KB

A new approach to investing based on how Wall Street insiders approach the market

The Indomitable Investor deconstructs the stock market as the public has come to know it and reconstitutes it from the inside out from the perspective of the fortunate few who dominate Wall Street. By revealing how top investors and traders think and act Steven Sears shows the stock market to be an undulating ocean of money, with seasoned investors reading the waves others cannot.

Teaching readers to think about the market in radically different ways, The Indomitable Investor shows how to improve returns--and, just as importantly, avoid losses--with disciplines deployed by people who almost always do exactly the opposite of what Wall Street says to do.

Laying bare great fallacies, the book explains that non-professional investors wrongly think the stock market is a place to make money, which is what Wall Street wants them to try to do. The Indomitable Investor says otherwise and shows how Wall Street's best investors have a completely different focus.

  • Explains the critical ideas and insights of top traders and investors in language anyone can understand and implement
  • Packed with material rarely shared off Wall Street that is used every day by professional investors
  • Introduces the 17 most important words on Wall Street
  • Teaches critical skills, including: How to increase returns by focusing on risk, not potential profits; how to use the stock market's historical patterns to optimize investment decisions; understanding key relationships between stocks and the economy that predict what will happen to stocks and the broader market; how to increase mutual fund returns with an easy adjustment that redirects the bulk of profits to you--not mutual fund companies, and how to analyze information like seasoned investors to move beyond "statement of the obvious" news reports that turn ordinary investors into Dumb Money

Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, including those with a limited understanding of investing, The Indomitable Investor will change how investors view the stock market, Wall Street, and themselves.

The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays by Albert Camus
Vintage Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0307827828 | EPUB | 1.88MB

One of the most influential works of the twentieth century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Esssays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide: the question of living or not living in a universe devoid or order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert
Modern Library | 2012 | ISBN: 0307824136 | EPUB | 1.99MB

A book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert's lifelong work, thirty years in the making. Based on the story of the third-century saint who lived on an isolated mountaintop in the Egyptian desert, it is a fantastical rendering of one night during which Anthony is besieged by carnal temptations and philosophical doubt.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic reproduces the distinguished Lafcadio Hearn translation, which translator Richard Sieburth calls "a splendid period piece from one of America's premier translators of nineteenth-century French prose. In Lafcadio Hearn's Latinate rendering, Flaubert's experimental drama of the modern consciousness reads as weirdly as its oneiric original."

The Working Poor: Invisible in America

The Working Poor: Invisible in America

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K Shipler
Vintage Books | 2008 | ISBN: 0307493407 | EPUB | 1.96MB

"Nobody who works hard should be poor in America," writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor.

They perform labor essential to America's comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian--men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right--that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference.

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany by Rudolph Herzog
Melville House | 2011 | ISBN: 1935554301 | 156 pages | EPUB | 5.21MB

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed.

Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler? This is a question that is often debated in Germany today, where, in light of the dimension of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people have difficulty taking a satiric look at the Third Reich. And whenever some do, accusations arise that they are downplaying or trivializing the Holocaust. But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis.

In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog shows that the image of the “ridiculous Führer” was by no means a post-war invention: In the early years of Nazi rule many Germans poked fun at Hitler and other high officials. It’s a fascinating and frightening history: from the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, to jokes about Hitler and the Nazis told during WWII, to the collections of “whispered jokes” that were published in the immediate aftermath of the war, to the horrific accounts of Germans who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazis.

Significantly, the jokes collected here also show that not all Germans were hypnotized by Nazi propaganda—or unaware of Hitler’s concentration camps, which were also the subject of jokes during the war. In collecting these quips, Herzog pushes back against the argument, advanced in aftermath of World War II, that people were unaware of Hitler’s demonic maneuvering. The truth, Herzog writes, is more troubling: Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally . . . and failed to act.

Anna's Story

Anna's Story

Anna's Story by Bronwyn Donaghy
HarperCollins Australia | 2006 | ISBN: 0732283027 | 262 pages | EPUB | 2.31MB

At 15 Anna Wood went to a party and took an ecstasy tablet. Three days later she was dead. A life destroyed. A family devastated. She was just fifteen. She was leaving school to start the job of her dreams. She was beautiful, she had a loving family and countless friends. Bronwyn Donaghy interviewed friends, family members and numerous professionals in order to write the story of the circumstances surrounding Anna′s death and of her family′s decision to try and turn tragedy into a positive force for good. It is a story of our times, a story with powerful resonances for Anna′s generation and their parents, for counsellors, doctors and teachers, for anyone who values the sanctity of life.