Freedom's Forge

Freedom's Forge

Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II by Arthur Herman
Random House | 2012 | ISBN: 1400069645 | EPUB | 3.84MB


Remarkable as it may seem today, there once was a time when the president of the United States could pick up the phone and ask the president of General Motors to resign his position and take the reins of a great national enterprise. And the CEO would oblige, no questions asked, because it was his patriotic duty.


In Freedom’s Forge, bestselling author Arthur Herman takes us back to that time, revealing how two extraordinary American businessmen—automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser—helped corral, cajole, and inspire business leaders across the country to mobilize the “arsenal of democracy” that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II.


“Knudsen? I want to see you in Washington. I want you to work on some production matters.” With those words, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enlisted “Big Bill” Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had risen through the ranks of the auto industry to become president of General Motors, to drop his plans for market domination and join the U.S. Army. Commissioned a lieutenant general, Knudsen assembled a crack team of industrial innovators, persuading them one by one to leave their lucrative private sector positions and join him in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the “dollar-a-year men,” these dedicated patriots quickly took charge of America’s moribund war production effort.


Henry J. Kaiser was a maverick California industrialist famed for his innovative business techniques and his can-do management style. He, too, joined the cause. His Liberty ships became World War II icons—and the Kaiser name became so admired that FDR briefly considered making him his vice president in 1944. Together, Knudsen and Kaiser created a wartime production behemoth. Drafting top talent from companies like Chrysler, Republic Steel, Boeing, Lockheed, GE, and Frigidaire, they turned auto plants into aircraft factories and civilian assembly lines into fountains of munitions, giving Americans fighting in Europe and Asia the tools they needed to defeat the Axis. In four short years they transformed America’s army from a hollow shell into a truly global force, laying the foundations for a new industrial America—and for the country’s rise as an economic as well as military superpower.


Featuring behind-the-scenes portraits of FDR, George Marshall, Henry Stimson, Harry Hopkins, Jimmy Doolittle, and Curtis LeMay, as well as scores of largely forgotten heroes and heroines of the wartime industrial effort, Freedom’s Forge is the American story writ large. It vividly re-creates American industry’s finest hour, when the nation’s business elites put aside their pursuit of profits and set about saving the world.


The Isles: A History

The Isles: A History

The Isles: A History by Norman Davies
Macmillan | 2000 | ISBN: 0195134427 | MOBI | 9.33MB


Written by one of the most brilliant and provocative historians at work today, The Isles is a revolutionary narrative history that takes a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland, looking at them not as self-contained islands, but as an inextricable part of Europe.


At every stage, The Isles connects offshore development with parallel events on the Continent. This richly layered history begins with the Celtic Supremacy in the last centuries BC, which is presented in the light of a Celtic world stretching all the way from Iberia to Asia Minor. Roman Britain is seen not as a unique phenomenon but as similar to the other frontier regions of the Roman Empire, such as Germany. The Viking Age is viewed not only through the eyes of the invaded but from the standpoint of the invaders themselves--Norse, Danes, and Normans. Plantagenet England is perceived, like the Kingdom of Jerusalem, as an extension of medieval France. In the later chapters, Davies follows the growth of the United Kingdom and charts the rise and fall of the main pillars of `Britishness'--the Royal Navy, the Westminster Parliament, the Constitutional Monarchy, the Aristocracy, the Protestant Supremacy, the British Empire, the imperial economy and sterling area, and the English Language.


The book ends with the crisis confronting Britain now--the emergence of the European Union. As the elements that make up the historic Britishness dissolve, Davies shows how public confusion is one of the most potent factors in this process of disintegration. As the Republic of Ireland prospers, and power in the United Kingdom is devolved, he predicts that the coming crisis in the British State may well be its last.


This holistic approach challenges the traditional nationalist picture of a thousand years of "eternal England"--a unique country formed at an early date by Anglo-Saxon kings which evolved in isolation and, except for the Norman Conquest, was only marginally affected by continental affairs. The result is a new picture of the Isles, one of four continents--England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales--constantly buffeted by continental storms and repeatedly transformed by them. Illuminated by the same clarity and piercing originality that distinguished Europe: A History, The Isles will become an agenda-setting book, one that will encourage a reassessment of what it means to be British while sparking debate about ideas of national identity and sovereignty.


Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up

Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up

Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson
Bell Tower | 2005 | ISBN: 1400081882 | EPUB | 1.84MB


In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors.


Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.


The Lives of John Lennon

The Lives of John Lennon

The Lives of John Lennon by Albert Goldman
Bantam Books | 1989 | ISBN: 0553280570 | MOBI | 1.75MB


The result of six years of research and some 1,200 interviews, this book takes fans deep into Lennon’s secretive world, from his traumatic childhood to his Beatles days to his hidden life with Yoko Ono. While the Lennon of legend enjoyed a gifted and inspired life, the private Lennon lived in torment, poisoning himself with drugs and self-hatred.


The Lives of John Lennon exposed for the first time all of his various lives, from idealist to cynic, from ascetic to junkie. It is a lasting tribute to his brilliant achievements and a revelation of the price he paid for them.


Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Day Trader

Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Day Trader

Pit Bull: Lessons from Wall Street's Champion Day Trader by Martin Schwartz
HarperBusiness | 1999 | ISBN: 0887309569 | EPUB | 730.09KB


Welcome to the world of Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz, Champion Trader--the man whose nerves of steel and killer instinct in the canyons of Wall Street earned him the well-deserved name "Pit Bull." This is the true story of how Schwartz became the best of the best, of the people and places he discovered along the way and of the trader’s tricks and techniques he used to make his millions.


The Big Bing

The Big Bing

The Big Bing: Black Holes of Time Management, Gaseous Executive Bodies, Exploding Careers, and Other Theories on the Origins of the Business Universe by Stanley Bing
HarperCollins | 2009 | ISBN: 0061739073 | EPUB | 1.53MB


A corporate mole's-eye view of the society in which we all live and toil, creating one of the most entertaining, thought provoking, and just plain funny bodies of work in contemporary letters.


Stanley Bing knows whereof he speaks. He has lived the last two decades working inside a gigantic multinational corporation, kicking and screaming all the way up the ladder. He has seen it all -- mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, the death of the three-martini lunch -- and has himself been painfully re-engineered a number of times. He has eaten and drunk way too much, stayed in hotels far too good for him, waited for limousines in the pouring rain, and enjoyed it all. Sort of. Most importantly, Bing has seen management at its best and worst, and has practiced both as he made the transition from an inexperienced player who hated pompous senior management to a polished strategist who kind of sees its point of view now and then.


In one essential volume, here is all you need to know to master your career, your life, and when necessary, other weaker life forms.


What Would Machiavelli Do?

What Would Machiavelli Do?
What Would Machiavelli Do: The Ends Justify the Meanness by Stanley Bing
HarperBusiness | 2002 | ISBN: 0066620104 | EPUB | 780.69KB

What Would Machiavelli Do?


  • He would feast on other people's discord
  • He wouldn't exactly seek the company of ass-kissers and bimbos, but he wouldn't reject them out of hand either
  • He would realize that loving yourself means never having to say you're sorry
  • He would kill people, but only if he could feel good about himself afterward
  • He would establish and maintain a psychotic level of control
  • He would use other people's opinions to sell his book!

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again [Audiobook]

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again [Audiobook]

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace
Hachette Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B0076G1WUS | EPUB+MP3@96 kbps | 17 hrs 45 mins | 731.41MB


David Foster Wallace made quite a splash in 1996 with his massive novel, Infinite Jest. Now he's back with a collection of essays entitled A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. In addition to a razor-sharp writing style, Wallace has a mercurial mind that lights on many subjects. His seven essays travel from a state fair in Illinois to a cruise ship in the Caribbean, explore how television affects literature and what makes film auteur David Lynch tick, and deconstruct deconstructionism and find the intersection between tornadoes and tennis.


These eclectic interests are enhanced by an eye (and nose) for detail: "I have seen sucrose beaches and water a very bright blue. I have seen an all-red leisure suit with flared lapels. I have smelled what suntan lotion smells like spread over 21,000 pounds of hot flesh . . ." It's evident that Wallace revels in both the life of the mind and the peculiarities of his fellows; in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again he celebrates both.




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Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace
Little Brown & Company | 1996 | ISBN: 0316920045 | MP3+EPUB | 3.2GB


A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.


Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.




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33 Men [Audiobook]

33 Men [Audiobook]

33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners [Audiobook] by Jonathan Franklin
Penguin Audiobooks | 2011 | ASIN: B004NN3MXM | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 45 mins | 212.45MB


Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism.


33 Men is the groundbreaking, authoritative account of the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest human entrapments in history.


Rushing to the scene when the miners were discovered, Franklin obtained a coveted "Rescue Team" pass and reported directly from the front lines of the rescue operation, beyond police controls, for six weeks.


Based on more than 110 intimate interviews with the miners, their families, and the rescue team, Franklin's narrative captures the remarkable story of these men and women, in details shocking, beautiful, comedic, and heroic. Gripping and raw, with never-before-revealed details, 33 Men is a true story that reads like a thriller.


Sleuth: The Amazing Quest For Lost Art Treasures [Audiobook]

Sleuth: The Amazing Quest For Lost Art Treasures [Audiobook]

Sleuth: The Amazing Quest For Lost Art Treasures [Audiobook] by Philip Mould
Oakhill | 2011 | ISBN: 0857353705 | MP3@48 kbps | 9 hrs 23 mins | 193.96MB


Philip Mould is an international art dealer who has lived the high stakes game of art sleuthing for twenty years. In Sleuth, we encounter the fascinating dealers, experts, auctioneers and restorers who risk fortunes and reputations to turn overlooked artworks into coveted treasures. Sleuth is laced with dramas:


  • Gainsborough's earliest picture emerges in a Los Angeles saleroom - the uthor has three days to find the missing facts and decide what to pay.
  • The most powerful man in the art establishment, with the influence to elevate a copy into a priceless original, is asked to look at a 'fake' Rembrandt self portrait: if he says yes a GBP5,000 picture turns into GBP5 million masterpiece.
  • A Vermont professor unlocks the door of a defunct Catholic church to reveal a hidden cache of 300 portraits.
  • An auctioneer notices from the upper story of a bus that Damien Hirst's restaurant is being dismantled. He swoops in and sells the fixtures and fittings for GBP13 million.

Sleuth is a series of stories which not only reveals the extraordinary culture of detection but the people behind it. Paintings and their discovery become a way into the minds, preoccupations and professions of a raft of influential figures beyond the commercial and museum facade - men and women who have shaped their lives in pursuit of truth and profit through art.


The Secret History of the World [Audiobook]

The Secret History of the World [Audiobook]

The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies [Audiobook] by Mark Booth
Tantor Media | 2008 | ISBN: 140015622X | EPUB+MP3@128 kbps | 15 hrs 54 mins | 872.3MB


Booth, a London publisher who has taught philosophy and theology at Oxford, is not shy about what he expects from readers—he asks that they enter into an imaginative exercise and embrace a world in which the basic facts of history can be interpreted in a way which is almost completely the opposite of the way we normally understand them. That radical re-interpretation is based on the tenets offered in the secret teachings of Rosicrucians, esoteric Freemasonry, Sufism and Kabbalism, among others, with additional references to Eastern religions and Greek and Roman mythology.


According to Booth, these teachings inspire the cosmic mind that brought into being the material universe. Booth's history incorporates so many disparate philosophies, many of them far, far away from the mainstream, that it lacks all coherence. And his universe is full of bizarre theories, entertaining primarily for their weirdness. For example, he posits that the angels in the ancient Hebrew Book of Enoch who became sexually attracted to human women are none other than the Gods of Olympus. It is hard to imagine that readers without Booth's predilections for the metaphysical will find this to be anything more than an earnest curiosity.




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Economists and the Powerful

Economists and the Powerful

Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards by Norbert Häring, Niall Douglas
Anthem Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0857284592 | PDF | 3.28MB


Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards explores the workings of the modern global economy – an economy in which competition has been corrupted and power has a ubiquitous influence upon economic behavior. Based on empirical and theoretical studies by distinguished economists from both the past and present day, this book argues that the true workings of capitalism are very different from the popular myths voiced in mainstream economics. Offering a closer look at the history of economic doctrines – as well as how economists are incentivized – Economists and the Powerful exposes how, when and why the theme of power was erased from the radar screens of mainstream economic analysis – and the influence this subversive removal has had upon the modern financial world.


Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy

Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy

Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State by William H Janeway
Cambridge University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1107031257 | PDF | 1.69MB


The innovation economy begins with discovery and culminates in speculation. Over some 250 years, economic growth has been driven by successive processes of trial and error: upstream exercises in research and invention and downstream experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation.


Drawing on his professional experiences, William H. Janeway provides an accessible pathway for readers to appreciate the dynamics of the innovation economy. He combines personal reflections from a career spanning forty years in venture capital, with the development of an original theory of the role of asset bubbles in financing technological innovation and of the role of the state in playing an enabling role in the innovation process. Today, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to the public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled; learning the lessons from this book will contribute to its renewal.


The Pirate Organization

The Pirate Organization

The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism by Rodolphe Durand, Jean-Philippe Vergne
Harvard Business Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1422183181 | MOBI | 385.09KB


A short history of piracy and capitalism.


When capitalism spread along the trade routes toward the Indies - when radio opened an era of mass communication . . . when the Internet became part of the global economy - pirates were there. And although most people see pirates as solitary anarchists out to destroy capitalism, it turns out the opposite is true. They are the ones who forge the path.


In The Pirate Organization, Rodolphe Durand and Jean-Philippe Vergne argue that piracy drives capitalism’s evolution and foreshadows the direction of the economy. Through a rigorous yet engaging analysis of the history and golden ages of piracy, the authors show how pirates form complex and sophisticated organizations that change the course of capitalism. Surprisingly, pirate organizations also behave in predictable ways: challenging widespread norms; controlling resources, communication, and transportation; maintaining trade relationships with other communities; and formulating strategies favoring speed and surprise. We could learn a lot from them, if only we paid more attention.


Durand and Vergne recommend that rather than trying to stamp out piracy, savvy entrepreneurs and organizations should keep a sharp eye on the pirate space to stay successful as the game changes - and it always does.


First published in French to great critical acclaim and commercial success as L’Organisation Pirate: Essai sur l’évolution du capitalisme, this book shows that piracy is not random. It’s predictable, it cannot be separated from capitalism, and it likely will be the source of capitalism’s continuing evolution.


When Sex Was Dirty

When Sex Was Dirty

When Sex Was Dirty by Josh Alan Friedman
Feral House | 2004 | ISBN: 1932595074 | EPUB | 247.48KB


Welcome to the twilight days of debauchery, when porn was filth and sex was still dirty.


Josh Alan Friedman provides face-to-face reporting from licentious New York City of the 1980s—a compelling assortment of pimp laureates, porn starlets, evangelical strippers, bizarre 42nd Street inhabitants, Screw magazine staffers, "the strikeout king," and his stud-like counterpart, "God’s Gift to Women."


The Impossible David Lynch

The Impossible David Lynch

The Impossible David Lynch by Todd McGowan
Columbia University Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0231139551 | PDF | 21.85MB


Todd McGowan launches a provocative exploration of weirdness and fantasy in David Lynch's groundbreaking oeuvre. He studies Lynch's talent for blending the bizarre and the normal to emphasize the odd nature of normality itself. Hollywood is often criticized for distorting reality and providing escapist fantasies, but in Lynch's movies, fantasy becomes a means through which the viewer is encouraged to build a revolutionary relationship with the world.


Considering the filmmaker's entire career, McGowan examines Lynch's play with fantasy and traces the political, cultural, and existential impact of his unique style. Each chapter discusses the idea of impossibility in one of Lynch's films, including the critically acclaimed Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man; the densely plotted Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive; the cult favorite Eraserhead; and the commercially unsuccessful Dune. McGowan engages with theorists from the "golden age" of film studies (Christian Metz, Laura Mulvey, and Jean-Louis Baudry) and with the thought of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Hegel. By using Lynch's weirdness as a point of departure, McGowan adds a new dimension to the field of auteur studies and reveals Lynch to be the source of a new and radical conception of fantasy.


The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison

The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison

The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley
Bantam Books | 1993 | ISBN: 0553560239 | EPUB | 2.47MB


An account of life in Leavenworth Prison, based on interviews with inmates and others, describes the lives of a sexual predator, a gang member in for forty-two years, a sociopath in ""no human contact"" status, and others.


With the cooperation of the Bureau of Prisons, Earley spent much time from mid-1987 to mid-1989 at Leavenworth, a maximum-security institution whose nickname, the Hot House, derives from its lack of air conditioning despite the searing Kansas summers. Interviewing the warden, the guards from captains on down and the convicts, many of whom are imprisoned for shocking crimes, the author takes readers into the mind of the recidivist criminal to show an egoistic, violent nature locked into a code of behavior with elements of machismo, hyper-sensitivity to slights and the conviction that informing is the greatest crime of all. There is also hatred of guards, who hate back, all this played out against a backdrop of racism, sexual exploitation, constant tension and sometimes gratuitous cruelty by the staff and the bureau toward the inmates. A remarkable book.


Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up

Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up

Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up by Stanley Bing
HarperBusiness | 2003 | ISBN: 0060934220 | EPUB | 1.64MB


Sit down. Breathe deep. This is the last business book you will ever need. For in these pages, Stanley Bing solves the ultimate problem of your working life: How to manage the boss.


The technique is simple . . . as simple as throwing an elephant. All it takes is the proper state of mind, a step-by-step plan, and a great leap of faith. This humble guide provides all these and more. It is Zen that enables one to take an object of enormous weight and size and mold it in one's grasp like a ball of Silly Putty. For senior management, in truth, is the silliest putty of them all.


This comprehensive course walks budding business bodhisattvas through basic skills needed to provide the simple elephant handling that makes everyday life possible, including but not limited to the primary task of following along after the elephant with a little broom and dustpan. Serious students will then move to intermediate steps, from Polishing the Elephant's Tusks to Hiding from the Elephant When It Has Been Drinking and Feels Quite Nasty. Beyond this level lies the land of the practiced Zen masters, culminating in the ability to leverage and then throw the now-weightless elephant--and even play catch with it at corporate retreats.


If What Would Machiavelli Do? was the meanest business book since the Renaissance, Throwing the Elephant provides the yang to that yin. Because sometimes you've got to be selfless, compassionate, and completely empty to get the job done.


The Science of Living

The Science of Living

The Science of Living by Alfred Adler
George Allen & Unwin | 1930 | PDF | 11.35MB


Alfred Adler (February 7, 1870 - May 28, 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychologist and founder of the school of Individual Psychology. In collaboration with Sigmund Freud and a small group of Freud's colleagues, Adler was among the co-founders of the psychoanalytic movement as a core member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. He was the first major figure to break away from psychoanalysis to form an independent school of psychotherapy and personality theory.


"The Science of Living" is a good overview of the basic ideas and concepts of Adler's psychological theory.


NOTE: This is not the 2011 reprint. It is an OCRed scan of the original 1930 book.


The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done by Piers Steel
HarperCollins | 2011 | ISBN: 0062035258 | EPUB | 985.35KB


DON'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK: The world's leading expert on procrastination uses his groundbreaking research to offer understanding on a matter that bedevils us all. Writing with humour, humanity and solid scientific information reminiscent of Stumbling on Happiness and Freakonomics, Piers Steel explains why we knowingly and willingly put off a course of action despite recognizing we'll be worse off for it.


For those who surf the Web instead of finishing overdue assignments, who always say diets start tomorrow, who stay up late watching TV to put off going to sleep, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do — or in this case don't — and why in Western societies we're in the midst of an escalating procrastination epidemic.


Dr. Piers Steel takes on the myths and misunderstandings behind procrastination and motivation — showing us how procrastination affects our lives, health, careers and happiness and what we can do about it. With accessible prose and the benefits of new scientific research, he provides insight into why we procrastinate even though the result is that we are less happy, healthy, even wealthy. Who procrastinates and why? How many ways, big and small, do we procrastinate? How can we stop doing it? The reasons are part cultural, part psychological, part biological. And, with a million new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world — all of which feed on our built-in impulsiveness — more of us are potentially damaging ourselves by putting things off. But Steel not only analyzes the factors that weigh us down but the things that motivate us — including understanding the value of procrastination.


Bingsop's Fables: Little Morals for Big Business

Bingsop's Fables: Little Morals for Big Business

Bingsop's Fables: Little Morals for Big Business by Stanley Bing, Steve Brodner
HarperBusiness | 2011 | ISBN: 0061998524 | EPUB | 10.88MB


For more than twenty years, Stanley Bing has peerlessly explained corporate culture and strategy with wit and insight. Now he brings us this engaging and instructive book of white-collar fables that have charmed generations of businesspeople since Greece was glorious and Rome was grand, brilliant gems of wisdom flowing from the pen of the mysterious, legendary author known throughout the ancient corporate world by a single name: Bingsop.


Bingsop's Fables is animated by a cast of archetypal characters that are as iconic and representative of human nature as were the jackdaw, the dull, the snake, the hare, the lion, the horse, and all the rest of the birds and beasts that populated the stories of that other fabulist, Aesop. The Stupid Investor, the Miserable Misery Mogul, the Ill-Tempered PR Person, and the Potentially Generous CEO—each struts and frets his hour upon the stage and, in the end, presents us with a moral that rings so true it would hurt if we were not also laughing.


Festooned with provocative, witty illustrations by New Yorker artist Steve Brodner, this lean, muscular edition will equally be at home on the shelves of aspiring hedge fund managers hoping to kill their elders as on the credenzas of those beleaguered executives who hear the next generation coming up fast from behind. No business library should be considered complete without it.


Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power

Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power

Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power by David Mcknight
Allen & Unwin | 2012 | ISBN: 1742373526 | EPUB | 532.46KB


When Rupert Murdoch called, Prime Ministers and Presidents picked up the phone. David McKnight exposes Murdoch's unflinching use of his media empire to further his political agenda over decades. This is the story behind the hacking scandal that rocked the world and shook the Murdoch empire.


'A study of dangerous media abuse of power and of abject government weakness in regard to it. This is a disturbing book.' - From the foreword by Robert Manne


Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is the most powerful media organisation in the world. Murdoch's commercial success is obvious, but less well understood is his successful pursuit of political goals, using News Corporation as his vehicle.


David McKnight tracks Murdoch's influence, from his support for Reagan and Thatcher, to his attacks on Barack Obama and the Rudd and Gillard governments. He examines the secretive corporate culture of News Corporation: its private political seminars for editors, its sponsorship of think tanks and its recurring editorial campaigns around the world. Its success is reflected in the fact that the campaigns are familiar to us all: small government and market deregulation, skepticism on climate change, support for neo-conservative adventures such as Iraq and criticism of all things 'liberal'.


While the phone hacking crisis has tarnished his reputation, Rupert Murdoch's influence is far from finished.


Call Me Cruel

Call Me Cruel

Call Me Cruel by Michael Duffy
Allen & Unwin | 2012 | ISBN: 1742372694 | EPUB | 1.75MB


A searing portrait of an unusually cruel killer and the devastating impact of his crime and manipulations on the family of the victim, Kylie Labouchardiere, his own wife and child, and an innocent policeman and his wife.


In the four months of their affair, Kylie Labouchardiere and Paul Wilkinson exchanged over 20,000 text messages. She was a trainee nurse; he worked in the New South Wales Police Force. Although Wilkinson eventually killed his lover to save his marriage, his main weapon was always words. He was a frighteningly convincing liar and left a trail of devastation across the lives of many he met.


The victims of Wilkinson's stories included his own family and those of his wife and his lover. Another was policeman Geoff Lowe, whom he tried to frame for Kylie's murder. Thanks to Wilkinson's lies, Lowe lost his home, his job, and his family.


It took five years to bring Wilkinson to justice. His lies continued to the end, when he sent police to five different locations in the search for Kylie's body. He once texted his wife: 'Everybody has reasons 4 hiding a crime. Mine is the family can live not knowing where and why 4 . . . Call me cruel, call me nasty . . . her family can live their lives in misery 4 all I care F--- THEM.' Kylie's grave has never been found.