On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe by Andrzej Stasiuk
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2011 | ISBN: 0151012717 | EPUB | 645.34KB


Andrzej Stasiuk is a restless and indefatigable traveler. His journeys take him from his native Poland to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. By car, train, bus, ferry. To small towns and villages with unfamiliar-sounding yet strangely evocative names. “The heart of my Europe,” Stasiuk tells us, “beats in Sokolow, Podlaski, and in Husi, not in Vienna.”


Where did Moldova end and Transylvania begin, he wonders as he is being driven at breakneck speed in an ancient Audi—loose wires hanging from the dashboard—by a driver in shorts and bare feet, a cross swinging on his chest. In Comrat, a funeral procession moves slowly down the main street, the open coffin on a pickup truck, an old woman dressed in black brushing away the flies above the face of the deceased. On to Soroca, a baroque-Byzantine-Tatar-Turkish encampment, to meet Gypsies. And all the way to Babadag, between the Baltic Coast and the Black Sea, where Stasiuk sees his first minaret, “simple and severe, a pencil pointed at the sky.”


A brilliant tour of Europe’s dark underside—travel writing at its very best.


The Ten-Day MBA [4th Edition]

The Ten-Day MBA [4th Edition]

The Ten-Day MBA 4th Ed: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught In America's Top Business Schools by Steven A Silbiger
HarperBusiness | 2012 | ISBN: 0062199579 | EPUB | 10.93MB


Revised and updated to answer the challenges of a rapidly changing business world, the 4th edition of The Ten-Day MBA includes the latest topics taught at America's top business schools, from corporate ethics and compliance to financial planning and real estate to leadership and negotiation.


With more than 400,000 copies sold around the world, this internationally acclaimed guide distills the lessons of the most popular business school courses taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the University of Virginia. Author Steven A. Silbiger delivers research straight from the notes of real MBA students attending these top programs today—giving you the tools you need to get ahead in business and in life.


Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die by Eric Siegel
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118356853 | EPUB | 2.06Mb


You have been predicted by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, "I knew you were going to do that!" These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you're going to click, buy, lie, or die.


Why? For good reason: predicting human behavior combats financial risk, fortifies healthcare, conquers spam, toughens crime fighting, and boosts sales.


How? Prediction is powered by the world's most potent, booming unnatural resource: data. Accumulated in large part as the by-product of routine tasks, data is the unsalted, flavorless residue deposited en masse as organizations churn away. Surprise! This heap of refuse is a gold mine. Big data embodies an extraordinary wealth of experience from which to learn.


Predictive analytics unleashes the power of data. With this technology, the computer literally learns from data how to predict the future behavior of individuals. Perfect prediction is not possible, but putting odds on the future — lifting a bit of the fog off our hazy view of tomorrow — means pay dirt.


In this rich, entertaining primer, former Columbia University professor and Predictive Analytics World founder Eric Siegel reveals the power and perils of prediction:


What type of mortgage risk Chase Bank predicted before the recession. Predicting which people will drop out of school, cancel a subscription, or get divorced before they are even aware of it themselves. Why early retirement decreases life expectancy and vegetarians miss fewer flights. Five reasons why organizations predict death, including one health insurance company. How U.S. Bank, European wireless carrier Telenor, and Obama's 2012 campaign calculated the way to most strongly influence each individual. How IBM's Watson computer used predictive modeling to answer questions and beat the human champs on TV's Jeopardy! How companies ascertain untold, private truths — how Target figures out you're pregnant and Hewlett-Packard deduces you're about to quit your job. How judges and parole boards rely on crime-predicting computers to decide who stays in prison and who goes free. What's predicted by the BBC, Citibank, ConEd, Facebook, Ford, Google, IBM, the IRS, Match.com, MTV, Netflix, Pandora, PayPal, Pfizer, and Wikipedia.


A truly omnipresent science, predictive analytics affects everyone, every day. Although largely unseen, it drives millions of decisions, determining whom to call, mail, investigate, incarcerate, set up on a date, or medicate.


Predictive analytics transcends human perception. This book's final chapter answers the riddle: What often happens to you that cannot be witnessed, and that you can't even be sure has happened afterward — but that can be predicted in advance?


Whether you are a consumer of it — or consumed by it — get a handle on the power of Predictive Analytics.


What Is Art and 100 other very important questions

What Is Art and 100 other very important questions

What Is Art and 100 other very important questions by Ernst Billgren
Bokförlaget Langenskiöld | 2011 | ISBN: 9197897388 | EPUB | 337.15KB


It is about time. Ernst Billgren is about time. He simply never stays where you put him. Now it is time for him to go English, or international. Ernst was world famous in Sweden already ages ago for being a sculptor and a painter. His mosaics and figurative paintings introduced something that was already forgotten in contemporary art. He was not difficult. He was even popular.


Everybody, not just the high-end critics, loved what he presented and he was very outspoken about he - he wanted people to understand art's real potential. It was evident that this was somebody who really new his métier. But even more so that Ernst Billgren got there because he was on a mission to find out what art really could be - in our times.


He never left the painting but suddenly he was everywhere. Ernst Billgren went in to the movies, the theater and television. He became a public persona, a Swedish Warhol or maybe Koons, but really Swedish, North European... And he started to write. More books a year than most writers.


He is clearly on a mission. Ernst Billgren is moving. From art to society and back again. He has said that he never had an opinion. So I guess he had to write a book about it.


Foreword by Jan Åman


The Japan Journals: 1947-2004

The Japan Journals: 1947-2004

The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 by Donald Richie
Stone Bridge Press | 2005 | ISBN: 1880656973 | EPUB | 3.29MB


Donald Richie has been observing and writing about Japan from the moment he arrived on New Year’s Eve, 1946. Detailing his life, his lovers, and his ideas on matters high and low, The Japan Journals is a record of both a nation and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and as the author ages, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a complicated life well lived and captivatingly told.


The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others by Kristi Hedges
AMACOM Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0814417744 | EPUB | 2.35Mb


Everyone recognizes leaders with presence. They stand out for their seemingly innate ability to command attention and inspire commitment. But what is this secret quality they exude, exactly? Executive and CEO coach Kristi Hedges demystifies this elusive trait, revealing that presence is the intersection of outward influencing skills and internal mental conditioning. Using her I-Presence model, the author shows how anyone regardless of position or personality can strengthen their impact.


Readers will learn how to build trust as the foundation for leadership, eschew perfectionism for authenticity, banish limiting thoughts and behaviors, and galvanize their team through visionary, inspiring communications. Stellar technical knowledge, a strong work ethic, excellent presentation skillsùnone of these tangible traits puts people on the career fast track as readily as a compelling presence. Filled with profiles of leaders with powerful presence and the latest neuroleadership research translated into actionable habits, this authoritative guide puts a little-understood, but potentially game-changing, tool within everyone's reach.


Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F Ke

Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F Ke

Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy, Ted Widmer
Hyperion Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1401305253 | EPUB | 13.22MB


In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material. JFK was elected president when Civil Rights tensions were near the boiling point, and Americans feared a nuclear war. Confronted with complex dilemmas necessitating swift and unprecedented action, President Kennedy engaged in intense discussion and debate with his cabinet members and other advisors.


Now, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the John F. Kennedy Library and historian Ted Widmer have carefully selected the most compelling and important of these remarkable recordings have been transcribed and released for the first time. Listening In represents a uniquely unscripted, insider account of a president and his cabinet grappling with the day-to-day business of the White House and guiding the nation through a hazardous era of uncertainty.


The extensively annotated transcripts of the recordings, and with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy, Listening In delivers the story behind the story in the unguarded words of the decision-makers themselves. Listening In covers watershed events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, Vietnam, and the arms race, and offers fascinating glimpses into the intellectual methodology of a circumspect president and his brilliant, eclectic brain trust.


Just as the unique vision of President John F. Kennedy continues to resonate half a century after his stirring speeches and bold policy decisions, the documentary candor of Listening In imparts a vivid, breathtaking immediacy that will significantly expand our understanding of his time in office.


Guns in America

Guns in America

Guns in America by The Washington Post
Diversion Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1938120981 | EPUB | 5.41Mb


The Fight of the Century. That's what Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's fiery leader, has promised now that President Obama has proposed some of the most sweeping gun reforms in decades. For more than a year, The Washington Post examined the long, bloody history of gun control in America, an investigation that was reopened and expanded after the massacre of first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut.


In a series of articles and web documentaries, Post journalists have shined a light on the hidden life of guns in the country. This prize-winning reporting, collected in an eBook edition for the first time, reveals how politics have hamstrung efforts to curb gun violence, how U.S. guns have fueled the drug war along the Mexican border, and how most of the illegal guns in America are distributed by just a handful of dealers. Most recently, the Post has looked deeply into the power of the NRA as it mounts its biggest battle yet in the 40-year-old war over the Second Amendment.


The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving

The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving

The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving
Popular Woodworking Books | 2005 | ISBN: 155870731X | EPUB | 25.65Mb


Build useful storage projects for every room in your home including the basement and garage!


Who doesn't need more storage? With The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving you will have the least cluttered, most organized house on the block. Whether you're an experienced woodworker or just beginning, you'll find advice and guidance for crafting sturdy, great-looking shelves and storage without spending a fortune on materials and expensive tools.


Danny Proulx, master cabinetmaker, teacher and author of more than 10 woodworking books, has handpicked 15 of his best home storage and shelving projects for this one-of-a-kind book. He provides you with valuable insights on basic joinery and hardware applications that are the keys to a successful project. You'll also find clear project instructions and step-by-step photos for creating great furniture, including:


  • Kitchen pantry
  • Television armoire
  • Child's storage bed
  • Student's work center
  • Low-cost storage shelving
  • Closet storage
  • And several more

The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving will get you started building today! With Danny's expert instruction, you'll be able to transform your cluttered space into the beautiful, organized home of your dreams!


Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects: Great Looking Furniture Anyone Can Build by Spike Carlsen
Linden Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1610350049 | EPUB | 26.82MB


Blending the practicality of IKEA with the creativity of Martha Stewart, this collection of innovative projects is presented with simplicity of construction in mind. The suggested pieces are practical, have broad appeal, and carry a high brag factor upon completion. Requiring minimal assembly time and tools, this concise, engaging, and even humorous guide offers countless tips as well as clear and instructive photography. The majority of the projects also incorporate clever construction, such as the use of bifold doors, stock cabinets, and off-the-shelf lumber, guaranteeing that the required materials are both inexpensive and easily accessible. Featuring ideas for furnishing both the interior and the exterior of the home, this handbook is ideal for weekend woodworkers.


Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
Pear Press | 2009 | ISBN: 097977778X | EPUB | 658.49KB


Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best.


How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men and women have different brains?


In Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a Brain Rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. You will discover how:


  • Exercise improves cognition
  • Every brain is wired differently
  • We are designed never to stop learning and exploring
  • Memories are volatile and susceptible to corruption
  • Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn
  • Vision trumps all of the other senses
  • Stress changes the way we learn

In the end, you'll understand how your brain really works—and how to get the most out of it.


1775: A Good Year for Revolution [Audiobook]

1775: A Good Year for Revolution [Audiobook]

1775: A Good Year for Revolution [Audiobook] by Kevin Phillips
Brilliance Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1469203146 | MP3 VBR V6 | 25 hrs 53 mins | 834.75MB


What if the year we have long commemorated as America's defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation's emergence reveals a more complicated - and divisive - birth process?


In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle's watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775: the critical launching point of the war and Britain's imperial outrage and counterattack and the year during which America's commitment to revolution took bloody and irreversible shape.


Phillips focuses on the great battlefields and events of 1775 - Congress' warlike economic ultimatums to king and parliament, New England's rage militaire, the panicked concentration of British troops in militant but untenable Boston, the stunning expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and many hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands. These onrushing events delivered a sweeping control of territory and local government to the Patriots, one that Britain was never able to overcome. Seventeen seventy-five was the year in which Patriots captured British forts and fought battles from the Canadian frontier to the Carolinas, obtained the needed gunpowder inmachinations that reached from the Baltic to West Africa and the Caribbean, and orchestrated the critical months of nation building in the backrooms of a secrecy-shrouded Congress. As Phillips writes, "The political realignment achieved amid revolution was unique - no other has come with simultaneous ballots and bullets."


Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America's origins.