Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman

Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman

Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War by Michael Dobbs
Knopf | 2012 | ISBN: 030727165X | EPUB | 11.74MB

From the author of the best-selling One Minute to Midnight, a riveting account of the pivotal six-month period spanning the end of World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War.

When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler’s armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace—but instead set the stage for a forty-four-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an “iron curtain” being drawn down over the Continent.

These six months witnessed some of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century: the cataclysmic battle for Berlin, the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps, Churchill’s electoral defeat, and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. While their armies linked up in the heart of Europe, the political leaders maneuvered for leverage: Stalin using his nation’s wartime sacrifices to claim spoils, Churchill doing his best to halt Britain’s waning influence, FDR trying to charm Stalin, Truman determined to stand up to an increasingly assertive Soviet superpower.

Six Months in 1945 brilliantly captures this momentous historical turning point, chronicling the geopolitical twists behind the descent of the iron curtain, while illuminating the aims and personalities of larger-than-life political giants. It is a vividly rendered story of individual and national interests in fierce competition at a seminal moment in history.

One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs
Vintage Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1400078911 | EPUB | 1.84MB

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we came to Armageddon.

Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis.

Written like a thriller, One Minute to Midnight is an exhaustively researched account of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called “the most dangerous moment in human history,” and the definitive book on the Cuban missile crisis.

Decide: Better Ways of Making Better Decisions

Decide: Better Ways of Making Better Decisions

Decide: Better Ways of Making Better Decisions by David Wethey
Kogan Page | 2013 | ISBN: 0749466308 | EPUB | 983.83KB

Life presents everyone with a steady stream of decisions that they have to make. So, like it or not, decision making is a skill that needs practice every day - at work, at home, and in every aspect of life. Yet, people often make decisions without properly considering the context, options and implications of their actions. Or worse still, they end up managing the consequences of avoiding taking difficult decisions.

Decide sets out a clear and easy to follow model that enables readers to make or contribute to effective decisions, proving that it does not have to be a long drawn out process, as long as they use a mixture of rational and lateral thinking.

Free from business jargon, and filled with relevant case studies, Decide is a useful book for everyone whose life revolves around successful decision making. Thought-provoking and practical, it helps readers make the right decisions, and choose from their options wisely, whether they have 60 days, 60 minutes or just 60 seconds.

Killer Fish: How Eating Aquatic Life Endangers Your Health

Killer Fish: How Eating Aquatic Life Endangers Your Health

Killer Fish: How Eating Aquatic Life Endangers Your Health by Brian Clement
Hippocrates Publications | 2012 | ISBN: 1570672857 | EPUB | 1.86MB

People the world over are eating more fish than ever before and assuming fish to be a healthful alternative to meat as well as an excellent source for omega-3 fatty acids. Killer Fish alerts consumers to how eating aquatic life endangers their health.

An acclaimed expert in the fields of preventive medicine and natural health, Brian Clement separates myth from fact as he presents powerful evidence of deadly toxins particularly mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and pharmaceuticals that travel up the food chain and concentrate in the tissues of both farmed and wild fish and then into the humans who eat them. Readers are provided with an overview on how aquatic life became contaminated, how fish consumption affects human health, whether farmed fish are safer to eat than wild, the problem of overfishing and the decimation of fish species as well as the true health effects of consuming fish oil. For those who depends upon fish as a source of omega-e fatty acids, a list of safe alternatives is provided.

The far-reaching health consequences suffered by people who eat these fish have rocked marine scientists and medical communities around the globe. Modern attempts designed to reverse this plight, such as producing genetically engineered fish, have only provided a new set of problems. With Killer Fish, the public has a chance to become educated as to the depth of this problem. Hopefully this awareness will not only safeguard their health, but be part of the solution as well.

When Talent Isn't Enough

When Talent Isn't Enough

When Talent Isn't Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined: For Creative Professionals, Including Artists, Writers, Designers, Bloggers, to Freelance or Run Their Own Business by Kristen Fischer
Career Press | 2013 | ISBN: 1601632509 | EPUB | 2.03MB

Many creative professionals focus too much on their artistic abilities and too little on their business interests. In When Talent Isn't Enough, copywriter and journalist Kristen Fischer offers powerful strategies and practical stories from some of today's most prominent creative leaders to help you thrive. The result: an easy-to-read guide that covers all aspects of launching and managing a successful business for any creative entrepreneur or solo practitioner.

When Talent Isn't Enough offers savvy and easy-to-apply business advice for writers, designers, and artists who want to:

  • Run a profitable, fulfilling business
  • Market themselves alongside seasoned pros, in-house talent and established agencies
  • Understand the legalities of doing business
  • Spearhead hassle-free accounting and bookkeeping practices
  • Overcome challenging situations with clients
  • Embrace self-promotion as a solo professional
  • Cultivate lasting client partnerships

Link Out

Link Out

Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections by Leslie Grossman
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118380584 | EPUB | 438.3KB

Proven networking strategies to achieve lifetime professional success.

In today's competitive market, the typical ways of communicating don't serve the purpose of building strong, long-term connections. We need to build collaborative relationships that are memorable and influence others to aid in achieving our goals. What is the first step to connecting with the right person? It's not simply passing along a business card or rattling on about yourself, it is listening to what to the other person has to say. Link Out is filled with strategies that can turn strangers into connections that can change your career or business.

  • Explains how to ensure that potential entourage members perceive you positively
  • Offers a tracking process, which enables accountability
  • Teaches how to express visions and goals through your personal brand
  • Helps you to transform brief connections into relationships that produce valuable introductions and referrals

Link Out delivers an entourage of people willing and eager to make introductions, connections, and referrals—propelling one's resume or business to the top of the heap.

Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile

Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile

Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile--and Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success by Shoya Zichy
AMACOM | 2013 | ISBN: 0814421237 | EPUB | 1.52MB

A recent Conference Board survey found that a staggering 53 percent of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs, but with the unemployment rate stubbornly high, searching for a new position may not be the answer. Based on the author's proprietary personality model used by over 50,000 professionals worldwide, Personality Power shows you how to identify and harness your core strengths to immediately improve your job satisfaction-and, ultimately, your success.

After completing a simple 10-minute self-assessment, just turn to the in-depth chapter devoted to your personality type to: discover your work-related strengths and potential blind spots; identify your ideal (and least-preferred) work environments; learn how best to communicate with and coach others with different styles; create a personal career roadmap complete with concrete steps for achieving your goals; and much more. Featuring helpful charts, exercises, and inspiring success stories, Personality Power shows you how to leverage your natural talents and find the fulfillment and recognition you deserve.

Stop the Investing Rip-off

Stop the Investing Rip-off

Stop the Investing Rip-off: How to Avoid Being a Victim and Make More Money by David B Loeper
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1118133064 | EPUB | 2.71MB

The questions every investor should ask before parting with their hard-earned cash.

This book serves as an advocate of the consumer and brings to light what insiders know about the side of the sales pitches that consumers don't, but need to hear. Stop the Investing Rip-Off reveals the questions every investor should ask during a financial sales pitch before they pull the trigger and buy the next mutual fund, stock, advisory service, or other investment product.

Based on David Loeper's nearly twenty-five years of experience of seeing the inner workings of the industry, this updated edition of his classic book offers new strategies based on the performance of the stock market over the past two years.

  • Sheds light on the oft unseen deceit of the financial services industry
  • An updated and revised edition of the bestselling Stop the Investing Rip-Off
  • Written by David Loeper who is regularly quoted in Kiplinger's Money and Investment News and regularity contributes to Forbes Intelligent Investing

Stop the Investing Rip-Off, Revised and Updated is filled with advice for investors who want to avoid becoming victims of smooth talking salespeople and the effective advertising and marketing campaigns designed to evade reality and prey on your emotional desires.

Stop the Retirement Rip-off

Stop the Retirement Rip-off

Stop the Retirement Rip-off: How to Keep More of Your Money for Retirement by David B Loeper
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1118133048 | EPUB | 7.89MB

A detailed guide for avoiding the pitfalls of retirement funding.

In Stop the Retirement Rip-Off, author David Loeper provides the necessary tools for investors to take action and make the most of their retirement plans. It offers a road map for employees to understand the fees and costs associated with their plans; document the excesses in a presentation to management; then organize themselves to protest and, if necessary, bring the documentation to the Labor Department in a complaint.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this book is filled with sensible strategies for making the most of retirement funds and putting future retirees back on the right financial track.

  • Filled with strategies that can help employees stand up and secure their financial future
  • Addresses how to make the most of your money, and your life, after fixing your retirement plan
  • Outlines a practical approach to understanding your organization's retirement plan and overcoming its potential inefficiencies

This important book contains the much-needed information that employees need to plan for retirement and ensure a secure financial future.

The ABCs of Gold Investing

The ABCs of Gold Investing

The ABCs of Gold Investing: How to Protect and Build Your Wealth with Gold by Michael J Kosares
Addicus Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1936374838 | EPUB | 1.84MB

Beginning investors will find thorough guidelines for making good decisions in this study of private gold ownership. Emphasis is placed on the asset-preservation qualities of gold at a time when investor uncertainty about the economy and recent investment scandals have led many to seek asset diversification.

The economic and political trends driving gold marketing are detailed, as are the reasons why gold plays an important role in millions of investment portfolios worldwide—as both a hedge and an investment for capital gain. With revised content as well as two additional chapters, this updated version examines topics such as gold's role in combating inflation and deflation, how to select a gold firm, the history of gold since 1971, storing gold, and government debt.

The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals

The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals

The Essential Guide to Investing in Precious Metals: How to begin, build and maintain a properly diversified portfolio by David L Ganz
Krause Publications | 2011 | ISBN: 1440223696 | EPUB | 11.16MB

Gold. Silver. Platinum. Palladium.

Want more than a piece of paper with a stock number on it to show for your investment? Then learn about all the ways you can add precious metals to your portfolio.

Gold and silver have been king and queen of metals for centuries. Today, they are joined by platinum and palladium in the precious metals arena. They are traded in the form of bars, rounds and ingots, tangible assets you can see and touch.