Britannia: The Failed State

Britannia: The Failed State

Britannia: The Failed State: Ethnic Conflict and the End of Roman Britain by Stuart Laycock
2008 | EPUB | 6.92MB

At its height a complex and wealthy state, by the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th centuries Roman Britain was at the point of collapse. It was soon replaced by Anglo-Saxon culture which migrated across the North Sea. This absorbing study explores the tensions and conflicts between the various tribal groupings that made up Roman Britain and examines how tribal and political fragmentation could have contributed to its fall. It analyzes Roman Britain not as a unified entity but as a collection of different peoples with a history of long-term conflict, and finds parallels in modern conflicts that provide insight into the missing pieces of this complex period of British history.

The Skies Belong to Us

The Skies Belong to Us

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I Koerner
2013 | EPUB | 2.94MB

In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of sixties idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week, using guns, bombs, and jars of acid. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands, where they imagined being hailed as heroes; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when the young lovers at the heart of Brendan I. Koerner’s The Skies Belong to Us pulled off the longest-distance hijacking in American history.

A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe.

Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars. He combed through over 4,000 declassified documents and interviewed scores of key figures in the drama—including one of the hijackers, whom Koerner discovered living in total obscurity. Yet The Skies Belong to Us is more than just an enthralling yarn about a spectacular heist and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath. It is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent, and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.

Hedge Hogs

Hedge Hogs

Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster by Barbara T Dreyfuss
2013 | EPUB | 1.96MB

At its peak, hedge fund Amaranth Advisors LLC had more than $9 billion in assets. A few weeks later, it completely collapsed. The disaster was largely triggered by one man: thirty-two-year-old hotshot trader Brian Hunter. His high-risk bets on natural gas prices bankrupted his firm and destroyed his career, while John Arnold, his rival at competitor fund Centaurus, emerged as the highest-paid trader on Wall Street. Meticulously researched and character-driven, Hedge Hogs is a riveting fly-on-the-wall account of the largest hedge fund collapse in history: a blistering tale of the recent past that explains our precarious present ... and may predict our future.

Using emails, instant messages, court testimony, and exclusive interviews, securities analyst turned investigative reporter Barbara T. Dreyfuss charts the colliding paths of these two charismatic traders who dominated the speculative energy market. We follow Brian Hunter, the Canadian farm boy and elbows-out high school basketball star, as he achieves phenomenal early success, only to see his ambition, greed, and hubris precipitate his downfall. Set in relief is the journey of John Arnold, whose mild manner, sophisticated tastes, and low profile belied his own ferocious competitive streak. As the two clash, hundreds of millions of dollars in pension and endowment money is imperiled, with devastating public consequences.

Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes

Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes

Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes edited by Clifton Fadiman, Andre Bernard
2000 | EPUB | 1.17MB

The ultimate anthology of anecdotes, now revised with over 700 new entries - a must-have reference for every personal library. From Hank Aaron to King Zog, Mao Tse-Tung to Madonna, Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes features more than 2,000 people from around the world, past and present, in all fields. These short anecdotes provide remarkable insight into the human character. Ranging from the humorous to the tearful, they span classical history, recent politics, modern science and the arts.

Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes is a gold mine for anyone who gives speeches, is doing research, or simply likes to browse. As an informal tour of history and human nature at its most entertaining & instructive, this is sure to be a perennial favorite for years to come.

Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results

Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results

Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results by Jamie Smart
2013 | EPUB | 1.2MB

LEARN TO CLEAR YOUR MIND AND THINK LIKE A WINNER

We all have so much going on. A million different projects, to-do lists longer than your arm. We all worry about things -- money, deadlines.

With all this buzzing around in our heads it's often a nightmare trying to concentrate on one thing. What if someone could show you how to empty your mind of all the noise? If you could be shown how to de-clutter your mind and concentrate on one important thing? Well Jamie Smart, state-of-mind specialist, can do just that -- with Clarity he will show you how to get real clarity of thought. You'll learn how to clear your mind and become less stressed and more productive -- and as a result, more confident in your abilities.

Clarity will help you to:

  • Greatly improve your concentration and ability to think clearly
  • Reduce stress levels and increase productivity
  • Grow your confidence and self-belief
  • Find innovative solutions to problems and make progress on goals and dreams
  • Trust your intuition and improve your decision-making
  • Build stronger relationships through better communication

The Life of Super-Earths

The Life of Super-Earths

The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet by Dimitar Sasselov
2012 | EPUB | 1.02MB

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus fomented a revolution when he debunked the geocentric view of the universe, proving instead that our planet wasn’t central to the universe. Almost five hundred years later, the revolution he set in motion is nearly complete. Just as earth is not the center of things, the life on it, it appears, is not unique to the planet. Or is it?

The Life of Super-Earths is a breathtaking tour of current efforts to answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, the founding director of Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative, takes us on a fast-paced hunt for habitable planets and alien life forms. He shows how the search for “super-Earths”—rocky planets like our own that orbit other stars—may provide the key to answering essential questions about the origins of life here and elsewhere. That is, if we don’t find the answers to those questions here first. As Sasselov and other astronomers have uncovered planets with mixes of elements different from our own, chemists have begun working out the heretofore unseen biochemistries that those planets could support. That knowledge is feeding directly into synthetic biology—the effort to build wholly novel forms of life—making it likely that we will first discover truly “alien” life forms in an earthly lab, rather than on a remote planet thousands of light years away.

Sasselov tells the gripping story of a moment of unprecedented potential—a convergence of pioneering efforts in astronomy and biology to peer into the unknown. The Life of Super-Earths offers nothing short of a transformation in our understanding of life and its place in the cosmos.