2030: Technology That Will Change the World [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:45
2010 | EPUB | 2.68MB
Imagine living in 1958, and knowing that the integrated circuit--the microchip--was about to be invented, and would revolutionize the world. Or imagine 1992, when the Internet was about to transform virtually every aspect of our lives. Incredibly, this book argues that we stand at such a moment right now--and not just in one field, but in many.
In 2030: Technology That Will Change the World, authors Rutger van Santen, Djan Khoe, and Bram Vermeer interview over two dozen scientific and technological experts on themes of health, sustainability and communication, asking them to look forward to the year 2030 and comment on the kind of research that will play a necessary role. If we know what technology will be imperative in 2030, the authors reason, what can we do now to influence future breakthroughs?
Despite working in dissimilar fields, the experts called upon in the book - including Hans Blix (Head of the UN investigation in Iraq), Craig Venter (explorer of the human DNA), and Susan Greenfield (a leading world authority on the human brain), among many others - all emphasize the interconnectedness of our global networks in technology and communication, so tightly knit that the world's major conflicts are never isolated incidents. A fresh understanding of the regularities underlying these complex systems is more important than ever.
Using bright, accessible language to discuss topics of universal interest and relevance, 2030: Technology That Will Change the World takes the position that we can, in fact, influence the course of history. It offers a new way of looking forward, a fresh perspective on sustainability, stability and crisis-prevention. For anyone interested in modern science, this book will showcase the technologies that will soon change the way we live.
Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:38
2012 | EPUB | 22.66MB
Learn about electronics with fun experiments and projects
Created in partnership with Thames & Kosmos, Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors introduces you to essential electronics concepts through fun, do-it-yourself projects. You'll get tips for setting up your home workbench, safely handling materials, and creating a variety of entertaining gadgets. All of the projects and experiments use inexpensive, readily available electronic components and different types of breadboard, which creates a plug-and-play environment for you to build electronic circuits—no soldering required!
Inside you'll find:
- Things You'll Need--lists of all the electronic components and equipment required for each experiment
- A Circuit Diagram--shows how each of the electronic components are connected to produce the experiment
- How the Circuit Works--identifies the building blocks used to make the circuit and helps you read circuit diagrams
- Breadboard Layout--close-up photographs that guide you in building each electronic circuit
- Time to Experiment--explains how to get your experiment working
Step-by-step projects include:
- Make an LED light up
- Make an LED flash
- Create colors with an RGB LED
- Build a working telephone
- Create indicator lights
- Build a temperature sensor
- Make an electronic horn
- Set up a water sensor
- Design a basic alarm circuit
- Make a pressure-sensitive mat
- Create a touch-activated alarm
- Build an electronic security keypad
- Make a reading light that switches on when it goes dark
Electronic game experiments
- Create a random number generator
- Flip an electronic coin
- Get ready for infrared target practice
- Build a sound-effects generator
Inside the Real Area 51 [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:31
2013 | EPUB | 18.66MB
The true nature of what actually crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 remains classified. Only a select few have ever had access to the truth about what became known as Area 51.
But what happened to the remnants of that crash is shrouded in even greater mystery. What began in the high desert of New Mexico ended at Wright-Patterson, an ultra top-secret Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. The physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitation was buried deep within this nuclear stronghold.
How tragic that such seismic news should be kept from the people of the world...pieces of history, now quickly dwindling into oblivion as the last of the secret-keepers passes on.
In spite of its rich history of military service to our nation, Wright-Patterson also stands as the secret tomb of one of the greatest occurrences in recorded history. But be prepared...the real Area 51--Wright-Patterson's vault--is about to be opened.
The Age of Radiance [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:26
2014 | EPUB | 18.6MB
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Men and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial account of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the nucleus, brought its power to America, and ignited the twentieth century.
When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller forged the science of radioactivity, they created a revolution that arced from the end of the nineteenth century, through the course of World War II and the Cold War of superpower brinksmanship, to our own twenty-first-century confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power and proliferation—a history of paradox, miracle, and nightmare. While nuclear science improves our everyday lives—from medicine to microwave technology—radiation’s invisible powers can trigger cancer and cellular mayhem. Writing with a biographer’s passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is tragic, triumphant, and above all, fascinating.
From the discovery of X-rays in the 1890s, through the birth of nuclear power in an abandoned Chicago football stadium, to the bomb builders of Los Alamos and the apocalyptic Dr. Strangelove era, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Franklin Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Harry Truman, Curtis LeMay, John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others. He reveals how brilliant Jewish scientists fleeing Hitler transformed America from a nation that created lightbulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel’s lifelong dream of global peace; and how, in our time, emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain run-amok nuclear reactors while wondering if they would live or die.
Radiance defies our common-sense views of nature, with its staggering amounts of energy flowing from seemingly inert rock and matter pulsing in half-lives that transforms into other states over the course of decades or in the blink of an eye. Radiation is as scary a word as cancer, but it’s the power that keeps our planet warm, as well as the force behind earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, and so organic to all life that even our own human bodies are radioactive. By tracing mankind’s complicated relationship with the dangerous energy it discovered and unleashed, Nelson reveals how atomic power and radiation are indivisible from our everyday lives.
Brilliantly told and masterfully crafted, The Age of Radiance provides a new understanding of a misunderstood epoch in history and restores to prominence the forgotten heroes and heroines who have changed all of our lives for better and for worse. It confirms Craig Nelson’s position as one of the most lively and skillful popular historians writing today.
Rocket Men [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 06:24
2000 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 13 mins | 470.84MB
A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind
At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.
Rocket Men is the thrilling story of the moon mission, and it restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution.
Through interviews, twenty-three thousand pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson re-creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.
Rocket Men is the story of a twentieth-century pilgrimage; a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.
Blood Royal [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:09
2014 | EPUB | 3.92MB
A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.
On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer--and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.
A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.
The Korsun Pocket [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 06:04
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 26 mins | 341.95MB
During the second half of 1943, after the failure at Kursk, Germany's Army Group South fell back from Russia under repeated hammer blows from the Red Army. Under Erich von Manstein, however, the Germans were able to avoid serious defeats, while at the same time fending off Hitler's insane orders to hold on to useless territory.
Then, in January 1944, a disaster happened. Six divisions of Army Group South became surrounded after sudden attacks by the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts under command of generals Nikolai Vatutin and Ivan Konev around the village of Korsun (near the larger town of Cherkassy on the Dnieper). The Germans' greatest fear was the prospect of another Stalingrad, the catastrophe that had occurred precisely one year before.
This time, though, Manstein was in control from the start, and he immediately rearranged his Army Group to rescue his trapped divisions. A major panzer drive got underway, led by General der Panzertruppen Hans Hube, a survivor from Stalingrad pocket, which promptly ran up against several soviet tank armies. Leading the break-in was Franz Baeke with his Tiger and Panther-tanks. Due to both weather and ferocious resistance, the German drive stalled. Ju-52s still flew into Korsun's airfield, delivering supplies and taking out wounded, but it soon became apparent that only one option remained for the beleaguered defenders: breakout.
Without consulting Hitler, on the night of February 16 Manstein ordered the breakout to begin. Led by the strongest formation within the pocket, SS Wiking, the trapped forces surged out and soon rejoined the surrounding panzer divisions who had been fully engaged in weakening the ring.
When dawn broke, the Soviets realized their prey was escaping. Although the Germans within the pocket lost nearly all of their heavy weapons and left many wounded behind, their escape was effected. Stalin, having anticipated another Stalingrad, was left with little but an empty bag, as Army Group South-this time-had pulled off a rescue.
In The Korsun Pocket, Niklas Zetterling, a researcher at the Swedish Defense College since 1995 and Anders Frankson, have provided a highly detailed and often breathtaking account of one of the most dramatic battles of World War II. From grand strategy to soldiers' voices on the ground, including expert statistical analysis, the action, and the stakes, of the battle at Korsun are made vividly clear.
The Eastern Front 1914-1917 [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 06:02
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 15 hrs 6 mins | 415.23MB
A groundbreaking historical study, Norman Stone's The Eastern Front 1914-1917 was the very first authoritative account of the Russian Front in the First World War to be published in the West.
In this now-classic history he dispels the myths surrounding a still relatively little-known aspect of the war, showing how inefficiency rather than economic shortage led to Russia's desperate privations and eventual retreat.
He also interprets the connection between the war and the chaos that followed, arguing that although fighting had almost ceased by the end of 1916, Russia was still in turmoil - undergoing a period of change that would inexorably lead towards revolution.
The Anthropology of Climate Change [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 06:01
2014 | EPUB | 3.13MB
Climate perturbation and change is a topic of intense interest but the current conversation rarely moves beyond an examination of the contemporary situation. In doing so, it ignores insights from millennia of scholarly attention to the relationship between climate and society and doesn’t take full advantage of anthropological work on the subject. This timely anthology brings together the most important classical works and contemporary scholarship for a complete historical anthropological evaluation of the relationship between culture and climate change.
The essays in this volume study the historic and prehistoric records of human impact from and response to prior periods of climatic perturbation and change; the impact and response at the local level; the impact on global debates from North–South post-colonial histories; and the social dimensions of climate science. They encompass such topics as environmental determinism, climatic events as social catalysts, climatic disasters and societal collapse, and the construction and circulation of knowledge about climate. An ideal text for courses in climate change, human/cultural ecology, environmental anthropology and archaeology, disaster studies, science and technology studies, history of science, and environmental sciences, this book not only informs current debates but also demonstrates that the relationship between climate and society has preoccupied the human mind for as long as records have been kept.
Frommer's EasyGuide to National Parks of the American West [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 05:55
2014 | EPUB | 18.48MB
Quick to read, light to carry with expert advice in all price ranges, Frommer's EasyGuide to National Parks of the American West is the complete up-to-date reference for travelers who want to maximize their visit in the smartest, most time-efficient way. Frommer's trademark candid and accessible expertise offers reviews on selecting the correct park for you based on interests and length of stay, complete with suggested driving tours. The guide also covers where to find the best hiking trails, rafting, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, scenery and campgrounds. Insightful commentary on everything from the natural attractions to avoiding crowds and finding the best times to visit, as well as finding the right place to stay.
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 05:48
2009 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 29 mins | 402.98MB
Challenging conventional history, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the 1920s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of New Deal programs. From 1929 to 1940, federal intervention helped to make the Depression great by forgetting the men and women who sought to help themselves.
In this illuminating work of history, Shlaes follows the struggles of those now forgotten people, from a family of butchers in Brooklyn who dealt a stunning blow to the New Deal, to Bill W., who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, and Father Divine, a black cult leader. She takes a fresh look at the great scapegoats of the period, from Andrew Mellon to Sam Insull of Chicago. Finally, she traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves. Authoritative, original, and utterly engrossing, The Forgotten Man reveals how those dark years shaped both current political challenges and the strong national character that helps Americans to confront them.
Flash Foresight [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 01:25
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 13 mins | 282.36MB
Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.
Daniel Burrus is one of the world's leading forecasters, corporate strategists, and visionaries. Over the past quarter century, he has established a reputation worldwide for his exceptional record of accurately predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world.
"Wouldn't it be amazing if you could predict the future - and be right?" writes Burrus. "You can: all you have to do is leave out the parts you could be wrong about! And the amazing thing is, when you know where to look, there's more than enough you can be right about to make all the difference."
From small businesses to multinationals, individual careers to entire industries, Flash Foresight looks at how Burrus's seven radical flash foresight "triggers" have transformed dozens of careers, fortunes, and lives. Both engaging and enlightening, Flash Foresight provides an easy-to-implement blueprint for applying the same strategies to your own business, enabling you to see the invisible and do the impossible.
In the past, flash foresight was useful. Today, as the pace of technological change accelerates almost beyond the point of comprehension, it's an imperative.
The Likeability Factor [Audiobook]
04 April 2014, 01:16
2005 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 12 mins | 168.91MB
You can win life’s popularity contests
The choices other people make about you determine your health, wealth, and happiness. And decades of research prove that people choose who they like. They vote for them, buy from them, marry them, and spend precious time with them. The good news is that you can arm yourself for the contest and win life’s battles for preference. How? By raising your likeability factor.
The more you are liked, the happier your life will be. In The Likeability Factor, business guru Tim Sanders shows how to build your likeability factor by teaching you how to enhance four critical elements of your personality:
- Friendliness: your ability to communicate liking and openness to others
- Relevance: your capacity to connect with others’ interests, wants, and needs
- Empathy: your ability to recognize, acknowledge, and experience other people’s feelings
- Realness: the integrity that stands behind your likeability and guarantees its authenticity
When you improve these areas and boost your likeability factor, you bring out the best in others, handle life’s challenges with grace, enjoy better health, and excel in your daily roles. You can win the close calls and tight competitions that define and determine success and happiness at work and in life—The Likeability Factor can show you how!
Homemade Cleaners [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 01:14
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 387.04/593.75KB
SIMPLE STEPS TO A NATURALLY CLEAN HOME
Toxic chemicals are found in almost all commercial cleaners—the very products you buy to make your home hygenic and healthy. Homemade Cleaners offers a better solution. Its tips, tricks and formulas guarantee to make your home sparkling and germ-free.
Homemade Cleaners features over 150 recipes that are:
- Simple and Affordable
- Highly Effective
- Environmentally Sound
- Kid and Baby Friendly
Using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and even vodka, the authors tackle the nitty-gritty of everything from countertop cleaners to air-purifying plants so you avoid using commercial products that can cause side effects including skin irritation, asthma and central nervous system damage.
The Grow Your Own Food Handbook [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:47
2014 | EPUB | 36.24MB
Growing your own food is a hot topic today because of the high cost of transporting food long distances, the heightened problem of diseases caused by commercially grown foods, concerns of the overuse of chemicals in mass food production, and the uncertain health effects of GMOs. Many people—from White House executives to inner-city kids—have recently discovered the benefits of homegrown vegetables and fruits. Community gardens, and even community canning centers, are increasingly popular and have turned roof-top gardening into a great and healthy food source. And on a smaller scale, some plants can even be grown in containers for the smallest backyard or patio. The possibilities for growing your own food are endless!
The Grow Your Own Food Handbook informs you how to grow all types of vegetables, fruits, and even grains on your own land or in any small space available to you and your family. Also included is information on specific health benefits, vitamins, and minerals for each food, as well as detailed instructions for fall and winter food growing. Learn how to grow for your family, harvest and store all types of home-grown produce, and find joy in eating foods planted with your own hands.
Modern Pioneering [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:46
2014 | EPUB | 84.62MB
A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land.
Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to navigate without a compass for your next camping trip; or even forage for plants that give you energy. Whether you’re a full-time homesteader, a weekend farmer’s market devoté, or anyone looking to do more by hand, this overflowing resource will help you hone new skills in the kitchen, garden, and great outdoors. It includes:
- More than 100 recipes for garden-to-table dishes, preserves, and cured foods
- Small-space gardening advice on building a raised bed, choosing what to grow, and saving seeds
- DIY projects, such as Mason jar lanterns and homemade notecards
- Superwoman skills like assembling a 48- hour survival toolkit in an Altoids tin
Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations, Modern Pioneering proves that becoming more self-sufficient not only means being empowered, but also having a lot more fun.
Almonds Every Which Way [PDF]
04 April 2014, 00:41
2014 | PDF | 4.13MB
Almonds are everywhere, and with good reason! Full of vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, calcium, and more, this superfood delivers lots of health benefits in a delicious little package. When almonds are made into grain-free flour, non-dairy milk, and nut butter, these easy alternatives to wheat flour, dairy, and peanut butter support a variety of diets--vegan to gluten-free, vegetarian to Paleo. Whether you're following a particular way of eating or just looking to add variety to your cooking, Almonds Every Which Way offers key info for incorporating more nutritious foods into your diet, including:
- Basic recipes for homemade almond milks, butters, and flours
- Easy tips and tricks for using and storing almond ingredients
- Nutritional info for each recipe
- Designations for gluten-free, allergy-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and Paleo options
And, of course, the recipes: you'll find more than 150 scrumptious almond-based dishes, from breakfast favorites like smoothies, pancakes, and croissants, to sandwiches, snacks, and easy, family-pleasing entrees like fish tacos and vegan "neatloaf." With Almonds Every Which Way, you'll have every diet, meal, and taste bud covered.
Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:37
2014 | EPUB | 127.54MB
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck shares his classic recipes made healthy along with easy exercise moves to help readers lose weight and feel energetic.
In Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy Wolfgang Puck shares the food and fitness plan that helped him transform from being overweight and out of shape to fit and energetic. Now, he offers more than 100 health-conscious recipes, some modified classics from his earlier classics; others brand new. Readers will find flavorful food for every meal, including snacks and desserts, inspired by Mexican, Asian, Italian, Indian, and French cuisine.
Puck will never tell readers that they can't enjoy a glass of wine or to cut out their favorite foods. Instead, he partnered with trainer Chad Waterbury and journalist Lou Schuler to outline an exercise solution. They've uncovered a plan for the fitness-phobic out there who want to be able to indulge a little: an adaptable 40 minute workout program focused on core stability, cardio fitness, and mobility that can be adapted to suit anyone's daily life.
The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:32
2014 | EPUB | 9.09MB
Raise a glass to vintage beer! Treat yourself to a tour through time with this historical collection of beer recipes from 1800 to 1950. Within these pages, you’ll discover timeless recipes, along with drink profiles, and tales of how these tasty brews became a part of the evolution of beer.
Each chapter delves into a different style of beer: porter, stout, pale ale, mild ale, stock ale, burton ale, scotch ale, brown ale, dinner ale, light ale, table beer, and more, and explores the history of each style with recipes representative of different periods in time. Whether you choose to adapt the recipes to suit your palette or recreate them, you’ll bring history to life with each brew you make. Learn how beer has evolved over the last two hundred years and how you can easily recreate authentic recipes right in your own home.
Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:25
2013 | EPUB | 6.69MB
Water is arguably the most critical and least understood of the foundation elements in brewing beer. Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, third in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, takes the mystery out of water’s role in the brewing process. The book leads brewers through the chemistry and treatment of brewing water, from an overview of water sources, to adjusting water for different beer styles, and different brewery processes, to wastewater treatment. The discussions include how to read water reports, understanding flavor contributions, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, and mash pH.
The Big Secret for the Small Investor [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:17
2011 | EPUB | 1.99MB
When it comes to investing in the stock market, investors have plenty of options:
1. They can do it themselves. Trillions of dollars are invested this way. (Of course, the only problem here is that most people have no idea how to analyze and choose individual stocks. Well, not really the only problem. Most investors have no idea how to construct a stock portfolio, most have no idea when to buy and sell, and most have no idea how much to invest in the first place.)
2. They can give it to professionals to invest. Trillions of dollars are invested this way. (Unfortunately most professionals actually underperform the market averages over time. In fact, it may be even harder to pick good professional managers than it is to pick good individual stocks.)
3. They can invest in traditional index funds. Trillions of dollars are also invested this way. (The problem is that investing this way is seriously flawed--and almost a guarantee of subpar investment returns over time.)
4. They can read The Big Secret for the Small Investor and do something else. Not much is invested this way. Yet...
Let top hedge fund manager, Columbia business school professor, former Fortune 500 chairman and New York Times bestselling author, Joel Greenblatt, take you on a journey that will reveal the Big Secret for both individual and professional investors. Based on path-breaking new research, find out how anyone can beat the market, the index funds and the experts by following a new approach that relies on the principles of value investing, common sense and quantitative discipline. Along the way, learn where "value" comes from, how markets work, and what really happens on Wall Street. By journey's end, small investors (and even not-so-small investors) will have found their way to some excellent new investment choices.
Leadership and the Art of Struggle [PDF]
04 April 2014, 00:14
2013 | PDF | 3.69MB
All Leaders Face Adversity. Exceptional Leaders Thrive in It.
Leadership is often a struggle, and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our difficulties for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. But Steven Snyder shows that this discussion is vital—adversity is precisely what unlocks our greatest potential.
Using real-life stories drawn from his extensive research studying 151 diverse episodes of leadership struggle—as well as from his experiences working with Bill Gates in the early years of Microsoft and as a CEO and executive coach—Snyder shows how to navigate intense challenges to achieve personal growth and organizational success. He details strategies for embracing struggle and offers a host of unique tools and hands-on practices to help you implement them. By mastering the art of struggle, you’ll be better equipped to meet life’s challenges and focus on what matters most.
Freedom from Wealth [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:10
2011 | EPUB | 4.49MB
The conventional wisdom is that the ultra wealthy get and stay that way by being smart about their money. In fact, families of significant wealth often neglect the simplest but most profound question in managing the family fortune: What is the wealth for?
Freedom from Wealth provides a detailed road map for managing fortunes across generations. Charles Lowenhaupt, one of the world’s most respected experts on family wealth, and Don Trone, one of Investment Advisor’s “30 most influential people in financial services,” bring to life the wealth management lessons learned by some of the world’s richest individuals and families.
Drawing on decades of experience, the authors offer an insider’s perspective and share best practices to help you manage your or your family’s wealth. Rich in detail and insight, Freedom from Wealth offers a thorough, step-by-step process that individuals and their advisors can apply to investment management, governance, succession planning, education, and philanthropy.
Written in an accessible, conversational language, Freedom from Wealth shows private wealth holders, their families, and their professional advisors how to:
- Develop clear principles to outline the purposes of wealth across every aspect of life and across generations
- Formulate a set of standards—a “business plan”—based on family principles
- Select and work with a Standards Director who can effectively create, implement, and monitor the standards
- Protect wealth by carefully executing due diligence
- Implement the same processes and infrastructure that institutional investors—the smart money— have always used
- Freedom from Wealth comes with valuable tools such as a model Private Wealth Policy Statement and a Self-Assessment Instrument that allow you to measure the success of your wealth management programs.
Apply the methods of Freedom from Wealth to ensure that family money actually works for the family.
Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:07
2011 | EPUB + PDF | 274.66/965.05KB
There's been a major paradigm shift in business practices and the workplace. Alexandra Levit tells readers what no longer holds true for getting ahead today, and debunks business myths that are more dangerous and less viable than ever-given the current climate of ethical scrutiny and intense competition-including it's best to climb the ladder as fast as possible, and that employers want you to be yourself.
Levit offers something better in place of these myths: practical advice on what it really takes to succeed in this new values-driven environment.
Active Portfolio Management [EPUB]
04 April 2014, 00:00
1999 | EPUB |
Mathematically rigorous and meticulously organized, Active Portfolio Management broke new ground when it first became available to investment managers in 1994.
By outlining an innovative process to uncover raw signals of asset returns, develop them into refined forecasts, then use those forecasts to construct portfolios of exceptional return and minimal risk, i.e., portfolios that consistently beat the market, this hallmark book helped thousands of investment managers.
Active Portfolio Management, Second Edition, now sets the bar even higher. Like its predecessor, this volume details how to apply economics, econometrics, and operations research to solving practical investment problems, and uncovering superior profit opportunities. It outlines an active management framework that begins with a benchmark portfolio, then defines exceptional returns as they relate to that benchmark. Beyond the comprehensive treatment of the active management process covered previously, this new edition expands to cover asset allocation, long/short investing, information horizons, and other topics relevant today.
It revisits a number of discussions from the first edition, shedding new light on some of today's most pressing issues, including risk, dispersion, market impact, and performance analysis, while providing empirical evidence where appropriate. The result is an updated, comprehensive set of strategic concepts and rules of thumb for guiding the process of-and increasing the profits from-active investment management.