The Literary Heritage of the Arabs [EPUB]

The Literary Heritage of the Arabs [EPUB]
The Literary Heritage of the Arabs: An Anthology edited by Suheil Bushrui, James Malarkey
2012 | EPUB | 1.23MB

The Literary Heritage of the Arabs samples some of the finest literature produced by Arab writers in the last 1,500 years. The selection of poetry and prose spans many genres and styles, conveying the full range of Arab experiences and perspectives – from the tragic to the comic, the wistful to the mystical, the courtly to the lowly, and the Arab East to Andalusia.

The reader of this anthology will become aware of the extent to which this vibrant and distinctive literary heritage has always been both receptive to the currents from neighbouring cultures and influential in the evolution of other literary traditions, in South Asia, Western Europe and beyond. Thus, the reader will discover, behind local colours and different literary conventions, our common humanity.

Business Adventures [EPUB]

Business Adventures [EPUB]
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
2014 | EPUB | 410.46KB

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.

Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

America's Secret War [EPUB]

America's Secret War [EPUB]
America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies by George Friedman
2005 | EPUB | 700.12KB

Dubbed by Barron’s as “The Shadow CIA,” George Friedman’s global intelligence company, Stratfor, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover — the startling truth behind America’s foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Stratfor, one of the world’s most respected private global intelligence firms, has an unmatched ability to provide clear perspective on the current geopolitical map. In America's Secret War, George Friedman identifies the United States’ most dangerous enemies, delves into presidential strategies of the last quarter century, and reveals the real reasons behind the attack of 9/11—and the Bush administration’s motivation for the war in Iraq. It describes in eye-opening detail America’s covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism: Not only are U.S. armies in combat on every continent, but since 9/11 the intelligence services of dozens of nations have been operating in close partnership with the CIA.

Drawing on Stratfor’s vast information-gathering network, Friedman presents an insightful picture of today’s world that goes far beyond what is reported on television and in other news media.

  • Al Qaeda’s war plans and how they led to 9/11
  • The threat of a suitcase nuclear bomb in New York and how that changed the course of the war.
  • The deal the U.S. made with Russia and Iran which made the invasion of Afghanistan possible – and how those deals affect the United States today.
  • How fear and suspicion of the Saudis after 9-11 tore apart the Bush-Saudi relationship and why Saudi Arabia’s closest friends in the administration became the Saudi’s worst enemies.
  • The real reasons behind George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq and how WMD became the cover for a much deeper game.
  • How the CIA miscalculated about Saddam Hussein’s and Iran’s real plans, leaving the U.S. bogged down in the war.
  • How the war in Iraq began with a ruse, pretending that a “target of opportunity” attack on Saddam Hussein had presented itself.
  • The real story about why the U.S. raises and lowers its alert status and why the United States can’t find and destroy al Qaeda.
  • The strategic successes that are slowly leading the United States to victory

America's Secret War is an unprecedented look at the new world war being waged behind-the-scenes today. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world.

They Don't Teach Corporate in College [EPUB]

They Don't Teach Corporate in College [EPUB]
They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World, 3rd Edition by Alexandra Levit
2014 | EPUB | 2.06MB

They Don't Teach Corporate in College has resonated with tens of thousands of readers and is currently used as a text in corporations and universities across the country. This new and updated edition reflects the unique needs and challenges of current twenty-somethings, who want to make a difference right now but lack some of the core skills to make it happen. It incorporates fresh tips for building your transferable skillset, networking and enhancing your productivity in an increasingly digital world, and becoming an effective leader.

Chock full of personal anecdotes and written from the perspective of a wise older sister who doesn't want you to learn the hard way, They Don't Teach Corporate in College includes no-nonsense advice for:

  • Making the smartest career move right out of college.
  • Landing the job of your dreams by avoiding the black hole of HR.
  • Establishing a strong reputation by encouraging others to like and cooperate with you.
  • Navigating your organization's social scene and practicing cringe-free networking.
  • Mastering skills that will take you anywhere, such as goal-setting and self-promotion.
  • Combating negativity and coping with difficult personalities.

Harvard Business School Confidential: Secrets of Success [EPUB]

Harvard Business School Confidential: Secrets of Success [EPUB]
Harvard Business School Confidential: Secrets of Success by Emily Chan
2009 | EPUB | 2.53MB

For almost a century, Harvard Business School (HBS) has educated generations of leaders who have shaped and honed the practice of business in every industry and in every country around the world. HBS is the iconic business school and an HBS degree is highly respected in the business world.

This book, written by Emily Chan, an HBS graduate and seasoned businesswoman, tells you why. It is a distillation of the most valuable and pragmatic concepts taught at HBS. Harvard Business School Confidential articulates the most invaluable and yet the easiest to learn concepts taught at HBS. It is useful for those who are interested in business, but do not plant to go to HBS; they can learn and use these teachings without ever setting foot on campus. For those planning on an HBS degree, this book can give them a head–start. Harvard Business School Confidential details the best of what HBS has to offer and unveils the secrets to success taught inside the ivy tower.

The 3 Simple Rules of Investing [EPUB]

The 3 Simple Rules of Investing [EPUB]
The 3 Simple Rules of Investing: Why Everything You've Heard about Investing Is Wrong - and What to Do Instead by Michael Edesess, Kwok L Tsui, Carol Fabbri, George Peacock
2014 | EPUB | 2.65MB

What if the most effective investment portfolio was also the easiest to manage and the least expensive? As the authors of this clear, practical, and enlightening book—part financial guide, part exposé—prove, there are just three simple rules you need to follow and only a few, very inexpensive investment products that are necessary for an ideal portfolio.

The authors deftly bust investing’s myths—what they call investing's Seven Deadly Temptations—and dispense with all that complicated, confusing, and self-serving advice of the Wall Street wolves. By embracing commonsense solutions and rejecting investments that seem enticing but are overpriced, needlessly complex and risky, you'll put not only yourself in a stronger position, but the entire economy as well.

Fur, Fortune, and Empire [Audiobook]

Fur, Fortune, and Empire [Audiobook]
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America [Audiobook] by Eric Jay Dolin, read by Tom Weiner
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 57 mins | 328.37MB

From the best-selling author of Leviathan comes this sweeping narrative of one of America's most historically rich industries.

As Henry Hudson sailed up the broad river that would one day bear his name, he grew concerned that his Dutch patrons would be disappointed in his failure to find the fabled route to the Orient. What became immediately apparent, however, from the Indians clad in deer skins and "good furs" was that Hudson had discovered something just as tantalizing.

The news of Hudson's 1609 voyage to America ignited a fierce competition to lay claim to this uncharted continent, teeming with untapped natural resources. The result was the creation of an American fur trade, which fostered economic rivalries and fueled wars among the European powers, and later between the United States and Great Britain, as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations.

In Fur, Fortune, and Empire, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the rise and fall of the fur trade of old, when the rallying cry was "get the furs while they last." Beavers, sea otters, and buffalos were slaughtered, used for their precious pelts that were tailored into extravagant hats, coats, and sleigh blankets. To read Fur, Fortune, and Empire then is to understand how North America was explored, exploited, and settled, while its native Indians were alternately enriched and exploited by the trade. As Dolin demonstrates, fur, both an economic elixir and an agent of destruction, became inextricably linked to many key events in American history, including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, as well as to the relentless pull of Manifest Destiny and the opening of the West.

This work provides an international cast beyond the scope of any Hollywood epic, including Thomas Morton, the rabble-rouser who infuriated the Pilgrims by trading guns with the Indians; British explorer Captain James Cook, whose discovery in the Pacific Northwest helped launch America's China trade; Thomas Jefferson who dreamed of expanding the fur trade beyond the Mississippi; America's first multimillionaire John Jacob Astor, who built a fortune on a foundation of fur; and intrepid mountain men such as Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith, who sliced their way through an awe inspiring and unforgiving landscape, leaving behind a mythic legacy still resonates today.

Concluding with the virtual extinction of the buffalo in the late 1800s, Fur, Fortune, and Empire is an epic history that brings to vivid life three hundred years of the American experience, conclusively demonstrating that the fur trade played a seminal role in creating the nation we are today.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography [EPUB]

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography [EPUB]
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography by Meryle Secrest
2014 | EPUB | 17.0MB

In this superb, subtle, demythologizing biography of Wright (1869-1959), we meet a shrewd yet gullible architect who fostered a view of himself as a misunderstood, embattled genius, a narcissist who unconsciously courted catastrophe while blaming the vengeful hand of fate as he overcame accidents, bankruptcy, lawsuits and hounding by his morphine-addicted second wife.

Drawing on a trove of letters, Secrest traces Wright's "secret conviction of worthlessness" to the contradictory influences of his freethinking, erratic Welsh mother and his jealous, spendthrift father, a New England minister. She discusses the dynamics of the architect's three marriages, recounts his clashes with Louis Sullivan and Lewis Mumford, and digs beneath his "quasi-mystical Celtic beliefs" to pinpoint the multiple influences on his fervent quest for an organic architecture. A definitive portrait of a mercurial titan.

I Have My Mother's Eyes: A Holocaust Story across Generations [EPUB]

I Have My Mother's Eyes: A Holocaust Story across Generations [EPUB]
I Have My Mother's Eyes: A Holocaust Story across Generations by Barbara Ruth Bluman
2009 | EPUB | 4.36MB

This Holocaust memoir crosses generations. In I Have My Mother’s Eyes, Barbara Ruth Bluman chronicles her mother’s dramatic journey from Nazi-occupied Poland to western British Columbia, where her legacy lives on.

Bluman sets an urgent and intimate tone as she follows Zosia Hoffenberg from her genteel upbringing in Warsaw through the shock of the blitzkrieg and on to her escape from Europe through Lithuania, the Soviet Union and Japan. That escape required the help of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania, who defied his superiors and helped several thousand Jews to flee.

Bluman also reveals how, even as she was recording her mother’s tale of survival, cancer was ravaging her own body. In this interwoven narrative, Bluman explains how she garnered strength from her mother’s account as a refugee, “staring death in the face.” These twin narratives blossom out of salvaged journal entries and letters, and from the photographs of family members who have reunited after years of displacement. Bluman’s daughter Danielle Low brings this double memoir to a conclusion.

A celebration of the universal struggle for survival, I Have My Mother’s Eyes: A Holocaust Story across Generations offers a hopeful response to one of history’s darkest times.

Walking Portland [EPUB]

Walking Portland [EPUB]
Walking Portland: 30 Tours of Stumptown's Funky Neighborhoods, Historic Landmarks, Park Trails, Farmers Markets, and Brewpubs by Becky Ohlsen
2013 | EPUB | 39.41MB

From a massive urban forest to the tiniest brewpub, Portland offers a huge variety of entertainments within a surprisingly compact area. Organic coffeeshops line the streets at the foot of an extinct volcano, and independent bookstores nestle up against food-cart pods. Already famous for its great beer, the city has become a center for serious dining on a reasonable budget. And thanks to years of progressive urban planning, Portland's layout makes it a walker's nirvana.

In Walking Portland, devoted local Becky Ohlsen guides you through the Rose City's many charms, from idyllic waterfront fountains to the more obscure and out-of-the-way pockets of cool. On each walk, you'll discover hidden gardens, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, old-school taverns, oddball shops, and edgy warehouse galleries in some of the Northwest's most exciting neighborhoods. You'll cross bridges and graveyards, wander a Smithsonian-honored boulevard, see experiments in urban renewal (some inspiring, some dubious) and be regaled with stories of the city's colorful past. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll full of shopping and snacks or a vigorous trek over tree-covered hillsides, grab this book, step outside and . . . walk Portland.

City of the Century [EPUB]

City of the Century [EPUB]
City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L Miller
2014 | EPUB | 6.89MB

From its turbulent beginnings to its current status as one of the world’s most dynamic cities, City of the Century tells the story of Chicago—and the story of America, writ small. From its many natural disasters, including the Great Fire of 1871 and several cholera epidemics to its winner-take-all politics, dynamic business empires, breathtaking architecture, its diverse cultures, and its diverse population of writers, journalists, and artists, Chicago’s story is violent, inspiring, passionate, and fascinating from the first page to the last.

The winner of the prestigious Great Lakes Book Award, given to the year’s most outstanding books highlighting the American heartland, City of the Century has received consistent rave reviews and was made into a six-hour film airing on PBS’s American Experience series. Written with energetic prose and exacting detail, it brings Chicago’s history to vivid life.

Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II [EPUB]

Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II [EPUB]
Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II by Laurence Rees
2002 | EPUB | 8.02MB

The brutal Japanese treatment of allied prisoners of war, as well as countless thousands of Chinese civilians, during World War 2 has been well documented. Here Laurence Rees, award-winning historian and author of Auschwitz: A New History and World War II: Behind Closed Doors, turns his attention to a crucial but less understood factor of one of the most dramatic and important historical events of the 20th century: why were these atrocities carried out?

More than 70 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this incisive but accessible study examines shocking acts performed by Japanese soldiers, and asks why seemingly ordinary people were driven to mass murder, rape, suicide and even cannibalisation of the enemy. Uncovering personal accounts of the events, Horror in the East traces the shift in the Japanese national psyche - from the civil and reasoned treatment of captured German prisoners in World War 1 to the rejection of Western values and brutalization of the armed forces in the years that followed. In this insightful analysis, Rees probes the Japanese belief in their own racial superiority, and analyses a military that believed suicide to be more honourable than surrender.

50 Children [EPUB]

50 Children [EPUB]
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman
2014 | EPUB | 1.24MB

Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter.

In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid.

Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history.

A Train in Winter [Audiobook]

A Train in Winter [Audiobook]
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France [Audiobook] by Caroline Moorehead, read by Wanda McCaddon
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | ~ 11 hrs | 491.73MB

They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives--a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled ''V'' for victory on the walls of her lycee; the eldest, a farmer's wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to each other, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.

Eventually the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie. In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France.

A Train in Winter draws on interviews with these women and their families; German, French, and Polish archives; and World War II resistance organization documents to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival, and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.

The End of Big [Audiobook]

The End of Big [Audiobook]
The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath [Audiobook] by Nicco Mele, read by Sean Runnette
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs | 259.22MB

How seemingly innocuous technologies are unsettling the balance of power by putting it in the hands of the masses - and what a world without "big" will mean for all of us.

In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected - constantly, instantly, and globally - is dramatically changing our world.

Governments are being upended by individuals relying only on social media. Major political parties are seeing their power eroded by grassroots forces through online fund-raising. Universities are scrambling to preserve their student populations in the face of less expensive, more accessible online courses. Print and broadcast news outlets are struggling to compete with citizen journalists and bloggers. Our traditional institutions are being disrupted in revolutionary ways, some for the better. But, as Nicco Mele argues, the benefits of new technology come with unintended consequences. In The End of Big, Mele examines:

  • How fringe political forces enter the mainstream and gain traction using everyday technology - with the enormous potential to undermine central power
  • What happens when investigative journalism is replaced by ad hoc bloggers, mobile video, and instantaneous tweets…and whether they challenge or simply enable power
  • Why Web-based micro-businesses are outcompeting major corporations, and what innovations will alter the way we work, own things, and pay for goods and services
  • The collapse of traditional party politics, and the rise of a new kind of democracy, one which could produce dynamic and effective leaders…or demagogues
  • How citizen initiatives can replace local and state government functions, such as safety regulations, tax collection, and garbage pickup, and do so cheaper, faster, and better

Mele argues that unless we exercise caution in our use of these new technologies, we risk a dark and wildly unstable future, one in which our freedoms and basic human values could be destroyed rather than enhanced. Both hopeful and alarming, The End of Big is a thought-provoking, passionately argued book that offers genuine insight into the ways we are using technology, and how it is radically changing our world in ways we are only now beginning to understand.

America's Fiscal Constitution [EPUB]

America's Fiscal Constitution [EPUB]
America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse by Bill White
2014 | EPUB | 7.41MB

What would Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Truman, and Eisenhower have done about today’s federal debt crisis?

America’s Fiscal Constitution tells the remarkable story of fiscal heroes who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt, limits that for two centuries were part of an unwritten constitution. Those national leaders borrowed only for extraordinary purposes and relied on well-defined budget practices to balance federal spending and revenues.

That traditional fiscal constitution collapsed in 2001. Afterward—for the first time in history—federal elected officials cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, grew dependent on foreign creditors, and claimed that the economy could not thrive without routine federal borrowing.

For most of the nation’s history, conservatives fought to restrain the growth of government by insisting that new programs be paid for with taxation, while progressives sought to preserve opportunities for people on the way up by balancing budgets. Virtually all mainstream politicians recognized that excessive debt could jeopardize private investment and national independence.

With original scholarship and the benefit of experience in finance and public service, Bill White dispels common budget myths and distills practical lessons from the nation’s five previous spikes in debt. America’s Fiscal Constitution offers an objective and hopeful guide for people trying to make sense of the nation’s current, most severe, debt crisis and its impact on their lives and our future.

Terror, Security, and Money [EPUB]

Terror, Security, and Money [EPUB]
Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security by John Mueller, Mark G Stewart
2011 | EPUB | 4.01MB

In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses--which have risen by more than a trillion dollars, not including war costs--the common query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question. Of course we are "safer"--the posting of a single security guard at one building's entrance enhances safety. The correct question is, "Are any gains in security worth the funds expended?"

In this engaging, readable book, John Mueller and Mark Stewart apply risk and cost-benefit evaluation techniques to answer this very question. This analytical approach has been used throughout the world for decades by regulators, academics, and businesses--but, as a recent National Academy of Science study suggests, it has never been capably applied by the people administering homeland security funds. Given the limited risk terrorism presents, expenses meant to lower it have for the most part simply not been worth it. For example, to be considered cost-effective, increased American homeland security expenditures would have had each year to have foiled up to 1,667 attacks roughly like the one intended on Times Square in 2010--more than four a day.

Cataloging the mistakes that the US has made--and continues to make--in managing homeland security programs, Terror, Security, and Money has the potential to redirect our efforts toward a more productive and far more cost-effective course.

America: Imagine a World without Her [Audiobook]

America: Imagine a World without Her [Audiobook]
America: Imagine a World without Her [Audiobook] by Dinesh D'Souza, read by Walter Dixon
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 24 mins | 204.32MB

Conceived in liberty...
...or in oppression?

Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world?

New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise. It is the Progressive view that is taught in our schools, that is preached by Hollywood, and that shapes the policies of the Obama administration. If America is a force for inequality and injustice in the world, its power deserves to be diminished; if traditional America is based on oppression and theft, then traditional America must be reformed—and the federal government can do the reforming.

D'Souza, an Indian immigrant to this country, and proud American citizen, fears for America's future. He loves this country and fears that unless the Progressives' anti-American arguments are met forcibly and on their own terms, America will cease to be the beacon of freedom and hope that it always has been.

In America: Imagine a World without Her D'Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country. In this book, you'll learn:

  • Why it is a pernicious myth that English colonists "stole" America from the Indians or that American settlers and soldiers "stole" the southwest from Mexico
  • Why the descendants of slaves—and the successive waves of immigrants to the United States—are better off here than in their old countries
  • How America, more than any other country, is based on rewarding the enterprise and hard-work of the common man
  • How traditional American virtues sustain prosperity and freedom, and Progressive arguments about "liberation" and "justice" undercut them
  • How Progressive demagoguery about "inequality" expands the power of government and its grasp on the taxpayer's wallet
  • Why we should fear the Progressive agenda of "reform" which is in fact an agenda of totalitarian control of the state over the individual
  • Why national decline is a choice--a choice that it is still not too late to reverse

Provocative in its analysis, stunning in its conclusions, Dinesh D'Souza's America will be the most talked about book of the year.

Blocked on Weibo [EPUB]

Blocked on Weibo [EPUB]
Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (and Why) by Jason Q Ng
2013 | EPUB | 5.04MB

Though often described with foreboding buzzwords such as "The Great Firewall" and the "censorship regime," Internet regulation in China is rarely either obvious or straightforward. This was the inspiration for China specialist Jason Q. Ng to write an innovative computer script that would make it possible to deduce just which terms are suppressed on China’s most important social media site, Sina Weibo. The remarkable and groundbreaking result is Blocked on Weibo, which began as a highly praised blog and has been expanded here to list over 150 forbidden keywords, as well as offer possible explanations why the Chinese government would find these terms sensitive.

As Ng explains, Weibo (roughly the equivalent of Twitter), with over 500 million registered accounts, censors hundreds of words and phrases, ranging from fairly obvious terms, including "tank" (a reference to the "Tank Man" who stared down the Chinese army in Tiananmen Square) and the names of top government officials (if they can’t be found online, they can't be criticized), to deeply obscure references, including "hairy bacon" (a coded insult referring to Mao’s embalmed body).

With dozens of phrases that could get a Chinese Internet user invited to the local police station "for a cup of tea" (a euphemism for being detained by the authorities), Blocked on Weibo offers an invaluable guide to sensitive topics in modern-day China as well as a fascinating tour of recent Chinese history.

Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West [EPUB]

Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West [EPUB]
Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West by Edward S Steinfeld
2012 | EPUB | 2.16MB

Conventional wisdom holds that China's burgeoning economic power has reduced the United States to little more than a customer and borrower of Beijing. The rise of China, many feel, necessarily means the decline of the West--the United States in particular.

Not so, writes Edward Steinfeld. If anything, China's economic emergence is good for America. In this fascinating new book, Steinfeld asserts that China's growth is fortifying American commercial supremacy, because (as the title says) China is playing our game. By seeking to realize its dream of modernization by integrating itself into the Western economic order, China is playing by our rules, reinforcing the dominance of our companies and regulatory institutions. The impact of the outside world has been largely beneficial to China's development, but also enormously disruptive. China has in many ways handed over--outsourced--the remaking of its domestic economy and domestic institutions to foreign companies and foreign rule-making authorities. For Chinese companies now, participation in global production also means obedience to foreign rules. At the same time, even as these companies assemble products for export to the West, the most valuable components for those products come from the West. America's share of global manufacturing, by value, has actually increased since 1990.

Within China, the R&D centers established by Western companies attract the country's best scientists and engineers, and harness that talent to global, rather than indigenous Chinese, innovation efforts. In many ways, both Chinese and American society are benefiting as a result. That said, the pressures on China are intense. China is modeling its economy on the United States, with vast consequences in a country with a small fraction of America's per-capita income and scarcely any social safety net. Walmartization is not something that Asian manufacturing power is doing to us; rather, it is how we are transforming China.

From outsourcing to energy, Steinfeld overturns the conventional wisdom in this incisive and richly researched account.

935 Lies [Audiobook]

935 Lies [Audiobook]
935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity [Audiobook] by Charles Lewis, read by Don Lee
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 59 mins | 248.27MB

Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction—always a formidable challenge—is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of questionable information pours into media outlets.

In 935 Lies, Charles Lewis reminds us of the history of public dishonesty in the United States, from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s cover-up of the real motives behind the Vietnam War, to George W. Bush’s public rationales for military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how courageous investigative journalists stood up to power to bring truth to light. He then explores the implications for today: what are the root causes and consequences of this kind of mass deception?

Lewis argues forcefully that while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and decision-makers.

The Unofficial US Census [EPUB]

The Unofficial US Census [EPUB]
The Unofficial US Census: Things the Official US Census Doesn't Tell You About America by Les Krantz, Chris Smith
2011 | EPUB | 3.39MB

On April 1, 2011, the Official 2010 U.S. Census Report will be released. On that same day, The Unofficial U.S. Census will shed light (and a bit of laughter) on all the other facts that Americans are itching to know about our country and each other.

Les Krantz and Chris Smith have collected facts from a variety of sources, compiling a fascinating and insightful look into America—an up-to-date demographic profile that will include what the government forgot to ask us, such as who we sleep with, what we ingest, what we own, what we drive, when we have sex, what we tattoo on our bodies, and much more! With clever photos and captions, the book includes fifty enlightening and fun chapters covering all aspects of American life, including sporting activities, sex, edibles, education, religious beliefs, family profiles, criminal activities, body piercing, dating, driving, and net worth. The Unofficial U.S. Census is an engaging portrait of America, jammed with facts and fun—warts and all!

Data Driven Marketing For Dummies [EPUB]

Data Driven Marketing For Dummies [EPUB]
Data Driven Marketing For Dummies by David Semmelroth
2013 | EPUB | 1.44MB

Learn to:

  • Recognize your most profitable customers
  • Spot sales trends
  • Develop smarter marketing campaigns
  • Accurately measure revenue created by marketing efforts

Embrace data and use it to sell and market your products

Successful data analysis can help marketing professionals spot sales trends, develop smarter marketing campaigns, and accurately measure the impact of marketing campaigns. Data Driven Marketing For Dummies shows you how to use all the data at your disposal to make current customers more satisfied, reach new customers, and more efficiently sell to your most important customer segments.

  • The bread and butter — get an intro to the functions that are common to virtually all of database marketing, the structure of a database marketing campaign, and how customer databases are organized
  • Dig deep — find the lowdown on ways to analyze data and discover what to watch out for to keep yourself from being misled
  • Put it to work — take a look at common marketing goals and how campaigns are designed to meet them (and how they can meet yours)
  • Learn from experience — discover how to set up a testing plan, measure the success of your database marketing campaigns, improve future marketing campaigns, and much more

Open the book and find:

  • Why database marketing works
  • Guidance on how to understand your customer base
  • The importance of creating a customer record
  • Ways to use and manage your customer contact information
  • Analytic techniques common to database marketing
  • How to get the most from your transaction data
  • Tips on how customer behavior can be used to inform marketing campaigns
  • Strategic ways your data can inspire communications

Data Driven Marketing For Dummies assists marketing professionals at all levels of business in accelerating sales through analytical insights.

The Economist Guide to Financial Markets [EPUB]

The Economist Guide to Financial Markets [EPUB]
The Economist Guide to Financial Markets: Why They Exist and How They Work, 6th Edition by Marc Levinson
2014 | EPUB | 3.25MB

Extensively revised and updated following the fallout from the global financial crisis, the 6th edition of this highly regarded book brings the reader right up to speed with the latest financial market developments, and provides a clear and incisive guide to a complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand.

In chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options and other derivatives, the book examines why these markets exist, how they work, and who trades in them, and gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.

Business history is littered with disasters that occurred because people involved their firms with financial instruments they didn't properly understand. If they had had this book they might have avoided their mistakes. For anyone wishing to understand financial markets, there is no better guide.

The Death of Money [EPUB]

The Death of Money [EPUB]
The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System by James Rickards
2014 | EPUB | 2.04MB
“The next financial collapse will resemble nothing in history. . . . Deciding upon the best course to follow will require comprehending a minefield of risks, while poised at a crossroads, pondering the death of the dollar.”

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching—and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

The American dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of the Second World War. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. No other currency has the deep, liquid pools of assets needed to do the job.

Optimists have always said, in essence, that there’s nothing to worry about—that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. But in the last few years, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked and unable to make progress on our long-term problems, our biggest economic competitors—China, Russia, and the oilproducing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos.

Rickards offers a bracing analysis of these and other threats to the dollar. The fundamental problem is that money and wealth have become more and more detached. Money is transitory and ephemeral, and it may soon be worthless if central bankers and politicians continue on their current path. But true wealth is permanent and tangible, and it has real value worldwide.

The author shows how everyday citizens who save and invest have become guinea pigs in the central bankers’ laboratory. The world’s major financial players—national governments, big banks, multilateral institutions—will always muddle through by patching together new rules of the game. The real victims of the next crisis will be small investors who assumed that what worked for decades will keep working.

Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for the coming death of money. Rickards explains the power of converting unreliable money into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value. As he writes: “The coming collapse of the dollar and the international monetary system is entirely foreseeable. . . . Only nations and individuals who make provision today will survive the maelstrom to come.”

See also: Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis