The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors [EPUB]

The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors [EPUB]
The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors by Dan Jones
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781781858912 | 6.85MB

Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened?

In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. They were experts at channeling money across borders. They established the medieval world’s first global bank and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.

Then in 1307 the Templars fell foul of a vindictive King of France, whose lawyers built a meticulous case against them. On Friday October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and publicly humiliated. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining [EPUB]

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining [EPUB]
All Time Best Holiday Entertaining by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781940352992 | 352.13MB

With decades of experience turning out perfect turkeys, the experts at Cook's Illustrated are no strangers to pulling off a great holiday meal. In All-Time Best Holiday Entertaining, we have gathered 75 spectacular, foolproof recipes from our extensive archives to help you confidently prepare memorably festive feasts for years to come.

Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know [EPUB]

Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know [EPUB]
Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine McGuire
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781683690054 | 12.99MB

Ready to try a diet that’s greener, healthier, and better for the planet? Here’s an easy and approachable guide to the world of eating, cooking, and living meat-free. Featuring chapters on everything from choosing the right meat substitutes and building a complete protein to dining out and troubleshooting the “Help, I’m still hungry!” stage, this pocket-sized book’s tips and tutorials will take you from wannabe veggie to vegetarian extraordinaire. Plus sample shopping lists, health benefits of going meatless, and recipe ideas to keep you on track for a long—and healthy!—vegetarian life.

Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change [EPUB]

Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change [EPUB]
Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change by Deborah Rowland
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119164920 | 3.7MB

Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change sets out an innovative approach for guiding organisations and indeed entire systems through ongoing, disruptive change. It combines Deborah Rowland's own rigorous research into change and its leadership with insights from her extensive field experience helping major global corporations including GlaxoSmithKline, RWE and Shell achieve lasting change with increased productivity, employee engagement and responsible societal impact. It is filled with helpful inspiring stories of leadership and change from the real world and, bravely, the author's own personal journey.

Challenging leaders to cultivate both their inner and outer skills necessary for success, Still Moving weaves together the “being” and “doing” of states of leading change and emphasises the importance of a mindful stance and deep systemic perception within a leader. With the goal of collaborative, sustainable change, the book delves into a variety of important topics, including present-moment awareness, intentional response, edge and tension and emergent change. Compelling and provocative, Still Moving questions the conventional wisdom of much change theory and asks that leaders first work on their inner source in order to more effortlessly change the world around them.

The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job [EPUB]

The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job [EPUB]
The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job by Don Raskin
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781942872764 | 2.85MB

Drawing on his extensive experience evaluating applicants for his marketing agency, and featuring stories based on real-life situations, sample cover letters, resumes, and straightforward advice, Don Raskin’s The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job offers all the necessary tools for navigating the tough job market and securing your dream job.

Don Raskin owns and operates MME, an advertising and marketing agency in New York City. During his twenty-five years at the agency he has interviewed hundreds of new college graduates for positions within his agency and has placed a strong emphasis on entry-level recruitment for positions in creative, account management, traffic, and production. Raskin has also mentored countless students and their parents on best practices for the job search. Over the years, Raskin has kept exceptionally detailed notes on the interviews he has conducted, observing the good, the bad, the ridiculous, the irreverent. He also has a treasure trove of over-the-top cover letters, resumes, interviews, and post interview follow-ups he has conducted and received. Now, he wants to share all the wisdom and insider secrets he has gathered to help students and first-time job seekers find a job in this economy.

Based on his remarkable expertise, Raskin's book provides exclusive insight into the job search process and lets readers in on all of the dirty little secrets to landing their first job—or a new one—and finding career success.

Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview: 15 Insider Secrets from a Top-Level Recruiter [EPUB]

Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview: 15 Insider Secrets from a Top-Level Recruiter [EPUB]
Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview: 15 Insider Secrets from a Top-Level Recruiter by Evan G Pellett
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781441700537 | 0.47MB

Featured on CBS and WBZ Radio, Evan Pellett is the keynote guest speaker on Nightside with Dan Rea. You may have heard Evan as the radio expert on interviewing across the United States.

Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview: 15 Insider Secrets from a Top-Level Recruiter is a groundbreaking new scientific, proactive, cutting-edge, hands-on, proven approach to job interviews by an award-winning, highly decorated recruiter. This REEPRICH eight-step interview method will give you a proactive way to take control of your interview. You will learn the secret, never-before-published ''questions behind the questions.'' These are the questions that every manager unconsciously needs answered in order to hire you.

Evan Pellett is a #1-ranked recruiter with numerous awards. He has coached salespeople, new graduates, Harvard scientists, CEOs, engineers, consultants, teachers, nurses, and doctors, to name a few. Get hired and win!

Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups [Audiobook]

Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups [Audiobook]
Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups [Audiobook] by Jim Stengel, Tom Post, read by Jim Stengel
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 53 mins | 189.38MB

Today's established companies must find new ways to reignite their entrepreneurial DNA and jump-start revenues - or risk losing their way. By working with startup companies, says Jim Stengel, renowned consultant to Fortune 500 companies and the former global marketing officer for Procter & Gamble, legacy companies can renew themselves: by acquiring new technology and creating new business lines, relearning the need for speed, sparking innovation, and learning from failures.

At P&G Stengel saw the importance of establishing partnerships with the startup world in order to learn how to better innovate. Relying on extensive interviews with innovation leaders at enterprise companies and startups, Stengel's Unleashing the Innovators takes listeners inside such storied companies as GE and Wells Fargo, IBM and Target, Motorola Solutions and Toyota to see what they are learning from their alliances with entrepreneurs. Stengel also explores how even 20- and 30-year-old "startups" like Amazon, Google, and Facebook can reinvent themselves - and what managers at legacy companies everywhere can learn from them.

Drawing on a specially commissioned global study of over 200 established corporations and startups conducted by research consultancy OgilvyRED, Stengel found that companies with successful startup partnerships are three times more likely to change their cultures to be more innovative.

Filled with in-depth stories from the front lines of today's most forward-looking companies, Unleashing the Innovators shows how companies of all sizes can better navigate today's changing landscape, accelerate innovation, increase revenues, and improve their customer relationships.

Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All [EPUB]

Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All [EPUB]
Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All by Donald Jeffries
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781510720657 | 1.63MB

A fresh look at economic inequality in America

Survival of the Richest scrutinizes how the collective wealth of America has been channeled from the poor and middle class into the hands of a few elitists.

American industry has been gutted, with wages and benefits stagnant or reduced, thanks to a disastrous trade deals, outsourcing, and the crippling of unions. The Occupy Wall Street movement, and the presidential campaigns of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, reveals how more and more people who are struggling understand that the system is rigged against them.

While Americans have been trained to direct their scorn at welfare recipients and the poor in general, a tiny handful of plutocratic elites have profited on an unfathomable scale through corporate welfare and other perks. Unimaginable salaries and bonuses for the One Percent, contrasted by layoffs and reduced pay for the majority of the workforce, along with increasing calls for austerity measures and lowered standards of living, has become the “new normal” in America.

Donald Jeffries argues that this record economic inequality is more than an unintended consequence of globalism. In Survival of the Richest, he shows how the consolidation of wealth may well prove to be the greatest conspiracy of all.

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World [EPUB]

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World [EPUB]
The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781509812325 | 22.04MB

The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to 'one true faith'.

Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyr's deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals, is very different. Far from being meek and mild, they were violent, ruthless and fundamentally intolerant. Unlike the polytheistic world, in which the addition of one new religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones, this new ideology stated not only that it was the way, the truth and the light but that, by extension, every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed. From the 1st century to the 6th, those who didn't fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way: social, legal, financial and physical. Their altars were upturned and their temples demolished, their statues hacked to pieces and their priests killed. It was an annihilation.

Authoritative, vividly written and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable debut from a brilliant young historian.

Murder & Mayhem in Central Massachusetts [EPUB]

Murder & Mayhem in Central Massachusetts [EPUB]
Murder & Mayhem in Central Massachusetts by Rachel Faugno
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781540203199 | 2.19MB

The bucolic image of central Massachusetts belies a dark and sometimes deadly past. Grisly crimes and grim misdeeds reach back to colonial settlement in Worcester County, from an escaped slave hanged for rape in 1768 at the Worcester jail to the Sutton choir singer convicted of drowning his wife in 1935. Henry Hammond's 1899 suicide and the others that followed shook Spencer residents to their cores. Some crimes still grip the imaginations of residents, while others have faded from collective memory. Author Rachel Faugno investigates this sinister history.

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes [EPUB]

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes [EPUB]
The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes by Steven Nadler
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780691165752 | 5.18MB

In the Louvre museum hangs a portrait that is considered the iconic image of René Descartes, the great seventeenth-century French philosopher. And the painter of the work? The Dutch master Frans Hals--or so it was long believed, until the work was downgraded to a copy of an original. But where is the authentic version, and who painted it? Is the man in the painting--and in its original--really Descartes?

A unique combination of philosophy, biography, and art history, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter investigates the remarkable individuals and circumstances behind a small portrait. Through this image--and the intersecting lives of a brilliant philosopher, a Catholic priest, and a gifted painter--Steven Nadler opens a fascinating portal into Descartes's life and times, skillfully presenting an accessible introduction to Descartes's philosophical and scientific ideas, and an illuminating tour of the volatile political and religious environment of the Dutch Golden Age. As Nadler shows, Descartes's innovative ideas about the world, about human nature and knowledge, and about philosophy itself, stirred great controversy. Philosophical and theological critics vigorously opposed his views, and civil and ecclesiastic authorities condemned his writings. Nevertheless, Descartes's thought came to dominate the philosophical world of the period, and can rightly be called the philosophy of the seventeenth century.

Shedding light on a well-known image, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter offers an engaging exploration of a celebrated philosopher's world and work.

Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies [EPUB]

Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies [EPUB]
Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies by Timothy Brennan
2014 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780804788328 | 3.33MB

A critical revaluation of the humanist tradition, Borrowed Light makes the case that the 20th century is the "anticolonial century." The sparks of concerted resistance to colonial oppression were ignited in the gathering of intellectual malcontents from all over the world in interwar Europe. Many of this era's principal figures were formed by the experience of revolution on Europe's semi-developed Eastern periphery, making their ideas especially pertinent to current ideas about autonomy and sovereignty. Moreover, the debates most prominent then―human vs. inhuman, religions of the book vs. oral cultures, the authoritarian state vs. the representative state and, above all, scientific rationality vs. humanist reason―remain central today.

Timothy Brennan returns to the scientific Enlightenment of the 17th century and its legacies. In readings of the showdown between Spinoza and Vico, Hegel's critique of liberalism, and Nietzsche's antipathy towards the colonies and social democracy, Brennan identifies the divergent lines of the first anticolonial theory―a literary and philosophical project with strong ties to what we now call Marxism. Along the way, he assesses prospects for a renewal of the study of imperial culture.

Smart Cities, Digital Nations: Building Smart Cities in Emerging Countries and Beyond [EPUB]

Smart Cities, Digital Nations: Building Smart Cities in Emerging Countries and Beyond [EPUB]
Smart Cities, Digital Nations: Building Smart Cities in Emerging Countries and Beyond by Caspar Herzberg
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781944903152 | 3.13MB

Twenty-first century life, for most people, will be an urban experience. As millions migrate to cities in search of opportunity and connection, our conception of how a city runs, uses resources and manages public services must change. The city itself must be reimagined as a matrix of functions and information, with digitized networks harnessing and multiplying the power of data.

This is not the future; this is today. Caspar Herzberg explains how ambitious new city plans across the world are moving from the drawing board into reality. As a top Cisco consultant, he participated in groundbreaking projects in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, India, China and many other countries. In Smart Cities, Digital Nations, he recounts the origins of seminal digital city-building projects, including Songdo, South Korea the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City, and explains how these early attempts have provided the groundwork for city planning efforts across the globe.

Importantly, Herzberg moves beyond theory and discusses the delicate alliances between tech companies, city planners, municipal and national bureaucracies and citizen groups that undergird successful urban development. And while tech companies do not have all the answers, he explains their multifaceted contributions as absolutely necessary to the smart, forward-thinking digital infrastructure being created today.

While recognizing the immense challenges of both engineering and consensus among diverse stakeholders, Smart Cities, Digital Nations makes clear that digital cities are essential to the future prosperity of many developing countries, and to the continuing vitality of the West. This is a unique perspective on the recent past, present and future of the modern city, a guide through its challenges and a vision of its success.

The Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China [EPUB]

The Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China [EPUB]
The Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China by Robert Gottlieb, Simon Ng
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780262035910 | 5.01MB

How Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China deal with such urban environmental issues as ports, goods movement, air pollution, water quality, transportation, and public space.

Over the past four decades, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and key urban regions of China have emerged as global cities -- in financial, political, cultural, environmental, and demographic terms. In this book, Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng trace the global emergence of these urban areas and compare their responses to a set of six urban environmental issues.

These cities have different patterns of development: Los Angeles has been the quintessential horizontal city, the capital of sprawl; Hong Kong is dense and vertical; China's new megacities in the Pearl River Delta, created by an explosion in industrial development and a vast migration from rural to urban areas, combine the vertical and the horizontal. All three have experienced major environmental changes in a relatively short period of time. Gottlieb and Ng document how each has dealt with challenges posed by ports and the movement of goods, air pollution (Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and urban China are all notorious for their hazardous air quality), water supply (all three places are dependent on massive transfers of water) and water quality, the food system (from seed to table), transportation, and public and private space. Finally they discuss the possibility of change brought about by policy initiatives and social movements.

Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe [EPUB]

Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe [EPUB]
Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe by Navid Kermani, translated by Tony Crawford
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781509518678 | 1.69MB

By foot, in buses, prison vans and trains, a steady stream of refugees traveled from the Greek island of Lesbos into Europe. In the autumn of 2015, award-winning writer Navid Kermani decided to accompany them on the "Balkan route." In this perceptive account from the front line of the "refugee crisis," Kermani shows how a seemingly distant world in which war and conflict rage has suddenly collided with our own. Kermani describes the situation on the Turkish west coast where thousands of refugees live in the most desperate conditions, waiting to take the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. Then, on Lesbos, he observes the culture shock amongst those who have survived the ordeal by sea. He speaks to aid workers and politicians, but most importantly of all to the refugees themselves, asking those who have come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere what has driven them to risk everything and embark on the long and treacherous journey to Europe.

With great sensitivity Kermani reveals, often through small details, the cultural and political upheaval that has caused people to uproot their lives, and at the same time shining a light on Europe's inadequate and at times openly hostile response to the refugees. Interspersed with powerful images by the acclaimed photographer Moises Saman, Upheaval is a much-needed human account of a crisis we cannot ignore.

The Anarchist Cookbook [EPUB]

The Anarchist Cookbook [EPUB]
The Anarchist Cookbook by Keith McHenry, Chaz Bufe
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781937276768 | 2.67MB

From the cofounder of Food Not Bombs, an action-oriented guide to anarchism, social change, and vegan cooking

Unlike the original Anarchist Cookbook, which contained instructions for the manufacture of explosives, this version is both a cookbook in the literal sense and also a “cookbook” of recipes for social and political change. The coffee-table–sized book is divided into three sections: a theoretical section explaining what anarchism is and what it isn’t; information on organizational principles and tactics for social and political change; and finally, numerous tasty vegan recipes from one of the cofounders of the international Food Not Bombs movement.

The Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]

The Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]
The Lover's Cookbook by Milton Crawford
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781910931226 | 8.7MB

This book offers a unique culinary slant on dinner à deux with fun and adventurous recipes that will help love to blossom, tease palates and arouse the senses… and make all the difference between a firecracker of an evening and a damp squib:

  • Something to Slurp on – get the juices flowing with a Basil Martini or a Bloody Mary with Clam Juice
  • Nibbles and Tit-bits – get down to some fun foreplay with Spiced Honey Almonds or Caviar Blini
  • Shapely Veg – get forking Asparagus with White Crab Meat or Pommes Sarladaises with Truffles
  • Smooth and Slippery – serve Milton’s Moules or Salmon Tikka Skewers with Dill and Pomegranate Raita for a boost in the bedroom
  • Flesh – wrap your mouth around Pot-roast Haunch of Venison and Beef Fillet, Ceps and Marsala Sauce
  • The Spice of Life – get hot and spicy with Saffron Roast Chicken or Paneer Chilli
  • Getting Fruity – with Pineapple and Pork Curry or Poached Quince with Mascarpone and Gorgonzola Cream
  • Sweet Bits – down and dirty desserts, from Chocolate Chilli Fondant to Raspberry Rose Puddin

Read on and let Milton Crawford share his secret potions of love.

Algebra I (Idiot's Guides) [EPUB]

Algebra I (Idiot's Guides) [EPUB]
Algebra I (Idiot's Guides) by Carolyn Wheater
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781615647750 | 22.43MB

Starting with the very basics and reinforcing concepts with practice and tips along the way, Idiot's Guides: Algebra I makes a complex subject easier to grasp and helps students and adult learners clear the hurdle that can stand between them and their academic goals. Special sidebars point out the reasoning behind the techniques (part of essential Common Core instruction) and a separate workbook section offers extra practice problems.

Algebra II (Idiot's Guides) [EPUB]

Algebra II (Idiot's Guides) [EPUB]
Algebra II (Idiot's Guides) by Carolyn Wheater
2015 | EPUB + PDF | ISBN: 9781615648641 | 39.98/37.49MB

Perhaps no subject strikes so much fear in the hearts of high school and college students as Algebra I, except of course its older, meaner sibling, Algebra II! Starting with reinforcing concepts from Algebra I and with lots of practice and tips along the way, Idiot's Guides: Algebra II eases you into second-year algebra to help you master your academic goals. With Common Core instruction in mind, students get:

  • A natural transition from Algebra I , with a review of relevant concepts and operations.
  • An in-depth review and expansion of polynomials.
  • Easy guidance on solving complex rational expressions and radical functions.
  • Instructions on how to perform operations on polynomials and factoring.
  • An exploration of exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Tips on solving matrices and determinants.
  • Special sidebars pointing out the reasoning behind the techniques, which is an essential part of Common Core instruction.
  • Separate workbook section of extra Algebra practice problems — like getting two books in one.

Starting & Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot's Guides) [PDF]

Starting & Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot's Guides) [PDF]
Starting & Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot's Guides) by Debby Goldsberry
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781465462060 | 8.04MB

The most comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to starting and running a marijuana business.

Legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet, and aspiring entrepreneurs are chomping at the bit to get in on the "green rush". However, while starting any new business can be challenging, starting one in an emerging field with a new and changing legal landscape can be downright daunting.

But whether your ambition is to start a grow facility or cannabis dispensary, Idiot's Guides: Starting & Running a Marijuana Business will help you navigate this complex industry with careful planning and special considerations to make the most of your new venture.

In this comprehensive overview, you get:

  • Best practices for securing locations and permits, dealing with the financial restraints from the U.S. Government, and managing all of the day-to-day aspects of running a business.
  • Insights on the legal challenges from state-to-state and how to navigate them to maximize earning potential.
  • Expert advice on locating cultivation/dispensary sites, creating a business plan, securing finances, training staff, dealing with security measures, paying taxes, and offering medical patient counseling.
  • Marketing strategies to ensure the business grows and operates legally and effectively.
  • Checklists for any owner and manager to incorporate in their business and training to ensure all systems are covered.

The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets [EPUB]

The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets [EPUB]
The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets by Paul Wilmott, David Orrell
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119358619 | 1.03MB

Explore the deadly elegance of finance's hidden powerhouse

The Money Formula takes you inside the engine room of the global economy to explore the little-understood world of quantitative finance, and show how the future of our economy rests on the backs of this all-but-impenetrable industry. Written not from a post-crisis perspective – but from a preventative point of view – this book traces the development of financial derivatives from bonds to credit default swaps, and shows how mathematical formulas went beyond pricing to expand their use to the point where they dwarfed the real economy. You'll learn how the deadly allure of their ice-cold beauty has misled generations of economists and investors, and how continued reliance on these formulas can either assist future economic development, or send the global economy into the financial equivalent of a cardiac arrest.

Rather than rehash tales of post-crisis fallout, this book focuses on preventing the next one. By exploring the heart of the shadow economy, you'll be better prepared to ride the rough waves of finance into the turbulent future.

  • Delve into one of the world's least-understood but highest-impact industries
  • Understand the key principles of quantitative finance and the evolution of the field
  • Learn what quantitative finance has become, and how it affects us all
  • Discover how the industry's next steps dictate the economy's future

How do you create a quadrillion dollars out of nothing, blow it away and leave a hole so large that even years of "quantitative easing" can't fill it – and then go back to doing the same thing? Even amidst global recovery, the financial system still has the potential to seize up at any moment. The Money Formula explores the how and why of financial disaster, what must happen to prevent the next one.

The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict [EPUB]

The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict [EPUB]
The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict by Jeff DeGraff, Staney DeGraff
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781523084760 | 5.72MB

Harmony is sublime in music but deadly to innovation. The only way to create new, hybrid solutions is to clash. Innovation happens when we bring people with contrasting perspectives and complementary areas of expertise together in one room. We innovate best with people who challenge us, not people who agree with us.

It sounds like a recipe for chaos and confusion. But in The Innovation Code, Jeff DeGraff, dubbed the “Dean of Innovation,” and Staney DeGraff introduce a simple framework to explain the ways different kinds of thinkers and leaders can create constructive conflict in any organization. This positive tension produces ingenious solutions that go far beyond “the best of both worlds.”

Drawing on their work with nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies, the DeGraffs help you harness the creative energy that arises from opposing viewpoints. They identify four contrasting styles of innovator—the Artist, the Engineer, the Athlete, and the Sage—and include exercises and assessments for building, managing, and embracing the dynamic discord of a team that contains all four. You can also figure out where you fit on the continuum of innovator archetypes.

Using vivid examples, The Innovation Code offers four steps to normalize conflict and channel it to develop something completely new. By following these simple steps, you will get breakthrough innovations that are both good for you and your customers. This is a rigorous but highly accessible guide for achieving breakthrough solutions by utilizing the full—and seemingly contradictory—spectrum of innovative thinking.

Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock [EPUB]

Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock [EPUB]
Goodnight, LA: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock--The Untold Story from inside the Legendary Recording Studios by Kent Hartman
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780306824371 | 25.68MB

A behind-the-scenes journey through the rise and demise of the '70s and '80s classic rock era

Before disco, punk, hair metal, rap, and eventually grunge took it all away, the music scene in Los Angeles was dominated by rock 'n' roll. If a group wanted to hit it big, L.A. was the place to be. But in addition to the bands themselves finding their footing, their albums also needed some guidance. That came from a group of dedicated producers and engineers working in a cadre of often dilapidated-looking buildings that contained some of the greatest recording studios the music industry has ever known.

Within the windowless walls of these well-hidden studios, legends-to-be such as Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Boston, the Eagles, the Grateful Dead, Chicago, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Loggins and Messina, REO Speedwagon, and dozens more secretly created their album masterpieces: Double Vision. Rumours. Hotel California. Terrapin Station. Damn the Torpedoes. Hi Infidelity. However, the truth of what went on during these recording sessions has always remained elusive. But not anymore.

Longtime music-business insider Kent Hartman has filled Goodnight, L.A. with troves of never-before-told stories about the most prolific and important period and place in rock 'n' roll history. With music producer Keith Olsen and guitarist Waddy Wachtel as guides to the journey and informed by new, in-depth interviews with classic rock artists, famed record producers, and scores of others, Goodnight, L.A. reveals what went into the making of some of the best music of the past forty years. Readers will hear how some of their favorite albums and bands came to be, and ultimately how fame, fortune, excess, and a shift in listener demand brought it all tumbling down.

Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization [EPUB]

Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization [EPUB]
Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization by Brian Fagan
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780300215342 | 14.24MB

Humanity’s last major source of food from the wild, and how it enabled and shaped the growth of civilization

In this history of fishing—not as sport but as sustenance—archaeologist and best-selling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded movement. It frequently required a search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated movement and discovery; and fish themselves, when dried and salted, were the ideal food—lightweight, nutritious, and long-lasting—for traders, travelers, and conquering armies. This history of the long interaction of humans and seafood tours archaeological sites worldwide to show readers how fishing fed human settlement, rising social complexity, the development of cities, and ultimately the modern world.

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II: The Intermediate Series [EPUB]

The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II: The Intermediate Series [EPUB]
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II: The Intermediate Series: A Practice to Open Your Heart and Purify Your Body and Mind by Kino MacGregor
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781611801590 | 127.02MB

A user's guide to intermediate-level practice of Ashtanga Yoga—by the dynamic yoga teacher Kino MacGregor.

In this follow-up to her popular first book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, Kino MacGregor presents and explains the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga practice. MacGregor, a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the method, gives a basic introduction to Ashtanga Yoga philosophy; provides essential background information on the Intermediate Series; gives tips on how to know when you are ready to take on this next stage of practice; explains the purification aspects of the practice; and gives instructions for the pranayama techniques associated with the practice, along with other key points. She also describes and demonstrates the entire Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series in over 250 photographs. This solid, engaging entrée into intermediate-level practice is a wonderful resource for both practitioners and teachers.

Things Every New Mom Should Know: Essential First Steps for Mothers [EPUB]

Things Every New Mom Should Know: Essential First Steps for Mothers [EPUB]
25 Things Every New Mom Should Know: Essential First Steps for Mothers by Martha Sears, William Sears
2017 | EPUB + PDF | ISBN: 9781558328921 | 6.47/6.85MB

Becoming a new mother is a time of joy, hope, and sometimes a little uncertainty.

In this warm and heartfelt book, America's most-trusted childcare experts help brand-new moms meet the challenges and changes of motherhood with reassuring advice on how to bring out the best in their babies, and themselves. Above all, they encourage new mothers to trust their own instincts and thoroughly enjoy their new babies.

25 Things Every New Dad Should Know: Essential First Steps for Fathers [EPUB]

25 Things Every New Dad Should Know: Essential First Steps for Fathers [EPUB]
25 Things Every New Dad Should Know: Essential First Steps for Fathers by Robert Sears, James Sears
2017 | EPUB + PDF | ISBN: 9781558328938 | 6.48/7.15MB

A baby brings great joy to a new father, but also, perhaps, some uncertainty.

For many men, fatherhood may seem like a new job for which they have had no training or experience. In these pages, pediatricians, and fathers, Robert and James Sears offer reassuring, timeless advice to help new dads prepare for and embrace their important role. In an encouraging and light-hearted tone they highlight 25 important facets of becoming a dad and emphasize the rewards and pure joy that come with parenthood. This inspiring read is the perfect gift for any new or expectant father!

The Improbable Victory: The Campaigns, Battles and Soldiers of the American Revolution, 1775–83 [EPUB]

The Improbable Victory: The Campaigns, Battles and Soldiers of the American Revolution, 1775–83 [EPUB]
The Improbable Victory: The Campaigns, Battles and Soldiers of the American Revolution, 1775–83 edited by Chris McNab
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781472823144 | 158.44MB

The American Revolution reshaped the political map of the world, and led to the birth of the United States of America. Yet these outcomes could have scarcely been predicted when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. American rebel forces were at first largely a poorly trained, inexperienced and disorganized militia, pitted against one of the most formidable imperial armies in the world. Yet following a succession of defeats against the British, the rebels slowly rebounded in strength under the legendary leadership of George Washington. The fortunes of war ebbed and flowed, from the humid southern states of America to the frozen landscapes of wintry Canada, but eventually led to the catastrophic British defeat at Yorktown in 1781 and the establishment of an independent United States of America.

The Improbable Victory is a revealing and comprehensive guide to this seminal conflict, from the opening skirmishes, through the major pitched battles, up to the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Impressively illustrated with photographs and artwork, it provides an invaluable insight into this conflict from the major command decisions down to the eye level of the front-line soldier.

Empire Lost: Britain, the Dominions and the Second World War [EPUB]

Empire Lost: Britain, the Dominions and the Second World War [EPUB]
Empire Lost: Britain, the Dominions and the Second World War by Andrew Stewart
2008 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781847252449 | 0.4MB

Using government records, private letters and diaries and contemporary media sources, this book examines the key themes affecting the relationship between Britain and the Dominions during the Second World War, the Empire's last great conflict. It asks why this political and military coalition was ultimately successful in overcoming the challenge of the Axis powers but, in the process, proved unable to preserve itself. Although these changes were inevitable the manner of the evolution was sometimes painful, as Britain's wartime economic decline left its political position exposed in a changing post-war international system.

Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century [EPUB]

Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century [EPUB]
Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century edited by Dana Sajdi
2014 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781780766553 | 2.5MB

Tulips and coffee are defining cultural products of the Ottoman eighteenth century, along with their related institutions of palace and coffeehouse. These cultural products hold multiple meanings in the history and historiography of the period. They are associated with the daily life of common people and their sociabilities, on the one hand, and with the Ottoman court and imperial legitimacy, on the other.

Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee offers a critical exploration of definitive cultural phenomena of the Ottoman eighteenth century, such as, the coffee house, the printing press, imperial architecture and royal pageantry and festivals. Chapters explore subjects ranging from the changing forms of imperial ritual in Ottoman circumcision celebrations, to the history of the construction of the famed palace of Saadabad, to the reputedly failed project of the first Ottoman printing press. In doing so, the book reassesses the history and unravels the historiography of the so-called 'Tulip Period'. Further, the book also reconsiders the coffeehouse to see it as a multifunctional space, which was used variously for such diverse means and ends as a rebel headquarters, a Sufi lodge, police station and racketeering office.

Most importantly this book attempts to transcend current debates about the purported Ottoman eighteenth century cultural and political decline and the twin teleologies of Westernization and modernization. It views the Ottoman Empire in its natural geography of Eurasia and sees its interactions as significantly with the East as much as with the West.

After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000 [EPUB]

After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000 [EPUB]
After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000 by John Darwin
2009 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781596916029 | 6.85MB

Tamerlane was the last of the 'world conquerors': his armies looted and killed from the shores of the Mediterranean to the frontier of China. Nomad horsemen from the Steppes had been the terror of Europe and Asia for centuries, but with Tamerlane's death in 1405, an epoch of history came to an end. The future belonged to the great dynastic empires - Chinese, Mughal, Iranian and Ottoman - where most of Eurasia's culture and wealth was to be found, and to the oceanic voyagers from Eurasia's 'Far West', just beginning to venture across the dark seas.

After Tamerlane is an immensely important and stimulating work. It takes a fresh look at our global past. Our idea of world history is still dominated by the view from the West: it is Europe's expansion that takes centre-stage. But for much of the six-hundred year span of this book. Asia's great empires seemed much more than a match for the intruders from Europe. It took a revolution in Eurasia to change this balance of power, although never completely. The Chinese empire, against all the odds, has survived to this day. The British empire came and went. The Nazi empire was crushed almost at one. The rise, fall and endurance of empires - and the causes behind them - remain one of the most fascinating puzzles in world history.

Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia [EPUB]

Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia [EPUB]
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia by Lisa Dickey
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781250092298 | 5.23MB

Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times―in 1995, 2005 and 2015―making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.

From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey profiles a wide cross-section of people in one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on Earth. Along the way, she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms, drinks copious amounts of vodka, and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin.

Including powerful photographs of people and places over time, and filled with wacky travel stories, unexpected twists, and keen insights, Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today.

Ageless Strength: Strong and Fit for a Lifetime [EPUB]

Ageless Strength: Strong and Fit for a Lifetime [EPUB]
Ageless Strength: Strong and Fit for a Lifetime by Jeff Horowitz
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781937715717 | 32.36MB

Ageless Strength shows athletes and active people how to build sustainable fitness for a lifetime of active pursuits.

It’s a myth that our older years only bring physical decline. While it’s true that we lose strength, bone density, and balance, our bodies react the same way to training at any age. The answer is not to go easy on our so-called fragile bodies―that traditional approach of gentle, easy fitness just guarantees loss. The key is to push our bodies in the right ways. A smart mix of strength training can counteract the physical effects of aging―and keep you strong and fit for years. With the program in Ageless Strength, you can get into the best shape of your life at any age.

In his proven program, coach and trainer Jeff Horowitz reveals exercises that fight back against the years. His dynamic and engaging mix of 50 simple strength exercises will build strength, bone, and balance―combating the top three physical changes that lead to injury and loss of strength. These effective exercises use bodyweight or minimal equipment so that no gym membership is required. Each functional strength move mimics a real-life motion so you’ll know it will help your day-to-day fitness. The 6-week quick-start program will get you up to speed, then you can follow the long-term strength program or select from the color-coded exercises to design your own.

In just two 30-minute sessions a week, Ageless Strength offers a simple, effective way to get strong and fit for a lifetime of active pursuits.

Collins Primary Illustrated Spanish Dictionary [EPUB]

Collins Primary Illustrated Spanish Dictionary [EPUB]
Collins Primary Illustrated Spanish Dictionary by Collins Dictionaries
2014 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780008111960 | 22.87MB

An ideal primary school dictionary of Spanish for kids, developed to help improve Spanish language skills at home and in the classroom. Specifically designed to meet the needs of children aged 7-11 learning Spanish at primary school or at home, this easy-to-use, colorful dictionary provides the perfect reference for the new curriculum with detailed coverage of core English and Spanish vocabulary. Themed pages, fun illustrations, and simple examples help children to remember words and translations. Core English and Spanish vocabulary is given thorough coverage and key phrases are highlighted, offering all the support needed for children to study the new curriculum.

An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger [EPUB]

An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger [EPUB]
An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger by Geoffrey Maslen
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781743793237 | 8.7MB

Soaring through the skies, light as the air itself, birds are the closest creatures we have to angels on the planet. They bring song and beauty to our lives, and they play a significant role in sustaining Earth’s ecosystems. But birds are also facing the threat of extinction. In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and how essential these angels of the air are to our own survival.

Drawing on numerous interviews with researchers and biologists studying birdlife in Australia and dozens of scientific reports from around the world, Maslen reveals a dire picture of what plummeting bird populations mean for humanity.