China's Great Wall of Debt
By Dinny McMahon
The world has long considered China a juggernaut of economic strength, but since the global financial crisis, the country's economy has ballooned in size, complexity, and risk. Once dominated by four state-owned banks, the nation's financial system is a tangle of shadow banking entities, informal financial institutions, and complex corporate funding arrangements that threaten growth, stability, and reform efforts. The country has accumulated so much debt so quickly that economists increasingly predict a financial crisis that could make 'Brexit' or Greece's economic ruin seem minor, and could undermine China's ascent as a superpower. Earlier this year, President Xi Jinping issued an urgent call for reform that gives the country until 2020 to transform its economy - a vaguely-defined objective that most economists agree is unrealistic. Whether or not China will be responsible for the next global recession, as some experts forecast, the fate of its economy will have far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. Yet the inner workings of China's financial system are still very much a mystery to most outsiders. Now more than ever, as the country's slowing economy is being felt around the globe, it is essential to understand how China allowed its economy to become so mired in debt. China's Great Wall of Debt is a penetrating examination of the country's opaque financial system and the complex factors - demographic shifts; urbanization; industrialization; a pervasive over-reliance on debt-fueled investments - that have brought the country to the brink of crisis. Anchored by stories of China's cities and its people; from factory workers and displaced farmers to government officials and entrepreneurs, the narrative will take readers inside the country's ghost cities, zombie companies, start-ups, and regulatory institutions as McMahon explains how things got so bad, why fixing the problems is so hard, and what the economic outlook means for China and for the rest of us.
By Nomi Prins
From a former Wall Street insider and author of All the Presidents' Bankers, a searing exposé of the collusion between public and private banks as they seek to control global markets and dictate economic policyCentral banks and institutions like the IMF and the World Bank are overstepping the boundaries of their mandates by using the flow of money to control global markets and dictate economic policy both at the domestic and global level. These public institutions have become so dependent on funding from private banking and the revolving door between the two worlds is so smooth that public and private banks are effectively working toward the same goals.Packed with bold-faced names from the world of finance--from Janet Yellen, Mario Draghi, and Ben Bernanke to Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel--Collusion sheds a bright light on the dark conspiracies and unsavory connections between what is ostensibly private and public banking and how it affects us.
The Corner of Forever and Always
By Lia Riley
Tuesday Knight may have left behind her dreams of Broadway stardom to be a princess at the Happily Ever After Land theme park in Everland, Georgia, but she's determined to make the most of it. That is until the mayor--and Everland's sexiest bachelor--Beau Marino threatens to demolish the theme park and replace it with a Discount-Mart. Beau may be absolutely drool-worthy in his perfectly tailored three-piece suits, but not even the secret makeout dreams Tuesday's been having about him are going to get in the way of her confronting him to save Happily Ever After Land.As the two face off, sparks fly. But even as their feelings deepen, their standoff continues. Will Tuesday save Happily Ever After Land only to lose her own happy ever after with Beau?
By Piers Harper
Oodles of festive doodles to create and complete.Festive fun with no drawing skills required!Perforated pages are easy to pull out for display or on-the-go entertainment.
Creating Your First Ever CV In Seven Easy Steps
By Julia Dolowicz
This friendly and accessible book coaches you through the process of writing your first ever CV. You may be in school and about to apply for a part time job; you may be wanting to approach a company for work experience; or you may have been lucky enough to get a job after school without compiling a CV and you want to progress and move on so you need to start from scratch. Creating a first CV, with no employment history, can be a daunting task. But just because you haven't had a work/employment history, doesn't mean you have no skills. However, if you're starting out and you want to stand out, you have to be clear about those skills and make them count. This book breaks down the process of writing your CV into seven steps, short activities that will subsequently be used to build upon each other. It will help you identify those skills - which we all have and bring them to life. Gather it - collect the material for your principal CV and profile. Develop it - start to play with the information you have collected and apply it to two real or dream jobs you would like to apply for. Evidence it - learn how to demonstrate where and how you have ability and proficiency. Shape it - look at the structure, format, style and layout of your CV. Build it - bring together all the information you have collected, expanded, and evidenced so far. Polish it - you will have gathered more information than you ever thought you would, so here you will add and subtract and reshape. Complete it - this final step encourages you to review, refine and rejig your CV so that it reads well and flows There is also a section on writing cover letters, completing an application form and preparing for interview
Card Games Properly Explained
By Arnold Marks
If you have never played cards before, this book is the ideal introduction. Or if you have a basic idea of the rules of some games, it will help you extend your existing knowledge and add new games to your repertoire. You will learn all the basic rules, understand the reasons why players play certain cards, discover the winning strategies and always be able to play the right card at the right time.The book covers all the most popular card games, including: Whist, Solo, Napoleon, Clobbiosh, Belot, Black Maria, Piquet, Five Hundred, Poker, Brag, Cassino, Rummy, Kaluki, Gin Rummy, Canasta, Cribbage and Pontoon.
The Crowded Shadows
By Celine Kiernan
Wynter Moorehawke has fled the dangers of court for bandit-infested forests, seeking exiled prince Alberon. But more than just thieves lurk in these shadows. Every tyrant and zealot who has ever threatened the kingdom is sending emissaries to meet Alberon, whose motivations seem unclear.Razi and Christopher had also set out to track Alberon, and find Wynter as enemies close in. With a savage wolf clan on their heels, they must seek sanctuary with the nomadic Merron. But this leaves them enmeshed in a net of sinister black magics and forbidden ritual. Their safety and the kingdom's future will depend on a web of alliances and hostilities. And Alberon and his war machine sit at its heart.
By Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
Armed with a trove of previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. offers a compelling portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built large shipping and rail enterprises into cornerstones of the American economy, and amassed one of the greatest fortunes the world has ever known. This is the definitive biography of a man whose influence on American business was unsurpassed in his day,or any other.
By Marilyn Heward Mills
Matilda Quartey is fourteen years old when sophisticated black Gold Coast lawyer, Robert Bannerman, sets eyes on her and resolves to take her as his second wife. For Julie, his first wife, this is a colossal slap in the face; for Matilda it is an abrupt - and cruel - end to childhood. Entwined with their story - by turns funny and heartbreaking - is that of Alan Turton, new ADC to the Governor and his dissatisfied wife, Audrey, a hard-drinking accident waiting to happen, who is appalled by her new life.Marilyn Heward Mills's Africa is a cauldron of contradictions: fatalistic but brimming with optimism; outwardly Christian, yet profoundly superstitious and reliant on fetish priests; poverty-stricken, but rich in pride and family values; vibrant with colour yet darkened by violence; exhausting, yet exhilarating. For Matilda it is her passionately loved homeland; for Audrey it is a prison. For the men it is a land of opportunity, where careers can be made and broken, fortunes lost and won. And for all of them the events of these ten years will shape and define their lives forever.
Calling All Radicals
By Gabriel Thompson
American democracy is seemingly in retreat. Voting rates are at an all time low, citizens are disillusioned, and inequality continues to soar. But there is also a belief that change is possible. Calling All Radicals argues that we can reclaim our democracy in the old fashioned way , through grassroots organizing. Gabriel Thompson draws upon his own experience of working within local communities to demonstrate its immediate impact. Some examples: When a brother and sister were being evicted from their home of 73 years, the community responded by staging a protest in front of the landlord's home , gaining media attention and forcing the owner to allow them to stay. With children in Central Brooklyn suffering from lead poisoning, Thompson designed a campaign that trained inner-city high school students to test neighbourhood homes and found that 1 in 3 were dangerous , forcing NYC officials to act by pushing through citywide legislation that held landlords responsible for implementing more proactive steps to fix hazards. Calling All Radicals argues that everyone is capable of community organizing. It explains the key tactics of organizing, leadership development, conducting research, and working effectively with the media.
The Confetti Cakes Cookbook
By Elisa Strauss, Christie Matheson
When the world-famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik walked into his surprise birthday party and saw the cake that was waiting for him - a Manolo stiletto perched alluringly next to a tissue-filled shoebox - it was his turn to ogle someone else's talent. The cake, created by Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes in New York City, was a sensation. This unique book contains projects for every skill level, from gorgeous, sugar-dusted heart cookies to delightful billiard-ball cupcakes, to sculpted cakes in the shape of wine bottles and Chinese takeout boxes, to the extravagantly beautiful, three-tiered embroidery cake showcased on Sex and the City. With delicious recipes, stunning projects for every occasion, suggestions for time-saving shortcuts, and hot tips for fabulous results, all illustrated with gorgeous photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, Confetti Cakes is a must-have for the outrageously chic baker in all of us.
By W. Brad Johnson, Kelly Murray
The scenario is all too common: Girl meets guy (or Guy meets girl). Guy is smart, charming, and maybe even endearing. Girl falls in love. As the relationship progresses Guy's serious personality problems begin to surface. She gets longer and more vivid glimpses of habits and tendencies she didn't notice at first. With about 15% of the adult population suffering from one or more personality disorders - that's over 16 million potential relationship partners, says the National Institutes of Health - finding the right partner and maintaining a healthy love relationship is harder work than we thought! Crazy Love sheds light on the odd but surprisingly common disorders of personality so that readers can become better informed and more careful when entering or continuing a relationship. Johnson and Murray tell us why so many of us are attracted to personality disordered partners, and - most important - they offer strategies for detecting and avoiding such potential disasters. They also recognize the needs of readers who are already in committed relationships with personality-impaired partners, and offer hope in the form of healthy survival strategies and tips for making the relationship more livable.
By Daphne Du Maurier
Creativity And The Mind
By Ronald A. Finke, Steven M. Smith, Thomas B. Ward
Blending leading scientific research with real life experiences, Creativity and the Mind helps readers unlock their creative potential and embrace alternate ways of thinking about everyday problems.
Conversations With The Dead
By David Gans
A collection of interviews,some vintage, some recent, and some brand-new, Conversations with the Dead is the first (and only) book in which the Grateful Dead speak in their own words about their music and their lives. David Gans, a self-professed Deadhead and host of "The Grateful Dead Hour," asked Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and the rest of the band the questions their fans would have asked if given the chance. And Gans reaches far beyond the musicians, talking with such often-overlooked key players as the recording engineer, sound man, and road crew,those who have had the coveted opportunity to witness the Dead's decades of music-making. This updated and expanded edition includes a rare, never-before-published interview with Seastones composer Ned Lagin and a new introduction by the author. With a readable combination of intensity, inquisitiveness, and candour, Gans has created an unprecedented portrait of a band who, after more than thirty years of music-making, has earned a unique place in American culture.
By Stephen Smith
One of the most violent countries on earth, where the cause of death is regularly 'massacre', drink drivers play chicken and kidnap stories pass for dinner party conversation; nine times more dangerous than the United States, Columbia is no place for the nervous traveller. So it is much against his better judgement that, in the summer of 1998, coinciding with a World Cup and a general election, journalist Stephen Smith finds himself boarding the Cocaine Train out of Cali, home of Columbia's infamous drugs cartel.Its passengers prey to theives, extortionists and a dozen different varieties of paramilitary, the Cocaine Train is one of the last remnants of a once great railway system, and Smith is riding in it in search of a grandfather he barely knew: Fred Leslie Frost, pioneering railwayman, upright citizen and diplomat, with a Columbian mistress and an illegitimate son. As remote from his suburban British origins as it is possible to imagine.
The Companion To 20th-century Music
By Norman Lebrecht
Twentieth century music has been remarkable for its pluralism. The various styles,atonality, neo-classicism, nationalism, serialism, jazz, computer music, minimalism, electronics, folklorism, happenings," sheer chance,have been far from monolithic, and experimentation has been, perhaps, the century's only defining feature. With over 2500 entries, The Companion to 20th-Century Music is the first book to comprehensively define and applaud this diversity. Norman Lebrecht celebrates variety and innovation, assessing composers and musicians according to artistic merit rather than ideological or institutional eminence. He states that his purpose is to demythologize, to enlighten, and to entertain," so he writes in a readable, narrative style, free of jargon and abbreviations. The end result is the perfect companion to the music of our time.
A Culture Of Deference
By Stephen R. Weissman
An inside look at how congressional deference to the presidency and State Department has led to such foreign policy failures as Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq.
The Complete Humorous Sketches And Tales Of Mark Twain
By Mark Twain
This is the first and most complete collection of all 136 humorous sketches and tales that Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), a.k.a. Mark Twain, started writing as a young reporter for various newspapers and magazines and later saw fit to issue in book form. Many pieces appeared in rare, first printings, only to be dropped in subsequent editions for this reason, readers will encounter a number of yarns and tall tales unavailable elsewhere, even in the collected works. More unvarnished than his short stories or novels, and more willing to indulge in fun for its own sake, these sketches comprise a substantial share of his literary apprenticeship and legacy. As brilliant, representative nuggets of Twain's humour in its purest form, they carry the imprint of Twain's wit, imagination, and humanism, his fresh and always idiomatic prose. From 1862's "Curing a Cold" to 1904's "Italian Without a Master," this collection allows readers to share Twain's vision of life as a strange and comic affair. No one interested in American humour (or in need of a good laugh) can long remain indifferent to this uproarious book.