Offers a critical assessment of the spectacular collapse of the Amaranth Advisors LLC hedge fund, which went from having assets of nine billion dollars to failure within a few weeks, and the role that key personalities, notably Brian Hunter, played in it.
"Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl's future--or his own. That's why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy's place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Marissa behind to struggle with her dreams. Twelve years later, Adam is back in Walkers Ford to serve as the best man in his friend's wedding. The years haven't diminished the electric connection he has with Marissa. But Adam's mistake continues to haunt him, and Marissa is stumbling under the weight of her family's legacy. Together they wrestle with demons and dreams, but if there's any hope for a future together Adam has to not only find a way to forgive himself, but also ask others for forgiveness--especially from the woman whose heart he broke."--P.  of cover.
"For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria's competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride--and redemption. After all, it was Simon's failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys' reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it. His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London's sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future...as long as he can put their history behind him."--P.  of cover.
"Deep beneath the streets of England lies another realm...one few in our modern world know exists. Daniel and Freya, however, know it all too well. Eight years ago, these friends first journeyed through portals into the hidden land of Niðergeard--discovering a city filled with stones, secrets, and sleeping knights that serve to protect the world they call home. Having served for centuries as the first and last outpost at the borders to other worlds, Niðergeard must be reclaimed and the mystery of its fall discovered. Daniel and Freya, along with an ancient knight and a Scottish police officer, must return to the legendary city, rally the surviving citizens, and awaken the sleeping knights--knights who are being killed, one by one, as they sleep"--From publisher description.
When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business. He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits. His experiences made him an expert on leadership, every bit as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks. Now Lutz is revealing the leaders?good, bad, and ugly?who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career. Icons and Idiots is a collection of shocking and often hilarious true stories and the lessons Lutz drew from them. From enduring the sadism of a Marine Corps drill instructor, to working with a washed-up alcoholic, to taking over the reins from a convicted felon, he reflects on the complexities of all-too-human leaders. No textbook or business school course can fully capture their idiosyncrasies, foibles and weaknesses ? which can make or break companies in the real world.
Gifted with the ability to see the future, Lady Olympia Wherlocke teams up with Lord Brant Mallam to save his sister from an arranged marriage orchestrated by his cold, calculating mother until their clever plan works a little too perfectly, revealing the sins of their pasts.
Explores the fallout of a reluctant but financially promising marriage involving World War II veteran Chip, his manipulative father and the son who struggles with an unexpected inheritance of secrets.
"When she was twelve years old, Opal Jones escaped her mother's endless drinking. Now, returning to their small Leeds cottage after her mum's death, Opal feels like she's gone back in time. Nosey Mrs. Pickess is still polishing her windows to a sparkle. Fishbo, Opal's ancient music teacher, still plays trumpet with his band. And much to Opal's delight, her favorite neighbor, Margaret Reid, still keeps an eye on things from the walk in front of her house. But a tragedy has struck Mote Street. Margaret's grandson, Craig, disappeared some ten years ago, and every day he's not found, shame and sorrow settle deeper into the neighborhood's forgotten corners. As the door she closed on her own dark past begins to open, Opal uncovers more secrets than she can bear about the people who were once her friends."--Cover, p. 
Explores the evolution of curiosity from stigma to scientific stimulus through a look at the inventions and discoveries made between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and details how curiosity functions in science today.
From saving for a first car to putting kids through college to planning for retirement and preserving an estate for loved ones, a person's financial goals change from one stage of life to the next. While those goals and the challenges faced in achieving them may differ, all of them have certain things in common. Saving, budgeting, managing debt, taxes, and living within one's means-these are some of the Ten Key Wealth Management Issues that come into play, to varying degrees, when working toward specific financial goals. But as top New York City wealth manager and financial advisor John Vento clearly shows in this one-of-a-kind guide, there is one goal for success that relies on all Ten Keys coming together in perfect harmony: financial independence, or what he calls "Point X." Why "Point X"? Because, as everybody knows, "X" always marks the spot on old treasure maps where the treasure is buried. And because, as John explains, each of us, regardless of our stage in life or income level, has our own buried treasure-our potential for achieving the financial independence we want and deserve. In this book, the author supplies you with the knowledge and tools you need to find your own Point X and unlock your potential for financial independence-no matter if you define financial independence as a guaranteed retirement income of $25,000 a year, or an estate worth $250 million. Packed with need-to-know facts and proven financial planning, investment, and tax strategies, along with valuable checklists, sample financial plans, financial self-evaluations, and other valuable tools, this book supplies you with a complete road map for arriving at Point X, with key milestones and all the important twists and turns along the way clearly defined. It also identifies the Ten Key Wealth Management Issues and offers priceless advice and guidance on negotiating each on the road to financial independence, It explains how the Ten Key Issues are interrelated and why the way you deal with any one can have a big impact on how you'll have to deal with the others. Also featured are fascinating, real-life stories of success and failure that offer an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others of all walks of life and tax brackets. Tax planning facts and strategies that demonstrate how to minimize your number-one most significant, ongoing expense, while maximizing savings are also presented. Written by an expert with decades of experience helping people of all walks of life realize their dreams of financial independence, this book arms you with the knowledge and tools you need to get to your Point X-the point at which you no longer have to work for your money but where your money works for you. -- Publisher description.
As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia's sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.
"Set in San Francisco and North Carolina, the linked stories in Damn Love introduce us to a group of characters struggling with love in all its complicated forms, including a young doctor who treats heroin addicts, a newly married gay man who tries to reconcile with his mother after years of estrangement, a trio of physicists caught in a surprising love triangle, and a soldier who takes secrets with her to the Iraqi desert. Together, these stories report from the fault lines of American life, uncertain territory where identity, risk, and desire comingle, and where resilience is found in even the most flawed efforts to connect. "--Provided by publisher.
Invasive plants are a growing threat to home landscapes, affecting native plants, wildlife, and humans. This clear, easy-to-use book shows you how to recognize the "enemy"; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasives.-- Back cover.
In a distant future where aliens and humans alike play a deadly version of professional football, quarterback prodigy Quentin Barnes learns to overcome his prejudices and band both alien and human teammates together in order to survive a season.
After Mr. "Frank Finance" Michaels loses the family?s financial nest egg in a Ponzi scheme, his wife Maddie does whatever she can to help keep up the appearance that everything is financially fine. When she starts a bargain hunter?s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious, her website becomes a viral hit with a growing bunch of budget advice seekers. While Maddie is researching frugality-worthy deals on holiday shopping for teens, Eternally 21 store manager Laila DeSimone mistakenly accuses her of shoplifting. Then her day goes from bad to worse when Laila expires on the floor. Since Laila was a universally disliked manager, the murder suspect list is longer than Maddie?s bargain spreadsheet. But when evidence points to Maddie as the prime suspect, she must track down the real culprit. Can she uncover the truth before police throw away her get-out-of-jail-free coupon for good?
From understanding depression, bipolar illness and anxiety to eating and traumatic disorders, schizophrenia, and much more, readers will learn what to do and how to help.
In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa. The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power. Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel. Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.
The search for the map?and the secret behind its cryptic code?intensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities.
"The UnStoppables is based on foreword author Graham Weston's experience growing Rackspace, as well as fascinating case studies from such organizations as the Navy SEALs and Israeli Special Forces. In The UnStoppables Bill Schley, co-founder of the branding firm Brand Team Six shows how the best practitioners think continuously about two things: The Big Picture and the Little Picture--essence and essentials. The essentials are the business and financial mechanics required of any working enterprise. But the essence is the emotional mechanics to deal with obstacles, risk, fear and failure. Mastering the emotional mechanics is how entrepreneurs succeed and winners win. This is how you capture the unlimited power of entrepreneurship to spark a successful start-up or revitalize a mature organization."--Amazon.