Master of the Game: How Steve Ross Rode the Light Fantastic from Undertaker to Creator of the Largest Media Conglomerate in the World

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Award-winning journalist connie bruck’s biography of media mogul Steve Ross captures the highs and lows of Ross’s career in a narrative “as fast-paced as the life it depicts” Publishers Weekly. Born to jewish immigrant parents in 1920s brooklyn, Steven Jay Rechnitz would become an unstoppable force in the world of business, a figure both revered and reviled by those who knew him.

. Extraordinary in its depth of coverage, charismatic, startling in its frankness, Master of the Game is a riveting journey through the mind and career of a man who was by turns flamboyant, and completely outrageous—an unstoppable force in the pursuit of an outsized dream. In a career that spanned both wall street and hollywood, ross’s mastery of obfuscation, and his imaginative approach to the law finally culminated in the empire he had long craved: Time Warner, deflection, denial, the largest media and entertainment company in the world.

Master of the Game: How Steve Ross Rode the Light Fantastic from Undertaker to Creator of the Largest Media Conglomerate in the World #ad - His early ventures—a limousine rental service operated under the auspices of his father-in-law’s Manhattan funeral home and a parking lot company whose co-owners harbored dubious connections to the criminal underworld—inspired a taste for substantial risk that was outpaced only by Ross’s success in turning that risk into profit.

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The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy

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Wiley #ad - The warren buffett way provided the first look into the strategies that the master uses to pick stocks. A new york times bestseller, it is a valuable and practical primer on the principles behind the remarkable investment run of the famed oracle of Omaha. A comprehensive investment strategy used with spectacular results by Buffett, focus investing directs investors to select a concentrated group of businesses by examining their management and financial positions as compared to their stock prices.

The warren buffett portfolio will help you through the process of building a superior portfolio and managing the stocks going forward. A strategy that has historically outperformed the market, focus investing is based on the principle that a shareholder's return from owning a stock is ultimately determined by the economics of the underlying business.

The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy #ad - Building a concentrated portfolio is critical for investment success. In this much-awaited companion to that book, author Robert Hagstrom takes the next logical step, revealing how to profitably manage stocks once you select them. Ultimately, hagstrom shows how to use this technique to build and manage a portfolio to achieve the best possible results.

The warren buffett portfolio introduces the next wave of investment strategy, called focus investing. Hagstrom explains in easy-to-understand terms exactly what focus investing is, how it works, and how it can be applied by any investor at any level of experience. He demonstrates how buffett arranges his stocks in a focus portfolio and reveals why this is as responsible for his incredible returns as the individual stocks he picks.

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Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos

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Oxford University Press #ad - The production of human beings is the result of very localized human actions; corrective action must be local. Globalizing the 'population problem' would only ensure that it would never be solved. Hardin does not shrink from the startling implications of his argument, as he criticizes the shipment of food to overpopulated regions and asserts that coercion in population control is inevitable.

But he also proposes a free flow of information across boundaries, to allow each state to help itself. The time-honored practice of pollute and move on is no longer acceptable, " Hardin tells us. A prominent biologist, and keen student of human population control, ecological philosopher, Hardin now offers the finest summation of his work to date, with an eloquent argument for accepting the limits of the earth's resources--and the hard choices we must make to live within them.

In living within limits, hardin focuses on the neglected problem of overpopulation, making a forceful case for dramatically changing the way we live in and manage our world. Too often, he writes, we operate on the faulty principle of shared costs matched with private profits. But hardin refutes the notion that goodwill and voluntary restraints will be enough.

Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos #ad - The old idea of progress and limitless growth misses the point that the earth and each part of it has a limited carrying capacity; sentimentality should not cloud our ability to take necessary steps to limit population. The metaphor applies to global ecology, he argues, making a powerful case for closed borders and an end to immigration from poor nations to rich ones.

Instead, nations where population is growing must suffer the consequences alone.

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In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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Simon & Schuster #ad - But has google lost its innovative edge? With its newest initiative, social networking, Google is chasing a successful competitor for the first time. With this cash cow, digitizing books, cloud computing, free Internet video YouTube, open-source cell phones, Google was able to expand dramatically and take on other transformative projects: more efficient data centers, and much more.

The key to google’s success in all these businesses, is its engineering mind-set and adoption of such Internet values as speed, openness, experimentation, Levy reveals, and risk taking. Written with full cooperation from top management, including cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the most successful and most admired technology company of our time, this is the inside story behind Google, told by one of our best technology writers.

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. They followed this brilliant innovation with another, as two of Google’s earliest employees found a way to do what no one else had: make billions of dollars from Internet advertising.

In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives #ad - How has google done it? veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside Google headquarters—the Googleplex—to show how Google works. Even today, with a workforce of more than 23, 000, Larry Page signs off on every hire.

Some employees are leaving the company for smaller, nimbler start-ups. Can the company that famously decided not to be evil still compete? No other book has ever turned Google inside out as Levy does with In the Plex.

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Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger

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Wiley #ad - Praise for damn right! from the author of the bestselling WARREN BUFFETT SPEAKS. Hagstrom, author of the warren buffett Way "Charlie has lived by the creed that one should live a life that doesn't need explaining. He lives the life lessons that he has studiously extracted from other true heroes and mentors, from Ben Franklin to Ben Graham.

There is a method to his mastery and, through this book, we get a chance to learn about this rare individual. Michael eisner, chairman and ceo, the walt disney company "janet lowe uncovers the iconoclastic genius and subtle charm behind Charlie Munger's curmudgeonly facade in this richly woven portrait of our era's heir to Ben Franklin.

Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger #ad - Olson, academics, tolles & olson llp "janet lowe's unprecedented access to Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett has resulted in a first-class book that investors, Munger, and CEOs will find entertaining and highly useful. Timothy p. But his life should be explained. With a biographer's detachment, and a financial writer's common sense, personal, an historian's thoroughness, Lowe produces a riveting account of the family, and business life of the idiosyncratically complex and endlessly fascinating figure.

Lawrence cunningham, cardozo law school, author of the essays of warren buffett: Lessons for Corporate America "For years, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and investors worldwide me included have struggled to learn more about Warren Buffett's cerebral sidekick. Now we can rest and enjoy reading Janet Lowe's book about this rare intellectual jewel called Charlie Munger.

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Models of My Life The MIT Press

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The MIT Press #ad - Simon looks at his distinguished and varied career, continually asking himself whether and how what he learned as a scientist helps to explain other aspects of his life. A brilliant polymath in an age of increasing specialization, Simon is one of those rare scholars whose work defines fields of inquiry.

Crossing disciplinary lines in half a dozen fields, Simon's story encompasses an explosion in the information sciences, the transformation of psychology by the information-processing paradigm, and the use of computer simulation for modeling the behavior of highly complex systems. Simon's theory of bounded rationality led to a nobel Prize in economics, and his work on building machines that think—based on the notion that human intelligence is the rule-governed manipulation of symbols—laid conceptual foundations for the new cognitive science.

Models of My Life The MIT Press #ad - . In this candid and witty autobiography, Nobel laureate Herbert A. Subsequently, contrasting metaphors of the maze Simon's view and of the mind neural nets have dominated the artificial intelligence debate. There is also a warm account of his successful marriage and of an unconsummated love affair, a short story, letters to his children, columns, and political and personal intrigue in academe.

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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor: Why Some Are So Rich and Some Are So Poor

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Landes's acclaimed, as landes definitively illustrates, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance.

. Readers cannot but be provoked and stimulated by this splendidly iconoclastic and refreshing book. Andrew porter, new york times Book ReviewThe Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Rich with anecdotal evidence, piercing analysis, and a truly astonishing range of erudition, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is a "picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight" Kenneth Arrow as well as one of the most audaciously ambitious works of history in decades.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor: Why Some Are So Rich and Some Are So Poor #ad - For the paperback edition, landes has written a new epilogue, in which he takes account of Asian financial crisises and the international tension between overconfidence and reality.

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Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business

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Wiley #ad - For more than twenty-five years, shaping the world of entertainment and communications, Malone has dominated the cable television industry, first with his cable company TCI and later with Liberty Media. Cable cowboy reveals the forces that propelled this pioneer to such great heights, and captures the immovable conviction and quicksilver mind that have defined John Malone throughout his career.

. Cable cowboy is at once a penetrating portrait of Malone's complex persona, and a captivating history of the cable TV industry. Told in a lively style with exclusive details, the book shows how an unassuming copper strand started as a backwoods antenna service and became the digital nervous system of the U.

Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business #ad - S. An evolution that gave U. S. Consumers the fastest route to the Internet. An inside look at a cable titan and his industry john Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age by some and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealed as a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. Written with malone's unprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings this controversial capitalist and businessman to life.

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A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and U niverse

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Penguin Books #ad - In a wonderful synthesis of science, and imagination, history, an internationally renowned theoretical physicist, Gino Segrè, embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of how the fundamental scientific concept of temperature is bound up with the very essence of both life and matter. Why is the internal temperature of most mammals fixed near 98.

6°? how do geologists use temperature to track the history of our planet? why is the quest for absolute zero and its quantum mechanical significance the key to understanding superconductivity? And what can we learn from neutrinos, the subatomic "messages from the sun" that may hold the key to understanding the birth-and death-of our solar system? In answering these and hundreds of other temperature-sensitive questions, Segrè presents an uncanny view of the world around us.

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Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

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Hill and Wang #ad - Together they applied the science of information theory—the basis of computers and the Internet—to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible. Shannon and MIT mathematician Edward O. In 1956, two bell labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. Fortune's formula traces how the Kelly formula sparked controversy even as it made fortunes at racetracks, casinos, and trading desks.

They realized that there was even more money to be made in the stock market. One was mathematician claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. It worked. It reveals the dark side of this alluring scheme, which is founded on exploiting an insider's edge. Shannon believed it was possible for a smart investor to beat the market—and William Poundstone's Fortune's Formula will convince you that he was right.

Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street #ad - The other was John L. Kelly Jr. A texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Thorp used the kelly system with his phenomenally successful hedge fund, Princeton-Newport Partners. Thorp took the "Kelly formula" to Las Vegas.

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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

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Prometheus #ad - James clerk maxwell was highly regarded as one of the most brilliant mathematical physicists of the age. But when he translated faraday's ideas into mathematical language, thus creating field theory, magnetism and light became the basis for much of later, this unified framework of electricity, 20th-century physics.

Faraday's and maxwell's collaborative efforts gave rise to many of the technological innovations we take for granted today - from electric power generation to television, and much more. The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth centuryTwo of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday 1791-1867 and James Clerk Maxwell 1831-1879.

Faraday was an autodidact, technological skills, who overcame class prejudice and a lack of mathematical training to become renowned for his acute powers of experimental observation, and prodigious scientific imagination. He made an enormous number of advances in his own right. This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which overturned the strictly mechanical view of the world that had prevailed since Newton's time.

Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics #ad - The authors, veteran science writers with special expertise in physics and engineering, have created a lively narrative that interweaves rich biographical detail from each man's life with clear explanations of their scientific accomplishments. Told with panache, and clarity, warmth, this captivating story of their greatest work - in which each played an equal part - and their inspiring lives will bring new appreciation to these giants of science.

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