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Rotiaqua was the unwanted daughter of the Baron Reik. Her only crime was being born a woman. Rotiaqua makes friends with a distant wizard child born of low birth. When Reik finally decides to accept her as his heir, he calls her from exile to the castle and court where she learns her childhood friend is hawking a new religion and calling himself a priest, and he wants her to be his priestess. Rotiaqua must hide her magic from her father and fend off the priest she once called her friend. Exposed, fed up, and afraid for her life, Rotiaqua flees in the company of a young peasant driven from his land by way. When a dragon intercepts them and tells Rotiaqua that she is their only hope, they set her on a path that leads to all out war where not only her survival hangs in the balance but the fate of the entire wizarding world. Her only hope is to form a partnership with the shy farm boy who wields more power than Rotiaqua had ever seen, but his fear of the nobility runs deep and his powers are only just awakened. Together, they must master this new magic or see the dragons die out and the wizards' city destroyed. That's a lot more responsibility than Rotiaqua ever imagined having.Show more
The dragons have passed into history, or so everyone believes . . . When a failed attempt to end the rise to the Temple of Ran leads Sulrad to the truth, he discovers that the near extinct dragons might just be the weapon he needs to put an end to the scheming of the wizards of Amedon once and for all. But dragons are crafty and not to be trusted. If it were not for the magic of Sulrad's one true childhood friend, all would be lost. But even with the help of the dwarves and the dragons, the wizards of Amedon are nothing to be trifled with. Is Sulrad willing to give up the rich lifestyle he's come to enjoy as the high priest of Ran in order to take his revenge on the wizards of Amedon? What if Sulrad's victory could destroy not only the wizards, but the dragons who stole magic from the common man? How much is he willing to risk?Show more
Is there an ideal portfolio of investment assets, one that perfectly balances risk and reward? In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio examines this question by profiling and interviewing ten of the most prominent figures in the finance world-Jack Bogle, Charley Ellis, Gene Fama, Marty Liebowitz, Harry Markowitz, Bob Merton, Myron Scholes, Bill Sharpe, Bob Shiller, and Jeremy Siegel. We learn about the personal and intellectual journeys of these luminaries and their most innovative contributions. In the process, we come to understand how the science of modern investing came to be. Each of these finance greats discusses their idea of a perfect portfolio, offering invaluable insights to today's investors. Inspiring such monikers as the Bond Guru, Wall Street's Wisest Man, and the Wizard of Wharton, these pioneers of investment management provide candid perspectives, both expected and surprising, on a vast array of investment topics-effective diversification, passive versus active investment, security selection and market timing, foreign versus domestic investments, derivative securities, nontraditional assets, irrational investing, and so much more. While the perfect portfolio is ultimately a moving target based on individual age and stage in life, market conditions, and short- and long-term goals, the fundamental principles for success remain constant.Show more
Everyone knows the gods are long dead. But what if one of them survived? When magical abilities awakened in Sulrad, it cost him everything. His family, his home, and his dignity. Getting invited to study magic in the wizards' city of Amedon was a step in the right direction, but it set him on a path that would land him in even more trouble than he was already in. Outcast from the wizarding society, Sulrad falls back on the obscure and unpopular religion his father clung to, taking it to heights even his father's god had never imagined. For a while, the temple of Ran grew in peace, spreading healing across the land. Sulrad finally gained the acceptance he had always longed for. But the enemies he's made along the way took his success as a threat. Beset on all sides, Sulrad calls on the power of Ran to save him, but Ran is a fickle god, and the sorceress he thought was his childhood friend turns out to be so much more.Show more
In today's fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of one's discipline is not enough, assert professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. The key to professional success, they argue, is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. In this twentieth anniversary edition, Maister, Green, and Galford enrich our understanding of today's society and illustrate how to be effective communicators in a digital world. Using their model of 'the trust equation' they dissect the rational and emotional components of trustworthiness. With precision and clarity, they detail five distinct steps you must take to create a trust-based relationship. Each step-engage, listen, frame, envision, and commit-is richly described in distinct chapters. This book is "a brilliant reminder for each of us to focus on the needs of those we are serving-clients, customers, colleagues' (Timothy A. Welsh, vice chair, Consumer and Business Banking, US Bancorp). The authors weave together anecdotes, experience, and examples of both their own and others' successes and mistakes to great effect. The Trusted Advisor is essential for anyone who must advise, negotiate, or manage complex relationships with others.Show more
Pittsburgh was once synonymous with steel. But today most of its mills are gone. Like so many places across the United States, a city that was a center of blue-collar manufacturing is now dominated by the service economy-particularly health care, which employs more Americans than any other industry. Gabriel Winant takes us inside the Rust Belt to show how America's cities have weathered new economic realities. In Pittsburgh's neighborhoods, he finds that a new working class has emerged in the wake of deindustrialization. As steelworkers and their families grew older, they required more health care. Even as the industrial economy contracted sharply, the care economy thrived. Unlike their blue-collar predecessors, home health aides and hospital staff work unpredictable hours for low pay. And the new working class disproportionately comprises women and people of color. Today health care workers are on the front lines of our most pressing crises, yet we have been slow to appreciate that they are the face of our twenty-first-century workforce. The Next Shift offers unique insights into how we got here and what could happen next. If health care employees, along with other essential workers, can translate the increasing recognition of their economic value into political power, they may become a major force in the twenty-first century.Show more
From a TechCrunch founder and award-winning strategist comes the most comprehensive guide to the newest fundraising options for today's entrepreneurs. Fundraising for startups has changed dramatically in the past decade. There was a time when VCs were rock stars and a founder with a big idea and a little drive could raise a few hundred thousand dollars to build a business. But those days are gone. In the aftermath of the Great Recession and a massive drop in tech investments, it's become harder and harder for founders to raise money. The good news? Today's entrepreneurs have more options than ever before-with greater opportunities to get the ball rolling, get investors excited, and Get Funded! A comprehensive, cutting-edge guide from tech journalist and entrepreneur John Biggs and communication strategist Eric Villines, Get Funded! will enable you to: create a solid business plan and a powerful story that investors respond to; explore a wide range of funding options-and find the ones that are right for you; understand valuation and dilution; plan, prepare, and deliver the perfect pitch; raise money through grants, micro-loans, micro-donations, and crowdfunding; and take advantage of the latest online resources and financial tools.Show more
E. D. Hirsch, author of The Knowledge Deficit, draws on recent findings in neuroscience and data from France to provide new evidence for the argument that a carefully planned, knowledge-based elementary curriculum is essential to providing the foundations for children's life success and ensuring equal opportunity for students of all backgrounds. In the absence of a clear, common curriculum, Hirsch contends that tests are reduced to measuring skills rather than content, and that students from disadvantaged backgrounds cannot develop the knowledge base to support high achievement. Hirsch advocates for updated policies based on a set of ideas that are consistent with current cognitive science, developmental psychology, and social science. The book focuses on six persistent problems of recent US education: the over-testing of students; the scapegoating of teachers; the fadeout of preschool gains; the narrowing of the curriculum; the continued achievement gap between demographic groups; and the reliance on standards that are not linked to a rigorous curriculum. Why Knowledge Matters introduces a new generation of American educators to Hirsch's astute and passionate analysis.Show more
Decades of research have produced profound insights into how student learning and motivation can be unleashed-and it's not through technology or even the best of lectures. In Super Courses, education expert and bestselling author Ken Bain tells the fascinating story of enterprising college, graduate school, and high school teachers who are using evidence-based approaches to spark deeper levels of learning, critical thinking, and creativity-whether teaching online, in class, or in the field. Visiting schools across the United States as well as in China and Singapore, Bain, working with his longtime collaborator, Marsha Marshall Bain, uncovers super courses throughout the humanities and sciences. At the University of Virginia, undergrads contemplate the big questions that drove Tolstoy-by working with juveniles at a maximum-security correctional facility. Harvard physics students learn about the universe not through lectures but from their peers in a class where even reading is a social event. And students at a Dallas high school use dance to develop growth mindsets-and many of them go on to top colleges, including Juilliard. Complete with sample syllabi, the book shows teachers how they can build their own super courses.Show more
A collection of the greatest Russian crime and mystery fiction-including stories by Akunin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy. Many of the greatest Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Pushkin, produced crime and mystery fiction, a type of literature that was largely suppressed during the Soviet era because it did not glorify the state, but rather, gave significance to individual characters. With the fall of the Soviet Union, mystery writers have become some of the most successful novelists in Russia, and there is a renewed interest in, and appreciation of, the great crime classics of an earlier era. There have been few policemen, and virtually no private detectives or amateur sleuths, in Russian history worthy of approbation, and in consequence its literature is dramatically different from its Western counterparts. Criminals in Mother Russia tend to be caught or punished by their own consciences or by ghosts, and the notion of a criminal trial as we know it is utterly alien. Nonetheless, the enormous talent and passion of Russian authors has long been justly acclaimed, and the rare forays they made into the loosely defined genre of mystery fiction rank among the world's classics. This volume is the first collection ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction.Show more
Drawing from his experience as an award-winning global leadership speaker, US Navy Captain, Commanding Officer, university professor, and executive coach, Mark Brouker reveals the leadership tactics that have transformed company cultures and generated success—from the boardroom to the battlefield—by focusing on the single pillar of leadership that is most often overlooked: trust. Through step-by-step guidance, easy-to-use leadership techniques, and the lessons of his military experience, he empowers readers to actively build trust with their subordinates—enabling them to boost morale, enhance productivity, and strive for success. Lessons from the Navy: How to Earn Trust, Lead Teams, and Achieve Organizational Excellence is for leaders who want to do better, who want their staff and colleagues to do better, and who want to win the trust and dedication of the people at all levels of their organization. Whether new to the leadership arena or a seasoned leader with years of experience in the arena, whether leading a corporate team, a military team or a sports team, all listeners of this work will benefit from the leadership strategies it espouses. Here you will learn how to make these strategies your own.Show more
More Barliona adventures from the bestselling author of the Way of the Shaman LitRPG series! To make a clan does not necessarily mean to make it successful. First you have to walk the hard path from the foundations of your castle to victory in interclan conflicts. Only then will you be recognized. Only then can you be listed among the location's top clans. Your adversaries, however, will not be sitting around twiddling their thumbs. No dominant clan needs yet another wannabe competitor. Or its two founders. Which is why Kvalen and Eradani are being hunted down. Bugles sound as players sharpen swords and draw arrows. Bring on the show! Just one thing-have the contestants accounted for all the factors involved in such a dubious undertaking? For in this equation not all the variables are known.Show more
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