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The Persian epic that inspired Eric Clapton's unforgettable love song 'Layla' and that Lord Byron called 'the Romeo and Juliet of the East,' in a masterly new translation The iconic love story of the Middle East, by a twelfth-century Persian poet who has been compared to Shakespeare for his subtlety, inventiveness, and dramatic force, Layli and Majnun tells of star-crossed lovers whose union is tragically thwarted by their families and whose passion continues to ripple out across the centuries. Theirs is a love that lasts a lifetime, and in Nezami's immortal telling, erotic longing blends with spiritual self-denial in an allegory of Sufi aspiration, as the amenities of civilization give way to the elemental wilderness, desire is sublimated into a mystical renunciation of the physical world, and the soul confronts its essence. This is a tour de force of Persian literature, in a translation that captures the extraordinary power and virtuosity of the original. This audiobook includes a PDF that contains notes from the book.Show more
A brilliant and utterly original new novel from Mark Leyner about a father and his intense and devout relationship with his daughter and with alcohol. An anthropologist and his daughter travel to Kermunkachunk, the capitol of Chalazia, to conduct research for an ethnography on the Chalazian Mafia Faction (a splinter group of the Chalazian Children's Theater). The book takes place over the course of a night at the Bar Pulpo, Kermunkachunk's #1 spoken-word karaoke bar, where conversations are actually being read from multiple karaoke screens arrayed around the barroom. Moreover, it's Thursday, "Father/Daughter Nite," when the bar is frequented by actual fathers and daughters as well as couples cosplaying fathers and daughters. Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit is a book about the deep pleasures of reading and drinking, the tumultuous reign of a cabal of mystic mobsters, and, of course, the transcendent love of a father for his daughter.Show more
Political historian and commentator David Rothkopf shows how Trump will be judged by history (Spoiler alert: not well) in Traitor. Donald Trump is unfit in almost every respect for the high office he holds. But what distinguishes him from every other bad leader the U.S. has had is that he has repeatedly, egregiously, betrayed his country. Regardless of how Senate Republicans have let him off the hook, the facts available to the public show that Trump has met every necessary standard to define his behavior as traitorous. He has clearly broken faith with the people of the country he was chosen to lead, starting long before he took office, then throughout his time in the White House. And we may not yet have seen the last of his crimes. But the story we know so far is so outrageous and disturbing that it raises a question that has never before been presented in American history: is the president of the United States the greatest threat this country faces in the world? We also need to understand how the country has historically viewed such crimes and how it has treated them in the past to place what has happened in perspective. After his examination of traitors including Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, and leaders of the Confederacy, David Rothkopf concludes that Donald Trump and his many abettors have committed the highest-level, greatest, most damaging betrayal in the history of the country. A Macmillan Audio production from Thomas Dunne BooksShow more
Building from his acclaimed anthology Tales of Two Americas, beloved writer and editor John Freeman draws together a group of our greatest writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live. In the past five years, John Freeman, previously editor of Granta, has launched a celebrated international literary magazine, Freeman's, and compiled two acclaimed anthologies that deal with income inequality as it is experienced. In the course of this work, one major theme came up repeatedly: Climate change is making already dire inequalities much worse, devastating further the already devastated. But the problems of climate change are not restricted to those from the less developed world. Galvanized by his conversations with writers and activists around the world, Freeman engaged with some of today's most eloquent storytellers, many of whom hail from the places under the most acute stress--from the capital of Burundi to Bangkok, Thailand. The response has been extraordinary. Margaret Atwood conjures with a dys¬topian future in a remarkable poem. Lauren Groff whisks us to Florida; Edwidge Danticat to Haiti; Tahmima Anam to Bangladesh; Yasmine El Rashidi to Egypt, while Eka Kurniawan brings us to Indonesia, Chinelo Okparanta to Nigeria, and Anuradha Roy to the Himalayas in the wake of floods, dam building, and drought. This is a literary all-points bulletin of fiction, essays, poems, and reportage about the most important crisis of our times.Show more
The most popular occult work of the twentieth century The Kybalion has long fascinated readers and listeners with its exploration of hermetic wisdom. Credited to the mysterious Three Initiates, The Kybalion is an esoteric classic that has remained popular since its initial publication in 1908. The book explores the Seven Hermetic Principles—including the Principles of Causation, Mental Transmutation, and Polarity—and the philosophies it contains became founding ideas in the New Thought movement. This edition of the original text is the latest title in the Essential Wisdom Library, which brings sacred wisdom, both ancient and modern, to today’s audience. It includes a new introduction to frame the historical context and importance of the text. The Kybalion is a perfect resource and a key source of wisdom for the growing wave of listeners interested in the occult and esoteric. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's EssentialsShow more
The credit crunch is affecting every investor and every consumer, every industry and every government program, yet few people truly understand how it happened. Subprime mortgages have been center stage, but behind the scenes a conspiracy of greed among bankers, investors, rating agencies and regulators has imperiled everyone's financial future. We need to know what went wrong and how to change the practices that led to this calamity. Bloomberg columnist Mark Gilbert shows how Wall Street's tolerance for extremes made the global credit crunch both foreseeable and inevitable. He offers a blow-by-blow account of what went wrong and what lessons need to be learned from the crisis. Gilbert's argument--that everyone with skin in the money game had a vested interest in pretending that nothing could go awry--is a well-defended, compelling indictment of the financial community. Gilbert is able to make complex financial events easy to understand. His outlook is truly global: this financial crisis respects no geographical boundaries, and Gilbert draws on anecdotes and examples from around the world to make his case.Show more
Mr. Shmooze is the parable of a man who reveals the secret shared by all superstar salespeople. Selling, in its most exquisite form, is not about 'taking,' nor is it about 'persuading.' Selling, believe it or not, is about 'giving.' Mr. Shmooze gives for a living. He starts by listening and he quickly comes to understand what people really need. His customers love him because he gives more than he takes. They trust him because he is passionate about their interests. And, at the end of the day, they reward him handsomely for bringing joy, humor and wisdom into their lives. Woven into the story are several powerful lessons for salespeople in all industries who attempt to build relationships as the emotional bridge to their clients. They include: Bringing extraordinary passion and energy to personal communications Elevating ordinary experiences to create extraordinary memories Building a network with people in all walks of life not just VIPs Generating contagious, positive feelings, lifting spirits because people buy with their emotions Understanding that even small, positive gestures can lead to huge, long-term resultsShow more
Pow! Radical new methods for reaching jaded, cynical consumers Put simply, when it comes to your business, your new idea, even yourself, this book can be the difference between a Who cares? and a Holy cow! Business, both big and small, is in desperate need of new ways to inspire bored and cynical consumers who have grown weary of the same old song and dance. In todays information economy, it doesnt matter how many people you reach, but how much attention they pay. And the best way to get attention is with the powerful, but largely misunderstood, element of surprise. Pow! Enter Andy Nulman with the art of surprise marketing. An explosive new outlook, surprise marketing solidifies the bond between you and your customers like nothing else, and keeps them coming back for more by providing a continuous flow of what they never expected. Pow! Right Between the Eyes reveals the secrets, theories, and tactics of surprise marketing, and wields outrageous real-world examples (and even more outrageous tools like The Lubricant to Yes and Euphoric Shock) to help expand the boundaries of the extreme and create a bigger bang for bigger profits. On his quest to unlock the secret of why some things knock your socks off and others put you to sleep, Nulman shares insights from director Alfred Hitchcock, designer Philippe Starck, playwright David Mamet, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, Harvard psychologists, songwriters, bloggers, and even the inventor of Pirate Booty snack chips. And he shows how todays smartest companies are winning big with surprises stories like: How Oprahs shocking announcement that Everybody gets a car! sent her Web site traffic up 800% and helped the Pontiac G6 outsell its competitors by 20% How Target earns $7 billion a year in free publicity with stunts like a floating temporary store in New Yorks Hudson River or putting on a vertical fashion show where acrobat models walked down the side of Rockefeller Center How Bear Naked Granola reversed the trick-or-treat tradition by sending costumed street teams door-to-door to give away granola samples on Halloween Andy Nulman is a wildly-successful businessman and even wilder public speaker who first learned the power of surprise working with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, and many other comedians as the cofounder and CEO of the Just For Laughs Festival, the worlds largest comedy event. His book shares hilarious and effective surprise promotions that he himself dreamed up for the event and in his current position as cofounder, President, and CMO of Airborne Mobile, which brings brands like Maxim, Family Guy, and the NFL to the mobile media world. Dont forget to read the books two forewords by the legendary John Cleese and CBS Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson. Surprising choices for a business book? Wellwhat did you expect?Show more
Ben Steins experience from Washington to Hollywood and everywhere in between-- makes him the ideal individual to offer advice to others. His expertise in countless fields make his valuable, keen observations that cover the range of topics and challenges that most people face every day -- the perfect topic for his next book, What Would Ben Stein Do?: Its a question wed all be wise to ask ourselves when contemplating an array of issues in both business and life: What Would Ben Stein Do... About a 401(k)? When traveling in a country where he didnt know the language? Performing a job he was rapidly outgrowing? Trapped in a struggling relationship? Negotiating a pay increase? Job hunting in a difficult economy? Delivered with the dry, honest wit that millions of people have come to know and love, Ben Steins next work What Would Ben Stein Do? will provide advice on any question imaginable from the man who has all the answers.Show more
Trading desks on Wall Street and hedge funds everywhere increasingly generate their profits using quantitative financial models that rely on advanced mathematics and computers. Investment firms now routinely employ large quant departments staffed by former physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists. Emanuel Derman was one of the first physicists to move to Wall Street, and My Life as a Quant traces his pilgrims progress from ambitious academic scientist to managing director and head of the renowned Quantitative Strategies group at Goldman, Sachs s career path paralleled the growth of quantitative modeling. Readers will learn how Derman became the most well-known quant on Wall Street as he learned to adapt the methods of science to finance. My Life as a Quant reveals his experiences working with an assorted cast of famous scientists as well as some of the finest minds in the business, including Fischer Black (with whom he developed the widely used Black-Derman-Toy model of interest rates). He also recounts his adventures with quants, traders and other high fliers on Wall Street.Show more
Restoring the American Dream is a follow up to Robert Ringer's bestselling classic. In Restoring the American Dream, Ringer continues to expose the myriad of problems created by big government (including inflation, high taxes, the energy crisis, and excessive regulation), and prescribed freedom, individualism, and opportunity as the solution. Ringer dedicated the book to 'men and women throughout the world who practice individualism and self-responsibility, who do not covet the fruits of the labor of others, [and] who respect every person's right to sovereignty over his own life.' Ringer points out many of the problems in the financial state of the government and explores the basic premise that nothing is more precious than individual rights. It is a rallying cry to a return to limited government and individual freedom.Show more
This book lays out credible evidence that points to yet another impending bubble. One which, if not corrected, could drive down valuation multiples and stock prices around the world. The authors have concluded from a detailed analysis of a decades worth of brand and financial data that business is riding on yet another bubble. A brand bubble. The traditional business models and strategies marketers have used for generations simply no longer work. While most managers still see metrics like trust and awareness as the backbone of how brands are built, analysis shows theyre dead wrongthese metrics do not add to increased asset value. In fact, by following them, marketers are led astray, actually hastening the declining value of their brands. The authors lay out a clear path to jumpstart the power of branding again. They show the brands that are succeeding already and will succeed in the future have an insatiable appetite for creativity and a questing spirit for change. They understand differentiation and how to evolve it. What they have is a more powerful form of differentiation. These brands offer consumers a palpable sense of movement and direction and contain energized differentiation that drive future corporate financial performance far greater than the traditional brands that have formerly dominated the market.Show more
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