Number-one San Francisco Chronicle best sellerNamed one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune´´A picaresque, swashbuckling adventure.” (The Washington Post Book World)They’re an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa a.d. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can - as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. But when they are dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire, they soon find themselves the half-willing generals in a full-scale revolution - on a road paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of.Praise for Gentlemen of the Road´´Within a few pages I was happily tangled in [Chabon’s] net of finely filigreed language, seduced by an old-school-style swashbuckling quest.... laced with surprises and humor.” (San Francisco Chronicle)´´[Chabon] is probably the premiere prose stylist - the Updike - of his generation.” (Time)´´The action is intricate and exuberant.... It’s hard to resist its gathering momentum, not to mention the sheer headlong pleasure of Chabon’s language.” (The New York Times Book Review)´´[A] wild, wild adventure... abounds with lush language... This book roars to be read aloud.” (Chicago Sun-Times) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andre Braugher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001282/bk_rand_001282_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You have cherished and enjoyed Nicholas Sparks´ previous romantic novels, and now it´s time to take your reading to the next level. Expert Book Reviews brings you a thoroughly engaging analysis of Sparks´ latest novel, The Longest Ride. This review is the perfect companion to your reading as it delves deep into the characters, narrative and themes of the book. Gain the perspective of literary experts while you catch hidden meanings and symbolism that may not have been apparent on your first read-through. From Ira´s narrative to the twist denouement, see how every detail of Sparks´ writing adds to the overall story and its ultimate message. This comprehensive review and analysis coherently explains the plot of the novel before delving into more subjective concepts. What makes the novel so emotionally uplifting, and how do the two couples mirror each other´s lives? An instant book club party! Life, ´´the longest ride,´´ is a journey about love and relationships. Sparks takes this idea and enhances it with heart-stealing male protagonists and their romantic partners. You will gain a more satisfying reading experience when you dig deeper into the novel´s message about life and the relationships with which we fill it. Explore the North Carolina setting and how it influences the development of the leading gentlemen. Enhance your reading experience with expertly crafted analyses of major themes and symbols throughout the novel. Did you notice the recurrence of particular landscapes and what they say about the story´s message? Learn more about The New York Times bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, and how he started his writing career with The Notebook. If you have a chance to watch the eight films derived from his novels, you can compare media to see how his characters are portrayed on screen. If you liked Sparks´ The Best of Me or Safe Haven, you´ll love The Longest Ride. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Sears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013248/bk_acx0_013248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Henry Mintzbergs views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys. The Observer My favourite management book of the last 25 years? No contest. The Rise & Fall of Strategic Planning . Tom Peters, managment guru Strategy is the most prestigious but also the most confusing part of business. Managers are constantly bombarded with new jargon and the latest fads promising the magic bullet for every strategic problem. The world of strategy can seem to be an impenetrable jungle. Strategy Safari presents a powerful antidote to the dilemma of needing to know about strategy and yet not being able to find any comprehensible guidelines. This revised edition is a comprehensive, colourful and illuminating tour through the wilds of strategic management. In this provocative, jargon-free and extremely readable guide, top strategy authors Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel clearly set out and critique each of the ten major schools of strategic management thinking to help you grasp what you really need to know. Take the strategy safari your business will thank you for it. Product Description Henry Mintzbergs views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys. The Observer My favourite management book of the last 25 years? No contest. The Rise & Fall of Strategic Planning . Tom Peters, managment guru Strategy is the most prestigious but also the most confusing part of business. Managers are constantly bombarded with new jargon and the latest fads promising the magic bullet for every strategic problem. The world of strategy can seem to be an impenetrable jungle. Strategy Safari presents a powerful antidote to the dilemma of needing to know about strategy and yet not being able to find any comprehensible guidelines. This revised edition is a comprehensive, colourful and illuminating tour through the wilds of strategic management. In this provocative, jargon-free and extremely readable guide, top strategy authors Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel clearly set out and critique each of the ten major schools of strategic management thinking to help you grasp what you really need to know. Take the strategy safari your business will thank you for it. Backcover Henry Mintzberg´s views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys. The Observer Strategy Safari gives you the big ten in the strategy jungle In this revised edition of the original, ground-breaking Strategy Safari , Henry Mintzberg, described by Tom Peters as perhaps the worlds premier management thinker and his equally maverick co-authors continue to blaze a trail through the jungle of strategy. This provocative, jargon-free and readable guide clearly sets out and critiques each of the ten major schools of strategic management to help you grasp what you really need to know. Whether you are an ambitious manager or a bewildered student, Strategy Safari is your indispensable guide to strategy. Take the strategy safari your business will thank you for it SEE THE NEW COMPANION WEBSITE, INCLUDING INSTRUCTORS MANUAL, AT WWW.PEARSON-BOOKS.COM/STRATEGYSAFARI Contents Acknowledgements / ix Embarkation / xi 1 And over here, ladies and gentlemen: the strategic management beast Why ten? A field review Five Ps for strategy Strategies for better and for worse Strategic management as an academic discipline 2 The design school: strategy formation as a process of conception Origins of the design school The basic design school model Premises of the design school Critique of the design school The design school: contexts and contributions 3 The planning school: strategy formation as a formal process The basic strategic planning model Sorting out the hierarchies Premises of the planning school Some more recent developments Plannings unplanned troubles The fallacies of strategic planning The context and contribution of the planning school 4 The positioning school: strategy formation as an analytical process Enter Porter Premises of the positioning school The first wave: origins in the military maxims The second wave: the search for consulting imperatives The third wave: the development of empirical propositions Critique of the positioning school Contribution and context of the positioning school 5 The entrepreneurial school: strategy formation as a visionary process Origins in economics The literature of the entrepreneurial school Visionary leadership Premises of the entrepreneurial school Contribution, critique, and context of the entrepreneurial school 6
From the author of Blind, a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story set during World War II in Shanghai, one of the only places Jews without visas could find refuge.Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is fifteen when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life, they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn´t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when her family was circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a ´´gentlemen´s club´´ without her father´s knowledge.But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?★ ´´DeWoskin explores a rarely depicted topic. . .A beautifully nuanced exploration of culture and people.´´ -Kirkus Reviews, starred review★ ´´An unusual portrait of what war does to families in general and children in particular . . . affirms the human need for art and beauty in hard times.´´ -Booklist, starred review´´A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you´re pushed to the edge.´´ -BCCBRachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera that inspired her memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing . She is the author of Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small , which received the American Library Association´s Alex Award for an adult book with special appeal to teen readers, Rachel´s conversations with young readers inspired her to write her first YA novel, Blind . Rachel is on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where she teaches creative writing. She lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two daughters.Rachel and her family spent six summers in Shanghai while she researched Someday We Will Fly.
Born into the violence of South Bronx ghetto life, the comic pioneer of TV’s Good Times fame offers a hilarious and politically charged review of his career as one of television’s first hugely successful Black stars. From opening for the Black Panthers and getting his first Tonight Show spot to becoming the first ´´Black” TV sitcom star, having comedians David Letterman and Jay Leno writing jokes for him, recording number-one comedy albums, and opening for rock n’ roll bands in 50,000 seat stadiums, Walker’s career hit all the highs. Of course, celebrities seldom stay at such highs. But despite going from the cover of TV Guide to becoming a journeyman comedian, Walker’s story is one of courage and unbridled belief in oneself. He never crashed and burned like so many in his profession - notably fellow comedians like Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze. Instead, he kept at his profession through 300 comedy gigs per year, remembering where he came from and where hard work had got him. He developed a view of the world through a conservative social lens, and as a black man in the entertainment industry he surprised many - and pissed off others – with his ´´conservative” views. In his stand-up routine in 1974, Jimmy frequently told this joke: ´´I think pretty soon there is going to be a black President. Inaugural theme be playing the ´Theme From Shaft´. Prez pulls up - white El Dorado, white bucket seats, bubble top. Prez gets out, tilts his beaver skin hat to the side, braids flowing down his shoulders, looks at the crowd and says, Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be elected President of these great United States. But moreover, I am even happier to be elected the first black President of these great United States. Right now, I’d like to give you the Inaugural Address but first…the number for today: 7-5-6. You got it? Then you the vice president!” It´s 2011. We now have President Barack Oba 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmie Walker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003918/bk_brll_003918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Girls Who Dare - The exciting new series from Emma V Leech, the multi-award-winning, Amazon Top 10 romance writer behind the Rogues & Gentlemen series.Inside every wallflower is the beating heart of a lioness, a passionate individual willing to risk all for their dream, if only they can find the courage to begin. When these overlooked girls make a pact to change their lives, anything can happen.Ten girls - Ten dares in a hat. Who will dare to risk it all?To Dare a DukeDreams of true love and happy ever afters.Dreams of love are all well and good, but all Prunella Chuffington-Smythe wants is to publish her novel. Marriage at the price of her independence is something she will not consider. Having tasted success writing under a false name in The Lady’s Weekly Review, her alter ego is attaining notoriety and fame and Prue rather likes it. A Duty that must be endured.Robert Adolphus, The Duke of Bedwin, is in no hurry to marry, he’s done it once and repeating that disaster is the last thing he desires. Yet, an heir is a necessary evil for a duke and one he cannot shirk. A dark reputation precedes him though, his first wife may have died young, but the scandals the beautiful, vivacious, and spiteful creature supplied the ton have not. A wife must be found. A wife who is neither beautiful or vivacious but sweet and dull, and certain to stay out of trouble.Dared to do something drastic.The sudden interest of a certain dastardly duke is as bewildering as it is unwelcome. She’ll not throw her ambitions aside to marry a scoundrel just as her plans for self-sufficiency and freedom are coming to fruition. Surely showing the man she’s not actually the meek little wallflower he is looking for should be enough to put paid to his intentions? When Prue is dared by her friends to do something drastic, it seems the perfect opportunity to kill two birds.However, Prue cannot help being intrigued by 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Battley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/161941/bk_acx0_161941_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.