Ten Days That Shook the World is John Reed’s eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed’s account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting.
In All the World’s a Grave, John Reed reconstructs the works of William Shakespeare into a new five-act tragedy. The language is Shakespeare’s, but the drama that unfolds is as fresh as the blood on the stage.
Prince Hamlet goes to war for Juliet, the daughter of King Lear. Having captured Juliet as his bride—by reckless war—he returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Enter Iago, who persuades Hamlet that Juliet is having an affair with Romeo. As the Prince goes mad with jealousy, King Lear mounts his army. . .
This play promises to be the most provocative and entertaining work to be added to the Shakespeare canon since Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Cybersecurity due diligence is rapidly becoming a critical factor of the decision-making calculus for a corporation contemplating a merger, acquisition, asset purchase or other business combination; an organization taking on a new vendor, partner or other alliance; or a private equity firm purchasing a new portfolio company.
In every industry, cybersecurity weaknesses represent a significant threat to the operations, reputation and the bottom line of all companies, whatever their size and wherever their location. Poor cybersecurity at any company creates tremendous risk for any suitor who buys that company, merges with that company, partners with that company or hires that company as a vendor. The mantra underlying cybersecurity due diligence concerns is simple: No matter what the terms, when adding, partnering or working with another enterprise, a company is taking on that company’s data troubles and attendant data risks. Consider corporate business combinations and corporate vendor management:
Corporate Business Combinations. For corporate mergers and acquisitions and other changes in control, vigorous cybersecurity due diligence not only better informs deal terms and deal value but can also signal early deal-breakers, saving buyers from unforeseen financial costs, regulatory liabilities, technological integration headaches or even bankruptcy. Aside from offering additional opportunities to more closely assess the risk of business combinations, cybersecurity due diligence analysis can impact valuation and contracting issues as well. Without a fully developed understanding of a company’s cybersecurity profile, a company cannot:
• Fully appreciate the value of another company, whether acquisition target, partner or vendor;
• Meaningfully identify and execute whatever opportunities exist for strengthening cybersecurity; and
• Thoughtfully draft data-related provisions in the transaction’s or vendor’s agreements, so that where possible, parties can implement post-transaction cybersecurity solutions.
Corporate Vendor Management. For corporate vendor management, cybersecurity due diligence has become similarly essential. Given that cyber-attackers will often traverse a company’s network and gain entry into the networks of its vendors or vice versa, third-party vendors have become one of the more prevalent attack vectors in the most recent cyber-attacks, as cybersecurity shortcomings of third-party vendors have become a cybercriminal’s dream.
Cyber risks are real and costly, and the most forward-thinking companies assess the cyber health and safety of an enterprise before committing to a significant investment or relationship. Likewise, a company or vendor can strengthen its attractiveness as a partner or a takeover target by conducting “self” cybersecurity due diligence to demonstrate the fitness of its enterprise.
The stakes are extraordinarily high for everyone involved when contemplating cybersecurity. That is why I wrote The Cybersecurity Due Diligence Handbook. My goal is to present highly technical cybersecurity subject matter in plain English and to help due diligence teams identify and manage cybersecurity risk. I want to empower due diligence teams with a thorough and comprehensive reference resource – no matter how complex and dynamic the merger, acquisition, partnership, vendor relationship or other contemplated business combination and collaboration.
-- Paul Auster
Written with a storyteller's grace and a poet's touch, John Reed's powerful first novel is a true adventure of the heart -- at once a passionate love story and a sweeping historical saga set against a vivid backdrop of the Civil War....
The year is 1859 as seven-year-old Alma Flynt arrives in the Kentucky town of Cotterpin Creek to begin a new life. There, Alma will have as friends, neighbors, and benefactors the magnificent Cleveland family.
With their sprawling mansion and gleaming thoroughbred horses, the Clevelands are a wonder. But from the beginning, one Cleveland draws all of Alma's attention: the youngest son, John Warren.
Alma knew they were meant for each other from their first meeting. But everything changes as war descends on Cotterpin Creek, taking John Warren to battle and sweeping his family into the chaos.
Against this turbulent backdrop, Alma will come of age. And when the fighting is over, the story of a brave young man riding off to battle becomes a haunting journey of vengeance and redemption. And for Alma, yet another journey begins on the day a tormented young soldier staggers back into her life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Their appeal endures to this day, Madness’ latter-day concerts having become fun-packed celebrations of one of the best-loved songbooks in British pop. Like most bands Madness had their trials and tribulations, including band disputes, accusations of racism and an eventual split. But by then they had become a unique part of British pop history.
In this book, John Reed tells their colourful story with a perceptive industry eye and the help of insights from many insiders and colleagues of the band.
In the middle of America's heartland, a young boy digs a small hole in the ground...which grows into a big hole in the ground...which then proceeds to drag the boy, his parents, his dog, and most of their house into a deep void.
Then, as abruptly as the hole started growing, it stops.
So begins the first in a series of events that takes the beautiful-if-not-brainy Thing on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious Hole.
Inspired by visions, signs, and an unlimited supply of pink cocktails served by an ever-lurking "Black Rabbit," Thing and her dogged production crew travel around America, encountering Satanists, an Extraterrestrial/Christian cult group, and a surprisingly helpful phone psychic. Their search for answers could very well decide the fate of the world as they know it.
But the more Thing learns about the Hole, her shocking connection to it, and the mind-boggling destiny that awaits her, the more she realizes that human civilization isn't all it's cracked up to be -- and that it's just about time to start over.