In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—that is, my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong—and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls “altruistic evil,” violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome.
But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. By looking anew at the book of Genesis, with its foundational stories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible’s seminal stories of sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah.
“Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world. The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry . . . To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege.” Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God’s Name.
From the Hardcover edition.
What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful life in an age of global uncertainty and instability? In To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers answers to these questions by looking at the ethics of responsibility. In his signature plainspoken, accessible style, Rabbi Sacks shares with us traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, as well as the works of philosophers and ethicists from other cultures, to examine what constitutes morality and moral behavior. “We are here to make a difference,” he writes, “a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion.” He argues that in today’s religious and political climate, it is more important than ever to return to the essential understanding that “it is by our deeds that we express our faith and make it real in the lives of others and the world.”
To Heal a Fractured World—inspirational and instructive, timely and timeless—will resonate with people of all faiths.
From the Hardcover edition.
Written originally as a wedding gift to his son and daughter-in-law, A Letter in the Scroll is Rabbi Sacks's personal answer to that question, a testimony to the enduring strength of his religion. Tracing the revolutionary series of philosophical and theological ideas that Judaism created -- from covenant to sabbath to formal education -- and showing us how they remain compellingly relevant in our time, Sacks portrays Jewish identity as an honor as well as a duty.
The Ba'al Shem Tov, an eighteenth-century rabbi and founder of the Hasidic movement, famously noted that the Jewish people are like a living Torah scroll, and every individual Jew is a letter within it. If a single letter is damaged or missing or incorrectly drawn, a Torah scroll is considered invalid. So too, in Judaism, each individual is considered a crucial part of the people, without whom the entire religion would suffer. Rabbi Sacks uses this metaphor to make a passionate argument in favor of affiliation and practice in our secular times, and invites us to engage in our dynamic and inclusive tradition. Never has a book more eloquently expressed the joys of being a Jew.
This is the story of one man's hope for the future -- a future in which the next generation, his children and ours, will happily embrace the beauty of the world's oldest religion.
We are in danger, says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s place is within the global project of humankind. During the last two thousand years, Jews have lived through persecutions that would have spelled the end of most nations, but they did not see anti-Semitism written into the fabric of the universe. They knew they existed for a purpose, and it was not for themselves alone. Rabbi Sacks believes that the Jewish people have lost their way, that they need to recommit themselves to the task of creating a just world in which the divine presence can dwell among us.
Without compromising one iota of Jewish faith, Rabbi Sacks declares, Jews must stand alongside their friends—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist—in defense of freedom against the enemies of freedom, in affirmation of life against those who desecrate life. And they should do this not to win friends or the admiration of others but because it is what a people of God is supposed to do.
Rabbi Sacks’s powerful message of tikkun olam—using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing an imperfect world—will resonate with people of all faiths.
From the Hardcover edition.
Dorot Foundation Award for Modern Jewish Thought and Experience
An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.
“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose methodology consists of criticizing religion without understanding it, quoting texts without contexts, taking exceptions as the rule, confusing folk belief with reflective theology, abusing, mocking, ridiculing, caricaturing, and demonizing religious faith and holding it responsible for the great crimes against humanity. Religion has done harm; I acknowledge that. But the cure for bad religion is good religion, not no religion, just as the cure for bad science is good science, not the abandonment of science.”
Rabbi Sacks’s counterargument is that religion and science are the two essential perspectives that allow us to see the universe in its three-dimensional depth. Science teaches us where we come from. Religion explains to us why we are here. Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning. We need scientific explanation to understand nature. We need meaning to understand human behavior. There have been times when religion tried to dominate science. And there have been times, including our own, when it is believed that we can learn all we need to know about meaning and relationships through biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. In this fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science, Rabbi Sacks explains why both views are tragically wrong.
From the Hardcover edition.
"In this searing hallucinatory novel set partly in a lunarlike desert, Bell captures a mood of sexual menace, tracing the fates of a teenage girl and her birth mother as they home in on each other. Fleeing the advances of three boys, Julie stumbles into a trippy odyssey among cave paintings, while Marissa, her mother, embarks on her own fever-dream trek toward the daughter she gave up. Best known for his acclaimed Haitian trilogy—All Souls' Rising, Master of the Crossroads and The Stone That the Builder Refused—Bell draws on his own experiences with voodoo possession to re-create his characters' descent into a sinister otherworld. The novel toys with perspective—women shape-shifting into rocks or animals; the same life-or-death scene played repeatedly, with myriad outcomes—in a kind of primal storytelling that crackles with dread and desire."—O Magazine
When Julie skips school and sets off with her best friend and some local boys for a camping trip in the desert, she finds herself the target of unwanted, drug-fueled sexual attention. Running away in fear, she takes a dangerous fall down the shaft of a vast underground cave, and it takes two days for her to be rescued. Lying unconscious in her hospital bed, Julie hovers between life and death as she travels in a seductive parallel universe inspired by remarkable cave paintings left behind by prehistoric humans.
Marko, her attacker, tries to cover his tracks, menacing those who know what happened in the desert that night. Jamal, the youngest son in a family of Iraqi refugees living in Julie’s small town, is one of his prime targets. He defies Marko, keeping him away from Julie’s bedside and refusing to fall prey to his threats of violence.
Meanwhile, Marissa, who gave Julie up for adoption fifteen years earlier when she became pregnant as an adolescent, is following an instinct that leads her back to the daughter she once abandoned. With the aid of Jamal and a local Native American hitman/shaman, she attempts to draw Julie back to consciousness.
Madison Smartt Bell is best known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, including All Souls’ Rising, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Praise for Behind the Moon:
"Madison Smartt Bell writes with the urgency of someone who just received a dire prognosis. And Behind the Moon will remind you that you are alive." —Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Here I Am
"Between fever dreams and stone hard reality, Madison Smartt Bell has crafted a powerful examination of what is and what might be. It is simply wonderful." —Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina
"I love these characters. I love the writing. Behind the Moon is a brilliant work." —Percival Everett, author of Half an Inch of Water
"Bell gives us this fast-paced, spiritually inspired dream-story, full of heart and hope and danger. It's adventure at its finest: a spiked drink, a desert cave, a gunshot, a mother looking for her child. Buckle in: you are headed for a terrific ride."—Deb Olin Unferth, author of Wait Till You See Me Dance
"Behind The Moon is a visceral, full body primal experience; terrifying, seductive, Madison Smart Bell at his best."—A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
"Behind the Moon is a thrilling and uncannily powerful story by one of the best living American fiction writers. I couldn't put it down."—John McManus, author of Fox Tooth Heart
"Madison Smartt Bell is one of the great american masters. This book has a pre-religous power, read it and be inspired."—Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair: A Novel
"With spare but lyrical prose, Madison Smartt Bell tells a harrowing story with propulsive drama. A haunting and hypnotic read."—Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
"Mr. Bell writes like a scrimshaw's angel, as he's been doing, luckily for us, nigh four decades."—George Singleton, author of Calloustown
"In his latest work, Madison Smartt Bell secures his position as one of the country's most innovative, inventive and accomplished writers. From the heart-racing opening to the eye-opening end, you won’t be able to put this book down."—Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie
"This cinematic novel is a rare combination of smart literary novel and compelling page-turner, at once menacing and sweeping, dark and transportive, eloquent and hallucinatory."—Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray
"Madison Smartt Bell's new novel renders the many ways in which longing can take form, with both disastrous and redemptive consequences."—Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels
"This latest from National Book Award finalist Bell (after Zig Zag Wanderer) is the story of an illicit teenage camping trip gone awry. . . . Multiple versions and perspectives are pervasive and illustrate the dream space and the story, culminating in a perfect matchup of beginning and ending."—Starred review, Library Journal
"Bell, bewitching and incandescently imaginative, masterfully parallels Marissa and Jamal’s heart-pounding encounters with mayhem and mystery . . . [a] mind-twisting drama . . ."—Donna Seaman, Booklist
"In Bell’s latest novel, a girl named Julie, fleeing from a violent sexual encounter in the desert, tumbles into a cave and falls into a fever dream inspired by ancient drawings on the cave walls. . . . [A ] powerful, mind-bending work."—Publishers Weekly
"From Bell (The Color of Night, 2011, etc.), a novel about a young woman finding her way back aboveground both literally and metaphorically after a misadventure beneath the surface of things. . . . lyrical, ambitious, and well worth reading."—Kirkus Review
"Behind the Moon is an astounding achievement, to be read with an equally astounding freedom. . . . through and through a magical encounter and a novel of mystery, but then what should one expect being taken there behind the moon, that emblem in the sky of love, of unknown loneliness, and uneasy inaccessibility?”—Linda Chown, Numerocinqmagazine
"Madison Smartt Bell is one of those novelists who slip the net of classification. . . . lately he’s ventured into the American West, for The Color of Night (2011), a goosepimpler about a former Manson cultist, and for his eerie and peculiar novel Behind the Moon."—Sam Sacks on the "Best New Fiction: Literary thrillers by Madison Smartt Bell and others,” Wall Street Journal
"An early personal favorite, Bell is one of those writers who defies categorization and at times even description, his work somehow managing to track the borderland between experimental mind games and the solid characterization and description of mainstream literary fiction. A synthesis of mind and heart told in a language that matches the subtle virtuosity we've come to associate with his work, Bell's thirteenth novel, Behind the Moon, does nothing to diminish his legacy."--Kurt Baumeister, The Nervous Breakdown
“Have you been pining for tales of drug-fueled big-city debauchery set in the pre-digital era, when MTV was king, people still used landlines and hookups were orchestrated on dance floors instead of dating apps? Look no further.” —The Washington Post
“Hard not to recommend. . . . Full of delightfully cynical aphorisms. . . . At the heart of The Future Won’t Be Long is the friendship between Baby and Adeline—at once loving and destructive and convincingly drawn by Kobek.” —Kevin Nguyen, GQ.com
A euphoric, provocative novel about friendship, sex, art, clubbing, and ambition set in 1980s and ’90s New York City, from the author of I Hate the Internet
When Adeline, a wealthy art student, chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat, the two begin a fiery friendship that propels them through a decade of New York life. In the apartments and bars of downtown Manhattan to the infamous nightclub The Limelight, Adeline is Baby’s guardian angel, introducing him to a city not yet overrun by gentrification. They live through an era of New York punctuated by the deaths of Warhol, Basquiat, Wojnarowicz, and Tompkins Square Park. Adeline is fiercely protective of Baby, even bringing him home with her to Los Angeles, but he soon takes over his own education. Once just a kid off the bus from Wisconsin, Baby relishes ketamine-fueled clubbing nights and acid days in LA, and he falls deep into the Club Kid twilight zone of sexual excess.
As Adeline develops into the artist she never really expected to become and flees to the nascent tech scene in San Francisco, Baby faces his own desire for artistic expression and recognition. He must write his way out of clubbing life, and their friendship, an alliance that seemed nearly impenetrable, is tested and betrayed, leaving each unmoored as the world around them seems to be unraveling. Riotously funny and wise, The Future Won't Be Long is an ecstatic, propulsive novel coursing with a rare vitality, an elegy to New York and to the relationships that have the power to change—and save—our lives.
The Best American Essays 2016 includes ALEXANDER CHEE, PAUL CRENSHAW, JAQUIRA DÍAZ, LAURA KIPNIS, AMITAVA KUMAR, SEBASTIAN JUNGER,
JOYCE CAROL OATES, OLIVER SACKS, THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS and others
JONATHAN FRANZEN, guest editor, is the author of five novels, most recently Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.
Seven leading cultural observers examine several regions and several religions and explain the resurgence of religion in world politics. Peter L. Berger opens with a global overview. The other six writers deal with particular aspects of the religious scene: George Weigel, with Roman Catholicism;David Martin, with the evangelical Protestant upsurge not only in the Western world but also in Latin America, Africa, the Pacific rim, China, and Eastern Europe; Jonathan Sacks, with Jews and politics in the modern world; Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, with political Islam in national politics and international relations; Grace Davie, with Europe as perhaps the exception to the desecularization thesis; and Tu Weiming, with religion in the People's Republic of China.
With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. But when she's finally caught red-handed, she’ll do anything she can to cover up what she's done.
Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets—each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this’ll only screw up his life even more.
As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them, Ripple is a stunning debut from a powerful new voice.
Starting with Pope Urban II’s emotive, groundbreaking speech in November 1095, in which he called for the recovery of Jerusalem from Islam by the First Crusade, Phillips traces the centuries-long conflict between two of the world’s great faiths. Using songs, sermons, narratives, and letters of the period, he reveals how the success of the First Crusade inspired generations of kings to campaign for their own vainglory and set down a marker for the knights of Europe, men who increasingly blurred the boundaries between chivalry and crusading. In the Muslim world, early attempts to call a jihad fell upon deaf ears until the charisma of the Sultan Saladin brought the struggle to a climax. Yet the story that emerges has other dimensions—as never before, Phillips incorporates the holy wars within the story of medieval Christendom and Islam and shines new light on many truces, alliances, and diplomatic efforts that have been forgotten over the centuries.
Holy Warriors also discusses how the term “crusade” survived into the modern era and how its redefinition through romantic literature and the drive for colonial empires during the nineteenth century gave it an energy and a resonance that persisted down to the alliance between Franco and the Church during the Spanish Civil War and right up to George W. Bush’s pious “war on terror.”
Elegantly written, compulsively readable, and full of stunning new portraits of unforgettable real-life figures—from Richard the Lionhearted to Melisende, the formidable crusader queen of Jerusalem—Holy Warriors is a must-read for anyone interested in medieval Europe, as well as for those seeking to understand the history of religious conflict.
From the Hardcover edition.
Based on research into the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), an industrial union with a progressive posture, Labor in Retreat details workplace politics in a larger context and presents a fresh view on the origins of business unionism, with significant implications for a different perspective on American immigration history. Focusing on Chicago and using a wealth of primary sources, Youngsoo Bae analyzes residential patterns, social institutions, and social relationships and posits that the weakened sense of community among ethnic groups after World War I, rather than the unfavorable atmosphere of the day, had a major impact upon the ACWA turning toward business unionism. Proposing a fresh perspective on American immigration history, which embraces both the old and revisionist models, Labor in Retreat also suggests a different conception of class, community, and space as it explores these issues related to the American labor movement.
Contained within these exchanges are profound life-lessons in relationships, parenting, leadership, faith, and personal well-being.
This little book of wisdom has the power to enrich your life and help effect personal growth and meaningful living.
"In Seeds of Wisdom Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson has
assembled a wonderful series of stories about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, one of the
great leaders and holy men of our time. Read it and you will be enthralled. This
is true food for the soul."
-Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
"I can't recall the last time I was as inspired by a
'Jewish' book as I was by Seeds Of Wisdom. The genius of it lies in its
reduction, its distillation of complex ideas into immediate and potent
language. Several of the vignettes gave me goose bumps, others brought me to
tears. As with my own personal encounters with the Rebbe, I take away a greater
sense of mission and purpose."
- Award winning
musician and artist
"Seeds of Wisdom is a valuable resource that makes many important points in a brief, memorable way."
Teluskin - Lecturer
and author of Jewish Literacy and the Book of Jewish Values
It's only after taking a job as Octavius's assistant that Parker learns the secret that is driving Ock's research, and the reason why every agency in town is after it. With Ock caught between Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D., battling for his technology, Spider-Man leaps to help his old nemesis-only to see public sentiment swing against him. Now on the outs with both the good guys and the bad, Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus must learn the value of keeping their friends close, and their enemies closer.
Marvel fans will be thrilled from the beginning to the end of this action-packed adventure from Marvel.com writer Jim Beard.
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 includes
Atul Gawande, Jonathan Franzen, Deborah Blum, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Sacks, Jon Mooallem, Jon Cohen, Luke Dittrich, and others
Drawing on a vast array of sources, he further reveals the effects of soldier veneration on the men and women so often cast as heroes. Imagined as the embodiments of American ideals, described as redeemers of the nation, adored as the ones willing to suffer and die that we, the nation, may live—soldiers have often lived in subtle but significant tension with civil religious expectations of them. With chapters on prominent soldiers past and present, Ebel recovers and re-narrates the stories of the common American men and women that live and die at both the center and edges of public consciousness.
Be it known to you further, that the fame of this holy man so spread, that it reached the Pope of Rome, Innocent*; and the Pope sent to France, and ordered the right worthy man to preach the cross (the Crusade) by his authority. And afterwards the Pope sent a cardinal of his, Master Peter of Capua, who himself had taken the cross, to proclaim the Indulgence of which I now tell you, viz., that all who should take the cross and serve in the host for one year, would be delivered from all the sins they had committed, and acknowledged in confession. And because this indulgence was so great, the hearts of men were much moved, and many took the cross for the greatness of the pardon.
In 2001, Goldman Sachs structured a complex financial contract so that its client, the government of Greece, would appear to have far less debt than it actually did. When news of this transaction came out years later, the inevitable question arose: Even though Goldman’s actions were legal, were they ethically wrong? Is modern finance itself inherently unethical?
In Something for Nothing, financial economist Maureen O’Hara explains that one of the key innovations of modern finance is its reliance on arbitrage, the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets to generate profits and remove inefficiencies. When done correctly, arbitrage can create value at little or no cost (in effect, getting “something for nothing”); but it can also be an exploitative tool.
In a lucid, insightful discussion of the ethics of arbitrage in modern finance, O’Hara reveals how the rules can often be stretched into still-legal yet highly unethical business practices. Examining key cases in clear and persuasive prose, O’Hara illuminates various aspects of financial ethics, from the Goldman Greek transaction to Lehman Brothers’ attempt to cover up its debt, JPMorgan Chase’s maneuvers in California’s energy markets, Bernie Madoff’s trading strategies in the 1980s, high-frequency trading practices, and toxic loans in France.
Ultimately, O’Hara turns to philosophy and religion to argue for a new, humanistic approach to ethics in the financial industry. She makes a strong case for a way forward: fewer rules and more standards to foster a morally responsible outlook. Fearlessly raising the questions at the moral heart of our financial system, Something for Nothing is a masterful treatise on the ethics of modern finance.
The central aim of the book is to advance contemporary thinking on the causes and implications of 9/11 and thus provide the essential elements of a blueprint for humanity. It features 28 original essays by some of the world's leading public figures, scholars, and religious leaders, including Benjamin Barber, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Amitai Etzioni, Bernard Lewis, Martin Marty, Queen Noor, Joseph Nye, Judea Pearl, Jonathan Sacks, Ravi Shankar, Bishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson and James D. Wolfensohn.
After Terror attests to the power of dialogue and mutual understanding and the possibility of tolerance, respect, cooperation, and commitment. Without ignoring the dangers of the modern world, it points to a future in which people can celebrate both the fundamental sentiments and interests that we share and the diversities that make us human.
Solutions in this book are divided into chapters by problem domain. Each chapter is a collection of solutions around a single facet of the language such as writing queries, managing indexes, error handling, and query performance. Each solution is presented code-first, giving you a working code example to copy from and implement immediately in your own environment. Following each example is an in-depth description of how and why the given solution works. Tradeoffs and alternative approaches are also discussed.Focused on solutions: Look up what you need to do. Learn how to do it. Do it.Current: Lightly updated for SQL Server 2014Comprehensive: Covers all common T-SQL problem domains
The firm's spectacular ascent is traced in the context of its tenacious grip on its core values. Endlich shows how close client contact, teamwork, focus on long-term profitability rather than short-term opportunism, and the ability to recruit consistently some of the most talented people on Wall Street helped the firm generate a phenomenal $3 billion in pretax profits in 1997. And she describes in detail the monumental events of 1998 that shook Goldman Sachs and the financial world.
Her book documents some of the most stunning accomplishments in modern American finance, as told through the careers of the gifted and insightful men who have led Goldman Sachs. It begins with Marcus Goldman, a German immigrant who in 1869 founded the firm in a lower Manhattan basement. After the turn of the century, we see his son Henry and his son-in-law Sam Sachs develop a full-service bank.
Sidney Weinberg, a kid from the streets, was initially hired as an assistant porter and became senior partner in 1930. We watch him as he steers the firm through the aftermath of the Crash and raises the Goldman Sachs name to national prominence. When he leaves in 1969 the firm has a solid-gold reputation and a first-class list of clients. We see his successor, Gus Levy, a trading wizard and in his day the best-known man on Wall Street, urging greater risk, inventing block trading (which revolutionized the exchanges), and psychologically preparing Goldman Sachs for the complex and perilous financial world that was the 1980s.
Endlich shows us how co-CEOs John Whitehead and John Weinberg turned the family firm into a highly professional international organization with a culture that was the envy of Wall Street. She shows as well how Steve Friedman and Robert Rubin brought the firm to the pinnacle of investment banking, increased annual profits from $900 million to $2.7 billion, and achieved dominance in most of the businesses in which the firm competes internationally. We see how Goldman Sachs weathered both an insider trading scandal and the fallout from its relationship with Robert Maxwell.
We are taken to the present day, as Jon Corzine and Hank Paulson lead the firm out of turmoil to face the most important decision ever placed before the partnership--the question of a public sale. For many years the leadership wrestled with the issue behind closed doors. Now, against the backdrop of unforeseen events, we witness the passionate debate that engulfed the entire partnership.
A rare and revealing look inside a great institution--the last private partnership on Wall Street--and inside the financial world at its highest levels.
There is nothing more personal than the human voice, traditionally considered the expression of the innermost self. But what of those who have no voice of their own and cannot hear the voices of others?
In this tour de force of historical narrative, Jonathan Rée tells the astonishing story of the deaf, from the sixteenth century to the present. Rée explores the great debates about deafness between those who believed the deaf should be made to speak and those who advocated non-oral communication. He traces the botched attempts to make language visible, through such exotic methods as picture writing, manual spellings, and vocal photography. And he charts the tortuous progress and final recognition of sign systems as natural languages in their own right.
I See a Voice escorts us on a vast and eventful intellectual journey, taking in voice machines and musical scales, shorthand and phonetics, Egyptian hieroglyphs, talking parrots, and silent films. A fascinating tale of goodwill subverted by bad science, I See a Voice is as learned and informative as it is delightful to read.
Solutions in this book are divided into chapters by problem domain. Each chapter is a collection of solutions around a single facet of the language such as writing queries, developing triggers, and applying aggregate functions. Each solution is presented code-first, giving you a working code example to copy from and implement immediately in your own environment. Following each example is an in-depth description of how and why the given solution works. Tradeoffs and alternative approaches are also discussed.
Focused on solutions: Look up what you need to do. Learn how to do it. Do it. Current: Newly updated for SQL Server 2012 Comprehensive: Covers all common T-SQL problem domains
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This edition now covers the Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople, along with greater coverage of the Muslim response to the Crusades from the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 to Saladin’s leadership of the counter-crusade, culminating in his struggle with Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. It also examines the complex motives of the Italian city states during the conquest of the Levant, as well as relations between the Frankish settlers and the indigenous population, both Eastern Christian and Muslim, in times of war and peace. Extended treatment of the events of the First Crusade, the failure of the Second Crusade, and the prominent role of female rulers in the Latin East feature too.
Underpinned by the latest research, this book also features:
- a ‘Who’s Who’, a Chronology, a discussion of the Historiography, maps, family trees, and numerous illustrations.
- a strong collection of contemporary documents, including previously untranslated narratives and poems.
- A blend of thematic and narrative chapters also consider the Military Orders, kingship, warfare and castles, and pilgrimage.
This new edition provides an illuminating insight into one of the most famous and compelling periods of history.
Spirituality clearly now plays a key role in the United States. But what is also clear is that faith is a more complex issue than snapshots of the country convey. Jesus. Buddha. Kabbalah. Angels. This may be a nation of believers but not of one belief—of many. To shape a candid picture of modern faith, Falsani sat down with an array of people who shape our culture, and in turn, our collective consciousness. She's talked about Jesus with Anne Rice; explored "Playboy theology" with Hugh Hefner; discussed evil with crusading attorney Barry Scheck, and heaven with Senator Barack Obama. Laura Esquivel, basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon, Studs Terkel, guru Iyanla Vanzant, rockers Melissa Etheridge and Annie Lennox, economist Jeffrey Sachs, Pulitzer-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley—all opened up to her.
The resulting interviews, more than twenty-five in all, offer a fresh, occasionally controversial, and always illuminating look at the beliefs that shape our lives. THE GOD FACTOR is a book for the believers, the seekers, as well as the merely curious among us.
Included are interviews with Sherman Alexie, Bono, Dusty Baker, Sandra Bernhard, Sandra Cisneros, Billy Corgan, Kurt Elling, Laura Esquivel, Melissa Etheridge, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mike Gerson, Seamus Heaney, Hugh Hefner, Dr. Henry Lee, Annie Lennox, David Lynch, John Mahoney, Mark Morris, Mancow Muller, Senator Barack Obama, Hakeem Olajuwon, Harold Ramis, Anne Rice, Tom Robbins, Russell Simmons, Jeffrey Sachs , Barry Scheck, John Patrick Shanley , The Reverend Al Sharpton, Studs Terkel, Iyanla Vanzant, and Elie Wiesel.
In What Happened to Goldman Sachs, Steven G. Mandis uncovers the forces behind what he calls Goldman’s “organizational drift.” Drawing from his firsthand experience; sociological research; analysis of SEC, congressional, and other filings; and a wide array of interviews with former clients, detractors, and current and former partners, Mandis uncovers the pressures that forced Goldman to slowly drift away from the very principles on which its reputation was built.
Mandis evaluates what made Goldman Sachs so successful in the first place, how it responded to pressures to grow, why it moved away from the values and partnership culture that sustained it for so many years, what forces accelerated this drift, and why insiders can’t—or won’t—recognize this crucial change.
Combining insightful analysis with engaging storytelling, Mandis has written an insider’s history that offers invaluable perspectives to business leaders interested in understanding and managing organizational drift in their own firms.
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Uno de los mejores libros del año según L'Officiel.
« Soy de esa gente que nunca es capaz de olvidar del todo a quienes han perdido, que no conocen ese truco mágico que parece estar al alcance de otros.»
Sin decir nada a su familia, Elyria toma un vuelo de ida a Nueva Zelanda, abandonando su estable pero insatisfactoria vida en Nueva York. Mientras su marido intenta desesperadamente comprender qué ha sucedido, Elyria pone a prueba el destino viajando en coches de desconocidos, durmiendo en campos, bosques y parques, y teniendo encuentros arriesgados, a menudo surrealistas.
A medida que se adentra en la vida salvaje de Nueva Zelanda, el recuerdo de la muerte de su hermana la atormenta y una violencia soterrada crece en su interior, aunque quienes la conocen no perciban nada raro. Esta paradoja la conduce a otra obsesión: si su verdadero yo es invisible y desconocido para el resto del mundo, ¿puede decir que está realmente viva?
* Elegida como una de las mejores novelistas jóvenes de Estados Unidos por la revista Granta.
La opinión de la crítica:
«Una novela conmovedora... Una indagación sobre cómo sobrellevar la incertidumbre que a veces nos consume... Lacey ha construido un libro de difícil lirismo. Y lleno de esa pena inmensa que da equivocarse cuando no te lo mereces y ya no puedes rectificar.»
J. Ernesto Ayala-Dip, El Correo Español
«Una de las voces, a medio camino entre Elena Ferrante y Amy Hempel, más prometedoras de la nueva narrativa.»
«Su aroma te recordará a las pelis de los Coen.»
«Una novela brillante con una intensidad inusitada en la ficción. Es la primera novela más prometedora que he leído este año.»
Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
«Posee una voz propia e innovadora que convierten a su primera novela en una verdadera, sorprendente y cautivadora sorpresa. Nunca falta nadie supone un magnífico debut narrativo, que parece augurar a esta joven escritora una prometedora carrera literaria.»
Carlos Bravo Suárez, Diario del Alto Aragón
«Emocionalmente conmovedora. Lacey consigue ser soñadora y feroz al mismo tiempo. He aquí un gran talento.»
Dwight Garner, The New York Times
«Una novela debut inteligente, potente, recalcitrante, exasperante, con estilo.»
Nathan Huffstutter, Electric Literature
«Nunca falta nadie satisface todos mis impulsos lectores, incluido el de abandonar mi propia piel y convertirme en otra persona. Lacey tiene un gran talento.»
Daphne Merkin, The New Yorker
«Te atrapa y estállena de una sabiduría inusual en las novelas de debut.»
Jason Diamond, Flavorwire, «10 Must-Read Books for July»
«Una prima desconocida de Marilynne Robinson.»
Rivka Galchen (autora de Atmosferic Distrubances)
«Una maravillosa novela de debut que recuerda a Elena Ferrante y a Amy Hempel.»
Jonathan Lee (autor de Joy)
«Esta escribidora tiene la costumbre de subrayar las frases que le impactan en la lectura de un libro para poder comentarlas. A la conclusión [de Nunca falta nadie], está llena de líneas y marcas
Isabel Gómez Melenchón, Cultura/s de La Vanguardia
หนังสือ The Everything Store เล่มนี้บอกเล่าประวัติความเป็นมาของ Amazon.com และเจฟฟ์ เบโซส ผู้ก่อตั้ง จนกระทั่งเว็บไซต์แห่งนี้กลายเป็นหนึ่งในบริษัทที่ทำรายได้ได้มากที่สุดในโลก The Everything Store ได้รับรางวัลหนังสือแนวบริหารธุรกิจประจำปี 2013 จากสถาบัน Financial Times and Goldman Sachs อีกทั้งยังติดอันดับหนังสือแห่งปีของอีกหลากหลายสถาบัน
ด้วยวิธีการดำเนินเรื่องที่น่าสนใจของผู้เขียน บวกกับบุคลิกอันโดดเด่นของเจฟฟ์ เบโซส ทำให้หนังสือเล่มนี้มีทั้งสาระและความสนุกสนาน อีกทั้งยังได้เห็นวิธีการห้ำหั่นกันทางธุรกิจ และกลยุทธ์การตลาดอีกหลายรูปแบบ ท่านผู้อ่านที่เคยประทับใจกับหนังสือ สตีฟ จ็อบส์ โดย วอลเตอร์ ไอแซคสัน ไม่ควรพลาดหนังสือเล่มนี้ด้วยประการทั้งปวง
Amazon ร้านออนไลน์ ยอดขายหมื่นล้าน!
หากพูดถึง Amazon เชื่อเหลือเกินว่า คุณอาจเคยซื้อของจากร้านออนไลน์แห่งนี้กันบ้าง บางคนคิดว่าเว็บนี้ขายหนังสืออย่างเดียว ทว่าการเติบโตอย่างรวดเร็วของ Amazon ทำให้ปัจจุบันพวกเขาขายสินค้าครอบคลุมอยู่แทบทุกชนิด
เรื่องราวความเป็นมาของ Amazon นับว่าสนุกและชวนติดตาม เจฟฟ์ เบโซส กับเพื่อนผู้รู้ใจอีกไม่กี่คน ร่วมกันตั้งบริษัท Amazon ขึ้นในปี 1994 พวกเขาใช้โรงรถภายในบ้านสร้างกิจการขายหนังสือทางออนไลน์ นับเป็นธุรกิจใหม่และท้าทายอย่างยิ่งในช่วงเวลานั้น พวกเขาต่อสู้ฝ่าฟันจนกิจการเติบโตเป็นที่รู้จัก ทว่าเจฟฟ์ เบโซส ผู้มุ่งมั่น ไม่ยอมหยุดเพียงเท่านั้น เขาตั้งเป้าหมายต่อไปว่า Amazon จะต้องเป็นกิจการที่มีสินค้าอยู่ทุกชนิด
วันนี้ Amazon มียอดขายระดับหมื่นล้าน! มีพนักงานกว่าหนึ่งแสนคน มีสินค้าและบริการหลากหลายอยู่แทบทุกประเภท Amazon ได้เข้ามาเปลี่ยนแปลงทั้งรูปแบบการซื้อและอ่านหนังสือ ตลอดจนการจับจ่ายซื้อสินค้าของพวกเราไปอย่างสิ้นเชิง
หนังสือ Amazon ร้านออนไลน์ ยอดขายหมื่นล้าน! บอกเล่าจุดเริ่มต้นและเส้นทางการก้าวขึ้นมาเป็นร้านค้าปลีกออนไลน์แถวหน้าของโลก โดยรวบรวมข้อมูลจากการสัมภาษณ์เจฟฟ์ เบโซสโดยตรง อีกทั้งยังสัมภาษณ์บุคคลใกล้ชิด ตลอดจนพนักงานของ Amazon ทั้งอดีตและปัจจุบัน
ด้วยวิธีการดำเนินเรื่องที่น่าสนใจของผู้เขียน และบุคลิกอันโดดเด่นของเจฟฟ์ เบโซส อีกทั้งยังอัดแน่นด้วยกลยุทธ์การทำธุรกิจในรูปแบบของ Amazon เอง ทำให้หนังสือเล่มนี้มีสาระและอ่านสนุก ทั้งยังได้เห็นวิธีห้ำหั่นกันทางธุรกิจและกลยุทธ์อีกหลายรูปแบบ หนังสือ Amazon ร้านออนไลน์ ยอดขายหมื่นล้าน! ได้รับการยกย่องให้เป็นหนังสือบริหารธุรกิจแห่งปี 2013 จากสถาบัน Financial Times and Goldman Sachsและยังติดอันดับ 1 ใน 10 หนังสือที่ดีที่สุดแห่งปี 2013 ของอีกหลากหลายสถาบัน อาทิ บล็อก Gizmodo, The New Republic, หนังสือพิมพ์ The Washington Post และ นิตยสาร Forbes
อาจจะคิดว่านี่คือหนังสือเกี่ยวกับบริษัทใดบริษัทหนึ่ง ที่ออกมาเพื่อชื่นชมความสำเร็จของบริษัทนั้นๆ ซึ่งมีให้เห็นมากมายตามร้านหนังสือทั่วไป ทว่าหนังสือเล่มนี้นำเสนอทุกแง่มุมของแอมะซอน ทั้งความสำเร็จและความล้มเหลว รวมไปถึงนำเสนอวิธีการบริหารงานของเจฟฟ์ เบโซส ที่มุ่งมั่น ดุดัน กล้าได้กล้าเสีย ไม่ยำเกรงใคร เมื่ออ่านหนังสือเล่มนี้แล้ว คุณจะรู้ว่าทำไมแอมะซอนถึงก้าวขึ้นมาเป็นบริษัทค้าปลีกออนไลน์ระดับต้นๆ ของโลกได้ เรื่องราวของเจฟฟ์ เบโซสกับแอมะซอนนับว่าช่วยสร้างแรงบันดาลใจได้อย่างดี
ท่านที่เคยประทับใจกับเรื่องราวของสตีฟ จ็อบส์ จากผลงานของวอลเตอร์ ไอแซคสัน ก็คงจะชื่นชอบหนังสือเล่มนี้ได้ไม่ยาก Amazon ร้านออนไลน์ ยอดขายหมื่นล้าน! มีวิธีนำเสนอเนื้อเรื่องได้น่าติดตามคล้ายคลึงกัน และคงต้องประหลาดใจที่บุคคลสองคนนี้มีหลายอย่างที่คล้ายกันได้อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ
ศรินสุข โอสถาพันธุ์ ผู้แปลได้กล่าวแนะนำหนังสือไว้ดังนี้ “เป็นหนังสือที่เล่าถึงกำเนิดและความเป็นไปของเว็บไซต์ยักษ์ใหญ่ในวงการค้าปลีกออนไลน์ได้อย่างละเอียด ลุ่มลึก พร้อมด้วยแง่คิดในการประกอบธุรกิจหลากหลาย เรียบเรียงขึ้นด้วยสำนวนที่อ่านสนุก ชวนติดตาม พร้อมด้วยเกร็ดเล็กเกร็ดน้อยมากมายของทั้งผู้ก่อตั้งบริษัทและคนรอบข้าง ทำให้ The Everything Store เป็นมากกว่าหนังสือชีวประวัติทั่วๆ ไป”
ทาง NSTORE แอบอ่านแล้ว บอกเลยว่า สนุก และเจาะลึกถึงกึ๋นมาก แทบจะเหมือนเข้าไปดูเบื้องหลังบริษัท amazon.com ด้วยตาตัวเอง แทบจะรู้กำไรขาดทุนของ amazon.com กันไปเลย ใครสนใจหนังสือเกี่ยวกับธุรกิจ ไม่ว่าจะออนไลน์ ออฟไลน์ ขอบอกเลยว่าพลาดไม่ได้เป็นอันขาด อ่านแล้วคุณจะรู้ ว่าทำไมเล่มนี้ถึงได้รางวัลมากมายนัก