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Harvard's AMP (Advanced Management Program) is a ten-week boot camp (six days a week, fourteen hours a day) whose origins are rooted in World War II. During the outset of the war, the then dean of Harvard Business School introduced a regimen to best utilize the capacities of the business and industrial sector to serve the extraordinary demands of a war-time economy. Now, more than fifty years later, the program focuses on teaching how to thrive in the highly competitive and combative global marketplace. Readers will be ushered into the inner sanctum of AMP and learn how to adapt such management principles as: * Creating a sustainable competitive advantage; * Managing for a world of changes yet to come; * Establishing enduring brand and corporate positioning; * Negotiating global transactions; * Mastering conflict in the global arena; * And much more.
Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs.
A definitive cultural history of high finance from one of the industry's most astute analysts Written by internationally respected financial expert Satyajit Das, Extreme Money shows how real engineering was replaced by financial engineering in the twentieth century, enabling vast fortunes to be made not from goods produced or services performed, but from supplying and trading money. Extreme Money focuses on this eviscerated reality--the monetary shadow of real things--and what it means today. The high levels of economic growth and the wealth that inevitably follows, driven by cheap debt, financial engineering, and speculation, were never sustainable, and the last few years have borne this out. The book shows how policy makers and regulators unknowingly underwrote the risks, substantially reducing their ability to control economic outcomes. Extreme money concentrated economic power, wealth, and risk in the hands of a small community of gifted, dynamic financiers largely outside the regulatory purview and the democratic process, and there's no going back. Explains the extreme money games (via private equity, securitization, derivatives, hedge funds, and other means) invented by the elite financiers of last century Raises deeper questions about the nature of the economic structure and assumptions about ongoing financially engineered prosperity that readers, politicians, and financial figures need to be asking The book is timed to coincide with the next phase of the financial crisis, as prospects of recovery diminish and the global economy becomes mired in a Western version of Japan's "Lost Decade" Ambitious in scope and coverage, the book is the indispensible, in-depth guide to the age of modern money. An age defined by extremes of financial behavior.
This book presents a unique, interdisciplinary approach to disaster risk research, combining cutting-edge natural science and social science methodologies. Bringing together leading scientists, policy makers and practitioners from around the world, it presents the risks of global hazards such as volcanoes, seismic events, landslides, hurricanes, precipitation floods and space weather, and provides real-world hazard case studies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region. Avoiding complex mathematics, the authors provide insight into topics such as the vulnerability of society, disaster risk reduction policy, relations between disaster policy and climate change, adaptation to hazards, and (re)insurance approaches to extreme events. This is a key resource for academic researchers and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines linked to hazard and risk studies, including geophysics, volcanology, hydrology, atmospheric science, geomorphology, oceanography and remote sensing, and for professionals and policy makers working in disaster prevention and mitigation.
Recent figures suggest that there will be 1. 6 billion arrivals at world airports by the year 2020. Extreme Pursuitslooks at the new conditions of global travel and the unease, even paranoia, that underlies them---at the opportunities they offer for alternative identities and their oscillation between remembered and anticipated states. Graham Huggan offers a provocative account of what is happening to travel at a time characterized by extremes of social and political instability in which adrenaline-filled travelers appear correspondingly determined to take risks. It includes discussions of the links between tourism and terrorism, of contemporary modes of disaster tourism, and of the writing that derives from these; but it also confirms the existence of more responsible forms of travel/writing that demonstrate awareness of a chronically endangered world. Extreme Pursuitsis the first study of its kind to link travel writing explicitly with structural changes in the global tourist industry. The book makes clear that travel writing can no longer take refuge in the classic distinctions (traveler versus tourist, foreigner versus native) on which it previously depended. Such distinctions---which were dubious in the first place---no longer make sense in an increasingly globalized world. Huggan argues accordingly that the category "travel writing" must include experimental ethnography and prose fiction; that it should concern itself with other kinds of travel practices, such as those related to Holocaust deportation and migrant labor; and that it should encompass representations of travelers and "traveling cultures" that appear in popular media, especially TV and film. Graham Huggan is Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds. He is the coauthor, with Patrick Holland, ofTourists with Typewriters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing(University of Michigan Press) and coauthor, with Helen Tiffin, ofPostcolonial Ecocriticism(Routledge). Illustration: "Shadow Wall," 2006 © Shaun Tan.
Three scientists whose research entails physical danger are featured here: one flies into hurricanes; another explores caves; and the third climbs the world's tallest trees.
Burkan doesn't just present an explanation of spiritual practices such as fasting, walking on hot coals, sweating, (sweat lodge) and others. He shares the principles which are used to accomplish these extreme spiritual practices and provides exercises to guide the reader into putting the principles to work to improve every aspect of daily life. Burkan is not dogmatic. He has experienced all of the spiritual practices which he writes about. He finds them useful and hopes that the reader will gain more control over and positivity in everyday encounters. Informative, easy to read, respectful of other peoples' beliefs and fascinating. A scan-quality braille copy should be quite readable.
Are you ready for the ultimate book on daredevil sports? Whether it's steep skiing or freestyle motorcross -- this book takes readers to the limit! The 48-page Level 3 books, designed for children who can read on their own, contain more complex sentence structure and more detail. Young readers will devour these kid-friendly titles, which cover high-interest topics such as sharks, and the Bermuda Triangle, as well as classics like Aladdin. Information boxes highlight historical references, trivia, pronunciation, and other facts about words and names mentioned. Averaging 2,400 to 2,800 words, these books offer a 50/50 picture-to-text ratio. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
Is Dog Watch ready for Hollywood? Canine celebrities - or dogs in trouble? When a super-size truck carrying the stars of "Hollywood's Amazing Extreme Stunt Dogs" shows up in Pembrook, Kito thinks there's something really weird about the owner.
SUCCESS WITHOUT STRUGGLE! Have you tried to follow the old rules for success and found that they don't work anymore? Have you already achieved professional and personal success but secretly fear that you have accomplished everything that you ever will? Do you have a cherished dream that you want to realize? If so, read on. Extreme Success can be yours! In this life-changing book, sought-after personal coach and extreme athlete Rich Fettke doesn't just lead us down the path to success, he shows us that it can be easier and, yes, more fun. By applying the lessons he has learned from extreme sports in his seven-part program, he shows us that learning to take risks is as important as doing your homework. Using quizzes, captivating stories, and specific step-by-step strategies, he explains how you can: CREATE YOUR OWN "LUCK" DEVELOP THE COURAGE FOR CHANGE USE PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCES TO EXPAND POSSIBILITIES MAKE FEAR YOUR FRIEND GET -- AND STAY -- IN THE ZONE AND MUCH MORE!
Mark Goldstein can't seem to shake his clumsy streak. He starts taking kung fu lessons to help with his coordination and in the process begins to learn a few things about Chinese culture. So when his friends decide to use a Chinese dragon for their 'team costume' in the Halloween parade, Mark knows it's disrespectful, but if he tells his buddies it would ruin all their hard work.... unless he can come up with a compromise.
When Bizz and her friends arrange a high-stakes roller hockey game with another team, Bizz is reminded about the importance of friendship.
Savannah is excited about throwing a holiday ice skating party and has already invited friends from her new school, when she learns that Jonas has invited the crowd from her old school to a party the same day.
Although he has a secret fear of heights, Xavier McSweeney lets himself be talked into signing up to test a two-story model of a rock-climbing wall. How will he ever make that climb?
When an old friend comes to visit, Charlie is not at all happy with the changes he sees--especially when Rick gets reckless on his snowboard, chasing X and some of Charlie's other friends off the slopes.
Knowing that the mountain trails are unsafe for bicycles due to fallen trees and other obstacles, Jonas helps organize a clean-up crew in early spring, but when he hears someone else biking on the trail he cannot resist a ride of his own.
Mark finds that he is jealous when his friend Jonas seems to learn kung fu much more quickly than he did.
Charlie Abbott is the new kid in town--again. He hates everything about moving, especially trying to make new friends. Then he meets a kid called X who shares his love of skateboarding. Together, they rip some moves at the town skatepark. But then Charlie's skateboard vanishes from his garage, and he sees X riding around on a skateboard that looks just like his! Is Charlie's new life about to become a disaster?Passport to Reading Level 3
Highly Commended at the BMA Book Awards 2013Extreme Tissue Engineering is an engaging introduction to Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM), allowing the reader to understand, discern and place into context the mass of scientific, multi-disciplinary data currently flooding the field. It is designed to provide interdisciplinary, ground-up explanations in a digestible, entertaining way, creating a text which is relevant to all students of TERM regardless of their route into the field.Organised into three main sections: chapters 1 to 3 introduce and explain the general problems; chapters 4 to 6 identify and refine how the main factors interact to create the problems and opportunities we know all too well; chapters 7 to 9 argue us through the ways we can use leading-edge (extreme) concepts to build our advanced solutions.Students and researchers in areas such as stem cell and developmental biology, tissue repair, implantology and surgical sciences, biomaterials sciences and nanobiomedicine, bioengineering, bio-processing and monitoring technologies - from undergraduate and masters to doctoral and post-doctoral research levels - will find Extreme Tissue Engineering a stimulating and inspiring text.Written in a fluid, entertaining style, Extreme Tissue Engineering is introductory yet challenging, richly illustrated and truly interdisciplinary.
Waves are hypnotic and beautiful. They can also be great fun. But Hurricanes Katrina and Rita taught us that they can be powerful and deadly while the 2004 tsunami proved that some waves are absolutely devastating. Science is the best tool for understanding and predicting the most extreme waves. Where do waves come from? Why are some big and some small? From winter to summer, the nature of the beach changes, sculpted by the tireless energy of waves. Most waves are simply rhythmic expressions of Earth's movement through space and the changes they bring to our shorelines are gradual. But given the right weather conditions and combination of natural forces, waves can wreak havoc. These are extreme waves, waves that can stretch 100-feet high--posing an imminent threat to large sea vessels and coastal structures. There are even waves that have stripped trees from mountains as they surged to an estimated 1,700 feet high. But even smaller waves are dangerous to ships and coastlines. Indeed, the lessons of the 2004 Bay of Bengal tsunami and the damage wrought by recent tidal surges in New Orleans underscore the need for better tracking and prediction of extreme waves. Extreme Waves is a fascinating history of waves. Covering both the headline stories as well as incidents that are less well-known but equally startling Craig Smith, author and amateur sailor, will have you riveted from the first chapter to the last.
In this disturbing and wide-ranging account, acclaimed journalist Juliette Volcler looks at the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals, and law-abiding citizens. During the 2004 battle over the Iraqi city of Fallujah, U.S. Marines bolted large speakers to the roofs of their Humvees, blasting AC/DC, Eminem, and Metallica songs through the city's narrow streets as part of a targeted psychological operation against militants that has now become standard practice in American military operations in Afghanistan. In the historic center of Brussels, nausea-inducing sound waves are unleashed to prevent teenagers from lingering after hours. High-decibel, "nonlethal" sonic weapons have become the tools of choice for crowd control at major political demonstrations from Gaza to Wall Street and as a form of torture at Guantanamo and elsewhere.In an insidious merger of music, technology, and political repression, loud sound has emerged in the last decade as an unlikely mechanism for intimidating individuals as well as controlling large groups. Extremely Loud documents and interrogates this little-known modern phenomenon, exposing it as a sinister threat to the "peace and quiet" that societies have traditionally craved.