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Revised and updated May 2012.In this revised and updated edition of Steven Landsburg's hugely popular book, he applies economic theory to today's most pressing concerns, answering a diverse range of daring questions, such as:Why are seat belts deadly?Why do celebrity endorsements sell products?Why are failed executives paid so much?Who should bear the cost of oil spills?Do government deficits matter?How is workplace safety bad for workers?What's wrong with the local foods movement?Which rich people can't be taxed?Why is rising unemployment sometimes good?Why do women pay more at the dry cleaner?Why is life full of disappointments?Whether these are nagging questions you've always had, or ones you never even thought to ask, this new edition of The Armchair Economist turns the eternal ideas of economic theory into concrete answers that you can use to navigate the challenges of contemporary life.Dan Seligman, Fortune
Invest my money? Forget it. Who knows which way the stock market is headed? And I just plain don't know how to do it. I'll stick my paycheck in the bank, keep my credit card debt as low as I can, and worry about my financial future when I have some extra money. Besides, there's always Social Security, right? WRONG, according to the authors of The Armchair Millionaire (and the geniuses behind the Armchair Millionaire Web site), whose philosophy is simple: if your money isn't working for you, then you'll be working a lot longer than you want to. In plain English, Lewis Schiff and Douglas Gerlach, along with real-life cyber-Armchair Millionaires, show you how to save without budgeting the fun out of life, and invest wisely without losing sleep over your portfolio. "Five Steps to Financial Freedom" will make it easy for you to build an investment portfolio and help you to: PAY LOWER TAXES: Why and how to give to your IRA or 401(k) until it hurts. PAY YOURSELF FIRST: The secret to building a nest egg is to treat your savings like you treat any bill -- put your financial future at the top of the list of regular monthly payments. GET THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY: "Dollar-cost averaging" has been the most successful investment timing method ever used by the pros. Find out how to make it work for you. BUILD YOUR PLAN: Forecast when you'll reach your million-dollar goal with a personalized financial action plan. DISCOVER THE TRUTH BEHIND WHY YOU MUST START INVESTING FOR YOUR FUTURE TODAY: Find out why compounded interest is often called the key to successful wealth-building. Packed with practical advice, personalized tools such as user-friendly worksheets, and actual stories of ordinary people who have built extraordinary portfolios using these methods, The Armchair Millionaire will show you how to get on the road to financial independence at last.
As the 2004 Presidential Election was beginning to take shape, Kyle Cassidy took note of the important role the simple concept of gun ownership was playing. Hardly anyone he knew didn't have an opinion in the debate over owning guns. Why was a constitutionally protected right so heavily debated, and who exactly as these folks that own guns? "I began to wonder who these seventy or so million Americans were, how they lived and what was important to them. I set out to photographs as many gun owners as I could and ask them one question: "Why do you own a gun."" Cassidy traveled over 20,000 miles, crisscrossing the country to meet with gun owners in their homes. Cassidy's photo essays create a powerful, thought provoking and sometimes startling view of gun ownership in the U.S. These "everyman" portraits, and the accompanying views of gun owners, fashion a riveting and provocative hardcover book.
"For many Americans, guns seem to be a fundamental part of the American experience?and always have been." Grand in scope, rigorous in research, and elegant in presenting the formative years of our country, Armed America traces the winding historical trail of United States citizens' passion for firearms. Author and historial Clayton E. Cramer goes back to the source, unearthing first-hand accounts from the colonial times, through the Revolutionary War period, and into the early years of the American Republic. In Armed America, Cramer depicts a budding nation dependent on its firearms not only for food and protection, but also for recreation and enjoyment. Through newspaper clippings, official documents, and personal diaries, he shows that recent grandiose theories claiming that guns were scarce in early America are shaky at best, and downright false at worst. Above all, Cramer allows readers a priceless glimpse of a country literally fighting for its identity. For those who think that our citizens' attraction to firearms is a recent phenomenon, it's time to think again. Armed America proves that the right to bear arms is as American as apple pie.
When did plain, mousy personal assistant Brooke Hanford sprout miles of long, smooth, creamy legs? And more important, why did Detective Atticus Kincaid suddenly notice? Their relationship had always been the "good friend" variety. But now Brooke was in his thoughts and under his skin. The fact that she was receiving unwanted male attention in the form of some creep's anonymous psychological terror brought out all of Atticus's protective instincts. Now Brooke found herself virtually surrounded by the badge and broad shoulders of Atticus. Her awkward affection for him erupted into a raw need that she'd never known. But would the fuel of newfound passion ignite a killer's revenge. . . '
The guy next door turns into the sultry bodyguard in Jennifer Morey's Ivy Avengers miniseries Experience has taught bounty hunter Lincoln Ivy when someone is in trouble. He's fairly sure the gorgeous redhead next door has a dangerous secret. And the moment she's visited by a mysterious gunman threatening her life, Lincoln's suspicions are confirmed. When Remy Lang is almost kidnapped and Lincoln comes to her rescue, she's reluctant to let him help her. She's gotten herself into a terrifying situation and doesn't want to risk another person. But as Lincoln proves himself time and time again as a skilled protector, she can't push him away...or the attraction building between them.
My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker-a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I'm psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it's ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn't even begin to describe it. All I want is my life back-which means getting rid of the stone and the power it possesses. To sort things out, I head for the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery school, as well as the Conclave, the governing body for all magic users. It's also home to power- grubbing mages who want me dead and goblins who see me as a thief. As if that's not enough, Mid's best student spellsingers are disappearing left and right, and I'm expected to find them. Lives are at stake, goblins are threatening to sue, mages are getting greedier, and the stone's power is getting stronger by the hour. This could get ugly.
The Book Every Responsible Gun Owner MUST Read It seems everywhere you turn these days someone is offering advice on carrying a handgun for self-defense. But Armed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry is like nothing you've read before. Authored by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., a noted psychologist with a dedication to teaching skills for staying armed and alive, Armed is the thinking gun owner's bible. This comprehensive volume breaks down not just the tools and tactics, but the mindset and choices a law-abiding citizen must have and make to become self-reliant, alert and legally armed. Inside you'll find: Why going armed is about owning your safety, not just a handgun The true mindset that drives anti-gunners How to avoid the "Hero Syndrome" What rules of engagement lead to justifiable use of force How to deal with the trauma after a shooting incident Practical dry-fire and live-fire drills Weapon retention--keeping a gun grab from happening to you The Force Continuum--how it works and the actions you'll take along its course to survive an attack And much, much more With comprehensive overviews on the gear that works and when it works, less-than-lethal rescue options, and common-sense solutions to everyday personal security problems, Armed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry is the one reference book that every truly responsible gun owner must read from cover to cover.
The Book Every Responsible Gun Owner MUST Read It seems everywhere you turn these days someone is offering advice on carrying a handgun for self-defense. ButArmed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carryis like nothing you've read before. Authored by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph. D. , a noted psychologist with a dedication to teaching skills for staying armed and alive,Armedis the thinking gun owner's bible. This comprehensive volume breaks down not just the tools and tactics, but the mindset and choices a law-abiding citizen must have and make to become self-reliant, alert and legally armed. Inside you'll find: Why going armed is about owning your safety, not just a handgun The true mindset that drives anti-gunners How to avoid the "Hero Syndrome" What rules of engagement lead to justifiable use of force How to deal with the trauma after a shooting incident Practical dry-fire and live-fire drills Weapon retention--keeping a gun grab from happening to you The Force Continuum--how it works and the actions you'll take along its course to survive an attack And much, much more With comprehensive overviews on the gear that works and when it works, less-than-lethal rescue options, and common-sense solutions to everyday personal security problems,Armed--The Essential Guide to Concealed Carryis the one reference book that every truly responsible gun owner must read from cover to cover.
DON'T BE A VICTIM - BE A SURVIVOR!With Armed for Personal DefenseEver feel threatened in your home? In your car? On the street?Violent criminals are everywhere - and that's why you need Armed for Personal Defense by Jerry Ahern. In Armed for Personal Defense, you'll learn the basics of concealed carry, from what kind of gun to choose to what kind of holster. In addition, you'll learn about knives, clubs and improvised weapons that can save your life when a gun isn't available. It's All Here! The best self defense calibers Revolvers vs, semi-auto pistols Holsters: what type is best for you? Improvised weapons And much more! Self defense is YOUR responsibility! So start arming yourself today - with Armed for Personal Defense!
DON?T BE A VICTIM ? BE A SURVIVOR! With Armed for Personal Defense Ever feel threatened in your home? In your car? On the street? Violent criminals are everywhere ? and that's why you needArmed for Personal Defenseby Jerry Ahern. InArmed for Personal Defense,you'll learn the basics of concealed carry, from what kind of gun to choose to what kind of holster. In addition, you'll learn about knives, clubs and improvised weapons that can save your life when a gun isn't available. It's All Here! The best self defense calibers Revolvers vs, semi-auto pistols Holsters: what type is best for you? Improvised weapons And much more! Self defense is YOUR responsibility! So start arming yourself today ? withArmed for Personal Defense!
Mack Bolan is on the trail of a diabolical illegal arms dealer who has a far more sinister plan than just to provide arms to terrorist groups throughout the world. Violence. 197th novel in the "Executioner" series, 1995.
(From the book jacket) Greg's most provocative and caustically funny book yet, Armed Madhouse brings you the stories not allowed in The New York Times. Armed with more than fifty classified documents, confidential memos, and secret plans liberated from the Pentagon, FBI, World Bank, and ExxonMobil, Palast cuts through the TV news babytalk: Before invading, George Bush didn't have a secret plan to seize Iraq's oil-he had two. Palast shows you both. In "Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?," Palast reveals the horror and humor of the War on Terror. In "The Network," Palast gives you the skinny on the new global order-and pushes Thomas Friedman over the edge of his Flat World. It was Palast, for BBC TV, who first uncovered how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris stole Election 2000. Here he's got a new twist: Palast tells you that Kerry won in 2004-and that 2008 is already fixed.
'Razor sharp research . . . shows why every US citizen should be quaking in their boots' Metro, Books of the Year 'Bill Hicks with a press pass' The ListAward-winning guerrilla journalist Greg Palast has gone where most have been too scared to unearth the ugly truth about the haves and have-mores who rule our world . . . America. Here he reports from behind enemy lines to reveal just how bad it's got in a dangerous regime: how elections are bought and free speech comes at a price. How citizens are ruled by fear. And how our brave new globalized world means the poor get hammered, while corporations silently buy up the planet. It's not pretty - but it's all true . . . 'Palast is one of the few journalists writing who has both the anger and the wit to offer himself up as a persuasive - and more importantly, readable - voice of the left' Observer'A rollercoaster ride from Baghdad to New Orleans and Osama bin Laden's cave to the back rooms of the Pentagon' Big Issue 'Very funny . . . For anyone who thinks that no-one from the US knows what's going on, Palast is the perfect riposte' Guardian
New from "a definite star on the rise." (LINNEA SINCLAIR) My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker--a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I'm psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it's ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn't even begin to describe it. All I want is my life back--which means getting rid of the stone and the power it possesses. To sort things out, I head for the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery school, as well as the Conclave, the governing body for all magic users. It's also home to power- grubbing mages who want me dead and goblins who see me as a thief. As if that's not enough, Mid's best student spellsingers are disappearing left and right, and I'm expected to find them. Lives are at stake, goblins are threatening to sue, mages are getting greedier, and the stone's power is getting stronger by the hour. This could get ugly.
As someone raised in a gun culture, I've been very ambivalent about them. This book is compelling and rather frightening, pertaining to the utility of gun ownership and the "right" to own "personal" "concealed and carry" and "home defense" firearms, and is balanced with frank discussion of the moral, legal, physical and psychological consequences thereof... Those who find this book interesting may also want to read, "Essential Guide to Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection," which is also available from Bookshare.
Culture Smart! Armenia explains how to avoid cultural gaffes when out and about in the country. Giving the historical, political and cultural background, the guide reveals how to read body language and be aware of potential pitfalls in communication, and at the same time provide the cultural essentials business travellers need to successfully develop working relations in Armenia. Culture Smart! Armenia enables the reader to get the most out of a trip, whether on business, or pleasure.
On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with 250 other intellectuals in Constantinople, in what was to be a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority. This is a dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.
An NYRB Classics OriginalFew writers had to confront as many of the last century's mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows us a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun. After the Soviet government confiscated--or, as Grossman always put it, "arrested"--Life and Fate, he took on the task of revising a literal Russian translation of a long Armenian novel. The novel was of little interest to him, but he needed money and was evidently glad of an excuse to travel to Armenia. An Armenian Sketchbook is his account of the two months he spent there. This is by far the most personal and intimate of Grossman's works, endowed with an air of absolute spontaneity, as though he is simply chatting to the reader about his impressions of Armenia--its mountains, its ancient churches, its people--while also examining his own thoughts and moods. A wonderfully human account of travel to a faraway place, An Armenian Sketchbook also has the vivid appeal of a self-portrait. the censors' demand. As a result, An Armenian Sketchbook was published only posthumously. A bowdlerized Russian text was published in 1967 and a complete text in 1988. This is the first English translation.
After a year of magical combat, the world is in ruins, and the few surviving wizards, including two stranded Californians, must take to the offensiveSince the Dark Ones returned, the world has been laid to waste. The land's wizards have been slaughtered, its cities destroyed, and its people scattered in terror, and few have witnessed more of the destruction than Rudy and Gil--two ordinary Californians who found their way across the Void, and took up arms in defense of a strange and magical world. She learned the ways of war, while he found within himself the powers of a great wizard. Both of them will need all their strength to survive this final challenge. Ingold, the master wizard, has devised a spell to hide the user from the deathly stare of the Dark, and he intends to use it to strike at their very heart. Finally, Rudy, Gil, and the rest of mankind's survivors will take the offensive, bringing an end to this terrible war, for better or for worse. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
At Moson, the river Danube ran red with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders- their saddles freshly decorated with sawed-off heads-indiscriminately clogged the streets with the bodies of eastern Christians and Turks. At Ma'arra, they cooked children on spits and ate them. By the time the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their quest-and their violence- had become distinctly otherworldly: blood literally ran shin-deep through the streets as the Crusaders overran the sacred city. Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this cataclysmic event through the eyes of those who witnessed it, emphasizing the fundamental role that apocalyptic thought played in motivating the Crusaders. A thrilling work of military and religious history, Armies of Heaven will revolutionize our understanding of the Crusades.
October 21, 1967. Washington DC. Protesters are marching to end the war in Vietnam, Mailer among them. From his perception of the day comes a work that shatters traditional reportage. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Philip Katcher provides an overview to the conflict that engulfed Vietnam following the division of the country into two along the 17th Parallel in 1954. The uniforms and insignia of the US forces, including the army, Special Forces, air force, navy and marine corps, are dealt with in detail, together with those of the ARVN, the Allied Forces (such as the Royal Thai Army and Korean troops), and also the Communist NLF (Viet Cong) and NVA forces. Mike Chappell's colourful artwork provides plenty of detail to accompany this authoritative text.
Facing off against Byzantines, Arabs, Vikings, Turks, Mongols, and Russians, this steppe culture dominated Black Sea and Caucasus trade during Medieval times.The Bulgars were a Turkic people who established a state north of the Black Sea, and who showed similarities with the Alans and Sarmatians. In the late 500s and early 600s AD their state fragmented under pressure from the Khazars; one group moved south into what became Bulgaria, but the rest moved north during the 7th and 8th centuries to the basin of the Volga river. There they remained under Khazar domination until the Khazar Khanate was defeated by Kievan (Scandinavian) Russia in 965. Thereafter the Volga Bulgars - controlling an extensive area surrounding an important hub of international trade - became richer and more influential; they embraced Islam, becoming the most northerly of medieval peoples to do so. Given their central position on trade routes, their armies were noted for the splendour of their armour and weapons, which drew upon both Western and Eastern sources and influences (as, eventually, did their fighting tactics).In the 1220s they managed to maul Genghis Khan's Mongols, who returned to devastate their towns in revenge. By the 1350s they had recovered much of their wealth, but they were caught in the middle between the Tatar Golden Horde and the Christian Russian principalities. They were ravaged by these two armies in turn on several occasions between 1360 and 1431. A new city then rose from the ashes - Kazan, originally called New Bulgar - and the successor Islamic Khanate of Kazan resisted the Russians until falling to Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The costumes, armament, armour and fighting methods of the Volga Bulgars during this momentous period are explored in this fully illustrated study.
Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. This book is the first to survey the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America. To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each chapter addresses four crucial issues: the social and cultural facts regarding the arming of slaves, the experience of slave soldiers, the ideological origins and consequences of equipping enslaved peoples for battle, and the impact of the practice on the status of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the book is a new historical understanding: the arming of slaves is neither uncommon nor paradoxical but is instead both predictable and explicable.
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