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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger

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Simon & Schuster #ad - And he took austria’s habsburg family from being second-tier sovereigns to rulers of the first empire where the sun never set. It is a story about palace intrigue, family tragedy and triumph, knights in battle, and a violent clash between the one percent and everybody else. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger dared to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans—with interest.

The tale of fugger’s aspiration, ruthlessness, and greed is riveting” The Economist. Enjoyable…readable and fast-paced” the wall Street Journal, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the most influential businessman of all time. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP.

A colorful introduction to one of the most influential businessmen in history” The New York Times Book Review, Jacob Fugger—the Renaissance banker “who wrote the playbook for everyone who keeps score with money” Bryan Burrough, author of Days of Rage. In the days when columbus sailed the ocean and Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, a German banker named Jacob Fugger became the richest man in history.

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger #ad - Fugger lived in germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant. It was this coolness and self-assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever, but a force of history as well. He also helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe.

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Life in a Medieval City Medieval Life Book 1

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, and lend, borrow, sell, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era. The year is 1250 ce and the city is troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December.

. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Evoking every aspect of city life in the middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. From acclaimed historians frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.

Life in a Medieval City Medieval Life Book 1 #ad - R. European civilization has emerged from the Dark Ages and is in the midst of a commercial revolution. As the gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, how medieval cities were governed, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, how financial transactions were conducted, and what life was really like for a wide range of people.

For serious students of the medieval era and anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating period, Life in a Medieval City remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.

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Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 American History

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - It is also a book for our times, just, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, and peaceful possibilities. The washington post an illuminating and authoritative history of america in the years between the Civil War and World War I, The Chicago Tribune, Jackson Lears’s Rebirth of a Nation was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game—at once engaging and tightly argued. The new york times book review “Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. Fascinating.

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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, both of the mammoth and daily variety, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way you perceive screw-ups, forever. Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it.

Bill mckibben, author of earth: making a life on a tough new planetin the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and Predictably Irrational comes Being Wrong, an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume or loudly insist that they are right about most everything.

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error #ad - Kathryn schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such.

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Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - Funny, sometimes disgusting but always compulsively readable, wise, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writing. In rats, the critically acclaimed bestseller, Robert Sullivan spends a year investigating a rat-infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street. New york public library book for the teenager new york Public Library Book to Remember PSLA Young Adult Top 40 Nonfiction Titles of the Year "Engaging.

. A lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings. Michiko kakutani, new york timesbehold the rat, remarkable, dirty and disgusting! Robert Sullivan turns the lowly rat into the star of this most perversely intriguing, and unexpectedly elegant New York Times bestseller. Love them or loathe them, rats are here to stay-they are city dwellers as much as or more than we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society.

Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants #ad - With an all-new Afterword by the author. Sullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses-its herds-of-rats-like mob. Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes: the exterminators, the sanitation workers, the agitators and activists who have played their part in the centuries-old war between human city dweller and wild city rat.

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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

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Simon & Schuster #ad - He was, the last casualty of one civil war and the first casualty of the next civil war, says author Barry Strauss, which would end the Roman Republic and inaugurate the Roman Empire. But after the assassination everything went wrong. In this story of the most famous assassination in history, “the last bloody day of the Roman Republic has never been painted so brilliantly” The Wall Street Journal.

Julius caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on March 15, 44 BC—the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar. The conspirators fled Rome. Mark antony made a brilliant speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, but something inflammatory that caused a riot. The last was a leading general and close friend of Caesar’s who felt betrayed by the great man: He was the mole in Caesar’s camp.

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination #ad - An original, new perspective on an event that seems well known, The Death of Caesar is “one of the most riveting hour-by-hour accounts of Caesar’s final day I have read. An absolutely marvelous read” The Times, London. The death of caesar provides a fresh look at a well-trodden event, with superb storytelling sure to inspire awe” The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Revised Edition

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, anxiety, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, and busyness of our lives. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures.

In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, family, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, choosing a doctor, selecting a long-distance carrier, ordering a cup of coffee, applying to college, or setting up a 401k, everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

As americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. In the paradox of choice, barry schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Revised Edition #ad - He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make. In the long run, anxiety, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, and perpetual stress.

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1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

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Harper #ad - This is the story of two men, and the two decisions, that transformed world history in a single tumultuous year, 1917: Wilson’s entry into World War One and Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution. In april 1917 woodrow wilson, bloodshed, champion of american democracy but also segregation; advocate for free trade and a new world order based on freedom and justice; thrust the United States into World War One in order to make the “world safe for democracy”—only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos, and betrayal.

That october vladimir lenin, communist revolutionary and advocate for class war and “dictatorship of the proletariat, all in the name of liberating humanity—and instead would set up the most repressive totalitarian regime in history, ” would overthrow Russia’s earlier democratic revolution that had toppled the all-power Czar, the Soviet Union.

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder #ad - One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg they first set the detonator to, through war and revolution.   . Through the end of world War I, countries only marched into war to increase or protect their national interests. After world war I, countries began going to war over ideas. Together lenin and wilson unleashed the disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism, and that continue to shape our world today.

Our new world disorder is the legacy left by Wilson and Lenin, and their visions of the perfectibility of man. In this incisive, fast-paced history, New York Times bestselling author Arthur Herman brilliantly reveals how Lenin and Wilson rewrote the rules of modern geopolitics.

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Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

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Bloomsbury Press #ad - Books chronicling the revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general readers to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence-era history with only cursory treatment. Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, and the meaning of the Revolution overall.

. Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole; one that John Ferling's latest book, Whirlwind, will fill. Written in ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style that made books like Independence and The Ascent of George Washington critical and commercial successes, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this epochal time.

Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It #ad - Combining careful scholarship, and illustrative storytelling, arresting detail, Whirlwind is a unique and compelling addition to any collection of books on the American Revolution.

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Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

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Quirk Books #ad - Kiernan and Mr. Constitution"an extraordinarily fascinating study of America's lesser-known founding fathers alongside the more well-known ones, Signing Their Rights Today is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended contribution to public and college library shelves. Midwest book review Reviewer's Choice"The authors.

. Maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' Jefferson's words wrote the Constitution, Ms. In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy king George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember?Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them.

Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer george wythe was poisoned by his nephew; button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer.

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence #ad - Complete with portraits of the signers as well as a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages. From the Hardcover edition. D'agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary.

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Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

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Random House #ad - And infectious greednamed one of the Top 10 Business & Economics Books of the Season by Publishers Weekly. A gripping saga peppered with fast money, and loopholes in government oversight, Hedge Hogs is also an important and timely cautionary tale—a vivisection of a financial system jeopardized by reckless practices, vivid characters, and high drama, watered-down regulation, just waiting for the next bust.

Praise for hedge hogs  “regulators, legislators and judges inclined to sympathize with the industry ought to rush out and buy a copy of Barbara Dreyfuss’s Hedge Hogs, a wonderfully instructive tale about Amaranth Advisors. Set in relief is the journey of John Arnold, sophisticated tastes, whose mild manner, and low profile belied his own ferocious competitive streak.

Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster #ad - A few weeks later, it completely collapsed. She manages to organize it all into a tight, riveting and understandable yarn. The washington Post“Clearly and entertainingly told. Dreyfuss, a wall street analyst turned investigative journalist, not only plowed through what turned out to be a treasure trove of official records and transcripts, but supplemented it with plenty of her own reporting.

His high-risk bets on natural gas prices bankrupted his firm and destroyed his career, his rival at competitor fund Centaurus, while John Arnold, emerged as the highest-paid trader on Wall Street. Using emails, and exclusive interviews, court testimony, instant messages, securities analyst turned investigative reporter Barbara T.

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