How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Author: William N Goetzmann

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888719

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 600

View: 9280

"[A] magnificent history of money and finance."--New York Times Book Review “Convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers.”--Financial Times In the aftermath of recent financial crises, it's easy to see finance as a wrecking ball: something that destroys fortunes and jobs, and undermines governments and banks. In Money Changes Everything, leading financial historian William Goetzmann argues the exact opposite—that the development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. Goetzmann explains that finance is a time machine, a technology that allows us to move value forward and backward through time; and that this innovation has changed the very way we think about and plan for the future. He shows how finance was present at key moments in history: driving the invention of writing in ancient Mesopotamia, spurring the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome to become great empires, determining the rise and fall of dynasties in imperial China, and underwriting the trade expeditions that led Europeans to the New World. He also demonstrates how the apparatus we associate with a modern economy—stock markets, lines of credit, complex financial products, and international trade—were repeatedly developed, forgotten, and reinvented over the course of human history. Exploring the critical role of finance over the millennia, and around the world, Goetzmann details how wondrous financial technologies and institutions—money, bonds, banks, corporations, and more—have helped urban centers to expand and cultures to flourish. And it's not done reshaping our lives, as Goetzmann considers the challenges we face in the future, such as how to use the power of finance to care for an aging and expanding population. Money Changes Everything presents a fascinating look into the way that finance has steered the course of history.
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Twenty-Two Writers Tackle the Last Taboo with Tales of Sudden Windfalls,Staggering Debts, and Other Surprising Turns of Fortune

Author: Jenny Offill,Elissa Schappell

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780385521796

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

View: 6449

The editors of The Friend Who Got Away are back with a new anthology that will do for money what they did for women’s friendships. Ours is a culture of confession, yet money remains a distinctly taboo subject for most Americans. In this riveting anthology, a host of celebrated writers explore the complicated role money has played in their lives, whether they’re hiding from creditors or hiding a trust fund. This collection will touch a nerve with anyone who’s ever been afraid to reveal their bank balance. In these wide-ranging personal essays, Daniel Handler, Walter Kirn, Jill McCorkle, Meera Nair, Henry Alford, Susan Choi, and other acclaimed authors write with startling candor about how money has strengthened or undermined their closest relationships. Isabel Rose talks about the trials and tribulations of dating as an heiress. Tony Serra explains what led him to take a forty-year vow of poverty. September 11 widow Marian Fontana illuminates the heartbreak and moral complexities of victim compensation. Jonathan Dee reveals the debt that nearly did him in. And in paired essays, Fred Leebron and his wife Katherine Rhett discuss the way fights over money have shaken their marriage to the core again and again. We talk openly about our romantic disasters and family dramas, our problems at work and our battles with addiction. But when it comes to what is or is not in our wallets, we remain determinedly mum. Until now, that is. Money Changes Everything is the first anthology of its kind—an unflinching and on-the-record collection of essays filled with entertaining and enlightening insights into why we spend, save, and steal. The pieces in Money Changes Everything range from the comic to the harrowing, yet they all reveal the complex, emotionally charged role money plays in our lives by shattering the wall of silence that has long surrounded this topic.
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A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Author: Lawrence Weinstein

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 9781457628559

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

View: 4550

Money Changes Everything explores central questions around the concept and institution of money: How does money affect our lives, our relationships, our happiness? What does inequality mean for our society? Does money corrupt our morals and values, and if so, how can we prevent this corruption? Readings by a range of economists, philosophers, reporters, artists, and ordinary citizens take up these questions and more. The Web site for the Spotlight Series offers comprehensive instructor support with sample syllabi and additional teaching resources. The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting new line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. The readers in the series collect carefully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 30 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic. An Editorial Board of more than dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes have assisted in the development of the series.
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How Global Prosperity is Reshaping Our Needs, Values, and Lifestyles

Author: Peter Marber

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780130654809

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 245

View: 9426

Describes the effect globalization has had on the wealth of people all over the world, covering such topics as family life, religion, education, politics, and the environment.
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The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Author: Greil Marcus,Dave Eggers

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300196644

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 600

View: 2766

From the author of "The History of Rock " "n Roll in Ten Songs" comes his Basement Tapes: the complete Real Life Rock Top 10 columns"
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Twenty-two Writers Tackle the Last Taboo with Tales of Sudden Windfalls, Staggering Debts, and Other Surprising Turns of Fortune

Author: Jenny Offill,Elissa Schappell

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0767922832

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 295

View: 7561

In a compelling anthology of entertaining and insightful essays, a group of notable writers candidly assesses the complex role of money in their lives and personal relationships, in a collection that features contributions by JIll McCorkle, Daniel Handler, Susan Choi, Walter Kirn, Meera Nair, Henry Alford, Jonathan Dee, and others. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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The Rest of Our Story

Author: Todd Burpo,Sonja Burpo

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718036778

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 242

View: 558

There's so much more to the story. Todd and Sonja BurpoÆs almost-four-year-old son Colton made an unforgettable trip to heaven and back during the darkest, most-stressed-out days of their lives. Times were tough, money was scarce and the bills, frustrations, and fears were piled high. The story of ColtonÆs visit to heaven changed their livesùand the book they wrote about it, Heaven Is for Real, gave new hope to millions of readers. In Heaven Changes Everything, the Burpos share details about their experience and about Colton's visit to heaven that they weren't able to include in the original story or in the Sony Pictures release of the Heaven Is for Real movie. Practical and inspiring, the short essays shed light on living with a miracle and the afterlife, each ending with a relevant scripture. Listen in as Todd, and for the first time ever Sonja, from her perspective as a mom, show you how believing heaven is for real helps us survive hardships here on earth, including the death of a loved one or the loss of a child through tragedy, miscarriage, or even abortion. This newly revised edition offers bonus material including: New foreword Never-before-seen family photos Favorite scenes from the movie Q&A section Come see how heaven can indeed touch earth and change everything.
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Author: Masha Hamilton

Publisher: Unbridled Books

ISBN: 1609530926

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9152

Masha Hamilton’s fifth novel, What Changes Everything, is truly an American story, an exploration of our twisted, misguided, generous relationship with an enigmatic country. And it is told by a novelist of extraordinary talent who currently works in Afghanistan. What Changes Everything is the story of Clarissa who, in a gamble to save her kidnapped husband’s life, makes the best decisions she can in the dark nights of Brooklyn, boldly rejecting the advice of US authorities and against the wishes of her husband’s grown daughter. It is also the story of Stela, who owns a used bookstore in Ohio and writes letter after letter in hopes both of comprehending the loss of a son on an Afghan battlefield and of connecting with son who abandoned her in anger when his brother died. It is the story of Mandy, the mother of a gravely wounded soldier from Texas, a mother deeply saddened but somehow hopeful who travels to Kabul to heal wounds of several kinds. It is the story of Danil, an angry Brooklyn street artist whose life was derailed by a loss in this incomprehensible war half a world away. And it’s the story of Todd, a career aid
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The One Choice That Changes Everything

Author: Gina Mollicone-Long

Publisher: Sterling & Ross Publishers

ISBN: 0982139217

Category: Self-Help

Page: 212

View: 3871

Includes bibliographical references.
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The End of the Debt SuperCycle and How It Changes Everything

Author: John Mauldin,Jonathan Tepper

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118058084

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 1912

Greece isn't the only country drowning in debt. The Debt Supercycle—when the easily managed, decades-long growth of debt results in a massive sovereign debt and credit crisis—is affecting developed countries around the world, including the United States. For these countries, there are only two options, and neither is good—restructure the debt or reduce it through austerity measures. Endgame details the Debt Supercycle and the sovereign debt crisis, and shows that, while there are no good choices, the worst choice would be to ignore the deleveraging resulting from the credit crisis. The book: Reveals why the world economy is in for an extended period of sluggish growth, high unemployment, and volatile markets punctuated by persistent recessions Reviews global markets, trends in population, government policies, and currencies Around the world, countries are faced with difficult choices. Endgame provides a framework for making those choices.
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Twenty Women's True Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away

Author: Jenny Offill,Elissa Schappell

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307419378

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 5615

Losing a friend can be as painful and as agonizing as a divorce or the end of a love affair, yet it is rarely written about or even discussed. THE FRIEND WHO GOT AWAY is the first book to address this near-universal experience, bringing together the brave, eloquent voices of writers like Francine Prose, Katie Roiphe, Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Hood, Diana Abu Jabar, Vivian Gornick, Helen Schulman, and many others. Some write of friends who have drifted away, others of sudden breakups that took them by surprise. Some even celebrate their liberation from unhealthy or destructive relationships. Yet at the heart of each story is the recognition of a loss that will never be forgotten. From stories about friendships that dissolved when one person revealed a hidden self or moved into a different world, to tales of relationships sabotaged by competition, personal ambition, or careless indifference, THE FRIEND WHO GOT AWAY casts new light on the meaning and nature of women’s friendships. Katie Roiphe writes with regret about the period in her life when even close friends seemed expendable compared to men and sex. Mary Morris reveals how a loan led to the unraveling of a lifelong friendship. Vivian Gornick explores how intellectual differences eroded the bond between once inseparable companions. And two contributors, once best friends, tell both sides of the story that led to their painful breakup. Written especially for this anthology and touched with humor, sadness, and sometimes anger, these extraordinary pieces simultaneously evoke the uniqueness of each situation and illuminate the universal emotions evoked by the loss of a friend.
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The Relational Revolution in Psychology

Author: Christina Robb

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312426156

Category: Psychology

Page: 560

View: 3942

A political history of relational psychology, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's essay on how relationships serve as a foundation for humanity's psychological and physical states, shares the stories of pioneering psychologists who took professional risks to research and legitimize its theories. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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How God Can Transform Your Mind and Change Your Life

Author: C. Peter Wagner

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441268987

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3376

Make the Paradigm Shift That Will Change Your Life . . . and the World A "paradigm shift" is a radical change in your way of thinking--and C. Peter Wagner has undergone a number of them during his decades of ministry. Now he invites you to open your mind to the Holy Spirit's paradigm-shifting power. This Changes Everything is your essential guidebook for how God is transforming the world through people just like you. Discover new movements of God's Spirit that are turning the tide against the evil one, opening wide the doors of heaven to usher in God's reign on the earth. Find out what these powerful new strategies mean for Christians' involvement in business, politics, education and entertainment, and learn how you can be a part of what God is doing in your sphere of influence. Find clear, biblical answers to questions such as: • Is wealth a legitimate tool of the Church? • How do today's workplace apostles lead in spiritual battle? • Does God allow His people to make some decisions about the future? • How is dominion theology operational in our world today? God is calling you to a new way of life, starting with a new way of thinking. When your mind is renewed, you will never be the same!
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How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Author: Don Tapscott,Anthony D. Williams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440639487

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 9729

The acclaimed bestseller that's teaching the world about the power of mass collaboration. Translated into more than twenty languages and named one of the best business books of the year by reviewers around the world, Wikinomics has become essential reading for business people everywhere. It explains how mass collaboration is happening not just at Web sites like Wikipedia and YouTube, but at traditional companies that have embraced technology to breathe new life into their enterprises. This national bestseller reveals the nuances that drive wikinomics, and share fascinating stories of how masses of people (both paid and volunteer) are now creating TV news stories, sequencing the human gnome, remixing their favorite music, designing software, finding cures for diseases, editing school texts, inventing new cosmetics, and even building motorcycles.
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Author: Greil Marcus

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190301

Category: Music

Page: 320

View: 1310

Unlike all previous versions of rock ’n’ roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun. “Transmission” by Joy Division. “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus’s hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices. This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism—and its most gifted and incisive practitioner—is destined to become an enduring classic.
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How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

Author: Jaquelle Crowe

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433555174

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 3224

My name is Jaquelle, and I'm a teenager. I like football movies, sushi, and dark chocolate. But the biggest, most crucial, most significant thing about me is that my life’s task is to follow Jesus. He is the One who changed my life. That’s what this book is about. It’s for teenagers eager to reject the status quo and low standards our culture sets for us. It’s for those of us who don’t want to spend the adolescent years slacking off, but rather standing out and digging deep into what Jesus says about following him. This book will help you see how the truth about God changes everything—our relationships, our time, our sin, our habits, and more—freeing us to live joyful, obedient, and Christ-exalting lives, even while we’re young.
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Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

Author: Sarah van Gelder

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1609945891

Category: Political Science

Page: 96

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We Are the 99% The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored. But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%. Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future. Since their founding in 1996, YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org have been showing how powerful ideas fused with practical actions can drive profound change toward a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Project Censored calls YES! “the standard for solutions journalism.” Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman calls YES! a “vital voice of independent journalism.” The Utne Independent Press Awards have repeatedly recognized YES! Magazine.
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Great Leadership Changes Everything

Author: Tim Irwin

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1939529042

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 6164

For more than 25 years, organizational psychologist and management consultant Dr. Tim Irwin has worked with thousands of leaders in well-known global companies. He knows most leaders work for recognition and advancement and they want more challenge and responsibility. He’s also found this to be true: Most of us want to make a positive difference through our work and to have our lives count for something more than simply making a living. We want to make an impact. Yet when we look around our organizations, we don’t see many leaders who have real impact. We see them just managing the daily rat race. Somewhere along the line, many began working for money instead of for meaning, for status instead of for a lasting legacy. In Impact, Irwin identifies the principles and beliefs that lead to great leadership—ways in which you can grow and thrive and be trusted by others. Learn how to be the kind of leader that motivates others in meaningful work and great accomplishments and what you can do to stay on track so you avoid a path of personal destruction so many leaders go down today. Accessible, humorous, and engaging, Irwin’s latest book shows you how to live the vision you began your career with and then finish strong for a lasting impact, the hope of every great leader.
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How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Author: Ken Robinson,Lou Aronica

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911255

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 2516

The groundbreaking international bestseller that will help you fulfil your true potential. The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. In this hugely influential book, world-renowned creativity expert Ken Robinson considers the child bored in class, the disillusioned employee and those of us who feel frustrated but can't quite explain why - and shows how we all need to reach our Element. Through the stories of people like Vidal Sassoon, Arianna Huffington and Matt Groening, who have recognized their unique talents and made a successful living doing what they love, Robinson explains how every one of us can find ourselves in our Element, and achieve everything we're capable of. With a wry sense of humour, Ken Robinson shows the urgent need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about ourselves. Above all, he inspires us to reconnect with our true self - it could just change everything. 'The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self' Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 'A book that lightens and lifts the minds and hearts of all who read it' Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
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Lessons from James

Author: Ben Stuart

Publisher: Lifeway Church Resources

ISBN: 9781415879689

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9212

Member resource for 8 session young adult Bible study by Ben Stuart.
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