When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World: Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, Stanley Schachter
Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions - with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. Based on 15 years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002917/bk_rand_002917_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oftentimes, society fails to realize the struggles behind closed doors that occur within the boundaries of government. Society fails to see the fights of those who refuse the political ploys of a government position to uphold democracy and ensure the law is upheld. Bill introductions, scandals, resistance, and party politics often stymie within the quagmire of political reform. This was the fight Leon Panetta notes in his memoir titled Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace with Jim Newton published by Penguin Press. Many believe this book is strictly about the Obama Administration´s mistakes or successes in security and foreign policy. It is so much more than that. This book is about the transformation of a man who has lived through one of the most productive eras in the history of the United States as political parties transformed within themselves. From meager beginnings as a child of Italian immigrants to a valiant political soldier in the Civil Rights era to accepting his appointment as the director of the CIA in the Obama Administration, Panetta fought against terrorists to protect the freedoms this country holds dear. Leon Panetta paints a portrait from his perspective as he employed traits he inherited from his Italian-born father and grandfather about his life as a first generation American-born citizen muscling his way through law school. You will also learn about the ROTC during his college years, his military service, and subsequently governmental politics. In his book, Leon Panetta describes and depicts many important points that shaped his future in the world of politics as he had a direct and indirect hand in many of the policies society now takes for granted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lynn Longseth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059940/bk_acx0_059940_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
DescriptionGuitar Tab 2009-2010 A dozen of the year´s best, from GN´R, Daughtry, Mastodon, Kings of Leon and other rockstars. SonglistChinese Democracy [Guns N´ Roses]Come On Get Higher [Nathanson, Matt]Hard To See [Five Finger Death Punch]I Will Not Bow [Breaking Benjamin]New Moon Rising [Wolfmother]No Surprise [Daughtry]Oblivion [Mastodon]Second Chance [Shinedown]Set To Fail [Lamb Of God]Still I Rise [Shadows Fall]Toes [Zac Brown Band]Use Somebody [Kings of Leon]
Purge is the third and final book of the Last Days Trilogy. Billions of lives have perished. The earth is decimated by plague, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. All at the hand of Devante. While life around them dies, humanity has not given up. Led by Michael the Archangel, Reggie Stevens and Marcus Leon build an army to defeat Marcus’ greatest achievement and biggest mistake. The fate of the world and humanity are at stake if the small army fails. Between Heaven and Hell a battle will rage for the very souls of all humanity. The battleground is Earth. Mankind must take its final stand, the horrifying battle has begun. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112957/bk_acx0_112957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Carides´s Forgotten Wife Once forbidden, now for bedding! Greek billionaire Leon Carides has it all: wealth, power, notoriety, even a wife - though he´s never touched his convenient, innocent bride. Then an accident rids this damaged, debauched playboy of his memories. Leon remembers nothing except his wife´s sparkling blue eyes. Now the desire he feels for Rose overrides the gaps in his past, making her impossible to resist! But when his sins catch up with him, can Rose forgive the mistakes of the man he once was? Or will Leon lose more than just his memory? The Di Sione Secret Baby ´´This antique box can be my wedding gift to you.´´ Charity CEO Allegra Di Sione can´t fail in her mission to retrieve her grandfather´s beloved box from Sheikh Rahim Al-Hadi, which is why she gets caught in Rahim´s sumptuous bedroom trying to steal it! Seducing the gorgeous sheikh is her only chance at escape! But when Allegra slips away the next morning, she´s unaware she now carries something infinitely more precious - and that when Rahim finds out, he´ll have no choice but to make his enticing thief his queen! Book two of The Billionaire´s Legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Bennett, Rachel Fulginiti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005354/bk_harp_005354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.