The year 2016. The pearl of the Arab Peninsula Dubai becomes the victim of the Catastrophe Season, which started on the planet. For a few months a sandstorm has been blowing great guns here and when will it stop nobody knows. In this very place, in sand darkness and in the hurricane wind three fierce opponents will have a ruthless fight:thrown in here from the future the head hunter, having a nickname Faceless, a group of contractors-deserters from the Russian military spy system, and also terrorizing the whole town huge beast of prey, the conspecifics of which became extinct forty million years ago.
Jerin is a mental freak-a man capable of successfully playing a dozen simultaneous chess games against first-rate players while he himself is out of sight of any of the boards. It is while thus engaged that he is killed. A millionaire-his opponent in more realms than chess-is accused, and Nero Wolfe is given what appears to be the most hopeless case he and Archie Goodwin have ever tackled. You need to know nothing about chess to follow this tale, but some understanding of beautiful mothers and daughters will help. ´´It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.´´-The New York Times Book Review A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America´s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained-and puzzled-millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.
An unidentified body is found in a blazing car. A man in the locality is missing. But the corpse in the car is not that of the missing man, though someone has made an uncommonly thorough job of faking it to seem so. And just because his unknown opponent had gone to such lengths to prevent an investigation going further, Detective Mark Brand aka The Counsellor´s ´satiable curiosity´ is up ... ´As a maker of watertight puzzles Mr Connington has no superior´ Daily Mail
A cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull and propelled Scott Morrison to power. They plotted. They schemed. They unleashed chaos. Australia lost two prime ministers in three years in a period of political bloodshed that took the nation´s government to the brink of collapse - until an extraordinary election changed everything. Venom is the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government. It sheds new light on the fall of Tony Abbott, the rise of Malcolm Turnbull and the electrifying leadership spill that brought parliament to a halt in August 2018. In a day-by-day account, it reveals the strategy Scott Morrison used to defeat his opponents and claim ultimate authority. David Crowe reported these events for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as they unfolded. Using more than one hundred interviews with the participants, he tells an epic story of revenge, hatred and the ruthless pursuit of power. And he asks whether the future holds any peace when the past is so full of poison. PRAISE ´David Crowe is both wise guide and sage interpreter in this gripping journey through the angry years of Australian politics´ Chris Uhlmann ´David Crowe writes with precision and clarity - dissecting the characters, deep rivalries and ideological wars that churned through three Liberal Prime Ministers´ Patricia Karvelas ´A compelling read about a time of Liberal madness´ Michelle Grattan
Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013 In Strategy: A History , Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world´s leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. The range of Freedman´s narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, the author notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one´s control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, the missteps of friends-provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of the original strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point. A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David´s use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.
If you are going to fight, you might as well fight to win! This book presents 20 simple fighting techniques that will win any fight, anytime! Fight to Win teaches you how to fight with a minimum of technical jargon. It allows you to quickly develop the ability to win by learning a small number of techniques that always work in every situation. This is far more effective than learning hundreds of movements and variations which work only in specific circumstances (and are easily forgotten in the heat of the moment!) With 400 full-color photos and easy-to-follow instructions, this martial arts book presents self-defense techniques such as: The Hammerfist—delivered by straightening a bent arm and striking with the base of the fist The Double Leg Takedown—will make the opponent land so hard he´ll be stunned and unable to defend himself The Triangle Choke—uses the opponent´s arm and shoulder to compress the carotid arteries and cut off blood supply to the brain and more!
The twelfth chilling Lincoln Rhyme thriller which will leave you looking over your shoulder. Detective Amelia Sachs is in pursuit when she hears the scream. Stopping to help a man trapped in a horrific accident, Sachs has to let a suspected murderer get away. But was it really coincidence? Did the killer make it happen? Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme are facing a new kind of opponent: Someone who can kill by remote control. Someone watching every move they make... ´A tightly plotted masterpiece´ Sun ´Flawlessly constructed and paced´ The Sunday Times ´The king of suspense is back and he´s done it again´ Glasgow Herald
It´s wrecked the careers of promising young geniuses. It´s evaporated great fortunes and run companies into the ground. It´s made adversity unbearable and turned struggle into shame. Every great philosopher has warned against it, in our most lasting stories and countless works of art, in all culture and all ages. Its name? Ego, and it is the enemy - of ambition, of success and of resilience. In Ego is the Enemy , Ryan Holiday shows us how and why ego is such a powerful internal opponent to be guarded against at all stages of our careers and lives, and that we can only create our best work when we identify, acknowledge and disarm its dangers. Drawing on an array of inspiring characters and narratives from literature, philosophy and history, the book explores the nature and dangers of ego to illustrate how you can be humble in your aspirations, gracious in your success and resilient in your failures. The result is an inspiring and timely reminder that humility and confidence are our greatest friends when confronting the challenges of a culture that tends to fan the flames of ego, a book full of themes and life lessons that will resonate, uplift and inspire.
In this perceptive retelling of The Iliad , a young Greek teacher draws on the enduring power of myth to help her students cope with the terrors of Nazi occupation. Bombs fall over a Greek village during World War II, and a teacher takes her students to a cave for shelter. There she tells them about another war--when the Greeks besieged Troy. Day after day, she recounts how the Greeks suffer from thirst, heat, and homesickness, and how the opponents meet--army against army, man against man. Helmets are cleaved, heads fly, blood flows. And everything had begun when Prince Paris of Troy fell in love with King Menelaus of Sparta´s wife, the beautiful Helen, and escaped with her to his homeland. Now Helen stands atop the city walls to witness the horrors set in motion by her flight. When her current and former loves face each other in battle, she knows that, whatever happens, she will be losing. Theodor Kallifatides provides remarkable psychological insight in his version of The Iliad , downplaying the role of the gods and delving into the mindsets of its mortal heroes. Homer´s epic comes to life with a renewed urgency that allows us to experience events as though firsthand, and reveals timeless truths about the senselessness of war and what it means to be human.