♥ Book Title : The Richest of the Rich
☯ Full Synopsis : "A comprehensive study of Britain's 250 richest people in history, from the time of William the Conqueror to the present. In this book, Philip Beresford, the author of The Sunday Times annual 'Rich List' and history expert William D. Rubinstein, have turned their attention to the wealthiest individuals in British history, revealing how they made their fortunes, the role played by luck, contacts and violence, and how successful they were in hanging on to their gains. People like: - William of Warenne, the Earl of Surrey in the 1050s, who if he were alive today would be worth nearly £74bn - over three times richer than Britain's current richest man (steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal). - Archbishop Thomas Beckett, who took 250 servants with him on a visit to Paris in 1158, and was worth over £24bn. Not that his fortune was much use when he was murdered in his own cathedral on the orders of Henry II. - Robert Spencer, forebear of Princess Diana, who made a fortune in the wool trade, owned vast tracts of land in the colony of Virginia. and accumulated a fortune equivalent to £19bn in today's money. - John Scott, a celebrated gambler whose skills and luck helped him to a £500,000 (£3.1bn) fortune. "As rich as Scott" was a popular saying of eighteenth century society. The authors provide a fascinating account of personal wealth and influence, noting how, throughout history, the opportunities for aggrandising wealth have been changed by technology, demographics, taxation, politics and war. If you are interested in business, society and the shifting patterns of advantage then you will find this book absorbing, intriguing and insightful."Article| Philip Beresford| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich
☯ Full Synopsis : "Fewer than 100 people own and control more wealth than 50 per cent of the world’s population. The Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich is a landmark multidisciplinary evaluation of both the lives and lifestyles of the super-rich, as well as the processes that underpin super-wealth generation and its unequal distribution. Drawing on international case studies, leading experts from across the social sciences offer 22 accessible and coherently organized chapters, which critically analyse a range of topics including: • the legitimacy of extreme wealth from a moral economic perspective • biographies of illicit super-wealth • London’s housing markets • how the very wealthy fly • the environmental consequences of super-rich lives • crafting immigration policies to attract the rich. Students and scholars studying a host of topics such as development studies, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology will find this book eminently engaging. It will also be of great interest to public commentators, charitable organizations and NGOs concerned with wealth and income distributions."Article| Iain Hay| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Advanced BlackBerry 6 Development
☯ Full Synopsis : "BlackBerry devices and applications are selling by the millions. As a BlackBerry developer, you need an advanced skill set to successfully exploit the most compelling features of the platform. This book will help you develop that skill set and teach you how to create the most sophisticated BlackBerry programs possible. With Advanced BlackBerry 6 Development, you’ll get a comprehensive look at the new features included with SDK 6, including the web and widgets SDK, the web browser, and more. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of BlackBerry media capabilities such as the camera and video playback. The book also shows you how to send and receive text and multimedia messages, use powerful cryptography libraries, and connect with the user’s personal and business contacts and calendar. Not only will you be learning how to use these APIs, but you’ll also be building a program that takes full advantage of them: a wireless media-sharing app. Each chapter’s lessons will be applied by enhancing the app from a prototype to a fully polished program. Along the way, you'll learn how to differentiate your product from other downloads by fully integrating with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. Your app will run in the browser and within device menus, just like software that comes with the phone. You will even learn BlackBerry's new Web browser features, Web standards-based software development kit, and more. Once you are comfortable with writing apps, this book will show you how to take them to the next level. You’ll learn how to move from running on one phone to running on all phones, and from one country to all countries. You’ll additionally learn how to support your users with updates. No other resource compares for mastering the techniques needed for expert development on this mobile platform. What you’ll learn How to write sophisticated BlackBerry applications All about integrating with the device so your program behaves like a native app When to leverage advanced JSRs for cryptography, media capture, messaging, and more How to tie into the device contact list, calendar, and tasks Understanding the RIM security model and complex security processes How to quickly and easily port to many device types How to work with multiple devices across multiple countries How to work with the web and widgets software development kit, web browser, and more. Who this book is for The ideal reader will approach this book after completing Beginning BlackBerry 6 Development, but intermediate-level programmers may start directly with this book. Readers are expected to have some previous experience with programming for mobile phones, optimally the BlackBerry, but they need not be experts. Readers will include both hobbyists and professional developers; they may be motivated by curiosity, a desire to solve a particular problem, or the enhancement their skill sets and careers. Table of Contents Getting Started Media Capture Media Playback Wireless Messaging Cryptography Personal Information Browser with Web Apps Integrating with the BlackBerry OS RIM Security Porting Your App Advanced Build Techniques Push Services BlackBerry 6 UI Cross-Platform Libraries Codec Support"Article| Chris King| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Billionaires and Stealth Politics
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 2016, when millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump, many believed his claims that personal wealth would free him from wealthy donors and allow him to "drain the swamp." But then Trump appointed several billionaires and multimillionaires to high-level positions and pursued billionaire-friendly policies, such as cutting corporate income taxes. Why the change from his fiery campaign rhetoric and promises to the working class? This should not be surprising, argue Benjamin I. Page, Jason Seawright, and Matthew J. Lacombe: As the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us has widened, the few who hold one billion dollars or more in net worth have begun to play a more and more active part in politics--with serious consequences for democracy in the United States. Page, Seawright, and Lacombe argue that while political contributions offer a window onto billionaires' influence, especially on economic policy, they do not present a full picture of policy preferences and political actions. That is because on some of the most important issues, including taxation, immigration, and Social Security, billionaires have chosen to engage in "stealth politics." They try hard to influence public policy, making large contributions to political parties and policy-focused causes, leading policy-advocacy organizations, holding political fundraisers, and bundling others' contributions--all while rarely talking about public policy to the media. This means that their influence is not only unequal but also largely unaccountable to and unchallengeable by the American people. Stealth politics makes it difficult for ordinary citizens to know what billionaires are doing or mobilize against it. The book closes with remedies citizens can pursue if they wish to make wealthy Americans more politically accountable, such as public financing of political campaigns and easier voting procedures, and notes the broader types of reforms, such as a more progressive income tax system, that would be needed to increase political equality and reinvigorate majoritarian democracy in the United States."Article| Benjamin I. Page| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : China
☯ Full Synopsis : "China has achieved significant internal socioeconomic progress and has become a key player on the international stage after several decades of open-door and reform policy. Looking beyond China's transformation, this book focuses on the theme of governance which is widely regarded as the next most critical element to ensure that China's growth remains sustainable. Today, China is confronted with a host of pressing challenges that call for urgent attention. These include the need to rebalance and restructure the economy (on the economic front), the widening income gaps, the poor integration of migrant populations in the urban areas, insufficient public housing and healthcare coverage (on the social front), the seeming lack of political reforms (on the political front) and the degree of environmental degradation (on the environmental front). In the foreign policy arena, China is likewise under pressure to do more to address global concerns but yet at the same time has to be careful not to be seen as overly aggressive. The next steps that China takes would have a great deal to do with governance, in terms of how it tackles or fails to address the myriad of challenges, both domestic and foreign. This book, with 57 short chapters in total, is based on up-to-date scholarly research written in a readable and concise style. Besides China, it also includes coverage of Japan, Korea and cross-strait relations. Non-specialists, in particular, should find this volume accessible and useful in keeping up with fast-changing developments in East Asia."Article| Yongnian Zheng| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Rich List, 1999
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♥ Book Title : Sunday Times Rich Lest 2005-6
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Sunday Times Rich List is the most famous and influential survey of Britain's wealthiest people, and has been published in the Sunday Times for the past 15 years. A&C Black is delighted to publish a major new expansion - The Sunday Times Rich List - to include 5000 of Britain's richest individuals. The Sunday Times Rich Listwill estimate the minimum wealth of Britain's richest people or families, based on identifiable wealth, whether land, property, racehorses, art or significant shares in publicly quoted companies. The book edition of the Sunday Times Rich Listcontains fascinating new insights into how wealth is created and distributed, as well as contact details for all the individuals portrayed. It will be invaluable to people in business, fundraisers, charities, and anyone concerned with how wealth is created in Britain today."Article| Philip Beresford| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : How to Pleasure a Playboy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Blogger Lacey Gibson is officially fed up with her playboy landlord. (Actually, he's her playboy slumlord). Everything about her place in The Baxter apartment building is a mess. The roof leaks and the floor is rotting, but Branson Reyne refuses to fix a thing.Her solution? Use Twitter to goad him into a winner-takes-all bet.A bed in #TheBaxter would be more than #PamperedPlayboy could handle. #TheBaxter is history. I'm pulling it down and I want you out. If you want me out, come get me. Is that an invitation? Ask nicely and I'll think about it.Survive 7 nights in #TheBaxter, and I'll move out. If I win, you fix up the building. Deal made. I'm bringing my silk sheets, so you're in for a treat. But I'll only let you share them if you don't snore. Bronson Reyne's determined to pull the Baxter down, and he'll do what it takes to get Lacey to move out. That includes taking her bet and moving into her place, no matter how bad it is. He's a playboy who likes his bad reputation, but there's no way he's pampered. Besides, living with Lovely Lacey for a week won't exactly be tough. Well, it shouldn't be...Now they're living in close quarters, driving each other crazy. Both playing dirty to get what they want. While the building collapses around them, their attraction explodes. But this game has only one rule. No sleeping with the enemy."Article| Talia Hunter| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Architects Today
☯ Full Synopsis : "Have you ever wanted to have information about the world's most influential architects at your fingertips? Written by three architectural journalists, this book cuts the world's greatest and most provocative practicing architects down to sizeboth the old and established and the rising stars. With two fully illustrated pages for each architect, a clear, lively design, and an alphabetical organization, Architects Today breaks down the usual arcane architectural categorizations. It offers an insight and introduction to key contemporary architects as well as a snapshot of the varied nature of todays architecture. For each architect, the book gives key biographical information as well as illustrations of their most representative and iconic buildings, and an assessment of their place in the international scene. This volume will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary architecture, as both an introduction and as a handy reference source."Article| Kester Rattenbury| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : British Cultural Identities
☯ Full Synopsis : "British Cultural Identities analyses contemporary British identity from the various and changing ways in which people who live in the UK position themselves and are positioned by their culture today. Each chapter covers one of the seven intersecting themes: * place and environment * education, work and leisure * gender, sex and the family * youth culture and style * class and politics * ethnicity and language * religion and heritage"Article| Mike Storry| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Social Worlds of Sentencing
☯ Full Synopsis : "Combines quantitative and qualitative data in a careful investigation of sentencing processes and context under Pennsylvania's sentencing guidelines."Article| Jeffery T. Ulmer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Unauthorized Guide To Doing Business the Philip Green Way
☯ Full Synopsis : "Philip Green, retail's most colourful figure, is widely regarded as the finest retailer of his generation and one of the best business brains in the UK. He made his first million at 33, and now owns the Arcadia Group, running about an eighth of the UK clothing retail market. So how did a man who just fell into the industry by accident go on and build this business empire? The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Philip Green Way draws out the universal lessons from Philip Green's remarkable success and identifies 10 strategies for building a business empire that can be applied to any business or career: Do it your way Make the business run as efficiently as possible Keep the customer satisfied Whatever you do, don't break the supply chain People matter - you can't run an empire without them Spot the money-making opportunity When the going gets tough - work harder! Aim high and keep trying Stay private but enjoy the publicity Give something back Want to be the best? The secrets of phenomenal success are in your hands. Check out the other Unauthorized Guides in this series: Richard Branson; Duncan Bannatyne; Alan Sugar; Jamie Oliver; and Bill Gates."Article| Liz Barclay| Statement ..."