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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>***A National Bestseller***</i><br /><br />One of the Best Books of 2018: <i>NPR • New York Times Book Review, Inc. <b><i>• </i></b>TIME <b><i>• </i></b>Wall Street Journal <b><i>• </i></b>Washington Post </i><br /><br /><br />"Chilling…Reads like a West Coast version of <i>All the President’s Men.</i>"<i> —The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.</b><br /><br />In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.<br /><br />A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.<br /> <i> </i>
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, ...
by , Bradley Hope

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<div><b>Named a Best Book of 2018 by the <i>Financial Times</i> and <i>Fortune</i>, this <i>New York Times</i> bestseller about the 1MDB scandal exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).</b></div><br />Now a #1 international bestseller, <b>BILLION DOLLAR WHALE</b><i> </i>is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale" (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review), revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.<br /><br />In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude--one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund--right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>.<br /><br />By early 2019, with his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities and facing criminal charges in Malaysia and in the United States, Low had become an international fugitive, even as the U.S. Department of Justice continued its investigation. <div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>BILLION DOLLAR WHALE</b> has joined the ranks of <i>Liar's Poker</i>, <i>Den of Thieves</i>, and <i>Bad Blood</i> as a classic harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the financial world. </div>
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.<BR><BR>Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”<BR> <BR>Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<BR> <BR>But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<BR> <BR>Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
The View From The Bridge: An Industrial Journey
by Sir John Parker

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English

Pages

480

Publication Date

December 09, 2018

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<b>"What makes a good leader? John Parker's story of life as Chairman and a Director of some of the world's biggest companies is a handbook for business leaders." Lord Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England.</b><br /><br />Sir John Parker is Britain’s most senior industrialist. His wealth of experience in leading businesses - both in the diversity of companies he has run and the range of issues he has met – is unparalleled in modern British industry. In this book, Sir John recounts the milestones on his 50-year industrial journey and draws out the countless lessons he has learned in mastering the arts of Business leadership. <br /><br />Trained as a Naval Architect and Engineer, Sir John has chaired five FTSE 100 companies and held senior Board positions for many years in leading global businesses including Airbus, GKN, Brambles, Carnival Corporation and DP World. He is currently Chairman of the construction group Laing O’Rourke and of Pennon, the UK Water and Waste-to-Energy company. <br /><br />Sir John has dealt at the highest level with every British Government since the late 1970s, and Chaired the Court of the Bank of England during the financial crisis. He was a member of the first UK Prime Minister’s Business Council and has led several inquiries for the British Government, most recently in the fields of Boardroom Diversity and Naval Shipbuilding. Among his many Institutional and Voluntary Sector roles, he was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton. He led Young Offenders into Work for 10 years when he was Chairman of National Grid. <br /><br />All this experience is distilled in the book, where Sir John analyses the corporate turnrounds, takeover battles, mergers and acquisitions that he has led. He lays out the principles and practices covering the highly topical issues of Corporate Governance and Boardroom Management. He details his deep insight into Britain’s manufacturing and energy industries. And he explains his support for a modern Industrial Strategy to drive the country’s future economic growth amid the unprecedented challenge of Brexit. <br /><br />Sir John’s aim with this book is to inform and inspire both those who currently hold positions of leadership in Business and the many thousands more who will be the leaders tomorrow. It is a vivid account of his working lifetime, a masterful overview of the British industrial landscape and a supremely-informed and authoritative handbook of Business leadership.<br /><br /><h2>Praise for The View From The Bridge</h2><br /><br /><B>'This outstanding book gives readers a unique insight into Sir John's remarkable career and enables them to download his unparalleled experience of industrial management and corporate governance.' Tom Enders - Group CEO, Airbus<br /><br />'This invaluable book is, at heart, a record of the contribution that an outstanding engineer can make to a nation's economic well-being. Sir John recounts the achievements of his exceptional career, the innumerable insights that he has garnered and the purpose to which he has put them. So the book becomes a masterclass which will inspire engineers present and future.' Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM - President of the Royal Academy of Engineering<br /><br />'Sir John Parker [also has] a profound understanding of the world outside the boardroom - political, social, environmental - that is very rare among industrialists. That perspective, at once broad and deep, runs like a river through the pages of this remarkable book.' Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<DIV>“Lovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.”—<B><I>Fortune</I></B><BR /><BR /> ”Enchanting,”—<B><I>New York Times</I></B><BR /><BR /> “I love this book! I think it is brilliant.”—<B>Ed Catmull,</B> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <I>Creativity Inc.</I><BR /><BR /><B>The revelatory saga of Pixar’s rocky start and improbable success</B><BR /><BR /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little‑known graphics company he owned called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard‑trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure. <BR /><BR /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories. Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar’s story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives. <BR /><BR />  “Part business book and part thriller—a tale that’s every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It’s also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.”—<B>Dan Lyons</B>, best-selling author of <I>Disrupted</I><BR /><BR /> “A natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.”<B><I>—Success Magazine</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</B> • <B>A top pick on <I>Fortune</I>’s Favorite Booksof 2016 • A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</B></DIV>
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
by Sean Howe

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

October 01, 2013

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<p>“Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world…That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.”<br />—Jonathan Lethem</p><p>“Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this book is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large.”<br />— Chuck Klosterman</p><p>Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics introduced a series of superhero characters with eye-catching bright costumes, smart banter, and compellingly human flaws that thrilled not just children but also pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals: The Fantastic Four. Spider-Man. The Hulk. The X-Men. Iron Man. Thor. Daredevil. All of them interacted in the same epic universe, weaving a tapestry of stories that, taken together, would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers.</p><p>For the first time, <em>Marvel Comics</em> tells the stories of the men who made Marvel, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; the late Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; Jack Kirby, the WWII veteran who’d co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company’s marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debate. Incorporating more than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy-year-span, <em>Marvel Comics</em> packs anecdotes and analysis into a gripping narrative of how a small group of people on the cusp of failure created one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America.</p>
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
by , John Helyar

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">“One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region> and Wall Street in the 1980’s.”<br />—<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">New York Times Book Review</i><br style="mso-special-character: line-break"><br style="mso-special-character: line-break"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">A #1 <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">New York Times </i>bestseller and arguably the <span style="COLOR: black">best business narrative ever written, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Barbarians at the Gate </i>is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar</span>, it includes a new afterword by the authors that brings this remarkable story of greed and double-dealings up to date twenty years after the famed deal. The <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Los Angeles Times</i> calls <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="COLOR: black">Barbarians at the Gate</span></i>, “Superlative.” The <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Chicago Tribune</i> raves, “It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account.” And in an era of spectacular business crashes and federal bailouts, it still stands as a valuable cautionary tale that must be heeded.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don'...
by Jim Collins

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

July 19, 2011

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<p><strong>The Challenge </strong><br /><em>Built to Last,</em> the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. </p><p>But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? </p><p><strong>The Study </strong><br />For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? </p><p><strong>The Standards </strong><br />Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.</p><p><strong>The Comparisons <br /></strong>The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? </p><p>Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. </p><p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:</p><ul type="DISC"><li><strong>Level 5 Leaders:</strong> The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. </li><li><strong>The Hedgehog Concept</strong> (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. </li><li><strong>A Culture of Discipline:</strong> When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. </li><li><strong>The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:</strong> Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.</li></ul><p>“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” </p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>
Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the...
by Ryan Serhant

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<i> ** USA Today </i>Bestseller<i> </i>**<i> Los Angeles Times </i>Bestseller ** <i>Wall Street Journal </i>Bestseller</b><br /><b><br />A lively and practical guide to sell anything and up your business game from one of the top realtors in the world and costar of Bravo's <i>Million Dollar Listing: New York</i> and <i>Sell It Like Serhant</i>.<br /></b><br />"Ryan is not only charming and hilarious, he could sell milk to a cow. This book is going to be very helpful and humorous to a lot of people looking to up their business game." <br /><b>- Andy Cohen, host of <i>Watch What Happens Live...</i> and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Superficial</i></b><br /><br />Ryan Serhant was a shy, jobless hand model when he entered the real estate business in 2008 at a time the country was on the verge of economic collapse. Just nine years later, he has emerged as one of the top realtors in the world and an authority on the art of selling. Whether you are selling a brownstone or a hot tub, golf balls or life insurance, Serhant shares the secrets behind how to close more deals than anyone else, expand your business, and keep clients coming back to you. <br /><br /><i>Sell It Like Serhant </i>is a smart, at times hilarious, and always essential playbook to build confidence, generate results, and sell just about anything. You'll find tips on:<br /><ul><li>The Seven Stages of Selling</li><li>Getting FKD: How to Be a Time Manager, Not a Time Stealer.</li><li>Negotiating Like A BOSS</li><li>"The One Who...": Everyone Needs a Hook</li><li>Pulling the Indecisive Client Forward</li><li>And Much More!</li></ul>This book is the blueprint for how to go from sales scrub to sales machine. Serhant provides useful lessons, lively stories, and examples that illustrate how anyone can employ his principles to increase profits and achieve success. Your measure of a good day will no longer depend on one deal or one client. A good salesperson never closes a deal and wonders, "What now?" The next deal is already happening. Serhant shares practical guidance on how to juggle multiple deals at once and close all of them EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. <br /><br />Whatever your business or expertise, <i>Sell It Like Serhant </i>will make anyone a master at sales.<br /><br />Ready, set, GO!<br />
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
by Michael Moss

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English

Pages

480

Publication Date

February 26, 2013

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<b><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>The Atlantic • The Huffington Post • Men’s Journal • MSN </i>(U.K.) • <i>Kirkus Reviews • Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE</b></b><br /><br />Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food, an industry that hauls in $1 trillion in annual sales. In <i>Salt Sugar Fat, </i>Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we ended up here. Featuring examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research. He takes us into labs where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages, unearths marketing techniques taken straight from tobacco company playbooks, and talks to concerned insiders who make startling confessions. Just as millions of “heavy users” are addicted to salt, sugar, and fat, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Salt Sugar Fat</i></b><br /> <br /> “[Michael] Moss has written a <i>Fast Food Nation</i> for the processed food industry. Burrowing deep inside the big food manufacturers, he discovered how junk food is formulated to make us eat more of it and, he argues persuasively, actually to addict us.”<b>—Michael Pollan</b><br />  <br /> “If you had any doubt as to the food industry’s complicity in our obesity epidemic, it will evaporate when you read this book.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br />  <br /> “Vital reading for the discerning food consumer.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br />  <br />“The chilling story of how the food giants have seduced everyone in this country . . . Michael Moss understands a vital and terrifying truth: that we are not just eating fast food when we succumb to the siren song of sugar, fat, and salt. We are fundamentally changing our lives—and the world around us.”<b>—Alice Waters</b><br />  <br /> “Propulsively written [and] persuasively argued . . . an exactingly researched, deeply reported work of advocacy journalism.”<b>—<i>The Boston Globe</i></b><br /><br />“A remarkable accomplishment.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

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