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A crown of swords

SUMMARY: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. THE WHEEL OF TIME Book One:The Eye of the World Book Two:The Great Hunt Book Three:The Dragon Reborn Book Four:The Shadow Rising Book Five:The Fires of Heaven Book Six:Lord of Chaos Book Seven:A Crown of Swords Book Eight:The Path of Daggers Book Nine:Winter’s Heart Book Ten:Crossroads of Twilight

A colossal failure of common sense: the inside story of the collapse of Lehman Brothers

SUMMARY: One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers–right from the belly of the beast. In “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense,” Larry McDonald, a Wall Street insider, reveals, the culture and unspoken rules of the game like no book has ever done. The book is couched in the very human story of Larry McDonald’s Horatio Alger-like rise from a Massachusetts “gateway to nowhere” housing project to the New York headquarters of Lehman Brothers, home of one of the world’s toughest trading floors. We get a close-up view of the participants in the Lehman collapse, especially those who saw it coming with a helpless, angry certainty. We meet the Brahmins at the top, whose reckless, pedal-to-the-floor addiction to growth finally demolished the nation’s oldest investment bank. The Wall Street we encounter here is a ruthless place, where brilliance, arrogance, ambition, greed, capacity for relentless toil, and other human traits combine in a potent mix that sometimes fuels prosperity but occasionally destroys it. The full significance of the dissolution of Lehman Brothers remains to be measured. But this much is certain: it was a devastating blow to America’s–and the world’s–financial system. And it need not have happened. This is the story of why it did.

A Clash of Kings

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Here is the second volume in GEORGE R. R. MARTIN’S magnificent cycle of novels that includes **A Game of Thrones** and **A Storm of Swords**. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN’S stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.**A CLASH OF KINGS**A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

A Briefer History of Time

EDITORIAL REVIEW: From One of the Most Brilliant Minds of Our TimeComes a Book that Clarifies His Most Important Ideas****Stephen Hawking’s worldwide bestseller, **A Brief History of Time***,* remains one of the landmark volumes in scientific writing of our time. But for years readers have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts—the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe. Professor Hawking’s response is this new work that will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.… ****Although “briefer,” this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking’s earlier work. **A Briefer History of Time** both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the field—from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make** A Briefer History of Time** an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.**

A brief history of time

SUMMARY: A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro—and the macrocosmic world—observations that have confirmed many of Hawking’s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book.Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the universe.

The 9th Judgment

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The most personalA young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. **The most dangerous******The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars’ worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. **The most exciting Women’s Murder Club novel ever******Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich–and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line–but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, *The 9th Judgment *is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

The 8th Confession

EDITORIAL REVIEW: As San Francisco’s most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching–waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city’s most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it’s the *perfect* murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed–a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be *huge*. Probing deeper into the victim’s history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought. As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women’s Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women’s Murder Club series, *The 8th Confession* serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More With Less

How anyone can be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle–the well-known, unpublicized secret that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts.
The 80/20 principle is one of the great secrets of highly effective people and organizations.
Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? **The 80/20 Principle** shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today’s business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.
The unspoken corollary to the 80/20 principle is that little of what we spend our time on actually counts. But by concentrating on those things that do, we can unlock the enormous potential of the magic 20 percent, and transform our effectiveness in our jobs, our careers, our businesses, and our lives.

8 Oral Sex Games For Ultimate Fun & Pleasure

Techniques That Will Drive Her Wild!
For many women intercourse isn’t enough to get them from “oh” to “oh-YES!”. Getting a woman to orgasm has more to do with movement of your lips than what you do with your hips. This ultimate oral sex guide teaches you all of the mouth moves you need to go down on a woman skillfully.
Based on the bookOral Sex She’ll Never Forget , this guide gives 8 cunnilingus secrets. You’ll learn how to combine positions, mouth moves, hand strokes, sex toys, seduction and setting to create the most exciting oral sex experience for her. Surprise your lover with something new and exciting.

Whether she’s in the mood for something playful or a little naughty, sexy photography and detailed illustrations show you exactly how to hit her hot spots and have her beg for more.

Cunnilingus isn’t just about mouth to genital contact. It’s an experience that should engage all the senses and thrill her body from head to toe. 8 Oral Sex Games For Ultimate Fun & Pleasure teaches you mindblowing mouth moves as well as unique positions, little known female erotic zones, and hot foreplay to get her in the mood.

Whether you’re looking for new techniques or sure-fire ways to give her an orgasm (or two…or three) this bedside guide is all you need to give her incredible oral sex.
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7th Heaven

Two cases have pushed Detective Lindsay Boxer to the limit. The hunt for a deranged murderer with a taste for fire, and a devastating new lead in the high-profile disappearance of the governor’s son combine in an electrifying series of…

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70 Top Green Smoothie Recipe Book

”70 Top Green Smoothie Recipe Book” is a text that gets right to the point. The reader gets to learn what smoothies are, the equipment required to make them as well as the best fruits and vegetables that can be used to make vegetables. The text of course also has some great smoothie recipes in the last set of chapters. The smoothie is becoming an increasingly popular drink of choice and as such many persons are a looking for great recipes that they can prepare in their own homes. Of course there are many stores available nowadays where one can get a smoothie of choice but nothing tastes better than a smoothie that is prepared at home. The ingredients are things that would normally be purchased and the equipment required is something that you would already have in the home. The aim that the author has is to let persons know a bit of information about smoothies and also to provide some great smoothie recipes as well.

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61 hours

61 Hours (Jack Reacher Series #14) by Lee Child
Jack Reacher is back.

The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.
A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.
Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman whose life he’ll risk his own to save.

In **61 Hours**, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come.

The 5th Horseman

SUMMARY: It is a wild race against time as Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, attorney Yuki Castellano, lead an investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths–and reveal a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, the Women’s Murder Club hunts for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff. The newest addition to the top selling new mystery series takes the Women’s Murder Club to the most terrifying heights of suspense they have yet to encounter. THE 5TH HORSEMAN proves once again that James Patterson is “the page-turningest author in the game right now ” (San Francisco Chronicle).

5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology

5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology follows the authors’ highly celebrated books on 3G and 4G by providing a new level of insight into 5G NR. After an initial discussion of the background to 5G, including requirements, spectrum aspects and the standardization timeline, all technology features of the first phase of NR are described in detail.

Included is a detailed description of the NR physical-layer structure and higher-layer protocols, RF and spectrum aspects and co-existence and interworking with LTE. The book provides a good understanding of NR and the different NR technology components, giving insight into why a certain solution was selected.

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Key radio-related requirements of NR, design principles, technical features
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Details of basic NR transmission structure, showing where it has been inherited from LTE and where it deviates from it, and the reasons why
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NR Multi-antenna transmission functionality
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Detailed description of the signals and functionality of the initial NR access, including signals for synchronization and system information, random access and paging
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LTE/NR co-existence in the same spectrum, the benefits of their interworking as one system
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The different aspects of mobility in NR RF requirements for NR will be described both for BS and UE, both for the legacy bands and for the new mm-wave bands
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Gives a concise and accessible explanation of the underlying technology and standards for 5G NR radio-access technology
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Provides detailed description of the NR physical-layer structure and higher-layer protocols, RF and spectrum aspects and co-existence and interworking with LTE
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Gives insight not only into the details of the NR specification but also an understanding of why certain solutions look like they do

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5 Steps to a 5

**A PERFECT PLAN FOR THE PERFECT SCORE**
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**Score-Raising Features Include:**
•3 full-length practice exams 
•Hundreds of practice exercises with thorough answer explanations
•Comprehensive overview of the AP Computer Science A exam format 
•AP scoring guideline for the free-response section of the practice exams
•Two full sections devoted to algorithm writing and two levels of sample questions for each Java concept (basic & advanced)
•Clear and complete explanations for all multiple-choice questions, free-response problems, as well as the Java code solutions
•Demonstrations of the multiple ways to solve problems by providing alternate solutions to many free-response questions
•Specific common errors section for each free-response question as well as driver code programs for selected free-response questions
**FREE** AP Planner app that delivers a customizable study schedule for tests in the book, and extra practice questions to your mobile devices (see the last page of the books for details)
**The 5-Step Plan:**
**Step 1:** Set up your study plan with three model schedules
**Step 2:** Determine your readiness with an AP-style Diagnostic Exam
**Step 3:** Develop the strategies that will give you the edge on test day
**Step 4:** Review the terms and concepts you need to achieve your highest score
**Step 5:** Build your confidence with full-length practice exams
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