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Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street

**“ *Business Adventures* remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” —Bill Gates, *The Wall Street Journal** *
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime *New Yorker* contributor John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . .  *Business Adventures*  is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best. **
### Review
“[Brooks] provides the early version of what we think of as Malcolm Gladwell–style or *Freakonomics* -style lessons. . . . But Brooks features another trait that modern business writers, whether James Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, or Michael Lewis, do not. Brooks is truly willing to give up his own views to get inside the mind of all his subjects.” — *National Review*
“More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published— *Business Adventures* remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.” —Bill Gates, *The Wall Street Journal*
“The prose is superb. Reading Brooks is a supreme pleasure. His writing turns potentially eye-glazing topics (e.g., price-fixing scandals in the industrial electronics market) into rollicking narratives. He’s also funny. . . . He tells entertaining stories replete with richly drawn characters, setting them during heightened moments within the world of commerce.” — *Slate*
### Book Description
**This business classic written by longtime *New Yorker* contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging you-are-there look  into corporate and financial life in America. **

Building Tools With GitHub

For your next project on GitHub, take advantage of the service’s powerful API to meet your unique development requirements. This practical guide shows you how to build your own software tools for customizing the GitHub workflow. Each hands-on chapter is a compelling story that walks you through the tradeoffs and considerations for building applications on top of various GitHub technologies. If you’re an experienced programmer familiar with GitHub, you’ll learn how to build tools with the GitHub API and related open source technologies such as Jekyll (site builder), Hubot (NodeJS chat robot), and Gollum (wiki). * Build a simple Ruby server with Gist API command-line tools and Ruby’s “Octokit” API client * Use the Gollum command-line tool to build an image management application * Build a GUI tool to search GitHub with Python * Document interactions between third-party tools and your code * Use Jekyll to create a fully-featured blog from material in your GitHub repository * Create an Android mobile application that reads and writes information into a Jekyll repository * Host an entire single-page JavaScript application on GitHub * Use Hubot to automate pull request reviews

Building Serverless Microservices in Python

**A practical guide for developing end-to-end serverless microservices in Python for developers, DevOps, and architects.**
#### Key Features
* Create a secure, cost-effective, and scalable serverless data API
* Use identity management and authentication for a user-specific and secure web application
* Go beyond traditional web hosting to explore the full range of cloud hosting options

#### Book Description
Over the last few years, there has been a massive shift from monolithic architecture to microservices, thanks to their small and independent deployments that allow increased flexibility and agile delivery. Traditionally, virtual machines and containers were the principal mediums for deploying microservices, but they involved a lot of operational effort, configuration, and maintenance. More recently, serverless computing has gained popularity due to its built-in autoscaling abilities, reduced operational costs, and increased productivity.
Building Serverless Microservices in Python begins by introducing you to serverless microservice structures. You will then learn how to create your first serverless data API and test your microservice. Moving on, you’ll delve into data management and work with serverless patterns. Finally, the book introduces you to the importance of securing microservices.
By the end of the book, you will have gained the skills you need to combine microservices with serverless computing, making their deployment much easier thanks to the cloud provider managing the servers and capacity planning.
#### What you will learn
* Discover what microservices offer above and beyond other architectures
* Create a serverless application with AWS
* Gain secure access to data and resources
* Run tests on your configuration and code
* Create a highly available serverless microservice data API
* Build, deploy, and run your serverless configuration and code

#### Who this book is for
If you are a developer with basic knowledge of Python and want to learn how to build, test, deploy, and secure microservices, then this book is for you. No prior knowledge of building microservices is required.

Build Your Website With HTML5 and CSS3

Do you dream of learning how to create websites but are afraid that it’s too complicated as you’re a beginner?
This book is made for you! It’s designed for beginners and will allow you to discover HTML5 and CSS3, the latest technologies in terms of website design.
A course designed for beginners
No prerequisites, other than knowing how to turn on your computer
Gradually increasing difficulty so as not to lose anyone on the way
Praised by information technology teachers and professionals, as well as by their students!
Build the website you’ve always dreamed of!
What is a website and how do pros manage to create them?
Install the software you need, whether you’re running Windows, Mac or Linux
Discover HTML5 tags to structure your website
Format your web pages through CSS3
Improve your website page layout step by step through practical work!
Easily insert images and videos on your website
Host your website on the Web
Who is this book aimed at?
Computer enthusiasts who want to go further with their computer
Students in the field of new technologies seeking to produce course handouts
Anyone wanting to create websites
Mathieu Nebra alias [email protected] is the founder of the Site du Zéro website.
As a young man with a passion for new technologies, he scoured bookshops unsuccessfully in an attempt to find books suitable for teaching beginners.
To prove it was possible to do things “more clearly and simply,” he created the Site du Zéro website, which has now become the reference for online courses for beginners with several million visitors each month.
His previous books on programming are now bestsellers and have helped many beginners learn C, PHP, Linux, C++, etc.

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

**Publisher’s Weekly**
Denton ( Wrack and Roll ) offers pop culture, tabloid headlines and rock ‘n’ roll in an entertaining blend reminiscent of such quirky films as Repo Man and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. Kansas computer salesman Oliver Vale, who was conceived at the very moment that Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in Iowa, is surprised when Holly appears suddenly on televisions all over the world, apparently resurrected with his guitar on the bleak surface of Ganymede, with a sign bearing Oliver’s name and address. Fleeing angry neighbors and the FCC, who believe he’s responsible, Oliver heads for Lubbock, Tex., to visit Holly’s grave and learn whether he has indeed been raised. The broadcast continues unabated, and Oliver’s pursuers grow to include two groups of space aliens, a cyborg guard dog, a renegade CIA operative and Oliver’s own confused therapist, all heading for a transcendental climax at a Kansas drive-in. As the plot gathers momentum, Oliver’s memories and his mother’s diary entries capture the impulses at the heart of American popular culture. Although the finish doesn’t quite come off, Denton’s masterful balancing of humor, action and perceptive characterization yields intelligent, moving entertainment. **Library Journal**
When televisions worldwide begin broadcasting a nonstop, noninterruptible live performance by Buddy Holly purporting to originate somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter, Oliver Vale–the apparent object of the broadcasts–finds himself drafted for a mission so secret that even he is not sure of its purpose. Denton ( Wrack and Roll , Warner, 1986) fills this supremely funny novel with warring space aliens disguised as humans, a robot dog, a psychopathic assassin, an overzealous psychologist and her jealous husband, a motorcycle gang, and a messianic televangelist–all to prove that rock ‘n’ roll never really died. A good supplementary purchase for most general fiction and sf collections.


**A modern classic in Japan on par with *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* or *The Catcher in the Rye, Botchan* is a very popular Japanese novel and still widely read decades after its first publication.**
*Botchan* , a timeless Japanese novel written by Japan’s most beloved novelist, Soseki Natsume, is now available in a revised edition featuring a new foreword by Dennis Washburn, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College. Prof. Washburn’s foreword places the importance of both the author and the book into perspective for the modern reader.
Botchan’s story is a familiar one: the youngest son in a middle-class Tokyo family, he is consistently in the shadow of his elder brother. With a practically nonexistent relationship with his family, Botchan finds himself cast adrift after both his parents die. Now on his own, Botchan drifts through college only to find himself thrust into a teaching job in the unfamiliar realm of a country school, far from Tokyo and the life he has known. Botchan’s difficulty adjusting to his new life is eloquently described, from his nosy landlord to his students, who delight in tormenting the newcomer from the big city.
Through it all, Botchen’s life is threaded with his vacillating concern for Kiyo, the family servant he left behind who was the only person to give him love and understanding in his life. Regardless of where he goes or what he does, he is always trying to apply the lessons she taught him to his life.


**A practical, armchair travel guide that explores eighty of the most iconic literary locations from all over the globe that you can actually visit.**
A must-have for every fan of literature, *Booked* inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in *To Kill a Mockingbird* *,* Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in *Pride and Prejudice* , and the Kyoto Bridge from *Memoirs of a Geisha*. The full-color photographs throughout reveal the settings readers have imagined again and again in their favorite books.
Organized by regions all around the world, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots.
*Booked* features special sections on cities that inspired countless literary works like a round of locations in Brooklyn from Betty Smith’s iconic *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* to Jonathan Lethem’s *Motherless Brooklyn* and a look at the New Orleans of Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice.
Locations include:
Central Park, NYC ( *The Catcher in the Ry* e, JD Salinger)
Forks, Washington ( *Twilight* , Stephanie Meyer)
Prince Edward Island, Canada ( *Anne of Green Gables* , Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario ( *Alias Grace* , Margaret Atwood)
Holcomb, Kansas ( *In Cold Blood* , Truman Capote)
London, England ( *White Teeth* , Zadie Smith)
Paris, France ( *Hunchback of Notre Dame* , Victor Hugo)
Segovia, Spain, ( *For Whom the Bell Tolls* , Ernest Hemingway)
Kyoto, Japan ( *Memoirs of a Geisha* , Arthur Golden)

Blood War

“Tsk, tsk,” Erland muttered, shaking his head in mock sympathy. “Perhaps Lissa should raise the topic of Diplomatic Immunity at the Conclave.”
“That, my friend, would be inadvisable. She is new and many will be waiting, as vultures do when an ox is dying.”
“I know. At times, I feel the need to cover myself in oil, just to slip through the tripe and garbage of Wylend’s court. Lissa will have to contend with five hundred times that when she goes to Conclave.”
“I fear that no amount of diplomatic oil will keep her from the shock that is coming. She will be snubbed and mistreated by many, I fear. Not only because she is a new monarch, but because there is a price on her head. Most will be placing as much distance between that and themselves as they can get. It is never wise to befriend one who is marked by the Assassin’s Guild. That is usually a death waiting to happen.”
Death has come to Le-Ath Veronis. A would-be assassin, aiming at Lissa, kills someone close to her instead. A price has been placed on Lissa’s head by Black Mist, an assassin’s guild who have been paid by a reassembled Solar Red. Throw in a spin-off religion, betrayal, a misguided kidnapping and the Five-Year Conclave for the Reth Alliance, and you have the seeds of war.

Blood Wager

“I agree to pay Sergio Velenci one million pounds if the female takes less than nine days to fully turn.”
Lissa’s life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogue vampires who wager her life, Lissa is forced to run from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the vampire council who has branded her a rogue, and blackmailed by the werewolves, who wish to utilize her newly-developed talents for their own gain.

Blood Sense

Saxom is dead. The vampires know this. Anthony Hancock, Director of the Joint NSA/Homeland Security Department, knows it as well. Tony and the vampires are now on the hunt for Saxom’s brood, all of whom are determined to avenge their sire’s death. Neither Tony nor the vampires are aware of the other’s efforts to search out these rogues, who may number in the hundreds at the very least. Tony holds information the vampires don’t—he knows that Xenides, Saxom’s eldest vampire child, has allied with terrorists (both foreign and domestic). Tony also neglects to provide vital information to Wlodek when he requests Lissa’s help. While struggling to recover from a near-fatal bout with the sun, Lissa fails to understand why Wlodek willingly sends her away on assignment so quickly. With very little information provided to her, Lissa is forced to face an enemy more deadly than anyone can imagine and unravel a plot that could kill millions.

Blood Reunion

“My love, the child almost died.” Lissa looked up in surprise at Roff’s words. His wings rustled after he spoke – he normally didn’t involve himself in the politics of Le-Ath Veronis. Not to this extent, anyway.
“I know, honey. And now two other children are likely to die as a result. Yes, I know they did this, but I’m not convinced we have all the ones involved in the crime.”
Toff’s life is in danger – someone from the Green Fae village wants him dead. In fact, the entire Fae community has begun to grumble as Kifirin’s judgment looms. With only a few exceptions, the Fae focus their anger (and the blame) on Toff, who fails to understand why everyone now seems to be against him.

Blood Redemption

“Radomir handled the meeting, because Gavin wanted to kill Norian Keef. Norian sat inside Gavin’s office at the palace, nervously tapping a foot. That in itself irritated Gavin to the point of red-eyed, lengthy-fanged murder. Radomir worked to calm Norian while Gavin looked on, mentally considering the many, painful ways Norian might meet his end.”
Assignments are handed out at the end of every Conclave, and Lissa has been given the assignment to act as Liaison for the ASD (Alliance Security Detail)—the Founder and Twenty Charter Members of the Reth Alliance have made that decision. As Lissa says, “you don’t show up for the meeting, you get the assignment.” She doesn’t realize, at first, that the Founder intends her position to be hands-on.
Norian Keef, Director of the ASD, is hot on the trail of Solar Red, which is working its way into the Alliance, posing as legitimate religions and offering payouts to kings and governors to slip past Alliance rules. Solar Red has hired Black Mist to kill Lissa, but Black Mist has its own agenda where Lissa is concerned.
Viregruz, Black Mist’s founder, has a personal vendetta against Lissa and will stop at nothing to eliminate the Vampire Queen. All it will take, in his estimation, is a few unguarded words to one of the spies placed on Le-Ath Veronis…..