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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup-practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.
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Ben Horowitz, medeoprichter van Andreessen Horrowitz en een van Silicon Valleys meest gerespecteerde en ervaren ondernemers, biedt onmisbaar advies over het opzetten en runnen van een startup – praktische wijsheid voor het managen van de lastigste problemen waar de bedrijfsschool het niet over had, gebaseerd op zijn populaire “ben’s blog”. Hoewel mensen het vaak hebben over hoe geweldig het is om een bedrijf te starten, zijn ze maar zelden eerlijk over hoe moeilijk het is er een te runnen. Ben Horowitz analyseert de problemen waar leiders iedere dag tegenover staan, deelt de inzichten die hij heeft verworven met ontwikkelen, managen, verkopen, kopen, investeren en toezicht houden op technologiebedrijven. Als levenslange rapfanaat zet hij zijn bedrijfslessen bij met lyrics uit zijn favoriete nummers, en zegt hij waar het op staat als het gaat om vrienden ontslaan of personeel bij de concurrent vandaan halen, om het cultiveren en behouden van een CEO-mentaliteit of om weten wanneer je een geldslag moet slaan. Vol met zijn karakteristieke humor en duidelijke taal is The Hard Thing About Hard Things onmisbaar voor zowel ervaren ondernemers als strevers die net beginnen, en het is gebaseerd op Horowitzs persoonlijke en vaak ontzagwekkende ervaringen.
**Recensie(s)**

More than any other business book released this year, Hard Things gives an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to lead and scale a startup. — –Business Insider’s Best Business Books of 2014 This is easily one of the essential books every business leader should read if they’re looking for proven and honest management advice. — –Entrepreneur’s 25 Amazing Business Books from 2014 The most valuable book on startup management hands down — PandoDaily There is more than enough substance in Mr. Horowitz’s impressive tome to turn it into a leadership classic. — The Economist
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Hard Choices

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.”
In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted.
Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm’s way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day.
Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer listeners a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
This nine-CD abridgment is read by Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Half Bad

**Meet Nathan Byrn . . .**
He’s half White Witch, half Black Witch.
His mother was a healer, his father is a killer.
He’s been kept in a cage since he was fourteen.
But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both?
‘A book about witches with no owls and not a pair of round spectacles in sight. The new *Hunger Games,*I suspect… Brilliant and utterly compelling – I loved it.’ **Kate Atkinson, author of *Life after Life*and *Behind the Scenes of the Museum***
‘Teens rejoice: the inheritor to Stephenie Meyer’s crown has arrived.’ **Fiona Wilson, The Times**
‘Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written, *Half Bad* grips you from the first page and doesn’t let go.’ **Michael Grant, author of *Gone***
‘A brilliant debut that is both deeply unique and unsettling, one that chilled me to the bone and broke my heart even as I sped through its pages. This will haunt you.’ **Marie Lu, author of *Legend***
‘Take our word for it, this book is going to be huge.’ **Stylist**
‘Brilliantly paced with more than a few nasty surprises, *Half Bad* is a wickedly addictive read that will capture the imagination of any fan of YA fiction.’ **Starburst**
‘Not since the Harry Potter books – yes, I said it! – have I felt so fully immersed in an author’s creation… I couldn’t be more stoked over *Half Bad*, and this launch novel of a trilogy truly deserves all the hype surrounding it – and much more…’ **Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books**
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Four: A Divergent Collection

Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias Eaton’s point of view.
DIVERGENT, INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT were major blockbuster movies in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Readers first encountered Tobias Eaton as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias Eaton’s life.
The first three pieces in this volume – “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son” – follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions.
The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty – and love – that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
Exclusive scenes included!
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### Recensione
Praise for Divergent:
“The next big thing.” (Rolling Stone )
“If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this―this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you’re gonna be one lonely soul.” (PerezHilton.com )
“A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away” – Publishers Weekly
“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“DIVERGENT is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of ‘The Maze Runner
### Sinossi
Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias Eaton’s point of view.
DIVERGENT, INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT were major blockbuster movies in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Readers first encountered Tobias Eaton as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias Eaton’s life.
The first three pieces in this volume – “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son” – follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions.
The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty – and love – that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
Exclusive scenes included!

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

The #1 New York Times Bestseller and inspirational memoir by Michelle Knight, whose survival story gripped the world and continues to inspire and offer hope.Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.

The Final Winter: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel

**Critically acclaimed début novel of bestselling author, Iain Rob Wright. #1 Bestseller in Horror Fiction and Apocalyptic Fiction with hundreds of 5 star reviews.**
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It’s snowing…
Everywhere…
Over every inch of the Earth…
But that’s just the start…
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When grieving alcoholic Harry Jobson starts his latest beer, he expects to end the night face-down in vomit like he does every night–but that was before the strange snowstorm started. Instead, he finds himself trapped inside his local pub, The Trumpet, with an odd group of strangers. Recent news reports claim that the snow is falling in every country of the world. But that’s impossible…
Right?
The truth is too frightening to admit, but when the body of a mangled boy crashes through the window, Harry is forced to sober up and take charge. Something sinister lurks outside in the snow, and those inside are keeping terrible secrets.
*Iain Rob Wright’s debut novel is a masterclass of fear and suspense, sure to please horror fans everywhere. If you love the dark, mysterious tales of Stephen King or the claustrophobic terror of Brian Keene, you will love The Final Winter.*
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**SPECIAL EDITION BONUS CONTENT**
Seven additional short stories set during the events of The Final Winter, plus one additional stand-alone tale: THE PEELING OF SAMUEL LLOYD COLLINS
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## PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR
“Iain Rob Wright is sick and twisted.” David Moody, author of Autumn and the Hater series
“Iain Rob Wright scares the hell out of me.” J A Konrath, author of Origins and Afraid
“A Master of the genre.” Matt Shaw, author of the Black Cover books.
“Cuddle up to this novel and it might rip your throat out. A fun, thrilling read!” David T. Wilbanks – Co-author of Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road
“One of the BEST horror books I have read in YEARS!” – Eric S. Brown, author of Last Stand in a Dead Land
“Iain Rob Wright brings true excitement to the horror genre, with wholly original stories and characters to route for.” – Ryan C Thomas, author of Hissers, Rating’s Game, and Origin of Pain
“Iain Rob Wright is a champion of the genre, an author who could build tension, atmosphere, and genuine dread out of a delicate snowflake.” – Aaron Dries, award-winning author of House of Sighs
## Categories for The Final Winter
* haunted houses and ghost novels
* apocalyptic fiction
* supernatural books
* survival horror
* snow horror
* spooky horror novels
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### About the Author
Published author, Iain Rob Wright, was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the United Kingdom.  He is the author of several novels, including the highly acclaimed, The Final Winter, and the deeply disturbing thriller, ASBO.  
You can find him on Facebook or visit his website at iainrobwright.com

A Fighting Chance

A *NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER
**An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn’t—in *A Fighting Chance***
As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?
Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.
In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.
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Feathers

Witch Central goes to Costa Rica for summer vacation.

The Far Bank of the Rubicon

For three hundred years, the Pax Imperium secured peace throughout the galaxy. Now the empire teeters on the brink of collapse.As war brews, the House of Athena expects Jonas to enlist. Unable to escape his gilded cage, the young prince accepts his fate. But when the factions come to blows, his secret affair with the daughter of a rival becomes a liability. As territory falls, Athena lays impossible demands on Jonas, and he is forced to choose between love and the ideals his family fights to preserve.The Far Bank of the Rubicon is super-charged, adult science fiction from Erik Wecks, creator of the Pax Imperium and author of the critically acclaimed Aetna Adrift.
(source: Bol.com)

Everybody’s Got Something

Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, Everybody’s got something. So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times. Following her mother’s advice to make your mess your message, Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we’ve all got something – a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms – we’ve also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it’s all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.
**Recensie(s)**

With the infectious personality for which she’s known, Roberts details the support of family and friends and the people she’s met in her life and career who’ve inspired her by overcoming theirown challenges with the something that everybody inevitably faces. Booklist
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Every Inch of the Way

Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.
Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.
Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

Escapades of a Porno King

Jack had a great job! He wrote ‘hot’ books for a living during the days and practiced what he preached with two delicious young ladies by night!
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Enslaved

Anna’s entire life was scripted out before she was born by Devin Andersen, a man who doesn’t have her best interests in mind. She is destined to be a tool in his hands to gain ultimate power in the USA. No, not as the President, but as the man who controls the President.
Raised by an extremely abusive guardian, Anna was molded into the perfect tool for Devin’s use. Devin will use Anna’s unique gifts to control everyone around him and eventually take her gifts for himself.
When Devin took her for himself at the age of sixteen, she had a vision of a man. A man who Devin was very interested in. But why? Why would Devin care about a young girl’s dreams?
***WARNING***
This series is for grown-ups. This series is not for people who are easily offended, get nightmares easily, or have difficulty reading books about tough subjects. I do not glorify bad things, but bad things do happen to my poor characters. This is not your typical love story. My heroine does not fall in love and live happily ever after…at least not like the typical heroine. There is a happily ever after, but it is a long, painful journey to that end.
This series will likely offend you. This series might make you cry; it might make you throw up. It is a dark story. As my friend, Heidi, said, “It’s dark. It gets darker. It gets even darker, and then it gets even more darker. And then, just when you think it can’t get any darker, it does.”
You’ve been warned.
But, don’t worry. I take you to the deep end gradually. 😉
There are many sexual situations in this series. People die. People get hurt. Things aren’t always truly the way they appear to be. The antagonist isn’t just a bad guy; he’s EVIL. My hero is not perfect. He doesn’t always make the best choices, but his intentions are good. My heroine is human…-ish. 😉 Her worldview is skewed. Things that may appall you are perfectly normal to her. You’ll see why within a few chapters of Book One.
All sexual acts portrayed in this book are between persons of legal age (aka 18 years old). All sexual acts portrayed in this series are between non-related persons. Any violence is non-gratuitous and crucial to the plot and character development.
Do not read this if you are under the age of consent in your country. Do not get angry if the subject or actual book upsets you. If you’re reading this, you’ve been warned.
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End of Lies

With the return of the devious Kendall Stuart, the Red Ridge Pack must depend on Cami Moore to save them, and Cami Moore must decide if she can trust-and perhaps even love-the hunky Gavin Reed of Crescent Hills. THE BEGINNING OF THE END The Red Ridge Pack is in danger, and not from “normals” finding out that werewolves live in their midst. This time it’s one of their own, the beautiful Kendall Stuart. Treachery, ambush, murder. An alliance with an opposing wolf pack. For a young woman set on vengeance, nothing is too much. This time she’s not going to fail. But Kendall will be challenged. Arrayed against her and the Crescent Hills pack will be all those who survive the initial attack. Led by Cami Moore, as crafty as ever, the resistance will organize, infiltrate, strike where it hurts most. But first they must learn which hearts are true. Like Gavin Reed. Cami can’t figure out if the hunky, six-foot-four stranger wants more to kiss her or kill her, and where his loyalties lie. Something’s been building between them since the moment they met, and soon it will come an explosive conclusion.

Emozioni Di Corsa

Cosa si prova a correre? Quali sentimenti travolgono il cuore di un maratoneta che arriva primo alle olimpiadi? Che emozioni si vivono a correre 120km di corsa nel deserto?
Giancarlo Noviello, giornalista e runner, ha provato a dare una risposta a tutto ciò. E lo ha fatto intervistando alcuni tra i più noti protagonisti del mondo della corsa: Gelindo Bordin, Salvatore Bettiol, Orlando Pizzolato, Manuela Levorato sono solo alcuni dei più di trenta atleti intervistati, tra maratoneti, ultramaratoneti, triatleti e nordic walker. Il mondo della corsa e delle sue emozioni è esplorato a 360° attraverso gli occhi dei suoi protagonisti, dandone un estratto palpabile e vivo, che immerge il lettore nello splendore (e nella fatica) della corsa e dell’atletica leggera. Mille sfaccettature vengono analizzate, mille vittorie e sconfitte, insomma il vissuto dei runners viene esposto integralmente al lettore, che ne percepisce l’intensità e la profondità. Non solo, alle interviste atletiche è affiancato un interessante approfondimento apportato da alcune interviste a medici, osteopati, nutrizionisti e fisioterapisti che coadiuvano con la loro professionalità le squadre dei runners, permettendo loro di ottenere le migliori prestazioni possibili.
Un libro che senza dubbio resterà nel cuore dei protagonisti, ma anche di chiunque sia appassionato di sport in generale, e di running nello specifico.

Effective Modern C++

Coming to grips with C++11 and C++14 is more than a matter of familiarizing yourself with the features they introduce (e.g., auto type declarations, move semantics, lambda expressions, and concurrency support). The challenge is learning to use those features effectively – so that your software is correct, efficient, maintainable, and portable. That’s where this practical book comes in. It describes how to write truly great software using C++11 and C++14 – i.e. using modern C++. Topics include: The pros and cons of braced initialization, noexcept specifications, perfect forwarding, and smart pointer make functions The relationships among std::move, std::forward, rvalue references, and universal references Techniques for writing clear, correct, effective lambda expressions How std::atomic differs from volatile, how each should be used, and how they relate to C++’s concurrency API How best practices in old C++ programming (i.e., C++98) require revision for software development in modern C++ Effective Modern C++ follows the proven guideline-based, example-driven format of Scott Meyers’ earlier books, but covers entirely new material.
(source: Bol.com)