Brilliant project management

What the best project managers know, do and say

Brilliant Project Management Whether you are organising an important event or heading up a large team, running a project can be a daunting process. Spiralling costs and missed deadlines are part of everyday life for many project managers – in fact, more projects fail than succeed! But project management doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to manage projects that consistently meet deadlines and come in within budget

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Future crimes

Inside The Digital Underground and the Battle For Our Connected World

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today’s criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It’s disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats – before it’s too late.

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Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country.

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Dark art

The Dark Art: my undercover life in global narco-terrorism

What exactly is ‘undercover’? From a law-enforcement perspective, it’s the art of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements. Edward Follis mastered this dark art over the course of his distinguished 27 years with the US’s Drug Enforcement Administration, where he bought bags of coke in a red Corvette, negotiated multi-million-dollar deals on board private jets, and developed covert relationships with men who were not only international drug-traffickers, but ― in some cases ― operatives for Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Mexican federation of cartels. Spanning five continents and filled with harrowing stories about the world’s most ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis’s memoir reads like a thriller. Yet every word is true, and every story is documented. The first and only insider’s account of the confluence between narco-trafficking and terrorist organisations, The Dark Art is an electrifying page-turner.

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Bill hicks

Bill Hicks Live: Relentless

Live stand up performance from the late American comedian Bill Hicks. Recorded at the Centaur Theatre during the annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, Hicks discusses an array of topics including pornography, religion, war and mortality.

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Grass (Mainstream Sport)

Grass is the incredible story of Phil Sparrowhawk, a working-class boy with gambling in his blood. Like most punters, he enjoyed an incredible run of luck, but finally rolled the dice once too often.Coming from a family of bookmakers, he wanted to strike out on his own and before he had come of age he had accumulated a small fortune from street trading. He then staked his entire capital on Njinsky in the 1970 Derby – and won. With his now large capital base, he launched a business importing clothes. Enter Howard Marks (aka Mr Nice), who was enthused by Phil’s Far East connections and introduced him to the far more lucrative world of the ‘movement of beneficial herbs’ – or, as it is known to the authorities, drug smuggling. Phil struck out on his own and from his new base in Thailand became involved in many large-scale cannabis deals while at the same time developing highly successful legitimate businesses. Sailing close to the wind became Phil’s preferred choice of travel through life. Read of his encounters with Greenpeace, Mother Teresa, gangsters and leading politicians, Lord Moynihan, religious cults, former pop singers and many other diverse characters as his life became more and more surreal. The winning streak came to an end in 1988 when the US Drug Enforcement Agency closed in. Phil’s 30m fortune was promptly confiscated and he spent the next four years in two of Thailand’s most notorious jails before being extradited to the US,

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Business analyst

The Business Analyst’s Handbook

The Business Analyst (BA) plays an important role as liaison between business stakeholders and the technical team (software developers, vendors, etc.), ensuring that business needs are reflected in any software solution. Despite the importance of the job, there is currently no book specifically designed as a comprehensive reference manual for the working BA. The Business Analyst’s Handbook solves this problem by providing a useful compendium of tools, tables, lists, and templates that BAs can use on-the-job to carry out their tasks. For example, you might be preparing for an interview session and use the book’s checklist of interviewees to verify whether there is appropriate coverage of business stakeholders. Or you might be asked to review some diagrams and refer to the Glossaries of Symbols (organized by diagram type) for guidance. Or you may be asked to prepare textual requirements documentation and refer to the Business Requirement template for a list of artifacts and table of contents. Whatever your BA needs, the Business Analyst’s Handbook places the necessary information right at your fingertips.

A business analyst (BA) is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.
The role of a systems analyst can

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Change bring it one

A simple, workable framework for leading and managing successful business transformation

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof” J. K. Galbraith. Change is inevitable in any business but it is almost always resisted from within. As a management consultant Keely Nugent frequently witnesses the hurdles organisations face when implementing change within the business. Over the years she has also observed this same inflexibility in horses being prepared for international competitions. ‘Change: Bring it on!’ builds on tried and tested techniques and emotional engagement used in the training of horses and applies these theories to the world of business. Through the ongoing example of a fictional company, ‘Change: Bring it on!’ provides a very simple framework that demonstrates how to establish a winning team, how leaders should work together to achieve success, how to plan and manage change and how to deal with the inevitable obstacles along the way.

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Creative thinking plan

How to generate ideas and solve problems in your work and life

The processes involved in creative thought seem mysterious and can often elude us. Yet the ability to think creatively and productively is vital to our personal and professional lives.Creativity is a major economic force in the 21st century and an essential part of everyday life. Being smart in today’s world means we have to be flexible to the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Demands upon us can change daily, our personal circumstances alter and the markets within which we operate shift. To achieve harmony, balance and success through all this constant change we need to think creatively.

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Scotland (; Scots: [ˈskɔt.lənd]; Scottish Gaelic: Alba [ˈal̪ˠapə]) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by th

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Marrakesh ( or ; Arabic: مراكش‎‎ Murrākuš; Berber: ⴰⵎⵓⵔⴰⴽⵓⵛ Meṛṛakec), also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capita

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Civilization 6 killer apps of western power

In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six ‘killer applications’ that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. And he asks: do we still have these winning tools? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy?

In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. Yet, somehow, the West came to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium.

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History of Europe

History of Europe

From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire story of Europe in a single volume. It is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.

The history of Europe covers the peoples inhabiting Europe from prehistory to the present.
The period known as classical antiquity began with the emergence of the city-states of ancient Greece. Later, the Roman Empire came to dominate the entire Mediterran

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How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business

Jeff Howe coined the word ‘Crowdsourcing’ in a 2006 article for Wired magazine to describe the way in which the Internet has broken down traditional employer/employee relationships to create vibrant new enterprises that are ‘staffed’ by informal, often large gatherings of enthusiasts. A few weeks before the article hit the newsstands, a Google search for the word ‘Crowdsourcing’ returned zero results. One month after the article appeared, the same search returned nearly 500,000 hits.

Crowdsourcing is a specific sourcing model in which individuals or organizations use contributions from Internet users to obtain needed services or ideas. Crowdsourcing was coined in 2005 as a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing. This mode of sourcing, wh

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Morocco (; Arabic: المَغرِب‎, translit. al-maġrib, lit. ‘place the sun sets; the west’‎; Standard Moroccan Tamazight: ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ‎, translit. Lmeɣrib‎; French: Maroc), officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎, translit. al-Mamlakah

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Beat cancer

How to Regain Control of Your Health and Your Life

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you want to do everything possible to beat the disease. But with so much conflicting advice and so many options available, how do you decide on the best treatment plan for you? In this major new book, Professor Jane Plant and Professor Mustafa Djamgoz present a clear and scientifically sound 10-step programme to help you beat cancer. At a time when you may be feeling helpless and confused, this book provides the essential guidance you need to take control of your life and regain your health with targeted advice for specific cancers.

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Cancer chronicles

The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now under way – an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. He combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments and scientific hypotheses, to reveal what we know and don’t know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. His luminous accounts describe tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science’s comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them against the body.

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If a cell makes a mistake in copying its DNA during the process of division, p53 stops it in its tracks, summoning a repair team before allowing the cell to carry on dividing

All of us have lurking in our DNA a most remarkable gene, which has a crucial job – it protects us from cancer. Known simply as p53, this gene constantly scans our cells to ensure that they grow and divide without mishap, as part of the routine maintenance of our bodies. If a cell makes a mistake in copying its DNA during the process of division, p53 stops it in its tracks, summoning a repair team before allowing the cell to carry on dividing. If the mistake is irreparable and the rogue cell threatens to grow out of control, p53 commands the cell to commit suicide. Cancer cannot develop unless p53 itself is damaged or prevented from functioning normally. Perhaps unsurprisingly, p53 is the most studied single gene in history. This book tells the story of medical science’s mission to unravel the mysteries of this crucial gene, and to get to the heart of what happens in our cells when they turn cancerous. Through the personal accounts of key researchers, p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code reveals the fascination of the quest for scientific understanding, as well as the huge excitement of the chase for new cures – the hype, the enthusiasm, the lost opportunities, the blind alleys, and the thrilling breakthroughs. And as the long-anticipated revolution in cancer treatment tailored to each individual patient’s symptoms begins to take off at last, p53 remains at the cutting edge.

Tumor protein p53, also known as p53, cellular tumor antigen p53 (UniProt name), phosphoprotein p53, tumor suppressor p53, antigen NY-CO-13, or transformation-related protein 53 (TRP53), is any isoform of a protein encoded by homologous genes in various or

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Happiness by design

Outstanding, cutting-edge, and profound. If you’re going to read one book on happiness, this is the one’ Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How can we make it easier to be happy? Using the latest cutting-edge research, Professor Paul Dolan reveals that wellbeing isn’t about how we think – it’s about what we do. By making deliberate choices that bring us both pleasure and meaning, we can redesign our lives for maximum happiness – without thinking too hard about it.

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The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

The Sports Gene is a book written by David Epstein, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, on the effects of genetics and sports training on human athleticism. Through investigative journalism, Epstein takes the reader through his experiences regarding what makes the difference between an amateur and a pro-athlete. The book was published in August 2013 by Penguin Books.

The Sports Gene is a book written by David Epstein, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, on the effects of genetics and sports training on human athleticism. Through investigative journalism, Epstein takes the reader through his experiences regarding wh

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Triple package

Why do Jews win so many Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes?

Why are Mormons running the business and finance sectors? Why do the children of even impoverished and poorly educated Chinese immigrants excel so remarkably at school? It may be taboo to say it, but some cultural groups starkly outperform others. The bestselling husband and wife team Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and Jed Rubenfeld, author of The Interpretation of Murder, reveal the three essential components of success – its hidden spurs, inner dynamics and its potentially damaging costs – showing how, ultimately, when properly understood and harnessed, the Triple Package can put anyone on their chosen path to success.

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Science book

All the big ideas in science, simply explained

Part of the popular Big Ideas series, The Science Book explores the history of science, how scientists have sought to explain our incredible universe and how amazing scientific discoveries have been made. Discover how Galileo worked out his scientific theories of motion and inertia, why Copernicus’s ideas were contentious and what the discovery of DNA meant. All the big scientific ideas and discoveries are brought to life with quirky graphics, pithy quotes and step-by-step ‘mind maps’, plus every area of science is covered, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, maths and physics. You’ll be brought up-to-date on scientific ideas from black holes to genetic engineering with eye-catching artworks showing how the ideas of key scientists have impacted our understanding of the world. Whether you are a science student or just have an interest in scientific ideas, The Science Book is a perfect way to explore this fascinating subject.

A science book is a work of nonfiction, usually written by a scientist, researcher, or professor like Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time), or sometimes by a non-scientist such as Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything). Usually these books

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Essential project management

Project management procedures and how they should be implemented

An account of project management techniques to fit the needs of the non-specialist. Concentrating on the tasks of project definition, organization, estimating, planning and control and the role of purchasing, the book explains project management procedures and how they should be implemented.

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You can understand your dreams

This essential book teaches you everything you need to know about the dream world

You Can Understand Your Dreams is a practical guide to using our dreams to bring greater fulfilment into our waking lives. Drawing upon traditional Jungian analysis and techniques developed for his dream workshops, the late Professor David Fontana presents a series of nearly 30 exercises designed to improve the quality of dreams by making them more vivid and revealing, opening a path of step-by-step self-discovery and self-enrichment. Fontana’s numerous methods include contacting the dream world via the technique of recall or keeping a dream diary, combining extraordinary insight with practicality. He also suggests effective methods for remembering dreams, interpreting them, and decoding the vital messages they bring from the subconscious. He explains how dreams can help you to deal better with anxieties and enhance your personal relationships, and concludes with an A – Z directory of dream symbols and their meanings.

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Getting things done

GTD’ is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. ‘GTD’ is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

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Timeline of history

Timelines of History makes the past accessible to all families, students, and the general reader.

Timelines of History takes readers through the history of cultures and nations around the world from the emergence of our earliest African ancestors to the present day. Dynamic timeline spreads, features on influential people, places, events and innovations, and easily accessible cross-references all build into a narrative that takes readers back and forth through time.

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Richard Templar

Pithy, self-contained ideas are so straightforward that you can even read the book itself without trying too hard

In this clever book, bestselling author Richard Templar delivers a collection of principles, tactics and techniques that will make sure things always get done, without you ever having to break a sweat or stay up into the small hours to do it.

Richard Templar is the pen name of a British author who has written several self-development books. He shares his “path to success” in a series of books, in which 100 simple “Rules” are presented to achieve success: be it in business, money, or life in gen

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

FIRE gave us power. FARMING made us hungry for more. MONEY gave us purpose. SCIENCE made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Hebrew: קיצור תולדות האנושות‎‎) is a book by Professor Yuval Noah Harari first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011, and in English in 2014. Harari cites Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) as one of the gr

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Science for life

Science for Life is your guide to surviving and thriving in the modern world

In Science for Life acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg cuts through the vested interests and confusing contradictory statements that litter the media and the internet, to give a clear picture of what science is telling us right now about changing our lives for the better. Discover the much-advertised antioxidants that aren’t good for you, the truth about fat and sugar and why one of the healthiest foods contains carcinogens and 21 E-numbers. Find out what does and what doesn’t enhance brainpower – from the failure of playing Mozart to babies to the surprising abilities of caffeine and nicotine. Understand the tools that advertisers use to persuade us and how to turn the psychological pressure back on them. From the shortcomings of the five second rule to the truth about phone masts and nuclear power, kept up-to-date on a partnering website, Science for Life is your guide to surviving and thriving in the modern world.

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