From Tulips to Bitcoins: A History of Fortunes Made and Lost in Commodity Market by Torsten Dennin
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Overview: Four Centuries of Speculation and Commodity Markets
From Tulips to Bitcoins is a fascinating look at big events in commodity and crypto markets from the Dutch Tulip Mania to Bitcoins today. It covers the Silver Thursday and the Hunt Brothers, the doom of Amaranth Advisors and Brian Hunter, Copper and the Congo, Gold, Rare Earths, Energy Metals, and Bitcoins, which rose from below 1,000 USD to above 20,000 USD within a year. These markets are on a crossroad of investing mega trends like demographics, climate change, electrification, and digitalization. By studying and learning from our past, we can make better decisions about the future. As Benjamin Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
From Franco to Freedom: The Roots of the Transition to Democracy in Spain, 1962-1982 by Miguel Angel Ruiz Carnicer
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Overview: This book brings together recent research by a group of specialists in history and sociology to provide a new reading of the late Franco dictatorship, especially in relation to its political culture. The authors focus on the election of local, trade union and national representatives, the work of the first Spanish sociologists, the struggle over administrative reform, the role of the media and the intellectuals, as well as the evolution of the dictatorship’s political class and its response to the regime’s decline. Not only are the politics of the late dictatorship scrutinised, but also the mechanisms that were deployed to control the fast-changing society of the 1960s and 1970s. In examining the late Franco period, the contributors do not believe that it contained the seeds of Spain’s later democratization, but maintain that certain sectorial regime initiatives – electoral and political changes, an evolving discourse and an interest in political processes outside Spain – made many Spaniards aware of the dictatorship’s contradictions and limitations, thereby encouraging its subsequent political and social evolution. This transformation is compared with the latter stages of the parallel dictatorship in Portugal. The great majority of Spaniards felt that the embrace of democratic freedoms and integration into the European Community was the only way forward during the Transition. But the shift from dictatorship to democracy from the 1960s onwards in Spain needs to be understood in relation to the multitude of political and social changes that took place – despite the opposition of Franco and the ‘bunker’ mentality of the regime. These changes manifested in a complex interaction between internal and external factors, which eventually resulted in the transformation of Spanish society itself.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Mediated Utopias: From Literature to Cinema (Mediated Fictions)
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Land of Jade. A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China by Bertil Lintner
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Overview: In August 1995, "Mr de Souza from Goa", his considerable body wrapped in a blanket, his jet black hair flowing gently in the breeze, and his eyes hidden by huge, dark, stylish sun glasses, arrived in Nagaland. With his diminutive and highly pregnant travel companion, he had slipped past various Indian checkpoints and intelligence setups, and a fantastic journey into hidden Burma began. The book that resulted from this journey has become a classic on recent Burmese history. Bertil and Hseng Noung Lintner spent one and a half years travelling through northern and eastern Burma from 1985 to 1987. Lintner describes with care and deep insight the struggle by the Kachin and Shan ethnic groups against Burmese army rule, and records the decline and fall of the CPB–the Communist Party of Burma. During their 2,275 kilometre trek, at times in great danger, they wrote the history of a 40-year forgotten war, a history which would otherwise never have been committed to paper in such rich detail. Their daughter Hseng Tai was born in Nagaland in India at the inception of the journey. The 1996 edition is updated, and contains a wealth of hitherto unpublished photographic material as well as detailed maps and plans
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
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How to Heal From The Loss Of Your Cat by Peggy Haymes
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Overview: "I miss my cat."
Do you know the feeling? Our cats can take up a huge place in our hearts and when they’re gone from our lives, our grief is just as real as it would be for any other loss. After all, they’re part of the family.
And yet, many people don’t understand why we’re so upset. In this article, counselor Peggy Haymes shares why this grief is so hard and provides tools for healing.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
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The Sun: NASA Images from Space by Beth Alesse
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Overview: The Sun: Images from Space has extraordinary images of beauty with over 130incredible details of our Sun taken from space. These images come from Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission instruments in conjunction with other various instruments such as those on the Mars Rover. Our Sun, a yellow dwarf star, is the main source of energy for life on Earth. Life grows and thrives because of it. The sun is at the middle of our solar system. Yet until recently, we have not been able to see much of it or even observe its basic characteristics because of its blinding electromagnetic energy.
Taken from space, these images were assembled using data collected by NASA and their partners showing our Sun as has not been revealed to us here on Earth, 93 million miles away. See the coronal mass ejections, electric currents, magnetic fields, solar wind, photosphere the chromosphere, the corona, and the hot plasma soup.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Education