- QuickviewLifeA fascinating biography of the visionary behind the shareholder activist movement"Bob Monks is a truly rare creature, not only a businessman turned political activist, which is rare enough, but an activist in and on behalf of business, which makes him virtually unique." –Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. author, Old Money: The Making of America′s Upper Class."A Traitor to His Class is a fascinating account of an idealistic visionary in action." –Ben Makihara, Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation."A superbly written book that provides a fascinating and candid insight on the brilliant but complex Bob Monks. A must read for any director, corporate shareholder, or employee of a public enterprise." –L. Dennis Kozlowski, Chairman and CEO, Tyco International Ltd."One of the most interesting players in the development of corporate governance has been (the often controversial) Bob Monks. This well–written and lively biography puts him and his role in perspective–scholars, for information, and CEOs, for survival, ought to read it." –John Biggs, Chairman, President and CEO, TIAA–CREF."An interesting story of one of the early proponents of changes in corporate governance and a formidable personal opponent in several corporate battles." –Martin Lipton, Esq., Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.Ask anyone who knows Robert Monks to describe him, and words such as "visionary," "determined," and "passionate" will surface. He is, in fact, all this and much more. At six–foot–six, he is a formidable presence, but the respect he demands has less to do with his physical stature than with his influential status as a driving force behind the shareholder activist movement – an initiative that began as a self–proclaimed "mission" to improve corporate governance and accountability, and that is now an integral part of contemporary business and investing. Now, the remarkable history of the movement and one of its pioneers is told.Though born into a wealthy and powerful Boston family whose roots were established in New England before the Revolution, Robert Augustus Gardner Monks was never intent on simply leading a life of privileged luxury. Driven by a deep desire to make himself "useful to the world," he took steps to meet this end. He graduated from Harvard University –Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude–and Harvard Law School, and subsequently joined Boston′s second largest law firm where he became one of its youngest partners ever. Monks then embarked on a new path which led him towards his ultimate goal of far–reaching public service.Vividly tracing his extraordinary journey, A Traitor to His Class follows Monks′s experiences as businessman, corporate attorney, venture capitalist, regulator, and finally, shareholder activist. Written with exclusive access to Monks himself, as well as his collection of notes, speeches, and correspondence, it covers his numerous accomplishments –as well as a few defeats. Included are his term as the Department of Labor′s pensions administrator; his bid for the Sears board of directors, a run that won him recognition as "the leader of the battle to reform American corporate governance"; and his three attempts at the Senate, all of which were invaluable training for the guerrilla war he would wage on big business.Instrumental to his battle is his brainchild, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which today handles voting for hundreds of corporate and government pension funds and represents a deciding factor in many contentious proxy votes at large companies both here and abroad. A Traitor to His Class intricately details ISS′s growing impact, as well as that of the Lens Fund, whose forays into poorly managed corporations have set new precedents for shareholder activism.The biography of a man who dared to demand that Corporate America be answerable to both its owners and society, A Traitor to His Class is an engaging and enthralling look at one of today′s hottest, most controversial movements in business.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionThe more you use the brain, the more it grows. Many in this world have never had the 'pleasure of using one's brain'. They know not what joy and gratification, what delight and satisfaction, what fun and contentment lies there in and they know not what they are missing. So folks, here is a chance to catch up with others because, this book which will act as a 'rich protein diet' that doctors say is essential for development of the brain. It offers to you a variety of thinkers, ticklers, teasers, squeezers and stranglers, that will turn and twist your brain and help you see a broader and bigger world before you. Thus making you proud when people call you intelligent, sharp, witty, humorous, quick, bright and logical.
- QuickviewLifeBorn the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours.It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionOne of the world's best-known biographers, Andrew Morton is a leading authority on modern celebrity, and one of the finest investigative writers of our age. His ground-breaking and controversial biography, Diana: Her True Story changed the public's perception of the British monarchy and became an instant bestseller. The original book was met with torrents of abuse from the British Establishment and the media. No one at that time would believe that in fact Diana had secretly collaborated with Andrew Morton in the writing of the book, until 1997 when its re-publication in the wake of her death showed beyond any doubt that she had in fact done so. Working with Morton on the book, Diana exposed life inside the royal family and shook the Establishment to its foundations. Sadly, however, the new life Diana had hoped for was tragically cut short. Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words allowed her to give her own account of life as a royal. The Princess's memory lives on, as does the public and press interest in her. This world bestseller bears testimony to Diana's life, finally allowing her to have her say. It is the closest we will ever come to her autobiography.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionThe life of the very private and media-shy Ella Fitzgerald has long been shrouded in a mixture of half-truths and fiction. What emerges in Stuart Nicholson's ground-breaking biography is a remarkable story of a poor black girl's determination to realize the American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. She succeeded, and is now the definition of "jazz singer" to millions, one of the greatest of all jazz musicians. In this fullest account ever of her life, Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues. Supplemented by Phil Schaap's authoritative discography, Ella Fitzgerald is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most popular American singers in history.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionIn this follow-up to her marvelous book, Mother God, Sylvia gives us many insights into our often-misunderstood Father God and the viewpoints about Him. From His history as put forth by humankind in the early days of organized religion to how we view Him today, Sylvia reveals His true attributes in a logical and truthful manner to give us a better understanding of our Father in heaven. Using her uncanny psychic skills and her ability to communicate with the Other Side, Sylvia dispels many of the false and traditional beliefs about the Father God and helps us to embrace Him more deeply and fully.Sylvia helps us see Father God in a different way . . . one in which everyone can gain a deeper understanding and love for this often-maligned Entity. If anyone wants to commune more closely with their Creator and to share His unmitigated and unconditional love, this fascinating book is the answer . . . for it not only shows us Sylvia's tremendous insight and love for Him, but also tells us how we can enjoy that same intimacy in our everyday lives. In her own indomitable style, Sylvia again shows us that she goes against many conventional beliefs in presenting a God that is truly all-loving, merciful, and forgiving . . . one Whom she has dedicated her life and work to in what she would say is . . . a labor of love.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionLeaders insist on sticking to the time-tested formulae of either functional leadership that focusses on operational excellence or smart leadership that focusses on growth. When a leader′s focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom-line profitability while missing out on top-line growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly. To strike a fine balance between the two From Smart to Wise provides a fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity. Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, Indra Nooyi, Ratan Tata and N.R. Narayana Murthy the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership that is both functional and smart.
- QuickviewLifeFOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When the school lunch lady asks Al and Keith to report back to her on their friend Beth's whereabouts, they thinks its really bizarre and are determined to find out why, especially when a lot of strange men with guns start showing up.
- QuickviewLifeHow do you get your 6-year-old to sleep on time? How do you get your child to socialize? How do you get your 5-year-old to stop throwing tantrums when she wants something? When conventional approaches such as reward and punishment don't work, what do you do? As much as being a joy and blessing to raise a child, parenting is a journey riddled with questions. As a parent, how do you know what's right for your child and you? Family counselor and columnist, Gouri Dange tackles all your parental woes with simple and reasoned answers and suggestions. Presented in an accessible question–answer format, More ABCs of Parenting provides practical solutions to demonstrate how there are answers to problems you thought were impossible.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionSylvia Browne, in her own indomitable style, again defies convention in this uniquely informative compilation of diligently researched facts and personal accounts about the premise of a female divinity - namely, the Mother God (also known as the feminine principle). Spanning time from the earliest beginnings of humankind, when the time of the 'Goddess' was at its peak, to the current era, with its myriad beliefs and religions, Sylvia takes us on a journey of discovery, where she discusses the suppression of the 'Mother Goddess' by the male-dominated politics of modern-day religious dogma. Using a combination of historical data and poignant and heartwarming stories revealing the power and miracles attributed to the Mother God, Sylvia leads us from the question of 'Does She exist?' to the logical, fact-based conclusion that She does ...and then shows us how to call upon Her to help us in our everyday lives.
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionKarisma Kapoor has played many roles from successful actor to businesswoman but her favourite is being mother to her two beautiful children, Samaira and Kiaan. In My Yummy Mummy Guide, she shares with you all her experiences from managing her pregnancy to losing all the weight afterwards to disciplining her kids. Here is great advice on finding the perfect maternity outfits, decorating your children's rooms, juggling work life and motherhood and planning the most stylish kiddie parties. From the first trimester to school's first semester, from growing-up issues to teen fads, My Yummy Mummy Guide is the most fun-filled best friend any mother could have. How to be glam at 40 weeks Finding that perfect nanny Managing me time Losing 24 kg in 9 months Book Features:Covers all issues from post-pregnancy diets to red-carpet maternity dressing Beautifully designed with stylish illustrations
- QuickviewLife, Non FictionWise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.