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Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS I...
by , Peter Fritsch

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English

Pages

330

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<b>Before Ukraine, before impeachment: This is the never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump鈥檚 Russia ties鈥攃ulminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report鈥攆rom the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS.<br /><br />鈥淎 fascinating read. An extraordinary book.鈥濃€擜ndrea Mitchell</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淎 master class in how Washington works.鈥?lt;i>鈥擳he Atlantic</i></b> <br /><br />Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms鈥攁nd opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump.<br /><br />What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption鈥攁nd the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion鈥檚 research going forward would be Trump鈥檚 entanglements with Russia.<br /><br />To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos鈥攚hich collectively became known as the Steele dossier鈥攖hat raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump鈥檚 ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet鈥攁 story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report.<br /><br />In <i>Crime in Progress</i>, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time鈥攁 tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time鈥攏o matter the costs.
The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant...
by Gregory Zuckerman

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br /><br />Gregory Zuckerman, the bestselling author of <i>The Greatest Trade Ever </i>and <i>The Frackers</i>, answers the question investors have been asking for decades: How did Jim Simons do it?<br /><br /><i>Shortlisted for the </i>Financial Times<i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</i></b><br /><br />Jim Simons is the greatest money maker in modern financial history. No other investor--Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Ray Dalio, Steve Cohen, or George Soros--can touch his record. Since 1988, Renaissance's signature Medallion fund has generated average annual returns of 66 percent. The firm has earned profits of more than $100 billion; Simons is worth twenty-three billion dollars.<br /><br />Drawing on unprecedented access to Simons and dozens of current and former employees, Zuckerman, a veteran Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, tells the gripping story of how a world-class mathematician and former code breaker mastered the market. Simons pioneered a data-driven, algorithmic approach that's sweeping the world.<br /><br />As Renaissance became a market force, its executives began influencing the world beyond finance. Simons became a major figure in scientific research, education, and liberal politics. Senior executive Robert Mercer is more responsible than anyone else for the Trump presidency, placing Steve Bannon in the campaign and funding Trump's victorious 2016 effort. Mercer also impacted the campaign behind Brexit.<br /><br /><i>The Man Who Solved the Market</i> is a portrait of a modern-day Midas who remade markets in his own image, but failed to anticipate how his success would impact his firm and his country. It's also a story of what Simons's revolution means for the rest of us.
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>A memoir of leadership and success</b>: The CEO of Disney, one of聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people of 2019,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently <i>themselves,</i> as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Kill...
by , Mark Olshaker

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<p>The legendary FBI criminal profiler, number-one聽<em>New York Times</em>聽bestselling author, and inspiration for the hit Netflix show聽<em>Mindhunter</em>聽delves deep into the lives and crimes of聽four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process, and divulging the strategies聽used to crack some of America鈥檚 most challenging cases.<br /><br />The FBI鈥檚 pioneer of criminal profiling, former special agent聽John Douglas, has studied聽and interviewed many of America鈥檚 most notorious killers鈥攊ncluding 聽Charles Manson,聽鈥漇on of Sam Killer鈥澛燚avid Berkowitz and聽鈥滲TK Strangler鈥澛燚ennis Rader鈥攖rained FBI agents and investigators around and聽the聽world, and聽helped educate the country about these deadly predators and how they operate, and has become a legend in popular culture, fictionalized in聽<em>The Silence of the Lambs</em>聽and the hit television shows聽<em>Criminal Minds</em>聽and聽<em>Mindhunter.</em></p><p>Twenty years after his famous memoir, the man who literally wrote the book on FBI criminal profiling opens his case files once again. In this riveting work of true crime, he spotlights four of the most diabolical criminals he鈥檚 confronted, interviewed and learned from. Going deep into each man鈥檚 life and crimes, he outlines the factors that led them to murder and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their聽means, motives, and聽true evil. Like the hit Netflix show,聽<em>The Killer Across the Table</em>聽is centered around Douglas鈥?unique聽interrogation and profiling process. With his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas recounts the chilling encounters with these four killers as he experienced them鈥攔evealing for the first time his profile methods in detail.聽</p><p>Going step by step through his interviews, Douglas explains how he connects each killer鈥檚 crimes to the specific conversation, and contrasts these encounters with those of other deadly criminals to show what he learns from each one. In the process, he聽returns to other famous cases, killers and interviews that have shaped his career, describing how the knowledge he gained from those exchanges helped prepare him for these.</p><p>A glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness,聽<em>The Killer Across the Table</em>聽unlocks the ultimate mystery聽of depravity and the techniques and approaches that have countered evil in the name of justice.</p>
Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid H...
by , John Connolly

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

October 10, 2016

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<b>You've read the Jeffrey Epstein headlines, now get the full story. The world's bestselling author, James Patterson, has written the definitive book on the billionaire pedophile at the center of the newly unsealed federal sex crimes case. </b><b><br /></b>Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins into the New York City and Palm Beach elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers -- and for people -- Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. That unceasing desire -- and especially a taste for underage girls --resulted in sexual-abuse charges, to which he pleaded guilty and received a shockingly lenient sentence. <br />Included here are police interviews with girls who have alleged sexual abuse by Epstein, as well as details of the investigation against him.<br /><br />
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Stephen A. Schwarzman

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>From Blackstone chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, the same lessons apply.</b><br /><br />People know who Stephen Schwarzman is鈥攁t least they think they do. He鈥檚 the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He鈥檚 the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He鈥檚 the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century鈥檚 version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China. But behind these achievements is a man who has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence.<br /> <br />Folding handkerchiefs in his father鈥檚 linen shop, Schwarzman dreamed of a larger life, filled with purpose and adventure. His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. After starting his career in finance with a short stint at a financial firm called DLJ, Schwarzman began working at Lehman Brothers where he ascended to run the mergers and acquisitions practice. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution.<br /> <br />Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn鈥檛 come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman鈥檚 simple mantra 鈥渄on鈥檛 lose money鈥?has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Both he and the firm are known for the rigor of their investment process, their innovative approach to deal making, the diversification of their business lines, and a conviction to be the best at everything they do.<br /> <br />Schwarzman is also an active philanthropist, having given away more than a billion dollars. In philanthropy, as in business, he is drawn to situations where his capital and energy can be applied to drive transformative solutions and change paradigms, notably in education. He uses the skills learned over a lifetime in finance to design, establish, and support impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. His gifts have ranged from creating a new College of Computing at MIT for the study of artificial intelligence, to establishing a first-of-its-kind student and performing arts center at Yale, to enabling the renovation of the iconic New York Public Library, to founding the Schwarzman Scholars fellowship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing鈥攖he single largest philanthropic effort in China鈥檚 history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman鈥檚 story is an empowering, entertaining, and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.
Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

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English

Pages

625

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from Walter Isaacson </b><b>brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is 鈥渁 study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it鈥ost important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life鈥?lt;/b><b> (<i>The New Yorker</i>).</b><br /><br />Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci鈥檚 astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson 鈥渄eftly reveals an intimate Leonardo鈥?(<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo鈥檚 genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.<br /> <br />He produced the two most famous paintings in history, <i>The Last Supper</i> and the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in <i>The Last Supper</i>. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of <i>Vitruvian Man</i>, made him history鈥檚 most creative genius.<br /> <br />In the 鈥渓uminous鈥?(<i>Daily Beast</i>) <i>Leonardo da Vinci</i>, Isaacson describes how Leonardo鈥檚 delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci 鈥渃omes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson鈥檚 ambitious new biography鈥 vigorous, insightful portrait鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>).
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
by , Bing West

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.</b><br /><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos </i>is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. <br /><br />Mattis divides his book into three parts: direct leadership, executive leadership, and strategic leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.<br /><i></i><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos</i> is a memoir of lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in...
by , Larry Alexander

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

December 19, 2012

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<b><b>THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: 鈥淏eautifully told.鈥?lt;i>鈥擟NN聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淎 remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.鈥濃€?lt;i>USA Today聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淥h, it鈥檚 a good one!鈥?lt;i>鈥擣ox News</i><br />聽<br />A 鈥渂eautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies鈥?emerges from the horrors of World War II in this <i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller by the author of <i>Spearhead</i>.聽<br /><i><br /></i></b></b><i>December, 1943</i>: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber鈥檚 tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler鈥攁nd he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...<br /><br />What happened next would defy imagination and later be called 鈥渢he most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.鈥?lt;br /><br />The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as 鈥渢op secret.鈥?It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

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