Nassim Nicholas Taleb´s landmark Incerto series is an investigation of luck, uncertainty, probability, opacity, human error, risk, disorder, and decision-making in a world we don´t understand, in nonoverlapping and standalone books. All four volumes-Antifragile, The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and the expanded edition of The Bed of Procrustes, updated with more than 50 percent new material-are now together in one ebook bundle. ANTIFRAGILE ´´Startling . . . richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides.´´-The Wall Street Journal Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls ´´antifragile´´ is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better. What is crucial is that the antifragile loves errors, as it incurs small harm and large benefits from them. Spanning politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine in an interdisciplinary and erudite style, Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world. THE BLACK SWAN ´´[A book] that altered modern thinking.´´-The Times (London) A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows that black swan events underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives, and yet we-especially the experts-are blind to them. FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS ´´[Fooled by Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther´s ninety-five theses were to the Catholic Church.´´-Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? Fooled by Randomness is about luck: more precisely, about how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill-the markets-Fooled by Randomness is an irreverent, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining exploration of one of the least understood forces in our lives. THE BED OF PROCRUSTES ´´Taleb´s crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems.´´-Financial Times This collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses Taleb´s major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical views of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.
Earning comparisons to such sci-fi/fantasy greats as Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and George R. R. Martin, Peter F. Hamilton is a one-of-a-kind voice in space opera. His interstellar adventures are hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, and philosophically stimulating. Now Hamilton´s centuries-spanning Commonwealth Saga-the linked novels Pandora´s Star and Judas Unchained-is available in one epic eBook bundle. Contains a thrilling preview of Peter F. Hamilton´s upcoming novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, set in the same universe as the Commonwealth Saga. PANDORA´S STAR JUDAS UNCHAINED 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars, contains more than six hundred worlds interconnected by a web of transport ´´tunnels´´ known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, the Second Chance, a faster-than-light starship commanded by Wilson Kime, a five-times-rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood. Shortly after the journey begins, Kime wonders if the crew of the Second Chance has been infiltrated. But soon enough he will have other worries. Halfway across the galaxy, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself. Praise for the Commonwealth Saga Pandora´s Star ´´Should be high on everyone´s reading list . . . You won´t be able to put it down.´´-Nancy Pearl, NPR ´´An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert´s Dune or Isaac Asimov´s Foundation trilogy.´´-SFRevu ´´Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.´´-Library Journal Judas Unchained ´´An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range.´´-San Antonio Express-News ´´Hamilton tackles SF the way George R. R. Martin is tackling fantasy. . . . There´s a sense of wonder here that´s truly unchained.´´-SF Reviews ´´Richly satisfying . . . wonderfully imagined . . . Hamilton adroitly leaps from the struggles of one engaging, quirky character to another.´´-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty has established herself as a favorite in the world of Scottish romance. Her sensual Highland Guard novels, tales of elite warriors and the remarkable women they love, just keep getting better and better. Now the first nine books in the series are available in one sizzling eBook bundle: THE CHIEF THE HAWK THE RANGER THE VIPER THE SAINT THE RECRUIT THE HUNTER THE RAIDER THE ARROW With the death of William Wallace, Scotland´s struggle for independence from English rule seems all but doomed to failure. But the torch for freedom will be lit once more by Robert ´´the Bruce.´´ Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands, the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to form an elite fighting force unlike any the world has ever seen. They are the best of the best in each discipline of warfare: from Tor ´´Chief´´ MacLeod, a swordsman without equal, and Erik ´´Hawk´´ MacSorley, a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness or a woman he could not win, to Lachlan ´´Viper´´ MacRuairi, a stealthy rogue to enlist but not to trust, and Ewen ´´Hunter´´ Lamont, a tracker searching for a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. The warriors of the Highland Guard fight to defend their country-but they live to capture hearts. Praise for Monica McCarty and her Highland Guard novels ´´McCarty´s gift lies in writing strong characters into wildly entertaining-often unexpected-scenarios.´´-The Washington Post ´´A master storyteller . . . McCarty breathes life into her memorable characters as they face dangerous adventures. The fresh plots, infused with romance and passion, are also brimming with history and drama.´´-RT Book Reviews ´´McCarty creates an enjoyable romance with torrid chemistry, appealing characters, and believable historical situations.´´-Publishers Weekly
This ebook bundle contains the first ten novels of the Inspector Green Mystery series by Barbara Fradkin. On dangerous backstreets of Ottawa, Homicide Inspector Michael Green leads complex investigations into sensational cases. When his job puts his marriage, life, and even his family in harm´s way, Green´s obsession with uncovering the truth leaves him grappling with the ultimate meaning of justice. ´´...combines a suspenseful story with plenty of opportunities to see the brook-no-nonsense inspector out of his natural element.´´ - Booklist ´´A well-written page-turner.´´ - Publisher´s Weekly None So Blind - Inspector Green Mysteries #10 (NEW!) Twenty years after Green helped convict a young professor for the murder of an attractive coed, the man continues to protest his innocence, and shortly after being paroled, he is found dead. Suicide? Revenge? Or had Green, with blind overconfidence, failed to see the greater evil lurking in the girl´s life? The Whisper of Legends - Inspector Green Mysteries #9 When his teenage daughter goes missing on a summer wilderness canoe trip to the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories, Green is forced into unfamiliar territory just as dangerous as the backstreets of Ottawa. Beautiful Lie the Dead - Inspector Green Mysteries #8 When a wealthy social activist´s fiancee´s frozen body is found in the snow just blocks from his home, Inspector Green knows that someone is conspiring to keep the truth hidden. This Thing of Darkness - Inspector Green Mysteries #7 The brutal killing of a controversial psychiatrist on a street corner initially looks like a mugging gone wrong, but Green´s investigation leaves him grappling with deeper, darker questions. Includes 6 more Inspector Green titles: Dream Chasers - Inspector Green Mysteries #6 Honour Among Men - Inspector Green Mysteries #5 Fifth Son - Inspector Green Mysteries #4 Mist Walker - Inspector Green Mysteries #3 Once Upon a Time - Inspector Green Mysteries #2 Do or Die - Inspector Green Mysteries #1
It´s not easy to have enemies everywhere ... but con artist Max O´Brien is a man of the world. Read all three of Max´s adventures in this special ebook collection. The Kashmir Trap - Book #1 Professional con man Max O´Brien is on the run from police when he learns that his diplomat nephew has been assassinated in New Delhi. Eleven years earlier, Max´s brother mysteriously disappeared while serving as an ambassador. Determined to find answers this time, Max goes to India, on the verge of war with Pakistan, to unravel a violent past. The Roma Plot - Book #2 When con man Max O´Brien hears that one of his best friends is wanted for the murder of twenty-three people in Romania, he heads to Bucharest to uncover the truth. As Max uncovers secrets reaching back to Europe´s darkest days, he ends up with one foot in the present and the other in the past, scrambling to save his friend?s future. The Tanzania Conspiracy - Book #3 Max O´Brien travels to Tanzania to solve a friend´s murder, but finds himself wrapped up in the murky history of a killing spree of African albinos, and facing the possibility that his friend may have been collateral damage of a gruesome slaughter. Could the connection be real? Even in the face of horror, Max will stop at nothing to find out.
Not just an epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts, Star Wars: The Old Republic(TM) spawned a New York Times bestselling series of novels-which are now together in one electrifying ebook bundle. Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, and Annihilation tell four daringly original stories of Jedi and Sith that embody this unique, beloved era in Star Wars Legends storytelling. . . . FATAL ALLIANCE by Sean Williams From across the galaxy they´ve come: a Jedi Padawan, an ex-trooper drummed out of the Republic´s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian. An extraordinary auction has drawn them all together, in quest of a prize whose value may be the wealth of a world itself. None intend to leave empty-handed. All have secrets, desires, and schemes. And nothing could ever unite them as allies-except the truth about the deadly danger of the object they covet. But can Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, join as one against the certain doom of the galaxy? DECEIVED by Paul S. Kemp A Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order´s Dark Lords, Darth Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace will transform him into something far more heinous-something Malgus would never want to be but cannot stop becoming, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching. Her name is Aryn Leneer-and the lone Jedi Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. REVAN by Drew Karpyshyn Hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior-Revan has been all of these. He left Coruscant a Jedi, on a mission to defeat the Mandalorians. He returned a Sith disciple, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was the loss of his memories. All that´s left are nightmares-and deep, abiding fear. One thing he´s certain of: Something very dark is plotting against the Republic. With no idea how to identify the threat, let alone stop it, Revan may be doomed to fail. But only death can stop him from trying. ANNIHILATION by Drew Karpyshyn After his triumphant destruction of a Sith superweapon arsenal, covert agent Theron Shan is recruited for an even more dangerous mission. A power struggle has the Empire in flux, but Darth Karrid remains bent on total domination, using a fearsome Imperial cruiser in her reign of terror. Now, joined by a hotheaded smuggler and Karrid´s former Jedi Master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. And if they don´t seize their one chance to succeed, they will have countless opportunities to die.
Posen - Fotoschule Extra Die ?Fotoschule Extra Posen? richtet sich an ambitionierte Hobbyfotografen, die im sensiblen Genre Aktfotografie zum Könner werden wollen. Wie kommt man auf Bildideen? Von entspannten liegenden Posen über laszive Posen aus der Vogelperspektive bis hin zu satten Po-Posen zeigt Ihnen Starfotograf Stefan Weis anhand anregender Bildbeispiele Schritt für Schritt worauf es bei welcher Darstellungs-Variante ankommt. Das Buch ist sowohl für angehende Proträtfotografen als auch für Models wertvoll. Zeigt es doch welche Posen wie wirken. Körperspannung, Drehungen, Lichtsetzungen. Tipps und Tricks gibts zu Hauf. Wer diese kennt erleichtert sich das Leben! Wenn Sie diese Posen und Regeln beherrschen ist der nächste Schritt zu kreativen Inszenierungen nicht mehr so schwer. 99 Inszenierungen der klassischen Aktfotografie Neben manchen einfachen stehenden Posen...
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