Author: Michael W. Klein
Publisher: MIT Press
Category: Business & Economics
David Fox (Ph.D. Economics, Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor at Kester College, Knittersville, New York) is having a stressful year. He has a temporary position at a small college in a small town miles from everything except Albany. His students have never read Freakonomics. He thinks he is getting the hang of teaching, but a smart and beautiful young woman in his Economics of Social Issues class is distractingly flirtatious. His research is stagnant, to put it kindly. His search for a tenure-track job looms dauntingly. (The previous visiting assistant professor of economics is now working in a bookstore.) So when a right-wing think tank called the Center to Research Opportunities for a Spiritual Society (CROSS)--affiliated with the Salvation Academy for Value Economics (SAVE)--wants to publish (and publicize) a paper he wrote as a graduate student showing the benefits of high school abstinence programs, fetchingly retitled "Something for Nothing," he ignores his misgivings and accepts happily. After all, publication is "the coin of the realm," as a senior colleague puts it.But David faces a personal dilemma when his prized results are cast into doubt. The school year is filled with other challenges as well, including faculty politics, a romance with a Knittersville native, running the annual interview gauntlet, and delivering the culminating "job talk" lecture under trying circumstances. David's adventures offer an instructive fictional guide for the young economist and an entertaining and comic tale for everyone interested in questions of balancing career and life, success and integrity, and loyalty and desire.
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Dog lived in the noisiest part of Bialystok. All day long he heard the hubbub of the nearby marketplace, and all night long he heard the banging and clanging of workmen unloading their goods. When he could take the racket no more, Dog set off for the country to find a quieter place to live. On his first night in his new home, a gang of howling and yowling, hissing and screeching cats terrorize him, destroying his newfound peace and quiet. Inspired by a Jewish folk tale, how Dog outwits the rascally cats makes for a humorous, satisfying story, exuberantly illustrated with stunning jewel-toned paintings reminiscent of Marc Chagall’s. Afterword.
The All-Consuming Desire that Turns the American Dream into a Social Nightmare
Author: Brian Tracy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Category: Political Science
America's greatness comes from people working hard to fulfill their dreams. But today that greatness is being undermined by people using the government to steal other people's dreams (and money). Rather than participate and innovate in the marketplace, generating goods and services that benefit society, people are increasingly vying for political advantage to live at the expense of others. Something for Nothing reveals the social and personal threats inherent in this emerging "grabbing match" culture, juxtaposing free-market virtues against government vices, explaining how the something-for-nothing mentality corrupts the political system, undermines corporate success, and stifles the individual's ability to prosper and contribute long-term to society. More than exposing the dangers, however, Tracy helps readers set a personal and culture-wide agenda for change.
Author: Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
Publisher: FitzMaurice Publishers
This book is a compilation of sayings useful to understanding Eastern thought and General Semantics. The agreement between General Semantics and Eastern philosophy is profound, illuminating, and deepens the understanding of both. For instance, the expressions, “The description is not the described,” and, “The thought is not the thing,” are found in both Eastern philosophy and General Semantics. Both systems arrive at reality as nonverbal, silent, and beyond comprehension with thought. This despite the fact that one is spiritual and one is atheistic. Two entirely different approaches arriving at the same ultimate conclusions is exciting and enlightening. You will find the sayings herein amusing, helpful, interesting, and thought provoking. Let the sayings pass that don’t open to you now. Focus on the sayings that bring stillness. Listen beyond the words. Feel, rather than think, the sayings through. Sense, rather than think, the music behind the words.
Author: David Anthony
Publisher: Algonquin Books
His extravagant suburban lifestyle deteriorating along with his small-aircraft business in the face of the 1970s oil crisis, Martin Anderson attempts to clear his mounting debts by using his planes for drug runs to Mexico only to find himself wrongly implicated in a double murder. Original. A first novel.
a history of gambling
Author: Alice Mulcahey Fleming
Discusses the history and various forms of gambling from ancient times to the present day.
Author: Lory Smith
Set in 1971, in the remote reaches of British Columbia, this comedic first novel follows the adventures of the small, isolated town of Nothing, B.C., as it finally gets television. Not everyone in the mountain community is excited by the prospects of a television tower on the top of the mountain, least of all Sol Nothing, the town's curmudgeon and patriarch. But he can't hold back progress all by himself. Enter a television crew, led by the slick Robert Dupry, there to document the momentous transformation. Another newcomer to town arrives in the form of Susan Sawtensky, a clumsy, cultural anthropologist, with a heart of gold, there to study the affects of television on the town's inhabitants. Before you can say Jiffy Pop, the two camps are locked in a tug of war of ideas on the merits and mayhem of television. When the ancient, wizened Indian Chief Old Stick in the Mud, living high in the mountains, is finally consulted about his feelings concerning the advent of television, we know we've entered into a bizarre, perhaps even magical world. Something For Nothing is that rare romantic comedy that tickles the funny bone as it touches the heart. Television comes to Nothing, and Nothing will ever be the same again.
Author: Maureen O'Hara
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Business & Economics
From a leading financial economist, a searching examination of the ethics of modern finance. In 2001, Goldman Sachs structured a complex financial contract so that its client, the government of Greece, would appear to have far less debt than it actually did. When news of this transaction came out years later, the inevitable question arose: Even though Goldman’s actions were legal, were they ethically wrong? Is modern finance itself inherently unethical? In Something for Nothing, financial economist Maureen O’Hara explains that one of the key innovations of modern finance is its reliance on arbitrage, the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets to generate profits and remove inefficiencies. When done correctly, arbitrage can create value at little or no cost (in effect, getting “something for nothing”); but it can also be an exploitative tool. In a lucid, insightful discussion of the ethics of arbitrage in modern finance, O’Hara reveals how the rules can often be stretched into still-legal yet highly unethical business practices. Examining key cases in clear and persuasive prose, O’Hara illuminates various aspects of financial ethics, from the Goldman Greek transaction to Lehman Brothers’ attempt to cover up its debt, JPMorgan Chase’s maneuvers in California’s energy markets, Bernie Madoff’s trading strategies in the 1980s, high-frequency trading practices, and toxic loans in France. Ultimately, O’Hara turns to philosophy and religion to argue for a new, humanistic approach to ethics in the financial industry. She makes a strong case for a way forward: fewer rules and more standards to foster a morally responsible outlook. Fearlessly raising the questions at the moral heart of our financial system, Something for Nothing is a masterful treatise on the ethics of modern finance.
Author: Connie Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Alvaro Torres is a teenager with man-sized problems: his dad bailed, his mom’s a shut-in, and his teacher at Our Lady of Providence School for Boys thinks Alvaro and his buddies are punks headed for a minimum-wage future. It doesn't look like anything's going to change until Candelario Carlisle transfers in and arouses Alvaro’s protective instincts... among other things.
How to Get Something for Nothing
Author: Todd Robbins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Whether it's winning $50 on a bar bet, scoring seats closer to the fifty-yard line, or finagling a free meal, The Modern Con Man ensures that aspiring low-risk grifters will always come out on top. Filled with humorous facts and tables, a glossary of con terms, illustrations, the history of the con, and easy-to-follow swindles, this is the perfect gift for the hidden flim-flam artist in your life.
Luck in America
Author: Jackson Lears
Category: Social Science
Jackson Lears has won accolades for his skill in identifying the rich and unexpected layers of meaning beneath the familiar and mundane in our lives. Now, he challenges the conventional wisdom that the Protestant ethic of perseverance, industry, and disciplined achievement is what made America great. Turning to the deep, seldom acknowledged reverence for luck that runs through our entire history from colonial times to the early twenty-first century, Lears traces how luck, chance, and gambling have shaped and, at times, defined our national character.
Author: John Peter Altgeld
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Excerpt from The Cost of Something for Nothing The author does not wish to appear in the light of a critic or scold. He emphatically dis claims being better than his fellows. But, be lieving that much wrong-doing has its begin ning in thoughtlessness and inexperience, these pages have been written with the hope that, by calling attention to certain inexorable laws, the thoughtless may be led to think, and the inexperienced may profit by the ex perience of those who have had more experi ence than profit. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing
Author: Charles J. Sykes
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Political Science
We have experienced a shift in American character: we've become a nation of moochers. Increasingly dependent on the efforts of others over our own, Americans are free to freeload. From the corporate bailouts on Wall Street to the alarming increases in personal default and dependency, from questionable tax exemptions to enormous pension, healthcare, and other entitlement costs, the new moocher culture cuts across lines of class, race, and private and public sectors. And the millions that plan and behave sensibly, only to bail out the profligate? They're angry. Charles Sykes' argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but targets the new moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after handouts. A Nation of Moochers is a persuasively argued and entertaining rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don't.
Something for Nothing in California
Author: David O. Sears,Jack Citrin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
The results of an opinion poll depict the attitudes of the public toward taxation and how these influenced their decisions to vote for measures to limit taxes and government spending in California