Sometime in the 1970s and 1980s, the use of credit cards, which had begun as a convenience, began to grow into an addiction. Collateral Damaged: The Marketing of Consumer Debt to America explains how a nation of savers became a nation of consumers and how Wall Street used consumers addiction to spending to create the toxic securities that threaten to bring about the collapse of the global economy.Geisst looks at the policy implications of the credit crisis and describes how the United States can get its fiscal house in order: Debt must be brought back onto the issuers balance sheet.Investors must have the assurance of recourse to the debt issuers own funds, rather than the empty promise of a valueless document.Regulators must be educated to know at least as much about financial engineering as the structured finance instruments architects do.This book connects the dots from consumer spending to credit cards to home-equity loans and back to credit cards.
After decades of domination on campus, college sports supremacy has begun to weaken. Enough, already! detractors cry. College is about learning, not chasing a ball around to the whir of TV cameras. In Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University James Duderstadt agrees, taking the view that the increased commercialization of intercollegiate athletics endangers our universities and their primary goal, academics. Calling it a corrosive example of entertainment culture during an interview with ESPNs Bob Ley, Duderstadt suggested that college basketball, for example, imposes on the university an alien set of values, a culture that really is not conducive to the educational mission of university. Duderstadt is part of a growing controversy. Recently, as reported in The New York Times, an alliance between university professors and college boards of trustees formed in reaction to the growth of college sports; its the first organization with enough clout to challenge the culture of big-time university athletics. This book is certainly part of that challenge, and is sure to influence this debate today and in the years to come. James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan.
This distinctive comparison of Islamic and Christian mysticism focuses on the mystic journey in the two faith traditions.
Marxist thinking can offer a critical understanding of education in an international context. Jones tackles these issues from a variety of angles and perspectives, taking advantage of recent theoretical innovations in Marxist analysis as well as the personal experiences of educational practitioners with Marxist commitments. With a specific focus on pedagogical practices as cultural practices, this book combines detailed case studies of local situations with broad, critical overviews of global development and challenges.
A play in two Acts with an Introduction by the author. The story of John Babbacombe Lee is one of the most bizarre in English criminal History. Lee is the only person to have been reprieved by a Home Secretary after standing on a gallows trap which failed to open.
(Easy Piano Mixed Folio). Easy Classical Themes contains a repertoire specially devised to complement Denes Agays Learning to Play Piano series. The pieces have been carefully chosen and sequenced to reflect the incremental skills covered throughout the complete four-book tutor series. Easy Classical Themes introduces children to a rewarding selection of music that will inspire them to get the most out of this famous learning method.
How to leverage ordinary greatness to create a competitive advantage for any organizationEnabling readers to maximize leadership skills, no matter the venue, Ordinary Greatness helps those who are in leadership positions to optimize their organizational results by improving their ability to recognize and create greatness in those who they lead. Featuring real-world stories, this practical guide helps readers relate to both famous and everyday heroes and shows leaders how to improve their immediate environment. In addition, actionable tips and insights are included to equip business leaders to remove the blinders that keep them from seeing their organizations ordinary greatness.Pamela Bilbrey and Brian Jones are organizational consultants, executive coaches, and international speakers and workshop facilitators
Volume 27 of Advances in Econometrics, entitled Missing Data Methods, contains 16 chapters authored by specialists in the field, covering topics such as: Missing-Data Imputation in Nonstationary Panel Data Models; Markov Switching Models in Empirical Finance; Bayesian Analysis of Multivariate Sample Selection Models Using Gaussian Copulas; Consistent Estimation and Orthogonality; and Likelihood-Based Estimators for Endogenous or Truncated Samples in Standard Stratified Sampling.
Frommers Japan is packed with all the facts, tips, and descriptions you need to have perfect vacation: Our author has written about Japan for years, so shes able to provide valuable insights and advice. Shell steer you away from the touristy and the inauthentic and show you the real heart of the Land of the Rising Sun. Follow her picks for the best travel experiences -- including climbing Mount Fuji, splurging on a night in a ryokan, exploring Kyotos Gion District, skiing in Honshu and Hokkaido, making a pilgrimage to Sensoji Temple, and riding the Skinkansen Bullet Train -- and youre sure to have a fantastic trip. A guide to the culture of old and new Japan will help you peel the onion of the unique synthesis of East and West that meets here. Also included are accurate regional and town maps, up-to-date advice on finding the best package deals, and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap.