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Mochtar Riady: My Life Story

Track the exponential rise of one of the world’s most successful businessmen Mochtar Riady: My Life Story provides an unprecedented look at the life of one of Southeast Asia’s most respected business titans. Internationally recognised for his professional achievements and passion for philanthropy, Dr. Riady serves as a stunning example of how personal philosophy merges with business acumen to create extraordinary success. From revitalising Bank Central Asia and founding the globally-successful Lippo Group, to founding the Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology and the Pelita Harapan University, Dr. Riady has done it all. He has his hands in finance, property, infrastructure, telecommunications, retail, e-commerce, biomedical research and all aspects of business; he has written about his experiences building a diversified business conglomerate, but never before has he told the whole story. This book details the making of the man. His successes are well-known around the globe, but the essential common factors between them all are Dr. Riady’s personal philosophy and intrinsic motivations. To learn from him, you must know him and this book puts you front and centre for the most critical parts of his life. * Learn how Dr. Riady came to be known as the “bank crisis specialist” * Track the founding and development of the Lippo Group business empire * Discover how Dr. Riady turned his fortune into medical and educational advances * Delve into the philosophy behind business success and philanthropy As other banks crumbled, Lippo Bank flourished with Dr. Riady at the helm. He started the Lippo Group as a financial services organisation, and ended up founding a township consisting of commercial and residential districts, a university and a hospital. Dr. Riady thinks big that much is clear but how is he able to turn such far-reaching goals into reality with what looks like relative ease? Mochtar Riady: My Life Story invites you inside the mind of a titan to learn how success is made.

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British Cotton Textiles: Maturity and Decline

This book examines the decline of the cotton textiles industry, which defined Britain as an industrial nation, from its peak in the late nineteenth century to the state of the industry at the end of the twentieth century. Focusing on the owners and managers of cotton businesses, the authors examine how they mobilised financial resources; their attitudes to industry structure and technology; and their responses to the challenges posed by global markets. The origins of the problems which forced the industry into decline are not found in any apparent loss of competitiveness during the long nineteenth century but rather in the disastrous reflotation after the First World War. As a consequence of these speculations, rationalisation and restructuring became more difficult at the time when they were most needed, and government intervention led to a series of partial solutions to what became a process of protracted decline. In the post-1945 period, the authors show how government policy encouraged capital withdrawal rather than encouraging the investment needed for restructuring. The examples of corporate success since the Second World War – such as David Alliance and his Viyella Group – exploited government policy, access to capital markets, and closer relationships with retailers, but were ultimately unable to respond effectively to international competition and the challenges of globalisation. The chapters in this book were originally published in Business History and Accounting, Business and Financial History.

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50 Stories from My Life

S R Nathan is one of Singapore’s most distinguished public servants. Born into poverty, he survived family tragedy, destitution and the Japanese occupation. After getting a university diploma as an adult, he worked his way through the civil service ranks to become successively a mediator in trade union disputes, a foreign affairs expert, a manager of a media company, a diplomat and a two-term president of Singapore. He has been an eyewitness to Singapore’s history before and after independence, with an insider’s view of many key events at home and abroad. It is easy for the younger generations of Singaporeans to assume that the good fortune they now enjoy was easily won. For them, and for anyone interested in Singapore and its history, Mr Nathan has selected 50 episodes from his personal and official life, which offer insights from which the up-and-coming generation will benefit.

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Mr S R Nathan, former president of Singapore, completed his second and last term of office at the end of August 2011. Before he was elected president in 1999, he had an illustrious career in the Singapore Public Service, overseeing various portfolios in his 50-year career and spanning the fields of labour welfare and foreign relations. He began his service as a medical social worker, followed by six years as a seaman s welfare officer and eventually rose to helm the Labour Research Unit as director in January 1964, when he also helped to establish the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Following Singapore s independence in 1965, he served in the nascent Ministry of Foreign Affairs as assistant secretary, before progressing to Home Affairs and then to Defence. He returned to the Foreign Ministry in 1979 as first permanent secretary for almost three years before retiring officially from the civil service. Subsequently Mr Nathan served a stint as executive chairman of The Straits Times Press before becoming Singapore s high commissioner to Malaysia (1988 90) and ambassador to the US (1990 6). On his return, he established the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and served there until 1999, when he was elected president of Singapore. Mr Nathan is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Singapore Management University (SMU), as well as at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at NTU. He is also chairman of the CapitaLand Hope Foundation. He has authored three books. The first, Why Am I Here, details his work assisting seafarers, and the second, Winning Against The Odds, describes the struggles in establishing the NTUC. Mr Nathan has just recently published his personal memoirs entitled An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency, in September 2011.”

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An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency

Here Singapore’s President S.R. Nathan tells his own story, taking the reader back with him to his childhood, to modest beginnings and life as a runaway in Singapore and Malaya, and then the experience of renewed hope during the Japanese occupation. After a belated and limited university education, as well as a short spell as a social worker dealing with seafarers, he witnessed from inside the Labour Reserch Unit the birth of Singapore’s modern trade union movement. Shortly after Singapore achieved full independence, he joined the staff of the newly established Ministry of Foreign Affairs, retiring – as he thought – as Permanent Secretary. However, he did not retire. After being asked to run the Straits Times newspaper for a time, he served as High Commissioner in Malaysia and Ambassador in the United States. Few people have packed so much into a life. And then, at an age when most people are well beyond the end of their working lives, he was elected President of Singapore, in which role he has won the hearts of many people in Singapore and abroad.

About the Author

S.R. Nathan (1924-) was elected to the office of President of Singapore September 1st, 1999.

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The Elim Chew Story

Driven by Purpose, Destined for Change is a heartwarming, candid and frank biography of one of Singapore’s most prominent entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate, Elim Chew. Elim shares her lesser known familial histories, pangs of growing up, days of being wild, history of retail icon 77th Street, social enterprise, youth mentorships as well as her latest love, fishing.

Through the book, we get a deeper understanding of who multi-hyphenate Elim Chew really is, get to share in and learn from her community leadership,

business experiences, unique perspective on life and a whole lot of Singlish. She also provides insight into newly independent Singapore in the 1970s as well as an insider’s glimpse into pop culture in the rocking 1980s and 1990s. You will also get to know more of Elim’s hair-raising past, present motivations and future visions.

The book is written with reflections, take away lessons, engaging entrepreneurial tips and activities for anyone who wishes to be Driven by Purpose and Destined for Change.

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Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator

The most authoritative and engrossing biography of the notorious dictator ever written Josef Stalin exercised supreme power in the Soviet Union from 1929 until his death in 1953. During that quarter-century, by Oleg Khlevniuk’s estimate, he caused the imprisonment and execution of no fewer than a million Soviet citizens per year. Millions more were victims of famine directly resulting from Stalin’s policies. What drove him toward such ruthlessness? This essential biography, by the author most deeply familiar with the vast archives of the Soviet era, offers an unprecedented, fine-grained portrait of Stalin the man and dictator. Without mythologizing Stalin as either benevolent or an evil genius, Khlevniuk resolves numerous controversies about specific events in the dictator’s life while assembling many hundreds of previously unknown letters, memos, reports, and diaries into a comprehensive, compelling narrative of a life that altered the course of world history. In brief, revealing prologues to each chapter, Khlevniuk takes his reader into Stalin’s favorite dacha, where the innermost circle of Soviet leadership gathered as their vozhd lay dying. Chronological chapters then illuminate major themes: Stalin’s childhood, his involvement in the Revolution and the early Bolshevik government under Lenin, his assumption of undivided power and mandate for industrialization and collectivization, the Terror, World War II, and the postwar period. At the book’s conclusion, the author presents a cogent warning against nostalgia for the Stalinist era.

About the Author

Oleg V. Khlevniuk is a leading research fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences and senior research fellow at the State Archive of the Russian Federation. His previous Yale books include The History of the Gulag, Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle, and several collections of Stalin’s correspondence.

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Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Jewish Lives)

A fascinating exploration of the life and work of one of America’s most famous and enigmatic postwar visual artists Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia. His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school. The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life. Early in his career, Annie Cohen-Solal writes, “he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S. art world during this time.” Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer. The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S. and European institutions ensured his celebrity. But this was not enough for Rothko, who continued to innovate. Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Cohen-Solal’s fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world-one whose legacy prevails to this day.

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Annie Cohen-Solal’s books include Sartre: A Life (a best-seller translated into sixteen languages), Painting American (Academie des Beaux arts Prize), and Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli (ArtCurial Prize).

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Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician (Jewish Lives)

A fresh appreciation of the great musical figure that gives him his due as composer as well as conductor Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People’s Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music. In this fascinating new biography, the breadth of Bernstein’s musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed-from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond-and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor. For the first time, the composer’s life and work receive a fully integrated analysis, offering a comprehensive appreciation of a multi-faceted musician who continued to grow as an artist well into his final days.

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Allen Shawn is a composer, pianist, educator, and author who lives in Vermont and teaches composition and music history at Bennington College. His previous books include Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey and Twin: A Memoir.

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Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt (Jewish Lives)

A highly original and engaging appraisal of Kafka’s life, work, legacy, and thought Franz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder. Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existence-in his many letters, in his extensive diaries, and especially in his fiction. This stimulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafka’s personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary world. In his query, Saul Friedlander probes major aspects of Kafka’s life (family, Judaism, love and sex, writing, illness, and despair) that until now have been skewed by posthumous censorship. Contrary to Kafka’s dying request that all his papers be burned, Max Brod, Kafka’s closest friend and literary executor, edited and published the author’s novels and other works soon after his death in 1924. Friedlander shows that, when reinserted in Kafka’s letters and diaries, deleted segments lift the mask of “sainthood” frequently attached to the writer and thus restore previously hidden aspects of his individuality.

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Saul Friedlander is a renowned historian of the Holocaust and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History and Club 39 Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Least Likely Man: Marshall Nirenberg and the Discovery of the Genetic Code (MIT Press)

The genetic code is the Rosetta Stone by which we interpret the 3.3 billion letters of human DNA, the alphabet of life, and the discovery of the code has had an immeasurable impact on science and society. In 1968, Marshall Nirenberg, an unassuming government scientist working at the National Institutes of Health, shared the Nobel Prize for cracking the genetic code. He was the least likely man to make such an earth-shaking discovery, and yet he had gotten there before such members of the scientific elite as James Watson and Francis Crick. How did Nirenberg do it, and why is he so little known? In The Least Likely Man, Franklin Portugal tells the fascinating life story of a famous scientist that most of us have never heard of. Nirenberg did not have a particularly brilliant undergraduate or graduate career. After being hired as a researcher at the NIH, he quietly explored how cells make proteins. Meanwhile, Watson, Crick, and eighteen other leading scientists had formed the “RNA Tie Club” (named after the distinctive ties they wore, each decorated with one of twenty amino acid designs), intending to claim credit for the discovery of the genetic code before they had even worked out the details. They were surprised, and displeased, when Nirenberg announced his preliminary findings of a genetic code at an international meeting in Moscow in 1961. Drawing on Nirenberg’s “lab diaries,” Portugal offers an engaging and accessible account of Nirenberg’s experimental approach, describes counterclaims by Crick, Watson, and Sidney Brenner, and traces Nirenberg’s later switch to an entirely new, even more challenging field. Having won the Nobel for his work on the genetic code, Nirenberg moved on to the next frontier of biological research: how the brain works.

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Franklin H. Portugal served on the scientific staff of the National Institutes of Health and was a professor at the University of Maryland University College. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the M.S. in Biotechnology Program at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His 1979 book, A Century of DNA (MIT Press), coauthored with Jack S. Cohen, remains in print today. He worked in Nirenberg’s lab from 1967 to 1970.

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Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame: Their Remarkable Journeys to Canton

Troy Aikman. Emmitt Smith. Michael Irvin. Tom Landry. The names are easily recognizable as Dallas Cowboys, and their legacies are on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They are among the twenty-two Cowboys in the Hall, and all of their stories are finally brought together in this book. Cowboy fans will enjoy reading about their favorite players’ journeys to the Hall of Fame, from Troy Aikman’s childhood dreams of playing professional baseball to Rayfield Wright’s long wait to be elected into the Hall. Each chapter includes the player’s bio, his career statistics, highlights, and more.

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David Thomas is author/coauthor of eleven books, including New York Times bestsellers Wrestling for My Life with Shawn Michaels and Foxcatcher with Mark Schultz. The lifelong Texan spent almost three decades in sports journalism, including more than twenty years combined at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News. His writing was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors and he received the McClatchy Company President’s Award for excellence in journalism.

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