Tower Of Basel

Author: Adam LeBor
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1610392558
Size: 14,95 MB
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Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world's most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers—including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials—Tower of Basel tells the inside story of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS): the central bankers' own bank. Created by the governors of the Bank of England and the Reichsbank in 1930, and protected by an international treaty, the BIS and its assets are legally beyond the reach of any government or jurisdiction. The bank is untouchable. Swiss authorities have no jurisdiction over the bank or its premises. The BIS has just 140 customers but made tax-free profits of 1.17 billion in 2011–2012. Since its creation, the bank has been at the heart of global events but has often gone unnoticed. Under Thomas McKittrick, the bank's American president from 1940–1946, the BIS was open for business throughout the Second World War. The BIS accepted looted Nazi gold, conducted foreign exchange deals for the Reichsbank, and was used by both the Allies and the Axis powers as a secret contact point to keep the channels of international finance open. After 1945 the BIS—still behind the scenes—for decades provided the necessary technical and administrative support for the trans-European currency project, from the first attempts to harmonize exchange rates in the late 1940s to the launch of the Euro in 2002. It now stands at the center of efforts to build a new global financial and regulatory architecture, once again proving that it has the power to shape the financial rules of our world. Yet despite its pivotal role in the financial and political history of the last century and during the economic current crisis, the BIS has remained largely unknown—until now.

By Its Cover

Author: Ned Drew
Editor: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568984971
Size: 12,71 MB
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We all know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but the truth is that we do just that nearly every time we walk into a bookstore or pull a book off a tightly packed shelf. It's really not something we should be ashamed about, for it reinforces something we sincerely believe: design matters. At its best, book cover design is an art that transcends the publisher's commercial imperativesto reflect both an author's ideas and contemporary cultural values in a vital, intelligent, and beautiful way. In this groundbreaking and lavishly illustrated history, authors Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger establish American book cover design as a tradition of sophisticated, visual excellence that has put shape to our literary landscape. By Its Cover traces the story of the American book cover from its inception as a means of utilitarian protection for the book to its current status as an elaborately produced form of communication art. It is, at once, the intertwined story of American graphic design and American literature, and features the work of such legendary figures as Rockwell Kent, E. McKnight Kauffer, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Rudy deHarak, and Roy Kuhlman along with more recent and contemporary innovators including Push Pin Studios, Chermayeff & Geismar, Karen Goldberg, Chip Kidd, and John Gall.

The Death Of Money

Author: James Rickards
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101637242
Size: 18,69 MB
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The next financial collapse will resemble nothing in history. . . . Deciding upon the best course to follow will require comprehending a minefield of risks, while poised at a crossroads, pondering the death of the dollar. The U.S. dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of World War II. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. But optimists have always said, in essence, that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. In the last few years, however, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked, our biggest rivals—China, Russia, and the oil-producing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos. James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why money itself is now at risk and what we can all do to protect ourselves. He explains the power of converting unreliable investments into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value.

The Hitler Legacy

Author: Peter Levenda
Editor: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
ISBN: 0892545917
Size: 13,27 MB
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More than thirty years after his first investigation of the Nazi underground Peter Levenda has returned again and again to his quest for the truth about the true character of the Nazi cult and the people and political movements it has influenced in the decades since the end of World War II. The wide sweep of this investigation moves from a Ku Klux Klan headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania to the New York City office of the Palestine Liberation Organization; from the apartment of a notorious neo-Nazi leader to an Islamic boarding school—headquarters of the man who ordered the Bali Bombings. When Levenda uncovered the existence of a Nazi underworld in Asia, the nexus of religion, politics, terrorism and occult beliefs was revealed to be the real domain of the threat to global security. Meticulously researched—from both archival material and declassified intelligence agency files, to personal interviews and investigations undertaken in Asia, Europe and Latin America—The Hitler Legacy is the story of how the mistakes of the 20th century have come home to roost in the 21st. This book will challenge the conventional thinking about such subjects as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist terrorism and even about the alleged death of one of history's most infamous killers—Adolf Hitler.

The Third Tower Up From The Road

Author: Kevin Dolgin
Editor: Santa Monica Press
ISBN: 1595809465
Size: 15,86 MB
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The Third Tower Up from the Road is a humorous and entertaining collection of travel essays made up of old favorites as well as new commentaries from Kevin Dolgin’s popular McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column, Kevin Dolgin Tells You About Places You Should Go. The work celebrates the distinctive qualities of locales the world over, and each globetrotting essay focuses on a specific place, capturing the flavors and cultures through individual observations and exceptional experiences. Funny, irreverent, and insightful, these writings eschew the bland, touristy veneer experienced by most travelers as they seek to discover what is special and unique about each destination. Covering a wide range of places and interests, from unusual experiences and humorous traveler’s foibles to voyages that are intensely personal and moving, the selected columns include "The Best Falafel in the World: Beirut, Lebanon," "The Door to Hell: Paris, France," "Kafka’s Erotic Dream: Prague, Czech Republic," "The Nesting Habits of Roman Cars: Rome, Italy," "Of Romans and Pussycats: Provence, France," and "The Third Tower Up from the Road: Huanghuacheng, China." Also featured is "The Corsican Swallowtail: Corsica, France," which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Kunstmuseum Basel

Author: Gian Casper Bott
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Betr. u.a. Werke von Caspar Wolf (S. 42-43), Ferdinand Hodler (S. 50-53), Paul Klee (S. 88-89 und 98-99) und Dieter Roth (S. 114-116).

International Finance Regulation

Author: Georges Ugeux
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118829611
Size: 15,64 MB
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As the global market expands, the need for internationalregulation becomes urgent Since World War II, financial crises have been the result ofmacroeconomic instability until the fatidic week end of September15 2008, when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The financialsystem had become the source of its own instability through acombination of greed, lousy underwriting, fake ratings andregulatory negligence. From that date, governments tried to puttogether a new regulatory framework that would avoid using taxpayermoney for bailout of banks. In an uncoordinated effort, theyproduced a series of vertical regulations that are disconnectedfrom one another. That will not be sufficient to stop finance frombeing instable and the need for international and horizontalregulation is urgent. This challenge is the focus of GeorgesUgeux’s book. International Finance Regulation: The Quest for FinancialStability focuses on the inspirations behind regulation, andexamines the risks and consequences of fragmentation on a globalscale. Author Georges Ugeux has four decades of experience in thelegal and economic aspects of international business operations. Hecreated and run the New York Stock Exchange’sinternationalgroup in charge of developing the NYSE’s reach to non-UScompanies, including relationships with regulators and governments. Ugeux teaches European Banking and Finance of the ColumbiaUniversity School of Law. Ugeux is uniquely positioned to providerecommendations and suggestions from the perspective of a topglobal authority. In the book, he explores international regulationwith topics such as: • Laws, regulations, and risks of overregulation • Transformation of the U.S. market and creation of theEurozone • Development of a global framework and stability of thebanking system • In-depth examination of Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act, theEuropean Banking Union, and the Volcker Rule The book also contains case studies from real-world scenarioslike Lehman, CDS, Greece, the London Whale, and Libor to illustratethe concepts presented. Finance consistently operates within anincreasingly global paradigm, and an overarching regulation schemeis becoming more and more necessary for sustainable growth.International Finance Regulation: The Quest for FinancialStability presents an argument for collaboration toward acomprehensive global regulation strategy.

Great Spires

Author: Robert Odell Bork
Editor: Kolner Achitekturstudien
Size: 18,38 MB
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Great spires designed in the Gothic era continue to dominate the skylines of many European cities even today. With their great height and complex detailing, spires like those of Chartres, Strasbourg, Vienna, and Antwerp, and their more recently completed cousins at Cologne and Ulm, rank among the most fantastic products of the medieval architectural imagination. This book traces the development of this major monument type from its pre-Gothic roots through its post-medieval reception, with particular emphasis on the flowering of spire construction in the late Middle Ages. Along the way, it explores the complex layering of religious and political significations in these ambitious projects.