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Rules for Modern Life

Rules for Modern Life

  • Author: Sir David Tang
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241258529
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 224
  • View: 4494
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Do gentlemen wear shorts? What are the rules regarding interior decor in a high-security prison? Is it ever acceptable to send Valentine's cards to one's pets? The twenty-first century is an age of innumerable social conundrums. Around every corner lies a potential faux pas waiting to happen. But if you've ever struggled for the right response to an unwelcome gift or floundered for conversation at the dinner party from hell, fear not: help is at hand. In Rules for Modern Life, Sir David Tang, resident agony uncle at the Financial Times, delivers a satirical masterclass in navigating the social niceties of modern life. Whether you're unsure of the etiquette of doggy bags or wondering whether a massage room in your second home would be de trop, Sir David has the answer to all your social anxieties - and much more besides.

Raindrop in the Ocean

Raindrop in the Ocean

The Extraordinary Life of a Global Adventurer

  • Author: Michael Dobbs-Higginson
  • Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)
  • ISBN: 1785630385
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
  • View: 1932
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A unique memoir in which a young adventurer from colonial Rhodesia charms his way around the world, sleeping in stately homes and public toilets, smuggling drugs across several borders, and losing a $50 million fortune to the CIA, before settling into a stellar banking career. Looking back on a life well lived as he faces terminal illness, he swears that the key to his success was his grueling training as a Buddhist monk in a snowbound Japanese monastery.

Modern Etiquette for a Better Life

Modern Etiquette for a Better Life

Master All Social and Business Exchanges

  • Author: Diane Gottsman
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1624143253
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 176
  • View: 8869
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An expert at presenting herself, Diane Gottsman shows readers how to maintain proper, modern etiquette through building relationships, being authentic and putting others at ease, with simple, easy-to-read tips and tricks and graphics. You can learn how to fine-tune the skills you already have, learn to communicate more effectively and create more general, social interaction. With Diane, you can be your best, most charming self. While classic etiquette is certainly valuable, it might not always be practical in today’s society. Diane is a leading modern etiquette expert and a popular media resource. Her engaging demeanor and straightforward approach to daily etiquette dilemmas are current, informative, stylish and fun. Among the most challenging skills to master as an adult is mastering etiquette in social, business and holiday exchanges. Situational etiquette varies greatly, depending on the time, place and people that surround you.

Lunch with the FT

Lunch with the FT

52 Classic Interviews

  • Author: Lionel Barber
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241965438
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 352
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From the very first mouthful, 'Lunch with the FT' was destined to become a permanent fixture in the Financial Times. One thousand lunches later, the FT's weekly interview has become an institution. From film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, the list reads like an international Who's Who of our times. Lunch with the FT is a selection of the best: 52 classic interviews conducted in the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table. From Angela Merkel to Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Martin Amis to one of the Arab world's most notorious sons, this book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of or world's most powerful players.

Princely Advice for a Happy Life

Princely Advice for a Happy Life

  • Author: HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • ISBN: 1449470866
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 128
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Princely Advice for a Happy Life is the perfect Father's Day and graduation gift book. Mixing old-world charm with modern-day spirituality HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski advises on all aspects of life from romance to spirituality, manners to chivalry, love, balance, and leadership. Offering eloquent, timeless counsel for living a gracious life and cultivating inner nobility, Princely Advice for a Happy Life is the perfect book to give for graduation, a milestone birthday, or any occasion. “Be LOYAL to family, friends, and loved ones. Look after them and they will look after you. Maintain the flow of loyalty.” “Be ROMANTIC. Think of different ways each day to express your love to your loved ones. Love needs to be encouraged, fed, and celebrated. Do it it every day!” “When someone comes to you for advice, LISTEN. Ask them how they feel about the subject. often people have it in them to solve their own problems, they just need a sounding board to help themselves.” “You do not need money, palaces, land, or treasures to define you as a prince. Be a prince in your own heart and you will always be RICH.”

The Last Ember

The Last Ember

  • Author: Daniel Levin
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101133376
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in the process redefining history itself.

Nothing but a Circus

Nothing but a Circus

Misadventures among the Powerful

  • Author: Daniel Levin
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141984651
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 192
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'Brilliant observations on the anthropology of power. You will laugh aloud and you won't put it down' Daniel Kahneman In this eye-opening exploration of the human weaknesses for power, Daniel Levin takes us on a hilarious journey through the absurd world of our global elites, drawing unforgettable sketches of some of the puppets who stand guard, and the jugglers and conjurers employed within. Most spectacular of all, however, are the astonishing contortions performed by those closest to the top in order to maintain the illusion of integrity, decency, and public service. Based on the author's first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, Nothing but a Circus offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen behind closed doors, observing the appalling lengths that people go to in order to justify their unscrupulous choices, from Dubai to Luanda, Moscow to Beijing, and at the heart of the UN and the US government.

The New Book of Snobs

The New Book of Snobs

A Definitive Guide to Modern Snobbery

  • Author: D.J. Taylor
  • Publisher: Constable
  • ISBN: 1472123956
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
  • View: 8929
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'Hugely enjoyable' AN Wilson, Sunday Times 'Thoughtful, entertaining and enjoyable' Michael Gove, Book of the Week, The Times Inspired by William Makepeace Thackeray, the first great analyst of snobbery, and his trail-blazing The Book of Snobs (1848), D. J. Taylor brings us a field guide to the modern snob. Short of calling someone a racist or a paedophile, one of the worst charges you can lay at anybody's door in the early twenty-first century is to suggest that they happen to be a snob. But what constitutes snobbishness? Who are the snobs and where are they to be found? Are you a snob? Am I? What are the distinguishing marks? Snobbery is, in fact, one of the keys to contemporary British life, as vital to the backstreet family on benefits as the proprietor of the grandest stately home, and an essential element of their view of who of they are and what the world might be thought to owe them. The New Book of Snobs will take a marked interest in language, the vocabulary of snobbery - as exemplified in the 'U' and 'Non U' controversy of the 1950s - being a particular field in which the phenomenon consistently makes its presence felt, and alternate social analysis with sketches of groups and individuals on the Thackerayan principle. Prepare to meet the Political Snob, the City Snob, the Technology Snob, the Property Snob, the Rural Snob, the Literary Snob, the Working-class Snob, the Sporting Snob, the Popular Cultural Snob and the Food Snob.

Men and Manners

Men and Manners

Essays, Advice and Considerations

  • Author: David Coggins
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • ISBN: 1683352319
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 192
  • View: 6360
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Today’s man may know how to dress with style, but does he know how to behave? Though the rules of civility have changed along with the world, Men and Manners believes in manners. This book doesn’t tell you which fork to use or how to write a thank you note. But it is going to remind you of basic, respectful rules you may have forgotten or have chosen to ignore. Comprised of short essays, shorter interviews, and lists of guidelines for men of all ages, this book provides an honest, playful, and humorous look at the conflicted state of manners today. Subjects that may fluster today’s man†•such as tipping, toasting, texting, grooming, dating, office behavior, and home decor†•are explored with the trademark combination of dry wit and self-deprecating attitude that has made David Coggins one of today’s most well-respected men’s style writers. With humorous illustrations and contributions from some of today’s male style icons, Men and Manners makes the case for being the man who offers the best seat to his companion, who knows when to pick up the tab, and who remembers to do what’s right even if it isn’t always rewarded.

A Dance with the Dragon

A Dance with the Dragon

The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony

  • Author: Julia Boyd
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 085773184X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
  • View: 5614
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With its wild, dissolute, extravagant group of fossil hunters and philosophers, diplomats, dropouts, writers and explorers, missionaries, artists and refugees, Peking’s foreign community in the early 20th century was as exotic as the city itself. Always a magnet for larger than life individuals, Peking attracted characters as diverse as Reginald Johnston (tutor to the last emperor), Bertrand Russell, Pierre Loti, Rabrindranath Tagore, Sven Hedin, Peter Fleming, Wallis Simpson and Cecil Lewis. The last great capital to remain untouched by the modern world, Peking both entranced and horrified its foreign residents - the majority of whom lived cocooned inside the legation quarter, their own walled enclave, living an extraordinary high-octane party lifestyle, suffused with martinis, jazz piano and cigarettes, at the height of the Jazz Age. Ignoring the poverty outside their gates, they danced, played and squabbled among themselves, oblivious to the great political events unfolding around them and the storm clouds looming on the horizon that were to shape modern China. Others, more sensitive to Peking’s cultural riches, discovered their paradise too late when it already stood on the brink of destruction. Although few in number, Peking's expatriates were uniquely placed to chart the political upheavals - from Boxer Rebellion in 1900 to the Communist victory of 1949 – that shaped modern China. Through extensive use of unpublished diaries and letters, Julia Boyd reveals the foreigner's perceptions and reactions - their take on everyday life and the unforgettable events that occurred around them. This is a dazzling portrait of an eclectic foreign community and of China itself - a magnificent confection, never before told.

A Student's Guide to Law School

A Student's Guide to Law School

What Counts, What Helps, and What Matters

  • Author: Andrew B. Ayers
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022606719X
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 208
  • View: 6399
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Law school can be a joyous, soul-transforming challenge that leads to a rewarding career. It can also be an exhausting, self-limiting trap. It all depends on making smart decisions. When every advantage counts, A Student’s Guide to Law School is like having a personal mentor available at every turn. As a recent graduate and an appellate lawyer, Andrew Ayers knows how high the stakes are—he’s been there, and not only did he survive the experience, he graduated first in his class. In A Student’s Guide to Law School he shares invaluable insight on what it takes to make a successful law school journey. Originating in notes Ayers jotted down while commuting to his first clerkship with then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and refined throughout his first years as a lawyer, A Student’s Guide to Law School offers a unique balance of insider’s knowledge and professional advice. Organized in four parts, the first part looks at tests and grades, explaining what’s expected and exploring the seven choices students must make on exam day. The second part discusses the skills needed to be a successful law student, giving the reader easy-to-use tools to analyze legal materials and construct clear arguments. The third part contains advice on how to use studying, class work, and note-taking to find your best path. Finally, Ayers closes with a look beyond the classroom, showing students how the choices they make in law school will affect their career—and even determine the kind of lawyer they become. The first law school guide written by a recent top-ranked graduate, A Student’s Guide to Law School is relentlessly practical and thoroughly relevant to the law school experience of today’s students. With the tools and advice Ayers shares here, students can make the most of their investment in law school, and turn their valuable learning experiences into a meaningful career.

Cheeses of the world

Cheeses of the world

  • Author: Bernard Nantet
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 255
  • View: 457
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Describes the history and manufacture of more than seven hundred cheeses, most of them European, but including varieties from nearly forty countries.

How to Fly with a Baby: Your Mile-High Guide to Air Travel with an Infant

How to Fly with a Baby: Your Mile-High Guide to Air Travel with an Infant

  • Author: Brianna Meighan
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • ISBN: 1626754314
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 40
  • View: 2271
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HOW TO FLY WITH A BABY: YOUR MILE-HIGH GUIDE TO AIR TRAVEL WITH AN INFANT is your go-to resource on how to have a successful flight and day of travel with a baby who’s less than a year old. TV Host, Author and Mother, Brianna Meighan, and her baby, William, flew on 40 flights, 20 of which were international, visiting 7 foreign countries and 9 US states before her baby even saw his FIRST birthday. Packed full of information, this book tells you exactly how to keep your little one happy and entertained while flying. From countless tips on topics such as: snagging the best seats on a plane, must haves in your carry-on bag, helping little ears during take-off and landing, overcoming jet lag, changing diapers at 30,000 feet, preparing formula on board, to what to wear and how to dress your baby on travel day and even secrets on how to score a FREE seat for your mini travel companion! This book outlines everything you need to know before ever setting foot on an airplane with your little one.

First Confession

First Confession

A Sort of Memoir

  • Author: Chris Patten
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241275601
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
  • View: 2807
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Chris Patten was a cradle Catholic (hence First Confession), became on the most prominent Tory 'Wets' of the 1980s and 1990s, and went on to hold a series of prominent public offices - Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Affairs, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the BBC, advisor to the Pope - as he self-deprecatingly puts it 'a Grand Poo-bah, the Lord High Everything Else'. He writes with wry humour about his time in all these offices, taking us behind the scenes and showing us unexpected sides of many of the great figures of the day. No political writer is so purely enjoyable as Chris Patten.

The Dadly Virtues

The Dadly Virtues

Adventures from the Worst Job You'll Ever Love

  • Author: Jonathan V. Last
  • Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
  • ISBN: 1599474905
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 192
  • View: 3552
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From the all-star cast who brought you The Seven Deadly Virtues comes a book with a look at the good life... or the crazy-stressful-overwhelmed life... of a father. The Dadly Virtues is a tongue-in-cheek collection of encouragement and guidance for any stage of fatherhood, from pacifying babies to prepping for senior prom, from cutting the cord to getting the first, “Best Grandpa” t-shirt. P.J. O’Rourke sets the stage with the chapter, “What Do Men Get from Fatherhood? Besides What They Put In ...” and then is followed by: •Matthew Continetti’s, “Newborn Terror: The Moment You Realize that ‘Bundle of Joy’ Is a Euphemism for Something Very Different.” •Stephen F. Hayes’ “Siblings: The Best Gift You’ll Ever Give Your Kids.” •Jonah Goldberg’s “Get Your Kid a Dog: The Moral Case for Pets.” •Tucker Carlson’s “In Praise of Adventure: How to Fill a Child’s Life with Excitement and Danger (without Getting Them Killed).” •Michael Graham’s, “Dating: Enjoy the Movie and Please Keep the Impregnation to a Minimum.” •Christopher Caldwell’s “College: It’s Not as Bad as You Think; It’s Worse.” •Andrew Ferguson’s “Emerging Adults and Empty Nesters: Just When You Had Fatherhood All Figured Out.” •Toby Young’s “The Dark Side: Bad Parenting and the Things We Think, but Do Not Say.” •Joseph Epstein’s “Thanks, Grandpa: Grandfatherhood and the Spirit of the Age.” •And more. Father-to-be, two-time-dad, or granddad, each essay will make you laugh and, at the same time, reinforce your commitment to the virtuous—the dadly—life.

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

  • Author: Elizabeth Wyse
  • Publisher: Debrett's
  • ISBN: 0992934869
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 805
  • View: 926
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A quintessentially British reference tool, and an entertaining guide to modern manners, Debrett’s Handbook contains informed insights on a range of formal occasions, hosting and entertaining, dress codes, written forms of address, social correspondence and correct form. This fantastically thorough compendium of advice is now available in ebook form, making it easier to use than ever before. With informed insights on a range of occasions including weddings and formal events, the Handbook is a trustworthy companion to social life and rites of passage. It also addresses many modern dilemmas such as social graces, mobile manners and dining etiquette, and offers advice on civilised hosting and entertaining.

Civilization

Civilization

The West and the Rest

  • Author: Niall Ferguson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0143122061
  • Category: History
  • Page: 402
  • View: 9545
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A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques.

A Long Walk Home

A Long Walk Home

One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival

  • Author: Judith Tebbutt
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 057130303X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
  • View: 8784
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This is the story of how, over a period of one hundred and ninety-two days, I was torn away from the life I knew and loved, and dragged down to the depths of despair; of how I endured enforced isolation and near-starvation at the hands of Somali pirates; and of how I made a choice to survive by any and all means that I could muster. In September 2011 Judith Tebbutt and her husband David set out on an adventurous holiday to Kenya. A couple for thirty-three years, they had first met in Zambia: Africa had played a major part in their life together. After a joyous week on safari in the Masai Mara, they flew on to a beach resort forty kilometres south of Somalia. And there, in the early hours of 11 September, tragedy struck them. Judith was torn away from David by a band of armed pirates, dragged over sea and land to a village in the arid heart of lawless Somalia, and there held hostage in a squalid room, a ransom on her head. There, too, she learned the terrible truth that the responsibility of securing her release now rested with her son Ollie. But though she was isolated, intimidated and near-starved, Judith resolved to survive - walking endless circuits of her nine-foot prison, trying to make her captors see her as a human being, keeping her faith at all times in Ollie. Powerful, moving and at times quite devastating, this is Judith Tebbutt's story in her own words. It is a memoir of the life she shared with her beloved husband, an unflinching account of the ordeal that overturned her world, and a testament to the inner resilience and familial love that sustained her through captivity. There is nothing so bad in life as to have no hope - to believe you have been defeated, to give in to that. Now that I found myself in confinement, four thousand miles from home under a hostile sky, I would not accept that fate for myself.

The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness

The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness

  • Author: Cecil B. Hartley
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1365636208
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 198
  • View: 7216
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The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness is the definitive guide to being the consummate gentleman. Cecil B. Hartley's classic book has never been out of print and is a must-read for any man.