History of the London Discount Market: W. T. C. King
The British South-African Company´s shares May be at a discount - (Trade-martyrs! - trade-martyrs!) But he, our Colossus, strides on, he declares, Whether with or without chums or charters - or charters. Hooray! We brave Britons are right now to the front - Provided we´ve someone to boss us - to boss us; And Scuttlers will have their work cut out to shunt This stalwart, far-striding Colossus - Colossus! —Excerpt from an editorial in Punch, December 10, 1892 The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa´s colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event - known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 - galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty. This began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of Chartered Companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets, and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies. The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of co... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089599/bk_acx0_089599_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I believe there are few events in my life which have not happened to many; it is true the incidents of it are numerous, and, did I consider myself an European, I might say my sufferings were great; but when I compare my lot with that of most of my countrymen, I regard myself as a particular favorite of heaven, and acknowledge the mercies of Providence in every occurrence of my life.´´ - Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano challenged the image of the unconscious African beast with such intellect, philosophical refinement, public presence, and elegant writing that standard British perceptions began to unravel. It is rational to assume that with his emergence as a respected world traveler, abolition of the slave trade was pushed forward by an incalculable number of years. Within his life, Equiano was to become the first black British politician, with a constituency of slaves and freemen enjoying representation for the first time in their cultural history. Equiano´s written account of his birth and early childhood has been met with some controversy, and in the absence of written records, the precise details may never be known. That he lived much of his life as a slave is irrefutable, and many historians discount the importance of his early childhood. Equiano claims to have been born in the Eboe province of modern-day Nigeria, more specifically in Epsaka of the Igbo culture. Doubts over this claim stem from two written documents in what is now South Carolina - one a birth record, the other a naval muster roll for an American ship. Various reasons are offered for their veracity or lack thereof, and several instances are cited under which Equiano might have found it necessary to alter his origins. Apart from these disagreements, everything else in the detailed autobiography is verifiable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103095/bk_acx0_103095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On 15 March 1781, the armies of Nathanael Greene and Lord Charles Cornwallis fought one of the bloodiest and most intense engagements of the American Revolution at the Guilford Courthouse in piedmont North Carolina. Although victorious, Cornwallis declared the conquest of the Carolinas impossible. He made the fateful decision to march into Virginia, eventually leading his army to the Yorktown surrender and clearing the way for American independence. In the first book-length examination of the Guilford Courthouse engagement, Lawrence Babits and Joshua Howard - drawing from hundreds of previously underutilized pension documents, muster rolls, and personal accounts - piece together what really happened on the wooded plateau in what is today Greensboro, North Carolina. They painstakingly identify where individuals stood on the battlefield, when they were there, and what they could have seen, thus producing a bottom-up story of the engagement. The authors explain or discount several myths surrounding this battle while giving proper place to long-forgotten heroic actions. They elucidate the actions of the Continentals, British regulars, North Carolina and Virginia militiamen, and the role of American cavalry. Their detailed and comprehensive narrative extends into individual combatants´ lives before and after the Revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rene Ruiz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001742/bk_adbl_001742_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now a PBS documentary, this astonishing memoir of growing up in rough-and-tumble Jersey City ´´will steal your heart” (People) With deadpan humor and obvious affection, Five-Finger Discount recounts the story of an unforgettable New Jersey family of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, and mobster-wannabes. Helene Stapinski ingeniously weaves the checkered history of her hometown of Jersey City - a place known for its political corruption and industrial blight - with the tales that have swirled around her relatives for decades. Navigating a childhood of toxic waste and tough love, Stapinski tells an extraordinary tale at once heartbreaking and hysterically funny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Helene Stapinski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006198/bk_rand_006198_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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Transformational technologies are a rare occurrence. In the last 40 years we have seen a marked shift in the way that the global economy functions thanks to the widespread adoption of the Internet. This technology revolutionized the way that information could be spread around the world. Today we are on the precipice of another great technology, the blockchain. While you might be familiar with blockchain technology due to its use in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the applications for blockchain are ever increasing. From revitalizing the way that information is shared across parties, to the possible complete overhaul of contractual law, what blockchain technology can do is nearly limitless. Over the coming years you will come to see blockchain technology play an ever greater role in your everyday life. I want to prepare you for the future, and enlighten you about the most exciting technology today. You will learn about the implementation of blockchain, its technical underpinnings, and also how you can earn profit through mining cryptocurrencies. The possibilities for utilizing blockchain technology are endless. Dive inside and soon you will have a firm understanding of this revolutionary technology, sneaking a peek at what the future will bring, along with understanding how profit can be made today! Take action today with the current two-in-one discount and learn about the beautiful rising technology that is the blockchain! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matyas Job Gombos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108075/bk_acx0_108075_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn Everything You Need to Know About Bargain Shopping and Saving Money! In Bargain Shopping: The Ultimate Guide to Save Money on Groceries, Spend Less, and Live a Frugal Lifestyle, you´ll learn all the fundamentals of couponing and adopting a more frugal lifestyle. This book covers a wide array of topic areas, such as how to save money on groceries, how to organize your coupons, and why frugal living is the secret to happiness. It´s not easy to live on a budget, but doing so could completely change your life for the better. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: What is Bargain Shopping? A History of Coupons and Discounts Why Frugal Living Is the Secret to Happiness The Seven Key Benefits of Saving Money Through Bargain Shopping Eleven Smart Ways to Find Coupons and Deals How to Shop Smart: Tips and Tricks to Save Big How to Organize Your Coupons Every Week Inside the Other Half´s Mind: Why do stores even offer discounts? Marketing Traps: How to spot fake discounts versus real discounts in stores Things You Must Know About Store Coupon Policies Loyalty Programs: Why do they exist, and why should you care? Sixteen Useful Resources for Snagging the Best Deals Conclusion Final Word/About the Author 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Henderson Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029811/bk_acx0_029811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Investors are all too often lured by the prospect of instant millions and fall prey to the many fads of Wall Street. The myriad approaches they adopt offer little or no real prospect for long-term success and invariably run the risk of considerable economic loss they resemble speculation or outright gambling, not a coherent investment program. But value investing - the strategy of investing in securities trading at an appreciable discount from underlying value - has a long history of delivering excellent investment results with limited marriage, divorce, a death in the family, a new job, retirement, pregnancy, a new home, kids in college, aging parents, sudden financial change, serious health conditions, or a new relationship. Transitions are the times in our life when we will make the worst mistakes in our life or create the best possible improvements to it. How do we stack the deck in our favor? The staggering pace of our modern world with its global workforce and markets generates a constant background of instability that forces us to go through many, many more transitions than our parents or their parents ever experienced. This audiobook can help you learn the 3 things you need to know to make your next transition a defining moment that you can easily navigate with much less stress and much more personal power. The first of these three is to develop a very specific kind of self-confidence that uses your intuition as a trusted guide. The second is a quick and easy way to develop a healthy self-image and last, but certainly not least, is a better plan to handle overwhelm. Enjoy the Kindle or audiobook version of Zero Stress Transitions today and learn how easy it is to reduce stress, increase your self-confidence and handle your overwhelm even in the midst of a major life transition! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Kass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018145/bk_acx0_018145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.