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CCAR and Beyond - Capital Assessment, Stress Testing and Applications
CCAR and Beyond - Capital Assessment, Stress Testing and Applications
by Jing Zhang
Edition: Paperback
Price: 131.48

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing has ensured that the same tired tale of ..., 30 Jun 2014
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I usually avoid these Risk books as they are HUGELY overpriced and despite purporting to offer all manner of "solutions" and "information", they seldom deliver. This one is no different. Coerced into purchasing it by a well-meaning colleague, I succumbed and upon its arrival, instantly regretted the decision.
This is a collection of 'essays' by 'experts' who remind the reader (ad nauseum) of the horrors of the credit crisis before launching into a missive about their particular speciality. Poor editing has ensured that the same tired tale of greed and excess is told *each* time and even when one gets to the meat, there's no mathematical content at all (unless you count scaling a number by a fixed percentage "mathematics"), no quantitative descriptions or details of stresses applied by the Fed, no real deep insight...just a collection of fireside "just so" stories. It's like wading through an interminable 3-day conference where speakers blabber on and on but actually reveal very little of substance. Utterly worthless purchase: if the company hadn't paid for it, I'd have tried to get my money back.


String Theory For Dummies
String Theory For Dummies
by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for physicists, 27 Dec 2009
This is a good book if you have little background in college level physics. The author starts the story with a lot of history of contemporary and modern physics: string stuff only starts about half-way through. The background is good, however, and necessary, but if you're a physicist or have some knowledge of quantum theory and read this book for the meaty (equation) stuff - this is not the book for you. There's barely an equation in it - by design - but it's frustrating if you want to dabble in the math but aren't allowed to see it.
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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
by Daniel Yergin
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic, 20 May 2009
Oil doesn't interest me much at all - nor the "quest for power" - but there's a reason this was awarded the Pulitzer. From the opening page this book is unputdownable. Riveting stuff, told superbly.


The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Mediterranean, 17 April 2009
I only discovered Paul Theroux's writing recently (Dark Star Safari), but now that I have, I can't get enough. I love his (some might say) jaundiced views - though he's really just calling a spade a spade and not succumbing to maudlin political correctness. Although this book is 14 years old now, the details are still relevant but who reads Theroux for the politics anyway? To read Theroux is to sit beside him on the rickety dust-filled bus peppered with colourful characters licking chicken-fat stained fingers, or to alight opposite him on the slow train to somewhere with a gentle rain painting the windows. Each page a delight - it wouldn't matter if he travelled around the moon.


The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent read, 29 Mar 2009
There are plenty books written on modern science, exploration (geographical and scientific), fledgling scientific breakthroughs, romantic poetry, human psychology and biographies of major scientific protagonists (with all their vanities and petty jealousies, as well as their soft, fuzzy side) - but all this in ONE book? It's a masterpiece, beautifully written, wittily observed and carefully footnoted. Every page a delight.


Dark Continent My Black Arse
Dark Continent My Black Arse
by Sihle Khumalo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.86

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, 8 Mar 2008
If you want to read a well-written, insightful book on travel through the amazing continent of Africa, read Paul Theroux's magnificent "Dark Star Safari" or Ewan McGregor's "Long Way Down". If you want a book about wafer-thin political "insights" by an "author" with a chip on his shoulder the size of Lake Victoria, peppered with his "honest observations" (read bodily functions and an insidious sexual appetite - despite being engaged and a father at the time of travel) read this drivel.
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