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Corporate Financial Analysis in a Global Environment
Corporate Financial Analysis in a Global Environment
by Diana R. Harrington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book, 30 Jun. 2007
This is a great book for beginners and non-finance people. It teaches you the basic principles in a straight forward manner with easy to follow examples and great discussions about the practical applications. The appendices at the end of the chapters are a good read as well.


Vieux Farka Toure
Vieux Farka Toure
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £17.66

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Grace, Charm and Raw Talent, 24 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Vieux Farka Toure (Audio CD)
This is one album you can play in its entirety without having to skip any of the songs.

Vieux's undisputable talent spans from African pop's light fun melodies to more soulful bluesy ones. He draws on his Malian roots, that's what makes the charm of this album, yet the music is universal and accessible to all, including the novice to the music of Mali - like myself.

My favorite is `Tabara', recorded with Vieux's father Ali Farka Toure, Africa's greatest blues guitarist. Ali passed away few months later to make this one a touching passing of the torch. I also like the percussions and guitar rhythms in `Ma Hine Cocore' or `Diallo'.

I will be on the watch for future works from this rising star.


SanDisk ImageMate 12in1 USB 2.0.
SanDisk ImageMate 12in1 USB 2.0.

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and highly useful quality product, 17 Nov. 2006
Sandisk released another great reader with the ability to read any memory media format available.

What I like:

1- Portable light sturdy construction. I use it to move large files of data on a CF memory without carrying a laptop.

2- Fast data transfer with USB 2.0 connection.

3- Easy to install. Plug and play with Windows 2000 or XP (I have not tried other operating systems)

4- Stands vertically or horizontally. I was afraid it might not be stable when standing vertically, I was proven wrong. It is very stable even when you are installing/removing memory cartridges; non-slip rubber is used to prevent sliding.

5- Reads 12 different memory media. I can use my camera's CF memory, my other camera's memory stick and my Palm's SD memory all with the same device.

7- Elegant black and silver design that looks great on any desk.

8- Each slot has its own LED (small light) which indicates that the memory media has been inserted properly.

The only drawback:

1- It comes with 2 cables, one for the cradle (vertical position) and one for the reader itself (horizontal position). The cable for the horizontal position is really short, around 9inches, to be used other than directly near your desktop/laptop.


The Official Guide for GMAT Review
The Official Guide for GMAT Review
by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Edition: Paperback

139 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have, 4 Sept. 2006
The secret for the GMAT is practice and stamina.

For my own preparation, I used The Princeton Review, Kaplan's Book and ETS' The Official Guide for GMAT Review.

I will go through the advantages and disadvantages of each, and explain why The Official Guide for GMAT Review was the best of the three and why you should give it more time than the others.

Princeton:

Plus

- Good review sections (both quantitative and verbal)

- Practice tests similar to the GMAT

- Online tests are easy to review

- Provides you with a test strategy on how to crack the questions

- Explicitly advises you to practice also with The Official Guide for GMAT Review

Disadvantages

- Does not explain why a choice is wrong

- Not enough practice questions

Kaplan:

Plus

- Good quantitative review sections (appendix was great)

- Interactive software for reviewing the Kaplan GMAT strategies

- Practice tests similar to the GMAT

- Practice tests and sections are difficult, this creates in you a sense of urgency

- Plenty of practice questions

Disadvantages

- The software interface is old and slow, you are left to work with a little box on the screen

- Practice tests and sections' answer choices are not very well explained

- The questions are far fetched and do not fall in the spirit of the GMAT, this might lead you the wrong path

The Official Guide for GMAT Review:

Plus

- More than plenty of practice questions

- You might get the same or similar questions on the GMAT (like I did)

- The practice questions are organized by level of difficulty, the last ones are the most difficult

- Free PowerPrep software that has two practice tests exactly similar to the GMAT in look and feel (free online tests at the mba dot com website [...])

- The practice questions reveal actual GMAT test patterns

Disadvantages

- Absence of test taking techniques

- The skills review sections are poor

- Only the last 200 questions in every practice section will be like the ones you will see on the GMAT (unless you perform poorly)

This Official Guide from GMAC should be the cornerstone of your preparation, simply because the questions are from past tests and are very thoroughly researched. This will allow you to develop insight into the test mentality.

Equally important the correct and the wrong answer choices for each question are explained in detail. You will learn the various ways used to lead you in error and consequently, you will develop the feel to spot and eliminate wrong answers.

The rules of grammar on which the GMAT Sentence Correction questions are based are best outlined in this guide. I had a lot of difficulty with the Verbal section until I read through the explanations here.

Overall, this book shows you all the tricks of the GMAT. I did not have bad surprises when I took the actual test; it seemed that I had seen all the questions before.
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Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles (Lonely Planet Regional Guides)
Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles (Lonely Planet Regional Guides)
by Tom Masters
Edition: Paperback

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Guidebook, 14 Jun. 2005
I booked a tour to Mauritius in May-June 2004. Although I went with a travel agency, this book proved to be indispensable.
It consistently proved to be faithful to reality. I am rating it a five star based on my Mauritius experience only.
First and foremost, this guide provides a detailed map, essential for locating yourself on the island.
The book also provides accurate and reliable description of the various attractions and things to do.
The traveling tips concerning transportation, food and local culture were extremely helpful and saved me precious vacation time.
On top of all this, it provides a wealth of information on hotels and restaurants.
My advice:
- The prices in the book might be a little off now. It seems that the local currency, the Rupee, is pegged to the Euro which makes this island more expensive for US travelers (advice based on the currency conversion at the time)
- Beware of tourist shops, their prices are 5 times the price you can get for the same item on the popular market.
- Go visit the popular markets, you will find nice exotic hand crafted items and some world renowned vanilla beans.
- Take hiking trips, there is some breath taking scenery out there
- And of course, take advantage of the magnificent beaches and water activities


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