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First Finnish Reader for beginners: bilingual for speakers of English with embedded audio tracks (Graded Finnish Readers Book 1)
First Finnish Reader for beginners: bilingual for speakers of English with embedded audio tracks (Graded Finnish Readers Book 1)

5.0 out of 5 stars A good value resource, 12 Oct. 2016
This has some similarities to the justly famous Assimil series.
It consists of Finnish text with a translation running in parallel.
The sentences are numbered, making it easy to refer to the translation.

Pro:
1. It is incredibly cheap, far cheaper than the corresponding Assimil courses.
2. A sample of the text ( first seven of 29 chapters )is available on the publisher's web site, as is all the audio.
3. It starts off simple and progresses slowly.
4. The parallel translation is in English ( Assimil's arguably better offering, Le Danois Sans Peine is in French )
5. The audio quality is pretty decent.*

Con:
1. It is not as weirdly humourous as Assimil.

* (The audio in this course is good. In contrast, some courses have "Yugely" terrible audio.
Colloquial Finnish has audio at a nearly inaudible level.
A Icelandic course I am using has banging doors, coughs, traffic noise and other irritating attempts to add verisimilitude. With other courses, I often find myself having to import the MP3 into audacity and then trim away comments in English, remove extraneous sounds, equalise, noise reduce and compress and then normalise. This rapidly becomes tedious.)


Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer
Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 May 2015
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time, 22 April 2015
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7 Greeks (New Directions Paperbook; 799)
7 Greeks (New Directions Paperbook; 799)
by Guy Davenport
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, 6 Mar. 2013
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Among the other denizens of this slim volume, you will meet Archilocus, the poet and warrior, killed in battle by a man named Crow.
You will encounter the limpid beauty of verses by Sappho.
You will contemplate the crystalline wisdom of Diogenes " the dog".

Buy two copies and give one to a friend.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper, 7 Sept. 2011
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Appearance: 3/5
Smoothness of writing: 5/5
Consistent ink flow: 5/5

The colour looks a little too cheap and plastic-like for my taste.
(The name had led me to expect something that looked metallic )
However, it writes far better than a more expensive gold plated Parker that I bought at the same time.
Definitely a keeper.
Lamy pens are a great bargain for the price.
However, next time, I will get a different colour.


Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
by Philip Larkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for those new to Larkin, 26 Jan. 2010
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I received my book yesterday and am very pleased.
I had previously only read Larkin on the internet and am delighted to have a collection of his poetry.

The issues that people have mentioned about differences between the various editions, are undoubtedly pertinent to those who are already Larkin aficionados.
However, to those of us who are new to Larkin, this book is a delight.


Commercial Law
Commercial Law
by Roy Goode
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent undergraduate introduction to commercial law, 29 Aug. 2009
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This is an excellent undergraduate introduction to commercial law.
It would also be suitable for pre-reading before an LLM for those with no prior knowledge of commercial law.


The Law of Restitution
The Law of Restitution
by Andrew Burrows
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 29 Aug. 2009
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Essential reading for anyone with an interest in restitution.
Once one skips the first two chapters ( Burrows suggests reading them only on a second reading of the book), it makes for fascinating reading.


Playing for Real: A Text on Game Theory
Playing for Real: A Text on Game Theory
by Ken Binmore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great second book on game theory, 16 Nov. 2008
This is a marvellous and extremely entertaining book.
Ideal for someone who has already read an introductory book on game theory
Annoyingly, it lacks a real table of contents, opting instead for cutesy chapter titles that fail to convey the content.
Here is the real table of contents:

Table of Contents

1 Getting Locked In

1.1 What is Game Theory?
1.2 Toy Games
1.3 The Prisoners' Dilemma
1.4 Private Provision of Public Goods
1.5 Imperfect Competition
1.6 Nash Equilibrium
1.7 Collective Rationality
1.8 Repeating the Prisoners' Dilemma
1.9 Which Equilibrium?
1.10 Social Dilemmas
1.11 Roundup

2 Backing Up

2.1 Where Next?
2.2 Win-Or-Lose Games
2.3 The Rules of the Game
2.4 Pure Strategies
2.5 Backward Induction
2.6 Solving NIM
2.7 Hex
2.8 Chess
2.9 Rational Play?
2.10 Roundup

3 Taking Chances

3.1 Chance Moves
3.2 Probability
3.3 Conditional Probability
3.4 Lotteries
3.5 Expectation
3.6 Values of Games with Chance Moves
3.7 Waiting Games
3.8 Parcheesi
3.9 Roundup

4 Accounting for Tastes

4.1 Payoffs
4.2 Revealed Preference
4.3 Utility Functions
4.4 Dicing with Death
4.5 Making Risky Choices
4.6 Utility Scales
4.7 Dicing with Death Again
4.8 When are People Consistent?
4.9 Roundup

5 Planning Ahead

5.1 Strategic Forms
5.2 Payoff Functions
5.3 Matrices and Vectors
5.4 Domination
5.5 Credibility and Commitment
5.6 Living in an Imperfect World
5.7 Roundup

6 Mixing Things Up

6.1 Mixed Strategies
6.2 Reaction Curves
6.3 Interpreting Mixed Strategies
6.4 Payoffs and Mixed Strategies
6.5 Convexity
6.6 Payoff Regions
6.7 Roundup

7 Fighting it Out

7.1 Strictly Competitive Games
7.2 Zero-Sum Games
7.3 Minimax and Maximin
7.4 Safety First
7.5 Solving Zero-Sum Games
7.6 Linear Programming
7.7 Separating Hyperplanes
7.8 Starships
7.9 Roundup

8 Keeping Your Balance

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Dueling Again
8.3 When do Nash Equilibria Exist?
8.4 Hexing Brouwer
8.5 The Equilibrium Selection Problem
8.6 Conventions
8.7 Roundup

9 Buying Cheap

9.1 Economic Models
9.2 Partial Derivatives
9.3 Preferences in Commodity Spaces
9.4 Trade
9.5 Monopoly
9.6 Perfect Competition
9.7 Consumer Surplus
9.8 Roundup

10 Selling Dear

10.1 Models of Imperfect Competition
10.2 Cournot Models
10.3 Stackelberg Models
10.4 Bertrand Models
10.5 Edgeworth Models
10.6 Roundup

11 Repeating Yourself

11.1 Reciprocity
11.2 Repeating a Zero-Sum Game
11.3 Repeating the Prisoners' Dilemma
11.4 Infinite Repetitions
11.5 Social Contract
11.6 The Evolution of Cooperation
11.7 Roundup

12 Getting the Message

12.1 Knowledge and Belief
12.2 Dirty Faces
12.3 Knowledge
12.4 Possibility Sets
12.5 Information Sets
12.6 Common Knowledge
12.7 Complete Information
12.8 Agreeing to Disagree?
12.9 Coordinated Action
12.10 Roundup

13 Keeping Up to Date

13.1 Rationality
13.2 Bayesian Updating
13.3 Bayesian Rationality
13.4 Getting the Model Right
13.5 Scientific Induction?
13.6 Constructing Priors
13.7 Bayesian Rationality in Games
13.8 Roundup

14 Seeking Refinement

14.1 Contemplating the Impossible
14.2 Counterfactual Reasoning
14.3 Backward and Imperfect
14.4 Gang of Four
14.5 Signaling Games
14.6 Rationalizability
14.7 Roundup

15 Knowing What to Believe

15.1 Complete Information
15.2 Bluffing
15.3 Incomplete Information
15.4 Russian Roulette
15.5 Duopoly with Incomplete Information
15.6 Purification
15.7 Incomplete Information about Rules
15.8 Roundup

16 Getting Together

16.1 Bargaining
16.2 Cooperative Game Theory
16.3 Cooperative Payoff Regions
16.4 Nash Bargaining Problems
16.5 Supporting Hyperplanes
16.6 Nash Bargaining Solution
16.7 Collusion in a Cournot Duopoly
16.8 Incomplete Information
16.9 Other Bargaining Solutions
16.10 Roundup

17 Cutting a Deal

17.1 Noncooperative Bargaining Models
17.2 The Nash Program
17.3 Commitment in Bargaining
17.4 Nash Threat Games
17.5 Bargaining Without Commitment
17.6 Going Wrong
17.7 Roundup

18 Teaming Up

18.1 Coalitions
18.2 Coalitional Form
18.3 Core
18.4 Stable Sets
18.5 Shapley Value
18.6 Applying the Nash Program
18.7 Roundup

19 Just Playing?

19.1 Ethics and Game Theory
19.2 Do People Play Fair?
19.3 Social Choice Paradoxes
19.4 Welfare Functions
19.5 Impersonal Comparison of Utility
19.6 More Bargaining Solutions
19.7 Political Philosophy
19.8 Which Fairness Norm?
19.9 Roundup

20 Taking Charge

20.1 Mechanism Design
20.2 Principals and Agents
20.3 Commitment and Contracting
20.4 Revelation Principle
20.5 Providing a Public Good
20.6 Implementation Theory
20.7 Roundup

21 Going, Going, Gone!

21.1 Telecom Auctions
21.2 Types of Auctions
21.3 Continuous Random Variables
21.4 Shading Your Bid
21.5 Designing Optimal Auctions
21.6 Common-Value Auctions
21.7 Multiunit Auctions
21.8 The Chopstick Auction
21.9 Roundup


The World's Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise)
The World's Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise)
by Christopher D. McKenna
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep behind the anti-Taylorist covers of management consulting, 21 Mar. 2008
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McKenna's book reads a bit like a management consulting version of Chandler's magisterial works on business history. If you have anything more than a superficial interest in management consulting, read this book.

In this book, he examines the historical origins of management consulting. If you think that is irrelevant, think again. Only by studying a historically based work like this, can you understand some of the apparent inconsistencies and idiosyncracies of the powerful organisations that control management consulting.

You will learn about the links ( or the lack of links ) between Taylorism and modern management consulting, and the impact of Glass-Steagal and SOX on managment consulting, to name just a couple of topic addressed in this book.

Most of this book is entertaining. There are a couple of boring ( but necessary for perspective ) chapters in the middle, that read almost like laundry lists of the organisations that MBB and their ilk have reorganised. Surprisingly, the list includes NASA,Congress, the Episcopal Church, the US Post and other major non-corporate entities.

Before reading this book, I had read the Vault Guides, the WetFeet Guides, The Mckinsey Mind, The Mckinsey Way and other abyssmal examples of sophomorically superficial books on management consulting.Chris McKenna's book is a welcome change from that genre.


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