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The Stellenbosch Mafia - Inside The Billionaires Club (Paperback): Pieter du Toit The Stellenbosch Mafia - Inside The Billionaires Club (Paperback)
Pieter du Toit
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

About 50km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky. Here reside some of South Africa’s wealthiest individuals: all male, all Afrikaans – and all stinking rich. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Weise, to name a few.

Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as ‘The Stellenbosch Mafia’, the very worst example of white monopoly capital. But who really are these mega-wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert not only on Stellenbosch but more broadly on South African society?

Author Pieter du Toit begins by exploring the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He then closely examines this ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exist? Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? He looks at the collapse of Steinhoff: what went wrong, and whether there are other companies at risk of a similar fate. He examines the control these men have over cultural life, including pulling the strings in South Africa rugby.

A Banquet of Consequences - The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future (Paperback): Satyajit Das A Banquet of Consequences - The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future (Paperback)
Satyajit Das
R445 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A Banquet of Consequences is an intricately researched, decisively written and devastating analysis of today’s economy.

Satyajit Das connects disparate strands of a story, and in doing so delivers a damning critique of global economic policies of the last 50 years. He argues that governments and citizens of every political hue are now so addicted to growth and resistant to change, that a prolonged period of chronic stagnation, sustained by large infusions of monetary morphine and continuous interventions, or an unavoidable financial, political and social breakdown are the only possible outcomes.

A Brief History of Money - 4000 Years of Markets, Currencies, Debt and Crisis (Hardcover): David Orrell A Brief History of Money - 4000 Years of Markets, Currencies, Debt and Crisis (Hardcover)
David Orrell
R554 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R111 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do cacao beans, cowrie shells, paper cards, cigarettes and digital databases all have in common? At some time, they have been used as a form of money. Money is an essential aspect of everyday life and something that we usually take for granted until it all goes wrong. This book traces the role, growth and impact of money and finance on individuals, human civilisation and the type of economy we live in. The financial history of the world reads like a fascinating novel with innumerable twists and turns. We strive for financial stability and security, yet this often proves surprisingly ephemeral. Just as we hope we have reached a new plateau of prosperity, the financial system has a habit of throwing a spanner in the works, forcing us to change and adapt to new circumstances. This book traces the financial system from its birth as a credit system in ancient Mesopotamia, to the financial revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is the story of money, finance and economics but also its interaction with people, governments and society. Why did the American forces desperately try to destroy money during the American Revolution? Why do we tend to succumb to boom and busts? And if inflation is bad, why is deflation even worse? Also, the book looks at the effect money has on ourselves. Does money make us irrational? Is money really the root of all evil, or should we celebrate money for its potential to create prosperity and overcome poverty?

Janesville - An American Story (Paperback, Export): Amy Goldstein Janesville - An American Story (Paperback, Export)
Amy Goldstein 1
R328 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R140 (43%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 * "A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience" (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)-an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down-but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation's oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America's biggest political issues. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it's so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class. "Moving and magnificently well-researched...Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis" (Jennifer Senior, The New York Times). "Anyone tempted to generalize about the American working class ought to meet the people in Janesville. The reporting behind this book is extraordinary and the story-a stark, heartbreaking reminder that political ideologies have real consequences-is told with rare sympathy and insight" (Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine).

Kleptopia - How Dirty Money is Conquering the World (Paperback): Tom Burgis Kleptopia - How Dirty Money is Conquering the World (Paperback)
Tom Burgis 1
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'When you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down' Misha Glenny, author of McMafia 'A powerful, appalling, and stunningly reported expose ... It reads like fiction, but unfortunately is all too true' Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money 'A must-read ... Magisterial' Washington Post 'Read Kleptopia now' Roberto Saviano, bestselling author of Gomorrah '[A] landmark book' Jon Snow They are everywhere, the thieves and their people. Masters of secrecy. Until now we have detected their presence only by what they leave behind. A body in a burned-out Audi. Workers riddled with bullets in the Kazakh desert. A rigged election in Zimbabwe. A British banker silenced and humiliated for trying to expose the truth about the City of London. They have amassed more money than most countries. But what they are really stealing is power. In this real-life thriller packed with jaw-dropping revelations, award-winning investigative journalist Tom Burgis weaves together four stories that reveal a terrifying global web of corruption: the troublemaker from Basingstoke who stumbles on the secrets of a Swiss bank, the ex-Soviet billionaire constructing a private empire, the righteous Canadian lawyer with a mysterious client, and the Brooklyn crook protected by the CIA. Kleptopia follows the dirty money that is flooding the global economy, emboldening dictators and poisoning democracies. From the Kremlin to Beijing, Harare to Riyadh, Paris to the White House, it shows how the thieves are uniting - and the terrible human cost. While we are looking the other way, all that we hold most dear is being stolen.

Financial Crisis - Causes, Context and Consequences (Paperback): Adrian Buckley Financial Crisis - Causes, Context and Consequences (Paperback)
Adrian Buckley
R1,606 Discovery Miles 16 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Financial Crisis, penned by Adrian Buckley, offers a fascinating close-up analysis of the causes of the 2007/8 financial crisis and its consequences placing the world of finance under the microscope, bringing together evidence of the involvement of banks, governments and regulators. It questions some of its most dangerous and dubious practices, witnessed while searching for the answer to the question: What really caused the financial crisis?

Principles of Banking Regulation (Paperback): Kern Alexander Principles of Banking Regulation (Paperback)
Kern Alexander
R977 Discovery Miles 9 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An accessible, comprehensive analysis of the main principles and rules of banking regulation in the post-crisis regulatory reform era, this textbook looks at banking regulation from an inter-disciplinary perspective across law, economics, finance, management and policy studies. It provides detailed coverage of the most recent international, European and UK bank regulatory and policy developments, including Basel IV, structural regulation, bank resolution and Brexit, and considers the impact on bank governance, compliance, risk management and strategy.

Seeking Virtue in Finance - Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Hardcover): JC de Swaan Seeking Virtue in Finance - Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Hardcover)
JC de Swaan
R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since the Global Financial Crisis, a surge of interest in the use of finance as a tool to address social and economic problems suggests the potential for a generational shift in how the finance industry operates and is perceived. J. C. de Swaan seeks to channel the forces of well-intentioned finance professionals to improve finance from within and help restore its focus on serving society. Drawing from inspiring individuals in the field, de Swaan proposes a framework for pursuing a viable career in finance while benefiting society and upholding humanistic values. In doing so, he challenges traditional concepts of success in the industry. This will also engage readers outside of finance who are concerned about the industry's impact on society.

Currency, Credit and Crisis - Central Banking in Ireland and Europe (Paperback): Patrick Honohan Currency, Credit and Crisis - Central Banking in Ireland and Europe (Paperback)
Patrick Honohan
R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The global financial crisis in 2008 brought central banking to the centre stage, prompting questions about the role of national central banks and - in Europe - of the multi-country European Central Bank. What can central banks do, and what are their limitations? How have they performed? Currency, Credit and Crisis seeks to provide a coherent perspective on the functions of a central bank in a small country by assessing the way in which Ireland's financial crisis from 2010 to 2013 was handled. Drawing on his experiences as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland and in research and policy work at the World Bank, Patrick Honohan offers a detailed analytical narrative of the origins of the crisis and of policy makers' conduct during its most fraught moments.

FightBack NOW - Leveraging your assets to shape the new normal (Paperback): Felix Staeritz, Sven Jungmann FightBack NOW - Leveraging your assets to shape the new normal (Paperback)
Felix Staeritz, Sven Jungmann
R419 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This second book in the FightBack collection responds to the question: what could the 'new normal' look like? Felix Staeritz and Sven Jungmann believe that business leaders and organizations have have formidable tools at their disposal - not just to cope with this situation, but to recreate the world so they come out of this stronger and more inventive. As entrepreneurs, Staeritz and Jungmann are passionate about solving challenges through continuous experimentation, in search of the solutions that will define and shape the new normal. At its core, this book is about the shared experiences of many business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs around how corporations can most effectively build new digital models to make the most of their existing assets. FightBack NOW is a timely and necessary book, challenging leaders and organizations to consider the new realities and the urgent problems which ultimately impact the future of every person and business.

This Time Is Different - Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Paperback): Carmen M Reinhart, Kenneth S Rogoff This Time Is Different - Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Paperback)
Carmen M Reinhart, Kenneth S Rogoff 1
R483 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff definitively prove them wrong. Covering sixty-six countries across five continents, "This Time Is Different" presents a comprehensive look at the varieties of financial crises, and guides us through eight astonishing centuries of government defaults, banking panics, and inflationary spikes--from medieval currency debasements to today's subprime catastrophe. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, leading economists whose work has been influential in the policy debate concerning the current financial crisis, provocatively argue that financial combustions are universal rites of passage for emerging and established market nations. The authors draw important lessons from history to show us how much--or how little--we have learned.

Using clear, sharp analysis and comprehensive data, Reinhart and Rogoff document that financial fallouts occur in clusters and strike with surprisingly consistent frequency, duration, and ferocity. They examine the patterns of currency crashes, high and hyperinflation, and government defaults on international and domestic debts--as well as the cycles in housing and equity prices, capital flows, unemployment, and government revenues around these crises. While countries do weather their financial storms, Reinhart and Rogoff prove that short memories make it all too easy for crises to recur.

An important book that will affect policy discussions for a long time to come, "This Time Is Different" exposes centuries of financial missteps.

On The Brink - South Africa's Political And Fiscal Cliff-Hanger (Paperback): Claire Bisseker On The Brink - South Africa's Political And Fiscal Cliff-Hanger (Paperback)
Claire Bisseker 2
R310 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R44 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Few countries in transition have managed to get a grip on public finances as well as SA after 1994. Now the nationís credibility and democratic project lies in tatters as we teeter on the brink of a political and fiscal cliff.

Business confidence has evaporated, causing SA to be downgraded to junk status, crushing growth potential and pushing us towards a debt trap. How did we land in this mess, and can we pull back from the brink?

Award-winning journalist Claire Bisseker unpacks the crisis.

Dark Towers - Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, And An Epic Trail Of Destruction (Paperback): David Enrich Dark Towers - Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, And An Epic Trail Of Destruction (Paperback)
David Enrich
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times finance editor David Enrich's explosive expose of the most scandalous bank in the world, revealing its shadowy ties to Donald Trump, Putin's Russia, and Nazi Germany "A jaw-dropping financial thriller" --Philadelphia Inquirer On a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a mystery, made more so by the bank's efforts to deter investigation. Broeksmit, it turned out, was a man who knew too much. In Dark Towers, award-winning journalist David Enrich reveals the truth about Deutsche Bank and its epic path of devastation. Tracing the bank's history back to its propping up of a default-prone American developer in the 1880s, helping the Nazis build Auschwitz, and wooing Eastern Bloc authoritarians, he shows how in the 1990s, via a succession of hard-charging executives, Deutsche made a fateful decision to pursue Wall Street riches, often at the expense of ethics and the law. Soon, the bank was manipulating markets, violating international sanctions to aid terrorist regimes, scamming investors, defrauding regulators, and laundering money for Russian oligarchs. Ever desperate for an American foothold, Deutsche also started doing business with a self-promoting real estate magnate nearly every other bank in the world deemed too dangerous to touch: Donald Trump. Over the next twenty years, Deutsche executives loaned billions to Trump, the Kushner family, and an array of scandal-tarred clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Dark Towers is the never-before-told saga of how Deutsche Bank became the global face of financial recklessness and criminality--the corporate equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. It is also the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he'd seen at the bank--and his son's obsessive search for the secrets he kept. --Publishers Weekly

A Great Deal of Ruin - Financial Crises since 1929 (Paperback): James Gerber A Great Deal of Ruin - Financial Crises since 1929 (Paperback)
James Gerber
R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Great Deal of Ruin provides an accessible introduction to the enduring problem of financial crises. Illustrated with historical analysis, case studies, and clear economic concepts, this book explains in three parts what financial crises are, how they are caused and what we can learn from them. It begins with a taxonomy of crises and a list of factors that increase the risk for countries experiencing a financial crisis. It then examines five of the most important crises in modern economic history, beginning with the Great Depression and ending with the subprime crisis in the United States and its evolution into a debt crisis in the Eurozone. The book concludes with a set of lessons that can be learnt from the crises of the past. It will appeal to university students as well as general readers who are curious to learn more about the recent subprime crisis and other financial crises.

The Great Leveler - Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Paperback): Walter... The Great Leveler - Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)
Walter Scheidel
R462 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R81 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that it never dies peacefully. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world. The "Four Horsemen" of leveling-mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues-have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future. An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent-and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon.

Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition): Adair Turner Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition)
Adair Turner; Afterword by Adair Turner
R478 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R133 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Adair Turner became chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis struck in 2008, and he played a leading role in redesigning global financial regulation. In this eye-opening book, he sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis. It didn't happen because banks are too big to fail--our addiction to private debt is to blame. Between Debt and the Devil challenges the belief that we need credit growth to fuel economic growth, and that rising debt is okay as long as inflation remains low. In fact, most credit is not needed for economic growth--but it drives real estate booms and busts and leads to financial crisis and depression. Turner explains why public policy needs to manage the growth and allocation of credit creation, and why debt needs to be taxed as a form of economic pollution. Banks need far more capital, real estate lending must be restricted, and we need to tackle inequality and mitigate the relentless rise of real estate prices. Turner also debunks the big myth about fiat money--the erroneous notion that printing money will lead to harmful inflation. To escape the mess created by past policy errors, we sometimes need to monetize government debt and finance fiscal deficits with central-bank money. Between Debt and the Devil shows why we need to reject the assumptions that private credit is essential to growth and fiat money is inevitably dangerous. Each has its advantages, and each creates risks that public policy must consciously balance.

The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble: The Coming Deficit Debacle and How to Invest Now (Hardcover): Russ Koesterich The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble: The Coming Deficit Debacle and How to Invest Now (Hardcover)
Russ Koesterich
R880 R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Save R198 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Your Survival Guide to the Next Financial Storm

""Many commentators rant about budget deficits and the country's moral failings. Russ Koesterich calmly and objectively describes our downward economic spiral over the next 20 years and recommends the investments best suited for that journey.""
--Ron Kahn, Global Head of Research, BlackRock Scientific Active Equities, and coauthor of "Active Portfolio Management"

""A must-read for anyone who has ever touched currency or heard of money.""
--Vadim Zlotnikov, Chief Market Strategist, AllianceBernstein

""A useful book that underlines an essential reality: Americans will not be returning to the old normal. We must adapt to a changing world that presents us with new risks and opportunities. "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble" broadens and deepens a conversation we have to have.""
--Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group, and author of "The J Curve" and "The End of the Free Market"

""This book gives investors practical and easy-to-follow solutions on how to protect their investments and financial future.""
--Arthur B. Laffer, founder and CEO, Laffer Associates, and author of "The End of Prosperity"

""A superb book. Russ Koesterich's recommendations spanning financial and real assets are insightful, relevant, and pragmatic. Russ is among the select few veterans of the investment management profession who are able to project academic insights faithfully, offer compelling investment advice--and write a page-turner.""
--S. P. Kothari, Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

"""The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble" is a well-crafted book. At every turn the author explains the rationale for including or excluding particular assets in a portfolio, especially as they react to higher interest rates, slower growth, and possible inflation. The investor who is worried about protecting his wealth in the coming decade(s) would do well to consider Koesterich's advice.""
--SeekingAlpha.com"

""A helpful, methodical 'financial playbook' for realistic investors. Highly recommended for those planning to invest over the next five years or more. It is not easy to find books that combine debt macroeconomics with sound financial advice, but Koesterich manages it well.""
--"Library Journal"

About the Book:

The next financial disaster is around the corner. Are you prepared?

With the nation's deficit expanding into the trillions of dollars, investors need to be prepared for the inevitable--and potentially devastating--fallout. Most economists agree that interest rates will rise, inflation will likely be higher, and virtually every aspect of our economy will be affected. Smart investors need to ask themselves: "How should I invest today to survive the storm tomorrow?"

The answer is in this brilliantly calculated, forward-thinking investment guide from Black-Rock strategist Russ Koesterich. He'll show you exactly what to expect in the new deficit economy--and how to handle your finances smartly, safely, and securely . . . Stocks and Bonds How to Invest in a Rising Rate Environment Real Estate How the Deficit Will Affect the Market Commodities The Benefits of Owning Real Assets Portfolio Management What You Should Do Before It's Too Late

More than a collection of fascinating financial predictions, "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble" offers solid advice on a wide range of investment options. You'll discover which markets are hot--and which are not--when the storm finally hits.

You'll find out if Treasury bonds are right for youand why commodities will be even more important in the future. You'll learn the best ways to invest in real estate, how to handle your growing debt, and how to manage higher interest rates for everything from mortgages to savings accounts.

Most important, you'll be able to apply these professional insights into building a stronger portfolio for you and your family.

Just because the government is gambling with our future doesn't mean you should. "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble" offers a winning game plan to help you protect and build your wealth for the long term.

When the next storm hits, you won't just survive, you'll thrive.

Lessons from a Warzone - How to be a Resilient Leader in Times of Crisis (Hardcover): Louai Al Roumani Lessons from a Warzone - How to be a Resilient Leader in Times of Crisis (Hardcover)
Louai Al Roumani 1
R465 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R94 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A compelling guide for leaders grappling with the pandemic' Financial Times 'A remarkable book telling business leaders what to do when disaster strikes' The Times AN INSPIRING STORY OF RESILIENT LEADERSHIP IN THE TOUGHEST OF TIMES Louai Al Roumani was head of finance and planning at one of the largest banks in Syria, when the war broke out in 2011. In Lessons from a Warzone, Al Roumani shares his very personal account of coping with the day-to-day realities of leading an organization in dangerous and hostile conditions. His story shows how inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places - from the timeless wisdom of merchants in ancient souks to the changing patterns of military checkpoints. During that time, not only did the bank remain robust when others faltered - it thrived and became the undisputed leading bank as people's trust in its capability to safeguard their life-long savings strengthened. In this book, Al Roumani distils the knowledge and skills he and his colleagues developed while steering the bank through four impossible years into ten lessons applicable to any leader facing a crisis today. His valuable, and often counterintuitive, advice - ranging from resisting over-planning to hacking your own IT department to cutting costs (but not morale) - will help anyone understand how to be resilient even in the most challenging of times.

Dark Towers - Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction (Hardcover): David Enrich Dark Towers - Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction (Hardcover)
David Enrich
R715 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A searing expose by an award-winning journalist of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trump's business empire. In January 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. As he delivered his fiery Inaugural address, a grey-haired woman named Rosemary Vrablic sat in the VIP section of the audience. Vrablic was an executive at Deutsche Bank, and without her, Donald Trump probably wouldn't have been moving into the White House. This is the never-before-told story of how a 150-year-old German bank became the global face of financial recklessness and criminality, a history that traces back to its role helping the Nazis build Auschwitz. In the 1990s, a succession of hard-charging executives made the fateful decision to chase Wall Street riches-and set Deutsche Bank on an epic path of devastation. Its sins included manipulating markets, violating international sanctions, and laundering money for Russian oligarchs. Desperate for an American foothold, Deutsche started doing business with a self-promoting real estate magnate who most banks deemed too dangerous to touch: Donald Trump. Over the next 20 years, Deutsche executives-including a man with a damaged brain, the son of a Supreme Court justice, and Rosemary Vrablic-loaned billions to Trump and the Kushner family. Why? To unravel this mystery, the book traces the rise and fall of Bill Broeksmit, an American executive who was regarded as the conscience of Deutsche Bank. In 2014, he was found hanging in his London apartment. His son gets access to Broeksmit's computer files and embarks on a wild quest to understand why his father killed himself. The answers he finds will help explain how Deutsche Bank became the financial equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction.

Austerity - The History of a Dangerous Idea (Paperback): Mark Blyth Austerity - The History of a Dangerous Idea (Paperback)
Mark Blyth
R363 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R105 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013
Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts. This view conveniently forgets where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the broken banking system. Through these actions private debt was rechristened as government debt while those responsible for generating it walked away scot free, placing the blame on the state, and the burden on the taxpayer.
That burden now takes the form of a global turn to austerity, the policy of reducing domestic wages and prices to restore competitiveness and balance the budget. The problem, according to political economist Mark Blyth, is that austerity is a very dangerous idea. First of all, it doesn't work. As the past four years and countless historical examples from the last 100 years show, while it makes sense for any one state to try and cut its way to growth, it simply cannot work when all states try it simultaneously: all we do is shrink the economy. In the worst case, austerity policies worsened the Great Depression and created the conditions for seizures of power by the forces responsible for the Second World War: the Nazis and the Japanese military establishment. As Blyth amply demonstrates, the arguments for austerity are tenuous and the evidence thin. Rather than expanding growth and opportunity, the repeated revival of this dead economic idea has almost always led to low growth along with increases in wealth and income inequality. Austerity demolishes the conventional wisdom, marshaling an army of facts to demand that we austerity for what it is, and what it costs us.

The Night Cleaner (Hardcover): Florence Aubenas The Night Cleaner (Hardcover)
Florence Aubenas
R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The idea was simple: pack a suitcase, go to another city where you have no connections and try to find a job, anonymously. That was the idea that took Florence Aubenas - one of France's most accomplished undercover journalists - on a journey into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Day after day she searched for work, one unemployed worker among others, with no special skills or qualifications. She immersed herself in the crowd of job seekers, going from one employment office to another, eventually managing to cobble together a few hours working as a night cleaner on a ferry that crossed the English Channel. For many people the global financial crisis seems real enough but remote from their daily lives. They have little sense of what it really means to be unemployed in the midst of a recession. Florence Aubenas was determined to find out. This book is the story of her journey. The Night Cleaner became an instant number one bestseller in France and has subsequently become a bestseller in many countries throughout the world. Better than any academic treatise on the topic, this book shows what recession means today.

Irrational Exuberance - Revised and Expanded Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Robert J Shiller Irrational Exuberance - Revised and Expanded Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Robert J Shiller
R466 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this revised, updated, and expanded edition of his New York Times bestseller, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, who warned of both the tech and housing bubbles, cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among investors have only increased since the 2008-9 financial crisis. With high stock and bond prices and the rising cost of housing, the post-subprime boom may well turn out to be another illustration of Shiller's influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. In other words, Irrational Exuberance is as relevant as ever. Previous editions covered the stock and housing markets--and famously predicted their crashes. This edition expands its coverage to include the bond market, so that the book now addresses all of the major investment markets. It also includes updated data throughout, as well as Shiller's 2013 Nobel Prize lecture, which places the book in broader context. In addition to diagnosing the causes of asset bubbles, Irrational Exuberance recommends urgent policy changes to lessen their likelihood and severity--and suggests ways that individuals can decrease their risk before the next bubble bursts. No one whose future depends on a retirement account, a house, or other investments can afford not to read this book.

Winning & Abel - Lessons From A Decade In Crisis (Paperback): Mike Abel Winning & Abel - Lessons From A Decade In Crisis (Paperback)
Mike Abel
R285 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R76 (27%) Pre-order

2020 has been an appalling year – one of the most difficult in living memory. A global pandemic, countries locked down, socio-economic catastrophe, international protests. Now more than ever, there’s a demand for vision and leadership in a time of crisis. Into the breach steps Mike Abel, founding partner of multi-award-winning agency M&C Saatchi Abel and one of the most prominent ad-men in Africa.

Launched in October 2010 by Mike and partners, M&C Saatchi Abel started out as an industry underdog amid the after-shocks of the 2008 financial crisis. No clients, no money, no offices, no furniture and plenty of established competition. They didn’t know it, but the decade ahead would also be one of catastrophic state capture and economic decline for South Africa. Today M&C Saatchi Abel is an African industry leader. Its high-profile clients include Nando’s, Standard Bank, Heineken and Takealot, and Mike Abel has the ear of the country’s most powerful business leaders and parliamentary ministers.

In Winning & Abel, Mike shares his lessons from the coal-face of business and leadership. Hard-earned lessons acquired in a business career that has seen him rise on the headwinds of perpetual challenges, amid economic and political chaos, to lead one of the most prominent advertising agencies on the continent. Lessons of hope and positivity that mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of M&C Saatchi Abel – and have never been more relevant.

End This Depression Now! (Hardcover): Paul Krugman End This Depression Now! (Hardcover)
Paul Krugman
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Great Recession is more than four years old and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in this powerful volley, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all remain in a state of intense pain." How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the "intellectual clarity and political will" to end this depression now."

Crisis (Paperback): Sylvia Walby Crisis (Paperback)
Sylvia Walby
R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We are living in a time of crisis which has cascaded through society. Financial crisis has led to an economic crisis of recession and unemployment; an ensuing fiscal crisis over government deficits and austerity has led to a political crisis which threatens to become a democratic crisis. Borne unevenly, the effects of the crisis are exacerbating class and gender inequalities. Rival interpretations a focus on austerity and reduction in welfare spending versus a focus on financial crisis and democratic regulation of finance are used to justify radically diverse policies for the distribution of resources and strategies for economic growth, and contested gender relations lie at the heart of these debates. The future consequences of the crisis depend upon whether there is a deepening of democratic institutions, including in the European Union. Sylvia Walby offers an alternative framework within which to theorize crisis, drawing on complexity science and situating this within the wider field of study of risk, disaster and catastrophe. In doing so, she offers a critique and revision of the social science needed to understand the crisis.

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