Praise For THE LITTLE BOOK OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS "Ben and Phil have done it again. Another lucid, insightful book, designed to enhance your wealth! In today's stock-addled cult of equities, there is a gaping hole in most investors' portfolios...the whole panoply of alternative investments that can simultaneously help us cut our risk, better hedge our inflation risk, and boost our return. This Little Book is filled with big ideas on how to make these markets and strategies a treasured part of our investing toolkit." —Robert Arnott, Chairman, Research Affiliates "I have been reading Ben Stein for thirty-five years and Phil DeMuth since he joined up with Ben ten years ago. They do solid work, and this latest is no exception." —Jim Rogers, author of A Gift to My Children "If anyone can make hedge funds sexy, Stein and DeMuth can, and they've done it with style in this engaging, instructive, and tasteful how-to guide for investing in alternatives. But you should read this Kama Sutra of investment manuals not just for the thrills, but also to learn how to avoid the hazards of promiscuous and unprotected investing." —Andrew Lo, Professor and Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering
For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and as a battleground for European empires, while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Integrating environmental history and mining a wealth of sources, Sunil S. Amrith offers insights to the many challenges facing Asia in the decades ahead.
Describes the escapades of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a drug-saturated group of hippies who get in and out of trouble with the law.
Islam and Healing
Author: S. Alavi
Traces the Islamic healing tradition's interaction with Indian society and politics as these evolved in tandem from 1600 to 1900, and demonstrates how an in-house struggle for hegemony can be as potent as external power in defining medical, social and national modernity. A pioneering work on the social and medical history of Indian Islam.
Oglaf Book One
Author: Doug Bayne
Since 2009, Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne's hilarious and fithy comic strip OGLAF has entertained hundreds of thousands of online readers. Set in a fantasy world complete with knights and wizards, elves and monsters, OGLAF satirizes the tropes of genre fiction and contemporary sexual mores at the same time, resulting in both hilarity AND smutty scenes between people (and sometimes creatures) of every size, shape, and color. Some episodes stand alone, while others combine in short story arcs. Among the stories in this first volume is the introduction of the teasing Mistress and her unlucky apprentice Ivan, cursed with eternal sexual frustration; the adventures of the dangerous and seductive Thief; the forbidden love of the barbarian Kronar, Son of Man; the eternal winter of the never-satisfied Snow Queen; the many innovations of the sexsmith dwarves; and of course, Oglaf the illiterate shepherd boy discovering his secret power. This volume contains graphic cartoon nudity and is intended only for adults.
Promoting China's cultural soft power by disseminating modern Chinese values is one of the policies of President Xi Jinping. Although, it is usually understood as a top-down initiative, implemented willingly or unwillingly by writers, filmmakers, artists, and so on, and often manifesting itself in clumsy and awkward ways, for example, the concept of "the Chinese dream," intended to rival and perhaps appeal more strongly than "the American dream," modern Chinese values are in fact put forward in many ways by many different cultural actors. Through analyses of film festivals, CCTV, Confucius Institutes, auteurs, blockbusters, reality TV, and online digital cultures, this book exposes the limitations of China's officially promoted soft power in both conception and practice, and proposes a pluralistic approach to understanding Chinese soft power in local, regional, and transnational contexts. As such, the book demonstrates the limitations of existing theories of soft power, and argues that the US-derived concept of soft power can benefit from being examined from a China perspective.
This is an in-depth study of more than 100 special weapons developed for uses part of the armoury of the traditional martial arts of Japan. Each weapons illustrated with detailed photographs to support the text explaining itsistory and usage. There are also photographs which show present-dayrandmasters demonstrating how each weapon was used.
Masters of Discourse
Author: Israel Shamir, Paul Bennett, Ken Freeland
Welcome to the new world order, where mass media, a fully integrated public-opinion-forming machine of mind control had rendered the Left and Right obsolete and subservient to Zionism. Who are the people who own and operate this machine? Are they actually the Jewish Lobby? No, says Shamir. The formidable Jewish Lobby is just the visible tip of the iceberg, while below there are miles and miles of solid ice: media lords, chief editors, their favourite university pundits â in short, the Masters of Discourse. In this third volume of his writing, Israel Shamir travels around the world to find the reason for their captive hold over our thinking.
Manara's Kama Sutra
Author: Milo Manara
Publisher: Nbm Publishing Company
Beautiful Manara temptress Parva gets a mysterious box by accident. Inside, she finds a magic phallic snake that, when rubbed, brings out a male genie of her dreams who tells her that for him to become flesh she must undergo a series of arduous sexual tests from the ancient Kama Sutra. She's ready and willing! Another beautifully sensuous, irresistible album from the Italian master of erotica yet even more hardcore than any he's done!