Author: Calum Best
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2015-03-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER Calum Best should have had it all. As the only son of world-famous footballing legend George Best and his first wife Angie, a gorgeous English model, Calum was born into a world of privilege and opportunity. But his father’s fame came at a price, and George’s playing career was soon overshadowed by his playboy lifestyle and an increasing dependence on the comforting embrace of alcohol. Whilst his tumultuous later years could never diminish the memories of the peerless, often breathtaking, quality of his football, they had a profound effect on Calum. Growing up with his mother in California, Calum’s visits to see his father in England were all too rare, and he cherished every moment he could spend in the company of the man he adored. But as George’s alcoholism spiralled out of control, inebriation frequently led to violence and George’s self-destruction spilled over onto his son. Vivid, deeply moving, brave and honest, Second Best is the heart-breaking story of their relationship. It is a powerful tale of love and suffering, of an absent father and his wayward son, and of a family torn apart by addiction.
On the rocky shores of Connecticut, 200 year-old church steeples stick up from every town. In the colonial shadows, men like Dunker and Robbie tend to lose their dreams and sink deep into a comfortable rut. But a collision with a woman who has her own ideas about steering from one day to the next can knock any mother's son for a loop. Second Best is about surviving such head-on accidents.Nadine, a real-estate agent and former college hockey player, harbors a yen for nautical adventure. Joan, a psychiatrist with a latent sense of humor, is itching to turn the tables on her fugitive financier husband. Together they lead their partners far, wide, and a little bit astray. Along the way, these unlikely pairs battle with baseball playing arsonists, motorcycle riding senior citizens, pool hustling teenagers, and the pesky jaws of history. From Curacao to the lower Rio Grande, the creatures of habit break with the past and bend the course of events in directions none of them could have predicted.Of course anyone you meet on Main Street will tell you that the hardest part of a wild ride is getting back on your feet when it stops.
When Barry Elderton comes back from Ceylon to marry Virginia Brame, it is to find her the wife of the wealthy Sir Ian Kingleigh. So Barry turns to Virginia's cousin Joan for consolation. But she, loving Barry as much as he loved Virginia, knows that for him she is only 'second best'. Can she ever be first in his affections? A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1931, and available now for the first time in eBook.
Author: J. Mark Ramseyer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2015-11-19
It’s long been known that Japanese file fewer lawsuits per capita than Americans do. Yet explanations for the difference have tended to be partial and unconvincing, ranging from circular arguments about Japanese culture to suggestions that the slow-moving Japanese court system acts as a deterrent. With Second-Best Justice, J. Mark Ramseyer offers a more compelling, better-grounded explanation: the low rate of lawsuits in Japan results not from distrust of a dysfunctional system but from trust in a system that works—that sorts and resolves disputes in such an overwhelmingly predictable pattern that opposing parties rarely find it worthwhile to push their dispute to trial. Using evidence from tort claims across many domains, Ramseyer reveals a court system designed not to find perfect justice, but to “make do”—to adopt strategies that are mostly right and that thereby resolve disputes quickly and economically. An eye-opening study of comparative law, Second-Best Justice will force a wholesale rethinking of the differences among alternative legal systems and their broader consequences for social welfare.
Author: Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-11-17
A young Polish woman has left her son to work as a temporary farm hand across the German border. The prospect of a few weeks' wages is not her only motivation for crossing the border, though. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.
Ever since her great-grandmother first told her about her life in Italy, Gabriella has wanted to visit there. So she enters a study- abroad program, and becomes best friends with a local named Giovanni. Giovanni isn't just an ordinary Italian--he's the heir of the prestigious Provere family. His brother, Luca, is studying to become another in a long line of family priests. Luca and Gabriella are instantly drawn to each other, but a relationship is impossible given Luca's future--and the single kiss they share torments them both.
Wedlocked! "Marry me now. Or I'll walk out of your life forever." Claire Jardine's wedding day was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but her whirlwind courtship had her reeling: who was the real Trader Benedict? Her perfect partner or a ruthless blackmailer? And why had he chosen Claire to be his bride? His glamorous companion Phoenix seemed a far more suitable candidate. As she stood at the altar with Trader, the time had come to answer the most important question of her life: did she dare take this man?
Author: Kenneth Royce Moore
Release Date: 2005-07-19
Sex and the Second-Best City deals with the topics of sex and society in the Laws of Plato with recourse to historical context and modern critical theory. It examines reconstructions of ancient "sexuality" with a view to increased clarification. The text of the Laws is considered, along with many of its literary qualities, its influences and the utopian plan that it proposes.
Author: Mr. S. Nuri Erbas
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
Release Date: 2002-03-01
Genre: Business & Economics
Ambiguity, as opposed to uncertainty, reflects lack of sufficient information about distribution and payoffs of infrequent events. Reforms are infrequent events, undertaken in ambiguous second-best environments where bad reform outcomes are feasible. A general case for the gradualist reform strategy is that it may pay to defer some reforms until relevant information about possible reform outcomes and associated probabilities is revealed, and ambiguity is reduced over time. Gradualism may dominate the big bang strategy, if some of the reforms in a reform sequence are not sure bets and waiting costs do not dominate reversal costs under some information sets forthcoming over time. The relation to Ellsberg''s Paradox is discussed. Some cases for and against gradualism are reviewed.
Author: Basab Dasgupta
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Quality of life
"Slum upgrading programs are being used by national and city governments in many countries to improve the welfare of households living in slum and squatter settlements. These programs typically include a combination of improvements in neighborhood infrastructure, land tenure, and building quality. In this paper, the authors develop a dynamic general equilibrium model to compare the effectiveness of alternative slum upgrading instruments in a second-best setting with distortions in the land and credit markets. They numerically test the model using data from three Brazilian cities and find that the performance of in situ slum upgrading depends on the severity of land and credit market distortions and how complementary policy initiatives are being implemented to correct for these problems. Pre-existing land supply and credit market distortions reduce the benefit-cost ratios across interventions, and change the rank ordering of preferred interventions. In the light of these findings, it appears that partial equilibrium analysis used in typical cost-benefit work overstates the stream of net benefits from upgrading interventions and may in fact propose a misleading sequence of interventions. "--World Bank web site.