Description : When we fail to achieve our goals, procrastination is often the culprit. But how exactly is procrastination to be understood? It has been described as imprudent, irrational, inconsistent, and even immoral, but there has been no sustained philosophical debate concerning the topic. This edited volume starts in on the task of integrating the problem of procrastination into philosophical inquiry. The focus is on exploring procrastination in relation to agency, rationality, and ethics-topics that philosophy is well-suited to address. Theoretically and empirically informed analyses are developed and applied with the aim of shedding light on a vexing practical problem that generates a great deal of frustration, regret, and harm. Some of the key questions that are addressed include the following: How can we analyze procrastination in a way that does justice to both its voluntary and its self-defeating dimensions? What kind of practical failing is procrastination? Is it a form of weakness of will? Is it the product of fragmented agency? Is it a vice? Given the nature of procrastination, what are the most promising coping strategies?
Description : Naguib Mahfouz's haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid pychological portrait of an anguished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detective story. After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than one. Egypt has undergone a revolution and, on a more personal level, his beloved wife and his trusted henchman, who conspired to betray him to the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him. But in the most bitter betrayal, his mentor, Rauf Ilwan, once a firebrand revolutionary who convinced Said that stealing from the rich in a unjust society is an act of justice, is now himself a rich man, a respected newspaper editor who wants nothing to do with the disgraced Said. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Description : What you do in childhood may come back to haunt you Stealing things from people who had upset her was something Polly did quite a lot. There was her Aunt Pauline; a girl at school; a boyfriend who left her. And there was the man on the plane... Humiliated and scared by a total stranger Polly does what she always does. She steals something. But she never could have imagined that her desire for revenge would have such terrifying results. Quick Reads are brilliant, short books by bestselling writers and celebrities. These exciting, dramatic and funny stories are ideal for adults who've stopped reading or find reading tough, and for regular readers who want a short, fast book by one of the best authors writing today. Quick Reads have helped hundreds of thousands of people to pick up books and enjoy reading again. For more information, please go to www.quickreads.org.uk. Books available at bookshops and libraries. Books and downloads available at online book retailers.
Description : Trouble has a way of seeking out Nicolas Calva, and it's not likely to leave him alone any time soon. With Caesar's magic bulla, the Malice of Mars, and the possibility of a Jupiter Stone in play, all the powers of Rome are circling Nic. He'll have to maneuver his way through scheming government officials and reawakened magical beasts to save the Empire. Can he manage to keep his friends and family safe, claim his own freedom once and for all, and rescue the Empire -- before the magic gets the better of him? With twists and turns on every page, critically acclaimed author Jennifer Nielsen weaves an epic, action-packed conclusion to her extraordinary Mark of the Thief trilogy.
Description : A business focused introduction to Accounting for all students - not just those intending to be Accounting majors. Lead students through the real-world business cycle and how accounting information informs decision-making. Students learn how to base decisions on two kinds of accounting information managerial and financial. Departing from the traditional approach taken by other introductory accounting textbooks, students apply both managerial and financial approaches within the topics examined in each chapter. The conversational writing engages students in the theoretical content and how it applies to contemporary real-world scenarios. The new edition again includes the popular Sweet Temptations case study. Students follow the retail chocolate business through the book to learn about applying accounting issues in the real world.
Description : "The Old Maid and the Thief" was originally conceived as a Radio-Opera and Broadcast as Wold Premiere by the National Broadcasting Company, Aril 22, 1939. The first stage performance was by the Philadelphia Opera Company, Febuary 11, 1941.
Description : The enchanting international bestseller with bonus back matter and a beautiful new cover! Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord. Propser and Bo relish their new "family" and life of petty crime. But their cruel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys' freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.
Description : On first reading these seven stories, about contagious disease, social revolt, unhappy love, and the criminally insane, their eventual publisher expressed fears that the grim nature of their subjects would put off potential readers. Georg Heym replied that his subjects had chosen him as much as he had chosen them. This special, compulsive relationship with his material is reflected in the mesmeric, spellbinding character of the stories which have become classics of German Expressionist prose, the equivalent in their violent imagery of the Expressionist paintings of the time, prefiguring the great era of Expressionist film that was to follow. On publication they were compared to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and the prose pieces of Baudelaire, and they have been acclaimed ever since for their power and formal beauty.