Friday, December 1, 2006

La questione della liceità dell'uso e del possesso delle armi nucleari

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Luglio 2005
 
La mattina del 16 luglio 1945, alle ore 5:29:45 ufficialmente il mondo è entrato nell'era atomica. In quel momento è avvenuta la prima esplosione nucleare, seppure come esperimento, di un ordigno atomico, in conseguenza di tutto il lavoro svolto dal Progetto Manhattan. Dopo appena tre settimane, le due città giapponesi di Hiroshima e Nagasaki furono devastate e distrutte per buona parte, in seguito a due esplosioni nucleari, questa volta utilizzate come armi di guerra. Il 14 agosto il Giappone si arrese e si chiuse, almeno da un punto di vista prettamente bellico, la seconda guerra mondiale.






 

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Books Worth Reading: A Guide to Project Financing (2018 edition or future revised editions) by DENTONS

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A GUIDE TO PROJECT FINANCING (2018 edition or more recent editions)


From Dentons’s website:

This guide looks at the use of project financing techniques, in particular as a means of financing large-scale infrastructure projects. It looks at all the parties engaged in project financing and their respective roles, including examining the role of export credit agencies and multilateral agencies. In addition to considering a variety of project structures and models it looks specifically at security and insurance issues and the sharing of risk.




Books Worth Reading: 2012 MODEL INTERNATIONAL JOA (or future revised versions) by the AIPN

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2012 MODEL INTERNATIONAL JOINT OPERATING AGREEMENT (2012 edition or more recent editions)



From the A.I.P.N. website:

The Board of Directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (A.I.P.N.) published the most recent version of its Model International Joint Operating Agreement (J.O.A.) in 2012. However, an A.I.P.N. committee is currently undertaking the revision of the 2012 Model J.O.A. Among issues to be presently examined are whether there have been developments in the international petroleum industry over the past 7 years that make changes or additional clauses necessary, and whether any provisions (or alternative clauses) are no longer relevant.

The A.I.P.N.’s J.O.A. is the most widely used joint operating agreement in the international upstream oil and gas industry. It was first published by the A.I.P.N. in 1990, and then it was revised in 2002 and in 2012.

The A.I.P.N. publishes a series of hydrocarbon-related model contracts to facilitate the negotiation of energy transactions around the globe. The J.O.A., Guidance Notes to the J.O.A., and other model contracts can be found at the A.I.P.N.’s website, www.aipn.org.




Books Worth Reading: THE LITTLE BOOK OF COMMON SENSE INVESTING by John C. BOGLE

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THE LITTLE BOOK OF COMMON SENSE INVESTING


From Amazon:

The best-selling investing "bible" offers new information, new insights, and new perspectives

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund  pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term: buy and hold, at very low cost, a mutual fund that tracks a broad stock market Index such as the S&P 500.

While the stock market has tumbled and then soared since the first edition of Little Book of Common Sense was published in April 2007, Bogle’s investment principles have endured and served investors well.  This tenth anniversary edition includes updated data and new information but maintains the same long-term perspective as in its predecessor. 

Bogle has also added two new chapters designed to provide further guidance to investors:  one on asset allocation, the other on retirement investing.

A portfolio focused on index funds is the only investment that effectively guarantees your fair share of stock market returns. This strategy is favored by Warren Buffett, who said this about Bogle: “If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle. For decades, Jack has urged investors to invest in ultra-low-cost index funds. . . . Today, however, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he helped millions of investors realize far better returns on their savings than they otherwise would have earned. He is a hero to them and to me.”

Bogle shows you how to make index investing work for you and help you achieve your financial goals, and finds support from some of the world's best financial minds: not only Warren Buffett, but Benjamin Graham, Paul Samuelson, Burton Malkiel, Yale’s David Swensen, Cliff Asness of AQR, and many others.

This new edition of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing offers you the same solid strategy as its predecessor for building your financial future.

  • Build a broadly diversified, low-cost portfolio without the risks of individual stocks, manager selection, or sector rotation.
  • Forget the fads and marketing hype, and focus on what works in the real world.
  • Understand that stock returns are generated by three sources (dividend yield, earnings growth, and change in market valuation) in order to establish rational expectations for stock returns over the coming decade.
  • Recognize that in the long run, business reality  trumps market expectations.
  • Learn how to harness the magic of compounding returns while avoiding the tyranny of compounding costs.

While index investing allows you to sit back and let the market do the work for you, too many investors trade frantically, turning a winner’s game into a loser’s game. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is a solid guidebook to your financial future.






Books Worth Reading: ON WRITING WELL by William ZINSSER

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ON WRITING WELL


From Amazon:

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.




Books Worth Reading: THE NEW GLOBAL ROAD MAP by Pankaj GHEMAWAT

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THE NEW GLOBAL ROAD MAP


From Amazon:

What Globalization Now Means for Your Business

Executives can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that globalization will continue to advance steadily. But how should they respond to the growing pressures against globalization? And what can businesses do to control their destinies in these times of uncertainty?

In The New Global Road Map, Pankaj Ghemawat separates fact from fiction by giving readers a better understanding of the key trends affecting global business. He also explains how globalization levels around the world are changing, and where they are likely to go in the future. Using the most up-to-date data and analysis, Ghemawat dispels today's most dangerous myths and provides a clear view of the most critical issues facing policy makers in the years ahead.

Building on this analysis, with examples from a diverse set of companies across industries and geographies, Ghemawat provides actionable frameworks and tools to help executives revise their strategies, restructure their global footprints, realign their organizations, and rethink how they work with local governments and institutions.

In our era of rising nationalism and increased skepticism about globalization's benefits, The New Global Road Map delivers the definitive guide on how to compete profitably across borders.




Books Worth Reading: VALUE: THE FOUR CORNERSTONES OF CORPORATE FINANCE by Tim KOLLER, Richard DOBBS, and Bill HUYETT

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VALUE: THE FOUR CORNERSTONES OF CORPORATE FINANCE

TIM KOLLER, RICHARD DOBBS, AND BILL HUYETT

From Wiley’s website:

Description

An accessible guide to the essential issues of corporate finance

While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out.

Value explores the core of corporate finance without getting bogged down in numbers and is intended to give managers an accessible guide to both the foundations and applications of corporate finance. Filled with in-depth insights from experts at McKinsey & Company, this reliable resource takes a much more qualitative approach to what the authors consider a lost art.

  • Discusses the four foundational principles of corporate finance

  • Effectively applies the theory of value creation to our economy

  • Examines ways to maintain and grow value through mergers, acquisitions, and portfolio management

  • Addresses how to ensure your company has the right governance, performance measurement, and internal discussions to encourage value-creating decisions

A perfect companion to Valuation, this book will put the various issues associated with corporate finance in perspective.




Books Worth Reading: CORPORATE FINANCE by Greg SHIELDS

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CORPORATE FINANCE


From Amazon:

This book contains five manuscripts:

  • Financial Reporting: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Financial Reports and Performing Financial Analysis

  • Business Valuation: The Ultimate Guide to Business Valuation for Beginners, Including How to Value a Business Through Financial Valuation Methods

  • Risk Management: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Risk Management as Applied to Corporate Finance

  • Financial Management: The Ultimate Guide to Planning, Organizing, Directing, and Controlling the Financial Activities of an Enterprise

  • Financial Statements The Ultimate Guide to Financial Statements Analysis for Business Owners and Investors

This bundle book explains corporate finance in a detailed, but business-friendly way. This isn't a package of textbooks to teach you how to become an accountant or a risk manager for a major bank; it's a package that will introduce you to the five basic areas of finance that make the most difference to investors and business managers.

With Corporate Finance: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Reporting, Business Valuation, Risk Management, Financial Management, and Financial Statements you will get

  • A book that is written in a style that's meant to be easy to read, whether you're grabbing five minutes at your desk over lunchtime or settling in for half an hour's unwind after a long day

  • Real-world examples so you can learn how to spot signs of stress at some companies before things go badly wrong, or how investment analysts might disagree widely on a valuation depending on which method they're using to value a stock

  • A look at how different banks have come a cropper by mismatching their funding and lending maturities, or how particular companies have tried to manage their exposure to commodities prices through running hedging operations

  • Insight into two sets of financial reports - one US and one European - to take a detailed look not just at how to calculate financial ratios, but at what they mean

  • Get information on how to carry out an analysis of a competitor, customer, or potential acquisition

Here are just a few reasons to pick up this book now and allow it to help you improve your financial skills:

  • Competitive analysis: By discovering how to take a really in-depth look at their financial statements, you can pinpoint where the extra profit comes from

  • Customer checks: you won't just get you a feeling for their creditworthiness now, but you will be able to see exactly where the pain points are - so that you know just where to look to spot any deterioration in their ability to pay

  • You'll discover how to mitigate risk

  • You'll learn how to make the right acquisitions by asking the right questions and ensure no one tries to pull the wool over your eyes

  • You'll discover how to achieve a better price if you ever were to sell a business

  • You'll learn what financial ratios are most important for your business, and how to budget effectively

  • You'll learn how to analyze your business's performance

  • You'll be able to deal with experts much better. For example, you'll know what an accountant is talking about when he says a competitor's revenue recognition policy is "on the aggressive side"

  • And much, much more!




Books Worth Reading: CORPORATE FINANCE by Terence C.M. TSE

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CORPORATE FINANCE


From Amazon:

Corporate Finance: The Basics is a concise introduction to the inner workings of finance at the company level. It aims to take the fear out of corporate finance and add the fun in, presenting the subject in a way that is simple to grasp and easy to digest. Its aim is to explain – and demystify – the essential ideas of corporate finance, avoiding the heavy use of maths and formulae. The calculations and figures in the book are purely to illustrate fundamental concepts, appealing to readers’ common sense, rather than stretch their ability to do "number-crunching".

Topics covered include:

·        Financial statements through the corporate finance lens

·        How to make investment decisions

·        Cash versus profit

·        Net working capital management

·        How to determine the value of a business

Through the use of a subject map, this book explains how the key components of the subject are connected with each other, strengthening the reader’s understanding. This book is the ideal introduction for anyone looking for a short yet scholarly overview of corporate finance.




Books Worth Reading: EXCEL FORMULAS AND FUNCTIONS FOR DUMMIES by Ken BLUTTMAN

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EXCEL FORMULAS AND FUNCTIONS FOR DUMMIES
From Amazon:

Learn to use Excel for practical, day–to–day calculations

Excel is a powerful program with more than 300 built–in functions that can be used to perform an almost infinite number of calculations. This friendly book shows you how to use the 150 most valuable ones in real–world situations: to compare the cost of buying vs. leasing a car, calculate classroom grades, or evaluate investment performance, for example. Another 85 specialized functions are also described. Detailed, step–by–step instructions help you understand how functions work within formulas and how you can use them to solve everyday problems.
  • Excel is a complex tool, making it a perfect subject for the straightforward, plain–English approach of this book
  • Formulas and functions are explained in classic For Dummies fashion, with examples of how to apply the 150 most commonly used functions in real–world situations
  • Discover how to use Excel to compare the cost of 15 and 30–year mortgages, decide whether to buy or lease a car, calculate the actual cost of credit card purchases, forecast college expenses, design a database for your own use, and much more
  • Serves as an excellent resource for all versions of Excel, including the latest version 2013
Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps you put the power of Excel to work in your daily life.




Books Worth Reading: THE NEW KINGS OF CRUDE by Luke PATEY

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THE NEW KINGS OF CRUDE 


From Amazon:

In the past decade, the need for oil in Asia's new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asia's glistening corporate towers to provide a first look at how the world's rising economies established new international oil empires in Sudan, amid one of Africa's longest-running and deadliest civil wars. For over a decade, Sudan fueled the international rise of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa's largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asia's oil giants to chart a new course. Luke Patey weaves together the stories of hardened oilmen, powerful politicians, rebel fighters, and human rights activists to show how the lure of oil brought China and India into Sudan - only later to ensnare both in the messy politics of a divided country. His book also introduces the reader to the Chinese and Indian oilmen and politicians who were willing to become entangled in an African civil war in the pursuit of the world's most coveted resource. It offers a portrait of the challenges China and India are increasingly facing as emerging powers in the world.




Books Worth Reading: PRACTICAL PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND FISCAL REGIMES by Henry HAWKINS

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PRACTICAL PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND FISCAL REGIMES

From Palantir Solutions:

‘Practical Petroleum Economics and Fiscal Regimes’ introduces the theory of petroleum economics including discounted cash flow analysis, uncertainty and decision analysis. The book describes global fiscal systems with an in-depth look at concessions and production sharing contracts. In addition to project economics, the book also covers the theory around corporate roll-up, portfolio aggregation and analysis. The emphasis is on practical skills and to this end there is a section on modelling principles and best practice. It is aimed at students along with employees of oil and gas companies as well as National Oil Companies and government agencies.




Books Worth Reading: INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM FISCAL SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTION SHARING CONTRACTS by Daniel JOHNSTON

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INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM FISCAL SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTION SHARING CONTRACTS


From Amazon:

Daniel Johnston covers everything including historical development of contracts, terminology of accounting and negotiations, threshold field size analysis, arithmetic behind contract terms, and more.

Contents

Petroleum fiscal systems

Concessionary systems

Production-sharing contracts

Risk service contracts

Threshold field size analysis

Global market for exploration acreage

Production-sharing contract outline

Accounting principles

Double taxation

Commentary

Appendices

Glossary




Books Worth Reading: GOVERNMENT FISCAL STRATEGIES UNDER LOW OIL PRICES AND CLIMATE CHANGE by Pedro VAN MEURS

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IRAQ GOVERNMENT FISCAL STRATEGIES UNDER LOW OIL PRICES AND CLIMATE CHANGE
From the Introduction:
The climate change debate and in particular the moderately successful 2015 Paris Conference has created a new worldwide framework for resolving climate change issues. In order to make the implementation of COP 21 a success, it is now necessary to transform the goals and lofty ideals into practical and effective upstream petroleum fiscal policies.
At the same time the world is facing a period of extra-ordinary low oil prices. Some of the current fiscal systems are designed to capture windfall profits under high oil prices. However, what is now necessary is to develop broader based strategies whereby fiscal terms are effective under low as well as high oil and gas prices. This document deals with these matters.
First the climate change issues will be reviewed and subsequently the low oil price issues. Thereafter, recommendations will be made with respect to the required changes in existing upstream petroleum policies and fiscal terms. Two examples will be provided of a royalty-based system and a production sharing system based on these recommendations.




Books Worth Reading: IRAQ AND THE POLITICS OF OIL by Gary VOGLER

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IRAQ AND THE POLITICS OF OIL

From University Press of Kansas:

Was the Iraq war really about oil? As a senior oil advisor for the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) and briefly as minister of oil, Gary Vogler thought he knew. But while doing research for a book about his experience in Iraq, Vogler discovered that what he knew was not the whole story—or even the true story. The Iraq war did have an oil agenda underlying it, one that Vogler had previously denied. This book is his attempt to set the record straight.

Iraq and the Politics of Oil is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the role of the US government in the Iraqi oil sector since 2003. Vogler describes the prewar oil planning and the important decisions made during hostilities to get Iraqi oil flowing several months ahead of schedule. He reveals how, amid the instability of 2006 (largely fueled by the arrogance of early US decisions), the fixing of the Bayji Refinery contributed significantly to the success of the oil sector in the Sunni part of northern Iraq during and after the surge. Vogler gives us an expert insider’s view of the largest oilfield auctions in the history of the international oil industry, and his account shows how US Forces’ focus on a single Iraqi point of failure in 2007 was a primary factor in the record productions and exports of 2012 through 2017.

But under the successes so deftly chronicled here, a darker political narrative finally emerges, one that reaches back to the decision to go to war with Iraq. Uncovering it, Vogler revises our understanding of what we were doing in Iraq, even as he gives us a critical, close-up view of that fraught enterprise.



Books Worth Reading: THE RIGHT GAME by Adam BRANDENBURGER and Barry J. NALEBUFF

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THE RIGHT GAME


From Harvard Business Review:

Business is like war: The best combatant wins while the worst loses, right? Not necessarily. Companies can succeed spectacularly without destroying others. And they can lose miserably after competing well. Exceptional businesses win by actively shaping the game they're playing, not playing the game they find. "The Right Game" shows you how to do this-by altering who's competing, what value each player brings to the table, and which rules and tactics players use. Since 1922, "Harvard Business Review" has been a leading source of breakthrough management ideas-many of which still speak to and influence us today. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers readers the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world-and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.




Book Worth Reading: MAPPING THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: AN ATLAS by I.F.C., IPIECA, and U.N.D.P.

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MAPPING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: AN ATLAS


The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (Ipieca) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.) and the International Finance Corporation (I.F.C.) to develop a shared understanding of the implications of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (S.D.G.s) for the oil and gas industry and how the industry can most effectively contribute. Their joint report, Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas, was launched at the U.N. High-Level Political Forum in New York, U.S.A. in July 2017. This forum is the U.N.’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Atlas explores the links between the oil and gas industry and the S.D.G.s and seeks to facilitate a shared understanding of how the industry can most effectively support the achievement of the S.D.G.s. The oil and gas industry is committed to responsible and sustainable business, as well as serving as an essential partner to meet the challenge of achieving the S.D.G.s.

The Atlas outlines the typical roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in enhancing the industry’s contribution to sustainable development. It presents examples of good practice in the industry, alongside existing knowledge and resources on sustainable development that could help the industry make useful contributions to the S.D.G.s. The Atlas presents the S.D.G.s goal by goal, focusing on the contribution the oil and gas industry can make to each goal by integrating it into core business operations and by identifying opportunities for oil and gas companies to collaborate with other stakeholders and leverage experiences and resources in support of the goal. Each chapter also includes case studies of innovative and sustained efforts by companies, often working collaboratively.




Books Worth Reading: MONTHLY OIL MARKET REPORT (MOMR) by OPEC

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MONTHLY OIL MARKET REPORT (MOMR)


The OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) covers major issues affecting the world oil market and provides an outlook for crude oil market developments for the coming year. The report provides a detailed analysis of key developments impacting oil market trends in world oil demand, supply as well as the oil market balance.




Books Worth Reading: CORPORATE DIPLOMACY by Witold J. HENISZ

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CORPORATE DIPLOMACY


From Amazon:

Managers of multinational organizations are struggling to win the strategic competition for the hearts and minds of external stakeholders. These stakeholders differ fundamentally in their worldview, their understanding of the market economy and their aspirations and fears for the future. Their collective opinions of managers and corporations will shape the competitive landscape of the global economy and have serious consequences for businesses that fail to meet their expectations.

This important new book argues that the strategic management of relationships with external stakeholders – what the author calls "Corporate Diplomacy" – is not just canny PR, but creates real and lasting business value. Using a mix of colorful examples, practically relevant tools and considered perspectives, the book hones in on a fundamental challenge that managers of multinational corporations face as they strive to compete in the 21st century.

As falling communication costs shrink, the distance between external stakeholders and shareholder value is increasingly created and protected through a strategic integration of the external stakeholder facing functions. These include government affairs, stakeholder relations, sustainability, enterprise risk management, community relations and corporate communications. Through such integration, the place where business, politics and society intersect need not be a source of nasty surprises or unexpected expenses.

Most of the firms profiled in the book are now at the frontier of corporate diplomacy. But they didn’t start there. Many of them were motivated by past failings. They fell into conflicts with critical stakeholders – politicians, communities, NGO staffers, or activists – and they suffered. They experienced delays or disruptions to their operations, higher costs, angry customers, or thwarted attempts at expansion.

Eventually, the managers of these companies developed smarter strategies for stakeholder engagement. They became corporate diplomats. The book draws on their experiences to take the reader to the forefront of stakeholder engagement and to highlight the six elements of corporate diplomacy.





Books Worth Reading: BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS CASE by Raymond SHEEN

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BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS CASE


From Harvard Business Review:

Get your idea off the ground.

You’ve got a great idea that will increase revenue or boost productivity—but how do you get the buy-in you need to make it happen? By building a business case that clearly shows your idea’s value. That’s not always easy: Maybe you’re not sure what kind of data your stakeholders will trust. Or perhaps you’re intimidated by number crunching.

The HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case, written by project management expert Raymond Sheen, gives you the guidance and tools you need to make a strong case. You’ll learn how to:

• Spell out the business need for your idea

• Align your case with strategic goals

• Build the right team to shape and test your idea

• Calculate the return on investment

• Analyze risks and opportunities

• Present your case to stakeholders





Books Worth Reading: NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE by Chris VOSS

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NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE


A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations—whether in the boardroom or at home.

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss’s head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed where it mattered most: saving lives. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles—counterintuitive tactics and strategies—you too can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.

Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion.