Having the bad luck to die the night before the Oscars after having finally been nominated, self-obsessed movie star Tyler Johnes bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to allow him to return to Earth for the Academy Awards ceremony to see if he won.
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Eva Harold, a lonely, small-town girl, is struggling to get on in New York. She is pretty, well brought up and admired by several men, one of whom, a young lawyer. David Browning, she hopes to marry, as soon as he disentangles himself from an unhappy marriage. One night a middle-aged millionaire who is infatuated by her comes to her apartment to try to persuade her to run off with him. While he is pleading with her, he suffers a heart attack and dies--but not before he hands her a new will leaving his entire estate to her. The dead man's wife contests the will and spreads such unpleasant publicity about Eva that in order to establish her innocence, she is forced to defend the will. The wife's attorney, martin Carew, a brilliant but dissolute man, puts Eva under continuous pressure to settle the case; and in the course of their long duel he becomes increasingly interested in her. Eva is finally vindicated and faces the happy prospect of possessing both money and a good name. But then another complication arises: The dead man has cheated the government on taxes for years, and his widow threatens exposure unless Eva agrees to buy her silence. Eva is forced to choose between abandoning her principles or giving up all she has fought for--and also between her fiance, David Browning, and his adversay, Carew. It is upon her decision that the final resolution of the play turns--Publisher's website.
A rags-to-riches deal for single mother LuAnn Tyler is deadlier than she ever could have imagined in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from David Baldacci. THE DREAM She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. THE KILLER It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich. THE WINNER For if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be pitted against the deadliest contestant of all: the chameleon-like financial mastermind who changed her life. And who can take it away at will...
This is a story about an 80 year-old man who won a small amount in the California lottery, and used it to build an empire. His goal was to fi nance a different kind of prison for pedophiles. On the way toward his objective, he affects the country in many benefi cial ways, and is recognized by his city, state and the President at the age of 100. This is both a criminal justice proposal, and a character study of a complicated man.
Few forms of market exchange intrigue economists as do auctions, whose theoretical and practical implications are enormous. John Kagel and Dan Levin, complementing their own distinguished research with papers written with other specialists, provide a new focus on common value auctions and the "winner's curse." In such auctions the value of each item is about the same to all bidders, but different bidders have different information about the underlying value. Virtually all auctions have a common value element; among the burgeoning modern-day examples are those organized by Internet companies such as eBay. Winners end up cursing when they realize that they won because their estimates were overly optimistic, which led them to bid too much and lose money as a result. The authors first unveil a fresh survey of experimental data on the winner's curse. Melding theory with the econometric analysis of field data, they assess the design of government auctions, such as the spectrum rights (air wave) auctions that continue to be conducted around the world. The remaining chapters gauge the impact on sellers' revenue of the type of auction used and of inside information, show how bidders learn to avoid the winner's curse, and present comparisons of sophisticated bidders with college sophomores, the usual guinea pigs used in laboratory experiments. Appendixes refine theoretical arguments and, in some cases, present entirely new data. This book is an invaluable, impeccably up-to-date resource on how auctions work--and how to make them work.
What makes a winner? Why do some succeed both in life and in business, and others fail? And why do a few individuals end up supremely powerful, while many remain powerless? Are men more likely to be power junkies than women?The 'winner effect' is a term used in biology to describe how an animal that has won a few fights against weak opponents is much more likely to win later bouts against stronger contenders. As Ian Robertson reveals, it applies to humans, too.Success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive. The effect is as strong as any drug. And the more you win, the more you will go on to win. But the downside is that winning can become physically addictive.By understanding what the mental and physical changes are that take place in the brain of a 'winner', how they happen, and why they affect some people more than others, Robertson answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others. He explains what makes a winner - or a loser - and how we can use the answers to these questions to understand better the behaviour of our business colleagues, employees, family and friends.
The apostle Paul compares life to a race and encourages Christ-followers to run hard and well. In And the Winner Is. . . children discover Bible heroes who show godly values and run their races to win a heavenly prize. Kids learn that no one can win the race alone they all need Jesus to run across the finish line ahead them. And the Winner Is. . . creatively teaches kids that everyone loves a winner and little ones will delve into what it takes to be a winner in God's kingdom. Scripture-based lesson topics include Tell Him Winners talk with God The Leader Winners follow God's lead God's Authority Winners submit to God's authority How May I Help? Winners serve God and others Tell the Truth Winners tell the truth Bible illustrations include Winners serve others Winners talk and listen to God Winners are content with God's provision Winners use godly wisdom And more! Features and Benefits Multi-age, 13-week children's ministry program Interactive, hands-on Bible stories, drama, and Scripture memory Themed snacks and activities Reproducible take-home pages Small-group prayer times Perfect program to culminate with the celebration of Christmas
This is a story of a lovable dog that was dognapped three times. Bingo went from near death to living like a king. This is Bingo's story through his eyes.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winning what you want may cost you everything you love They were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other. Set in a new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.