New eBooks – January 2014

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.

Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Principles of Big Data
by  Jules J. Berman

Principles of Big Data helps readers avoid the common mistakes that endanger all Big Data projects. By stressing simple, fundamental concepts, this book teaches readers how to organize large volumes of complex data, and how to achieve data permanence when the content of the data is constantly changing. General methods for data verification and validation, as specifically applied to Big Data resources, are stressed throughout the book. The book demonstrates how adept analysts can find relationships among data objects held in disparate Big Data resources, when the data objects are endowed with semantic support (i.e., organized in classes of uniquely identified data objects). Readers will learn how their data can be integrated with data from other resources, and how the data extracted from Big Data resources can be used for purposes beyond those imagined by the data creators.

No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy
by Dan S. Kennedy

The old economy is shattered, and GONE FOREVER. It’s never coming back as it was, and in its place a generally tougher, more demanding marketplace is emerging. HOWEVER, when it comes to wealth, one instrumental reality is unchanged: No matter the economic conditions—booms or recessions, including the fast-emerging New Economy—there is wealth. And who better to show you how to lure, bait, attract, and become a magnet for it than “Millionaire Maker” Dan S. Kennedy?

100 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Becoming smarter is easier than you think. With 100 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power, you’ll have dozens of different ideas on how to improve your memory and better your brain function right at your fingertips. From taking Gingko Biloba to picking up a new hobby, these hundred simple tips will definitely keep you sharp. Becoming smarter is easier than you think. With 100 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power, you’ll have dozens of different ideas on how to improve your memory and better your brain function right at your fingertips. From taking Gingko Biloba to picking up a new hobby, these hundred simple tips will definitely keep you sharp.

The Leader’s Brain
by Dr. Bastiaan Heemsbergen

In his new book, Dr. Heemsbergen shows that the best insights into leadership can come not from what leaders are thinking, but from how leaders think. The author suggests a fresh approach to how leaders can think, and describes the necessary processes and tools required to improve the leader’s capability in volatile and complex times. Leveraging extensive research findings and observations, the author makes some unexpected connections between: brain research and how leaders think; the artistic process; our knowledge of the nonconscious; and leadership development.

Managing Growth in America’s Communities
by Douglas R. Porter

In this thoroughly revised edition of Managing Growth in America’s Communities, readers will learn the principles that guide intelligent planning for communities of any size, grasp the major issues in successfully managing growth, and discover what has actually worked in practice (and where and why). This clearly written book details how American communities have grappled with the challenges of planning for growth and the ways in which they are adapting new ideas about urban design, green building, and conservation. It describes the policies and programs they have implemented, and includes examples from towns and cities throughout the U.S.

The 250 Questions Every Landlord Should Ask
by George Sheldon

As the U.S. housing crisis deepens, more former homeowners are becoming renters. Other people are purchasing foreclosed or devalued properties and turning them into rental units. There are great opportunities for investors seeking to become landlords—but they must beware of pitfalls as well. This compact, easy-to-follow guide is helpful for landlords and those who are considering renting out their properties. Using a question-and-answer format, George Sheldon explains how to: decide on the right rent to charge; screen tenants to find the good ones and discourage bad ones; deal with unexpected expenses; resolve landlord-tenant disputes; and more. This concise, nontechnical guide will provide quick, clean answers to the top 250 questions about how to be the best landlord and reap the best profits.

The Clarity Principle
by Chatham Sullivan

Turf wars, low morale, bad politics, and misguided strategies: these are issues that claim much of a leader’s time. But this parade of dysfunctions and messy “people” problems actually points to an organization confused about its core business, torn between competing ideas about what it is and wants to be–an organization facing an identity crisis.

Strategy and leadership expert Chatham Sullivan argues that when the purpose of a business becomes confused, it is the leaders’ responsibility to restore clarity, especially in the face of tough strategic choices that have political, personal, and cultural consequences for the organization. Sullivan shows leaders how to take the decisive stand that clarifies their organization’s core purpose.

Icons of American Architecture
by Donald Langmead

Twenty four American buildings and structures whose history and legends have become part of popular culture are presented here, including bridges, government buildings, hotels, and monuments.

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