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Pot-Honey: A legacy of stingless bees
Pot-Honey: A legacy of stingless bees
by Patricia Vit
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $249.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Reference on Stingless Bees, February 13, 2013
This massive volume presents a wealth of new information (contributed by 81 experts from 23 different countries) about the fascinating stingless bees of the world.

Stingless bees have more than 500 species across the globe and the immense variety in their nests and behavior is detailed in this book. The history of stingless bee keeping is also explored, including the medicinal use of stingless bee honey by the ancient Maya and a 1557 account of stingless bee hunting in Brazil.

As a bee enthusiast and an Australian resident, I am pleased to see a major chapter devoted to the Australian stingless bees. The authors explore how stingless bees survive in the Australian outback desert, and the unusual fighting swarm and seed dispersal activities of some Australian species.

Plants used by stingless bees are also treated in detail, with chapters on pollen analysis and lists of plant species important for stingless bees in different countries.

The major focus of the book is on stingless bee honey which the book's editors have called "pot-honey". Sixteen chapters are devoted to the characteristics of stingless bee honey worldwide, its medicinal properties and issues regarding the marketing of this unique product.

The aromatic honey of this major group of bees has received surprisingly little exposure in the global marketplace so far. It is to be hoped that the detailed information contained in these chapters will help to redress this situation.

It is a shame that the book's title, "Pot-honey", is rather obscure. This phrase refers to the way stingless bees store their honey in small pots. Unfortunately, in my view this title does not clearly indicate that this book is about stingless bees and will result in many potential readers passing it by.

"Pot-Honey: A legacy of stingless bees" is a must-have volume for researchers, environmentalists, honey marketers and students interested in an up-to-date and a thorough treatment of the world's stingless bee species.


The Art of Great Speeches: And Why We Remember Them
The Art of Great Speeches: And Why We Remember Them
by Griffith Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.70
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhetorical techniques for modern speakers, October 1, 2012
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This book is contains excerpts from 70 of the world's great speeches. The author analyzes these speeches and shows how they all employ certain classical rhetorical techniques to improve their effectiveness.

Study this book and you will better appreciate the great oratory of the past and present. More than that, you will learn how you can write more effective, exciting and memorable speeches yourself.

For those who are interested in exploring more, there is a recent five-volume translation of Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria (The Orator's Education). Here is the first volume: The Orator's Education, Volume I: Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library) (v. 1, Bk. 1-2).


How to Performance Benchmark Your Risk Management: A practical guide to help you tell if your risk management is effective
How to Performance Benchmark Your Risk Management: A practical guide to help you tell if your risk management is effective
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More effective risk management, September 28, 2012
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I have read quite a few books on risk management and this is one of my favorites. Many of the other books have been heavy tomes full of management theory that take days to plough through, whereas this book by Talbot and Jakeman weighs in at just 60 pages and cuts right to the chase as a practical guide which can be applied immediately.

This book is a guide to assessing the quality of your risk management using performance benchmarking, which the authors define as "comparing your organization's processes and risk management performance against internal measures, industry standards, and best practices from other industries".

To achieve performance benchmarking, the authors show how to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which provide "detailed measures established to assess and shape progress toward achievement of strategic objectives of an organization that usually incorporate or align to organizational objectives, project milestones, incident rates, budgets, and target levels of customer acceptance".

Talbot and Jakeman explain how to set up risk management KPIs and performance standards for one's business, how to establish a reporting framework, and how to present KPIs to various target audiences.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK

o This book is a practical guide full of methods and checklists with the aim of getting you started immediately.

o Explanations are clear and step-by-step and are supported by a selection of helpful diagrams and tables.

o The concepts and suggestions are illustrated by real-world examples, which range from large government organizations to the TravelReady travel safety training program.

o There is an emphasis on using items already to hand (for example, using data and software that your organization already has).

o The authors advise on building "short, simple, succinct and easy-to-understand" KPIs and warn that "complex KPIs do not work". In short, the KISS strategy.

o A great summary, "Ten Tips for Top KPIs", that I think should be put on the wall of every person involved in risk management.

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK

o The bibliography contains just two items. I personally would have liked some more references to follow up on. But then, I suppose, for most readers the attraction of this book lies elsewhere - in the fact that it is a quick read whose lessons can be applied at once.

In general, I can highly recommend this book for the busy, time-poor manager who wants to introduce - or improve - risk management in his or her organization. It is the only concise guide available on performance benchmarking your risk management.


The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition
The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition
by Lewis Copeland
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speeches That Changed the World, September 27, 2012
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This wonderful anthology contains 292 great speeches from almost every historical period and from many nations. They range from orations made by ancient Greeks and Romans such as Socrates and Julius Caesar through to speeches by contemporary figures such as Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Each speech is preceded by a paragraph putting it in its historical context.

This massive volume (920 pages) is complemented by another formidable anthology of important speeches, Safire's Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, Updated and Expanded Edition. Both books are worth consulting by students of oratory and of history.

The World's Great Speeches is now in its fourth edition. I hope that its fifth edition will include more speeches by the winners of the Nobel Prize (for example, the Nobel banquet speeches by Albert Camus and Harold Pinter).

Also welcome would be more speeches by great writers, artists and scientists (for example, by Albert Einstein), and more speeches by people from places other than the English-speaking countries and Europe.


Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History (Updated and Expanded Edition)
Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History (Updated and Expanded Edition)
by William Safire
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speeches from people who made history, September 27, 2012
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Lend Me Your Ears is a collection of more than two hundred of the world's greatest speeches. The speeches are arranged by broad themes (for example, "Political Speeches" and "Tributes and Eulogies").

Every speech is preceded by a short introduction, including an analysis on what makes that speech great.

In my opinion, this book and Copeland's The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition are the two best currently-available anthologies in English of the world's great speeches.

Having said that, I wish Lend Me Your Ears had included more speeches from Nobel laureates and from great scientists, writers and artists.

I would also like to have seen more speeches from people from outside the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. In this globalizing world, we should be reading and hearing more speeches from representatives of Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge
Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge
by Julian Talbot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $80.04
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Manual on Security Risk Management, August 31, 2009
Since 2001 attention has become understandably more focused on matters of security. Billions of dollars and millions of hours have been spent on devising responses to current and future threats. In this environment the discipline of security risk management (SRM) has received much more attention from business and government. However, to my knowledge the "Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge" is the first comprehensive attempt at summarizing the complex and varied elements that make up the discipline of SRM.

This book, which was originally published by the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and which draws on the contributions of almost 100 SRM specialists, provides a holistic overview of SRM, combining a broad survey of the major areas of SRM with a wealth of practical details and advice on how to use SRM tools.

It attempts to put some structure around the idea of "security risk management". For example, it postulates four strategic Knowledge Areas (Exposure, Risk, Resources, Quality) and four operational Competency Areas (Business Integration, Functional Design, Implementation, Assurance) that together contain important knowledge that any security team in any organization needs to have.

The "Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge" uses models (such as the "Swiss Cheese" and the "Bow Tie" models), checklists and templates to help practitioners develop analyses and action plans specifically related to the organizations whose security they are attempting to improve.

This book includes a comprehensive lexicon (50 pages of text and illustrations) of SRM terms and definitions. The book also incorporates a generous quantity of color diagrams which aid greatly in the understanding of complex SRM processes.

The "Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge" also contains a thoughtful discussion on the human factors in SRM and asks questions regarding the underlying root causes of security failures and regarding the roles of culture and organizational psychology in risk management. This approach broadens the whole concept of personnel security away from just employment screening and security vetting towards asking more difficult (but vital) questions such as why would well-intentioned, conscientious people deliberately put themselves at risk by doing "irrational" things such as sharing passwords or chocking a fire door open when they should know better.

In conclusion, this book can be highly recommended not only for security risk management professionals but also for all who work in any area of risk management and security. Its tools, templates and concepts are also helpful for people with responsibilities in fields such as safety, health, business continuity, intelligence, and fraud prevention.

Moreover, this book, with its logical layout, its case studies, its abundance of color diagrams, its lexicon and its bibliography, would be an ideal educational textbook in SRM for use in technical school and college courses and for use in consulting situations.


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