If the past is really prologue, as Whalen maintains, the spectacular growth of the U.S. economy over the last 40 years augurs well for continued prosperity over the next 40 years. Whalen investigates the U.S. economy and the trends and events that created an economic output in 1999 that was 2.5 times greater than what it was in 1959. He shows how economic data are gathered, compiled, analyzed, and reported, and he illustrates what national income and output statistics really mean and how they are constructed. Whalen then looks to the future and finds more promise than peril, documenting his reasons authoritatively and convincingly. A fascinating explication of how the U.S. economy works for well-informed readers, this work will be an important resource for students, scholars, and practitioners throughout the public and private sectors. Despite the many challenges along the way, the U.S. economy has performed with spectacular success. Whalen covers the major events that impacted and continue to shape its performance, including: * Medicare in the 1960s * OPEC and the oil embargo of the 1970s * Reagonomics in the 1980s * the stock market boom of the 1990s * the rise of women in the labor market * changes in sources and uses of personal income * growth of the service sector * the greater reliance on personal income taxes to finance government expenditures * the drop in the rate and amount of personal saving He uses economic analysis to show how those and other developments affect the economy. Taking a look at the future including the impact of the Government's social insurance programs and their deficits, Whalen projects what the national economy will look like in 2040. Does he foresee disaster? No, and readers will find the reasoning he uses to reach that conclusion both enlightening and fascinating.
Following the successful format of the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs series, Simon Warren rides, photographs, describes, maps and profiles the 100 greatest climbs of the Tour de France. Published in the same unique â€˜cycling jersey pocket sizedâ€™ format as Simonâ€™s earlier books, this will be his biggest book to date, with each climb given a spread. There have been large format illustrated books on the hills of the tour published in the past, but none in such a portable format, and none which so vividly describe the experience of cycling these hills from the point of view of an amateur cyclist.
Ernst Vogler is twenty-six years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer-the Third Reich'sSonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Fuhrer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job.
Why is one line funny and another one's not? TV writers know the answer! We've all heard great lines on TV. We crack up at the moment, and we tell ourselves we have to spring this one on the folks at work tomorrow. But when the moment comes, we forget the line. To a world floundering to recall exactly what it was Lucy said to Ethel in the chocolate factory, Barry LeFevre brings his wonderful little book, What a Great Line! What a Great Line! is the handy volume where their funniest lines are stored. Here we find such gems as McCloud's dry You're comin' in as clear as a skunk with a tail wind, side by side with the Law and Order exchange, What about Dr. Hampton, any love in her life? Yes, but his name is Fluffy and he's been neutered. The laughs are arranged by topic, and we are surprised to find humor hidden in such ordinary affairs as getting old, police work, and marriage (you knew that one was funny, didn't you?) or my favorite, Crime Does Not Pay. The author has been a public speaker for years, and he has found many times that these lines are perfect to break the ice and get people paying attention. Many a tough crowd he has brought around with a wisecrack from Hill Street Blues or Colombo. At parties he can produce a quick laugh line for any situation. People love the humor, and if they recognize the show it is a quote from, they laugh all the harder. Now his secrets are available to you in this little volume. Be the life of the party, without even putting a lampshade on your head! As a self-confident public speaker, you will many times thank Mr. LeFevre for this superb collection of witty remarks. But use them wisely - it might be as well, when someone shouts Help! Help! I can't swim, not to answer, Well then, you shouldn't have jumped (magnum p.i.).
For human geographers, a central theme within the discipline is interpreting and understanding our changing world - a world in which geographic patterns are constantly being reworked by powerful forces of change. These forces include population shifts, new patterns of economic production and consumption, evolving social and political structures, new forms of urbanism, and globalisation and the compressions of time and space that are the product of the ongoing revolutions in information technology and telecommunications. This book attempts to show how tourism has also come to be a major force for change as an integral and indispensable part of the places in which we live, their economies and their societies. When scarcely a corner of the globe remains untouched by the influence of tourism, this is a phenomenon that we can no longer ignore. Tourism is also an intensely geographic phenomenon. It exists through the desire of people to move in search of embodied experience of other places as individuals and en mass and at scales from the local to the increasingly global. Tourism creates distinctive relationships between people (as tourists) and the host spaces, places and people they visit, which has significant implications for destination development and resource use and exploitation, which are exhibited through a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that have important implications for local geographies. This third edition of Tourism Geography: critical understandings of place, space and experience presents an essential understanding of critical perspectives on how tourism places and spaces are created and maintained. Drawing on the holistic nature of geography, a range of social science disciplinary views are presented, including both historical and contemporary perspectives. Fundamentally, however, the book strives to connect tourism to key geographical concepts of globalisation, mobility, production and consumption, physical landscapes, and post-industrial change. The book is arranged in five parts. Part I provides an overview of fundamental tourism definitions and concepts, along with an introduction to some of the major themes in contemporary geographic research on tourism, which are further developed in subsequent chapters of this book. In Part II the discussion focuses on how spatial patterns of modern tourism have evolved through time from regional to global geographies. Part III offers an extended discussion of how tourism relates to places that are toured through their economic landscape, contemporary environmental change and socio-cultural relations. Part IV explores a range of major themes in the geographies of tourism, including place creation and promotion, the transformation of urban tourism, heritage and place identity, and creating personal identity through consumption, encounters with nature and other embodied forms of tourism experience. Part V turns to applied geography with an overview of the different roles of planning for tourism as a means of spatial regulation of the activity, and a look at emerging themes in the critical geography of contemporary and future geographies of tourism. This third edition has been revised by Dr Alan A. Lew, who becomes the new co-author of Tourism Geography. Some of the major revisions that I have incorporated include moving most of the case study boxes to the website http://tourismgeography.com, which will provide a growing wealth of new case studies, over time. I have also incorporated new material, reorganised some of the content to balance the topics covered, created a new concluding chapter that explores some recently emerging perspectives in critical tourism geography, and re-written the text to make it more accessible to a global English-speaking world. That said, the book is still very much the work of Dr Stephen Williams. As such, it maintains its original concise yet comprehensive review of contemporary tourism geography and the ways in which geographers critically interpret this important global phenomenon. It is written as an introductory text for students, and includes guidance for further study in each chapter that can form the basis for independent work. Lecturers using this textbook are welcome to contribute to the book's content developing through the supporting website by contacting me at any time.
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