Need, Respect, Trust
By Nemir Kirdar
Need Respect Trust is the remarkable story of the internationally renowned investment bank founded by Nemir Kirdar.Intent on pursuing a career in public life in the land of his birth, the young Kirdar finds his aspirations brutally cut short by a coup d'état and the massacre of Iraq's royal family. Seeing no future in Iraq, Kirdar flees to the United States to continue his studies. Persuaded to return and set up his own business, he is later incarcerated in a Ba'ath Party jail.Freed, he arrives for the second time on US shores with $800 in his pocket and begins training at the lowest level in New York's banking industry. Through talent and application, he climbs the corporate ladder and ends up running Chase Manhattan's business in the Arabian Gulf. There, a convergence of business and economic trends changes his life and leads him to create a new kind of banking institution. Built on integrity and principle, Investcorp becomes a bridge between the burgeoning oil wealth of the Gulf and alternative investment opportunities in the West, on both sides of the Atlantic.This is an inspirational book about overcoming obstacles and what can be achieved through courage, vision, passion and leadership. Need, Respect, Trust is a stirring personal manifesto of what it takes to succeed in business - and in life.
Notes on a Century
By Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill
The memoirs of the greatest living historian of the Middle East, Professor Bernard Lewis.After 9/11, people who had never given much thought to the politics of the Middle East found themselves wondering why there was such rage brewing in the region. Many of them turned to Bernard Lewis for an explanation. The world's pre-eminent historian of the Middle East, Lewis was among the first to identify the phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism.In this exceptional memoir, he looks back over his long career - taking us from his discovery of the Crusades, as a young boy in London, and his service in British intelligence during the Second World War, through to the Iraq wars, the crisis with Iran, and the great upheavals of the Arab Spring.Over the course of his distinguished career, he has at times been as much a player in political events as well as a scholar. He has advised monarchs, presidents, prime ministers and dissidents in the Middle East and elsewhere. Now 95, and still sharper than most college students, he writes with barbed wit about the people he has known and the events he has witnessed and participated in. No subject is more fraught in the Middle East than history - and so Bernard Lewis has found himself unexpectedly part of the story that he tells in this extraordinary memoir of a life that spans the 20th century, and has already had a great impact on the 21st.
No Invitation Required
By Annabel Goldsmith
Pelham Cottage - with its infamous unlocked back gate - was where Annabel Goldsmith kept an open house for some of the most sophisticated and iconic people of the 1960s and 1970s.Lady Annabel Goldsmith - society hostess and eponym for an exclusive Mayfair nightclub - recounts life in her Kensington home during the 60s and 70s, where she operated an open door policy and entertained some of the most extraordinary figures of her inner circle and icons of the era.But Pelham Cottage was not just a dazzling party scene - it was also a treasured family home that provided longed-for stability and happiness, and where Lady Annabel raised her family. A time of huge personal change, Lady Annabel shares her most intimate memories of those cherished days, offering fascinating insight into her own character as well as the swirl of London's hedonistic decades.
Nicholas & Alexandra
By Robert K. Massie
The tragic, compelling story of the last Tsar and his familyNicholas & Alexandra is the internationally famous biography from Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Massie. Massie shows conclusively how the personal curse of the young heir's haemophilia, and the decisive influence it brought Rasputin, became fatally linked with the collapse of Imperial Russia. As an engrossing account of one of the century's most dramatic episodes - and an intimate portrait of two people caught at the centre of a maelstrom - Nicholas & Alexandra is unlikely ever to be surpassed.'The story of the last Tsar has probably never been so powerfully - and so accurately - told' Guardian