A Calculated Risk

A Calculated Risk
Author: Katherine Neville
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 401
Release: 2015-07-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781504013680

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A female financial whiz plans the perfect bank heist in this “high-tech, high-stakes” thriller from the #1 international-bestselling author of The Eight (The Washington Post). Verity Banks is the one of the most powerful women in finance, but she still reports to a man. Her boss not only refuses to implement her security plan to safeguard customers’ deposits, he also sabotages her shot at becoming director of security at the Federal Reserve. Outraged, Verity decides to take revenge by hitting her boss where it will hurt the most: right in his company’s balance sheet. She is about to begin her assault when she hears from the last person she ever expected to see again, Zoltan Tor. A brilliant computer scientist who taught Verity everything she knows, Zoltan will help her if she agrees to an outlandish wager: Which of them can steal $1 billion, invest it to make $30 million in three months, and return it before anyone notices? Verity can use a computer; Zoltan will do it the old-fashioned way. To beat Zoltan at his own game, Verity will risk her fortune, her professional reputation—and her life. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Neville including rare images from her life and travels.

Calculated Risks

Calculated Risks
Author: Gerd Gigerenzer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-11-10
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781439127094

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, H. G. Wells predicted that statistical thinking would be as necessary for citizenship in a technological world as the ability to read and write. But in the twenty-first century, we are often overwhelmed by a baffling array of percentages and probabilities as we try to navigate in a world dominated by statistics. Cognitive scientist Gerd Gigerenzer says that because we haven't learned statistical thinking, we don't understand risk and uncertainty. In order to assess risk -- everything from the risk of an automobile accident to the certainty or uncertainty of some common medical screening tests -- we need a basic understanding of statistics. Astonishingly, doctors and lawyers don't understand risk any better than anyone else. Gigerenzer reports a study in which doctors were told the results of breast cancer screenings and then were asked to explain the risks of contracting breast cancer to a woman who received a positive result from a screening. The actual risk was small because the test gives many false positives. But nearly every physician in the study overstated the risk. Yet many people will have to make important health decisions based on such information and the interpretation of that information by their doctors. Gigerenzer explains that a major obstacle to our understanding of numbers is that we live with an illusion of certainty. Many of us believe that HIV tests, DNA fingerprinting, and the growing number of genetic tests are absolutely certain. But even DNA evidence can produce spurious matches. We cling to our illusion of certainty because the medical industry, insurance companies, investment advisers, and election campaigns have become purveyors of certainty, marketing it like a commodity. To avoid confusion, says Gigerenzer, we should rely on more understandable representations of risk, such as absolute risks. For example, it is said that a mammography screening reduces the risk of breast cancer by 25 percent. But in absolute risks, that means that out of every 1,000 women who do not participate in screening, 4 will die; while out of 1,000 women who do, 3 will die. A 25 percent risk reduction sounds much more significant than a benefit that 1 out of 1,000 women will reap. This eye-opening book explains how we can overcome our ignorance of numbers and better understand the risks we may be taking with our money, our health, and our lives.

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: Katherine Rupley
Publsiher: Bella Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1642472662

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After getting her life right where she wanted it, ex-US national 2nd place climber Leslie McAllister gets pushed out of her comfort zone when the company she works for is sold and she's asked to accept a new position in Boston. CJ Broadmore needs to learn to climb and fast if she wants a position doing stunt work on a new film. Fighting her family's push, she wants to find her own way and Leslie just may be her ticket to the goal she's been driving toward. Can they work together to achieve what they both want?

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: Lynn Shannon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-04-14
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1953244076

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Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: George Leopold
Publsiher: Purdue University Press
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2016
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781557537454

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Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs—save for an account of his role in the Gemini program—before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold Warrior, a member of the first group of Mercury astronauts whose goal it was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Drawing on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom, George Leopold delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom’s life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom adds significantly to our understanding of that tumultuous period in American history. --Publisher

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
Publsiher: Santa Monica Press
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2005-03-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781595809155

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Famous for leading the Tokyo Raid, America's first strike against Japan in World War II, Jimmy Doolittle led a remarkable life as an American pilot. This firsthand account by his granddaughter reveals an extraordinary individual—a scientist with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from MIT, an aviation pioneer who was the first to fly across the United States in less than 24 hours and the first to fly “blind” (using only his plane’s instruments), a barnstormer well known for aerobatics, a popular racing pilot who won every major air race at least once, recipient of both the Congressional Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, a four-star general, and commander of both the 8th, 12th and 15th Air Forces. This memoir provides insights into the public and private world of Jimmy Doolittle and his family and sheds light on the drives and motivation of one of America's most influential and ambitious aviators.

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: Katherine Neville
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 354
Release: 1994-03-02
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780345386823

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"A dizzying, enjoyable caper...After reading this hard-to-put down thriller, you may put all your money in your mattress." LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS When financial executive Verity Banks' latest proposal is axed by her boss, she decides to show how easy it is to break through automated security, hide money, and then show senior management where it is. Then her former mentor, financial wizard, Dr. Zooltan Tor ups the ante, and dares her to steal a billion dollars, invest it to earn thirty million in three months, then put the original billion back before anyone notices. To heighten the challenge, Tor and Verity will compete against each other, though Tor gives Verity an edge: she can use a computer for her theft, but he cannot.... A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH-CLUB ALTERNATE SELECTION

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Author: Heather Woodhaven
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2015-01-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780373446476

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CLANDESTINE COVER-UP Accountant Victoria Hayes never would have thought discovering fraud in her office would put her life at risk. When her house catches fire, destroying the evidence she's collected, it seems the mastermind will do anything to keep Victoria from disclosing what she knows. Unsure what to do, she turns to her charming supervisor for help. But without much evidence, Jeff Tucker is reluctant to believe Victoria...until they both become suspects. Now they must work together to prove their innocence...and stay alive. With an unpredictable--and deadly--criminal after them, each step could be their last.