As the Hong Kong handover boom fizzles into the Asian economic bust, a young American couple’s marriage and careers unravel in a web of television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie in Hong Kong On Air.
The 1997 handover and Asian economic crisis that followed sparked China’s emergence as a global economic power and ended Hong Kong’s moment as the center of the universe. For everyone whose job or business falls under China’s lengthening economic shadow, TV news veteran Muhammad Cohen’s striking, often side-splitting account reveals how it all began. For media watchers, Hong Kong On Air broadcasts the backstage secrets of television news, how and why some events become headlines and others die gasping for air time.
For TV producer Laura Wellesley, the morning shift at Franklin Global Networks Asia means going to bed before dark and swallowing the first rule of broadcast news: the anchor is always right, especially when it’s American-born Chinese egomaniac Deng Jiang Mao. For Laura’s husband Jeff, the production line for his Golden Beauties lingerie runs through a cagey mother minding their stores on Long Island, cookie tins stuffed with cash smuggled over the border, and hot tubs in Hong Kong’s Jewish Community Club and mainland brothels. Cut out of his own multi-million dollar deal, Jeff’s consolation prize is Yogi Takahara, a Japanese banker with a yen for “Jew food” and men raised on it.
During Hong Kong’s pre-handover boom, FGN Asia becomes a hit, a star is born, and mistakes are easy to overlook. But the economic crisis ripens relationships for treachery, creates opportunities for revenge, and moves China center stage, triggering a great leap forward for some, a long march to failure for others. One reviewer calls Hong Kong On Air “the great American Hong Kong handover novel.”
Wild and forbidding Borneo has ignited imaginations for centuries. Despite scars from mining, logging and fires, Borneo retains many natural wonders. It’s the last refuge for most of the world’s wild orangutans, and home to ancient civilizations, including Dayak tribes that selectively embrace the 21st century, balancing modernity with traditional practices.
Muhammad Cohen traveled across the world’s third largest island for the original Lonely Planet Guide to Borneo. He travels deep into Borneo’s heart of darkness, from pursuing great apes in riverboats straight out of African Queen to cruising the urban jungle canal villages of Banjarmasin, from the mighty, mysterious Mahakam River’s longhouse villages to renowned dive sites around Sipidan and the Sangalaki archipelago, islands that time has seemingly passed by, where easy smiles remain the openly exchanged currency.
The latest Lonely Planet Guide to Indonesia covers the world’s most extensive archipelago nation, from Mecca’s front porch in Aceh to Polynesia’s backdoor in Papua.
For the ninth edition of this comprehensive guidebook, Muhammad Cohen reprised the Kalimantan portion of his Borneo journey, this time in even greater depth. Highlights include jungle cruising along the Ohong River escorted by hornbills and proboscis monkeys; a culinary tour of Chinese-spiced, broad-shouldered Pontianak, one of Indonesia’s least sprawling, most traveler friendly cities; and a trawl through the highs and lows of Samarinda’s burgeoning club scene. For Cohen, no sacrifice is too great to inform fellow travelers what awaits them along the road.
Gambling lies at the heart of economic ideas and institutions, no matter how much financial professional deny it. Not surprisingly, the game most like the financial markets – poker – is hugely popular with financial professionals. Poker teaches valuable lessons for winning in the markets, and markets offer equally valuable lessons for winning at poker. The Poker Face of Wall Street provides insights into both kinds of gambling.
Risk management expert Aaron Brown begins with basics on poker and finance, then delves into the psychology of finance and the economics of poker, including elementary and advanced tactics for winning. With help from editor Muhammad Cohen, Brown reveals how America’s passion for gambling at poker and in the markets has shaped the country’s economic success and national character, and spilled over to help create the globalized world we live in today.