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Featured Work - Mar 10, 2015 23:17 - 0 Comments

No More Worlds to Conquer

What do you do when you have walked on the moon at 30? Or scored the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastic nomoreworldshistory – seven times in a row – at 14? How do you move on when the defining moment of your life, the top line of the Wikipedia entry, has very obviously already taken place?

No More Worlds to Conquer answers this question with original interviews with 16 people, some iconic, others forgotten, but all of them bound by a single event which people think defines them. Some achieved it by breaking a record, such as Chuck Yeager smashing the sound barrier for the first time; others have had to overcome a terrible event, such as the crew of the United 232 plane crash, or former Lebanon hostage John McCarthy. But none has allowed themselves to be limited by their moment of fame, and in this book, they reveal what they have done with the rest of their lives.

No More Worlds to Conquer will be published in May 2015 (June in Australia) and can be pre-ordered through the following sites:

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Banking, Big Interviews, Economics, Lebanon, Politics - Sep 1, 2014 19:23 - 0 Comments

Riad Salamé: The Central Banker who brings Stability to Lebanon

Euromoney, September 2014Riad Salame

Entry into Riad Salamé’s office is a curious process. You enter through the ante-room of his long-standing assistant Claude, open the door, then find a second door, padded, in the same doorframe, half an inch behind the first one. Then you open that one too and there, amid a cloud of acrid cigar smoke, is the longest serving central bank governor in the world.

 

It’s not clear if the double padded door arrangement is a matter of privacy or protecting Claude’s lungs from the cigar smoke (she reckons the former), but the impression it gives of some sort of bunker or inner sanctum is appropriate, because right now you couldn’t dislodge Salamé as governor of Banque du Liban with dynamite. And nobody would want to. In a country that over the years has been beset by wars both civil and external, by assassinations and now by political paralysis and a million and a half Syrian refugees in a country that had only four million people to start with, Salamé is revered by the banking and business sectors. Some want him to be president, others are just grateful that he’s here at all. “The central bank,” says one banker, “is the only place doing any thinking right now.”

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Big Interviews, Economics, Featured Work, Foreign Exchange, From the Vault, Malaysia, Politics - Oct 1, 2007 9:52 - 0 Comments

Mahathir Mohamed, Emerging Markets, October 2007

With MahathirEmerging Markets, October 2007

Putrajaya is a curious place. Though few outside of Malaysia have heard of it, it is the country’s federal administrative centre, founded in 1995 to take the government departments out of nearby Kuala Lumpur. It’s a place of resplendent architectural daring: mosques, palaces, convention centres, and five extraordinary bridges over a 650-hectare man-made lake. But the most striking thing about it is this: there’s no-one there.

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