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Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama

Pdf Politics Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama

Pdf:Hugs from Obama: A Photographic Look Back at the Warmth and Wisdom of President Barack Obama.A photographic celebration of Obama’s warmth and compassionAmerica needs a hug from Obama now more than ever, and this beautiful collection of photographs and quotations showcases President Obama’s wit, grace, wisdom, and warmth. As you pore over these pages, you'll be transported back to an era when leadership and dignity went hand in hand. Alongside touching images of our 44th president embracing his fellow citizens are some of his most inspirational and timely quotes, such as, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America” and “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

Pdf Politics The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

Pdf:The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War.From Publishers Weekly In this NBCC winner, first-time author Nichols documents Nazi Germany's attempt to cleanse Europe of its 'degenerate' art and the Allies' effort to preserve the continent's cultural treasures. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review 'Nicholas knows the art world as well as any military historian knows his battlefield.... Her work deserves the widest reading.'--New York Times Book Review'At once fascinating and horrifying [with] a strong element of spine-chilling suspense.'- Los Angeles Times'Intriguing..suspenseful...a sensational story of moral courage and greatness of character in the face of pure evil.' -Houston Chronicle'Impressively detailed and well-told...full of moving and fateful stories of escape, intrigue, betrayal, and sacrifice.'-San Francisco Chronicle Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Pdf Politics Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Pdf:Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800.Review '[A] magnificent catalog.'—Roberta Smith, New York Times'. . . the catalog for an exhibition on the international textile trade from 1500 to 1800 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents the fascinating history of weaving techniques, raw materials and design patterns shared through links of trade between cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa and the New World. . . . Authoritative essays on export routes, textile technology and global trends in taste complement fine photographs of textiles from around the world.'—Wall Street Journal'The book, like the show, is a landmark in textile studies, charting the fertile cultural exchanges made possible by the early oceanic trade routes that brought India, Asia, Europe and the Middle East closer together. With essays on such subjects as the centrality of India to this process, trade in Latin America, Portuguese tastes for Chinese silks, and dyes and the dye trade, the catalog is an irresistible textbook.'—Roberta Smith, New York Times'Remarkable in its scholarship, scope, and design.'—Choice'It provides fine colored illustrations of remarkable examples, and the explanations kit together deep researches into these satorial and household textiles, the history of which can enlighten us about practicality and the cycling of style through centuries. . . . [Highly] recommended for a textile lover's library or for anyone with curiosity about this period's history.'—Maine Antique Digest'Lavishly illustrated. . . . This volume successfully demonstrates the complexity of the global textile trade from 1500 to 1800.'—Diane Wolfthal, Sixteenth Century Journal Read more About the Author Amelia Peck is Marica F. Vilcek Curator, The American Wing, and manager, The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read more

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Over the Edge: The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape of Four Climbers in Central Asia

Pdf Politics Over the Edge: The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape of Four Climbers in Central Asia

Pdf:Over the Edge: The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape of Four Climbers in Central Asia.Review Over the Edge is a charged and unforgettable look into the many faces of international terrorism and human nature itself. --Lesley Reed (amazon.com)To the ordinary perils of mountaineering may now be added those of terrorism, as reconstructed in this account of the ordeal endured by four twenty-something Americans in 2000.....The ensuing weeklong hostage ordeal, in which the four Americans could easily have lost their lives, unfolds tensely amid ambushes, nocturnal treks, and the murder of a fellow hostage... Gilbert Taylor © American Libr. Assc. Read more About the Author Greg Child is a world-class rock climber, mountaineer, author, and filmmaker. He is a writer for Outside magazine and has authored several books. In 1987, Child was honored with the American Alpine Club's Literary Award for his prolific and insightful mountaineering literature. In 2011, Greg was president of the jury for mountaineering's coveted Piolet d'Or. award. he live in Castle Valley, Utah. Read more

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Pdf Politics How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Pdf:How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy.Review “Self-help for the collectively minded, How to Do Nothing is as thoughtful and morally serious as it is fun to read. This book will change how you see the world.”—Malcolm Harris, author of Kids These Days  “Your chaotic, fraught internal weather isn't an accident, it's a business-model, and while 'thoughtful resistance' isn't 'productive,' Odell proves that it is utterly necessary.”—Cory Doctorow, author of Radicalized and Walkaway“In a media and tech ecosystem simultaneously obsessed with 'digital detox' and building personal brands, How to Do Nothing is a breath of fresh air grounding readers in the complex, interdependent actual ecosystems of the physical world. Jenny Odell writes with remarkable clarity and compassion. Each chapter reads like going on a fascinating walk through a park in conversation with an old friend (who happens to also be able to tell you about every single bird in the park, which is awesome). It's a book I already know I'll be returning to and referencing for a long time.”—Ingrid Burrington, author of Networks of New York      “In How to do Nothing Jenny Odell breaks through the invisible yoke that binds 21st century first-worlders to our app-driven devices. With a thoughtful look at the attention economy, Odell’s book is a self-help guide for re-learning how to look at the world. The book braids threads of ancient philosophy together with contemporary visual and technological culture, and weaves an original route to re-wilding the mind. Wide-ranging and erudite, this book is also entertaining, and brings the reader along with enthusiasm to Odell's philosophy of “manifest dismantling.” —Megan Prelinger, author of Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age Read more About the Author Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford, has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department, and has exhibited her art all over the world. She lives in Oakland. Read more

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The Panopticon Writings (Radical Thinkers)

Pdf Politics The Panopticon Writings (Radical Thinkers)

Pdf:The Panopticon Writings (Radical Thinkers).About the Author Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) was the founder of the doctrine of utilitarianism, outlined in “An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation” (1789). His work on the Panopticon began in 1785. His concern with legal reform and codification continued throughout his life, and he was a campaigner for universal suffrage, the secret ballot and the abolition of capital and corporal punishment. Read more

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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Pdf Politics Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life

Pdf:Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.Review Longlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionShortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice“Eric Klinenberg offers a new perspective on what people and places have to do with each other.... In case after case, we learn how socially-minded design matters.... Anyone interested in cities will find this book an engaging survey that trains you to view any shared physical system as, among other things, a kind of social network.”—New York Times Book Review“The aim of this sweeping work is to popularize the notion of ‘social infrastructure”—the ‘physical places and organizations that shape the way people interact‘.... Here, drawing on research in urban planning, behavioral economics, and environmental psychology, as well as on his own fieldwork from around the world, [Eric Klinenberg] posits that a community’s resilience correlates strongly with the robustness of its social infrastructure. The numerous case studies add up to a plea for more investment in the spaces and institutions (parks, libraries, childcare centers) that foster mutual support in civic life.” —The New Yorker“Palaces for the People—the title is taken from the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s description of the hundreds of libraries he funded—is essentially a calm, lucid exposition of a centuries-old idea, which is really a furious call to action.”—New Statesman“One of my favorite books of 2018… Klinenberg is echoing what librarians and library patrons have been saying for years: that libraries are equalizers and absolutely universal.” —Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress“Clear-eyed... fascinating.”—Psychology Today“An illuminating examination.... Klinenberg’s observations are effortlessly discursive and always cogent, whether covering the ways playgrounds instill youth with civic values or a Chicago architect’s plans to transform a police station into a community center. He persuasively illustrates the vital role these spaces play in repairing civic life.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)“If America appears fractured at the national level, the author suggests, it can be mended at the local one. This is an engrossing, timely, hopeful read, nothing less than a new lens through which to view the world and its current conflicts.” —Booklist (starred)“Eric Klinenberg combines a Jane Jacobs-eye on city life with knowledge of the latest research and practical ideas to address the crucial issues of the day—class division, crime, and climate change. This is a brilliant and important book.”—Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land“Reading Palaces for the People is an amazing experience. As an architect, I know very well the importance of building civic places: concert halls, libraries, museums, universities, public parks, all places open and accessible, where people can get together and share experiences. To create good places for people is essential, and this is what I share with Klinenberg: We both believe that beauty, this kind of beauty, can save the world.” —Renzo Piano“This fantastic book reminds us that democracy is fortified and enlivened by people coexisting together in public, and that good design and support of a wide variety of public spaces can produce those mysterious things we call community, membership, a sense of belonging, a place, maybe a polity. In an age where the push for disembodiment and never leaving the house and fearing and avoiding strangers and doing everything as fast as possible is so powerful, this book makes the case for why we want to head in the opposite direction. It’s both idealistic and, in its myriad examples, pragmatic, and delightfully readable.”—Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me and A Field Guide to Getting Lost“Wow. A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward. I can't wait for people in my ideological bubble to ignore it!”—Jon Stewart“At a time when polarization is weakening our democracy, Eric Klinenberg takes us on a tour of the physical spaces that bind us together and form the basis of civic life. We care about each other because we bump up against one another in a community garden or on the playground or at the library. These are not virtual experiences; they’re real ones, and they’re essential to our future. This wonderful book shows us how democracies thrive.” —Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, authors of How Democracies Die“A great example of research made accessible to non-experts… Klinenberg draws on loads of published scholarship as well as his own, weaving it together into a powerful argument…. What Klinenberg advocates is not luxury along the lines of grand train stations of the past but decency and thoughtfulness in designing the spaces we live in.”—Inside Higher Ed“Eric Klinenberg believes that social life can be designed well, just as good buildings are. His book is full of hope, which is all the more striking because Klinenberg is a realist. He is a major social thinker, and this is a beautifully written, major book.”—Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics“In very unequal societies, where the social fabric has been torn apart and the social distances between people create lack of trust, community participation and high levels of stress and distress, it is vitally important to build social infrastucture to bring people together. Healing these rifts is the key to empowering people to tackle the inequality that divides them. Eric Klinenberg shows us how this can be done - this is an important book for our difficult age.“ —Kate Pickett, co-author of The Spirit Level and The Inner Level.“Fine reading for community activists seeking to expand the social infrastructure of their own home places.” —Kirkus Reviews“The author’s paean to public libraries will strongly appeal to those who support them as well as interested sociologists and urbanists.”—Library Journal Read more About the Author Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Modern Romance and the author of the acclaimed books Going Solo and Heat Wave. He has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and This American Life. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places

Pdf Politics Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places

Pdf:Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places.Review 'Walkable City Rules is worth reading even for those of us who will never set foot in a planner's office. Like Walkable City, this book explains how a variety of laws and rules frustrate the person who wishes to get from one place to another on foot. But to a much greater extent than most books about walkability, this book tells readers what can be done to improve upon the status quo.' (Planetizen)'A concise, updated, how-to version of [Speck's] 2012 Walkable City.' (8)'Has there ever been a smarter, more illuminating, jargon-free, and deeply useful guide to making more sociable, healthy, prosperous, charming neighborhoods, towns, and cities? Every local leader and every engaged local citizen owes it to themselves to read Walkable City Rules.' (Kurt Andersen, author of 'Fantasyland' and host of public radio's 'Studio 360')'Filled with the photos, graphics, and charts that many of his fans felt were missing from the last book, the new volume comprises 1010 mini-chapters, each of which elegantly distills a single precept from his philosophy.' (NRDC's OnEarth)'What a tour de force! The world needs this book so much right now. Walkable City Rules is sure to change the face of neighborhoods, towns, and cities around this country and beyond.' (Sarah Susanka, architect and author of 'The Not So Big House' series and 'The Not So Big Life')'With Walkable City, Jeff Speck demonstrated that he is the most relevant writer and thinker of his generation on the subject of city planning. With his new book, Walkable City Rules, he establishes himself as the most helpful. There is no single document poised to have a greater positive impact on our communities and on the practice of urban planning than this comprehensive and engaging text.' (Ron Bogle, President and CEO, The American Architectural Foundation)'Jeff Speck is a total rock star to me. He is a great planner, but his real gift is empowering people to reshape their own communities. There is a huge wave of us out there saying, 'Yes, I DO want to make my town more livable, walkable, equal, and fun.' Walkable City Rules is THE super-user-friendly resource to help us spring into action, wherever we are.' (Dar Williams, singer-songwriter and author of 'What I Found in a Thousand Towns')'If you want to make your city safer, healthier, greener, wealthier, and more equitable, then you need to make it more walkable. Walkable City Rules is a must-read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.' (Richard Florida, author of 'Rise of the Creative Class')'Jeff Speck, more than any city planner I know, writes about walking in such a common-sense and useful way that he makes you crave a good walk. He not only defines what it is, he eloquently shows us how to achieve it. Another great read, one that gives any city the necessary tools to create a good walk.' (Maurice Cox, Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit)'Jeff Speck has written the book our cities need right now; a practical guide for building the great places of tomorrow. This is essential reading for anyone wanting to make their place better.' (Charles Marohn, Founder and President, Strong Towns) Read more About the Author Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to joining the endowment, Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ and Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. He is author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual.Suburban Nation was called “the bible of urbanists,” by the Wall Street Journal.” The Christian Science Monitor called Walkable City “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work,” and “required reading.” Jeff Speck’s TED talks and other videos have been viewed more than three million times. With Walkable City Rules, he can be expected to cement his role as the most listened-to city planner in America.     Read more

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition

Pdf Politics The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition

Pdf:The Death and Life of Great American Cities: 50th Anniversary Edition.Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early 60s, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

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The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

Pdf Politics The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

Pdf:The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.Review The New Localism arrives at a time when cities are assuming an even greater role―in the United Kingdom and across the world―in driving modern economics and tackling some of the biggest challenges we face. As this continues at a pace, I’m sure the ideas in this book will help inform urban governance and finance for many years to come.―Sadiq Khan, Mayor of LondonKatz and Nowak focus on solutions at a time when so much of public life is consumed by grievance. They remind us of the best traditions of American problem solving. If you care about cities and what you can do to make them more prosperous and inclusive, then read this book.―John Fry, President of Drexel UniversityUsing many examples, the authors cogently explain how the global re-emergence of the city-state underlies the empowerment of a new breed of metropolitan leader and a dramatic increase in economic growth and political power to the urban center.―Steve Denning, Chairman of General AtlanticFederal and state governments are unable to innovate fast enough to keep pace with our changing needs. As mayors, we don’t have the luxury of waiting for someone else to lead; we are expected to solve problems and we willingly lean in to that responsibility. Bruce and Jeremy understand this better than anyone and share their optimism for the way local leadership can be the antidote to the growing polarization and political dysfunction at the national level.―Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Providence, Rhode IslandIn a time of increasing polarization and dysfunction, The New Localism demonstrates how cities can be the driving force of progress to move our nation forward and solve global problems. While state legislatures and national capitals are too-often paralyzed, local constituencies demand direct results, and initiatives in larger cities can spawn widespread solutions. This book showcases the best within our cities and is a resource for mayors and leaders everywhere to get things done for the people they serve.―Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los AngelesIf The Metropolitan Revolution explained what was happening in the world’s metros and why, The New Localism does the invaluable work of breaking down the ‘how’: what are the governance mechanisms, the leadership qualities, and most important, the new financing tools that enable metros to drive innovation, expand opportunity, and power the future. Katz and Nowak’s careful deconstruction of new ways of getting things done leaves metros―and the national governments that should support them―with a wealth of ideas, and no excuses for inaction.―Jennifer Bradley, Director, The Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute, and coauthor, The Metropolitan RevolutionA powerful remedy for what ails American government. The new localism the authors propose is not an alternative to effective national governance but a foundation for it rooted in the fact that knowledge and power are shifting downward in this century and that authority must do so too. It is required reading for policymakers.―Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and author of The Fractured RepublicOf great interest to urban activists and workers at the interface of the public and private sectors, with much food for thought for investors as well.―Kirkus ReviewsThe New Localism offers a new way of thinking about cities―one that seeks to harness their full potential in order to advance greater opportunity, inclusion, and growth that truly serves the public good.―Cory Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey and former Mayor of NewarkA book that goes beyond the daily headlines of political dysfunction to elevate the work of problem solvers who care about growth and inclusion. Central to the argument is the need to re-connect private capital to a public purpose and recover the potential of public wealth. This is a book about the future and it could not be more timely.―Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation Read more From the Inside Flap 'Power now belongs to the problem solvers'With the rise of the politics of rejectionism in the United States and much of Europe, how can communities solve the serious social, economic, and environmental challenges they face? The answer, according to urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, lies within those cities and urban areas that have been on the cutting edge already, solving the problems of modern postindustrial societies by working to create new vehicles “to get things done.” The authors define this power to make change the “New Localism.”Power has moved downward, from the national and state government to the city and metropolitan area. It has also moved horizontally, from the public sector to networks of public, private, and civic actors, and globally along circuits of capital, trade, and innovation. While the United States has struggled unsuccessfully, as a nation, with such systemic problems as rotting infrastructure and rising income inequality, cities in both “red” and “blue” states have found their own innovative solutions.Solving problems at the local level is not only more practical than wishing for national solutions, it can produce better results through a more democratic process. And public resources can be marshaled more efficiently when they are aligned with local market demands.The New Localism tells the stories of how Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in the American heartland and Copenhagen in Europe have taken the lead in dealing creatively with local problems. Chattanooga, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and St. Louis are profiled as well, providing examples of successful innovation and entrepreneurship. The authors call for a twenty-first-century localism as demonstrated by these cities―one attuned to the needs of all citizens, including those in rural America. Out of these stories emerge new norms of growth, governance, and finance, and a path toward a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive society. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

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Pdf:Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.Review “A delightful, insightful, irreverent work.” ―The Christian Science Monitor“If Jane Jacobs invented a new urbanism, Walkable City is its perfect complement, a commonsense twenty-first-century user's manual.” ―Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 and author of True Believers“A recipe for vibrant street life.” ―Los Angeles Times“Refreshing, lively and engaging . . . Walkable City isn't a harangue, it's a fun, readable and persuasive call to arms.” ―Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)“Everyone interested in improving the quality of city life should read this book and heed its lessons.” ―John Strawn, The Sunday Oregonian“Among the perennial flood of books on urban design in all its forms, this one stands out.” ―John King, San Francisco Chronicle“Walkable City is an energetic, feisty book, one that never contents itself with polite generalities. Sometimes breezy and anecdotal yet always logical and amply researched, this is one of the best books to appear this year. Speck deserves the widest possible readership.” ―Philip Langdon, Better! Cities & Towns“Walkable City . . . will change the way you see cities.” ―Kaid Benfield, The Atlantic Cities“Jeff Speck, AICP, is one of the few practitioners and writers in the field who can make a 312-page book on a basic planning concept seem too short . . . For getting planning ideas into the thinking and the daily life of U.S. cities, this is the book.” ―Planning magazine“Jeff Speck's brilliant and entertaining book reminds us that, in America, the exception could easily become the rule. Mayors, planners, and citizens need look no further for a powerful and achievable vision of how to make our ordinary cities great again.” ―Joseph P. Riley, mayor of Charleston, S.C.“Cities are the future of the human race, and Jeff Speck knows how to make them work. In Walkable City, he persuasively explains how to create rational urban spaces and improve quality of life by containing the number one vector of global environmental catastrophe: the automobile.” ―David Owen, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Green Metropolis“Companionable and disarmingly candid, Jeff Speck perches on your shoulder and gets you to see your community with fresh eyes. He gradually builds a compelling case for walkability as the essential distillation of a vast trove of knowledge about urbanism and placemaking. The case he makes has you both nodding at the intuitive and seemingly obvious wisdom presented, and shaking your head at why those basic principles of fixing our cities have eluded us for so long.” ―Harriet Tregoning, founder of the National Smart Growth Network“Jeff Speck understands a key fact about great cities, which is that their streets matter more than their buildings. And he understands a key fact about great streets, which is that the people who walk along them matter more than the cars that drive through them. Walkable City is an eloquent ode to the livable city and to the values behind it.” ―Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic and author of Why Architecture Matters“With Walkable City, Jeff Speck demonstrates why he is among the most relevant and engaging writers on urban design today.” ―Ron Bogle, president and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation“When I speak around the country, people ask me what is the first thing they should do to start their community on the path of smart growth. I will now say: Read Jeff Speck's Walkable City.” ―Parris Glendening, governor of Maryland (1995–2003) and president of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute“Truly a book that is so very needed, Walkable City moves theory into action. We now know we need to build walkable urban places for all sorts of economic, social, and environmental reasons. Jeff Speck shows how to do it in the same clear style we came to love in the classic Suburban Nation.” ―Christopher B. Leinberger, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of The Option of Urbanism Read more About the Author Jeff Speck, coauthor of the landmark bestseller Suburban Nation, is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As the former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design, where he worked with dozens of American mayors on their most pressing city planning challenges. He leads a design practice based in Washington, D.C. Read more

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Pdf Politics Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Pdf:Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that's easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities. Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.

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The Image of the City (Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series)

Pdf Politics The Image of the City (Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series)

Pdf:The Image of the City (Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series).Review ...a readable, tautly organized, authoritative volume...―Architectural ForumThis small and readable book makes one of the most important modern contributions to large-scale design theory.―David A. Crane, Journal of the American Institute of Planners Read more From the Back Cover What does the city's form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city's image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, Mr. Lynch, supported by studies of Los Angeles, Boston, and Jersey City, formulates a new criterion--imageability--and shows its potential value as a guide for the building and rebuilding of cities. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Urban Planning For Dummies

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Pdf:Urban Planning For Dummies.Review 'Seeing a 'Dummies' book about urban planning is actually a testament to the fact that the field of urban planning has arrived in the public consciousness. It's also clear that this is book is not at all for dummies. Written in every-day English, the book thoughtfully and engagingly covers topics from 'What is Urban Planning' (Chapter 1) to 'Urban Design' (Chapter 8) to 'Planning and Disasters' (Chapter 14).' - Planetizen's 10 best books in urban planning, design and development for 2013'Urban Planning for Dummies - a new and slightly curious addition to the For Dummies series of instructional books. It's a pretty wonky subject to see in the straightforward and simplified style of this series, and raises the instantaneous question many of these books raise: who would actually want to read this?' - The Atlantic Cities'Here's an unexpected find in the popular For Dummies series: Urban Planning for Dummies, by Jordan Yin, AICP.  The book includes the top-10 lists that are a feature of the series. There are 10 ideas for making your community a better place (e.g., 'pay attention to design details' and 'make room for nature'); 10 great cities with great plans (in the U.S., Savannah, Washington, New York, and Celebration, Florida); and 10 urban plans you can find online. - Planning Magazine'The well-known 'Dummies' series may attract snickers, but the books are usually excellent primers about difficult subjects. Yin's book covers the basics of how cities and towns grow and change, how to plan for housing, transportation and land use, how to design greener and more sustainable communities, and how citizens can get involved.' - David Beach, Green Cities Blue Lake Institute, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Read more From the Back Cover Find out how to plan a great future for your community Urban planning is vital to the future success of cities, towns, and suburbs across the globe. Urban plans help communities take stock of what's good and bad about the community in the present and determine the best improvements to make for the future. With the majority of the world's population shifting to urban areas, it has become an increasingly vital profession. Whether you're thinking about a career in urban planning or looking for a way to get more involved in your community, Urban Planning For Dummies will give you a practical overview of this fascinating field, including determining the best uses for land, planning for transportation and economic development, and discovering how urban plans are made and carried out. Understand the building blocks of urban planning — explore all the different elements that contribute to the community's quality of life and a more sustainable local environment Explore the relationship between urban planning and the built environment — see how good urban design can make healthier, more attractive communities Examine the components of a comprehensive urban plan — learn the roles that land use, housing, transportation, natural resources, infrastructure, open space, and public services play in shaping a community Grasp the challenges that urban planners face — find out how pollution, rapid population growth, economic distress, and recovery from natural disasters affect the quality of life in cities and towns Be more involved — discover how a better understanding of urban planning can help you create more successful communities where you live Open the book and find: How to create a sustainable community What resources are needed to make a good plan How to find useful information about your community The challenges facing today's cities, suburbs, and towns The role of urban planning in developing countries How to get hands-on experience Ways to improve and enhance your community Real-world examples Learn to: Understand how cities and towns grow and change Plan for housing, transportation, and land use Explore how urban plans get made Design greener cities and sustainable communities Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (Robert's Rules of Order (Paperback))

Pdf Politics Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (Robert's Rules of Order (Paperback))

Pdf:Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (Robert's Rules of Order (Paperback)).About the Author Sarah Corbin Robert was the daughter-in-law of the original author and the trustee of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised. She headed the authorship team that produced the most extensive general revision of the work. Henry M. Robert III is the grandson of General Henry M. Robert and has served as president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians and as parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). William J. Evans, a retired attorney, was president of NAP from 1979 to 1981 and has also served as its parliamentarian. Daniel H. Honemann is an attorney in Maryland and a past president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians. Thomas J. Balch is a lobbyist and legislative analyst based in Washington, DC, who also served as parliamentarian for NAP. Read more

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Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, 2nd edition (Roberts Rules of Order in Brief)

Pdf Politics Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, 2nd edition (Roberts Rules of Order in Brief)

Pdf:Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, 2nd edition (Roberts Rules of Order in Brief).Review  A Washington Post Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller, 5/29/12 Read more About the Author Henry M. Robert III is the grandson of General Henry M. Robert and has served as president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians and as parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). William J. Evans, a retired attorney, was president of NAP from 1979 to 1981 and has also served as its parliamentarian. Daniel H. Honemann is an attorney in Maryland and a past president of the Maryland Association of Parliamentarians. Thomas J. Balch is a lobbyist and legislative analyst based in Washington, DC, who also served as parliamentarian for NAP. Read more

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Feel Free: Essays: Essays

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Pdf:Feel Free: Essays: Essays.The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, best-selling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays. No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

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Eating Animals

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Pdf:Eating Animals.Review 'Stirring...compelling, earnest....Foer brings an invigorating moral clarity to the topic.'―Entertainment Weekly'Eating Animals isn't just an anti-meat screed, or an impassioned case for vegetarianism. Instead, Foer tells a story that is part memoir and part investigative report....It's a book that takes America's meat-dominated diet to task.'―NPR, All Things Considered'Eating Animals carefully, deliberately, takes you through every relevant dimension of factory farming....One sees it from the inside, the outside, the moral high ground, the dithering consumer level, through Foer's family stories, from slaughterhouse workers, animal behaviorists, even from defenders of the system....Foer's aim is not to make your choice, but to inform it. He has done us all a great service, and we, and the animals, owe him our thanks.'―Andrew Weil, MD'Foer's case for ethical vegetarianism is wholly compelling....A blend of solid--and discomforting--reportage with fierce advocacy that will make committed carnivores squeal.'―Kirkus Reviews'A work of moral philosophy....The fact that Foer makes me wonder whether I'm being, at best, a hypocrite every time I eat a piece of beef suggests he's completely successful in at least one ambition.' ―Geoff Nicholson, San Francisco Chronicle'Extraordinarily thoughtful and intelligent.' ―Holly Silva, St. Louis Post-Dispatch'Foer's book raises critical ethical questions we all need to face....We shouldn't be polluting the planet to satisfy our appetites.'―Huffington Post 'Eating Animals stands as a pop-cultural landmark, destined to be the starting point for a lot of overdue conversations.' ―Philadelphia Daily News'For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument.'―O, The Oprah Magazine'A postmodern version of Peter Singer's 1975 manifesto Animal Liberation.... Foer is the latest in a long line of distinguished literary vegetarians.'―Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times Book Review Read more About the Author Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. Everything Is Illuminated received a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, and was made into a film by Liev Schreiber. Foer lives in Brooklyn. Read more

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Conjuring Asia: Magic, Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World

Pdf Politics Conjuring Asia: Magic, Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World

Pdf:Conjuring Asia: Magic, Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World.Review 'If magic is the art of accomplishing the impossible, Goto-Jones emerges as a scholar-magician: a wonder-full book!' Derren Brown, mentalist and illusionist'Goto-Jones opens with a surprise: far from killing magic, modern science made it better. But his main trick is to follow magicians on a cross-cultural chase to India, China and Japan; what began as a celebration of the Golden Age of Magic becomes a treatise on global modernity. This is performance research at its finest.' Martin Puchner, Harvard University, Massachusetts'A flying carpet of brilliant colors; a work of great originality and charm, dexterity and verve.' Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame, Indiana'Unpicking the role of Orientalism in the Western cultural imagination in a highly readable account that is ultimately a treatise on modernity, [Goto-Jones] argues that, far from killing magic, modern science made it better.' Karen Shook, Times Higher Education'The book Conjuring Asia explores four major themes in the development of what we call magic: white or black magic, and Oriental or Western magic. ... This is not a how-to-do-magic book but a historical treatise. It is exceedingly well researched and footnoted, with the footnotes allowing for easy additional study. The book gives the reader a great fundamental understanding of what and why magic is what it is today.' Ralph Peterson, San Francisco Book Review'It is very rare that I read a book three times but this was one of those rare books. ... Jones has gone to incredible length to do search out the top magical scholars and thinkers and piece together a modern view on magic. This is definitely a book written by a scholar and is an extremely intelligent and well written look at not just Asian magic but an educated look at modern magic. ... The book is at the same time a history of magic in its Golden Age, an exploration of the imagination of the East and of our passion for exoticism, and a fair analysis of political issues connected with ethnicity, representation and perception and discrimination. ... A Must Read for Every Single Magician.' Paul Romhany, Vanish Magazine'... thoroughly probes another largely neglected component of Orientalism - magic, especially with reference to India, China and Japan. ...Moreover, it studies energetically and effectively various facets of Oriental(ist) magic. The author's presentation is strikingly fresh, rather captivating.' Abdur Raheem Kidway, The Muslim World Book Review'Modernity and magic are usually seen in opposition to one another, as in early modern Europe. In Chris Goto-Jones's extraordinary book, we see that they were in fact intricately intertwined as modern Asia came into being. By combining ideas about illusion and reality with the discourse of progress in China, Japan, and India, Goto-Jones gives us a wholly original, deeply thoughtful, and innovative approach to the history of colonial and semi-colonial Asia, as well as representations of Asia in the West.' Rana Mitter, University of Oxford'Conjuring Asia is a wonderful book - yes, full of wonders - at once erudite and entertaining, dazzling. It is full of marvelous material gleaned from hard-to-come-by and all-too-overlooked popular sources. This stupendous research has been judiciously organized into Goto-Jones' eloquent, articulate, insightful and engaging critical analysis of a historical and modern transnational culture of magic.' Lee Siegel, University of Hawaii'With Chris Goto-Jones's Conjuring Asia, the academic study of secular magic comes of age. Surprisingly enough, that is because the book itself is so formally inventive and such fun to read. For scholars, yes indeed. But for all magic fans too.' Simon During, University of Queensland Read more Book Description Analyzing the secretive work of magicians, Goto-Jones charts the history of modern stage magic across India, China and Japan, looking at representations of, and encounters with, Asia in the cultural imagination of the West. Utilizing biographies, travelogues and reviews of magical performances, the book explores the relationship between modern magicians and magic. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Walls Have the Floor: Mural Journal, May '68 (The MIT Press)

Pdf Politics The Walls Have the Floor: Mural Journal, May '68 (The MIT Press)

Pdf:The Walls Have the Floor: Mural Journal, May '68 (The MIT Press).Review Realistically, the book contained in this apparently innocuous book is incredibly powerful, young. Vital. These messages, phrases have great adherence to our reality as well… Highly recommended.―Al Femminile Read more Review The poetry of the revolution is written on the walls. These graffiti express the joyful soul of the May events.―Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University; coauthor of When Poetry Ruled the Streets Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy

Pdf Politics Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy

Pdf:Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy.Review “The articles cover a broad range of topics from diverse perspectives. All speak to some aspect of the patronage, production, iconography, or meaning of public art, and some question the very nature and definition of public art itself. Thus these inquiries begin to define a new field . . . of American material culture studies.”—Winterthur Portfolio Read more About the Author Harriet F. Senie is director of the museum studies program and a professor of art history at The City College, New York, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She is the author of Contemporary Public Sculpture: Traditions, Transformation, and Controversy (1992).Sally Webster is professor of art history at Lehman College, The Bronx, and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of William Morris Hunt (1991). Read more

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Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces

Pdf Politics Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces

Pdf:Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces.Making Room is an anthology of texts on art, media and aesthetic practice in the context of squatting, occupation and urban-space activism. It includes pieces by activist researchers working between the academy and the movements they write about, as well as journalistic first-person narratives by squatters, original photography and interviews with artists, theorists and activists involved in struggles over urban space and creative production in the city. Topics include brief histories of squatting in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands; the creation of Temporary Autonomous Zones; Puerto Rican occupations in New York; the influence of the Situationists on French squatting; and activism and camping at Documentas 10, 11 and 13. Throughout, cultural production appears in various forms ranging from conventional art practices to the organizing of communities and networks, to the production of media and setting up of information systems.

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf Politics Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf:Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World.Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today. After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn't be this way - and in some places it isn't. Rutger Bregman's TED Talk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. A quarter of a million views later, the subject of that video is being seriously considered by leading economists and government leaders all over the world. It's just one of the many utopian ideas that Bregman proves is possible today. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history and beyond the traditional left-right divides as he champions ideas whose time has come. Every progressive milestone of civilization - from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy - was once considered a utopian fantasy. Bregman's book, both challenging and bracing, demonstrates that new utopian ideas, like the elimination of poverty and the creation of the 15-hour workweek, can become reality in our lifetime. Being unrealistic and unreasonable can, in fact, make the impossible inevitable, and it is the only way to build the ideal world.

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf Politics Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf:Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World.Review 'Both a fun read and a breath of fresh air to anyone who lived through the ghastly experience of last year's presidential election season . . . Utopia for Realists argues, with humor and sympathy, that we've all suffered from forgetting how to dream of a better world....What's so interesting about modern America is our hostility to the mere idea of trying to create an easier and happier life. We're a country that was once rich with social experimentation . . . Now we don't really even try, and mostly just scream at each other on the Internet. That doesn't seem like it will get us there. Maybe free money and a three-hour workday won't, either, but it sure seems like it would be more fun to try.' ―Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone'Convincing . . . Entertaining and reasoned . . . Bregman's book makes for enjoyable reading, and it is packed with colorful factual asides . . . Utopia for Realists should make for good conversation at the next dinner party.'―Benjamin Cunningham, Los Angeles Review of Books'Provocative and ambitious...The book is lively, well-researched, and full of unlikely pieces of history.'―Tim Harford, Financial Times'Utopia for Realists is fantastic. A quick glance turned into hours of riveting reading. Very seldom does a book change the way you think about some of most intractable problems of society, and of life. This one did. Read this book.'―Sydney Finkelstein, director of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent 'If you're bored with hackneyed debates and decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists.'―Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature'Bregman speaks with impressive authority . . . His solutions are quite simple and staunchly set against current trends . . . He has assembled a wealth of empirical evidence to make his case. Better than that, though, Utopia for Realists is not a dry, statistical analysis-although he doesn't shy from solid data-but a book written with verve, wit, and imagination. The effect is charmingly persuasive, even when you can't quite believe what you're reading . . . Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future.'―Andrew Anthony, The Guardian UK'Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last forty years. In this surprising, accessible, and often counterintuitive book, Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world.'―Brian Eno'A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth.' ―Kirkus'[Bregman] engagingly examines basic income schemes... entertaining and intriguing.... These are appealing notions, presented here in a breezy, TED talk-like style.'―Publishers Weekly'This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we've been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out, we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place.'―Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger Read more About the Author Rutger Bregman is a journalist at The Correspondent, and one of Europe's most prominent young thinkers. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013, and Bregman has twice been nominated for the European Press Prize. Read more

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf Politics Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf:Capital in the Twenty-First Century.What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality. Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality - the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth - today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again. A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf Politics Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

Pdf:Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World.Review 'Both a fun read and a breath of fresh air to anyone who lived through the ghastly experience of last year's presidential election season . . . Utopia for Realists argues, with humor and sympathy, that we've all suffered from forgetting how to dream of a better world....What's so interesting about modern America is our hostility to the mere idea of trying to create an easier and happier life. We're a country that was once rich with social experimentation . . . Now we don't really even try, and mostly just scream at each other on the Internet. That doesn't seem like it will get us there. Maybe free money and a three-hour workday won't, either, but it sure seems like it would be more fun to try.' ―Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone'Convincing . . . Entertaining and reasoned . . . Bregman's book makes for enjoyable reading, and it is packed with colorful factual asides . . . Utopia for Realists should make for good conversation at the next dinner party.'―Benjamin Cunningham, Los Angeles Review of Books'Provocative and ambitious...The book is lively, well-researched, and full of unlikely pieces of history.'―Tim Harford, Financial Times'Utopia for Realists is fantastic. A quick glance turned into hours of riveting reading. Very seldom does a book change the way you think about some of most intractable problems of society, and of life. This one did. Read this book.'―Sydney Finkelstein, director of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent 'If you're bored with hackneyed debates and decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists.'―Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature'Bregman speaks with impressive authority . . . His solutions are quite simple and staunchly set against current trends . . . He has assembled a wealth of empirical evidence to make his case. Better than that, though, Utopia for Realists is not a dry, statistical analysis-although he doesn't shy from solid data-but a book written with verve, wit, and imagination. The effect is charmingly persuasive, even when you can't quite believe what you're reading . . . Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future.'―Andrew Anthony, The Guardian UK'Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last forty years. In this surprising, accessible, and often counterintuitive book, Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world.'―Brian Eno'A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth.' ―Kirkus'[Bregman] engagingly examines basic income schemes... entertaining and intriguing.... These are appealing notions, presented here in a breezy, TED talk-like style.'―Publishers Weekly'This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. Bregman shows us we've been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out, we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place.'―Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger Read more About the Author Rutger Bregman is a journalist at The Correspondent, and one of Europe's most prominent young thinkers. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013, and Bregman has twice been nominated for the European Press Prize. Read more

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf Politics Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf:Capital in the Twenty-First Century.Review “It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent.”―Paul Krugman, New York Times“A sweeping account of rising inequality… Eventually, Piketty says, we could see the reemergence of a world familiar to nineteenth-century Europeans; he cites the novels of Austen and Balzac. In this ‘patrimonial society,’ a small group of wealthy rentiers lives lavishly on the fruits of its inherited wealth, and the rest struggle to keep up… The proper role of public intellectuals is to question accepted dogmas, conceive of new methods of analysis, and expand the terms of public debate. Capital in the Twenty-first Century does all these things… Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.”―John Cassidy, New Yorker“An extraordinary sweep of history backed by remarkably detailed data and analysis… Piketty’s economic analysis and historical proofs are breathtaking.”―Robert B. Reich, The Guardian“Piketty’s treatment of inequality is perfectly matched to its moment. Like [Paul] Kennedy a generation ago, Piketty has emerged as a rock star of the policy-intellectual world… But make no mistake, his work richly deserves all the attention it is receiving… Piketty, in collaboration with others, has spent more than a decade mining huge quantities of data spanning centuries and many countries to document, absolutely conclusively, that the share of income and wealth going to those at the very top―the top 1 percent, .1 percent, and .01 percent of the population―has risen sharply over the last generation, marking a return to a pattern that prevailed before World War I… Even if none of Piketty’s theories stands up, the establishment of this fact has transformed political discourse and is a Nobel Prize–worthy contribution. Piketty provides an elegant framework for making sense of a complex reality. His theorizing is bold and simple and hugely important if correct. In every area of thought, progress comes from simple abstract paradigms that guide later thinking, such as Darwin’s idea of evolution, Ricardo’s notion of comparative advantage, or Keynes’s conception of aggregate demand. Whether or not his idea ultimately proves out, Piketty makes a major contribution by putting forth a theory of natural economic evolution under capitalism… Piketty writes in the epic philosophical mode of Keynes, Marx, or Adam Smith… By focusing attention on what has happened to a fortunate few among us, and by opening up for debate issues around the long-run functioning of our market system, Capital in the Twenty-First Century has made a profoundly important contribution.”―Lawrence H. Summers, Democracy“It is easy to overlook the achievement of Thomas Piketty’s new bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, as a work of economic history. Debates about the book have largely focused on inequality. But on any given page, there is data about the total level of private capital and the percentage of income paid out to labor in England from the 1700s onward, something that would have been impossible for early researchers… Capital reflects decades of work in collecting national income data across centuries, countries, and class, done in partnership with academics across the globe. But beyond its remarkably rich and instructive history, the book’s deep and novel understanding of inequality in the economy has drawn well-deserved attention… [Piketty’s] engagement with the rest of the social sciences also distinguishes him from most economists… The book is filled with brilliant moments… The book is an attempt to ground the debate over inequality in strong empirical data, put the question of distribution back into economics, and open the debate not just to the entirety of the social sciences but to people themselves.”―Mike Konczal, Boston Review“What makes Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century such a triumph is that it seems to have been written specifically to demolish the great economic shibboleths of our time… Piketty’s magnum opus.”―Thomas Frank, Salon“[A] 700-page punch in the plutocracy’s pampered gut… It’s been half a century since a book of economic history broke out of its academic silo with such fireworks.”―Giles Whittell, The Times“Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics has done the definitive comparative historical research on income inequality in his Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”―Paul Starr, New York Review of Books“Bracing… Piketty provides a fresh and sweeping analysis of the world’s economic history that puts into question many of our core beliefs about the organization of market economies. His most startling news is that the belief that inequality will eventually stabilize and subside on its own, a long-held tenet of free market capitalism, is wrong. Rather, the economic forces concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of the fortunate few are almost sure to prevail for a very long time.”―Eduardo Porter, New York Times“Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a monumental book that will influence economic analysis (and perhaps policymaking) in the years to come. In the way it is written and the importance of the questions it asks, it is a book the classic authors of economics could have written if they lived today and had access to the vast empirical material Piketty and his colleagues collected… In a short review, it is impossible to do even partial justice to the wealth of information, data, analysis, and discussion contained in this book of almost 700 pages. Piketty has returned economics to the classical roots where it seeks to understand the ‘laws of motion’ of capitalism. He has re-emphasized the distinction between ‘unearned’ and ‘earned’ income that had been tucked away for so long under misleading terminologies of ‘human capital,’ ‘economic agents,’ and ‘factors of production.’ Labor and capital―those who have to work for a living and those who live from property―people in flesh―are squarely back in economics via this great book.”―Branko Milanovic, American Prospect Read more About the Author Thomas Piketty is Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Read more

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The Road to Serfdom, the Definitive Edition: Text and Documents

Pdf Politics The Road to Serfdom, the Definitive Edition: Text and Documents

Pdf:The Road to Serfdom, the Definitive Edition: Text and Documents.An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and the public for half a century. Originally published in 1944 - when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program - The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader's Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best seller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than 20 languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century. With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. The volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek's thought. Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes. Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom is the definitive version of Hayek's enduring masterwork.

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The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)

Pdf Politics The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)

Pdf:The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2).Review 'In my opinion it is a grand book. . . . Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement.'--John Maynard Keynes'A version of a recognized classic text that provides a full and rich context from which to understand its emergence and eventual powerful impact on the course of events and ideas in the twentieth century. . . . The University of Chicago Press and Bruce Caldwell have done an excellent job in dressing up this classic book for both the general reader and scholars in a variety of disciplines and the hiostory of ideas.'--Steven Horwitz 'EH.Net ''It takes courage, or something like it, to declare one's offering 'The Definitive Edition'. . . . I have no hesitation, though in describing this as an excellent edition.'--Roger Kimball 'New Criterion ' Read more About the Author F. A. Hayek (1899–1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and a leading proponent of classical liberalism in the twentieth century. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg. Read more

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf Politics Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf:Capital in the Twenty-First Century.The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

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Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Pdf Politics Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Pdf:Free to Choose: A Personal Statement.Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations. While a large central government may have good intentions, the results it produces are lamentable. More than another indictment of government planning and bureaucracy, however, Free to Choose offers several convincing and creative remedies to the world's woes.

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Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Pdf Politics Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Pdf:Free to Choose: A Personal Statement.From the Back Cover In this classic about economics, freedom, and the relationship between the two, Milton and Rose Friedman explain how our freedom has been eroded and our prosperity undermined through the explosion of laws, regulations, agencies, and spending in Washington, and how good intentions often produce deplorable results when government is the middleman. The Friedmans also provide remedies for these ills--they tell us what to do in order to expand our freedom and promote prosperity. Read more About the Author MILTON FRIEDMAN (1912–2006), Nobel laureate economist and former presidential adviser, was the author of a number of books, including Capitalism and Freedom and Tyranny of the Status Quo, also written with his wife, Rose Friedman (1910–2009). Read more

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Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Pdf Politics Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Pdf:Capitalism and Freedom, Fortieth Anniversary Edition.How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy - one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into 18 languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on. This updated edition includes a new preface by the author.

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Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy

Pdf Politics Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy

Pdf:Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy.It can be said of very few books that the world was changed as a result of its publication - but this is certainly the case of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Volume 1 appeared (in German) in 1867, and the two subsequent volumes appeared at later dates after the author's death - completed from extensive notes left by Marx himself. Marx, famously writing in the Reading Room of the British Museum, set out to draw on theories of labour, money and economics developed by many key figures in previous centuries and then present a vivid picture of the effect of (as he saw it) the vicious exploitation of labour and the power-play and greed of that class of unprincipled businessmen - the capitalists. He starts by considering commodity, value and exchange. In doing so he looks at the basic processes involved in labour productivity and how it turns into excessive surplus value at the expense of the labourer himself. But do not think that that this is a dry analysis of the nuts and bolts of economics. Soon Marx, from extensive research, begins to outline the horrifying effect of the industrial revolution (for all its benefits) on the working man, woman and child, the blighting of their lives and slow, oh so slow, march of correcting Acts of Parliaments through the 19th century. These two threads - exploitation economics and the personal plight of the worker - continue to be developed side by side and intertwine with conclusions to become a truly powerful and emotional polemic. Sometimes it becomes clear that his observations are hugely relevant to our 24 hour life, our gig economy and our international economy, with a frightening percentage of world wealth being held in a few hands. This is not an easy book but, especially in the hands of Derek Le Page, who has incorporated all the relevant footnotes (and they are extensive), it is a compelling listen. Whatever the nightmare of 20th century communism, to ignore this book is misjudge it. Marx said, 'Philosophers have previously tried to explain the world; our task is to change it'. And he meant it. Translation: Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling.

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Basic Economics

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Pdf:Basic Economics.The bestselling citizen's guide to economicsBasic Economics is a citizen's guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. This fifth edition includes a new chapter explaining the reasons for large differences of wealth and income between nations. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf Politics Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf:Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.Review 'Should be required reading for politicians and anyone concerned with economic development.' —Jared Diamond, New York Review of Books'...bracing, garrulous, wildly ambitious and ultimately hopeful. It may, in fact, be a bit of a masterpiece.'—Washington Post“For economics and political-science students, surely, but also for the general reader who will appreciate how gracefully the authors wear their erudition.”—Kirkus Reviews “Provocative stuff; backed by lots of brain power.”—Library Journal“This is an intellectually rich book that develops an important thesis with verve. It should be widely read.” —Financial Times“A probing . . . look at the roots of political and economic success . . . large and ambitious new book.” —The Daily“Why Nations Fail is a splendid piece of scholarship and a showcase of economic rigor.” —The Wall Street Journal'Ranging from imperial Rome to modern Botswana, this book will change the way people think about the wealth and poverty of nations...as ambitious as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel.'—Bloomberg BusinessWeek“The main strength of this book is beyond the power of summary: it is packed, from beginning to end, with historical vignettes that are both erudite and fascinating. As Jared Diamond says on the cover: 'It will make you a spellbinder at parties.' But it will also make you think.” —The  Observer (UK)'A brilliant book.” —Bloomberg (Jonathan Alter)“Why Nations Fail is a wildly ambitious work that hopscotches through history and around the world to answer the very big question of why some countries get rich and others don’t.” —The New York Times (Chrystia Freeland)'Why Nations Failis a truly awesome book. Acemoglu and Robinson tackle one of the most important problems in the social sciences—a question that has bedeviled leading thinkers for centuries—and offer an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity and power. A wonderfully readable mix of history, political science, and economics, this book will change the way we think about economic development. Why Nations Fail is a must-read book.' —Steven Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics 'You will have three reasons to love this book. It’s about national income differences within the modern world, perhaps the biggest problem facing the world today. It’s peppered with fascinating stories that will make you a spellbinder at cocktail parties—such as why Botswana is prospering and Sierra Leone isn’t. And it’s a great read. Like me, you may succumb to reading it in one go, and then you may come back to it again and again.' —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse 'A compelling and highly readable book. And [the] conclusion is a cheering one: the authoritarian ‘extractive’ institutions like the ones that drive growth in China today are bound to run out of steam. Without the inclusive institutions that first evolved in the West, sustainable growth is impossible, because only a truly free society can foster genuine innovation and the creative destruction that is its corollary.' —Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money 'Some time ago a little-known Scottish philosopher wrote a book on what makes nations succeed and what makes them fail. The Wealth of Nations is still being read today. With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have retackled this same question for our own times. Two centuries from now our great-great- . . . -great grandchildren will be, similarly, reading Why Nations Fail.' —George Akerlof, Nobel laureate in economics, 2001 'Why Nations Fail is so good in so many ways that I despair of listing them all. It explains huge swathes of human history. It is equally at home in Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is fair to left and right and every flavor in between. It doesn’t pull punches but doesn’t insult just to gain attention. It illuminates the past as it gives us a new way to think about the present. It is that rare book in economics that convinces the reader that the authors want the best for ordinary people. It will provide scholars with years of argument and ordinary readers with years of did-you-know-that dinner conversation. It has some jokes, which are always welcome. It is an excellent book and should be purchased forthwith, so to encourage the authors to keep working.' —Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493 “Imagine sitting around a table listening to Jared Diamond, Joseph Schumpeter, and James Madison reflect on over two thousand years of political and economic history.  Imagine that they weave their ideas into a coherent theoretical framework based on limiting extraction, promoting creative destruction, and creating strong political institutions that share power and you begin to see the contribution of this brilliant and engagingly written book.” —Scott E. Page, University of Michigan and Santa Fre Institute“This fascinating and readable book centers on the complex joint evolution of political and economic institutions, in good directions and bad. It strikes a delicate balance between the logic of political and economic behavior and the shifts in direction created by contingent historical events, large and small at ‘critical junctures.' Acemoglu and Robinson provide an enormous range of historical examples to show how such shifts can tilt toward favorable institutions, progressive innovation and economic success or toward repressive institutions and eventual decay or stagnation. Somehow they can generate both excitement and reflection.” —Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1987“It’s the politics, stupid! That is Acemoglu and Robinson’s simple yet compelling explanation for why so many countries fail to develop. From the absolutism of the Stuarts to the antebellum South, from Sierra Leone to Colombia, this magisterial work shows how powerful elites rig the rules to benefit themselves at the expense of the many.  Charting a careful course between the pessimists and optimists, the authors demonstrate history and geography need not be destiny. But they also document how sensible economic ideas and policies often achieve little in the absence of fundamental political change.”—Dani Rodrik, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University“Two of the world’s best and most erudite economists turn to the hardest  issue of all: why are some nations poor and others rich? Written with a deep knowledge of economics and political history, this is perhaps the most powerful statement made to date that ‘institutions matter.’  A provocative, instructive, yet thoroughly enthralling book.” —Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University“A brilliant and uplifting book—yet also a deeply disturbing wake-up call. Acemoglu and Robinson lay out a convincing theory of almost everything to do with economic development. Countries rise when they put in place the right pro-growth political institutions and they fail—often spectacularly—when those institutions ossify or fail to adapt.  Powerful people always and everywhere seek to grab complete control over government, undermining broader social progress for their own greed. Keep those people in check with effective democracy or watch your nation fail.” —Simon Johnson, co-author of 13 Bankers and professor at MIT Sloan“This important and insightful book, packed with historical examples, makes the case that inclusive political institutions in support of inclusive economic institutions is key to sustained prosperity. The book reviews how some good regimes got launched and then had a virtuous spiral, while bad regimes remain in a vicious spiral.  This is important analysis not to be missed.” —Peter Diamond, Nobel Laureate in Economics “Acemoglu and Robinson have made an important contribution to the debate as to why similar-looking nations differ so greatly in their economic and political development. Through a broad multiplicity of historical examples, they show how institutional developments, sometimes based on very accidental circumstances, have had enormous consequences. The openness of a society, its willingness to permit creative destruction, and the rule of  appear to be decisive for economic development.” —Kenneth Arrow, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1972 “Acemoglu and Robinson—two of the world's leading experts on development—reveal why it is not geography, disease, or culture which explains why some nations are rich and some poor, but rather a matter of institutions and politics. This highly accessible book provides welcome insight to specialists and general readers alike.” —Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man and The Origins of Political Order“Some time ago a little known Scottish philosopher wrote a book on what makes nations succeed and what makes them fail.  The Wealth of Nations is still being read today.  With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have re-tackled this same question for our own times.  Two centuries from now our great-great-…-great grandchildren will be, similarly, reading Why Nations Fail.” —George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 “In this stunningly wide ranging book Acemoglu and Robinson ask a simple but vital question, why do some nations become rich and others remain poor?  Their answer is also simple—because some polities develop more inclusive political institutions.  What is remarkable about the book is the crispness and clarity of the writing, the elegance of the argument, and the remarkable richness of historical detail.  This book is a must read at a moment where governments right across the western world must come up with the political will to deal with a debt crisis of unusual proportions.” —Steve Pincus, Bradford Durfee Professor of History and International and Area Studies, Yale University “The authors convincingly show that countries escape poverty only when they have appropriate economic institutions, especially private property and competition. More originally, they argue countries are more likely to develop the right institutions when they have an open pluralistic political system with competition for political office, a widespread electorate, and openness to new political leaders. This intimate connection between political and economic institutions is the heart of their major contribution, and has resulted in a study of great vitality on one of the crucial questions in economics and political economy.” — Gary S. Becker, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1992 “This not only a fascinating and interesting book: it is a really important one.  The highly original research that Professors Acemoglu and Robinson have done, and continue to do,  on how economic forces, politics and policy choices evolve together and constrain each other, and how institutions affect that evolution, is essential to understanding the successes and failures of societies and nations.  And here, in this book, these insights come in a highly accessible, indeed riveting form.  Those who pick this book up and start reading will have trouble putting it down.” ¯Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001'In this delightfully readable romp through 400 years of  history, two of the giants of contemporary social science bring us an inspiring and important message: it is freedom that makes the world rich. Let tyrants everywhere tremble!' —Ian Morris, Stanford University, author of Why the West Rules – For Now“Acemoglu and Robinson pose the fundamental question concerning the development of the bottom billion. Their answers are profound, lucid, and convincing.” ―Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University, and author of The Bottom Billion Read more About the Author DARON ACEMOGLU is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. In 2005 he received the John Bates Clark Medal awarded to economists under forty judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. JAMES A. ROBINSON, a political scientist and an economist, is the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University. A world-renowned expert on Latin America and Africa, he has worked in Botswana, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Read more

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Economic Facts and Fallacies, 2nd edition

Pdf Politics Economic Facts and Fallacies, 2nd edition

Pdf:Economic Facts and Fallacies, 2nd edition.Review 'Thomas Sowell marshals his arguments with admirable clarity and authority. There is not a chapter in which he does not produce a statistic that both surprises and overturns received wisdom.'―The Economist'From one of America's most noted conservative economists, a short, original book that offers some unconventional ideas about how to think about common economic topics.'―Baltimore Sun'This readable volume is a useful primer exposing how economics relates to the social issues that affect our country.'―Publishers Weekly'Sowell's book dismantles many of the pervasive fallacies running rampant in politics today, broken into categories of urban life, gender, academia, income, race, and the problems of the third world. ... In Economic Facts and Fallacies, as in his other work, Sowell makes a persuasive and powerful case, armed with a solid arsenal of statistics, numbers, and historical facts.'―RealClearPolitics.com Read more About the Author Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, presented by the President of the United States in 2003. Read more

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Capital in the Twenty First Century

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Pdf:Capital in the Twenty First Century.Review “It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent.”―Paul Krugman, New York Times“A sweeping account of rising inequality… Eventually, Piketty says, we could see the reemergence of a world familiar to nineteenth-century Europeans; he cites the novels of Austen and Balzac. In this ‘patrimonial society,’ a small group of wealthy rentiers lives lavishly on the fruits of its inherited wealth, and the rest struggle to keep up… The proper role of public intellectuals is to question accepted dogmas, conceive of new methods of analysis, and expand the terms of public debate. Capital in the Twenty-first Century does all these things… Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.”―John Cassidy, New Yorker“An extraordinary sweep of history backed by remarkably detailed data and analysis… Piketty’s economic analysis and historical proofs are breathtaking.”―Robert B. Reich, The Guardian“Piketty’s treatment of inequality is perfectly matched to its moment. Like [Paul] Kennedy a generation ago, Piketty has emerged as a rock star of the policy-intellectual world… But make no mistake, his work richly deserves all the attention it is receiving… Piketty, in collaboration with others, has spent more than a decade mining huge quantities of data spanning centuries and many countries to document, absolutely conclusively, that the share of income and wealth going to those at the very top―the top 1 percent, .1 percent, and .01 percent of the population―has risen sharply over the last generation, marking a return to a pattern that prevailed before World War I… Even if none of Piketty’s theories stands up, the establishment of this fact has transformed political discourse and is a Nobel Prize–worthy contribution. Piketty provides an elegant framework for making sense of a complex reality. His theorizing is bold and simple and hugely important if correct. In every area of thought, progress comes from simple abstract paradigms that guide later thinking, such as Darwin’s idea of evolution, Ricardo’s notion of comparative advantage, or Keynes’s conception of aggregate demand. Whether or not his idea ultimately proves out, Piketty makes a major contribution by putting forth a theory of natural economic evolution under capitalism… Piketty writes in the epic philosophical mode of Keynes, Marx, or Adam Smith… By focusing attention on what has happened to a fortunate few among us, and by opening up for debate issues around the long-run functioning of our market system, Capital in the Twenty-First Century has made a profoundly important contribution.”―Lawrence H. Summers, Democracy“It is easy to overlook the achievement of Thomas Piketty’s new bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, as a work of economic history. Debates about the book have largely focused on inequality. But on any given page, there is data about the total level of private capital and the percentage of income paid out to labor in England from the 1700s onward, something that would have been impossible for early researchers… Capital reflects decades of work in collecting national income data across centuries, countries, and class, done in partnership with academics across the globe. But beyond its remarkably rich and instructive history, the book’s deep and novel understanding of inequality in the economy has drawn well-deserved attention… [Piketty’s] engagement with the rest of the social sciences also distinguishes him from most economists… The book is filled with brilliant moments… The book is an attempt to ground the debate over inequality in strong empirical data, put the question of distribution back into economics, and open the debate not just to the entirety of the social sciences but to people themselves.”―Mike Konczal, Boston Review“What makes Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century such a triumph is that it seems to have been written specifically to demolish the great economic shibboleths of our time… Piketty’s magnum opus.”―Thomas Frank, Salon“[A] 700-page punch in the plutocracy’s pampered gut… It’s been half a century since a book of economic history broke out of its academic silo with such fireworks.”―Giles Whittell, The Times“Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics has done the definitive comparative historical research on income inequality in his Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”―Paul Starr, New York Review of Books“Bracing… Piketty provides a fresh and sweeping analysis of the world’s economic history that puts into question many of our core beliefs about the organization of market economies. His most startling news is that the belief that inequality will eventually stabilize and subside on its own, a long-held tenet of free market capitalism, is wrong. Rather, the economic forces concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of the fortunate few are almost sure to prevail for a very long time.”―Eduardo Porter, New York Times“Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a monumental book that will influence economic analysis (and perhaps policymaking) in the years to come. In the way it is written and the importance of the questions it asks, it is a book the classic authors of economics could have written if they lived today and had access to the vast empirical material Piketty and his colleagues collected… In a short review, it is impossible to do even partial justice to the wealth of information, data, analysis, and discussion contained in this book of almost 700 pages. Piketty has returned economics to the classical roots where it seeks to understand the ‘laws of motion’ of capitalism. He has re-emphasized the distinction between ‘unearned’ and ‘earned’ income that had been tucked away for so long under misleading terminologies of ‘human capital,’ ‘economic agents,’ and ‘factors of production.’ Labor and capital―those who have to work for a living and those who live from property―people in flesh―are squarely back in economics via this great book.”―Branko Milanovic, American Prospect Read more About the Author Thomas Piketty is Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Read more

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48 Laws of Power

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Pdf:48 Laws of Power.Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

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From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000

Pdf Politics From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000

Pdf:From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000.Amazon.com Review In this memoir, the man most responsible for Singapore's astonishing transformation from colonial backwater to economic powerhouse describes how he did it over the last four decades. It's a dramatic story, and Lee Kuan Yew has much to brag about. To take a single example: Singapore had a per-capita GDP of just $400 when he became prime minister in 1959. When he left office in 1990, it was $12,200 and rising. (At the time of this book's writing, it was $22,000.) Much of this was accomplished through a unique mix of economic freedom and social control. Lee encouraged entrepreneurship, but also cracked down on liberties that most people in the West take for granted--chewing gum, for instance. It's banned in Singapore because of 'the problems caused by spent chewing gum inserted into keyholes and mailboxes and on elevator buttons.' If American politicians were to propose such a thing, they'd undoubtedly be run out of office. Lee, however, defends this and similar moves, such as strong antismoking laws and antispitting campaigns: 'We would have been a grosser, ruder, cruder society had we not made these efforts to persuade people to change their ways.... It has made Singapore a more pleasant place to live in. If this is a 'nanny state,' I am proud to have fostered one.' Lee also describes one of his most controversial proposals: tax breaks and schooling incentives to encourage educated men and women to marry each other and have children. 'Our best women were not reproducing themselves because men who were their educational equals did not want to marry them.... This lopsided marriage and procreation pattern could not be allowed to remain unmentioned and unchecked,' writes Lee. Most of the book, however, is a chronicle of how Lee helped create so much material prosperity. Anticommunism is a strong theme throughout, and Lee comments broadly on international politics. He is cautiously friendly toward the United States, chastising it for a 'dogmatic and evangelical' foreign policy that scolds other countries for human-rights violations, except when they interfere with American interests, 'as in the oil-rich Arabian peninsula.' Even so, he writes, 'the United States is still the most benign of all the great powers.... [and] all noncommunist countries in East Asia prefer America to be the dominant weight in the power balance of the region.' From Third World to First is not the most gripping book imaginable, but it is a vital document about a fascinating place in a time of profound transition. --John J. Miller Read more From Booklist Yew is not an endearing figure. He is arrogant, self-righteous, and seems unduly sensitive to criticism by 'outsiders' of Singapore's record on human rights. Despite occasional efforts to hide his less-than-pleasant characteristics, they often burst through in his long and often fascinating account of the dramatic transformation of this island nation into a stable and prosperous society. As prime minister for more than three decades, Yew certainly merits credit for Singapore's emergence, and there is much to be learned from his version of his stewardship. This is a detailed and sometimes difficult read, particularly if one lacks a strong grounding in macroeconomics. Still, his description of the difficulties of nation building in a multiethnic society has great value; his efforts to mesh Western concepts of free enterprise with Third World traditions of a 'guided economy' may not have universal applicability, but they deserve close scrutiny. This is an essential contribution in efforts to understand why some societies seem so successful in becoming important players in the global economy. Jay FreemanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Pdf Politics Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Pdf:Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World.Review 'With wit and humor, Pendergrast has served up a rich blend of anecdote, character study, market analysis, and social history....Everything you ought to know about coffee is here, even how to make it.'―New York Times'A focused and juicy history of our last legal and socially acceptable drug'―Wall Street Journal'Pendergrast's account satisfies because of its thoroughness....Pendergrast unearths coffee-based trade wars, health reports, and café cultures, bringing to light amusing treasures along the way.'―Mother Jones'Ask anyone in the coffee world and they will cite this book as a favorite...[I]t gives a comprehensive understanding to the history and complexities of your favorite drink.'―The Kitchn'Pendergrast...has produced a splendid tale, setting out all one could hope to know about coffee.'―Scientific American'Pendergrast's broad vision, meticulous research, and colloquial delivery combine aromatically.'―Publishers Weekly'Uncommon Grounds is not only a good read but a vital one.'―Washington MonthlyAn exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America....Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java'―Kirkus'Pendergrast's sprightly, yet thoroughly scholarly, history of America's favorite hot beverage packs the pleasurable punch of a double espresso.'―Booklist Read more About the Author Mark Pendergrast is an independent scholar who brews a fantastic cup of coffee. He is the author of many books, including For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Mirror Mirror, Inside the Outbreaks, and other books. He lives in Colchester, Vermont. Read more

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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Pdf Politics Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Pdf:Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World.Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous "Coffee Crisis" that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the "third-wave" of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.

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The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

Pdf Politics The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

Pdf:The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures.Review Posterity may remember The Dollar Crisis as a seminal book in the field of 21st century economics. Indeed, rarely has a book offered such a grim yet, well argued view of the current economic situation facing the world.-- Steven Irvine, FinanceAsia Duncan writes like a man who’s already seen tomorrow. -- James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer I held a class for about 150 people on the book entitled 'The Dollar Crisis,' authored by Richard Duncan. If you want to better understand why the real estate bubble bust and the crash of the dollar will probably lead to a prolonged recession, you may want to read this book sooner rather than later. In a nutshell, we really do not have a real estate bubble... the world is in a currency bubble. In other words, the governments of the world have printed too much 'funny' money and cash will soon turn to trash.  Even if you are not in real estate or are saving dollars, you may want to read this book to find out what you need to invest in now, before the bubble bursts. If you are in stocks and mutual funds, you definitely want to read this book.-- Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad I would like every one of my subscribers to click on to Amazon.com and buy a new book that has just been published entitled, “The Dollar Crisis, Causes, Consequences, Cures.”  The book costs around twenty bucks and is worth ten times that amount.  The author, Richard Duncan has a great background and is as smart as they come.  He explains why he sees a crashing dollar and a severe recession coming up in the US – plus a world recession.  This is no wild-eyed guru, this is a guy who knows what he’s talking about and a guy who understands money and the world monetary system – he’s worked for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  Please buy this book!-- Richard Russell, Dow Theory Letters Richard Duncan crisply explains why payback time for years of credit excesses, payments imbalances and securitized sub-par lending is imminent. Mr Greenspan, your time is up. --Philip Bowring, International Herald Tribune Richard Duncan’s excellent book… we cannot recommend it enough.-- Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning Richard Duncan… is one of the brightest financial analysts I know. Richard is the author of one of my favorite books called The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures.-- John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline For a preview of how it might play out, consult Richard Duncan’s recently revised book, The Dollar Crisis:  Causes, Consequences, Cures.  Just try to sleep after digesting its thesis that the world’s biggest economy is looking like a huge and growing Ponzi scheme.--William Pesek Jr., International Herald Tribune Read more From the Inside Flap 'Posterity may remember The Dollar Crisis as a seminal book in the field of 21st century economics. Indeed, rarely has a book offered such a grim yet, well argued view of the current economic situation facing the world.' —Steven Irvine, FinanceAsia 'Duncan writes like a man who's already seen tomorrow.' —James Grant, Grant's Interest Rate Observer 'I held a class for about 150 people on the book entitled 'The Dollar Crisis,' authored by Richard Duncan. If you want to better understand why the real estate bubble bust and the crash of the dollar will probably lead to a prolonged recession, you may want to read this book sooner rather than later. In a nutshell, we really do not have a real estate bubble... the world is in a currency bubble. In other words, the governments of the world have printed too much 'funny' money and cash will soon turn to trash. Even if you are not in real estate or are saving dollars, you may want to read this book to find out what you need to invest in now, before the bubble bursts. If you are in stocks and mutual funds, you definitely want to read this book.' —Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad 'I would like every one of my subscribers to click on to Amazon.com and buy a new book that has just been published entitled, The Dollar Crisis, Causes, Consequences, Cures. The book costs around twenty bucks and is worth ten times that amount. The author, Richard Duncan has a great background and is as smart as they come. He explains why he sees a crashing dollar and a severe recession coming up in the plus a world recession. This is no wild-eyed guru, this is a guy who knows what he's talking about and a guy who understands money and the world monetary system – he's worked for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Please buy this book!' —Richard Russell, Dow Theory Letters 'Richard Duncan crisply explains why payback time for years of credit excesses, payments imbalances and securitized sub-par lending is imminent. Mr Greenspan, your time is up.' —International Herald Tribune 'Richard Duncan's excellent book… we cannot recommend it enough.' —Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning 'Richard Duncan... is one of the brightest financial analysts I know. Richard is the author of one of my favorite books called The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures.' —John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline 'For a preview of how it might play out, consult Richard Duncan's recently revised book, The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures. Just try to sleep after digesting its thesis that the world's biggest economy is looking like a huge and growing Ponzi scheme.' —William Pesek Jr., International Herald Tribune Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Pdf Politics The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Pdf:The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy.Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? At the heart of today's financial and economic crisis is a problem hiding in plain sight. In modern capitalism, value-extraction - the siphoning off of profits, from shareholders' dividends to bankers' bonuses - is rewarded more highly than value-creation: the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society. We misidentify takers as makers, and have lost sight of what value really means. Once a central plank of economic thought, this concept of value - what it is, why it matters to us - is simply no longer discussed. Yet, argues Mariana Mazzucato in this penetrating and passionate new book, if we are to reform capitalism - to radically transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it - we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Who is creating it, who is extracting it, and who is destroying it? Answers to these questions are key if we want to replace the current parasitic system with a type of capitalism that is more sustainable, more symbiotic: that works for us all. The Value of Everything will reignite a long-needed debate about the kind of world we really want to live in.

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Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China

Pdf Politics Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China

Pdf:Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China.Review “Lucid and accessible, immensely informative and insightful. . . . One of the most important books on the relationship between the United States and China to be published in at least a decade.”—Huffington Post (Huffington Post) Read more About the Author Stephen Roach is senior fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and School of Management, Yale University, and the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. He lives in New Canaan, CT. Read more

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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Pdf Politics Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Pdf:Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.Review “No scientist has done more in the last fifty years to alert Americans to the potential dangers of sugar in the diet than Dr. Robert Lustig.” --Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat “Our eating habits are killing us. In this timely and important book, Dr. Robert Lustig presents the scientific evidence for the toxicity of sugar and the disastrous effects of modern industrial food on the hormones that control hunger, satiety, and weight. He gives recommendations for a personal solution to the problem we face and also suggests a public policy solution. Fat Chance is the best book I've read on the relationship between diet and health and the clearest explanation of epidemic obesity in our society.”--Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness and You Can’t Afford to Get Sick “Fat Chance is THE manifesto for our time. It reveals the real reasons we why we are a fat nation and how to cure the obesity epidemic.  It gets right to the root of the problem, which is not gluttony and sloth, as the food industry, government and your neighbor would have you believe.  It is because we are drowning in a sea of sugar which poisons our metabolism, shrinks our brains, and threatens our national security and global competitiveness.  Every American, politician, teacher, and business leader must read this book.  Our nation's future depends on it.”  --Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution “Fat Chance is an extraordinary achievement. Obesity's causes, mechanisms, health consequences, and preventive approaches are all devilishly complicated, but Dr. Lustig's outstanding contribution clarifies the complexity via a writing style that's accessible, insightful, and often gently humorous. Robert Lustig is a clinician, a scientist, and an advocate — a combination that that makes him uniquely qualified to bring the condition's many facets into sharp focus. Obesity has become the world's number one health problem. Fat Chance is the book for all of us who must confront this epidemic.”--S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., Departments of Radiology and Anthropology, Emory University, and father of the Paleo Diet movement “Robert Lustig is neither ringing an alarm bell nor giving us a gentle, paternalistic nudge. His message is more authentic. He is a medical doctor issuing a prescription. In order to address a current cocktail of health threats, Americans must alter their diets and do so radically. Those alterations must begin with a dramatic reduction in the consumption of sugars.”--Alec Baldwin “The obesity pandemic is well documented. But what can be done about it? More importantly, when does a personal health issue rise to become a public health crisis? In Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig examines the science of obesity to determine the role that our current diet (especially too much sugar and too little fiber) plays in weight gain and disease. Using that knowledge, he proposes changes in our personal, public, and governmental attitudes to combat this scourge. Fat Chance is a 'savory' read with a 'sweet' finish.”--Sanjay Gupta, M.D., neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Read more About the Author Robert H. Lustig, M.D., MSL, is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 120 peer-reviewed articles and 70 reviews, as well as The Fat Chance Cookbook and the upcoming The Hacking of the American Mind. He has mentored 30 pediatric endocrine fellows and trained numerous other allied health professionals. He is the former chairman of the Obesity Task Force of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society, and a member of the Pediatric Obesity Devices Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also the president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. He consults for several childhood obesity advocacy groups and government agencies. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Pdf Politics Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Pdf:Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.Robert Lustig's 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

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Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat

Pdf Politics Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat

Pdf:Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.Review One of Nature's Best Science Books of the Year (2018)'In her latest book, Unsavory Truth, Nestle levels a withering fusillade of criticism against food and beverage companies that use questionable science and marketing to push their own agendas about what should end up on our dinner tables...There is indeed something rotten in the state of dietary science, but books like this show us that we consumers also hold a great deal of power.'―Science'A remorseless dissection of the corruption of science by industry.'―Nature'The links and conflicts of interest between the food industry and the world of nutrition professionals are, in Nestle's telling, perhaps even wilder and more egregiously tangled.'―New York Magazine, The Cut'Nestle writes in simple and informative language, diving into history, university politics, and failed government policies to improve people's health.'―Vice, Tonic'Through her investigation into how money flows from companies and trade groups to labs, [Nestle] shows how pervasive the problem is--and why it's distorting how we think about health.'―Vox'Unsavory Truth is fascinating, and wherever you fall on the spectrum of worrying about food industry conflicts, a worthwhile read.'―Weighty Matters'Nestle reveals not only how the food industry manipulates nutrition science, but how readers can reclaim their health from these marketing schemes.'―Foodtank 'Nestle delivers a groundbreaking look at how food corporations influence nutrition research and public policy...General and specialist readers alike will appreciate this important message for consumers.'―Publishers Weekly 'Nestle proves yet again that she is a unique, valuable voice for engaged food consumers.'―Kirkus Read more About the Author Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, emerita, at New York University, and Visiting Professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell. She has a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition from UC Berkeley. She lives in New York City. Read more

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Pdf Politics Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Pdf:Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange. Progress comes from monopoly, not competition. If you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody else, you have a monopoly - and every business is successful exactly insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole. Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel has learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. The single most powerful pattern Thiel has noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas. Ask not, what would Mark do? Ask: What valuable company is nobody building?

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Get What's Yours - Revised & Updated: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (The Get What's Yours Series)

Pdf Politics Get What's Yours - Revised & Updated: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (The Get What's Yours Series)

Pdf:Get What's Yours - Revised & Updated: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (The Get What's Yours Series).Review “Getting smart about Social Security can put tens of thousands of extra dollars in your pocket. With that in mind, start by reading, Get What’s Yours. . . . The book translates—into often-entertaining English—the many convoluted rules that make up the Social Security program. . . . [Does] a great job of helping you make sense of, and get the most from, Social Security. . . . Invaluable.” (Glenn Ruffenach The Wall Street Journal)“An indispensable and surprisingly entertaining guide for anyone who is retiring or thinking of retiring with all of the Social Security benefits they’ve earned.” (Jane Pauley)“This practical guide to navigating the Social Security system cuts through the fat (there are more than 2,500 rules associated with the benefit) and covers everything from how to file for social security to the strategies for claiming the highest possible income. . . . Useful for anyone approaching retirement.” (Concepción de León The New York Times)“Choosing when to take Social Security is one of the biggest decisions of your life. By doing it right, you can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to your lifetime income and leave more money for your spouse as well. This great book tells you how . . . and it’s funny, too!” (Jane Bryant Quinn, author of Making the Most of your Money NOW)“I love this book! Seriously! Who could ever guess that reading about Social Security could be this entertaining? And if you think you know enough about the subject, you would be wise to think again. Smartly written by an all-star, financial expert dream team, the engaging, down-to-earth prose makes Get What’s Yours the definitive guide to maximizing what is, for many, the most important retirement asset by far. From determining the best age to claim (hint: it’s not what you’ve been told) to figuring out the intricacies of spousal benefits to avoiding the ‘gotchas’ that can reduce your checks, this must-read guide is truly that. And don’t be surprised if you actually enjoy it!' (Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life) Read more About the Author Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc. His company websites are ESPlanner.com and MaximizeMySocialSecurity.com. To learn more, visit GetWhatsYours.org.Journalist Philip Moeller writes about retirement for Money and authors the Ask Phil Medicare column for PBS. He also is a Research Fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and the founder of Insure.com, a leading site for insurance information.Paul Solman is the business and economics correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and is a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Practitioner in Grand Strategy at the International Security Studies department at Yale University. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It

Pdf Politics Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It

Pdf:Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.Review 'Bracing, head-clearing and ultimately inspiring. With rigor and wit [this] book show how millions of successful, hard-working Americans, often with the best of intentions, have helped build a society where birth matters more than brilliance. Impassioned, data-driven and focused on practical solutions, 'Dream Hoarders' is a fine cure for an age of stale, cynical politics.' - David Rennie, US Bureau Chief, The Economist'A great, short book' - Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic'Dream Hoarders is a slim and engaging book which can be read in an afternoon, but whose message lingers for longer.' The Economist'Recently, scholars and social activists have set off alarm bells about the rising concentration of income among the top one percent. Richard Reeves urges us to turn our attention to a wider slice of affluent Americans - the top fifth - and the result is a devastating empirical portrait of damage done to 'the bottom eighty'...This captivating and stirring book is likely to make many of its readers uncomfortable.' - Janet C. Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY 'Richard Reeves is has long been one of the most authoritative, insightful and sage voices on the big questions gripping modern societies. Here he tackles one of the most urgent - inequality and how to solve it - and comes up with serious answers.' - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian'We have met the enemy, and he is us: we who were smart enough to pick the right parents and now occupy the high ground in post-industrial America. Richard Reeves makes his case brilliantly and--a tough act to pull off--engagingly.' - Charles Murray, AEI, author of Coming Apart'Warning: Reeves' book will challenge some of your assumptions, no matter what your views are...Dream Hoarders will shake you up, teach you a lot and make you think much harder.'  - E.J. Dionne Jr., Author of Why the Right Went Wrong Read more From the Author This book seems to have hit a nerve. Even when people don't agree with me (and a lot of people do not) I feel good if the conversation about inequality becomes a bit more personal, and a bit less focused on the super-rich. Very pleased it made it onto the Economist list of Books of the Year 2017. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too

Pdf Politics Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too

Pdf:Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too.Review 'George Lakey has for decades reminded us what a powerful tool nonviolence is, and in this book focused on Scandinavia shows us how nonviolent tactics and brilliant organizing won enduring changes in four countries' governance and economy and, more than that, the values and beliefs about what is just, fair, good, and possible. This book is an adventure and a field manual for our moment.” —Rebecca Solnit, Activist and historian, Harper’s contributor, author of Hope in the Dark“Here, Lakey combines historical analysis, economic data and interview-based opinion to produce something that delivers much more than each of those could do in isolation. As a result, Viking Economics tells a story of economic change and the foundations on which it was built at a time when it is so obvious that such narratives are desperately needed in modern political discourse.”—Richard Murphy, Times Higher Education magazine “Viking Economics shows us there's no reason we couldn't be making far more progress across a wide range of problems. George Lakey is great at explaining why.” —Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, founder of 350.org “Carrying student debt? Working longer hours with no vacation?  Do you wonder if it is possible for the U.S. to reverse a generation of extreme inequality?  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Viking Economics helps us envision a different way of organizing our economy to put people and planet first. ”  —Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, author of Wealthy, Come Home   “The Nordic model has proven extraordinarily successful in ensuring a decent standard of living for all the citizens of these countries, while at the same time keeping them open to international trade and at the forefront of technology. This short book is a great starting point for those looking for insights into the origins and structure of this model.” —Dean Baker is Co-Director of Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People“Brilliant, fun to read, and most timely--just what Americans need right now! Lakey busts key myths that keep us believing we can’t have the society we want. Bravo for this great source of evidence-grounded hope!”—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Want Read more About the Author GEORGE LAKEY is Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College. He is the author of many books and articles and has written for Waging Nonviolence and Common Dreams, among other publications. Read more

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Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It

Pdf Politics Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It

Pdf:Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.America is becoming a class-based society. It is now conventional to focus on the wealth of the top 1 percent - especially the top 0.01 percent - and how the ultra-rich are concentrating income and prosperity while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the most important, consequential, and widening gap in American society is between the upper middle class and everyone else. Reeves defines the upper middle class as those whose incomes are in the top 20 percent of American society. Income is not the only way to measure a society, but in a market economy it is crucial because access to money generally determines who gets the best quality education, housing, health care, and other necessary goods and services. As Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is not just an economic divide but a fracturing of American society along class lines. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults. These trends matter because the separation and perpetuation of the upper middle class corrode prospects for more progressive approaches to policy. Various forms of "opportunity hoarding" among the upper-middle class make it harder for others to rise to the top rung. Examples include zoning laws and schooling, occupational licensing, college application procedures, and the allocation of internships. Upper-middle-class opportunity hoarding, Reeves argues, results in a less competitive economy as well as a less open society. Inequality is inevitable and can even be good, within limits. But Reeves argues that society can take effective action to reduce opportunity hoarding and thus promote broader opportunity. This fascinating book shows how American society has become the very class-defined society that earlier Americans rebelled against - and what can be done to restore a more equitable society.

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Viking Economics:: How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too

Pdf Politics Viking Economics:: How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too

Pdf:Viking Economics:: How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too.Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too - something. In Viking Economics - perhaps the most fun economics audiobook you've ever listened to - George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for, surprisingly recently, we too can embrace equality in our economic policy.

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Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf Politics Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Pdf:Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century.We all know the book: it's been hailed as one of the most important documents on how the world economy works, or doesn't work, and it's been a colossal bestseller since it first appeared in 2014, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century makes a powerful case that wealth, and accumulated wealth, tends to stay where it lands: and with the passage of time, just gets bigger...and bigger.  But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book - or even, perhaps, reviewed it - have read more than a fraction of its 696 pages? How many more shuddered at the thought of committing $40 to such a venture? And how many of Piketty's groundshaking concepts have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina?  Deliverance is at hand in the form of Pocket Piketty, written in clear and accessible prose by an experienced economist and teacher - and one whose work was relied on by Piketty for his masterpiece. In this handy and slim volume, Jesper Roine explains all things Piketty.

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The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

Pdf Politics The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

Pdf:The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley.From Kirkus Reviews 'In their debut business title, two venture capitalists offer an insightful, forward-thinking assessment of what makes Silicon Valley tick. If Silicon Valley can be held up as a living, breathing example of American ingenuity, why haven’t we been able to recreate it elsewhere? Hwang and Horowitt suggest that Silicon Valley is an innovation ecosystem they liken to a rainforest—hence, the book’s title. Thinking of Silicon Valley as a living biological system “helps innovators ‘tinker’ together in the same way that atoms ‘tinker’ together in natural biological systems ... [to] discover more valuable recipes for combining and recombining ideas, talent, and capital together.” The authors proceed to offer an engaging, highly creative analysis of the workings of a “rainforest,” using Silicon Valley as the prototype. They present 14 compelling “Rainforest Axioms,” for example, “Axiom #2: Rainforests are built from the bottom up, where irrational behavior reigns,” along with the “Rules of the Rainforest,” “Rule #4: Thou shalt experiment and iterate together.” The authors also explain how to build and measure a rainforest. The text is enhanced by well-designed graphic illustrations and explanatory charts. Hwang and Horowitt write with authority and wit, carefully backing up their theory with substantive examples. Readers get the feeling that the authors have unveiled a very big, important concept, one that could serve as the basis for intentionally, methodically developing other “rainforests” similar to Silicon Valley. However, they acknowledge that following the Valley’s winning formula is challenging, suggesting that “The Rainforest concept does not come naturally to many leaders” and that it requires “a new active capitalism” to create a rainforest. While Silicon Valley may not be entirely unique, replicating its ecosystem is no easy task. A provocative study of innovation.' Read more Review '...a detailed analysis of the power of environment on startup success, and in particular an explanation of why Silicon Valley has been such a powerful incubator of ideas and innovation.... If you are interested in the interplay of environment and business, and in understanding in broader terms how our professional relationships define our success, I recommend picking up a copy.' -- Forbes'I thought I was planting seeds, but I have been planting weeds. This amazing book relates innovations to random propagations of life in the rainforest. I haven't read a book this innovative since Bionomics.' --Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Rainforest 'A well-written book with a valuable empirical and multi-disciplinary approach.' --Prof. Ronald Coase, Nobel Laureate in Economics, University of Chicago'The Rainforest - a book filled with passion, energy and wisdom - bubbles over with energizing insights and practical advice for policymakers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists around the world. Drawing on their deep experience as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as well as some of the most advanced research in the social and psychological sciences, Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt use the analogy of the rainforest to clearly explain the complex evolutionary interactions that must exist... Few issues could be more important for the United States and for developing countries...' --Richard Foster, Former Director and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company'Everyone's glooming and dooming, and this is literally the blueprint for the new world.' --Daryl Browne, entrepreneur'Every once in a while, a business book with a big idea that defines a way of thinking comes along. Such books as Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore and Jim Collins’s Good to Great come to mind. The Rainforest feels like one of those books.' -- ForeWord Reviews'Offering a challenge to traditional economic wisdom, The Rainforest is a much recommended read for those who want to better understand the intersection of economics, innovation, and business success.'-- Midwest Book Review Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Pdf Politics Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Pdf:Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.Review “Happy City is not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighborhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer.” ―Alan Ehrenhalt, The New York Times Book Review“Beautifully researched, Charles Montgomery's tale cleverly interweaves rigorous inquiry on urban history and the science of happiness with intimate and personal stories that humanize the vast task of understanding urban dynamics. An inspiring book that reminds us that the power to change our cities often lies in our own hands.” ―Maria Nicanor, Associate Curator of Architecture and Urbanism, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York“Happy City is its own opiate: an eye-opening, pleasurable, utterly necessary tour through the best and worst neighborhoods of our urbanized world. Charles Montgomery shows us the way to a beautiful city.” ―Andrew Blum, author of Tubes“Happy City will fundamentally change the way you see, experience, and feel the place you inhabit. It is a hopeful and optimistic vision of our urban future that uses science to argue what we always should have known: in building the good city, we won't just save our planet. We'll save ourselves.” ―Robert Hammond, cofounder of Friends of the High Line“A brilliant, entertaining, and vital book. Charles Montgomery deftly leads us from our misplaced focus on money, cars, and stuff to consider what makes us truly happy. Then everything changes--the way we live, work, and play in humanity's major habitat, the city.” ―David Suzuki, host of CBC's The Nature of Things and cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation“Charles Montgomery's message is simple: If we're going to save the world, we must first be happier, and that means creating happier cities. Happy City isn't just a book about urban design written for urban professionals; it's for everyone who's ever wondered if their city could be a better place, and what they can do about it.” ―Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit“In a word, wow. I thought I had it all figured out, but this is something I was missing. In echoing all the great economic, health, and environmental mandates for walkable cities, I had mostly sidestepped the concept of happiness, thinking it too intangible to discuss in a compelling way. Thank goodness Charles Montgomery has had the guts and the skill to correct my error with this fascinating and entertaining book.” ―Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City“Charles Montgomery writes with rare wit and erudition about the psychology of urban life. A wake-up call for citizens and planners alike, Happy City takes you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you into questioning everything around you. It not only shows us that we must make our cities better, but it tells us how we can.” ―Nicholas Humphrey, author of Soul Dust“I thought I already lived in a happy city: New York. But Charles Montgomery reveals how much happier all of us--kids and adults--can be if we only reconsider what actually contributes to the good life. Suddenly I'm thinking of all the ways we can make millions of people happier. What a great book!” ―Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids Read more About the Author Charles Montgomery is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Shark God, which won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction under its Canadian title, The Last Heathen. Read more

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Pdf Politics Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Pdf:Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling improvements on the car dependence of sprawl? Award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris' urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the designs of their streets and neighborhoods. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities.

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Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities (The MIT Press)

Pdf Politics Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities (The MIT Press)

Pdf:Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities (The MIT Press).Review Definitely recommended, this is now one of my favorite books on cities.―Marginal Revolution Read more Review Bertaud has a unique ability to enliven analysis with stories of success and failure in city development that range over a long period and a wide geography.  The result is a cautionary tale best summed up by his comment that planners should be 'nonvisionary but competent'―focused ruthlessly on data.―Dame Kate Barker, author of Housing: Where's the Plan?Compelling and thought-provoking, Order without Design is a must-read for anyone interested in urban and regional planning. Informed by decades of observation and practice in cities worldwide, it is a timely call for economists and planners to forge collaborations in meeting the needs and challenges of our cities, manage urban expansion or shrinkage, sustain access and mobility, and regulate land development and built form, to name but a few.―Weiping Wu, Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University; author of The Chinese CityAlain Bertaud challenges the norm in developing new cities; master plan it, build it, thereafter the jobs and people will come! Bertaud encourages those of us in the fields of urban planning and urban economics to move forward together to better understand the dynamics of city structure and building form, in order to develop livable and sustainable cities for the future. He arms us with an understanding of easily digestible formulae and graphs that span the topics of planning, mobility, and affordability that will undoubtedly influence a new generation to break out of their siloes and integrate across horizontals.―Michael Koh, Fellow, Centre for Liveable Cities, SingaporeAlain Bertaud is one of the world's great urbanists. He straddles the world of urban economics and urban planning―and draws forth the best of both fields. This book is a fascinating tour-de-force of clear thinking and real-world experience. Like Alain, it is wise, witty, and deeply insightful. Anyone who cares about cities throughout the world should read this book and grapple with Alain's incisive intellect.―Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University; author of Triumph of the City Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It

Pdf Politics The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It

Pdf:The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It.In recent years the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world's superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Our winner-take-all cities are just one manifestation of a profound crisis in today's urbanized knowledge economy. A bracingly original work of research and analysis, The New Urban Crisis offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all. 

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Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

Pdf Politics Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

Pdf:Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.Long before the meteor strike, longtime NPR correspondent Anne Garrels had Chelyabinsk in her sights. More than 10 years ago, she began visiting the city in order to understand what life was really like in post-Soviet Russia, beyond the confines of the glitzy Moscow metropolis. In Chelyabinsk, she discovered a populace for whom the new democratic freedoms were as traumatic as they were delightful. A closed nuclear city throughout the Cold War, Chelyabinsk was thrown into disarray in the early '90s as its formerly state-controlled factories were exposed to the free market. And the next 20 years would only bring more turmoil. The city became richer and more cosmopolitan, even as the forces of corruption and intolerance became more entrenched. In Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, Garrels crafts an intimate portrait of the nation's heartland. We meet ostentatious mafiosos, upwardly mobile professionals, impassioned activists, scheming taxi drivers with dark secrets, and beleaguered steel workers. We discover surprising subcultures, like the LGBT residents of Chelyablinsk who bravely endure an upsurge in homophobia fueled by Putin's rhetoric of Russian "moral superiority" yet still nurture a vibrant if clandestine community of their own. And we watch doctors and teachers try to do their best in a corrupt system. Through these encounters, Garrels reveals why Putin commands the support and loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they encounter from day to day. Her portrait of Russia's silent majority is essential listening at a time when Cold War tensions are resurgent.

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Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

Pdf Politics Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

Pdf:Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life.Review 'The world is not flat, and Richard Florida is the man to tell you why where you choose to live is more important than ever. Passionate and thoughtful, this book is an indispensable guide to the way our cities really work. The spirit of Jane Jacobs lives on.'--Tim Harford, 'Financial Times' columnist and author of The Logic of Life 'This book says all that I could never put into words about why certain cities sing to certain people. If I could talk like Florida writes, I wouldn't have needed a campaign staff.'--John Hickenlooper, Mayor of the City of Denver 'Who's Your City? is another breakthrough idea by urban life genius Richard Florida. The power of place has everything to do with our success well beyond our own recognition. If you are contemplating a move or know someone who is, or are even vaguely interested in the idea of place as self, this book is a must read.'--Mario Batali, Chef and Restaurateur 'The world is not flat. Three-dimensional 'place' matters more than ever, not less than before. Richard Florida gets it exactly right -- again -- in Who's Your City?. As a long time advocate of Florida's position here, I will send it to colleagues by the score!'--Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence .,.'the author opens up a complex, under examined subject...'-- 'Publishers Weekly' (December 17, 2007) .,.'this thought-provoking and seminal work will surely be studied, not only by scholars but more importantly by consumers pondering a move...'--'Washington Post' Read more About the Author Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of business and creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and founder of the Creative Class Group, a global advisory services firm. His books include the bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class. He lives in Toronto. Read more

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Why Not Default?: The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt

Pdf Politics Why Not Default?: The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt

Pdf:Why Not Default?: The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt.Review “This is a fascinating and timely book! It gives us a whole new perspective on the global debt crises since the 1980s. To understand why countries grind through under duress and the power of finance, we need to understand why struggling borrowers don’t give up. Why do have-less countries continue to borrow despite the massive transfers to have-more countries and investors? This book offers brilliant insights.”―Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University“Why Not Default? is a must-read for all those wishing to truly understand the current challenges to democracy and social justice. In this meticulously and thoroughly researched book, Roos shows how the transformation in the global economy has resulted in the reconfiguration of both international and domestic power relations, producing a formidable set of incentives and constraints that compel nations to repay their debts even when the social costs are unbearably high.”―Judith A. Teichman, author of The Politics of Inclusive Development: Policy, State Capacity, and Coalition Building“This is an outstanding book. Roos demonstrates how the structural power of creditors has grown, enabling them to impose demands on countries regardless of political system, partisan composition, or the nuances of different interest groups.”―Peter A. Gourevitch, coauthor of Political Power and Corporate Control: The New Global Politics of Corporate Governance“In this engaging book, Jerome Roos hones in on three mechanisms that militate against sovereign default: market discipline, policy conditionality, and national elites within the debtor country. The 1-2-3 punch of international banks, multilateral institutions, and domestic capitalists overwhelms tendencies to default, which is why default is such a rare event in the contemporary world. This book is an important contribution to understanding structural power in the international political economy.”―Pepper Culpepper, University of Oxford“The four decades since the breakdown of the Bretton Woods order (early 1970s) have seen a frequency of foreign debt crises at least twice as high as in the decades before 1914―yet with hardly any sovereign debt defaults, while such defaults were almost normal through the nineteenth century up to the 1930s. Why this dramatic change? Jerome Roos provides us with surprising answers, which explain why foreign investors in the contemporary era have been so confident of repayment despite the lack of effective legal enforcement mechanisms on indebted governments. As he does so, he breathes fresh understanding into the whole field of the political economy of international finance.”―Robert H. Wade, London School of Economics Read more About the Author Jerome Roos is an LSE Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He regularly provides commentary on world politics and current affairs for various international media. Read more

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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

Pdf Politics Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

Pdf:Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts. This view conveniently forgets where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the broken banking system. Through these actions private debt was rechristened as government debt while those responsible for generating it walked away scot free, placing the blame on the state, and the burden on the taxpayer.That burden now takes the form of a global turn to austerity, the policy of reducing domestic wages and prices to restore competitiveness and balance the budget. The problem, according to political economist Mark Blyth, is that austerity is a very dangerous idea. First of all, it doesn't work. As the past four years and countless historical examples from the last 100 years show, while it makes sense for any one state to try and cut its way to growth, it simply cannot work when all states try it simultaneously: all we do is shrink the economy. In the worst case, austerity policies worsened the Great Depression and created the conditions for seizures of power by the forces responsible for the Second World War: the Nazis and the Japanese military establishment. As Blyth amply demonstrates, the arguments for austerity are tenuous and the evidence thin. Rather than expanding growth and opportunity, the repeated revival of this dead economic idea has almost always led to low growth along with increases in wealth and income inequality. Austerity demolishes the conventional wisdom, marshaling an army of facts to demand that we austerity for what it is, and what it costs us.

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American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold

Pdf Politics American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold

Pdf:American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold.Review 'Sebastian Edwards' American Default is just such a superb history of the US exit from gold in 1933-34, satisfyingly detailed and highly accessible on both the relevant economics & law.'---David Frum, 'Edwards analyses the default that followed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 decision to devalue the dollar against gold. . . . The story is fascinating and the lessons eternal.'---Martin Wolf, Financial Times'[American Default] is the history of that mighty legal, moral, political and monetary controversy, the effects of which are with us still. . . . [Sebastian Edwards] knowledgably compares the 20th-century American default to Argentina’s 2002 abrogation of its dollar denominated debt.'---James Grant, Wall Street Journal'Brilliantly told.'---Steve Hanke, Forbes'Edwards ends his admirably accessible and illuminating book with some careful thoughts on recent financial crises around the world, such as those in Argentina and Greece, and shows why US gold cases from 1933 to 1935 are a useful precedent to understand how future such crises may be successfully resolved by hewing carefully to the rule of law. He believes that the cases may even be invoked by lawyers in other national, or international, arenas. If so, those involved will, no doubt, turn to this book for inspiration and guidance.'---Benn Steil, Financial World'Excellent. . . . A fascinating narrative of FDR's decision to devalue the dollar in 1933-34.'---Scott Sumner, EconLog'[Sebastian Edwards] skillfully narrates a pivotal episode in American political and economic history he considers too little remembered. . . . Edwards writes equally knowledgeably about economics and politics: . . . At a time of economic uncertainty at home and abroad, this comprehensive study of an important event in U.S. fiscal history has significant implications for today.' (Publishers Weekly)'Edwards’ book is fascinating, well written and enjoyable.'---Geoffrey Wood, Central Banking'Great book by UCLA economist Sebastian Edwards about a key moment in American economic history. Many economists believe that the most important thing FDR did to help the economy recover from the Great Depression was to go off the gold standard. As part of that policy, he pursued laws that rewrote many bond contracts, annulling gold clauses. It was controversial then (and surely would be again if such an issue were ever to arise). Edwards does a wonderful job telling the story.'---Greg Mankiw, Greg Mankiw's Blog'Fascinating. . . . I couldn't put this book down.'---Brenda Jubin, Seeking Alpha Read more From the Back Cover 'American Default provides an in-depth look at one of the most important, but often neglected, events in U.S. economic history, the abrogation of bond’s gold clauses during the New Deal. Not only does the book provide an excellent discussion of the economics of this event, but it is a really good read because it delves into the personalities and the politics behind this effective default. I highly recommend it.'--Frederic S. Mishkin, Columbia University'I thought we knew about American abandonment of gold during the Great Depression. But American Default is an eye-opener. It is astonishing how chaotic were the circumstances and how woefully inadequate was understanding. Everyone interested in the history of gold, the Great Depression, the Greek or the Argentine crises, and in the crises to come should read this book.'--Anne Krueger, Johns Hopkins University'American Default is a fascinating and well-written book about the momentous decision to leave the gold standard in 1933. Sebastian Edwards skillfully weaves together the political, economic, and legal aspects of this important episode, with lessons for today. Highly recommended!'--Douglas A. Irwin, Dartmouth College, author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy 'A really excellent book. Edwards provides a dramatic and readable account of monumental decisions that changed the course of history. American Default is sure to be a hit.'--Michael D. Bordo, Rutgers University Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn't

Pdf Politics Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn't

Pdf:Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn't.Review “Austerity is a superb guidebook for policymakers and academic researchers alike. Drawing on the latest academic research and policy experiments, it provides an encyclopedic account of the likely effects of fiscal consolidations on economic outcomes and how those effects might vary according to circumstances.”―Valerie A. Ramey, University of California, San Diego“This brilliant and important book presents a simple bottom line: when government finances are in danger of spiraling out of control and taking the economy with them, cutting spending is far less damaging than raising taxes, especially the taxes governments tend to raise in a crisis―those on investment.”―John H. Cochrane, author of Asset Pricing“This is an amazing, important, and timely book by leading thinkers on matters of fiscal policy. Drawing on careful data analysis, Austerity demonstrates how fiscal consolidation is sometimes unavoidable, how spending cuts are better than tax increases, and how politicians pursuing them can get reelected. This is what economics is for! Truly well written, highly recommended.”―Harald Uhlig, University of Chicago“This pathbreaking book will be the reference for researchers, students, and practitioners for many years to come.”―Charles Wyplosz, coauthor of The Economics of European Integration Read more About the Author Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is the author, with Francesco Giavazzi, of The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline. Carlo Favero is the Deutsche Bank Chair in Quantitative Finance and Asset Pricing at Bocconi University in Italy. He is the author of Applied Macroeconometrics. Francesco Giavazzi is professor of economics at Bocconi University. Read more

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Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

Pdf Politics Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

Pdf:Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis.About the Author Michael D. Tanner is director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, co-editor of Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform and Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, and author of The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society. Read more

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Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance

Pdf Politics Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance

Pdf:Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance.Review 'One of Financial Times (FT.com) Best Economics Books of 2015, chosen by Martin Wolf''One of the Strategy+Business Best Business Books 2016 in Economy''One of The Independent’s Best Economics Books 2015''One of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Books of 2015, chosen by Vítor Constâncio''Whether you agree with Turner's proposal or not, [Between Debt and the Devil] represents an important challenge to economic orthodoxy, which, as he rightly notes, has already failed us once.'---John Cassidy, The New Yorker'Extensively researched and well-written.'---Edward Chancellor, Wall Street Journal'[A] remarkable new book.'---Will Hutton, Observer'Lucid and forcefully-argued.'---Peter Thal Larsen, Reuters Breakingviews, 'Turner offers a convincing account of the debt-fuelled global economic cycle of the last 15 years or so. I found myself skimming over large sections and nodding in agreement.'---Erik Britton, Management Today'An overdue challenge to a taboo against monetary finance held sacred for too long.'---Giles Wilkes, Financial Times Read more From the Back Cover 'This is a superb book. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the unhealthy relationship between debt and the modern economy.'--Atif Mian, coauthor of House of Debt'This is the most penetrating analysis of the inherent imperfections of our financial system to appear since the crash of 2008. It will and should provoke extensive debates about the policies needed to avoid future crises.'--George Soros'Adair Turner is a writer who thinks unusually deeply and is prepared to follow his answers to their logical conclusion, however unsettling. Here, he offers a set of proposals for financial reform that are radical yet practical. As the global financial crisis recedes and the danger mounts that the momentum for change will be lost, we can only hope that the world heeds Turner's clarion call.'--Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley'Turner's fresh and deep insights into our financial system come with the expertise of an insider. Between Debt and the Devil is a landmark in monetary economics, with profound implications for policy reform.'--Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics'A masterwork! Insightful, scholarly, and persuasive. Adair Turner has provided a convincing analysis of what has gone wrong before, and what could go wrong again, among the intertwined complexities of money, credit, and misguided theories of finance.'--Paul Volcker, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Economic Recovery Advisory Board'Between Debt and the Devil is a devastating critique of the banking system and a powerful intellectual challenge to conventional wisdom. A splendid book.'--Robert Skidelsky, author of John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman'Stunningly thorough yet highly readable, Between Debt and the Devil is a thoughtful and deeply researched book that covers all the policy angles on debt in advanced economies, from the problems in regulating credit binges to the challenges of dealing with their aftermath.'--Kenneth S. Rogoff, coauthor of This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly'Between Debt and the Devil is a wide-ranging and highly ambitious book. Turner presents an alternative way of thinking about financial economics.'--Alan D. Morrison, coauthor of Investment Banking: Institutions, Politics, and Law'Original and powerful. In a crowded field, this book stands out.'--Robert Pringle, author of The Money Trap: Escaping the Grip of Global Finance'Turner's book augments the growing literature that lays bare the realities of boom and bust, bubble and crash, and the recurrent coordination failures that characterize financial history. Between Debt and the Devil will enrich debate among both academics and policymakers.'--William H. Janeway, author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovative Economy Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

Pdf Politics The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

Pdf:The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath.Review “Revelatory…the book sheds light on many of the smaller dramas that hang over this crucial period of world economic history.” - New York Times“Undoubtedly the best account we will ever have of how government and financial institutions dealt with what has come to be known as the Great Recession.” - New York Times Book Review“A careful, detailed, and exceptionally clear justification for the Fed’s aggressive actions to avert another Great Depression and resuscitate the American economy.” - Washington Post“Bernanke’s insights are instructive about what went wrong and how to keep it from happening again.” - Los Angeles Times“A fantastic and reasonably accessible introduction to the economic thought of a former Federal Reserve Chair.” - Vox“A fascinating account of the effort to save the world from another catastrophe [like the Great Depression]…. Under Bernanke’s chairmanship, the Fed, whatever its pre-crisis mistakes, helped save the U.S. and the world from a disaster. Humanity should be grateful.” - Martin Wolf, The Financial Times Read more About the Author Ben S. Bernanke served as chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014. He was named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' in 2009. Prior to his career in public service, he was a professor of economics at Princeton University. Read more

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Lectures on Public Economics: Updated Edition

Pdf Politics Lectures on Public Economics: Updated Edition

Pdf:Lectures on Public Economics: Updated Edition.Review 'This classic volume by two of the pioneers of modern public economics remains an essential reference for students of the field. The key theoretical results discussed in this volume―a number of which were discovered by the authors themselves―have stood the test of time and continue to be taught in public economics courses around the world, including my own course at Harvard.'―Raj Chetty, Harvard University'Lectures on Public Economics remains the most comprehensive and deepest textbook on the subject. The discussions presented here offer very insightful views on the limits of tax theory analysis that cannot be found in pure research articles, and help guide students who want to carry out research of their own.'―Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley'There is no other general textbook on public economics that comes close to the achievement of Atkinson and Stiglitz. The organization of the book, its level of analysis, and the clarity of the exposition are just right for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.'―Frank Cowell, London School of Economics Read more From the Inside Flap 'This classic volume by two of the pioneers of modern public economics remains an essential reference for students of the field. The key theoretical results discussed in this volume--a number of which were discovered by the authors themselves--have stood the test of time and continue to be taught in public economics courses around the world, including my own course at Harvard.'--Raj Chetty, Harvard University'Lectures on Public Economics remains the most comprehensive and deepest textbook on the subject. The discussions presented here offer very insightful views on the limits of tax theory analysis that cannot be found in pure research articles, and help guide students who want to carry out research of their own.'--Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley'There is no other general textbook on public economics that comes close to the achievement of Atkinson and Stiglitz. The organization of the book, its level of analysis, and the clarity of the exposition are just right for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.'--Frank Cowell, London School of Economics Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Organization

Pdf Politics The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Organization

Pdf:The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Organization.Review 'A challenging analysis of the relations between work and technology from an anti-essentialist perspective. Key issues concerning the production and consumption of technology are debated in a lucid and scholarly manner. Highly recommended.' Professor John Hassard, Keele University 'The application of contemporary sociological models of technological change in the workplace is still in its infancy. The Machine at Work plays a crucial role in bridging this gap. It is one of the few recent publications helping the study of technological change at work to come of age.' Professor Richard Badham, University of Wollongong 'This book is well written and accessible. Besides being of interest to scholars, especially students of sociology, organisational theory, innovation and management studies, The Machine at Work should provide stimulating reading for those with a more general interest in contemporary analyses of technology.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'A fine introductory text.' Information Technology and People '[A] fascinating book ... [It] raise[s] very real methodological questions and, what is more to the point, attempts to provide answers to them.' British Journal of Sociology Read more From the Back Cover This highly topical book is a concise and accessible account of the relationship between technology and work. Firstly, it reviews and critically assesses a variety of recent approaches to the social and cultural dimensions of technology. Secondly, it examines the implications of these new approaches for existing ideas about the nature of technology and work organization. At the core of much thinking about technology is the assumption that the technical character and capacity of artefacts is given. The enduring image of deus ex machina captures the idea that it is the essential capacity 'within' a technology which, in the end, accounts for the way we organize ourselves, our work and other life experiences. Recent work in the sociology of technology, by contrast, sets out relativist and constructivist accounts of technology, which begin to challenge this central assumption. The Machine at Work includes a reinterpretation of the Luddites; a review of the social processes of development in information technology; a reassessment of theories of the role of technology in work; and an analysis of the common limitations of some constructivist and feminist perspectives on technology. The book argues that only a commitment to a particular conception of constructivism enables the kind of radical rethinking about technology and work relations that is needed. This engaging and informative text will be of interest to students in a range of subject areas - from sociology, organizational theory and behaviour, to industrial relations, management and business studies. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Fifth Risk

Pdf Politics The Fifth Risk

Pdf:The Fifth Risk.What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?   "The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.   Michael Lewis' brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it's not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.   Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it's better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.   If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes - unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system - those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.Please note: Included with The Fifth Risk is the entirety of The Coming Storm, the Audible Original story of two scientists who revolutionized climate predictions, bringing warning systems to previously unimaginable levels of accuracy. Michael Lewis uncovers the potential cost of putting a price tag on life-saving information.

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The Fifth Risk

Pdf Politics The Fifth Risk

Pdf:The Fifth Risk.Review “[A] page turner.… [Lewis'] most ambitious and important book.” - New York Times Book Review“Fascinating―and at times harrowing…. Lewis tells an important and timely story, one that all of us who pay for, care about, and want government to work should hear.” - NPR“A hymn to the 'deep state,' which is revealed as nothing more than people who know what they're talking about.” - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing“[A] spellbinding, alarming analysis of the most serious threats to Americans’ safety happening now from inside the U.S. government.” - Quartz“Displaying his usual meticulous research and fluid prose, [Lewis] makes the federal bureaucracy come alive by focusing on a few individuals within each agency with fascinating―and sometimes heartwarming―backstories.…[A] well-written primer on how the government serves citizens in underappreciated ways.” - Kirkus (starred review)“Illuminating.… It's relevance to readers won't end with the Trump era.” - Publishers Weekly Read more From the Back Cover Praise for Michael Lewis'Saturation reporting, conceptual thinking of a high order, a rich sense of humor, and talent to burn.'―Tom Wolfe'Michael Lewis has a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects.'―John Gapper, Financial Times'[Lewis] has a genius for unearthing tales of the counterintuitive.'―Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review'The leading journalist of his generation.'―Kyle Smith, Forbes'Lewis is the kind of writer who creates his own weather system.'―John Lanchester, London Review of Books'I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it.'―John Williams, New York Times Book Review'[A] master of the character-driven narrative.'―Charlie Gofen, National Book Review Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump

Pdf Politics Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump

Pdf:Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump.Review “This book is everyone’s guide to the misgovernment of globalization. Stiglitz explains it here in plain and compelling language.” - James K. Galbraith, University of Texas at Austin“[Stiglitz] is not a global pessimist, but a realist―and instead of placing him in a neat box labeled ‘important contribution to the debate,’ we should listen to him more urgently.” - Will Hutton, Guardian Read more About the Author Joseph E. Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize–winning economist and the best-selling author of Globalization and its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Age of Trump, The Price of Inequality, and Freefall. He was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, chief economist of the World Bank, named by Time as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the world, and now teaches at Columbia University and is chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. Read more

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Globalization and Its Discontents

Pdf Politics Globalization and Its Discontents

Pdf:Globalization and Its Discontents.Amazon.com Review Due to massive media coverage, many people are familiar with the controversy and organized resistance that globalization has generated around the world, yet explaining what globalization actually means in practice is a complicated task. For those wanting to learn more, this book is an excellent place to start. An experienced economist, Joseph Stiglitz had a brilliant career in academia before serving for four years on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors and then three years as chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank. His book clearly explains the functions and powers of the main institutions that govern globalization--the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization--along with the ramifications, both good and bad, of their policies. He strongly believes that globalization can be a positive force around the world, particularly for the poor, but only if the IMF, World Bank, and WTO dramatically alter the way they operate, beginning with increased transparency and a greater willingness to examine their own actions closely. Of his time at the World Bank, he writes, 'Decisions were made on the basis of what seemed a curious blend of ideology and bad economics, dogma that sometimes seemed to be thinly veiling special interests.... Open, frank discussion was discouraged--there was no room for it.' The book is not entirely critical, however: 'Those who vilify globalization too often overlook its benefits,' Stiglitz writes, explaining how globalization, along with foreign aid, has improved the living standards of millions around the world. With this clear and balanced book, Stiglitz has contributed significantly to the debate on this important topic. --Shawn Carkonen Read more From Publishers Weekly Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winner and Columbia University economics professor, sees globalization's unrealized potential to eradicate poverty and promote economic growth. In recent years, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization have promoted world financial stability, prosperity and free trade, yet Stiglitz wonders why so many revile these organizations' programs to the point of rioting in the streets. Casting a dispassionately analytical eye at East Asia's and Russia's financial turmoil, he argues that the IMF imposed austere policies that only exacerbated each area's problems. When he finds a similar policy pattern for other countries in crisis, Stiglitz asks how a public institution can ignore growing evidence of a flawed policy and not take action or be held accountable. In answering his own question, Stiglitz blames the 'market fundamentalism' that endorses the view that a 'free' market solves all problems flawlessly. As Stiglitz authoritatively indicates, one-size-fits-all economic policies can damage rather than help countries with unique financial, governmental and social institutions. He calls for public institutions to reform and become more transparent and responsive to their constituents. Stiglitz shares inside information from cabinet meetings when he served on Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and from his years as chief economist at the World Bank, divulging debates in Washington's conference rooms, naming names and raising his eyebrows at those who refuse to question certain IMF policies' repeated shortcomings. This smart, provocative study contributes significantly to the ongoing globalization debate and provides a model of analytical rigor concerning the process of assisting countries facing the challenges of economic development and transformation. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (A Council on Foreign Relations Book)

Pdf Politics Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (A Council on Foreign Relations Book)

Pdf:Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (A Council on Foreign Relations Book).Review In this critical—and thorough–—analysis of US government policies regarding the country’s involvement in the global economy during the last half century, the author (Council on Foreign Relations) concentrates on the changing competitive environment the US faces. In the process of assessing the impact of those changes, he discusses a wide range of policies and how they affect US economic progress and international relations. Those policies include not only tariffs and trade agreements but also domestic tax policies, government support for enhanced investment, improvements in the education system, immigration issues, and monetary policies as they influence the international role of US currency. Part of the analysis deals with state and local governments’ attempts to take advantage of international economic opportunities in the face of insufficient federal commitments. In the process, the author also provides an insightful history of worldwide economic transformation over the last 50-plus years. This analysis is very well written and documented and is strongly recommended to anyone interested in international trade and global economic development, especially as national policy pertains to them.Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. (CHOICE)Rising opposition to globalization has thrown an already polarized political environment in America into near mayhem, with our key economic partnerships hanging in the balance. Ted Alden provides a cogent and constructive analysis of the origins of opposition to economic openness that charts a viable path forward. It is essential reading for all who care about America's role in the global economy. (Gordon Hanson, Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UCSD and Director, Center on Global Transformation)“Ted Alden hits the nail on the head with this cogent analysis of the trade issue, its impact on American workers, our failure to meaningfully help those adversely affected and what we should now be doing to save globalization by adopting more thoughtful and far-reaching policies.” (Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors LLC)'Ted Alden's new book, Failure to Adjust, captures vividly the inherent tension in America’s role in the post-war global economy: that between the principal architect and guardian of an open system, on the one hand, and a participant and competitor within that system, on the other. That tension cannot be removed. But in Alden’s thoughtful analysis, as the global economy grows, the balance between player and referee that needed to shift in America in favor of the former, has been late in coming. It is a really interesting and detailed assessment, that avoids overly simple diagnoses and prescriptions.' (Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate and William R. Berkley Professor in Economics and Business, New York University)[Alden] demonstrates how four decades of market-friendly economic and trade policies have been insufficiently inclusive, setting the stage for the populist backlash we’re now experiencing. (Sebastian Mallaby, The Wall Street Journal) Read more About the Author Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11 (Harper, 2008), which was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Read more

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Other People's Money and How The Bankers Use It

Pdf Politics Other People's Money and How The Bankers Use It

Pdf:Other People's Money and How The Bankers Use It.Louis D. Brandeis was a Supreme Court Justice and a patriot. He wrote "Other People's Money and How Bankers Use It" to warn the American people about the greedy bankers that control the United States and drive us into financial ruin. The book attacked the use of investment funds to promote the consolidation of various industries under the control of a small number of corporations, which Brandeis alleged were working in concert to prevent competition. Brandeis harshly criticized investment bankers who controlled large amounts of money deposited in their banks by middle-class people. The heads of these banks, Brandeis pointed out, routinely sat on the boards of railroad companies and large industrial manufacturers of various products, and routinely directed the resources of their banks to promote the interests of their own companies. These companies, in turn, sought to maintain control of their industries by crushing small businesses and stamping out innovators who developed better products to compete against them. Brandeis supported his contentions with a discussion of the actual dollar amounts—in millions of dollars—controlled by specific banks, industries, and industrialists such as J. P. Morgan, noting that these interests had recently acquired a far larger proportion of American wealth than corporate entities had ever had before. He extensively cited testimony from a Congressional investigation performed by the Pujo Committee, named after Louisiana Representative Arsène Pujo, into self-serving and monopolistic business dealing. Chapter V of the book ("What Publicity Can Do") contains in its opening section a well-known line that has frequently been cited in support of regulation through disclosure obligations: "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."

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Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (Markets and Governments in Economic History)

Pdf Politics Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (Markets and Governments in Economic History)

Pdf:Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (Markets and Governments in Economic History).Review 'Tells the history of American trade policy, showing that trade is neither dull nor deserving of the attacks on it. . . . As Mr Irwin spins this grand narrative, he also debunks trade-policy myths.' (Economist)“Irwin outlines [the] long evolution of trade politics from the mercantilist 1640s to the present, when Trump has made trade controversial again by arguing for a renewal of protectionist policies. [His] chronicle—lengthy, detailed, and readable—traces the winding trail that has brought us to the liberal world trading order we enjoy today.” (George Melloan, Wall Street Journal)“Other histories have been written about US trade policy, but Irwin’s is the most comprehensive and useful for guiding our current decision making on trade. . . . Irwin combines scholarly analysis with a historian’s eye for trends and colorful details. This book is readable and illuminating, for the trade expert and for all Americans wanting a deeper understanding of America’s evolving role in the global economy.”   (National Review)“Clashing over Commerce is a magisterial book. Irwin takes readers through the long story of American trade policy with keen insight and a sense for historical significance.” (I. M. Destler, University of Maryland)“This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive discussion of trade policy since Taussig’s immensely influential Tariff History of the United States. Irwin describes the profound evolution of American trade policy from colonial times to the present, bringing up to date with the most recent empirical research and the emergence of a broader trade policy. In its breadth and depth, Clashing over Commerce represents a major contribution.” (Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University)'Clashing over Commerce is a very impressive book. Besides a detailed history of trade policy, it provides a general picture of American political and economic history.' (Regulation)'At a time when concerns about trade wars unsettle financial markets and engage media pundits, those seeking a deeper understanding may choose to consult Irwin's hefty volume.' (EH.net) Read more About the Author Douglas A. Irwin is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is a research associate of the NBER. Read more

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Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity

Pdf Politics Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity

Pdf:Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity.It's rare that a book appears with a fresh perspective on world affairs, but renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang has some startlingly original things to say about the future of globalization. In theory, he argues, the world's wealthiest countries and supra-national institutions like the IMF, World Bank and WTO want to see all nations developing into modern industrial societies. In practice, though, those at the top are 'kicking away the ladder' to wealth that they themselves climbed. Why? Self-interest certainly plays a part. But, more often, rich and powerful governments and institutions are actually being 'Bad Samaritans': their intentions are worthy but their simplistic free-market ideology and poor understanding of history leads them to inflict policy errors on others. Chang demonstrates this by contrasting the route to success of economically vibrant countries with the very different route now being dictated to the world's poorer nations. In the course of this, he shows just how muddled the thinking is in such key areas as trade and foreign investment. He shows that the case for privatisation and against state involvement is far from proven. And he explores the ways in which attitudes to national cultures and political ideologies are obscuring clear thinking and creating bad policy. Finally, he argues the case for new strategies for a more prosperous world that may appall the 'Bad Samaritans'.

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Planet of Slums

Pdf Politics Planet of Slums

Pdf:Planet of Slums.Review “A profound enquiry into an urgent subject … a brilliant book.” —Arundhati Roy “With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership, institutional failure, and IMF-imposed programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from rich to poor … Like the work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffens over a century ago, this searing indictment makes the shame of our cities urgently clear.” —Michael Sorkin “The Raymond Chandler of urban geography … In Planet of Slums, Davis’s genre is the global disaster movie, as directed by the chroniclers of Victorian poverty: Engels, Booth and Dickens. The scale of modern squalor revealed in his brilliant survey dwarfs its predecessors … a coruscating tragedy.” —Independent “The astonishing facts hit like anvil blows … Davis has produced a heartbreaking book that hammers the reader a little further into the ground with the blow of each new and shocking statistic.” —Financial Times “A terrifying, magisterial work.” —Harper’s “There can be no doubt about the achievement of Planet of Slums … it forces us, angrily, to confront the deplorable realities of slum existence and the limitations of slum policies in many developing countries.” —Times (London) “While many case studies have described what it means to reside in a favela, basti, kampung, gecekondu or bidonville, Davis provides a properly global portrait … And whereas urban specialists have focused on questions of space and land use in their discussions of slums, and developmentalists on the issue of their ‘informal economies’, Planet of Slums commands our attention as a broader historical synthesis of the two.” —New Left Review “Davis’s descriptions of the conditions endured by slum-dwellers provide reason enough to read this book. His analysis is full of gripping stories from globalization’s frontline.” —New Statesman “Packed with rigorous analysis and heart-stopping facts, this is a brilliant exploration of how millions of poor city-dwellers worldwide are being driven to the squalid periurban shadowlands of today’s megaslums … Davis’s book is absolutely vital reading.” —Big Issue Read more About the Author Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii. Read more

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf Politics Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf:Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life.Number-one New York Times best sellerA bold work from the author of The Black Swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility.In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights: For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations. Ethical rules aren't universal. You're part of a group larger than you, but it's still smaller than humanity in general. Minorities, not majorities, run the world. The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities asymmetrically imposing their tastes and ethics on others. You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot. "Educated philistines" have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low carb diets. Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find). A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines. True religion is commitment, not just faith. How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you're willing to risk for it.The phrase "skin in the game" is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly rich worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, "The symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that's necessary for fairness and justice and the ultimate BS-buster," and "Never trust anyone who doesn't have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them." 

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf Politics Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf:Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life.Review Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb   “The problem with Taleb is not that he’s an asshole. He is an asshole. The problem with Taleb is that he is right.”—Dan from Prague, Czech Republic (Twitter)   “The most prophetic voice of all . . . [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher . . . someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone.”—John Gray, GQ   “Taleb grabs on to core problems that others ignore, or don’t see, and shakes them like an attack dog on a leg.”—Greg from New York (Twitter)   “For my wife and me, Antifragile is an annual reread.”—Colle from Richmond, Virginia (Twitter)   “I read Antifragile four times. First, to get the wisdom to survive. Second, as a memorial statement for Fat Tony. Third, as Das Kapital with correct mathematics. Fourth, as ethics to learn a good way to die.”—Tamitake from Tokyo, Japan (Twitter)   “November . . . time for my annual reread of Antifragile.”—Johann from Vienna, Austria (Twitter)   “[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne.”—The Wall Street Journal Read more About the Author Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent twenty-one years as a risk taker before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical, and (mostly) practical problems with probability. Although he spends most of his time as a flâneur, meditating in cafés across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. His books, part of a multivolume collection called Incerto, have been published in thirty-six languages. Taleb has authored more than fifty scholarly papers as backup to Incerto, ranging from international affairs and risk management to statistical physics. Having been described as “a rare mix of courage and erudition,” he is widely recognized as the foremost thinker on probability and uncertainty. Taleb lives mostly in New York. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf Politics Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Pdf:Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A bold work from the author of The Black Swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights: • For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations. • Ethical rules aren’t universal. You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general. • Minorities, not majorities, run the world. The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others. • You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot. “Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-carb diets. • Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find). A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines. • True religion is commitment, not just faith. How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.The phrase “skin in the game” is one we have often heard but rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it’s also an astonishingly rich worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, “The symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that’s necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster,” and “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.”

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Life and Health Insurance License Exam Cram

Pdf Politics Life and Health Insurance License Exam Cram

Pdf:Life and Health Insurance License Exam Cram.From the Back Cover If you are studying for your life and health insurance licensing exam, we have the ultimate study tool for you. 'Life and Health Insurance License Exam Cram' is a great resource to help you learn the concepts, laws, rate calculations and state and federal regulations that will be covered on the exam. You'll also receive a CD that includes a fully-customizable test engine, detailed score report and state-specific law supplement. No matter where you are taking your exam or which area you need to focus on during your studying, 'Life and Health Insurance License Exam Cram' is your smartest way to get certified. Read more About the Author Author Bio About BISYS The BISYS Group, Inc. (NYSE: BSG), headquartered in New York City, provides solutions that enable insurance companies, investment firms, and banks to expand their businesses and run their operations more profitably. BISYS currently supports more than 22,000 domestic and international financial institutions and corporate clients through several business units. BISYS Education Services is the nation's premier provider of licensing preparation, continuing education, and professional development courses for life, health, long-term care, annuity, and property-casualty insurance products as well as investments. This unit complements its education services with a comprehensive compliance management solution that supports insurance and investment firms and professionals with a sophisticated suite of services that automate the entire licensing process. BISYS Insurance Services is the nation's largest independent distributor of life insurance and provider of support services required to sell traditional and variable life and annuity products as well as long-term care and disability insurance. This unit is also the nation's second largest independent wholesale distributor of commercial property/casualty insurance. BISYS Investment Services group provides administration and distribution services for approximately 380 clients, representing more than 2,200 mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other alternative investment products, with approximately $750 billion in assets under administration. It also provides retirement services to more than 18,000 companies in partnership with 40 of the nation's leading banks and investment management companies and offers analytical research and competitive information through its Financial Research Corporation (FRC) subsidiary. BISYS' Information Services group supports approximately 1,450 banks, insurance companies, and corporations with industry-leading information processing and imaging solutions, turnkey asset retention solutions, and specialized corporate banking solutions. Additional information is available at http://www.bisys.com. Eric Alan Anderson is Director of Insurance Education for BISYS Education Services, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has almost 25 years of experience creating training and test preparation materials for the financial services industry. In addition to authoring 17 insurance training texts and editing 8 others, he has written newsletters and magazine articles and has developed materials for audio cassette/workbook, videotape, computer disk, and the Web. He has also taught basic English skills courses at the college level and has made presentations to national conferences of insurance associations. Matt McClure is Editor of Life/Health Products for BISYS Education Services. He maintains 42 titles on BISYS Education Services' course list, including the Life/Health Concepts license preparation text and its supplementary review materials. Formerly a freelance writer and editor, his work has appeared in numerous nationally published books and magazines. He is a licensed life and health insurance producer. Richard A. Morin, CIC, is a contract author based in Los Angeles, California. He has 35 years of experience writing and training on a broad range of subjects for the financial services industry. For several years he was an editor for a major insurance training publisher, and he has also worked as an insurance underwriter, a rating supervisor, and a licensed insurance and mutual fund sales representative. © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Big Debt Crises

Pdf Politics Big Debt Crises

Pdf:Big Debt Crises.About the Author Ray Dalio is the founder, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates. Bridgewater is a global asset manager and leader in institutional portfolio management as well as the largest hedge fund in the world. Under Ray s guidance, Bridgewater has developed a distinctive culture, an idea-meritocracy that produces meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical truth and radical transparency that is the foundation of the firm s success. Since starting Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York in 1975, Ray has grown the firm into the largest hedge fund in the world, the 5th most important company in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine, and has led it to make more money for clients than any other hedge fund since its inception, according to LCH Investments. For his innovative work as well as being a valued advisor to many global policy makers, Ray has also been called the Steve Jobs of Investing by CIO Magazine and Wired Magazine, and been named one of TIME Magazine s 100 Most Influential People. Over the past three decades, he wrote down his decision-making criteria and has recently passed along his principles and tools through his book, Principles: Life & Work, a New York Times #1 Bestseller and Amazon #1 Business Book of 2017. Read more

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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf Politics The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf:The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.Review 'A rapid-fire G-man memoir...The book is patriotic and oddly stirring.' - Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review'Insightful...provocative...McCabe is a keen observer of detail.' - The Washington Post'McCabe's portrait of the Trump administration and of the president himself is as alarming as any we have seen so far ― including those of journalists such as Bob Woodward and former staff such as Cliff Sims.' - NPR'The account is laced with sharp, amusing characterizations...fans of police procedurals will love his descriptions of FBI culture, and critics of the current administration will find his denouncements satisfying. This is one of the better Trump-related tell-alls.' - Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Andrew G. McCabe served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018. He began his career at the FBI in 1996, working first as a street agent on the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, and eventually as its supervisor. Later, he led the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, and was the first director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which developed new methods for lawfully and effectively questioning suspected terrorists. He lives in Virginia with his wife Jill, their two children and a dog. Read more

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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf Politics The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf:The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.This program is read by the author.  On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."  In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.  McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, serving under director Louis Freeh. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime - which is inextricably linked to the Russian state - and terrorism. Under Director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation's activities, and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.  The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing, set against a pause-resisting narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizen.   Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Pdf Politics A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Pdf:A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.  Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as US attorney for the Southern District of New York and the US deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance and overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.  

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Above Suspicion

Pdf Politics Above Suspicion

Pdf:Above Suspicion.The “expertly told” true story of an FBI agent’s affair that leads to murder in Kentucky coal country—soon to be a major motion picture starring Emilia Clarke (Publishers Weekly). When rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream, if not the most desirable location. Pikeville, Kentucky, is high in Appalachian coal country, an outpost rife with lawlessness dating back to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a rising star in the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug rings and bank robbers. But when one informant fell in love with him, passion and duty would collide with tragic results.   A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith was a young, attractive, struggling single mother. She was also a drug user sometimes described as a con artist, thief, and professional liar. Ultimately, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. But when he ended the affair, she waged a campaign of vengeance that threatened to destroy him. When at last she confronted him with a shocking announcement, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of uncontrolled rage, fatally strangled her.   Though he had everything necessary to get away with murder—a spotless reputation, a victim with multiple enemies, and the protection of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his conscience wouldn’t allow it. Tormented by a year of guilt and deception, Putnam finally led authorities to Smith’s remains. This is the story of what happened before, during, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its place on the dark shelf of the best American true crime” (Newsday).  Revised and updated, this ebook also includes photos and a new epilogue by the author.

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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

Pdf Politics The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

Pdf:The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.Review “A must-read for anyone who thinks “build a wall” is the answer to anything.” —Esquire'Fresh, urgent...A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy.' —Kirkus Reviews (starred)“Cantú’s rich prose and deep empathy make this an indispensable look at one of America’s most divisive issues.”  —Publisher's Weekly (starred)“There is a line dividing what we know and do not know.  Some see the world from one shore and some from the other.  Cantú brings the two together to a spiritual whole.  My gratitude for this work of the soul.”  —Sandra Cisneros “A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk – and lose -- their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective.” —Phil Klay, author of Redeployment'Francisco Cantu’s story is a lyrical journey that helps bridge the jagged line that divides us from them. His empathy reminds us of our humanity -- our immigrant history -- at a critical time.” —Alfredo Corchado, journalist, author of Midnight in Mexico'Cantú’s story, and intelligent and humane perspective, should mortify anyone who ever thought building a wall might improve our lot. He advocates for clarity and compassion in place of xenophobia and uninformed rhetoric. His words are emotionally true and his literary sensibility uplifting.” –Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men   'This book tells the hard poetry of the desert heart. If you think you know about immigration and the border, you will see there is much to learn. And you will be moved by its unexpected music.' –Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway Read more About the Author Francisco Cantú was an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2018 Art for Justice fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New York Times, Best American Essays, Harper's, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson and coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf Politics The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Pdf:The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.About the Author Andrew G. McCabe served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018. He began his career at the FBI in 1996, working first as a street agent on the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, and eventually as its supervisor. Later, he led the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, and was the first director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which developed new methods for lawfully and effectively questioning suspected terrorists. He lives in Virginia with his wife Jill, their two children and a dog. Read more

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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Pdf Politics The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Pdf:The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.Everywhere acknowledged as a modern American classic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest books of the 20th century, The Power Broker is a galvanizing biography revealing not only the saga of one man's incredible accumulation of power, but the story of the shaping (and mis-shaping) of New York in the 20th century.Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders knew: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of his time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's city halls and statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital information about such national figures as Alfred E. Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt (and the genesis of their blood feud), about Fiorello La Guardia, John V. Lindsay and Nelson Rockefeller.But The Power Broker is first and foremost a brilliant multidimensional portrait of a man - an extraordinary man who, denied power within the normal framework of the democratic process, stepped outside that framework to grasp power sufficient to shape a great city and to hold sway over the very texture of millions of lives. We see how Moses began: the handsome, intellectual young heir to the world of Our Crowd, an idealist. How, rebuffed by the entrenched political establishment, he fought for the power to accomplish his ideals. How he first created a miraculous flowering of parks and parkways, playlands and beaches - and then ultimately brought down on the city the smog-choked aridity of our urban landscape, the endless miles of (never sufficient) highway, the hopeless sprawl of Long Island, the massive failures of public housing, and countless other barriers to humane living. How, inevitably, the accumulation of power became an end in itself.Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He was held in fear - his dossiers could disgorge the dark secrets of anyone who opposed him. He was, he claimed, above politics, above deals; and through decade after decade, the newspapers and the public believed.Meanwhile, he was developing his public authorities into a fourth branch of government known as "Triborough" - a government whose records were closed to the public, whose policies and plans were decided not by voters or elected officials but solely by Moses - an immense economic force directing pressure on labor unions, on banks, on all the city's political and economic institutions, and on the press, and on the Church. He doled out millions of dollars' worth of legal fees, insurance commissions, lucrative contracts on the basis of who could best pay him back in the only coin he coveted: power. He dominated the politics and politicians of his time - without ever having been elected to any office. He was, in essence, above our democratic system.Robert Moses held power in the state for 44 years, through the governorships of Smith, Roosevelt, Lehman, Dewey, Harriman, and Rockefeller, and in the city for 34 years, through the mayoralties of La Guardia, O'Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner, and Lindsay. He personally conceived and carried through public works costing $27 billion - he was undoubtedly America's greatest builder.This is how he built and dominated New York - before, finally, he was stripped of his reputation (by the press) and of his power (by Nelson Rockefeller). But his work, and his will, had been done.

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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf Politics The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf:The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters. The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled. In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it. Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.

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Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating (The MIT Press)

Pdf Politics Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating (The MIT Press)

Pdf:Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating (The MIT Press).Review Food Routes is an intriguing look at where our food does (and doesn't) come from, where it will and should, and why tech is not a panacea.―Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook EverythingA fresh, eye-opening analysis of the logistics of getting food from farm gates to consumers' plates. Metcalfe's on-the-ground research in Asia, Europe, and the Americas brings a welcome dose of reality to the often-sloganeering world of food politics.―Rachel Laudan, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin; author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History Read more About the Author Robyn Metcalfe, a food historian and food futurist, is a Lecturer and Research Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of Food+City. Read more

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Billion Dollar Whale

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Pdf:Billion Dollar Whale.The definitive inside account of the 1MDB scandal, "a true life thriller" (Ben Mezrich) about a "modern Gatsby" who managed to swindle over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others - a "must read" (Booklist) "epic tale" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) that exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics from two award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters.In 2009, with the dust yet to settle on the financial crisis, a baby-faced, seemingly mild-mannered Wharton grad began setting in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude - one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. His name is Jho Low, a man whose behavior was so preposterous he might seem made up. An epic true tale of hubris and greed, Billion Dollar Whale reveals how this young social climber pulled off one of the biggest heists in history - right under the nose of the global financial industry. Federal agents who helped unravel Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme say the 1MDB affair will become the textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age - and its fallout is already being credited for taking down the prime minister of Malaysia. For listeners of Liar's Poker, Den of Thieves, and Bad Blood, Billion Dollar Whale will become a classic, harrowing parable about finance run amok.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

Pdf Politics Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

Pdf:Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street.Review “The collapse of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s, the Enron debacle, Charlie Keating’s junk bonds, the Great Recession: All, by Day’s well-defended account, are of a piece, showing once again, as if proof were needed, that history teaches only that humans do not learn from history. A fluent if dispiriting study of an economic system that forgives those at the top so long as those at the bottom remain willing to foot the bill.”—Kirkus Reviews“Day has written a sweeping account of financial calamities. She shows how often we’ve been wracked by crises, and how quickly we forget why, setting up the next one.  Buckle in.”—Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics'Kathleen Day provides a panoramic and insightful analysis of financial booms and crashes that have shaped our nation’s history.  She demonstrates that loose credit and weak regulation have played key roles in promoting every speculative boom since the 1920s.  Her book is required reading for everyone who wants to understand how to prevent the next financial crisis.'—Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., George Washington University Law School'An essential narrative of the regulatory cycles that predate financial crises, Broken Bargain offers an important lesson in the dangers of amnesia as Washington once again embarks on deregulation, repeating the mistakes of the past.'—Sheila Bair, founding Chair of the Systemic Risk Council and former Chair of the FDIC Read more About the Author Kathleen Day worked for thirty years as a business journalist with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today before joining the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as a professor of financial crises in 2013. She lives in Washington, DC. Read more

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The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

Pdf Politics The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

Pdf:The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve.Review G. Edward Griffin is to be commended for this splendid work. At first glance The Creature from Jekyll Island is a huge book. While this may be daunting to some, once the book is actually started, it flows smoothly and reads quickly. There are so many fascinating tidbits of information here that the reader won't even be concerned about the size of the book. The title refers to the formation of the Federal Reserve System, which occurred at a secret meeting at Jekyll Island, Georgia in 1910. It was at this meeting, as Griffin relates, that the 'Money Trust', composed of the richest and most powerful bankers in the world, along with a U.S. Senator, wrote the proposal to launch the Federal Reserve System (which Griffin calls a banking cartel) to control the financial system so that the bankers will always come out on top. The biggest problem in modern banking, according to Griffin, is and has always been the creation of fiat money. Fiat money is money that is 'declared' money by the government. It is not backed by anything but promises and deceit. All societies were sound financially when they used gold or silver to back their currency. When the bankers finally get their way and install fiat money, the result is inflation and boom and bust cycles. Griffin gives numerous examples of this, such as repeated failures by American colonies and European states in using fiat money. The purpose of fiat money is so that the government can spend more then they take in through taxes. Without writing reams on this book, it is sufficient to say that this is a must read for anyone who is interested in learning how the money system operates. Griffin gives comprehensive accounts of how the Fed creates money, and how this affects everyday life. I would have to say these sections are better than Murray Rothbard's book, The Case Against the Fed, because Griffin gives himself more room for explanation. Griffin does believe in the conspiratorial view of history, and he believes that the bankers are working in concert with such groups as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission to bring about a socialist-world system in which an elite composed of intellectuals and bankers will rule over the entire planet. Griffin even spends a chapter outlining how this system could come about, and the consequent results of this socialist system. These chapters are a bit unsettling, but even if you aren't interested in this worldview, you can still learn much about the economy from this book. Recommended --By Jeffrey Leach on July 29, 2001This book, while slightly marred by the occasional conspiracy theory, is a great account of one of the most important real life conspiracies of our time. It is well researched with plenty of footnotes for anyone who wants to look more deeply. It tells the real story of how bankers have lured politicians with easy money and ended up in control of most of the world. Whether or not they can keep up our (or rather, their) sleight-of-hand monetary system forever, the important thing is the power these bankers wield that should not be theirs. This book should be required reading. And by all means do your own research. Topics covered: founding of the Federal Reserve, war mongering, bail-outs, boom-bust cycles, the J.P.Morgans and Rothschilds of the world, the history of central banking in the United States, and most fascinating: how the money system really works in this country. Despite its lack of perfection, this book is by far the most relevant and interesting thing I have read about economics in a long time. It is written in terms that anyone can understand, which will immediately rule out the kind of reader who is impressed by a lot of technical jargon that supposedly demonstrates an author's mastery of the subject while only serving to confuse laymen (and experts too). --By A Customer on October 30, 1999This book, while slightly marred by the occasional conspiracy theory, is a great account of one of the most important real life conspiracies of our time. It is well researched with plenty of footnotes for anyone who wants to look more deeply. It tells the real story of how bankers have lured politicians with easy money and ended up in control of most of the world. Whether or not they can keep up our (or rather, their) sleight-of-hand monetary system forever, the important thing is the power these bankers wield that should not be theirs. This book should be required reading. And by all means do your own research. Topics covered: founding of the Federal Reserve, war mongering, bail-outs, boom-bust cycles, the J.P.Morgans and Rothschilds of the world, the history of central banking in the United States, and most fascinating: how the money system really works in this country. Despite its lack of perfection, this book is by far the most relevant and interesting thing I have read about economics in a long time. It is written in terms that anyone can understand, which will immediately rule out the kind of reader who is impressed by a lot of technical jargon that supposedly demonstrates an author's mastery of the subject while only serving to confuse laymen (and experts too). --By A Customer on October 30, 1999 Read more About the Author Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in speech and communications. He is a recipient of the Telly Award for excellence in television production. He is the founder of the Cancer Cure Foundation and has served on the board of directors of the National Health Federation and the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends. He is a Contributing Editor for The New American magazine, president of American Media and founder of the Reality Zone. Read more

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A History of Central Banking & the Enslavement of Mankind

Pdf Politics A History of Central Banking & the Enslavement of Mankind

Pdf:A History of Central Banking & the Enslavement of Mankind.A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind is Stephen Mitford Goodson’s companion volume to Inside the South African Reserve Bank Its Origins and Secrets Exposed. While the latter volume describes the mechanics of the fraudulent usury banking system, with a focus on Goodson’s experiences as a director of the SA Reserve Bank, this volume expands the focus to encompass the role of banking and money in history from ancient times to the present. The role of money-lenders in history was once aptly termed by many acute observers as the “Hidden Hand.” It is the power to create, lend and accumulate interest on “credit,” and then re-lend that interest for further interest, in perpetuity, that creates pervasive, worldwide debt, from the individual, to the family, to the entire state. The ability to operate a fraudulent credit and loan system has long been known, and through all the slickness of a snake-oil salesman, the money-lenders – the same types Jesus whipped from the Temple – have persuaded governments that banking is best left to private interests. Many wars, revolutions, depressions, recessions, and other social upheavals, have been directly related to the determination of these money-lenders to retain and extend their power and profits. When any state, individual or idea has threatened their scam they have often responded with wars and revolutions. The cultural and material progress of a civilization will often relate to the degree by which it is free from the influence of debt, and the degradation that results when the money-lenders are permitted to regain power. Hence, Goodson shows that both World Wars, the Napoleonic wars, the American Revolution, the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, the overthrow of Qathafi in Libya and the revolution against Tsar Nicholas, among much else relate to this “Hidden Hand” in history. This is the key to understanding the past, present and future.

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Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

Pdf Politics Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

Pdf:Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street.A history of major financial crises—and how taxpayers have been left with the bill In the 1930s, battered and humbled by the Great Depression, the U.S. financial sector struck a grand bargain with the federal government. Bankers gained a safety net in exchange for certain curbs on their freedom: transparency rules, record-keeping and antifraud measures, and fiduciary responsibilities. Despite subsequent periodic changes in these regulations, the underlying bargain played a major role in preserving the stability of the financial markets as well as the larger economy. By the free-market era of the 1980s and 90s, however, Wall Street argued that rules embodied in New Deal–era regulations to protect consumers and ultimately taxpayers were no longer needed—and government agreed.   This engaging history documents the country’s financial crises, focusing on those of the 1920s, the 1980s, and the 2000s, and reveals how the two more recent crises arose from the neglect of this fundamental bargain, and how taxpayers have been left with the bill.

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The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Pdf Politics The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Pdf:The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives.From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice. Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "too big to fail" to almost every large corporation in America - to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club - an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs - explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives. The book begins in the 1970s, when the government pioneered the notion that top corporate executives, not just seedy crooks, could commit heinous crimes and go to prison. The book travels to trading desks on Wall Street, to corporate boardrooms and the offices of prosecutors and FBI agents. These revealing looks provide context for the evolution of the Justice Department's approach to pursuing corporate criminals through the early 2000s and into the Justice Department of today. Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, The Chickenshit Club provides a clear, detailed explanation as to how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice.

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Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Pdf Politics Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Pdf:Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.From the former Treasury Secretary, the definitive account of the unprecedented effort to save the U.S. economy from collapse in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis. Swift, decisive, and creative action was required to avert a second Great Depression, but policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, with no good options and the risk of catastrophic outcomes. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises takes us inside the room, explaining in accessible and forthright terms the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions that Geithner and others in the Obama administration made during the crisis and recovery. He discusses the most controversial moments of his tenures at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Treasury, including the harrowing weekend Lehman Brothers went bankrupt; the searing crucible of the AIG bonuses controversy; the development of his widely criticized but ultimately successful plan in early 2009 to end the crisis; the bracing fight for the most sweeping financial reforms in 70 years; and the lingering aftershocks of the crisis, including high unemployment, the fiscal battles, and Europe's repeated flirtations with the economic abyss. Geithner also shares his personal and professional recollections of key players such as President Obama, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson, and Larry Summers, among others, and examines the tensions between politics and policy that have come to dominate discussions of the U.S. economy. An insider's account of how the Obama administration saved the economy but lost the American people, Stress Test reveals a side of Timothy Geithner that only few have seen.

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The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

Pdf Politics The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

Pdf:The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.About the Author David A. Stockman was elected as a Michigan congressman in 1976 and joined the Reagan White House in 1981. Serving as budget director, he was one of the key architects of the Reagan Revolution plan to reduce taxes, cut spending, and shrink the role of government. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1985 and later became one of the early partners of the Blackstone Group. During nearly two decades at Blackstone and at a firm he founded, Stockman was a private equity investor. Stockman attended Michigan State University and Harvard Divinity School and then went to Washington as a congressional aide in 1970. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed. Read more

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Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity

Pdf Politics Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity

Pdf:Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity.Review In this passionate and readable book, Heal sets out the measures needed to reconcile economic progress with preservation of the planet. They are surprisingly simple and attainable. Heal demonstrates that there is not a trade-off between growth and environmental protection, but that they can and must go hand-and-hand, that growth is not attainable over the long run without protecting the environment. (Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics)A hostile environment can derail economic development, and a distorted economy―where producers and consumers inflict deep environmental damage at little cost―can cause a profoundly hostile environment. But good policy can foster strong and sustainable economic progress and protect and restore our fragile ecosystems. That is the clear, compelling argument Geoff Heal has done so much to create, and which he sets out so persuasively and accessibly in this very important book. (Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics)Endangered Economies is a remarkable overview of how we should protect the planet to protect our prosperity. We could not have a better guide through this complex set of issues. Geoffrey Heal is a brilliant economist, a world-leading pioneer of sustainable development, and a remarkably experienced and perceptive policy analyst. Readers will gain deep insights from Heal's wise discussion of the world's most vital environmental challenges: climate change, biodiversity, fisheries, clean air and water, and the proper measurement and management of the economy. This is indispensable reading. (Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The Age of Sustainble Development)Told as a story of discovery and the evolution of his own thinking, Geoffrey Heal's book makes difficult conceptual arguments transparent. He uses examples to illustrate the key issues in environmental economics. In so doing, he demonstrates why an understanding of the consequences of all production and consumption processes for environmental resources must be an essential part of any description of economic activities. (V. Kerry Smith, Arizona State University, University Fellow, Resources for the Future)He crafts an excellent overview of the economic case for protecting the environment. (Foreign Affairs)In Endangered Economies, Geoffrey Heal writes beautifully about environmental economics, summarizing the field in precise and primarily nontechnical language. (Journal of Economic Literature)In his new book Heal provides the readers with simple but practical examples to illustrate the key issues in environmental economics, such as externalities, property rights, natural capital, and ways to measure it. Highly Recommended. (Choice) Read more About the Author Geoffrey Heal is Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at the Columbia Business School. His recent books include When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line (Columbia, 2008) and Nature and the Marketplace: Capturing the Value of Ecosystem Services (2000), as well as numerous scholarly articles on the subject of environmental economics. Read more

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The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Pdf Politics The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Pdf:The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP.Review It is an amazing but little-remarked fact that governments all over the world take as their top economic objective the increase of one number: gross domestic product. Philipp Lepenies traces how this strange unanimity came to be, taking the reader on a colorful journey through England, Germany, and the United States and bringing things into the present with an account of current debates about replacing or supplementing GDP with other indicators of welfare. The Power of a Single Number is beautifully written and easily accessible to anyone who wants to know more about what lies behind the world's most powerful number. (Robert H. Wade, London School of Economics. Leontief Prize winner, 2008.)A great book on understanding why GDP was put at the center of the political and economic framework that has driven the world over the past sixty years and why this choice led to the underestimating of other issues, such as socioeconomic inequalities and environmental degradation. The Power of a Single Number also provides insights on how to build a 'post GDP' era, especially in the context of a possible future 'secular stagnation.' (Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome)By asking how GDP became the most influential economic statistic of our time, Lepenies provides a fascinating new perspective on the history of empirical economics. Economists play important roles in his account, but ultimately it was politics and the priorities of wartime that drove the demand for GDP measurement. While many economists today are well aware of its limitations, political inertia keeps GDP on its throne. (Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University)This little book about a big number will impress readers who might never have previously considered the statistics underlying our lives. (Publishers Weekly)Lepenies's absorbing account helps us understand the personalities and popular events that propelled GDP to dominance, clarifying current debates over the wisdom of the number's rule. (800-CEO-READ)[An] informative book. (Richard N. Cooper Foreign Affairs)Recommended. (CHOICE) Read more About the Author Philipp Lepenies is guest professor for social science at the Free University of Berlin. His research focuses on the success of economic ideas and concepts in politics. He is also the author of Art, Politics, and Development: How Linear Perspective Shaped Policies in the Western World (2013). Read more

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Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary

Pdf Politics Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary

Pdf:Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary.Review 'Illuminating and often surprising...a book that encourages us to imagine a future that is inclusive and humane rather than sentimentalize a past that never truly was.'—The New York Times “In this persuasive and richly detailed history, Hyman traces a decades-long campaign to eliminate salaried positions and replace them with contract work.”—The Nation“A fascinating journey through changing nature of work.'—Forbes “Hyman looks at the reasons behind the temporary nature of so much of the American economy…[He] examines the changes in American corporate life after the 1950s and 1960s, and why the much-mythologized postwar years were less rosy than we think.“—Slate “Temp covers a century of economic history in which a dismal dynamic emerges…Hyman’s history is incisive when it comes to Silicon Valley’s questionable labor practices.”—Los Angeles Review of Books'Hyman’s examination of the evolution of work is thorough, thoughtful, and sympathetic, importantly not excluding the people—immigrants, minorities, women, and youth—largely ignored in the “American Dream” model for employment once all but guaranteed to white men.'—Publishers Weekly'A revealing study of the 'gig economy,' which, though it seems new, has long antecedents...[and] a quietly hopeful spin on an economic process that has proved tremendously dislocating for a generation and more of workers.'—Kirkus Reviews'Hyman charts the decades-long rise of our automation-fueled “ad-hocracy” through the companies that helped create it, from the early days of GM to Upwork and Uber today...The book succeeds as a synthesis of economics, sociology, and history by opting for good storytelling over jargon.'—Booklist“How employers learned to prefer disposable workers without rights for nearly everyjob could be the subtitle of this stark yet engaging tale. Louis Hyman names the culprits, too: entrepreneurs and consultants who taught corporations to chuck obligations to the people on whom they depend. Companies were able to experiment freely on those left out of the New Deal social contract, turning the vulnerability of some into today’s insecurity and anxiety for all. If the sunny ending sounds like whistling in the graveyard, no matter: this book is a stimulus to start imagining a sustainable economic order for our time.”—Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains“Countering common wisdom, Louis Hyman shows that the norm of steady work has been eroded for decades not by the workings of an abstract market but through the systematic efforts of management consultants and temporary work agencies, spreading the gospel of flexibility and cheap labor. Like it or hate it, the gig economy has a history that Hyman masterfully reveals.”—Joshua B. Freeman, author of Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World“Louis Hyman weaves a tapestry of unlikely people and events: an orphaned electrician working nights, braceros and divorcées, McKinsey consultants stalking the hallways, undocumented women assembling electronics in kitchens, virtual receptionists, dexterous robots, disgruntled saboteurs, and INS raids. And yet Temp is about our future. This is a crucial book for our time—it is insightful, surprising, and deeply humane.”—Kevin Birmingham, author of The Most Dangerous Book“Temp is a riveting read for anyone grappling with the contradictions and inequities of contemporary capitalism. Louis Hyman simultaneously shows us the decades-long evolution of the present epidemic of job insecurity, takes a clear-eyed look at the exploitation of women and workers of color, and outlines a positive vision of how Americans can prosper in both work and life.”—Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America“In this marvelously insightful study of the revolution now convulsing the world of work, Louis Hyman demonstrates that management-consulting firms like McKinsey and the Boston Consulting Group are truly the organic intellectuals of contemporary capitalism.  They rationalize and propagandize for a business system in which insecurity and inequality have become a new normal encompassing everything from the most familiar big box store to the exotic worksites of Silicon Valley.”—Nelson Lichtenstein, author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business   “Louis Hyman’s Temp takes us on an historical deep dive into how US jobs have developed over time, so that we can better understand where they are headed. Whether you are cheered by or wary of the advent of gig and nontraditional work arrangements, this book offers a new lens to see how we reached this point.  As the largest and most complex market in the country, the labor market affects all our lives.  Its practices and outcomes govern whether we are secure, well-paid, safe, proud, and interested in our work—or not. Temp engagingly and authoritatively reviews the last century of managerial strategy, workplace regulation, and technological change, and offers insight into job-related challenges we will face in the years ahead.”—Erica Groshen, former commissioner Bureau of Labor Statistics Read more About the Author Louis Hyman is an associate professor of economic history at the Industrial Labor Relations School of Cornell University, as well as the director of ILR's Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City. A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant, Hyman received his PhD in American history from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Bloomberg, Pacific Standard, Wilson Quarterly and elsewhere. He is the author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink and Borrow: The American Way of Debt. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) (The University Center for Human Values Series)

Pdf Politics Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) (The University Center for Human Values Series)

Pdf:Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) (The University Center for Human Values Series).Review 'Private Government is a welcome and important call to bring workplace governance back into political theory and discourse, and should be taken seriously if we are to promote greater democracy in the workplace.' (Times Literary Supplement)'Elizabeth Anderson is a philosopher on the warpath. Her Tanner Lectures . . . take aim at the unelected, arbitrary and dictatorial power that employers, particularly in the US where labour laws are flimsy, hold over their work-forces. . . . [Anderson's argument has] subtlety and force.'---Philip Roscoe, Times Higher Education'In Private Government, Elizabeth Anderson . . . explores how the discipline of work has itself become a form of tyranny, documenting the expansive power that firms now wield over their employees in everything from how they dress to what they tweet. . . . [Private Government] highlight[s] the dramatic and alarming changes that work has undergone over the past century--insisting that, in often unseen ways, the changing nature of work threatens the fundamental ideals of democracy: equality and freedom.'---Miya Tokumitsu, , The New Republic'[Private Government] gives a clear, powerful argument for ideas that many people will have already had in only inchoate form.'---Nate Holdren, History News Network, '[Private Government] is a well-documented, captivating discussion that should be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner, and an excellent starting point to make that happen.' (Choice)'In Private Government, Anderson explores a striking American contradiction. On the one hand, we are a freedom-obsessed society, wary of government intrusion into our private lives; on the other, we allow ourselves to be tyrannized by our bosses, who enjoy broad powers of micromanagement and coercion.'---Joshua Rothman, NewYorker.com'Elizabeth Anderson’s bold Private Government is a firm foundation for twenty-first-century civic education in workplace democracy. Anderson exposes the inevitably political dimensions of work. And she leaves us in no doubt that for employees the workplace is tyrannical, ruled by the whims of exploitative and mercurial bosses.'---Frank Pasquale, The Hedgehog Review'The extent of the arbitrary authority of owners and managers over employees is surprisingly neglected by political thinkers, given how much time we spend at work and how little in the polling booth. Elizabeth Anderson provides a much-needed, important, and compelling account of this overlooked subject. Private Government deserves to be widely read and discussed.'―Alan Ryan, professor emeritus, University of Oxford'This is a very exciting and extremely important book that presents a major challenge to philosophers and social scientists to think about the modern workplace as a form of private government. It is strange that, in a liberal society, there is so little discussion of the relations of power that characterize the workplace. Anderson deftly brings together history, economic theory, and philosophy to have just that conversation. This book unsettles some very deep, unjustifiable assumptions we have about the nature and organization of work today.'―Alexander Gourevitch, Brown University Read more From the Back Cover 'The extent of the arbitrary authority of owners and managers over employees is surprisingly neglected by political thinkers, given how much time we spend at work and how little in the polling booth. Elizabeth Anderson provides a much-needed, important, and compelling account of this overlooked subject. Private Government deserves to be widely read and discussed.'--Alan Ryan, professor emeritus, University of Oxford'This is a very exciting and extremely important book that presents a major challenge to philosophers and social scientists to think about the modern workplace as a form of private government. It is strange that, in a liberal society, there is so little discussion of the relations of power that characterize the workplace. Anderson deftly brings together history, economic theory, and philosophy to have just that conversation. This book unsettles some very deep, unjustifiable assumptions we have about the nature and organization of work today.'--Alexander Gourevitch, Brown University Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

Pdf Politics The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

Pdf:The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change.Review 'Shell has gathered the kindling of true systemic change—social trust, collective ownership, experiments with universal basic income, the concern over alienation—and writes with compassion, heart, and verve.”-Harper's Magazine'Through stories of jobs in places like the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a cooperatively owned laundromat in Cleveland and a small Finnish sausage factory, the author conjures fresh insights about work as a social institution whose value extends far beyond the dollar amount printed on a paycheck… [The book] directly challenges two nuggets of conventional wisdom that Ms. Shell scrutinizes harshly. First, ‘follow your passion’ is often terrible advice. For one thing, paying the bills with one’s passion is typically implausible… Second, better education and more skills are not a cure-all: The data simply do not support the notion that more years of school necessarily translates into better jobs… Through it all, The Job remains ardently optimistic about the prospects for improving people’s working lives regardless of whatever economic changes may come.'-The Wall Street Journal“A sweeping, snappily written survey… [Shell] is a lively, engaging writer, with a gift for translating economic abstractions into plain English.” -The Washington Post 'The Job is such a fantastic, timely, thoroughly researched, balanced, and beautifully written book that I want everyone to read it.  And then I want to talk to everyone who reads it about their experiences with their jobs, and the jobs around them.”-Inside Higher Ed'A sweeping study...According to Shell, Americans as a people must change their way of determining what constitutes a good job and even upend the concept of work as they know it. General readers will appreciate the breadth and scope of Shell’s thoughtful, inquisitive work.'-Publisher's Weekly'…Ellen Ruppel Shell has many strong views about the way people earn a living. Accordingly, her new book, The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change, weighs in on the nature of work, its future, its purpose, its meaning, how people prepare for it, government assistance to the poor, unions, income inequality in the United States, and much more. Shell is an engaging writer… and is a keen observer of higher education. She relays creative ideas about the future of workers’ organizations in the United States, as well—all useful and meritorious.” -The American Interest'Readers of Barbara Ehrenreich on one hand and Paul Krugman on the other will find good grist for the mill in Shell's book.'-Kirkus Reviews“A masterful book about the fundamental role of work in our lives: why it matters, why it’s broken, and how we can fix it.”-Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg“A beautifully written, meticulously researched book on one of the most significant challenges of our era: the transformation of the nature of work. Ellen Ruppel Shell moves seamlessly between individual stories and academic scholarship to show how unprepared we are for the impact of digital technologies and new business models on our jobs. But this is far from a pessimistic account. Running through her account is also a hopefulness that our collective imagination and capacity for institutional innovation will prove up to the challenge eventually.” -Dr. Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, President Elect of the International Economic Association    'The double whammy of the computer revolution and the rise of inequality is putting an end to the middle-class job as we know it--a huge problem that threatens the future of our society. In this superbly researched, thoughtful, and deeply humane book, Ellen Ruppel Shell both demonstrates how close we are to social catastrophe--and how we might pull ourselves back from the brink.  A tightly argued, beautifully written, compelling study of an issue that does not get nearly enough attention.  I closed this very good book about a very alarming problem with a pronounced, and unexpected, sense of hope.” -Charles C. Mann, Internationally Best Selling Author of 1491, 1493, and The Wizard and the Prophet  “This book is glorious!  Ellen Ruppel Shell has given us a wonderful meditation on work and where it is going.  What is more, she makes a deeply compelling case for how and where and why we must all pay attention.” -Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Management, Yale School of Management“Ellen Ruppel Shell uses her extraordinary narrative skills and vision to explore the importance of work in our lives, not simply as a way to make money, but also as a way to achieve purpose and belonging. She convincingly shows how a range of forces such as technological innovation, global competition and institutional changes are increasingly undermining the ability of many workers to find work that that can play these roles.  As an economist who has studied these forces with a focus on income and wealth, this book has opened my eyes to the far broader implications of the issues I am dealing with.  Read this book. You will never think about jobs in the same way again.”  -Dr. Robert Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment, Harvard Kennedy School“At once deeply researched and richly imaginative, Ellen Ruppel Shell's marvelous new book follows her quest to discover brave new worlds, where people create good work for themselves rather than just filling jobs. Compelling, and with sometimes heartrending detail, her explorations provide a deeply insightful map of the present and an uplifting and realistic compass for the future.” -Dr. Rosalind Williams, Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology at MIT and author of The Triumph of Human Empire  Read more About the Author Ellen Ruppel Shell, a correspondent for The Atlantic, co-directs the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Smithsonian, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, O, Scientific American, and Science Magazine. She is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, The Hungry Gene, and A Child's Place. She lives in the Boston metropolitan area. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Pdf Politics Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Pdf:Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work.Review 'Kessler’s timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment [...] Perhaps the most revealing parts of the book are the stories of real workers in the gig economy.' ―The Financial Times'Reporter Kessler's insightful exploration argues that the increase of people working as freelancers rather than employees of organizations is largely owing to technology that allows workers to deliver services coordinated by apps [...] An appealing choice, chiefly for those interested in the effects of the gig economy on workers.' ―Library Journal 'In this well researched and beautifully written book, Sarah Kessler provides a very accessible but sophisticated analysis of the “gig economy.” While vividly telling moving stories about individual hardships and achievements, it provides a broad perspective that helps us see the “gig economy” as the latest manifestation of the long-running historical struggle over power, security and risk between different classes. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding the future of our economy and society.' ―Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide'Sarah Kessler's wonderful book offers unprecedented illumination of the promise, and the peril, of the gig economy by taking a deep and intimate dive into the day-to-day lives of the workers who rely on it. The resulting insights are important and often troubling.' ―Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future'Gigged offers a timely and in-depth look at the promise and peril of the gig economy from one of the first journalists to recognize how big and important this new market would become. In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, Sarah Kessler goes behind the statistics to tell the stories of people making a living (sometimes just scraping by) as gig economy workers. Gigged is smart, entertaining, moving, and at times even inspiring. Sarah Kessler writes like a dream. If you want to know how work is changing and how you too must change to keep up, you must read this book.' ―Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted Read more About the Author SARAH KESSLER is a reporter at Quartz, where she writes about the future of work. Before joining Quartz in 2016, she covered the gig economy as a senior writer at Fast Company and managed startup coverage at Mashable. Her reporting has been cited by The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR. Read more

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Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)

Pdf Politics Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)

Pdf:Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It).Review “Anderson explores a striking American contradiction. On the one hand, we are a freedom-obsessed society, wary of government intrusion into our private lives; on the other, we allow ourselves to be tyrannized by our bosses.”―Joshua Rothman, NewYorker.com“Private Government is a welcome and important call to bring workplace governance back into political theory and discourse, and should be taken seriously if we are to promote greater democracy in the workplace.”―David Cowan, Times Literary Supplement“Highlight[s] the dramatic and alarming changes that work has undergone over the past century―insisting that, in often unseen ways, the changing nature of work threatens the fundamental ideals of democracy.”―Miya Tokumitsu, New Republic“The extent of the arbitrary authority of owners and managers over employees is surprisingly neglected by political thinkers, given how much time we spend at work and how little in the polling booth. Elizabeth Anderson provides a much-needed, important, and compelling account of this overlooked subject. Private Government deserves to be widely read and discussed.”―Alan Ryan, professor emeritus, University of Oxford Read more From the Back Cover 'The extent of the arbitrary authority of owners and managers over employees is surprisingly neglected by political thinkers, given how much time we spend at work and how little in the polling booth. Elizabeth Anderson provides a much-needed, important, and compelling account of this overlooked subject. Private Government deserves to be widely read and discussed.'--Alan Ryan, professor emeritus, University of Oxford'This is a very exciting and extremely important book that presents a major challenge to philosophers and social scientists to think about the modern workplace as a form of private government. It is strange that, in a liberal society, there is so little discussion of the relations of power that characterize the workplace. Anderson deftly brings together history, economic theory, and philosophy to have just that conversation. This book unsettles some very deep, unjustifiable assumptions we have about the nature and organization of work today.'--Alexander Gourevitch, Brown University Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy

Pdf Politics Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy

Pdf:Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy.Review ‘Modern Labor Economics incorporates current policy issues while maintaining a strong focus on economic theory. The summaries of seminal academic works are indisputably important for bolstering student knowledge, and the inclusion of real-world applications makes the research far more comprehensible to a broader audience.’ ― Dr. Tongzhe Li, Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, USA. ‘A classic in the field of labor economics. Indeed, as the title implies, Ehrenberg and Smith literally put the modern in labor economics as taught to undergraduates. Since first published in 1982, many competing textbooks in labor have come and gone. Ehrenberg and Smith, with impeccable writing, comprehensive coverage of the relevant topics, and intuitive application of economic analysis to the critical public policy problems of the day, has stood both the market test and the test of time.’ ― Kevin J. Murphy, Professor of Economics, Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, USA. Read more About the Author Ronald G. Ehrenberg is the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University, USA. Robert S. Smith is Professor of Economics in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, USA. Read more

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Coming Jobs War

Pdf Politics Coming Jobs War

Pdf:Coming Jobs War.Review '...fascinating - and frightening - new book...' --Charles M. Blow, The New York Times, September 17, 2011 Read more From the Inside Flap WHAT EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WANTS IS A GOOD JOBIn a provocative book for business and government leaders, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes how this undeniable fact will affect all leadership decisions as countries wage war to produce the best jobs.Leaders of countries and cities, Clifton says, should focus on creating good jobs because as jobs go, so does the fate of nations. Jobs bring prosperity, peace, and human development — but long-term unemployment ruins lives, cities, and countries.Creating good jobs is tough, and many leaders are doing many things wrong. They’re undercutting entrepreneurs instead of cultivating them. They’re running companies with depressed workforces. They’re letting the next generation of job creators rot in bad schools.A global jobs war is coming, and there’s no time to waste. Cities are crumbling for lack of good jobs. Nations are in revolt because their people can’t get good jobs. The cities and countries that act first — that focus everything they have on creating good jobs — are the ones that will win. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Pdf Politics Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Pdf:Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.Review “We have Barbara Ehrenreich to thank for bringing us the news of America's working poor so clearly and directly, and conveying with it a deep moral outrage . . . She is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Nickel and Dimed“Jarring, full of riveting grit . . . This book is already unforgettable.” ―Newsweek on Nickel and Dimed“Courageous . . . a superb and frightening look into the lives of hard-working Americans.” ―San Francisco Chronicle on Nickel and Dimed Read more About the Author Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites, among others. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. She is the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Current Interest and ALA Notable Books for Nonfiction. Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, when it was still a bustling mining town. She studied physics at Reed College, and earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. She lives and works in Florida. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

Pdf Politics How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

Pdf:How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.Review “John Bryant is what I call a practical idealist who dreams big and then moves with precision to action. He reminds us of the age old adage, ‘if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime’ because he or she now has the skills and knowledge to become self-determined. One of the few and best plans for addressing poverty is outlined in this book. It lays out a clear and actionable path to address some of the issues that led my father to call for a poor people’s campaign shortly before his assassination. You will have a different perspective on poverty and ‘poor people’ when you finish reading this book and realize that in order to secure our economy, we must ensure that everyone is given a fair and just opportunity to prosper.” —Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., and CEO, The King Center “We cannot win the war for good jobs without the inclusion of and capacity building of the poor—this book shows the way and makes a personal, moral, and chiefly economic argument for how the poor can save capitalism.” —Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup, and author of The Coming Jobs War “John and I want the same things. And the goals of this book are the same goals of my Rebuild the Dream campaign. He has provided the road map to economic recovery for this country at a time when economic inequality is at its peak. I, for one, will be following the steps laid out in the HOPE Plan.” —Van Jones, former Presidential Advisor to Barack Obama and current host of CNN's Crossfire “I’ve known John for a number of years, and hope isn’t just his middle name or the name of the organization he founded, it’s what he spreads to everyone he encounters. In this book, John articulately describes actionable ways to connect those who are currently disconnected from the economy and in the process provide opportunity for the poor and the business community simultaneously. These practical and innovative suggestions to the private (and public) sector should be heeded and implemented by CEOs across the country.” —Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, New York Stock Exchange “John Hope Bryant offers a compelling argument to build both capitalism and communities through the advancement of financial literacy among the poor and middle class. With the vision that all people should have the opportunity to participate fully in our economy, he enlivens the American dream.” —William H. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO, SunTrust Banks, Inc. Current Affairs/Business “This book does not attempt to explain all of the economic inequality that exists in today’s society but instead imagines solutions. The weakness of most theories on resolving inequality is that they do not speak to the imagination. John Bryant speaks to our imagination and delivers an inspiring message for young people that imagination and self-determination are the only tools needed to change the world. A critical reminder for Americans that there is no finality to being poor.” —Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman, Revolution Places; CEO, Exclusive Resorts; and former co-CEO, World Economic Forum “Economic immobility is the defining issue of America in the 21st century. John Hope Bryant makes an engaging case for why we must make our economy work for everyone. How the Poor Can Save Capitalism is a must-read for business leaders, policymakers, and community leaders who want to make the American Dream a reality for all our children.” —Ben Jealous, former CEO, NAACP “John Hope Bryant’s brilliant new book is the key to making capitalism work for everyone. Bryant writes from his heart and his personal experience as a former homeless person who has become enormously successful by investing $500 million to help the poor become financially literate and financially successful. Bryant’s strategy and his humanity can transform society and heal the wounds that keep us apart.” —Bill George, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, and author of True North “Bryant’s offering is a critically thought-out, comprehensive, and clearly articulated remedy that will advance our suffering and stymied community. And it’s written beautifully and boldly from a perspective of deep understanding and compassion and a heart full of love.” —Susan Taylor, former CEO, Essence magazine, and current CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement “This book sets out a clarion call for dramatically increasing the financial capability of the undeserved and through that step encouraging their native-born instincts of entrepreneurship. Setting forth real-world examples of success from the great works of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant puts forth a common-sense game plan, which, if followed, will provide a better future for our nation. Let’s go!” —Richard Ketchum, CEO, FINRA “John Hope Bryant is the essence of his middle name: Hope. A planter of the same, he invites us to cultivate by seeding hope, investing in hope, nurturing hope, and harvesting hope. He extols not a hand out, but a hand up. And what is the rope that pulls us upward? It is hope, hope such as seen in the middle class, the upward spiral that determines and differentiates between ‘rich’ or ‘poor.’ Self-determination is the new definition of freedom, and both are dependent on financial literacy. The latter provides the quartet of harmony: education, self-esteem, real choice, and real opportunity for all. This is the essence of hope. The author may be summarized in his own words: The hope factor, then, is a good job and a shot at aspirational success. Our major issue today is not so much about race, the color line, or social strife as it is about class and poverty. Let the people say amen.” —Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, former Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, and Tansey Chair, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC “John Hope Bryant has set out to save America by returning her to the nation’s founding idea—a sustainable, growing middle class that serves as a beacon to others, a light on the hill. That’s just not possible while 80 percent of the population has only 7 percent of the money. But Bryant has a plan to make free enterprise work for the poor, by providing mentors, building dignity and confidence, and enabling access to money and financial literacy. It’s the right idea at the right time.” —Sean Cleary, Member of the Board, The Abraaj Group, and Vice Chair, FutureWorld Foundation “John Hope Bryant’s third book is finely focused on the causes of the dearth of financial literacy and the needed tactics to improve it through education and inspiration of both adults and children in the United States and other countries. A financially educated and inspired public will make better decisions in both their personal and working lives, which will yield a stronger economy and more broad-based opportunities for everyone. While I certainly don’t agree with the positions of some of the people noted in the book, the achievement of John Hope Bryant’s recommendations will likely require the broadest possible participation and support. This book proposes solutions, goals, and opportunities for us all to be part of the needed work.” —Jim Wells, former CEO, SunTrust Banks “The greatest leaders of America have been about dignity. Abraham Lincoln ended slavery, but less known is that just before his death he founded the Freedman’s Savings Bank to empower former slaves economically. Martin Luther King, Jr., was not only about civil rights—he was assassinated when he started his Poor People’s Campaign for all races. In this book, John Hope Bryant lays out an inspiring and concrete plan on how to realize the unfinished vision of Lincoln and King. This book is not only to be read but to be implemented. This book operationalizes dignity in the economic field.” —Professor Pekka Himanen, cofounder, Global Dignity “John Hope Bryant’s work on the flaws of capitalism and what can be done about them not only is very timely but also responds to a growing global hunger for a more responsible and equitable model. His accessible style, personal reflection, and heartfelt commitment to driving change make this a must-read for all those who care about the future and a practical guide for policymakers and leaders. For too long we have overlooked our interdependency and the true value of human capital—Bryant makes an eloquent and rational call for us to put poverty and inequality right back at the top of the agenda.” —Clare Woodcraft, CEO, Emirates Foundation Read more Book Description This book has a simple message for business leaders: you help yourselves by helping the poor. Instead of feeling as if the economy is working against them, the poor need to feel they have a stake in it so they will buy your products and put money in the bank. Supporting poor people’s efforts to move into the middle class is the only way to enrich everyone, rich and poor alike. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Crystallizing Public Opinion

Pdf Politics Crystallizing Public Opinion

Pdf:Crystallizing Public Opinion.A seminal work on how public opinion is created and shaped, Edward Bernays’s 1923 classic Crystallizing Public Opinion set down the principles that corporations and government have used to influence public attitudes over the past century.A primer on the then new profession of "public relations counsel," Crystallizing elucidates the "instruments and techniques" that PR professionals use to mold public opinion on behalf of their client's interests. By adapting the ideas that Bernays put forth in this book, governments and advertisers have been able to "regiment the mind like the military regiments the body."The first ever book ever written about the public relations industry, this all-new edition of Crystallizing Public Opinion features an introduction by Stuart Ewen, author of PR! A Social History of Spin, All Consuming Images: On the Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture, and Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture.

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Accessing the Media: How to Get Good Press

Pdf Politics Accessing the Media: How to Get Good Press

Pdf:Accessing the Media: How to Get Good Press.Review 'Jill is a triple threat with her firsthand experience in the news industry, federal government, and public relations world. You will be fascinated to learn the behind-the-scenes details of these closely watched entities.' —Gretchen Carlson, former FOX News anchor “Jill’s inside information is literature that will train the next Thomas Jeffersons, Benjamin Franklins and Alexander Hamiltons. With her experience, information, and insight, Jill ensures a successful campaign and political career.” —Aaron Berlin, prosecutor and candidate for district court judge “Jill’s book is must read for anyone wanting to know how the dots are connected with politics and the media. With the evolving political climate, Jill has found new ground to plow.” —United States Congressman Richard Hudson “As a first-time candidate connecting with Jill was a great decision. She consulted with me on the content and timing of press releases, provided training on how to interact with the press and how to capitalize on an interview. I would not have received as much press as I did, had it not been for Jill’s invaluable advice. She is still someone I consult with on an on-going basis and hope to for years to come.” —Michelle Barson, current mayor pro tem, Clemmons, North Carolina “You can buy knowledge but you cannot teach wisdom. Jill’s wisdom helped me win my election and continued to help me while serving continuous terms as Mayor.” —former mayor Nick Nelson, youngest mayor to serve Clemmons, North Carolina “People can’t choose your product or service if they don’t know about it. Jill Osborn offers practical help in tapping into the power of media.” —Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages “Insightful. Eye-Opening. Needed. A book you highlight, store in your desk drawer, and reference time and time again.” —Mandy Haggerson, senior communications director for the director general, United States Department of State “Accessing the Media gives you the fundamentals you need to avoid hiring a pricey PR firm. Jill Osborn lays out nuts-and-bolts advice that will help you prep for a news event, putting out a press release or live television interview. It is a useful guide from somebody who knows how newsrooms work.” —Evan Siegfried, author of GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive'Jill is a triple threat with her firsthand experience in the news industry, federal government, and public relations world. You will be fascinated to learn the behind-the-scenes details of these closely watched entities.' —Gretchen Carlson, former FOX News anchor “Jill’s inside information is literature that will train the next Thomas Jeffersons, Benjamin Franklins and Alexander Hamiltons. With her experience, information, and insight, Jill ensures a successful campaign and political career.” —Aaron Berlin, prosecutor and candidate for district court judge “Jill’s book is must read for anyone wanting to know how the dots are connected with politics and the media. With the evolving political climate, Jill has found new ground to plow.” —United States Congressman Richard Hudson “As a first-time candidate connecting with Jill was a great decision. She consulted with me on the content and timing of press releases, provided training on how to interact with the press and how to capitalize on an interview. I would not have received as much press as I did, had it not been for Jill’s invaluable advice. She is still someone I consult with on an on-going basis and hope to for years to come.” —Michelle Barson, current mayor pro tem, Clemmons, North Carolina “You can buy knowledge but you cannot teach wisdom. Jill’s wisdom helped me win my election and continued to help me while serving continuous terms as Mayor.” —former mayor Nick Nelson, youngest mayor to serve Clemmons, North Carolina “People can’t choose your product or service if they don’t know about it. Jill Osborn offers practical help in tapping into the power of media.” —Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages “Insightful. Eye-Opening. Needed. A book you highlight, store in your desk drawer, and reference time and time again.” —Mandy Haggerson, senior communications director for the director general, United States Department of State “Accessing the Media gives you the fundamentals you need to avoid hiring a pricey PR firm. Jill Osborn lays out nuts-and-bolts advice that will help you prep for a news event, putting out a press release or live television interview. It is a useful guide from somebody who knows how newsrooms work.” —Evan Siegfried, author of GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive Read more About the Author Jill Osborn is an award-winning columnist and political correspondent. She worked in a congressional office on Capitol Hill and for a top DC lobbying firm and went on to be a contributor at FOX News. Jill lives with her husband and children in North Carolina. Read more

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Social Security: The Inside Story, 2018 Silver Anniversary Edition

Pdf Politics Social Security: The Inside Story, 2018 Silver Anniversary Edition

Pdf:Social Security: The Inside Story, 2018 Silver Anniversary Edition.About the Author ANDY LANDIS is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Social Security and Medicare. Andy has guided tens of thousands to abundant retirements while working at the Social Security Administration, AARP, multi-national corporations, and his own practice, Thinking Retirement. Through Thinking Retirement, Andy educated both individuals and financial professionals with live workshops, books, articles, webinars, and professional education courses focused on Social Security and Medicare. Andy’s blogs appear on the Wall Street Journal’s “MarketWatch” site. On TV, he has appeared on Fox Business News and PBS, and is a frequent guest on radio. Andy’s best-selling book Social Security: The Inside Story has been hailed as “the best” since the first edition in 1993. Andy is based in Seattle with Kay, Cody-dog, keyboards, camper, computers, cars, and sometimes kids. He’s retiring in 2018 and hitting the road for full-time RV travel. Link to Andy’s vibrant blogs and YouTube videos at www.andylandis.biz. Read more

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Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Everything You've Ever Imagined

Pdf Politics Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Everything You've Ever Imagined

Pdf:Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Everything You've Ever Imagined.For the last decade, decorated Navy SEAL, accomplished athlete, and bestselling author Don Mann has been traveling across the country giving motivational talks and in the process inspiring hundreds with the secrets behind his awe-inspiring achievements. In Reaching beyond Boundaries, Mann brings his much sought-after wisdom to the audiobook.As an elite Navy SEAL, Mann performed seemingly impossible tasks on a regular basis. Here he details the lessons he learned from his training and shows how the rest of us can apply those teachings to our daily lives in terms of learning to push beyond our internal borders and achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, both professionally and personally. Reaching beyond Boundaries teaches how to set and conquer both micro- and macro-goals through removing excuses, having the right mindset, and learning from successes and failures. Making your dreams a reality is possible. With Reaching beyond Boundaries you can begin to realize your fullest potential today.

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Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf Politics Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf:Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future.Review “Cédric Durand is among the most promising of young French university economists today. We awaited the publication of his new book with bated breath. It was worth the wait. Fictitious Capital is an important intervention which tries to make sense of the excesses of capitalism over the last forty years and of the development of finance.” —Jacques Sapir “Durand has provided a very insightful view of finance-driven capitalism over the last three decades. Why was it able to prosper alongside sagging investment and plummeting productivity gains? The answer, argues Durand, lies in the tight connection between the shareholder value principle and the globalization of the real economy.” —Michel Aglietta “Fictitious Capital is a fascinating and extremely informative exploration of the destructive role of finance in our contemporary political economy. Filled with brilliant insights and an impressive historical and theoretical reach, Durand explains and utilizes Marx's concept of ‘fictitious capital’ to illuminate the inner workings of contemporary global capitalism and to pierce the murky veil that mainstream economics and neo-liberal thought has long used to hide and distort the powerful role of finance. Students trying to understand the precarious political and economic position in which we find ourselves, as well as the theoretical foundations for understanding this, will learn much from this well-written, data rich, and theoretically clear exposition. If you read this terrific book, you will come away well-armed for the struggle ahead.” —Gerald Epstein Read more About the Author Cédric Durand teaches Economics and Development Theories at the University of Paris 13 and the EHESS. Working within the tradition of Marxist and French Regulationist political economy, he is the author of several articles on the euro–crisis, the financialization-globalization nexus and the post-Soviet transformation. He is a member of the editorial board of the radical online journal ContreTemps. Read more

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The City: London and the Global Power of Finance

Pdf Politics The City: London and the Global Power of Finance

Pdf:The City: London and the Global Power of Finance.Review “The City is a tour de force, which will soon be recognized as a formidable challenge to conventional wisdom and an essential contribution in its own right.”—Robert Brenner, author of The Economics of Global Turbulence “It is not every day you read a book about global finance by a banker who quotes Lenin approvingly on page two. Unlike many of those who produce Marxist critiques of financial capitalism, Norfield writes from a position of experience: he has worked in the belly of the beast, and the book is the better for it … In The City, he has done the research and pulled together the financial statistics that explain how the bloodsucking works.” —Financial Times“This book does the seemingly impossible: rendering finance’s mysteries transparent to the average reader, and at the same time delivering a penetrating analysis of the global economic system that will enlighten even experts. Tony Norfield has written a truly exciting and important book.” —Paul Mattick, author of Business as Usual “The City is a valuable addition to the critical analysis of the financialisation of our world. And Tony Norfield is an experienced and radical guide to London’s role in this process. This book should be required reading for both bankers and activists alike.” —Joris Luyendjik, author of Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers “With heaps of empirical research and a clear style of argumentation, he demonstrates that the City isn’t a ‘satellite of Wall Street’ as many think, but its own beast, using Britain’s imperialist privilege to extract value from the world economy. Much of the book is directed against bad arguments made by the liberal-left—the distinction between ‘productive’ capitalism and ‘casino’ banking; the populist vitriol against ‘the banks’—which Norfield believes aren't just analytically false but let capitalism off the hook.” —Yohann Koshy, Vice “Tony Norfield has had 20 years experience in City of London financial dealing rooms, for ten years as an executive director and global head of FX strategy in a major European bank. He went on to complete a PhD in economics at SOAS, London. Above all, he is a Marxist. It’s a perfect recipe for an excellent book on modern British imperialism and the features of global finance in the 21st century.” —Michael Roberts, author of The Long Depression “How many Marxists are at work in the dealing rooms of the City? Presumably they keep their heads well down. Tony Norfield is—or was—one. Twenty years a trader at the centre of the financial web, he has married the insights into the workings of the system he gained to a thorough Marxist understanding of political economy. The result is this fascinating book.”—Morning Star “Tony Norfield's opus The City takes on a big subject and makes it, well—big … Casts a new light on a well-researched subject.”—Financial Adviser “A timely and insightful book … It is an excellent read for anyone seriously wanting to consider the financial system.” —Scottish Business Insider “An invaluable book for anyone wishing to better understand the world of finance, how the City operates and how this relates to the broader capitalist system.” —Tom Haines-Doran, rs21From the Hardcover edition. Read more About the Author For nearly twenty years, Tony Norfield worked in bank dealing rooms in the City of London. For ten years he was an Executive Director and the Global Head of FX Strategy in a major European bank, travelling to some forty countries on business, negotiating with finance ministries, central banks and major corporations. He was frequently quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and Telegraph, and on news services such as Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Read more

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The City: London and the Global Power of Finance

Pdf Politics The City: London and the Global Power of Finance

Pdf:The City: London and the Global Power of Finance.Review “The City is a tour de force, which will soon be recognized as a formidable challenge to conventional wisdom and an essential contribution in its own right.”—Robert Brenner, author of The Economics of Global Turbulence “It is not every day you read a book about global finance by a banker who quotes Lenin approvingly on page two. Unlike many of those who produce Marxist critiques of financial capitalism, Norfield writes from a position of experience: he has worked in the belly of the beast, and the book is the better for it … In The City, he has done the research and pulled together the financial statistics that explain how the bloodsucking works.” —Financial Times“This book does the seemingly impossible: rendering finance’s mysteries transparent to the average reader, and at the same time delivering a penetrating analysis of the global economic system that will enlighten even experts. Tony Norfield has written a truly exciting and important book.” —Paul Mattick, author of Business as Usual “The City is a valuable addition to the critical analysis of the financialisation of our world. And Tony Norfield is an experienced and radical guide to London’s role in this process. This book should be required reading for both bankers and activists alike.” —Joris Luyendjik, author of Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers “With heaps of empirical research and a clear style of argumentation, he demonstrates that the City isn’t a ‘satellite of Wall Street’ as many think, but its own beast, using Britain’s imperialist privilege to extract value from the world economy. Much of the book is directed against bad arguments made by the liberal-left—the distinction between ‘productive’ capitalism and ‘casino’ banking; the populist vitriol against ‘the banks’—which Norfield believes aren't just analytically false but let capitalism off the hook.” —Yohann Koshy, Vice “Tony Norfield has had 20 years experience in City of London financial dealing rooms, for ten years as an executive director and global head of FX strategy in a major European bank. He went on to complete a PhD in economics at SOAS, London. Above all, he is a Marxist. It’s a perfect recipe for an excellent book on modern British imperialism and the features of global finance in the 21st century.” —Michael Roberts, author of The Long Depression “How many Marxists are at work in the dealing rooms of the City? Presumably they keep their heads well down. Tony Norfield is—or was—one. Twenty years a trader at the centre of the financial web, he has married the insights into the workings of the system he gained to a thorough Marxist understanding of political economy. The result is this fascinating book.”—Morning Star “Tony Norfield's opus The City takes on a big subject and makes it, well—big … Casts a new light on a well-researched subject.”—Financial Adviser “A timely and insightful book … It is an excellent read for anyone seriously wanting to consider the financial system.” —Scottish Business Insider “An invaluable book for anyone wishing to better understand the world of finance, how the City operates and how this relates to the broader capitalist system.” —Tom Haines-Doran, rs21 Read more About the Author For nearly twenty years, Tony Norfield worked in bank dealing rooms in the City of London. For ten years he was an Executive Director and the Global Head of FX Strategy in a major European bank, travelling to some forty countries on business, negotiating with finance ministries, central banks and major corporations. He was frequently quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and Telegraph, and on news services such as Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Read more

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Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf Politics Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf:Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future.How finance is a mechanism of social and political dominationThe 2007–08 credit crisis and the long recession that followed brutally exposed the economic and social costs of financialization. Understanding what lay behind these events, the rise of “fictitious capital” and its opaque logic, is crucial to grasping the social and political conditions under which we live. Yet, for most people, the operations of the financial system remain shrouded in mystery.In this lucid and compelling book, economist Cédric Durand offers a concise and critical introduction to the world of finance, unveiling the truth behind the credit crunch. Fictitious Capital moves beyond moralizing tales about greedy bankers, short-sighted experts and compromised regulators to look at the big picture. Using comparative data covering the last four decades, Durand examines the relationship between trends such as the rise in private and public debt and the proliferation of financial products; norms such as our habitual assumptions about the production of value and financial stability; and the relationship of all this to political power.Fictitious Capital offers a stark warning about the direction that the international economy is taking. Durand argues that the accelerated expansion of financial operations is a sign of the declining power of the economies of the Global North. The City, Wall Street and other centres of the power of money, he suggests, may already be caked with the frosts of winter.

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Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf Politics Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future

Pdf:Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future.How finance is a mechanism of social and political dominationThe 2007–08 credit crisis and the long recession that followed brutally exposed the economic and social costs of financialization. Understanding what lay behind these events, the rise of “fictitious capital” and its opaque logic, is crucial to grasping the social and political conditions under which we live. Yet, for most people, the operations of the financial system remain shrouded in mystery.In this lucid and compelling book, economist Cédric Durand offers a concise and critical introduction to the world of finance, unveiling the truth behind the credit crunch. Fictitious Capital moves beyond moralizing tales about greedy bankers, short-sighted experts and compromised regulators to look at the big picture. Using comparative data covering the last four decades, Durand examines the relationship between trends such as the rise in private and public debt and the proliferation of financial products; norms such as our habitual assumptions about the production of value and financial stability; and the relationship of all this to political power.Fictitious Capital offers a stark warning about the direction that the international economy is taking. Durand argues that the accelerated expansion of financial operations is a sign of the declining power of the economies of the Global North. The City, Wall Street and other centres of the power of money, he suggests, may already be caked with the frosts of winter.

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The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Pdf Politics The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Pdf:The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition: Resolving the Heart of Conflict.What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? What if we systematically misunderstand that cause? And what if, as a result, we systematically perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve? From the authors of Leadership and Self-Deception comes an international best seller that instills hope and inspires reconciliation. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us.

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The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Pdf Politics The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Pdf:The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict.Review “A book that could change the face of humanity.” —Marion Blumenthal Lazan, holocaust survivor and bestselling author “I loved Leadership and Self-Deception, and The Anatomy of Peace takes it to the next level, personally and professionally.” —Adel Al-Saleh, President, IMS Health Europe, Middle East and Africa “The most powerful tool I’ve seen for finding real, lasting peace—in families, organizations, communities, and nations.” —Pamela Richarde, Past President, International Coach Federation Read more Book Description This phenomenal bestseller―over 300,000 copies sold―is a powerful and inspirational story about finding peace within ourselves and in our relationships. This second edition features brand new material. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Pdf Politics Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Pdf:Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.Review “Captivating . . . promise that you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives.” ―The New York Times“Impassioned, fascinating, profoundly significant, and wildly entertaining . . . Nickel and Dimed is not only important but transformative in its insistence that we take a long hard look at the society we live in.” ―Francise Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine“Valuable and illuminating . . . Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” ―The New York Times Book Review“Jarring . . . fully of riveting grit . . . this book is already unforgettable.” ―The New York Times“Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four.” ―Diane Sawyer“Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul.” ―Molly Ivins“Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged.” ―Chicago Tribune“Ehrenreich's scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on.” ―The Boston Globe“One of today's most original writers.” ―The New York Times Read more About the Author Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed, Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives (a New York Times bestseller), Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and several other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida. Read more

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China's Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle

Pdf Politics China's Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle

Pdf:China's Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle.A stunning inside look at how and why the foundations upon which China has built the world’s second largest economy, have started to crumble. Over the course of a decade spent reporting on the ground in China as a financial journalist, Dinny McMahon gradually came to the conclusion that the widely held belief in China’s inevitable economic ascent is dangerously wrong.   In this unprecedented deep dive, McMahon shows how, lurking behind the illusion of prosperity, China’s economic growth has been built on a staggering mountain of debt. While stories of newly built but empty cities, white elephant state projects, and a byzantine shadow banking system, have all become a regular fixture in the press in recent years, McMahon goes beyond the headlines to explain how such waste has been allowed to flourish, and why one of the most powerful governments in the world has been at a loss to stop it.   Through the stories of ordinary Chinese citizens, McMahon tries to make sense of the unique—and often bizarre—mechanics of the Chinese economy, whether it be the  state’s addiction to appropriating land from poor farmers; or why a Chinese entrepreneur decided it was cheaper to move his yarn factory to South Carolina; or why ambitious Chinese mayors build ghost cities; or why the Chinese bureaucracy was able to stare down Beijing’s attempts to break up the state’s pointless monopoly over the distribution of table salt.   Debt, entrenched vested interests, a frenzy of speculation, and an aging population are all pushing China toward an economic reckoning. China’s Great Wall of Debt unravels an incredibly complex and opaque economy, one whose fortunes—for better or worse—will shape the globe like never before.

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The War on Normal People

Pdf Politics The War on Normal People

Pdf:The War on Normal People.From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes - and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire - but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future - one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income - and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf Politics Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf:Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions - with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. Based on 15 years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?Are America's best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson's breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at-and understand-the world.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

Pdf Politics The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

Pdf:The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future.Review 'Andrew Yang is one of those rare visionaries who puts dreams into action. The War on Normal People is both a clear-eyed look at the depths of our social and economic problems and an innovative roadmap toward a better future.'―Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global'This book is a must read. Andrew Yang is tackling one of the biggest challenges facing our country the way only an entrepreneur can, but unlike most, he sees the big picture. Making money is good for you-but building a strong society and strong people is good for all of us. The topics Andrew addresses in this book aren't about some dystopian future way down the road. These things are happening today, and every entrepreneur should read this book to understand the challenges of the next decade.'―Daymond John, star of ABC's Shark Tank, bestselling author of The Power of Broke, and founder of FUBU'In this powerful book, Andrew Yang highlights the urgent need to rewrite America's social contract. In a call to arms that comes from both head and heart, Yang has made an important contribution to the debate about where America is headed and what we need to do about it.'―Alec Ross, New York Times bestselling author of The Industries of the Future'America desperately needs a wake-up call. This book will open your eyes to the ongoing effects of automation. Fortunately, aside from knowing full well the many challenges we face, Andrew Yang has a firm grasp of the solutions, most especially our need for Universal Basic Income. Read this book and hear the urgent call for abundance over scarcity, and humanity over abject madness. The clock is ticking.'―Scott Santens, Director, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network'Andrew Yang writes with passion and conviction, offering astute analysis--as well as a hopeful solution--for the looming challenge that may well define the coming decades: How can we ensure broad-based prosperity in a future where labor-displacing technology becomes vastly more powerful?'―Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots'A sobering portrait of a crumbling polity . . . [and] a provocative work of social criticism.'―Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Andrew Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a major non-profit that places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Yang has been the CEO, co-founder or executive at a number of technology and education companies. Yang was named a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change by the White House and one of Fast Company's '100 Most Creative People in Business.' He was also named to the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Department of Commerce. A major documentary with an Oscar-winning director, Generation Startup, featuring Yang and Venture for America, was released in Fall 2016 and is available on Netflix and other streaming platforms. He is a graduate of Columbia Law, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, James Kent Scholar and winner of the Class of 1912 Prize, and Brown University where he graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Read more

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Pdf Politics This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Pdf:This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.Review “This may be the first truly honest book ever written about climate change.” (Bryan Walsh Time)'The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.” (Rob Nixon The New York Times Book Review)'This is the best book about climate change in a very long time—in large part because it's about much more. It sets the most important crisis in human history in the context of our other ongoing traumas, reminding us just how much the powers-that-be depend on the power of coal, gas and oil. And that in turn should give us hope, because it means the fight for a just world is the same as the fight for a livable one.' (Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and co-founder of 350.org)“This Changes Everything is the work book for . . . [a] new, more assertive, more powerful environmental movement.” (Mark Bittman)'Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce, and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times. . . . I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today.' (Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things and Capitalism: A Ghost Story)“Naomi Klein is a genius. She has done for politics what Jared Diamond did for the study of human history. She skillfully blends politics, economics and history and distills out simple and powerful truths with universal applicability.” (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.)“[A]robust new polemic. . . . Drawing on an impressive volume of research, Ms. Klein savages the idea that we will be saved by new technologies or by an incremental shift away from fossil fuels: Both approaches, she argues, are forms of denial. . . . Ms. Klein is aware of the intractability of the problems she describes, but she manages optimism nonetheless.” (Nathaniel Rich The New York Times)'Klein is a brave and passionate writer who always deserves to be heard, and this is a powerful and urgent book.' (John Gray The Observer (UK))“If global warming is a worldwide wake-up call, we’re all pretty heavy sleepers. . . . We haven't made significant progress, Klein argues, because we've been expecting solutions from the very same institutions that created the problem in the first place. . . . Klein's sharp analysis makes a compelling case that a mass awakening is part of the answer.” (Chris Bentley The Chicago Tribune)“Gripping and dramatic. . . . [Klein] writes of a decisive battle for the fate of the earth in which we either take back control of the planet from the capitalists who are destroying it or watch it all burn.” (Roy Scranton Rolling Stone) Read more About the Author Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. A Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, reporter for Rolling Stone, and contributor for both The Nation and The Guardian, Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the climate justice organization The Leap. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke

Pdf Politics The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke

Pdf:The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke.Review 'A startling account of the elusiveness of the American Dream.'―Time Magazine'A wonderful book. . . . Revelatory.'―Paul Krugman, New York Times'Brimming with proposed solutions to the nail-biting anxiety that the middle class finds itself in.'―Wall Street Journal'A well-researched road map of where we are, as well as viable escape routes.'―Boston Globe Read more About the Author Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Fight Is Our Fight and A Fighting Chance, and the former Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Warren lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Amelia Warren Tyagi is the cofounder and president of Business Talent Group. Tyagi lives in Los Angeles, California. Read more

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf Politics Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf:Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions—with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority? - What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world. 

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Pdf Politics This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Pdf:This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market does not - and cannot - fix the climate crisis, but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift - a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf Politics The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf:The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, home to the US. Over 40 percent of the book is new, including chapters identifying today's EHMs and a detailed chronology extensively documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004.Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools—false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power—are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago.The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs—bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others—“con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.

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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf Politics The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Pdf:The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.Review “When I read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, I could not have known that, some years later, I would be on the receiving end of the type of ‘economic hit’ that Perkins so vividly narrated. The New Confessions resonates with my experiences of the brutish methods and gross economic irrationality guiding powerful institutions in their bid to undermine democratic control over economic power. Perkins has, once again, made a substantial contribution to a world that needs whistle-blowers to open its eyes to the true sources of political, social, and economic power.” —Yanis Varoufakis, former Minister of Finance, Greece “The New Confessions offers deep insights into the nefarious ways economic hit men and jackals have expanded their powers. It shows how they came home to roost in the United States—as well as the rest of the world. It is a brilliant and bold book that illuminates the crises we now face and offers a road map to stop them.” —John Gray, PhD, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus “John Perkins probed the dark depths of global oligarchy and emerged into the light of hope. This true story that reads like a page-turning novel is great for all of us who want the better world that we know is possible for ourselves, future generations, and the planet.” —Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul “Perkins provides a profound analysis of two forces vying to define the future. One is intent on preserving systems that serve the few at the expense of the many, while the other promotes a new consciousness of what it means to be human on this beautiful, fragile planet. This powerful book inspires and empowers actions that manifest an awakening to our collective ecosystem and the rebirth of humanity—an ECOrenaissance.” —Marci Zaroff, ECOlifestyle pioneer/serial entrepreneur and founder of ECOfashion brands Under the Canopy and Metawear “I loved Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Ten years ago it exposed the real story. The New Confessions tells the rest of that story—the terrible things that have happened since and what we all can do to turn a death economy into a life economy.” —Yoko Ono “The New Confessions is an amazing guide to co-creating a human presence on our planet that honors all life as sacred. It exposes our past mistakes; offers a vision for a compassionate, sustainable future; and provides practical approaches for making the transition between the two. A must-read for anyone who loves our beautiful home, Earth.” —Barbara Marx Hubbard, bestselling author and President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution “As one who has helped thousands of people grow their businesses, I’ve learned firsthand the importance of facing the crises old economic models created and acting positively to develop new approaches. Perkins’s experiences, his exposé of the failures, his clear vision of what needs to be done, his call to action, and the sense of joy he feels for being part of this consciousness revolution are deeply inspiring.” —Sage Lavine, women’s business mentor; CEO, Conscious Women Entrepreneurs; and founder of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy 'Conspiracy buffs are most likely to enjoy this updated version of a memoir that was a surprise bestseller in 2004…This revised version, he states, was written to answer the thousands of emails he received from readers interested in what they could do to resist.” —Publisher’s Weekly, February 2016 'Mr. Perkins's core message is that American corporations and government agencies employ two types of operatives: 'economic hit men,' who bribe emerging economies, and ‘jackals,' who may be used to overthrow or even murder heads of state in Latin America and the Middle East to serve the greater cause of American empire. . . . [This} book seems to have tapped into a larger vein of discontent and mistrust that Americans feel toward the ties that bind together corporations, large lending institutions and the government — a nexus that Mr. Perkins and others call the ‘corporatocracy.’” —The New York Times “This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal “Ultimately, Confessions is a parable for all Americans who try to deny the heartbreaking fact that our society’s affluence often comes at the wider world’s expense.” —Utne Reader  “[A] gripping tell-all book . . . Perkins reveals how the US machine works behind closed doors and how America has exploited others for its own needs.” —Rocky Mountain News “Imagine the conceptual love child of James Bond and Milton Friedman.” —Boston Herald “Perkins claims may seem unthinkable to most Americans. But the evidence, looking at the world economy, is damning . . . the citizens of this country need to be willing to examine the actions of our political and corporate leaders and demand that they stop the destruction that is making the world an increasingly dangerous place to live.” —Charlotte Observer An intriguing, vivid account of Perkins’s “living on the edge” experiences, this fascinating read is of the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction variety. - Library Journal (Lucy Heckman, St. John’s University Lib., Queens, NY) Read more Book Description Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this new edition of the New York Times bestseller brings the story of Economic Hit Men up-to-date and, chillingly, home to the U. S.―but it also gives us hope and the tools to fight back. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis

Pdf Politics The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis

Pdf:The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis.About the Author JAMES RICKARDS is the New York Times best-selling author of The Death of Money, Currency Wars, and The New Case For Gold, which have been translated  into fourteen languages. He is the editor of the newsletter Strategic Intelligence and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Financial Economics at Johns Hopkins University. An adviser on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community, he served as a facilitator of the first-ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He lives in Connecticut. Follow @JamesGRickards. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 1This Is the EndNice, nice, very nice- So many different people In the same device.From Cat's Cradle, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, 1963The ConversationAureole is an elegant, high-ceilinged restaurant of sleek modern design on West Forty-second Street in Manhattan. It sits midway between tourist throngs in Times Square and Bryant Park's greenery. The neoclassical New York Public Library, whose entrance is attended by the twin marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, looms nearby.I was there on a pleasant evening in June 2014 with three companions at a window table. We arrived at Aureole after a short walk from the library lecture hall where I had earlier delivered a talk on international finance.The library offered free access to the lecture. Free access to any event in New York City guarantees an eclectic audience, more diverse than my typical institutional presentation. One gentleman in attendance wore an orange suit, bow tie, sunglasses, and lime-green derby hat. He was seated in the front row. His appearance did not raise an eyebrow.New Yorkers are not only bold dressers, they're typically astute. In the question-and-answer session after the lecture, one listener raised his hand and said, 'I agree with your warnings about systemic risk, but I'm stuck in a company 401(k). My only options are equities and money market funds. What should I do?' My initial advice was 'Quit your job.'Then I said, 'Seriously, move from equities to half cash. That leaves you some upside with lower volatility, and you'll have optionality as visibility improves.' That was all he could do. As I gave the advice, I realized millions of Americans were stuck in the same stock market trap.At Aureole, it was time to relax. The crowd was the usual midtown mix of moguls and models. I was with three brilliant women. To my left was Christina Polischuk, retired top adviser to Barclays Global Investors. Barclays was one of the world's largest asset managers before being acquired by BlackRock in 2009. That acquisition put BlackRock in a league of its own, on its way to $5 trillion of assets under management, larger than the GDP of Germany.Across the table was my daughter, Ali. She had just launched her own business as a digital media consultant after four years advising Hollywood A-list celebrities. I was among her first clients. She brought millennial savvy to my lecture style with good success.To my right was one of the most powerful, yet private, women in finance; consigliere to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. She was BlackRock's point person on government efforts to suppress the financial system following the 2008 meltdown. When the government came knocking on BlackRock's door, she answered.Over a bottle of white Burgundy, we conversed about old times, mutual friends, and the crowd at the lecture. I had addressed the audience on complexity theory and hard data that showed the financial system moving toward collapse. My friend on the right didn't need any lectures on systemic risk; she stood at the crossroads of contagion in her role at BlackRock.Under Larry Fink's direction, BlackRock emerged over the past twenty-five years as the most powerful force in asset management. BlackRock manages separate accounts for the world's largest institutions as well as mutual funds and other investment vehicles for investors of all sizes. It sponsors billions of dollars of exchange-traded funds, ETFs, through its iShares platform.Acquisitions engineered by Fink including State Street Research, Merrill Lynch Investment Management, and Barclays Global Investors, combined with internal growth and new products, pushed BlackRock to the top of the heap among asset managers. BlackRock's $5 trillion of assets were spread across equities, fixed income, commodities, foreign exchange, and derivatives in markets on five continents. No other asset management firm has its sheer size and breadth. BlackRock was the new financial Leviathan.Fink is obsessively driven by asset growth, and the financial power that comes with it. He typically rises early, devours news, keeps a grueling schedule punctuated by power lunches and dinners, and is asleep by 10:30 p.m., ready to do it all again the next day. When he's not shuttling between his east side Manhattan apartment and his midtown office, Fink can be found on the global power elite circuit including Davos in January, IMF meetings in April, St. Petersburg, Russia, in June for 'white nights,' and so on around the calendar and around the globe, meeting with clients, heads of state, central bankers, and other lesser-known yet quietly powerful figures.Such power does not go unnoticed in Washington. The U.S. government operates like the Black Hand, a Mafia predecessor portrayed in The Godfather Part II. If you pay protection money in the form of campaign contributions, make donations to the right foundations, hire the right consultants, lawyers, and lobbyists, and don't oppose the government agenda, you are left alone to operate your business.If you fail to pay protection, Washington will break your windows as a warning. In twenty-first-century America, government breaks your windows with politically motivated prosecutions on tax, fraud, or antitrust charges. If you still don't fall into line, the government returns to burn down your store.The Obama administration raised the art of political prosecution to a height not seen since 1934, when the Roosevelt administration sought the indictment of Andrew Mellon, a distinguished former secretary of the treasury. Mellon's only crimes were being rich and a vocal opponent of FDR. He was eventually acquitted of all charges. Still, a political prosecution played well among FDR's left-wing cohort.Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, learned this lesson the hard way when he publicly criticized Obama's bank regulatory policy in 2012. Over the course of the next two years, JPMorgan paid more than $30 billion in fines, penalties, and compliance costs to settle a host of criminal and civil fraud charges brought by the Obama Justice Department and regulatory agencies. The Obama administration knew that attacking institutions was more remunerative than attacking individuals as FDR had done. Under this new Black Hand, stockholders paid the costs, and CEOs got to keep their jobs provided they remained mute.Fink played the political game more astutely than Dimon. As Fortune magazine reported, 'Fink . . . is a strong Democrat . . . and has often been rumored as set to take a big administration job, such as Secretary of the Treasury.' Fink had so far managed to avoid the attacks that plagued his rivals.Now Fink confronted a threat greater than targeted prosecutions and West Wing animus. The threat involved the White House, but emanated from the highest levels of the IMF and the G20 club of major economic powers. This threat has an anodyne name intended to confuse nonexperts. The name is G-SIFI, which stands for 'globally systemic important financial institution.' In plain English, G-SIFI means 'too big to fail.' If your company is on the G-SIFI list, it will be propped up by governments because a failure topples the global financial system. That list went beyond large national banks into a stratosphere of super-size players who dominated global finance. G-SIFI even went beyond too big to fail. G-SIFI was a list of entities that were too big to leave alone. The G20 and IMF did not just want to watch the G-SIFIs. They wanted to control them.Each major country has its own sublists of SIFIs, and systemically important banks (SIBs) that are also too big to fail. In the United States, these banks include JPMorgan, Citibank, and some lesser-known entities such as the Bank of New York, the clearing nerve center for the U.S. treasury market.I knew this background when I sat down to dinner that evening. The latest development was that governments were now moving beyond banks to include nonbank financial companies in their net.Some nonbank targets were easy prey, including insurance giant AIG, which almost destroyed the financial system in 2008, and General Electric, whose credit operations were unable to roll over their commercial paper in the panic that year. It was the General Electric freeze, more than Wall Street bank failures, that most panicked Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman at the time. The General Electric credit collapse spread contagion to all of corporate America, which led directly to government guarantees of all bank deposits, money market funds, and corporate commercial paper. The General Electric meltdown was a white-knuckle moment that governments resolved never to repeat.Once GE and AIG were swept in, the issue was how far to cast the nonbank net. Prudential Insurance was snared next. Governments were moving to control not just banks and large corporations, but the world's biggest asset managers as well. MetLife Insurance was next on the hit list; BlackRock was directly in the crosshairs.I asked my dinner companion, 'How's this whole SIFI thing going? You must have your hands full.'Her reply startled me. 'It's worse than you think,' she said.I was aware of the government's efforts to put BlackRock in the nonbank SIFI category. A behind-the-scenes struggle by BlackRock management to avoid the designation had been going on for months. BlackRock's case was straightforward. They argued they were an asset manager, not a bank. Asset managers don't fail; their clients do.BlackRock insisted size itself was not a problem. The assets under management belonged to the clients, not to BlackRock. In effect, they argued BlackRock was just a hired hand for its institutional clients, and not important in its own right.Fink argued that systemic risk was in banks, not BlackRock. Banks borrow money on a short-term basis from depositors and other banks, then loan the funds out for a longer term as mortgages or commercial loans. This asset-liability maturity mismatch leaves banks vulnerable if the short-term lenders want their money back in a panic. Long-term assets cannot be liquidated quickly without a fire sale.Modern financial technology made the problem worse because derivatives allowed the asset-liability mismatch to be more highly leveraged, and spread among more counterparties in hard-to-find ways. When panic strikes, even central banks willing to act as lenders of last resort cannot easily untangle the web of transactions in time to avoid a domino-style crash of one bank after another. All of this was amply demonstrated in the Panic of 2008, and even earlier in the collapse of hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management in 1998.BlackRock had none of these problems. It was an asset manager, pure and simple. Clients entrusted it with assets to invest. There was no liability on the other side of the balance sheet. BlackRock did not need depositors or money market funds to finance its operations. BlackRock did not act as principal in exotic off-balance-sheet derivatives to leverage its client assets.A client hired BlackRock, gave it assets under an advisory agreement, and paid a fee for the advice. In theory, the worst that could happen to BlackRock is it might lose clients or receive fewer fees. Its stock price might decline. Still, BlackRock could not suffer a classic run on the bank because it did not rely on short-term funding to conduct its operations, and it was not highly leveraged. BlackRock was different from a bank, and safer.I said, 'Well, I know what the government is doing. They realize you're not a bank and don't have funding risk. They just want information. They want you on the nonbank SIFI list so they can come in, poke around, look at your investments, and report the information to Treasury in a crisis. They'll combine that with information from other sources. The information gives them the big picture if they need to put out a fire. It's a pain, and it's expensive, but you can do it. It's just another compliance cost.'My friend leaned in, lowered her voice, and said, 'No, it's not that. We can live with that. They want to tell us we can't sell.''What?' I replied. I heard her well enough, but the implication of what she said was striking.'In a crisis, they want to pick up the phone and order us not to sell securities. Just freeze us in place. I was in Washington last week on this and I'm going back next week for more meetings. You know it's not really about us, it's about our clients.'I was shocked. I should not have been. BlackRock was an obvious choke point in the global flow of funds. The fact that regulators might order banks to behave in certain ways was not surprising. Regulators can close banks almost at will. Bank management knows that in a match with regulators, the bank will always lose, so they go along with government orders. But government had no obvious legal leverage over asset managers like BlackRock.Yet the flow of funds through BlackRock on a daily basis was enormous. BlackRock was a strategic choke point like the Strait of Hormuz. If you stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, the global economy grinds to a halt. Likewise, if you stop transactions at BlackRock, global markets grind to a halt.In a financial panic, everyone wants his money back. Investors believe stocks, bonds, and money market funds can be turned into money with a few clicks at an online broker. In a panic, that's not necessarily true. At best, values are crashing and 'money' disappears before your eyes. At worst, funds suspend redemptions and brokers shut off their systems.Broadly speaking, there are two ways for policymakers to respond when everyone wants his money back. The first is to make money readily available, printing as much as necessary to satisfy the demand. This is the classic central bank function as the lender of last resort, more aptly called printer of last resort.The second approach is to just say no; to lock down or freeze the system. A lockdown involves closing banks, shutting exchanges, and ordering asset managers not to sell. In the Panic of 2008, governments pursued the first option. Central Banks printed money and passed it around to reliquefy markets and prop up asset prices.Now it looked like governments were anticipating the next panic by preparing the second approach. In the next panic, government will say, in effect, 'No, you can't have your money. The system is closed. Let us sort things out, and we'll get back to you.'Money locked down at BlackRock is not their money, it's their clients'. BlackRock manages funds for the largest institutions in the world such as CIC, the Chinese sovereign wealth fund, and CALPERS, the pension fund for government employees in California. A freeze on BlackRock means you are freezing sales by China, California, and other jurisdictions around the world. The U.S. government has no authority to tell China not to sell securities. But because China entrusts assets to BlackRock, the government would use its power over BlackRock to freeze the Chinese. The Chinese would be the last to know.By controlling one financial choke point-BlackRock-the U.S. government controls the assets of major investors normally beyond its jurisdiction. Freezing BlackRock was an audacious plan, obviously one the government could not discuss openly. Thanks to my dinner companion, the plan had become crystal clear. Read more

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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Pdf Politics Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Pdf:Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist.Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike. That's why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic "doughnut" image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like. Raworth handpicks the best emergent ideas - from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science - to address this question: How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow? Simple, playful, and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.

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The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America

Pdf Politics The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America

Pdf:The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.Review “Oren Cass has accomplished the rare feat of not only saying something truly new and innovative about our society, but also doing it in a readable, engrossing way. The Once and Future Worker is a wake-up call to our political class, and indeed the whole country, that rising consumption can’t replace that most basic of goods―a job. A brilliant book. And among the most important I’ve ever read.” ―J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy “No one has better articulated the conservative argument for why work matters to America's long-term prosperity than Oren Cass. Oren’s insightful prescription for what ails us should be required reading for those who endeavor to create a labor market in which workers can create and support strong families and communities.” ―Mitt Romney “Oren Cass has written the essential policy book for our time. His diagnosis cuts to the heart of what’s troubling our political economy, and his prescriptions chart the way toward a more constructive politics. A must-read.” ―Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs “Through an unflinching indictment of the mistakes that Washington has made for a generation and continues to make today, Oren Cass forcefully draws out the contradictions of a consensus that has actively displaced Americans from their national inheritance of good jobs and thriving hometowns. The Once and Future Worker offers much-needed clarity for how to make the American Dream possible for the many.” ―Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) “Oren Cass’s focus on the importance of work―and making work pay―offers welcome common ground for policy debates across partisan and ideological lines. His core principle―a culture of respect for work of all kinds―can help close the gap dividing the two Americas that the 2016 election so starkly revealed.” ―William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution“Working-class voters tried to send a message in 2016, and they are still trying to send it. The crucial question is whether America’s leaders will listen and respond. One way to start doing that is to read Oren Cass’s absolutely brilliant new book.”―David Brooks, New York Times“Oren Cass has one of the sharpest policy minds in this new vanguard. . . . Cass’s book, timed for publication the week after the midterms, could either be the battle orders for a second Trump term or a to-do list for a successor stamped in the same mold.”―Sam Tanenhaus, Time“Oren Cass talks about a lot of these policy solutions that nobody wants to talk about. . . . Go check it out right now. It’s a sophisticated take on a lot of deep policy issues.”―Ben Shapiro, The Ben Shapiro Show Read more About the Author Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He worked previously as the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Read more

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Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Pdf Politics Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Pdf:Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.Review Praise for Robert B. Reich’s Saving CapitalismA Publishers Weekly Business & Economics Top 10 selection for Fall 2015'Ambitious. . . . Reich makes a very good case that widening inequality largely reflects political decisions that could have gone in very different directions. . . . Saving Capitalism is a very good guide to the state we’re in.' —The New York Review of Books“If you want to understand why income and wealth inequality are the economic, political, and moral issues of our time, you must read this book. Robert Reich is one of the best economists in modern American history. This book is a roadmap on how to rebuild the middle class and fix a rigged economy that has been propped up by a corrupt campaign finance system.” —United States Senator Bernie Sanders“[A] sweeping treatise on inequality in America. . . . A rallying call.” —The New York Times Book Review“One of Reich’s finest works, and is required reading for anyone who has hope that a capitalist system can indeed work for the many, and not just the few.” —Salon“Like any good teacher, Robert Reich knows that making a simple yet crucial idea stick often takes much time and many presentations of the concept. . . . In Saving Capitalism, Reich drives home a basic fact that, if widely understood, could lift America from today’s destructive political standoff.” —Chicago Tribune“A well-written, thought-provoking book by one of America’s leading economic thinkers and progressive champions.” —The Huffington Post“Engrossing. . . . [Reich] is calmly articulate, not alarmist; yet a sense of urgency pulses through his unambiguous prose.” —The Argonaut (Los Angeles)“Audacious. . . . Offers a pragmatic reform-filled path forward. . . . [Reich takes] on the very language used by the business world that perpetuates the myth that the private sector exists as magical sphere entirely unrelated to government.” —EcoWatch“Reich has both the stature and eloquence to make a compelling case. His sharply argued critique is therefore highly recommended to all readers. . . . Insightful.” —Library Journal (starred review)“An arresting, thought-provoking treatise on the need to reverse the trend of income inequality in the U.S. . . . Reich’s powerful final argument is that Americans need to rid themselves of the idea that it’s too late to change their economy.” —Publishers Weekly“An accessible examination of how the ‘apparent arbitrariness and unfairness of the economy [has] undermined the public’s faith in its basic tenets’. . . . The author takes a measured view even as he argues against free market orthodoxies, [and] he arrives at some innovative reforms. . . . Reich’s overriding message is that we don’t have to put up with things as they are. It’s a useful and necessary one.” —Kirkus Reviews“This is an important and provocative book about the erosion of America’s middle class by one of the nation’s most astute and passionate social critics. Reich provides an original and compelling analysis of how the rules governing America’s form of capitalism have contributed to growing income inequality and of how these rules have been distorted by the role of money in the U.S. political system.” —Laura D’Andrea Tyson“Robert Reich has written a riveting guide to how our economic and political system has become so badly flawed, distorted by pervasive rent seeking and monopolies. He explains our rising inequality and our poor economic performance. Wholesale reform is needed—far beyond the usual prescriptions of raising the minimum wage and spending more money on education.” —Joseph Stiglitz“Robert Reich sets the terms for new and more productive debates by rediscovering the political roots of the economic arrangements we too often take for granted. Everyone concerned with our economic future will need to grapple with Reich’s arguments in 2016 and beyond.” —Lawrence H. Summers Read more About the Author Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He has served in three national administrations and has written fourteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the bestsellers Supercapitalism and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning 2013 film Inequality for All. He is also chair of the national governing board of Common Cause. He lives in Berkeley. www.robertreich.org Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Pdf Politics Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Pdf:Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.Review “There are just a few essential reads if you want to understand the American social and political landscape today. Robert Putnam’s Our Kids . . . deserve[s] to be on that list.”  (David Brooks The New York Times)“Robert D. Putnam is technically a Harvard social scientist, but a better description might be poet laureate of civil society. In Our Kids, Putnam brings his talent for launching a high-level discussion to a timely topic. . . . No one can finish Our Kids and feel complacent about equal opportunity.” (Jason DeParle The New York Times Book Review)“Putman’s new book is an eye-opener. When serious political candidates maintain that there are no classes in America, Putnam shows us the reality — and it is anything but reassuring.' (Alan Wolfe Washington Post Book World)“Much of the current debate about inequality has a strangely abstract quality, focusing on the excesses of the 1 per cent without really coming to terms with what has happened to the American middle class over the past two generations. Into this void steps the political scientist Robert Putnam, with a truly masterful volume that should shock Americans into confronting what has happened to their society.” (Francis Fukuyama The Financial Times)“Robert D. Putnam vividly captures a dynamic change in American society—the widening class-based opportunity gap among young people. The diminishing life chances of lower-class families and the expanding resources of the upper-class are contrasted in sharp relief in Our Kids, which also includes compelling suggestions of what we as a nation should do about this trend. Putnam’s new book is a must-read for all Americans concerned about the future of our children.” (William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University)“Robert Putnam weaves together scholarship and storytelling to paint a truly troubling picture of our country and its future. Our Kids makes it absolutely clear that we need to put aside our political bickering and fix how this country provides opportunity for its millions of poor children. This book should be required reading for every policymaker in America, if not every American.” (Geoffrey Canada, President, the Harlem Children’s Zone)“In yet another path-breaking book about America’s changing social landscape, Robert Putnam investigates how growing income gaps have shaped our children so differently. His conclusion is chilling: social mobility ‘seems poised to plunge in the years ahead, shattering the American dream.’ Must reading from the White House to your house.” (David Gergen)“With clarity and compassion, Robert Putnam tells the story of the great social issue of our time: the growing gap between the lives of rich and poor children, and the diminishing prospects of children born into disadvantage. A profoundly important book and a powerful reminder that we can and must do better.” (Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character)“The book’s chief and authoritative contribution is its careful presentation for a popular audience of important work on the erosion, in the past half century, of so many forms of social, economic, and political support for families, schools, and communities. . . . Our Kids is a passionate, urgent book.” (Jill Lepore The New Yorker)'A thoughtful and persuasive book.' (The Economist) Read more About the Author Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. Visit RobertDPutnam.com. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis

Pdf Politics The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis

Pdf:The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis.The bestselling author of The Death of Money and Currency Wars reveals the global elites' dark effort to hide a coming catastrophe from investors in The Road to Ruin, now a National Bestseller.   A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a worldwide financial meltdown are unmistakable. This time, the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits.   Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: the U.S. government’s cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk, and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit, are driving us headlong toward a cliff.   As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. They will have stockpiled hard assets when stock exchanges are closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash withdrawals denied.   If you want to plan for the risks ahead, you will need Rickards’s cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It’s a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comfort­ing knowledge that your wealth is secure.   The global elites don’t want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts—and, of course, to maintain their wealth—works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don’t need to be."If you are curious about what the financial Götterdämmerung might look like you’ve certainly come to the right place... Rickards believes -- and provides tantalizing snippets of private conversations with those who dwell in the very eye-in-the-pyramid -- that the current world monetary and financial system is on the verge of insolvency and that the world financial elites already have a successor system for which they are laying the groundwork." --Ralph Benko, Forbes

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Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Pdf Politics Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Pdf:Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society.Review 'One of The Economist's Best Business and Economics Books of 2018''E. Glen Weyl & Eric Posner: One of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Bloomberg 50” Icons of 2018''Both a savage critique of 'techno-feudalism' and an idealistic appeal to share the fruits of our collective intelligence more fairly.'---John Thornhill, Financial Times'Radical Markets . . . could be best described as an interesting new way of looking at the subject that is sometimes called “political economy” - tackling the big questions of how markets and politics and society intersect. . . . I highly recommend Radical Markets . . . to anyone interested in these kinds of issues, and look forward to seeing the discussion that the book generates.'---Vitalik Buterin, 'Extremely thought provoking and clearly brilliant . . . Radical Markets certainly made me think about property, information, power. Well worth reading.'---Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist'Doesn’t anybody have anything new to offer? . . . . [Y]es: . . . unleash the awesome power of markets . . . to uplift the poor . . . it just might be what the world needs now. . . . [Posner and Weyl are] smart and iconoclastic, and their book bursts with ideas like kernels of corn on a hot stove.'---Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek'What I love is just some new ideas, because the existing ideas to solve the injustices and inequalities aren’t working! A must-read.'---Carol Massar, Bloomberg Radio'A very thought-provoking book is a bizarre fusion of ideas drawn from the classical liberal . . . . and socialist tradition(s). . . . It contains ideas . . . that really do make you think. It is a really fun book to read and of you are someone who actually likes having your suppositions and beliefs challenged, take a look at it.'---Reihan Salam, National Review's The Editors podcast'An arresting if eccentric manifesto for rebooting liberalism. . . . Radical Markets is refreshing and welcome in its willingness to question received wisdom.' (The Economist)'I highly recommend this book! Replacing markets by auctions (sort of). Whether you agree or not, it shows how much liberalism is able to renew itself.'---Gaspard Koenig, Generation Libre Read more From the Back Cover 'I have always been motivated to find ways to unite the power of technology and markets with the goal of creating a more egalitarian society, and the authors of this book offer an exploration of these apparently contradictory strands.'--Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft 'Perhaps the most ambitious attempt to rethink democracy and markets since Milton Friedman. Twenty years from now this just might be the book people are talking about. The writing is excellent, with great examples and historical detail. I admire the ambition and willingness to experiment, a rare thing in economics these days. It just might help launch a new branch of political economy.'--Kenneth S. Rogoff, author of The Curse of Cash 'One of the most exciting books in the social sciences published in the past several years. Very original, using a consistent ideological approach, and intellectually compelling.'--Branko Milanovic, author of Global Inequality'Radical Markets thinks big and builds daring proposals, all on a unified theme: the need for maintaining competition and eliciting decentralized information, whose neglect led to the demise of planned economies. Whether you are convinced by the specific proposals or not, your confidence in your worldview may well be shattered by the depth and originality of the analysis.'--Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics, Nobel Laureate in Economics, and author of Economics for the Common Good'In our difficult times, with mounting anxieties over migration, global inequality, and the cohesiveness of public culture, many are inclined to reject market-based solutions as heartless and elitist. Eric Posner and Glen Weyl argue that market-based ideas of a radically new sort (though based on neglected insights from the past) have the power to create greater equality and reciprocity. Counterintuitive and fascinating, this book will be an essential part of the debate about global issues going forward.'--Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago'I have always been motivated to find ways to unite the power of technology and markets with the goal of creating a more egalitarian society, and the authors of this book offer an exploration of these apparently contradictory strands.'--Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Pdf Politics Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Pdf:Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist.Review “I read this book with the excitement that the people of his day must have read John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory. It is brilliant, thrilling, and revolutionary. Drawing on a deep well of learning, wisdom, and deep thinking, Kate Raworth has comprehensively reframed and redrawn economics. It is entirely accessible, even for people with no knowledge of the subject. I believe that Doughnut Economics will change the world.”―George Monbiot, author; columnist at The Guardian“Raworth’s magnum opus. . . . A fascinating reminder to business leaders and economists alike to stand back at a distance to examine our modern economics.'―Forbes, “Best Business Books of 2017”“An admirable attempt to broaden the horizons of economic thinking.”―Financial Times, Martin Wolf, “Best Books of 2017: Economics” “This is truly the book we’ve all been waiting for. Kate Raworth provides the antidote to neoliberal economics with her radical and ambitious vision of an economy in service to life. Given the current state of the world, we need Doughnut Economics now more than ever.”―L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions“[A] sharp, insightful call for a shift in thinking . . . Raworth’s energetic, layperson-friendly writing makes her concept accessible as well as intriguing.”―Publishers Weekly“Can anyone seriously suppose that today’s economic orthodoxies are going to bring the world back from the brink of chaos? We need to fundamentally rethink the way we create and distribute wealth, and Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics provides an inspiring primer as to how we must now set about that challenge. I hope it ushers in a period of intense debate about the kind of economy we now so urgently need.”―Jonathon Porritt, author of The World We Made; founding director, Forum for the Future“What if it were possible to live well without trashing the planet? Doughnut Economics succinctly captures this tantalising possibility and takes up its challenge. Brimming with creativity, Raworth reclaims economics from the dust of academia and puts it to the service of a better world.”―Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity without Growth“Not long ago, well-known development economist Kate Raworth’s Doughnut graphic became an overnight sensation. Now this marvelous book clearly and succinctly explains her re-envisioning of the economy. On a bookshelf crowded with attempts to reframe economic thinking and the way forward, this book stands out―brilliantly.”―Juliet Schor, author of Plentitude“Economics rightly is under the microscope. Kate Raworth’s insightful Doughnut is what every budding economist should see when they first peer down the lens.” ―John Fullerton, founder and president, Capital Institute Read more About the Author Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges. She is a senior visiting research associate and advisory board member at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and teaches in its masters program for Environmental Change and Management. She is also senior associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a member of the Club of Rome. Over the past 20 years Raworth has been a senior researcher at Oxfam, a co-author of UNDP’s annual Human Development Reports and a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working in the villages of Zanzibar. She is also on the advisory board of the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges Programme and Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Resource Observatory. Kate lives in Oxford, England. Read more

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The 48 Laws of Power

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Pdf:The 48 Laws of Power.Review “Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust.”—New York magazine   “Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top.”—People magazine “An heir to Machiavelli’s Prince . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade mecum.” —Publishers Weekly   “Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It’s The Rules meets In Pursuit of Wow! with a degree in comparative literature.”—Allure Read more From the Back Cover THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence ('Law 1: Never Outshine the Master'), some stealth ('Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions'), and some the total absence of mercy ('Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally') but like it or not, all have applications in real-life situations. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded -- or been victimized by -- power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Propaganda

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Pdf:Propaganda.“Bernays’ honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”—Noam Chomsky“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, PropagandaA seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His 1928 bombshell Propaganda lays out his eerily prescient vision for using propaganda to regiment the collective mind in a variety of areas, including government, politics, art, science and education. To read this book today is to frightfully comprehend what our contemporary institutions of government and business have become in regards to organized manipulation of the masses.This is the first reprint of Propaganda in over 30 years and features an introduction by Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder.

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An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Pdf Politics An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Pdf:An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.Review “An eye opening discussion . . . [An] important book. . . . Rosenthal told an interviewer her goal was to “start a very loud conversation” that will be “difficult politically to ignore.” We need such a conversation – not just about how the market fails, but about how we can change the political realities that stand in the way of fixing it.”—The New York Times Book Review “Patients can save thousands of dollars by purchasing An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal.”—New York Journal of Books'An authoritative account of the distorted financial incentives that drive medical care in the United States . . . Every lawmaker and administration official should pick up a copy of An American Sickness. Then, at last, the serious debate could begin.” —The Washington Post “Bold, insightful, well-researched analysis.” —Nature   “Truly remarkable for the extensive interviews and range of documentation it provides.”—American Psychological Association“In this in-depth analysis of a malfunctioning system, Rosenthal makes a compelling case against the hospital and pharmaceutical executives behind the “money chase,” and it’s hard to imagine a more educated, credible guide…The patients she interviewed share mind-boggling stories…She builds her case with one damning statistic after another…Rosenthal presents solutions both personal and societal in this commanding and necessary call to arms.” —Booklist (starred) “Provocatively analyzes...Rosenthal unveils with surgical precision the 'dysfunctional medical market'...a startling cascade.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “A blast across the bow of the entire health care industry . . . Throughout, the author blends extensive research with human interest . . .A scathing denouncement.”—Kirkus Reviews“Elisabeth Rosenthal’s meticulous history of the crisis in American health care should be required reading for our generation. I have not read another volume that diagnoses the “deeply, perhaps fatally, flawed” system of health insurance and delivery with such lucidity, dissects its critical shortcomings, and provides such a clear prescription for its ills.  Bold, imaginative, tautly written and filled with fury and compassion, this book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene “Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician turned tenacious reporter, shows how the ‘highly dysfunctional’ American health care system turned the Gentle Art of Healing into a Greedy Arsenal of Profit, where everybody does well—except the patient. She also teaches us how to fight back against useless treatments, outrageous fees, and bewildering bills.”—T. R. Reid, bestselling author of A Fine Mess, The Healing of America, The United States of Europe, The Chip, and Confucius Lives Next Door “An American Sickness will give you many new reasons to avoid getting sick, but also the resources to help protect your finances and your life if you do. Elisabeth Rosenthal’s remarkable, outrage-inducing book reveals how each attempt to check the health industry’s excesses has been exploited for monetary gain. Both a fascinating history of dysfunction, and a clear manifesto for change.”—Sheri Fink, M.D., Ph.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital “Through vivid, heart wrenching stories and trenchant analysis, Libby Rosenthal unveils the irrationality, indifference, harmfulness, and downright unfairness of the American health care system that can often seem more driven by profit than caring and compassion.  She also offers tremendously helpful advice to patients on how to navigate the system to ensure they get the best outcomes.”—Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Reinventing American Health Care  Read more About the Author Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for twenty-two years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health and health policy. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and has worked as an ER physician. She lives in New York City and Washington, DC. Read more

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An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Pdf Politics An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Pdf:An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.Award-winning New York Times reporter Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal reveals the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American health-care system and tells us exactly what we can do to solve its myriad of problems. It is well documented that our health-care system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate a byzantine system and also to demand far-reaching reform. Breaking down the monolithic business into its individual industries - the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, drug manufacturers - that together constitute our health-care system, Rosenthal tells the story of the history of American medicine as never before. The situation is far worse than we think, and it has become like that much more recently than we realize. Hospitals, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Americans are dying from routine medical conditions when affordable and straightforward solutions exist. Dr. Rosenthal explains for the first time how various social and financial incentives have encouraged a disastrous and immoral system to spring up organically in a shockingly short span of time. The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a health-care system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

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America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Pdf Politics America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Pdf:America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.New York Times best seller. A New York Times notable book.America's Bitter Pill is Steven Brill's acclaimed book on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It's a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America's largest, most dysfunctional industry. It's a penetrating chronicle of how the profiteering that Brill first identified in his trailblazing Time Magazine cover story continues, despite Obamacare. And it is the first complete, inside account of how President Obama persevered to push through the law, but then failed to deal with the staff incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation. But by chance America's Bitter Pill ends up being much more - because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery. Thus, this also becomes the story of how one patient who thinks he knows everything about health-care "policy" rethinks it from a hospital gurney - and combines that insight with his brilliant reporting. The result: a surprising new vision of how we can fix American health care so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses and the federal treasury.   Praise for America's Bitter Pill:   "A tour de force...a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare...persuasive, shocking." (The New York Times)"An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy.... [Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary." (The New York Times Book Review)"A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the 'toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.'" (Los Angeles Times)   "A sweeping and spirited new book [that] chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform." (The Daily Beast)"One of the most important books of our time." (Walter Isaacson)  "Superb...Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible - written an exciting book about the American health system." (The New York Review of Books)

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The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

Pdf Politics The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

Pdf:The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age.Review George Grant World If [Davidson and Rees-Mogg's] amazing track record for sheer prescience holds true, this may be their most revolutionary book yet....This disturbing book will stimulate your thinking, broaden your horizons, and illumine your conversations for quite some time to come. And just maybe it will provide the impetus necessary for you to get out of debt, set our financial house in order, and prepare for the uncertain days ahead. Read more About the Author James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg edit Strategic Investment, one of the world's more widely circulated private investment letters. Davidson is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, with investments in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and New Zealand, as well as high-tech projects in North America. Rees-Mogg was formerly editor of The Times of London and vice chairman of the BBC. He is a director of the Private Bank of London. Together they authored Blood in the Streets: Investment Profits in a World Gone Mad and The Great Reckoning. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Pdf Politics Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Pdf:Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.Amazon.com Review Stephanie Land lifts the rug on the life of the working poor in her eye-opening book, Maid. She is writing about the people who clean our homes, who tend to our yards—yet so often these workers go unseen and their stories untold. As a single mother, Stephanie Land cares for herself and her young daughter through a complicated system of government assistance programs and through employment as a house cleaner. Her experience with government aid programs magnifies their worst inconsistency: how difficult is it for people to become self-sufficient when they are reliant on child care and food assistance credit in order to work and live, yet even the smallest increase in income can mean a significant loss of benefits. Land doesn’t have family or friends who could help her financially. They just don’t have it to give. She is truly on her own, yet using a food assistance card at the grocery store checkout has earned her scorn and judgement from strangers who think anyone using the system is abusing the system. Land is a fighter—her desire to create a better life for her daughter is what drives her to keep trying to dig her way out of poverty, working long hours for low pay, and grasping what kindnesses she receives like a life line. Maid is compelling because it’s so personal. Land isn’t whining or blaming, she’s letting us into her life, sharing feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and desperation that come with trying so damn hard to do better and still living below the poverty line in spite of her efforts. Land has a hard life but she also has hope and resilience. She finds joy in small moments that are often overlooked in the distraction of material things. Maid is an important work of journalism that offers an insightful and unique perspective on a segment of the working poor from someone who has lived it. --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review Read more Review Forbes, Most Anticipated Books of the YearGlamour, Best Books of the YearTime, 11 New Books to Read This JanuaryVulture, 8 New Books You Should Read This JanuaryUSA Today, 5 New Books Not to MissAmazon, Best Books of the MonthDetroit News, New Books to Look Forward to in 2019The Missoulian, Best Books of the MonthSan Diego Entertainer, Books to Kick Off Your New YearPeople, Perfect for Your Book ClubBoston.com, 20 Books to Look Out for in 2019Hello Giggles, Best New Books to Read This Week―'More than any book in recent memory, Land nails the sheer terror that comes with being poor, the exhausting vigilance of knowing that any misstep or twist of fate will push you deeper into the hole.'―The Boston Globe'Stephanie Lands memoir [Maid] is a bracing one.'―The Atlantic'An eye-opening journey into the lives of the working poor.'―People, Perfect for Your Book Club'The particulars of Land's struggle are sobering, but it's the impression of precariousness that is most memorable.'―The New Yorker'[Land's] book has the needed quality of reversing the direction of the gaze. Some people who employ domestic labor will read her account. Will they see themselves in her descriptions of her clients? Will they offer their employees the meager respect Land fantasizes about? Land survived the hardship of her years as a maid, her body exhausted and her brain filled with bleak arithmetic, to offer her testimony. It's worth listening to.'―New York Times Book Review'What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people's lousy attitudes toward poor people... Land's prose is vivid and engaging... [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir... an incredibly worthwhile read.'―Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir'An eye-opening exploration of poverty in America.'―Bustle'Marry the evocative first person narrative of Educated with the kind of social criticism seen in Nickel and Dimed and you'll get a sense of the remarkable book you hold in your hands. In Maid, Stephanie Land, a gifted storyteller with an eye for details you'll never forget, exposes what it's like to exist in America as a single mother, working herself sick cleaning our dirty toilets, one missed paycheck away from destitution. It's a perspective we seldom see represented firsthand-and one we so desperately need right now. Timely, urgent, and unforgettable, this is memoir at its very best.'―Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness'For readers who believe individuals living below the poverty line are lazy and/or intellectually challenged, this memoir is a stark, necessary corrective.... [T]he narrative also offers a powerful argument for increasing government benefits for the working poor during an era when most benefits are being slashed.... An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.'―Kirkus Reviews, starred review Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Pdf Politics Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Pdf:Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor. Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost", Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives - their sadness and love, too - she begins to find hope in her own path. Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Pdf Politics American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Pdf:American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment.Review One of Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2018 One of San Francisco Chronicle’s 10 Best Books of 2018 One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018Featured in Mother Jones’ Favorite Nonfiction of 2018     “American Prison reprises [Bauer’s] page-turning narrative [as reported in Mother Jones], and adds not only the fascinating back story of CCA, the nation’s first private prison company, but also an eye-opening examination of the history of corrections as a profit-making enterprise . . . Bauer is a generous narrator with a nice ear for detail, and his colleagues come across as sympathetic characters, with a few notable exceptions . . . The sheer number of forehead-slapping quotes from Bauer’s superiors and fellow guards alone are worth the price of admission.” —The New York Times Book Review   “American Prison is both the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer, and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners were treated by a corporation that profited from them. . . . It’s Bauer’s investigative chops, though, that make American Prison so essential. He dedicated his time at Winn to talking with prisoners and guards, who were unaware that he was a journalist . . . Based on his first-hand experience and these conversations, he paints a damning picture of prisoner mistreatment and under-staffing at the prison, where morale among the incarcerated and the employees was poor. The stories he tells are deeply sad and consistently infuriating . . . An enraging, necessary look at the private prison system, and a convincing clarion call for prison reform.” —NPR.org    “A relentless and uncompromising book, one that takes a crowbar to the private prison industry and yanks hard, letting just enough daylight slip inside to illuminate the contours of the beast . . . The private prison industry is booming once again. To find out what that means for real people—both those who guard and those who are guarded—American Prison is the place to begin.” —San Francisco Chronicle                                                                  “[Bauer] exposes the extreme inhumanity and myriad abuses perpetrated by the American prison system—problems that effect both prisoners and guards. A terrifying look into one of America’s darkest and deepest ongoing embarrassments.” —LitHub “One of the most incisive — and damning — investigations into prison culture and business in recent memory, Bauer’s illuminating hybrid memoir and sociological study shines much-needed light into some dark corners of the criminal justice system.” —Boston Globe    “Riveting . . . Bauer himself was held in an [Iranian] prison for two years, so he knows what it feels like to be on the inside, yet he brings to the text a journalist's purview and draws a direct line between American slavery, the founders of the prison corporations and the job he is hired to do. In a fascinating tightrope walk, Bauer shows that, in this so-called industry, the financial bottom line comes at a high human cost.” —Oprah.com    “The searing details of [Bauer’s] time in the Winn facility form the brutal core of his indictment: evidence of systematic cruelty and profiteering that starts to erode the morality of prisoners and guards alike.” —Vulture  “A penetrating exposé on the cruelty and mind-bending corruption of privately run prisons across the United States . . . Nearly every page of this tale contains examples of shocking inhumanity . . . A potent, necessary broadside against incarceration in the U.S.” —Kirkus, starred review “Deprivation, abuse, and fear oppress inmates and guards alike in this hard-hitting exposé of the for-profit prison industry . . . A gripping indictment of a bad business.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “Bauer’s amazing book examines one of slavery’s toxic legacies, using convicted people to make profit . . . He observes an acutely dangerous and out-of-control environment created by CCA’s profit-driven underpaying of staff and understaffing of prisons. Bauer’s historical and journalistic work should be required reading.” —Booklist “Sometimes the only way to get the full story is to put yourself into it as an ‘immersion journalist.’ Shane Bauer wanted to know more about for-profit prisons so he got a job in one as a correction officer, or guard, and reports his experiences grippingly while weaving in the social and economic factors that give rise to these horrors. His book reveals much that that we didn’t want to know about but, having learned about, can never forget.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed   “American Prison is a searing, page-turning indictment of America's practice of corporate incarceration. Shane Bauer reports in the best way a journalist can: by going into a prison himself. But then he connects the dots, drawing a persuasive through-line from plantations worked by slaves, to Southern prison farms, to corporate prisons. With this braid of history and reportage Bauer reveals the criminal nature of private prisons, a world of pain that is also a business. His is a beautiful rage.” —Ted Conover, Pulitzer Prize finalist and director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University Read more About the Author Shane Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Atlantic Media's Michael Kelly Award, the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and at least 20 others. Bauer is the co-author, along with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of a memoir, A Sliver of Light, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran. Read more

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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Pdf Politics American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Pdf:American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment.New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018One of President Barack Obama's favorite books of 2018A New York Times Notable BookA groundbreaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still.  The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison's sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone.  A blistering indictment of the private prison system and the powerful forces that drive it, American Prison is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.

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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Pdf Politics Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Pdf:Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.From best-selling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled "On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs". It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.  There are millions of people - HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers - whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs. Graeber explores one of society's most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln.  Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Pdf Politics Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Pdf:Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor. A successful author, Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in a blue-collar America obsessed with welfare "reform". Her first job is waitressing, which pulls in a measly $2.43 an hour plus tips. She moves around the country, trying her hand as a maid, a nursing home assistant, and a Wal-Mart salesperson. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers take multiple thankless jobs just to keep a roof overhead. Often humorous and always illuminating, Nickel and Dimed is a remarkable expose of the ugly flip side of the American dream.

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Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

Pdf Politics Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

Pdf:Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley.Review '[Chang] is clearly engaged with and often incensed by her subject, and the best parts of Brotopia are those moments when she actively resists the 'it's all good' ethos of the Bay Area and cuts down chauvinism with the disdain it deserves.' —New York Times'Brotopia goes far beyond the salacious to offer an important examination of why the technology industry is so dominated by men—and how women are pushing back.' —Financial Times'When reading Brotopia, it's easy to envision it as a film…. Women who have triumphed in tech despite the odds…could be the film's heroines, and so would the young girls learning how to code despite it all.' —The Verge'…Chang's scrutiny breaks open a wide doorway, allowing fresh ideas about a tainted industry to circulate and spark discussions.' —Kirkus Review  Read more About the Author Emily Chang is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology and Bloomberg Studio 1.0, where she regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs. She was previously a CNN correspondent based in Beijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Pdf Politics Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Pdf:Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.Review 'It's appropriate that [Shop Class as Soulcraft] arrives in May, the month when college seniors commence real life. Skip Dr. Seuss, or a tie from Vineyard Vines, and give them a copy for graduation.... It's not an insult to say that Shop Class is the best self-help book that I've ever read. Almost all works in the genre skip the 'self' part and jump straight to the 'help.' Crawford rightly asks whether today's cubicle dweller even has a respectable self....It's kind of like Heidegger and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.'-Slate 'Matt Crawford's remarkable book on the morality and metaphysics of the repairman looks into the reality of practical activity. It is a superb combination of testimony and reflection, and you can't put it down.'-Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University 'Every once in a great while, a book will come along that's brilliant and true and perfect for its time. Matthew B. Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft is that kind of book, a prophetic and searching examination of what we've lost by ceasing to work with our hands-and how we can get it back. During this time of cultural anxiety and reckoning, when the conventional wisdom that has long driven our wealthy, sophisticated culture is foundering amid an economic and spiritual tempest, Crawford's liberating volume appears like a lifeboat on the horizon.'-Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots 'This is a deep exploration of craftsmanship by someone with real, hands-on knowledge. The book is also quirky, surprising, and sometimes quite moving.'-Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman 'Matt Crawford has written a brave and indispensable book. By making a powerful case for the enduring value of the manual trades, Shop Class as Soulcraft offers a bracing alternative to the techno-babble that passes for conventional wisdom, and points the way to a profoundly necessary reconnection with the material world. No one who cares about the future of human work can afford to ignore this book.'-Jackson Lears, Editor in Chief, Raritan 'We are on the verge of a national renewal. It will have more depth and grace if we read Crawford's book carefully and take it to heart. He is a sharp theorist, a practicing mechanic, and a captivating writer.'-Albert Borgmann, author of Real American Ethics 'Shop Class as Soulcraft is easily the most compelling polemic since The Closing of the American Mind. Crawford offers a stunning indictment of the modern workplace, detailing the many ways it deadens our senses and saps our vitality. And he describes how our educational system has done violence to our true nature as 'homo faber'. Better still, Crawford points in the direction of a richer, more fulfilling way of life. This is a book that will endure.'-Reihan Salam, associate editor at The Atlantic, co-author of Grand New Party 'Crawford reveals the satisfactions of the active craftsman who cultivates his own judgment, rather than being a passive consumer subject to manipulated fantasies of individuality and creativity.'-Nathan Tarcov, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago'Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls 'manual competence,' the ability to work with one's hands. According to the author, our alienation from how our possessions are made and how they work takes many forms: the decline of shop class, the design of goods whose workings cannot be accessed by users (such as recent Mercedes models built without oil dipsticks) and the general disdain with which we regard the trades in our emerging 'information economy.' Unlike today's 'knowledge worker,' whose work is often so abstract that standards of excellence cannot exist in many fields (consider corporate executives awarded bonuses as their companies sink into bankruptcy), the person who works with his or her hands submits to standards inherent in the work itself: the lights either turn on or they don't, the toilet flushes or it doesn't, the motorcycle roars or sputters. With wit and humor, the author deftly mixes the details of his own experience as a tradesman and then proprietor of a motorcycle repair shop with more philosophical considerations.' -Publishers Weekly, Starred review 'Philosopher and motorcycle mechanic Crawford presents a fascinating, important analysis of the value of hard work and manufacturing. He reminds readers that in the 1990s vocational education (shop class) started to become a thing of the past as U.S. educators prepared students for the 'knowledge revolution.' Thus, an entire generation of American 'thinkers' cannot, he says, do anything, and this is a threat to manufacturing, the fundamental backbone of economic development. Crawford makes real the experience of working with one's hands to make and fix things and the importance of skilled labor. His philosophical background is evident as he muses on how to live a pragmatic, concrete life in today's ever more abstract world and issues a clarion call for reviving trade and skill development classes in American preparatory schools. The result is inspired social criticism and deep personal exploration. Crawford's work will appeal to fans of Robert Pirsig's classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and should be required reading for all educational leaders. Highly recommended; Crawford's appreciation for various trades may intrigue readers with white collar jobs who wonder at the end of each day what they really accomplished.' -Library Journal Read more About the Author Matthew B. Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Chicago and served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. Currently a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, he owns and operates Shockoe Moto, an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia. Read more

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Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

Pdf Politics Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

Pdf:Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s.Jazz, flappers, flasks, rumbleseats, and raccoon coats; Mah Jong, crossword puzzles, marathon dancers, and flagpole sitters; Red Grange, Rudolph Valentino, and Lucky Lindy. These were the catch words of the roaring, irrepressible '20s. But so were the Boston Police strike, the K.K.K., women's suffrage, Sigmund Freud, Sacco and Vanzetti, Teapot Dome, and Black Tuesday. In this span between armistice and depression, Americans were kicking up their heels, but they were also bringing about major changes in the social and political structure of their country. Only Yesterday is a fond, witty, penetrating biography of this restless decade, a delightful reminiscence for those who can remember and a fascinating firsthand look for those who've only heard.

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Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Pdf Politics Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Pdf:Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work."With deep reporting and graceful storytelling, Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce. Her analysis is both astute and nuanced, making Gigged essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work." (Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive) The full-time job is disappearing - is landing the right gig the new American dream? One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This "gig economy" - one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits - emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn. But what are the effects of this disruption, from Wall Street down to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job seekers face at every level of professional experience? In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers deeply sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real time. Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

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Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Pdf Politics Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Pdf:Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.Review A deep penetration of American thought and feeling . . . A celebration of individuals . . . A masterpiece. -- Los Angeles TimesAn enormous amount of exciting material. . . . An incredible abundance of marvelous beings. . . . A very special electricity and emotional power. -- The New York Times Book ReviewAn impressive achievement . . . A very valuable document. No journalist alive wields a tape recorded as effectively as Studs Terkel. -- NewsweekRemarkable . . . the range is enormous. . . . Work is the theme and we learn a lot about these trades. -- The Wall Street JournalSplendid . . . Important . . . Rich and fascinating . . . The people we meet are not digits in a poll but real people with real names who share their anecdotes, adventures, and aspirations with us. -- Business WeekThe real American experience . . . The poetry of real people . . . The hardness of real lives . . . A grand subject and a splendid book. -- Chicago Daily News[A] magnificent book . . .. A work of art. To read it is to hear America talking. -- Boston Globe Read more About the Author Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession; Division Street: America, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century; Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times; “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II; Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do; The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century; American Dreams: Lost and Found; The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith; Giants of Jazz; Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times; And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey; Touch and Go: A Memoir; P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Pdf Politics Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Pdf:Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (California Series in Public Anthropology).Review 'By giving voice to silenced Mexican migrant laborers, Dr. Holmes exposes the links among suffering, the inequalities related to the structural violence of global trade which compel migration, and the symbolic violence of stereotypes and prejudices that normalize racism.' (Marilyn Gates New York Journal of Books 2013-06-19)'The reader is left with a deep understanding of how injustice in the United States is produced and the strength of the individuals that persevere through it.' (Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern Antipode 2013-07-01)'Holmes brings an unusual expertise to his writing about migrant Mexican farmworkers. . . . [He] goes far beyond mere observation.' (Charles Ealy Austin American Statesman 2013-09-21)'The insights gleaned by [Holmes's] participation-observation are priceless.' (Michelle A. Gonzalez National Catholic Reporter 2013-09-01)'Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in food and the food system. . . . To say that the book provides a vivid look at farm labor is an understatement.' (Peter Benson Somatosphere 2013-10-16)'A compelling and frightening account of the lives of [Mexican migrant] workers. . . . [Holmes's] tales of crossing the border, doing backbreaking work in the fields, and exploring relationships with these dislocated and largely invisible workers is well worth a read.' (Leah Douglas Serious Eats 2013-10-02)'A provocative, important new book. . . . Part heart-pounding adventure tale, part deep ethnograhic study, part urgent plea for reform. . . . Holmes brings an enlightening complexity to the issue of migrant workers.' (Mark B. San Francisco Bay Guardian 2013-12-10)'A provocative, important new book. . . . Part heart-pounding adventure tale, part deep ethnographic study, part urgent plea for reform.' (Marke B. Bay Guardian 2013-12-17)'A timely, eloquent, and analytically rigourous examination . . . an excellent resource.' (MDICLHUMANITIES Centre for Medical Humanities 2015-12-09)'Holmes guides the reader through this endeavor by providing an intense blend of informant life histories, their clinical case studies, observations of and conversations with additional social actors on the farms and in the clinics he visited. . . . A timely and innovative text blending theory and praxis.' (Alegra Laboratory 2016-03-15) Read more From the Inside Flap 'In Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies, Seth Holmes offers up an important and captivating new ethnography, linking the structural violence inherent in the migrant labor system in the United States to the social processes by which it becomes normalized. Drawing on five years of fieldwork among the Triqui people from Oaxaca, Mexico, Holmes investigates local understandings of suffering and illness, casting into relief stereotypes and prejudices that he ties to the transnational labor that puts cheap food on American tables. Throughout this compelling volume, Holmes considers ways of engaging migrant farm workers and allies that might help disrupt exploitation that reaches across national boundaries and can too often be hidden away. This book is a gripping read not only for cultural and medical anthropologists, immigration and ethnic studies students, students of labor and agriculture, physicians and public health professionals, but also anyone interested in the lives and well-being of the people providing them cheap, fresh fruit.'―Paul Farmer, Co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Dramatically portrays the harsh physical and emotional conditions under which farm workers labor. As they complete their brutal work, they suffer long-term disabilities in their senior years. This can be avoided with reasonable and decent working conditions. Let us remember them as we eat our daily meals.”―Dolores Huerta 'This book takes concepts from the world of scholarship to enrich the understanding of people's lives; and the vivid detail, and empathetic portrait of the reality of people's lives enrich scholarship. The book leaves the reader in no doubt that economic arrangements, social hierarchies, discrimination, poor living and working conditions have profound effects on the health of marginalized people. It is all done with the touch of a gifted writer. The reader lives the detail and is much moved.'―Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity 'Provides a unique understanding of the political economy of migrant labor and of its human cost.'―Didier Fassin is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the author of Humanitarian Reason. 'Here in the U.S., we both utterly rely on immigrants from the South to feed us, and erect walls and employ militias to keep them out. In this groundbreaking new book, Holmes goes underground to explore what this bizarre duality means for the people who live it. A brilliant combination of academic rigor and journalistic daring.'―Tom Philpott, Food and Agriculture Correspondent, Mother Jones Magazine “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies is a powerful exposé of the social and political realities that mark the bodies and limit the life prospects of Mexican migrant farmworkers in the world’s richest economy. An absorbing read and a resolute call for just labor relations and health equity as key to a common and sustainable human development.”― João Biehl, author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment “Holmes' book is a lyrical ethnographic rendition of Robert Chailloux's 'Still Life with Strawberries,' revealing the back stage, back-breaking work of indigenous Mexican pickers trapped in patron-client relationship to Japanese-American farm owners who are themselves trapped in price wars with global competitors to produce the beautiful abundance that we take for granted.'―Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Death without Weeping “A tour du force ethnography. Holmes gives us the rare combination of medical, anthropological, and humanitarian gazes into the lives of Oaxacan migrant farmworkers in the United States. Their agricultural field work and his anthropological fieldwork intersect to produce a book full of insights into the pathos, inequalities, frustrations, and dreams punctuating the farmworkers’ daily lives. Through Holmes' vivid prose, and the words of the workers themselves, we feel with the workers as they strain their bodies picking fruit and pruning vines, we sense their fear as they cross the U.S.-Mexico border, we understand their frustrations as they are chased and detained by immigration authorities, and cheer at their perseverance when faced with bureaucrats and medical personnel who treat them as if they are to blame for their own impoverished condition. A must read for anyone interested in the often invisible lives and suffering of those whose labor provides for our very sustenance.”―Leo R. Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine “In his first book, anthropologist and doctor Seth M. Holmes gives us an intimate look into the lives of migrant farmworkers. Through his exhaustive research, Holmes reveals the struggles of the millions who work in our fields, every year, to put food on our tables. In deliberations about immigration and farm policy, these are the stories that should be at the center. Holmes' helps us put them there.” Anna Lappé, author Diet for a Hot Planet and founder, Real Food Media Project “Like the reporting of Edward R. Murrow and the labors of Cesar Chavez, Seth Holmes’ work on these modern-day migrants reminds us of the human beings who produce the greatest bounty of food the world has ever seen. They take jobs other American workers won’t take for pay other American workers won’t accept and under conditions other American workers won’t tolerate. Yet except for the minority of farm workers protected by United Farm Workers’ contracts, these workers too often don’t earn enough to adequately feed themselves. Seth Holmes’ writing fuels the UFW’s ongoing organizing among farm workers and admonishes the American people that our work remains unfinished.”―Arturo S. Rodriguez, President, United Farm Workers of America   Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Picador Modern Classics)

Pdf Politics Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Picador Modern Classics)

Pdf:Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Picador Modern Classics).Review 'These literary gems are the perfect stocking-stuffer size for the serious reader on your list; you’ll look smart wrapping up one or all of them.' --USA Today“Captivating . . . promise that you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives.” ―The New York Times“Impassioned, fascinating, profoundly significant, and wildly entertaining . . . Nickel and Dimed is not only important but transformative in its insistence that we take a long hard look at the society we live in.” ―Francise Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine“Valuable and illuminating . . . Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” ―The New York Times Book Review“Jarring . . . fully of riveting grit . . . this book is already unforgettable.” ―The New York Times“Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four.” ―Diane Sawyer“Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul.” ―Molly Ivins“Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged.” ―Chicago Tribune“Ehrenreich's scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on.” ―The Boston Globe“One of today's most original writers.” ―The New York Times Read more About the Author Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of several books including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. Read more

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Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley

Pdf Politics Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley

Pdf:Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.Review “Impressive . . . Reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels in both style and conceit, Live Work Work Work Die is a combination of New Journalism and muckraking told with an anthropological eye. . . . Alternately amusing and horrifying.” ―Salon“Live Work Work Work Die manages to capture something essential about Silicon Valley that has eluded other authors.” ―The New York Times Book Review“Irreverent and snarky . . . A Gulliver’s Travels of the current tech boom, Pein’s book is essential reading for anyone who thinks they might want to wade into tech’s entrepreneurial waters. His sharp outsider observations of the San Francisco scene and ability to nose out the intellectual influences behind some of its biggest players make Live Work Work Work Die one of the most complete snapshots of the Silicon Valley today. ―National Post (Canada)“Brisk and entertaining . . . funny and engaging . . . equal parts memoir, ethnography, reportage, and jeremiad.”―Los Angeles Review of Books“Pein is a rambunctious, motormouth writer . . . [and] an absurdist at large―a useful frame, it turns out, for understanding ‘postrecession, postboom, postwork, postshame San Francisco.’ ” ―San Francisco Chronicle“Live Work Work Work Die is equal parts hilarious and terrifying, filled with descriptions of squalid Airbnbs, chauvinistic brogrammers, dismal pitch competitions, and a whole lot of aspiring autocrats.”―Willamette Week“After much blood, sweat, and toil at two doomed start-up ventures, Pein decided to report firsthand from the tech industry’s great California capital. . . . His book documents a sprawling dystopia of shabby living conditions, casual fascism, and a deeply unhappy workforce.” ―Portland Monthly“Pein is a fluent writer who knows not to over-egg the jokes and sometimes let the material speak for itself. And that material, both researched and experienced, is magnificent. Without the humour, the book would be utterly depressing, for it paints a picture that would make a saint blush, although not the CEOs of these companies.”―Daily Mail (UK)“In the spirit of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, Corey Pein takes us on a gonzo misadventure through the underbelly of Silicon Valley, exposing the dystopian comedy behind the techno optimism with wry observation and gleeful contempt. A helluva ride.” ―Joe Hagan, author of Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine“All praise to Corey Pein for jumping headfirst into the cesspool of Silicon Valley and returning without having lost his mind or sold his soul. His reports from the front lines of the startup frenzy are hilarious and terrifying. While all eyes are glued on President Trump, a shortsighted and reactionary techno-oligarchy aims to amass a fortune at the cost of the common good. There’s no app that can save us. But this book can at least wake us up to the dystopian future under construction.”―Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age“The Silicon Valley that Pein uncovers is not unlike dystopian visions we are accustomed to seeing in science fiction.”―The New Republic“Pein’s absurdly funny journey is a Through-the-Looking-Glass tale for the dying days of tech utopianism. Built on the creative vanity of this new class of talentless speculator and designed entirely without human need in mind, this world of nonsense quickly turns dystopian when seen from the perspective of a worker and renter trying to make his way through it.” ―Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right“You sleep in a pantry because you can’t afford a real apartment. You exploit yourself, destroy your health, and ruin the lives of millions when you finally succeed. You think of crime as a great business model. You embrace some of the worst politics ever devised. And you call it progress. Silicon Valley, the capitalist miracle. That is the American nightmare as Corey Pein brilliantly describes it, and it is not a work of the imagination. This is really happening, and soon it will be happening to you.” ―Thomas Frank, author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas?“Both entertaining and damning, Pein’s book unmasks the shell game being run by venture capitalists in an industry that is not nearly as benign as it claims to be.”―Publishers Weekly“Deeply unsettling . . . A clearheaded reckoning with the consequences of the tech industry’s disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Like Jon Ronson, Pein combines serious journalism with humor and his own antics for an entertaining and caustic mix. If Silicon Valley and Black Mirror had a book baby, it would be Live Work Work Work Die.” ―Booklist Read more About the Author Corey Pein is an investigative reporter and a regular contributor to The Baffler. A former staff writer for Willamette Week, he has also written for Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.Corey is the author of Live Work Work Work Die. Read more

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The Communist Manifesto

Pdf Politics The Communist Manifesto

Pdf:The Communist Manifesto.This edition has good margins and an easy-to-read font.The Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential political books ever written, and it would be difficult to understand the history of the last 170 years without understanding the essence of this book. The world it describes in the mid 19th century with a lower class which labours and an upper class which rules is still accurate in our world today.

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Pdf Politics The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Pdf:The Working Poor: Invisible in America.Nobody who works hard should be poor in America, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs, and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor. They perform labor essential to America's comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian - men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right - that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that will challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference.

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Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley

Pdf Politics Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley

Pdf:Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.A scathing, sardonic exploration of Silicon Valley tech culture, laying bare the greed, hubris, and retrograde politics of an industry that aspires to radically transform society for its own benefit. This enlightening audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested or involved in the tech industry. At the height of the start-up boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal: to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. Determined to cut through the clichés of big tech - the relentless optimism, the mandatory enthusiasm, and the earnest, incessant repetition of vacuous buzzwords - Pein decided that he would need to take an approach as unorthodox as the companies he would soon be covering. To truly understand the delirious reality of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he knew, he would have to inhabit that perspective - he would have to become an entrepreneur. Thus he begins his journey - skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and interviewing a cast of outrageous characters: cyborgs and con artists, Teamsters and transhumanists, jittery hackers and naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers - who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system. In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive, feel-good self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted - as nerdy and benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity - revealing their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Indeed, as Pein shows, Silicon Valley is awash in disreputable ideas: Google executive and futurist Raymond Kurzweil has a side business peddling dietary supplements and has for years pushed the outlandish notion that human beings are destined to merge with computers and live forever in some kind of digital cosmic hive mind. Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist affiliated with PayPal and Facebook, is now an important advisor to President Trump and has subsidized a prolific blogger known by the pen name Mencius Moldbug who writes approvingly of ideas like eugenics and dictatorship. And Moldbug is not alone. There is, in fact, a small but influential - and growing - group of techies with similarly absurd and extremist beliefs who call themselves the "neoreactionary" vanguard of a "Dark Enlightenment." Vivid and incisive, Live Work Work Work Die is a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.

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A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life

Pdf Politics A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life

Pdf:A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life.Review 'A Finer Future brings hope by showing us a vision of a future with greater wellbeing, deep engagement with nature and each other, and the enormous economic benefit in transforming how we deliver energy, grow food, and finance industry. A manifesto for the future we must create.' — Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech 'A Finer Future is an important book for our times. The world is facing deep environmental and social challenges that threaten our collective well-being. These thought leaders provide the clearest explanation I've seen of how the world got to this point — the culprit is a fatally flawed story about what makes economies hum and people happy. This me-first philosophy now dominates the thinking in governments and businesses around the world, and it's dead wrong. But A Finer Future offers us some optimism, giving us a new and better story about how to build a thriving future. And like all good stories, this one is well-told — it feels a lot like sitting down with Hunter Lovins to talk about the future of humanity over a good drink.' — Andrew Winston, author, The Big Pivot and Green to Gold 'Join the movement for an economy driven by sustainable wellbeing rather than consumerism, profit and growth. This book is your introduction to a movement for sustainable wellbeing and a better world.' — Kate E. Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, and Deputy Director, Centre for Future Health, University of York ' Amidst the wreckage of the industrial economy, a better, more humane, more just, and more durable economy is emerging. The obstacles and the economic alternatives and alternatives are laid out here by four of the most observant and prescient thinkers of our time. Indeed, there is a regenerative economy to be built and it will be the keystone of a finer future.' — David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, and author, Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward 'A Finer Future provides a thought-provoking perspective and a call to action on the role of sustainability as a key factor in driving value. It challenges all of us to find strategies that truly align our economic, community, and environmental stakeholders.' — Rob Katz, CEO, Vail Resorts, Inc.'The end of the exploitive, and the rise of the regenerative: that's the clarion call in this must-read book. Our consumptive status quo is too costly for the economy and it's past-time we mainstream a new way. What we eat, wear, ride, fly, and build must be regenerative. How? This book shows the way. An authoritative nod towards a much-needed norm and narrative, this book is a masterful mix of the hard and soft sciences, putting solid numbers behind sound narratives. For anyone wanting to save people and the planet, this book is the path to pursue and the story to tell.' — Nils Moe, Managing Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network 'Beautifully comprehensive and inspiring. What we need.' — Dr Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy 'Hunter Lovins is a pragmatic visionary, and the strategy she lays out in this book is the best chance we have to date of actualizing a regenerative future. One of the most luminary thought leaders of our time. Simply a must-read if you are interested in the future of the planet and your role in it!' — Brenna St. Onge, Executive Director, The Alliance Center 'A Finer Future captures the reason we created our company. Hunter Lovins is a much needed elder telling a new story that can galvanize the largest 'we' in human history. This book calls us to serve sanity, justice, and every living thing.' — Donna Morton, CEO, Change Finance 'Rarely has economics been so fun and exhilarating to read about. Four scholars at the forefront of the wellbeing economy agenda have crafted a pacy, captivating book. It blends vision with insightful analysis of why our world is in such a perilous state, with a good helping of tangible examples of the changes so vitally needed. Anyone reading it will soon find assurance that a finer, more functional and more fun future is entirely possible.' — Dr Katherine Trebeck, Research Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance 'We spend too much time discussing problems without getting to solutions. This book provides the solutions needed to transform our economy into one that actually serves all of humanity, instead of only the rich. It's a must-read for anyone that cares about creating a better world not only for themselves but their children and grandchildren.' — Ida Kubiszewski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University 'A Finer Future is a work of refined synthesis and insightful visioning. Rooted in a stark analysis of current development trends its authors rapidly move beyond critique to developing an inspiring yet deeply practical narrative about transitioning to a regenerative economy. More than a guide or blueprint — it is an enlightened, pragmatic, and empowering roadmap through life as we know it, the choices we make, and the future we want.' — Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme 'A Finer Future is a brilliant and well-researched book that guides readers to rethink what the future will look like once we shatter old narratives, paradigms, and models that no longer serve humanity and the planet. We are through with the waste and the inefficiencies and inequities that have been the unintended consequences of the last 100 years. This is a roadmap to a truly sustainable future.' — Catherine Greener, VP Sustainability, Xanterra Travel Collection and Founder, Greener Solutions Inc 'To build a better world, first we must imagine one. In this book, the authors do just that, laying out a vision for a better life and, crucially, a practical roadmap to get there. If you're disillusioned with today, this deeply researched book offers the path forward. I'll see you in our finer future. . .' — Freya Williams, CEO, Futerra North America 'In this most compelling text Hunter Lovins delivers an engaging walk through what is possible for achieving — and excelling — in delivering products and services that are good for planet and people! It is a must-have for students and practitioners seeking to accelerate and amplify the transition to economies around the world where humanity and nature thrive.' — Professor Cheryl Desha, Head of Civil Engineering (Nathan), Griffith University 'This is the book we've been waiting for. With clarity and vision, Hunter and her co-authors give us the playbook for how we can craft the future in which we want to live. Buy it, read it, and live it.' — John Steiner and Margo King, founders, Bridge Alliance. 'A Finer Future is the best book out on how to reform capitalism in the direction of more fundamental changes and to buy muchneeded time. —Randy Hayes, Executive Director, Foundation Earth; and founder, Rainforest Action Network 'A much-needed book with a call for constructive collaboration towards a finer future we all yearn for. We have all the technological solutions we need we just need to implement them. Lovins and colleagues show a path forward that allows all those of good will, some smarts, and stamina to get us out of the mess we are in towards an economy and society that works for 100% of humanity.' — Dr Michael Pirson, Director, Center for Humanistic Management; Director, Master of Science in Management, Fordham University; and author, Humanistic Management: Protecting Dignity and Promoting Well Being 'This book will make you smarter about creating real, lasting, generational value. If you know in your gut that we can prosper and restore our environment at the same time, but are told by politics you're wrong, then this book is for you.' — Will Semmes, former Chief Deputy Director, California Department of General Services; and CEO, Bellwether Consultants 'This book gives us the map, a voice, and the reassurance that we are on the right course. It has all come full circle; Natural Capitalism inspired us to start Waste Farmers, and Hunter's latest book provides the necessary roadmap for an economy that supports companies like ours and all of the stakeholders we serve.' — John-Paul Maxfield, Founder & CEO, Waste Farmers 'A Finer Future is perhaps the most important book of this century: the future of humanity may well rest on the achievement of the recommendations. If you care about the future of our species and our biosphere — really about the future of everything we hold dear — read this book, then roll up your sleeves and get to work.' — Kim Coupounas, social entrepreneur and Director of B Lab, the certifying body behind B Corporations Read more Book Description The blueprint for an inspiring regenerative economy that avoids collapse and works for people and the planet. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Business and Public Policy)

Pdf Politics Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Business and Public Policy)

Pdf:Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Business and Public Policy).Review 'For people working to address climate change, there is certainly no viable alternative to reading this book. Beyond Politics presses readers to think beyond their current conception of climate change solutions and, while laying out a reasoned private governance response accompanied by a realistic assessment of its limitations, provides the groundwork for future research and initiatives to reduce emissions.' - Nature Climate Change'In a thoughtful and far-ranging new book, Michael P. Vandenbergh and Jonathan M. Gilligan ... help explain why firms from Coca-Cola to UPSare motivated to be leaders in cutting emissions. ... Private governance could change the nature of government itself.... It could also change how society achieves justice and its lines of accountability. Work like this helps reveal what is possible, even without formal governments doing much or all the work.' - Science'Vandenbergh and Gilligan make a sincere, passionate, even eloquent case to both conservative and liberal skeptics, the former skeptical as to climate policy in general and big government in particular, thelatter concerned about undermining the case of strong governmentalaction on climate. ...Beyond Politics is provocative andchallenging, well-sourced and full of insights as to motivationalapproaches to household and institutional behavior.' - The Environmental Forum  'Vandenbergh and Gilligan make a strong case for the potential for private climateaction to cut emissions. ... In both the book and the series of articles that preceded it, the authors deserve considerable credit forhighlighting this important, and often-overlooked, approach toaddressing climate change.' - Legal Planet Blog Read more Book Description An optimistic view of the climate problem, drawing on law, policy, and social science to show how the private sector can bypass government gridlock, reducing carbon emissions by a billion tons annually. This book will appeal to scholars, business and advocacy group managers, policymakers, and anyone interested in climate change. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka

Pdf Politics A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka

Pdf:A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.Crowded, hot, subject to violent swings in climate, with a government unable or unwilling to face the most vital challenges, the rich and poor increasingly living in worlds apart; for most of the world, this picture is of a possible future. For India, it is the very real present.In this lyrical exploration of life, loss, and survival, Meera Subramanian travels in search of the ordinary people and microenterprises determined to revive India's ravaged natural world: an engineer-turned-farmer brings organic food to Indian plates; villagers resuscitate a river run dry; cook stove designers persist on the quest for a smokeless fire; biologists bring vultures back from the brink of extinction; and in Bihar, one of India's most impoverished states, a bold young woman teaches adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health. While investigating these five environmental challenges, Subramanian discovers the stories that renew hope for a nation with the potential to lead India and the planet into a sustainable and prosperous future.

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The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing 'Pollinator' Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

Pdf Politics The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing 'Pollinator' Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

Pdf:The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing 'Pollinator' Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.Review Choice- 'Shuman is an economist, an attorney, and the author of three other books on local economies. This most recent book is a practical overview of how to generate economic development without selling one's soul to big government and philanthropies. Shuman developed the book from interviews he conducted in 2014 with entrepreneurs who headed up 36 ‘pollinators,' defined as 'self-financing enterprise[s] committed to boosting local business.’ A pollinator allows a community to take on key economic development functions: identifying opportunities for local businesses (the planning), fostering buy efforts (the purchasing), training locals for business opportunities (the people), showing how local businesses can work together (the partnerships), and finding how local capital can be mobilized to expand local businesses more cost-effectively than taxpayer-funded programs can (the purse). Shuman urges readers and their friends to form local investment clubs; such clubs essentially make members part of the solution because they help those interested in joining the movement move away from 'legalized bribery,' such as offering companies tax breaks to abandon their hometowns. Taken as a whole, this book presents an engaging story of the emerging localization movement by describing real people and enterprises doing real development. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners.”Kirkus Reviews- 'An argument against bringing large corporations to local communities through tax incentives and grants, an approach the author claims is destructive to employment and investment. Shuman (Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity, 2012, etc.), a longtime advocate for promoting local business and a former director of the Business Alliance For Local Living Economies, asserts that 'economic development today is completely broken.' Citing the 750-fold increase in subsidies for the movie industry over the past decade, the author debunks the myths circulated to support attracting business in this way, and he argues that such deals do not create jobs but rather take more money out of communities than they bring in. He insists that 'those who win the investment lose' and that 'it's high time for economic developers to get back to business.' Shuman views local startup businesses as the answer, especially the kind he calls 'pollinators.' These measure success more broadly than by direct returns and include significant contributions to their community and other local businesses. This approach is intended to strengthen a core feature of the current economy. 'All companies that matter,' he writes, 'are not globally mobile.' More than half are not spreading across the world but are locally owned and unlikely to move. U.S. capital markets do not often invest in local businesses. Self-financing local 'pollinators' address this 'huge capital market failure.' Shuman believes that planners should focus on the potentials within their areas through the accumulation of the detailed knowledge necessary, and he provides ways to measure opportunities lost and potential foregone. He also discusses profiles from several cities and counties to exemplify ways in which local businesses are being promoted. These include Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, Washington, and Local First Arizona, among others. A practical overview of the untapped potentials of a substantial part of the economy.'“Michael Shuman, long a pioneer in the local-economy movement, has pushed the conversation forward once again, showcasing new tools for localists, new business models for entrepreneurs, and new development strategies for economic planners. A terrific resource for cash-strapped communities building wealth and resilience from the ground up.”--Judy Wicks, author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business, cofounder of BALLE, and founder of the White Dog Café'Michael Shuman has done it again. In The Local Economy Solution, he shreds the conventional wisdom about economic development and local business initiatives that rely on grants. His Rx: self-financing “pollinator” businesses. This one is sure to make some waves!”--Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it 'Shuman’s book is critically important to anyone who cares about genuine economic development. Neither left nor right politically, it’s positive and encouraging, while confronting head-on the challenges of the approach he has advocated for years. Unlike many economic development books that can be tedious, this one is engaging, even fun to read, like a good story told over a beer – but a practical story that will help communities reach a resilient future.'--Michael Kinsley, manager, Rocky Mountain Institute'Shuman's many followers in the new economics movement will relish this latest offering for its focused message, compelling stories, and coherent vision. He embodies the Gandhian dictum to both see the change and be it. Readers new to his work will be appalled to learn of the 'counterproductive and corrupting' practices in mainstream economic development, and relieved to encounter the creative entrepreneurs who are 'pollinating' the spread of locally rooted alternatives.'--Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita, Wellesley College  'Another blockbuster treatise on can-do, localized entrepreneurism. Shuman is a master.”--Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm'Michael Shuman pulls no punches in his biting review of local contemporary economic development. Every thoughtful practitioner, whether agreeing with his critique or not, must seriously consider Shuman’s nuanced approach to growing local economies through 'pollinator' enterprises.'--Robert Jaquay, The George Gund Foundation'The emerging localization movement owes a huge debt of gratitude to Michael Shuman. A visionary thinker with decades of hard-won, grassroots experience, he offers not only a clear picture of a very different economic landscape but the steps we need to take―as individuals and as communities―to move from here to there.'--Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder and director of Local Futures and producer and co-director of The Economics of Happiness'The Local Economy Solution is Shuman at his best. Using language accessible to lay people and policy makers alike, Shuman explains why the standard model of economic development is flawed and goes into detail, with many examples, about better ways to build local economies. This should be mandatory reading for planners and business people across the country. '--Chris Morrow, Northshire Bookstores Read more About the Author Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding JOBS Act signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. He’s a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post Carbon Institute and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He teaches economic development at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has authored or coauthored nine books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense; The Small Mart Revolution; and Going Local. Shuman has performed leakage analyses and related economic­ development planning in more than ten states and has analyzed opportunities for food localization for several states, cities, counties, and regions across the nation. He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for thirty years―in forty­seven states and eight countries. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, and has written nearly one hundred articles for such periodicals as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade Magazine, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previously, he has been a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership fellow. He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar, and he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his two children. Read more

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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called 'Alien'

Pdf Politics Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called 'Alien'

Pdf:Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called 'Alien'.Amazon.com Review We often hear about the exploits of some of the most infamous cybercriminals--but who are the hackers working against them? In Breaking and Entering we follow the career of one of the good guys, a woman who calls herself “Alien”—a moniker she adopted on her first day at MIT—who now runs her own cybersecurity firm. A risk taker by nature, Alien was drawn to hacking. At MIT, she excelled at tests of physical hacking and became part of a network of young people who wanted to look around corners and invent new methods. Her career path includes work at a top secret facility at Los Alamos, and at cybersecurity firms where she honed her skills at manipulating people as well as code. Through Alien’s eyes, we see how everyday activities, such as visiting a bank, are rife with opportunity for cybercriminals, and how white hat hackers like herself test protocols and find security loopholes before systems can be breached. Alien’s life and experiences have often been dangerous and extreme, making it easy to forget at times that this is a work of nonfiction. Breaking and Entering is an exciting and absorbing read that puts a new face on the secretive world behind our keyboards. --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review Read more Review A Bookish Must Read for 2019 An Amazon Best Book of the Month Featured on NBC's TODAY and Nightly News  “Smith’s writing style…is crisp as he charts the course of Alien’s life in a series of vignettes from uncertain undergraduate to successful business owner. The structure works because Smith is a lively storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review 'Amusing and cautionary tale.'—WORLD Magazine “A fascinating look at hacking and the cybersecurity industry that has evolved. Alien is one bad-ass woman!” —The Missoulian“A book that reads like a fictional thriller while remaining solidly grounded in fact...effortless to read, Breaking and Entering is an engaging cautionary tale of security vulnerabilities and the constant threat of cyber attacks that businesses and institutions face on a daily basis. Knowing that our own personal security hangs in the balance, we can’t help but feel glad that “white hat hackers” such as Alien are out there doing their best to stem the tide.'—New York Journal of Books “A novelistic tech tale that puts readers on the front lines of cybersecurity. For all whose lives and connections depend on the internet—nearly everyone—this biography of the pseudonymous ‘Alien’ provides a fast-paced cautionary tale. Jeremy Smith has enough experience as a computer programmer to understand the technicalities of this world, but his storytelling makes it intelligible to general readers; indeed, the narrative is more character-driven than technology-driven.... Smith goes into great detail to demonstrate how Alien could penetrate the security of whomever was employing her, showing how a real criminal would do it, and makes fearfully clear that there is ‘no such thing as absolute security in this world, or any definitive and final fixes.’ A page-turning real-life thriller, this is the sort of book that may leave readers feeling both invigorated and vulnerable.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 'A fascinating and riveting account...like an espionage thriller, this account ensnares readers into the high-stakes world of computer security, told through Alien’s emergence as a recognized expert in a male-dominate profession.' —Library Journal 'This riveting book follows Alien as she transforms herself from a young woman up for pretty much any challenge, no matter how dangerous, to a woman who is among the best in the world at what she does. Freelance journalist Smith writes with gusto, giving Alien’s story the feel of a novel (or, perhaps, a movie along the lines of 1995’s Hackers). The world of hacking and cybersecurity still carries a mystique; only the privileged few are permitted to learn the secrets that lie within the close-knit hacker community. This book opens the gates and invites readers inside.' —Booklist “Scintillating.... Alien’s mindset and exploits epitomize the spirit of hacking—a dogged perseverance directed at outsmarting and outwitting barriers of any kind.... An unabashedly human and humane portrait of a brilliant hacker.” —Gabriella Coleman, author of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy   “In Breaking and Entering, Jeremy Smith reveals the human side of cybersecurity. The book covers the vast spectrum of why and how hackers do what they do. A great thriller!” —Paul de Souza, founder, director, and president of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative “‘Only life can kill you’ some say, and the hackers who pushed their minds and bodies to the limit at MIT tested this theory in every conceivable way. Alien survived and managed to escape, but life was no easy road from that point on. This story of all that she has overcome and accomplished holds a mirror to the challenges and triumphs that are part of the journeys of so many women in tech and so many hackers in America.” —Deviant Ollam, author of Practical Lock Picking and Keys to the Kingdom   'A joy. With wit and masterful storytelling, Jeremy Smith takes the reader inside information security. Alien encounters sex and drugs, bureaucracy and exploitative bosses, and the stresses of running a business and family—and she never stops hacking.”—Skylar Rampersaud, senior security researcher at Immunity Inc. “Every hacker has his or her story. This book weaves a riveting tale of one woman's journey from the catacombs of MIT's hacking culture to becoming the CEO of a computer security consulting company. There are plenty of technical computer security books, but I am often asked about how to get started in hacking. This book tells the human side of that story.” —Jamie Butler, chief technology officer at Endgame Inc. “A thoroughly entertaining read! Breaking and Entering recounts the journey of one skilled hacker, Alien, as she navigates her way from the bowels of MIT’s hidden corridors to the top of the infosec community. In the best tradition of the movie Sneakers, Jeremy Smith illuminates the pivotal role played by white hat hackers in protecting our most important assets.” —Eli Sugarman, Cyber initiative program officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation “Breaking and Entering is an awesome, beautiful, and sometimes nerve-wracking story. It is also the story of someone unafraid to delve into the boundaries of what is possible and to act courageously in the face of what she learned. The technical references are relevant, accurate, and most importantly, accessible, including for non-technical readers. And Alien’s career and life story arc are things anyone trying to chart their course in life can relate to.” —Soren Spies, former president of Technology House at Brown University Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called'Alien'

Pdf Politics Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called'Alien'

Pdf:Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called'Alien'.This taut, true thriller takes a deep dive into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker - a woman known only as Alien.  When she arrived at MIT in the 1990s, Alien wanted to study aerospace engineering, but she was soon drawn to the school's venerable tradition of high-risk physical trespassing: the original "hacking". Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead, two others were on trial, and two had been institutionalized. Alien's adventures were only just beginning.   After a stint at the storied, secretive Los Alamos National Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top cybersecurity firm where she deployed her large cache of virtual weapons - and the trespassing and social engineering talents she first developed while "hacking" at MIT. The company tested its clients' security by every means possible - not just coding, but donning disguises and sneaking past guards and secretaries into the C-suite. (She once got into the vault of a major bank by posing as its auditor.)   Alien now runs her own boutique hacking outfit that caters to some of the world's biggest and most vulnerable institutions - banks, retailers, government agencies. Her work combines devilish charm, old-school deception, and next generation spycraft. In Breaking and Entering, cybersecurity finally gets the rich, character-driven, pacey treatment it deserves.

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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Pdf Politics The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Pdf:The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage.Review 'Fascinating...a nonfiction account that reads like a le Carré novel.' -- The Seattle Times'Stoll's is the ever-appealing story of the little man bucking the system...great fun to read...lively and thoroughly absorbing.' -- The Philadelphia Inquirer'The Cuckoo's Egg is 'reader friendly,' even for those who have only the vaguest familiarity with computers...a true spy thriller....The hunt is gripping.' -- Chicago Tribune'As exciting as any action novel....A gripping spy thriller.' -- The New York Times Book Review Read more About the Author When, to the delight of the baffled FBI, CIA, and NSA, Cliff Stoll nailed his spy, he wound up on the front page of The New York Times. The story, broken in 1989, quickly gathered headlines across the nation and Stoll became a genuine, if somewhat unlikely, American hero.An astronomer by training and a computer expert by accident, Cliff Stoll has become a leading authority on computer security, an issue recognized everywhere as among the most important security problems of our times. He has given talks for the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and has appeared before the U.S. Senate. Stoll is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Age of Sustainable Development

Pdf Politics The Age of Sustainable Development

Pdf:The Age of Sustainable Development.Review Jeff Sachs's admirable book explains what sustainable development means, why it matters, and our history in relation to our environment. It shows how the pattern of growth we have followed has placed intense strains on our planet and generated severe risks to our lives and livelihoods. Above all, it explains clearly where we can go and how to get there. It describes a potential future of great attraction in terms of wellbeing, community and prosperity, properly understood. It should, and I hope it will, strengthen both the understanding of the great choices we face and the resolve to act. It is a splendid achievement. (Lord Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment)This terrific book stands out for its breadth, clarity, mastery of detail, honest discussion of complex matters, and its author's practical experience and good sense. It is actually ten terrific books under one cover because its accounts of economics, history, health, development, education, gender issues, food, climate change and biological diversity are among the best available. If you want to understand the modern world, and if you have room on your shelf for only one book, this is your book. (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel)There are very few authors that can so effectively rally the masses around an important cause―one that in this case concerns our collective future. There are still too few leaders with knowledge about global sustainable development challenges to affect the scalable changes that are needed. Professor Sachs's book is a comprehensive summary of complex issues, but it breaks them down and makes them digestible and understandable while making the imperative clear. It will clearly contribute significantly in closing the gap between science and policy, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for action. (Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson)An important, comprehensive and remarkably accessible book―a standout in a sea ofjargon-laden titles that fail to explain and vivify this enormously complex topic (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))Sweeping, enlightening, affecting, and invaluable, The Age of Sustainable Development should be available to everyone and consulted repeatedly. (Booklist (starred review))Clear straightforward prose and a wealth of statistics.... Sachs balances alarming forecasts with signs of progress. (Publishers Weekly)It is truly gratifying that an economist as distinguished as Jeffrey Sachs has authored The Age of Sustainable Development. His vast knowledge in the field and deep insights on various sectors of economic activity make him uniquely qualified to provide a view of the subject. Given the fact that almost a quartercentury has gone by since the Rio Summit of 1992, it is time for an authoritative volume such as the one Professor Sachs has authored for the benefit of global society. (Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, director-general, TERI; former chairman, IPCC)Comprehensive and crystal clear―what we need to make sustainable development a reality, not a dream. (James E. Hansen, director, Earth Institute Program in Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions)The Age of Sustainable Development is both sobering and inspiring: sobering because it presents in great detail the unprecedented challenges facing mankind; inspiring because it assures us that we can meet those challenges, if only we summon the will to act. (Kerry Kennedy, president, RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights)It is, in my view, the best, most comprehensive and most articulate exposition of sustainable development ever written.... I would make this book compulsory reading for all politicians and business leaders. (David Griggs Nature) Read more About the Author Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He serves as the director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is special advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals, and he held the same position under Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network as well as cofounder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. He has authored three New York Times best-sellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty; Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet; and The Price of Civilization. His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace.Ban Ki-moon is the secretary-general of the United Nations, an office he assumed in 2007. He was previously the foreign minister of the Republic of Korea. Read more

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The Age of Sustainable Development

Pdf Politics The Age of Sustainable Development

Pdf:The Age of Sustainable Development.Jeffrey D. Sachs has shown himself to be one of the world's most perceptive and original analysts of global development in his groundbreaking books, including The End of Poverty and Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. Now, in this major new work, he presents a compelling and practical framework for how global citizens can address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice. Sachs outlines the holistic way forward: sustainable development. This provocative work offers listeners, students, activists, environmentalists, and policy makers the tools, metrics, and practical pathways they need to achieve sustainable development goals. Far more than a rhetorical exercise, this book is designed to inform, inspire, and spur action. Based on Sachs' 14 years as director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and as special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, The Age of Sustainable Development is a landmark publication and a clarion call for all who care about our planet and global justice.

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Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

Pdf Politics Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

Pdf:Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable.Review Jeffrey Sachs remains one of the most thought-provoking economists in the world today because he dares to challenge presidents of both parties and the orthodoxies that bind them to disastrous policies. His critiques are fierce and his solutions fearless in the face of political and academic groupthink. That makes Professor Sachs a rarity in public life and this book an absolute necessity. (Joe Scarborough)My father famously declared that GDP 'measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.' Jeffrey Sachs presents an economic vision beyond GDP, one that is based on compassion and sustainability, and that aligns with the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. This is a roadmap for America's future economic strategy. (Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights)In this slim volume that serves as both manifesto and plan of action, Sachs directly addresses in clear prose such issues as tax reform, renewable energy, creating good jobs in an era of increasing robotic automation, making trade deals work better for everyone, and taming health care costs. Building the New American Economy provides a concise and organized way of looking at the challenges and choices that lie ahead. (Ray Bert Civil Engineering)Sachs confronts Trump's idea of rebuilding the U.S. and particularly its infrastructure...[he] focuses on long-term societal objectives centered on sustainable development...Highly recommended. (Choice) Read more About the Author Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is a New York Times best-selling author, and his books include The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), The Price of Civilization (2011), To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (2013), and The Age of Sustainable Development (Columbia University Press, 2015). Read more

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Development as Freedom

Pdf Politics Development as Freedom

Pdf:Development as Freedom.Review 'Fascinating. . . . The overall argument [is] eloquent and probing.' --The New York Times'A new approach . . . refreshing, thoughtful, and human. Sen's optimism and no-nonsense proposals leave one feeling that perhaps there is a solution.' --Business Week'The . . . perspective that Mr. Sen describes and advocates has great attractions.  Chief among them is that, by cutting through the sterile debate for or against the market, it makes it easier to ask sharper questions about public policy.' --The Economist Read more From the Inside Flap By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Against Global Apartheid: South Africa Meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance

Pdf Politics Against Global Apartheid: South Africa Meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance

Pdf:Against Global Apartheid: South Africa Meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance.Review 'This is by far one of the best critical contributions from the left in the continuing controversial role which the World Bank and IMF play in developing countries' economies and societies. Bond comes from a dying tradition of the activist/scholar very much in the mould of Noam Chomsky.'-Garth Pere, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue Read more About the Author Patrick Bond is Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and Development Management, and a voluntary associate of the Alternative Information and Development Center for Economic Justice in Washington. Read more

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The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

Pdf Politics The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

Pdf:The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism.From Publishers Weekly Despite its inflated title, this volume is a worthy jeremiad against corporate excess, especially the kind hastened by the mutual fund industry that Bogle, former CEO of low-cost Vanguard, knows well. Among the problems: inflated executive compensation and creative accounting that allows companies to claim profits even when they're in the red. Mutual fund companies, Bogle charges, care more about short-term results than long-term value, and many of them gain profits for larger parent corporations by charging investors unnecessary fees that undermine the funds' net returns. To remedy such problems, Bogle writes, mutual fund owners and their fiduciaries must exercise the corporate responsibility they now shirk, and fund boards must be reshaped to serve the interests of shareholders. He advances in all seriousness Warren Buffett's once-joking idea for a high tax on short-term trading gains and calls for a federal commission to examine the way pension funds are managed, as well as the state of our retirement systems in general. While other recent books, such as David Swensen's Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment, marry similar criticisms with more advice for individual investors, Bogle—a rock-ribbed Republican businessman—still deserves attention in the precincts of power. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more Review 'This is an important book for the post-Enron era. In his characteristic hard hitting style, one of the legends of the mutual fund industry presents an insider’s view of what’s wrong with corporate America and what can be done to improve it.'—Burton G. Malkiel, Princeton University (Burton G. Malkiel)Simply put, capitalism has too many characters and not enough men of character. When one of the few tells us that the system he loves is ailing, and how he'd fix it, we had best listen.'—Cliff Asness Ph.D., Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management (Cliff Asness)'In his characteristic style, Bogle delivers strong medicine for what ails our capital markets and corporate governance framework. Not all will agree with everything that he has written, but they would be wise to take note, as his message is resounding and his proposals go to the heart of crucial debates about management, ownership, and value creation.'— Devin Wenig, President, Business Divisions, Reuters Group (Devin Wenig)“Jack Bogle has written a brilliant and insightful book that highlights the many ways that our economy has suffered because managers have placed their own economic interests ahead of those of owners and investors. Bogle offers prescriptions that, if enacted, will help prevent a repeat of the scandals that we have witnessed over the past five years.”—Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General, New York (Eliot Spitzer)'John Bogle has written an insightful book with great historical and contemporary perspective. His analysis of what has gone wrong and what needs to be done should be required reading for students, financial practitioners, and official policymakers.'—Henry Kaufman, President of Henry Kaufman and Company, Inc. (Henry Kaufman)'This is a must-read book for anyone interested in how to restore badly needed integrity, and efficiency, to our capital markets.'—Honorable Peter G. Peterson (Honorable Peter G. Peterson)'Bogle describes the continuous struggle for control of our capitalistic system, the odds being heavily in favor of the managers.  Individual investors and beneficiaries remain helpless, intermediaries are passive or conflicted, and boards not yet effective.  You owe it to yourself to read this book and reflect on his call for further federal intervention to restore some balance.'—Ira Millstein, Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP   (Ira Millstein)'A wake-up call to policy makers. Anyone who cares about the future of [America] needs to read [this] book.'—Jack Treynor, President of Treynor Capital Management, Inc. (Jack Treynor)'Once again Jack Bogle is the clearest and most courageous voice pointing out critical flaws in our governance and financial system but also showing in constructive, brilliant ways how to make the timely repairs. This book presents a rare blend of erudition, experience, and utility. It should be required reading for CEOs, public policy leaders, and MBA students—if not all informed investors.'—Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Yale University (Jeffrey Sonnenfeld)'In this tour de force, Bogle subjects corporate America to a forceful critique. Keen insights, rich experience, and moral courage shine throughout. Anyone interested in our corporate system should read this book, and those who do will never see corporate America the same again.'—Lucian Bebchuk, Harvard University  (Lucian Bebchuk) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis-Driven World

Pdf Politics The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis-Driven World

Pdf:The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis-Driven World.From Publishers Weekly 'All politics is local,' former House Speaker Tip O'Neill once famously remarked, and the adage holds true for economics as well, even in the era of globalization. In a world where local markets are increasingly interconnected, events in one small country can easily snowball to have a worldwide impact. Using kimchi, the flavorful Korean pickle, as a metaphor for unique regional sociocultural conditions, this trio of political analysts (Zonis runs the risk consulting firm where Lefkowitz works, while Wilkin works on similar projects for other clients) reminds readers that while powerful corporations may be able to plant their flags around the world, they still need to deal with the locals. Factors like political corruption or ethnic conflicts can undermine a country's chances for prosperity, the analysts say, but they can be countered by strong leadership and stable institutions. In order to 'do globalization better,' business leaders need to recognize the importance of local political dynamics. Other than suggesting that there isn't a single approach that will work for all countries, the book doesn't offer much advice; what it does provide are dozens of textual snapshots of various regional hot spots, primarily from often overlooked corners of Asia, Africa and South America (where, unfortunately, the overused kimchi references quickly grow old). Readers with geopolitical experience may find the analysis redundant and superficial, while the financially inclined may want more concrete answers to their concerns, but the three authors do a reasonable job of providing the big picture on this complex issue.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist Kimchi--a dish consisting of cabbage leaves fermented in chili--is the centerpiece of Korean cuisine. Yet it has not been globalized like the Big Mac, probably because of its pungent smell. The authors use kimchi as a metaphor for the missing ingredient of globalization initiatives, the local political dynamics that are often overlooked when corporations decide to set up shop in foreign lands. Understanding kimchi is essential to the success of both international business and foreign policy in an age of globalization. The authors examine emerging markets around the globe and demonstrate how, in the past, sensitivity to (or ignorance of) kimchi has had an enormous impact on attempts to form business relationships between disparate cultures. This message couldn't come at a more critical time, with the Bush administration fully engaged in nation building in Iraq. As the authors show, the assumption that other cultures want or need a particular form of government can have disastrous results. David SiegfriedCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits

Pdf Politics The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits

Pdf:The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits.Review 'C. K. Prahalad argues that companies must revolutionize how they dobusiness in developing countries if both sides of that economic equation areto prosper. Drawing on a wealth of case studies, his compelling new bookoffers an intriguing blueprint for how to fight poverty with profitability.'Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect,Microsoft'The Bottom of the Pyramid belongs at the top of the reading list forbusiness people, academics, and experts pursuing the elusive goal ofsustainable growth in the developing world. C. K. Prahalad writes withuncommon insight about consumer needs in poor societies andopportunities for the private sector to serve important public purposes whileenhancing its own bottom line. If you are looking for fresh thinking aboutemerging markets, your search is ended. This is the book for you.'Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State'Prahalad challenges readers to re-evaluate their pre-conceived notionsabout the commercial opportunities in serving the relatively poor nations ofthe world. The Bottom of the Pyramid highlights the way to commercialsuccess and societal improvement--but only if the developed worldreconceives the way it delivers products and services to the developingworld.'Christopher Rodrigues, CEO, Visa International'An important and insightful work showing persuasively how the privatesector can be put at the center of development, not just as a rhetoricalflourish but as a real engine of jobs and services for the poor.'Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme Read more From the Back Cover The world's most exciting, fastest-growing new market? It's where you least expect it: at the bottom of the pyramid. Collectively, the world's billions of poor people have immense entrepreneurial capabilities and buying power. You can learn how to serve them and help millions of the world's poorest people escape poverty.It is being done—profitably. Whether you're a business leader or an anti-poverty activist, business guru Prahalad shows why you can't afford to ignore 'Bottom of the Pyramid' (BOP) markets.In the book and accompanying CD videos, Prahalad presents...Why what you know about BOP markets is wrongA world of surprises—from spending patterns to distribution and marketingUnlocking the 'poverty penalty' The most enduring contributions your company can makeDelivering dignity, empowerment, and choice—not just productsCorporations and BOP entrepreneursProfiting together from an inclusive new capitalism'C. K. Prahalad argues that companies must revolutionize how they dobusiness in developing countries if both sides of that economic equation areto prosper. Drawing on a wealth of case studies, his compelling new bookoffers an intriguing blueprint for how to fight poverty with profitability.'Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect,Microsoft'The Bottom of the Pyramid belongs at the top of the reading list forbusiness people, academics, and experts pursuing the elusive goal ofsustainable growth in the developing world. C. K. Prahalad writes withuncommon insight about consumer needs in poor societies andopportunities for the private sector to serve important public purposes whileenhancing its own bottom line. If you are looking for fresh thinking aboutemerging markets, your search is ended. This is the book for you.'Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State'Prahalad challenges readers to re-evaluate their pre-conceived notionsabout the commercial opportunities in serving the relatively poor nations ofthe world. The Bottom of the Pyramid highlights the way to commercialsuccess and societal improvement--but only if the developed worldreconceives the way it delivers products and services to the developingworld.'Christopher Rodrigues, CEO, Visa International'An important and insightful work showing persuasively how the privatesector can be put at the center of development, not just as a rhetoricalflourish but as a real engine of jobs and services for the poor.'Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy 12th edition

Pdf Politics Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy 12th edition

Pdf:Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy 12th edition.Recession, inflation, interest rates, income tax, exchange rates … We are bombarded with these terms every day - by newspapers, the radio, TV and the internet - but what do they actually mean? And how do they impact on you? In this updated edition of Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy, all these issues - and more - are addressed. The book clearly explains and evaluates a wide range of economic occurrences - from the budget and the rand/dollar exchange rate to the balance of payments and the role of the South African Reserve Bank. The book investigates the causes and consequences of the 2008/2009 global financial and economic crisis, looks at the sub-Saharan African economy, and explores human development issues in South Africa and their implications for policy-making. If you are baffled by the specialised jargon of economists and bankers and want to know more about the economic forces that subtly dictate your day-to-day existence, Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy will put you in the picture. This is essential reading for every South African consumer and taxpayer. Economics, after all, is too important to be left to economists.

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Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts

Pdf Politics Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts

Pdf:Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts.The Realities of Economic TerrorThose of us who have always lived in America speak of the economic “crashes” our country has experienced and survived. However, we have never experienced genuine economic collapse, or the terrifying reality of a country where central banking and inflation have led to anarchy. Author Svetoslav Elenkov gives a uniquely valuable first-hand account of life in a country torn apart by economic disaster, and shows the connections between money, central banking, inflation, and the real impact on everyday people of corrupt and short-sighted government policies. Experience what it is like to live in a world where violence erupts as protests are ignored; where the powerful send men armed with shields and batons to assault citizens innocently celebrating at a party. Immerse yourself in a world where government buildings are attacked, where AK-47s open fire, where RPGs wreak havoc. Learn about what causes these extreme conditions, and what we, as citizens, need to know about both prevention and survival in a worst-case scenario.

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Deflation: Why it's coming, whether it's good or bad, and how it will affect your investments, business, and personal affairs

Pdf Politics Deflation: Why it's coming, whether it's good or bad, and how it will affect your investments, business, and personal affairs

Pdf:Deflation: Why it's coming, whether it's good or bad, and how it will affect your investments, business, and personal affairs.From the Back Cover How will the coming deflation affect you? What strategies will work in the deflation years ahead? Look inside for Investment Strategy for Deflation 13 Elements Business Strategy for Deflation 18 Elements Personal Strategy for Deflation 5 Elements 269 Easy-to-Read Tables and Graphs 'Gary Shilling was the first to understand the unwinding of inflation. Now he explores the prospects for deflation, and how investors can profit from it. I think he's right on. You should read it.' Ed Hyman, Chairman ISI Group 'Take a deep breath before you sit down with Deflation. I can almost guarantee that you'll find it a shocker.' Richard Russell, Editor Dow Theory Letters 'The arguments Dr. Shilling puts forth are well made, cogently argued, pleasantly written and most importantly of all, correct. In the words of Siskel and Ebert, we give Dr. Shilling's new book an enthusiastic two thumbs up!' Dennis Gartman, Editor/Publisher The Gartman Letter 'The beauty of this book is that it explains how we investors who are well positioned can reap huge gains from the coming deflation.' Marc Faber, Author & Publisher The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report Read more About the Author Dr. A. Gary Shilling is president of A. Gary Shilling & Company, Inc., economic consultants and investment advisors, managing individual and institutional accounts. The firm also publishes INSIGHT, a monthly report of economic forecasts and investment strategy, and Dr. Shilling advises Thematic Investment Partners and Thematic Futures Fund, investment partnerships oriented toward economic, financial, and political themes. A regular columnist for Forbes magazine, he has been twice ranked as Wall Street's top economist by Institutional Investor magazine's poll of financial institutions , and Futures magazine ranked him the country's number one Commodity Trading Advisor in 1993. Although Dr. Shilling does not yet manage any mutual funds, CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth was so impressed with his investment approach that he profiled him along with 19 well-known mutual fund managers in his 1995 book, The Mutual Fund Masters. Dr. Shilling is well known for his forecasting record. In the spring of 1969 he was among the few who correctly saw that a recession would start late in the year. In 1973 he stood almost alone in forecasting that the world was entering a massive inventory building spree to be followed by the first major worldwide recession since the 1930s. In the late 1970s, when most thought that raging inflation would last forever, he was the first to predict that the changing political mood of the country would lead to an end of severe inflation, as well as to potentially serious financial and economic readjustment problems. His first book, co-authored with Kiril Sokoloff, was published by McGraw-Hill in the spring of 1983 and entitled Is Inflation Ending? Are You Ready? In it, the authors answered the first question in the title with a resounding yes. But to the second they said, no, you're not ready. Your investments, your business, and your personal life are geared to inflation lasting forever, not disinflation. Your portfolio is crammed full of tangible assets like coins, antiques, and real estate the great inflation hedges of the 1965-80 era of accelerating prices, but assets that would suffer as inflation rates fell. At the same time, you own far too few financial assets, especially stocks and bonds disastrous investments in periods of high inflation, but great winners in disinflation. Inflation, however, was so deeply ingrained in everyone's thinking that the initial signs of its exit were ignored. The book's reviewers basically dismissed the authors' ideas. But by the mid 1980s, their forecast of inflation's demise began to look credible. In a delayed victory of sorts, David Warsh of the Boston Globe essentially reviewed the book in that newspaper's March 13, 1986, edition, and Bruce Ramsey did the same for the April 2, 1986, issue of the Seattle Post Intelligence in an article entitled 'A preposterous economic prediction that came true.' By then inflation rates not only had fallen considerably, but stocks and bonds were thriving while tangibles were in trouble. Dr. Shilling was convinced that more of the same lay ahead because the world of shortages seemed to be over and a world of surpluses was in prospect. His second book, The World Has Definitely Changed New Economic Forces and Their Implications for the Next Decade (Lakeview Press, 1986) , spelled out this thesis. The 1987 stock market crash raised the possibility that deflation and not just low inflation might be in the cards, and his third book, After the Crash, Recession or Depression? (Lakeview Economic Services, 1988), explored this idea. Despite the title, he wasn't specifically forecasting deflation, but came closer to doing so when he, assisted by Anne D. Willard, created 'The Deflation Game' in 1989. It's a Monopoly-like board game that is biased toward winning with financial asset holdings and losing with tangibles. Dr. Shilling is widely recognized as the world's oldest living disinflationist, since his forecast of low inflation is over 20 years old and his suggestion of possible deflation has been around for about a decade. He received his A.B. degree in physics, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University. Before establishing his own firm in 1978, Dr. Shilling was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of White, Weld & Co., Inc. Earlier he set up the Economics Department at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith at age 29 and served as the firm's first chief economist. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was with Standard Oil Co. (N.J.) where he was in charge of U.S. and Canadian economic analysis and forecasting. In addition to writing for Forbes, Dr. Shilling is a columnist for Standard & Poor's CreditWeek and a member of The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economic Journal) Board of Economists. He appears frequently on business radio and television shows. Dr. Shilling is on the Board of Directors of National Life of Vermont, the Heartland Group of mutual funds, the American Productivity and Quality Center, Palm Harbor Homes, the Episcopal Evangelism Foundation of which he is Chairman; an Advisory Director of Austin Trust Company; a Trustee and the Treasurer of the General Theological Seminary (Episcopal); and a Chairman of the New Jersey State Revenue Forecasting Advisory Commission. He is also an avid beekeeper. Read more

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My Own Words

Pdf Politics My Own Words

Pdf:My Own Words.The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's most influential women. This audiobook features archival original recordings of Justice Ginsburg's speeches and bench announcements.

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Licensed to Lie

Pdf Politics Licensed to Lie

Pdf:Licensed to Lie.About the Author Former federal prosecutor under nine US attorneys from both political parties over ten years and three districts, Sidney Powell was lead counsel in 350 criminal appeals for the United States and more than 150 since in private practice.  It was from her experience in several of her cases that she felt compelled to write LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice after seeing a core group of federal prosecutors break all the rules, make up crimes, hide evidence, and send innocent people to prison. The book reads like a legal thriller, but it names the prosecutors who then rose to positions of great power and the judges who turned a blind eye to their abuses of unfettered power.   Sidney is highly sought to comment on current legal issues and government investigations—especially the special investigation lead by Robert Mueller and his chief lieutenant Andrew Weissmann, who is a true villain in LICENSED TO LIE.  For more information, her media appearances, articles and law practice, see www.SidneyPowell.com Read more

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My Own Words

Pdf Politics My Own Words

Pdf:My Own Words.About the Author Born in 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the Harvard and Columbia University Law Schools, and taught law at Rutgers and Columbia. During the 1970s, while teaching at Columbia, she was instrumental in launching the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, and became the leading advocate in the Supreme Court for gender equality. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 1980 and to the US Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. In 2009 Forbes named Ginsburg among the 100 Most Powerful Women, Glamour named her one of their 1993 Women of the Year and in 2012 presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 Time listed her as an Icon in the Time 100, and in 2016 Fortune named her one of the World’s Greatest Leaders.Mary Hartnett is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, focusing on international women’s human rights.Wendy W. Williams is Professor Emerita at Georgetown Law, best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. My Own Words 1 Editorial for the School Newspaper Highway Herald, June 1946 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT had been the first lady throughout most of Ruth Bader’s childhood. Ruth’s mother, who deeply admired the first lady, often read Mrs. Roosevelt’s “My Day” newspaper columns aloud to Ruth. Eight months after President Roosevelt’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt was appointed by President Truman as a U.S. delegate to the newly established United Nations General Assembly. The UN Charter, in its preamble, declared as one of its aims “to regain faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.” Eleanor Roosevelt, pursuant to that goal, became in April 1946 the first chairperson of the newly created U.N. Commission on Human Rights. In the wake of World War II, Ruth and her mother followed closely as Eleanor Roosevelt led the efforts that would result, in 1948, in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document Roosevelt celebrated as “the international Magna Carta for all mankind.” Two months after Eleanor Roosevelt was chosen to head the UN Commission on Human Rights, Ruth Bader, by then a thirteen-year-old eighth grader and editor of her school newspaper, the Highway Herald, wrote a column of her own. Her column, the first piece in this collection, was a sign of things to come. While other students wrote about the circus, school plays, and the glee club, Ruth discussed the Ten Commandments, Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and United Nations Charter. Highway Herald, June 1946 Published by Pupils of Elementary Public School 238, Brooklyn, New York Editorial by Ruth Bader, Grade 8B1 Since the beginning of time, the world has known four great documents, great because of all the benefits to humanity which came about as a result of their fine ideals and principles. The first was the Ten Commandments, which was given to Moses while he was leading the Israelites through the wilderness to the land of Canaan. Today people of almost every religion respect and accept them as a code of ethics and a standard of behavior. Up until the thirteenth century, conditions under the kings of Europe were unbearable for the commoners. Taxation was high, living conditions poor and justice unknown. It was then, in 1215 AD, that the barons and peers of England met and drew up a charter called the Magna Carta. After forcing King John to sign it, the document was declared the governing law of the land. This gave the English peasants the first rights ever granted to them. When William of Orange, a Dutchman, was offered the English throne, his chief ambition was to use the military powers of Britain to aid his beloved Holland in its war with Spain. In accepting this offer, he had to grant certain concessions to the English people. So, in 1689, he signed the Bill of Rights. This limited the King’s powers and gave much of the government control to parliament, another important stride in the history of the world. The Declaration of Independence of our own U.S. may well be considered one of the most important steps in the shaping of the world. It marked the birth of a new nation, a nation that has so grown in strength as to take its place at the top of the list of the world’s great powers. And now we have a fifth great document, the Charter of the United Nations. Its purpose and principles are to maintain international peace and security, to practice tolerance, and to suppress any acts of aggression or other breaches of peace. It is vital that peace be assured, for now we have a weapon that can destroy the world. We children of public school age can do much to aid in the promotion of peace. We must try to train ourselves and those about us to live together with one another as good neighbors for this idea is embodied in the great new Charter of the United Nations. It is the only way to secure the world against future wars and maintain an everlasting peace. Read more

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My Own Words

Pdf Politics My Own Words

Pdf:My Own Words.Review “Ginsburg has used her words to promote equality and stem discrimination as well as to express gratitude and to celebrate others who did so before and with her. . . . exceedingly readable, thanks to Ginsburg’s characteristically precise and unembellished prose.” (Newsweek)“At the heart of My Own Words is an abiding commitment to civility, to institutional norms, to the infinite possibilities of dialogue and cooperation, and to the now-dubious notion that protecting outsiders and others is a core American value. . . . Above all, always in her own methodical way, what shines through these essays is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist, who truly could not conceive of a world without meaningful gender parity in the 1970s . . . as a collection of thoughtful writing about perseverance and community and the law, it is a tonic to the current national discourse.” (The Washington Post)'A comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices in both law and public opinion.' (Harper's Bazaar)“A sort of greatest hits album....devotees will no doubt be delighted to have some 300 pages of Ginsburg all in one place.”  (Associated Press)'The Notorious RBG makes it even harder to ponder her eventual absence with a look at gender inequality, the Supreme Court’s inner workings, and the too-little-remarked-upon intersections of law and opera.' (New York Magazine)'What emerges is not a portrait of a take-no-prisoners advocate but a strategic legal plotter who understands how to bring her audience around to her point of view.' (USA Today)'The selection showcases her astonishing intellectual range, from law and lawyers in opera, to tributes to Louis Brandeis, William Rehnquist, and Gloria Steinem, to the significance and form of dissenting opinions. The book also includes a number of revealing speeches Ginsburg has given about her historical heroines . . . Hartnett and Williams’s brief biographical introductions to each section show how much Ginsburg has heeded it.' (The New Republic)'Readers will gain unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and garner unparalleled appreciation for one of its finest minds.” (Booklist)“A collection of her writings that will offer even more. . . . Justice Ginsburg’s impact not only on the legal profession but also on young women contemplating such a career path is undeniable.” (Library Journal)'Much recommended as a Christmas gift for smart, ambitious nieces. And nephews, too.' (The Guardian) Read more About the Author Born in 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the Harvard and Columbia University Law Schools, and taught law at Rutgers and Columbia. During the 1970s, while teaching at Columbia, she was instrumental in launching the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, and became the leading advocate in the Supreme Court for gender equality. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 1980 and to the US Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. In 2009 Forbes named Ginsburg among the 100 Most Powerful Women, Glamour named her one of their 1993 Women of the Year and in 2012 presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 Time listed her as an Icon in the Time 100, and in 2016 Fortune named her one of the World’s Greatest Leaders.Mary Hartnett is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, focusing on international women’s human rights.Wendy W. Williams is Professor Emerita at Georgetown Law, best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

Pdf Politics Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

Pdf:Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.Review “Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of the first and second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is a gossipy, funny, sometimes infuriating and moving tale of two women so similar and yet so different.” (NPR)“Vital...Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer — in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down — is her optimism.” (Washington Post)“Fast-paced and sure-footed...persuasive...Hirshman’s ability to write clearly about the law without oversimplifying enables her to explain how O’Connor played defense and Ginsburg offense.” (Huffington Post)“A lovely, thoughtful, and fascinating chronicle of [O’Connor and Ginzburg’s] careers and lives that doubles as a concise history of the fight for equality for women.” (SCOTUS blog)“Carefully researched and enjoyably written” (Wall Street Journal)For anyone interested in the court, women’s history or both, the story of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, their separate routes to the Supreme Court and what they accomplished during the more than 12 years they spent together is irresistible. (Linda Greenhouse, New York Times Book Review)“Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fascinating and informative but is also joyful -- a stirring reminder of how these two pioneers for women’s rights have advanced the cause in their singular but complementary ways.” (Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine)“A tale of two unfaltering women with steel-trap minds, their unlikely rapport, and the legal landscape they battle to reshape. Smart, startling, and profoundly moving.” (Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life)“Linda Hirshman has written a thorough, accurate, and most readable account of the careers of the two first women to serve as Justices of the Supreme Court. Laymen as well as lawyers will learn a great deal, not only about these two special people, but about today’s Court as well.” (Justice John Paul Stevens)“A riveting page-turner that will make you laugh, cry, and seethe with frustration at how long and hard the road to women’s equality has been. Above all, it will inspire and delight. A prodigious achievement and an important contribution to the history of our times.” (Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake) Read more From the Back Cover The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second women to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.Linda Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. Hirshman also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, setting precedent in cases dealing with employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.Sisters in Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes, bringing these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Persuasion: The Complete Psychologist’s Guide to Highly Effective Persuasion and Manipulation Techniques – Influence People with NLP, Mind Control and ... SKILLS,SMALL TALK)

Pdf Politics Persuasion: The Complete Psychologist’s Guide to Highly Effective Persuasion and Manipulation Techniques – Influence People with NLP, Mind Control and ... SKILLS,SMALL TALK)

Pdf:Persuasion: The Complete Psychologist’s Guide to Highly Effective Persuasion and Manipulation Techniques – Influence People with NLP, Mind Control and ... SKILLS,SMALL TALK).HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PERSUASION, MIND CONTROL AND MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES! "Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel." -Ralph Waldo Emerson Persuasion is a powerful tool that can help you master other people's minds as well as your own. The human tendency to follow the lead of others is something we have been doing since the beginning of human civilizations. This book will be your comprehensive guide to understanding the concepts of persuasion and how to apply them through all areas of your life. Mastering these techniques will quickly improve the quality of your life. This book is an essential tool for anyone that wants to lead and influence others, and ultimately take control of their own life. Here are some topics you can expect from the book: A comprehensive review of traditional methods of mental persuasion  A step-by-step guide on how to apply persuasion techniques in different situations A discussion about some of the founding principles of persuasion Communication strategies to exert your influence in different situations How listening is a form of persuasion  How to handle conflicts Examples and suggestions on how to phrase comments and questions for maximum persuasive power Scroll up and grab your copy today!

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Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Cram

Pdf Politics Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Cram

Pdf:Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Cram.From the Back Cover If you are preparing for a career in property and casualty insurance, you need to pick up a copy of 'Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Cram.' You will quickly learn the concepts, laws, rate calculations and state and federal regulations that will be covered on the exam. You'll also receive a CD that includes a fully-customizable test engine, detailed score report and state-specific law supplement. No matter where you are taking your exam or which area you need to focus on in your studies, 'Property and Casualty Insurance License Exam Cram' is your smartest way to get certified. Read more About the Author Eric Alan Anderson is Director of Insurance Education for BISYS Education Services, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has almost 25 years of experience creating training and test preparation materials for the financial services industry. In addition to authoring 17 insurance training texts and editing 8 others, he has written newsletters and magazine articles, and he has developed materials for audio cassette/workbook, videotape, computer disk and the Web. He has also taught basic English skills courses at the college level and has made presentations to national conferences of insurance associations. Jennifer Martin, CPCU, is Senior Editor of Property-Casualty Products for BISYS Education Services, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the author of 17 insurance training texts and maintains 50 titles on BISYS Education Services' course list. Jennifer has also developed interactive web-based courses and written state insurance law digests, computer documentation, newsletters, online help, and corporate disaster recovery plans. Richard A. Morin, CIC, is a contract author based in Los Angeles, California. He has 35 years of experience writing and training on a broad range of subjects for the financial services industry. For several years, he was an editor for a major insurance training publisher, and he has also worked as an insurance underwriter, a rating supervisor and a licensed insurance and mutual fund sales representative. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions

Pdf Politics Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions

Pdf:Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions.Review “I found this material to be the most helpful thing for anyone contemplating an actuarial profession. The early material motivates and familiarizes a person with the profession in a casual but real way. The middle material gives a person the tools to plan and attack a program to pass the exams. The latter part of the book gives great guidance on job opportunities...Bravo to both the book’s concept and realization.”– Murray Lieb, New Jersey Institute of Technology“The book is extremely well written. Actuaries need good communication skills and this book provides an excellent example of such skills at work.”– Charles Moore, Kansas State University Read more Book Description The first career guide for actuarial students and beginning professionals Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Elements of Thinking in Systems: Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions

Pdf Politics The Elements of Thinking in Systems: Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions

Pdf:The Elements of Thinking in Systems: Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions.Would you like to have better solutions to your problems? Struggling to understand why things went wrong when you did everything right? The Elements of Systems Thinking can help you with these problems. Systems surround us and we might not even be aware of it. Your household is a system. The bakery on the corner is a system. Your class at school, your department at work, and your weekend soccer team made of wholehearted dads is a system too. You are a vital part of more complex systems like your country, the economy, or the world; learn about their changing nature, and find optimal solutions to problems related to them. The world is more connected than ever thanks to innovations like telephone, television, computers, and internet. The way we sense reality changed significantly. Using conventional thinking to understand the world as it functions today is not enough. We need to know the elements of systems thinking to see beyond simple cause-effect connections. This book will help you to find strategic solutions to every complex, modern problem. The Elements of Systems Thinking focuses on the nine fundamental system archetypes; our mental models related to them, and the step-by-step implication methods to fix them. Learn to use systems archetypes to solve your problems at work, in your business, in your relationship, and social connections. See through the motivations and understand the drives of contemporary politics, economics, and education. Widen your perspective, think critically, analyze deeply, clear your vision, be more logical and rational just by applying systems thinking. Think differently and get different results. •Learn the language of systems thinking.•Apply the best systems thinking ideas, models, and frameworks in your cognitive and decision-making process. •Learn to understand, design, and find solutions to the main system problems called ‘archetypes.’Complexity, organizational pathways, and networks gain more and more importance in our interconnected world. The Elements of Systems Thinking gives you real-life examples to make the adoption process of this type of thinking smooth. Define your problems more accurately, find better, long-lasting solutions to your problems, learn to create strategic plans using systems diagrams, and understand your place and power over the world.

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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Pdf Politics The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Pdf:The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.Review “This is a wonderful book by a remarkable woman. It's a story about doing enormous good while having some extraordinary experiences and even adventures. It touches the heart and the mind. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about what's really going on in the world out there.” —Fareed Zakaria, Author of The Post-American World and editor of Newsweek International“The decency of Jacqueline Novogratz shines through these pages and so does her strength. The stories she shares about the people she has met show the nobility of the human spirit and the breadth of the desire to stop suffering, to feed the hungry, to care for the sick, to empower the poor - in short, to make the world a better place. The Blue Sweater is a book of hope written by a practical idealist who won't take 'no' for an answer when it comes to building a better world. Jacqueline breathes new life into the phrase 'a life of meaning' and she is living one everyday even as she asks us to join her.” —Senator Bill Bradley“The Blue Sweater will inspire people around the world by seeing the difference one person can make in taking on challenges with courage, curiosity, drive and a great sense of possibility. It is a story for all of us, regardless of the country in which we were born.” —Mary Robinson, Chair of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative“Jacqueline's book and her work represent an entirely new way to look at things, a vivid opportunity for change and most of all, an obligation to spread the word about the way the world has evolved. We need to wake up and listen to what she has to say. Hurry!” —Seth Godin, author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable“Jacqueline is a national treasure. Her pioneering work at Acumen Fund is positively influencing a whole generation of donors and recipients.” —Seth Berkley, President and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative“A captivating first-person account of a young woman's quest to close the gap between rich and poor. If one person can change the world, this is your window into how it's done.” —Chee Pearlman, former Editor in Chief, I.D. Magazine“If you believe in the worth and capacity of individual initiative and in group commitment, or if you believe that our lives can be transformed by the events we live through, then you must read this book.” —Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Read more About the Author JACQUELINE NOVOGRATZ is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm for the poor that invests in sustainable enterprises in the developing world. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Pdf Politics Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Pdf:Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.Capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither serves the needs of our society. Whether it is secure, well-paid, and meaningful jobs or a sustainable relationship with the natural environment that we depend on, our society is not delivering the results people need and deserve.  One key cause for this intolerable state of affairs is the lack of genuine democracy in our economy as well as in our politics. The solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers managing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy.  Here, Richard D. Wolff lays out a hopeful and concrete vision of how to make that possible, addressing the many people who have concluded economic inequality and politics as usual can no longer be tolerated and are looking for a concrete program of action.

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Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Pdf Politics Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Pdf:Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.Review “Probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”―New York Times Magazine“Imagine a country where the majority of the population reaps the majority of the benefits for their hard work, creative ingenuity, and collaborative efforts. Imagine a country where corporate losses aren't socialized, while gains are captured by an exclusive minority. Imagine a country run as a democracy, from the bottom up, not a plutocracy from the top down. Richard Wolff not only imagines it, but in his compelling, captivating and stunningly reasoned new book, Democracy at Work, he details how we get there from here ― and why we absolutely must.”―Nomi Prins, Author of It Takes a Pillage and Black Tuesday'Richard Wolff is the leading socialist economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy!' - Cornel West'Ideas of economic democracy are very much in the air, as they should be,with increasing urgency in the midst of today's serious crises. Richard Wolff'sconstructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations formuch more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable development,ideas that can be implemented directly and carried forward. A very valuablecontribution in troubled times.' ―Noam Chomsky“Bold, thoughtful, transformative―a powerful and challenging vision of that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!”―Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism; Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of MarylandPraise for Capitalism Hits the Fan (book and DVD)“With unerring coherence and unequaled breadth of knowledge, Rick Wolff offers a rich and much needed corrective to the views of mainstream economists and pundits. It would be difficult to come away from this... with anything but an acute appreciation of what is needed to get us out of this mess.”―Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, City University of New York“Probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”—New York Times Magazine“Imagine a country where the majority of the population reaps the majority of the benefits for their hard work, creative ingenuity, and collaborative efforts. Imagine a country where corporate losses aren't socialized, while gains are captured by an exclusive minority. Imagine a country run as a democracy, from the bottom up, not a plutocracy from the top down. Richard Wolff not only imagines it, but in his compelling, captivating and stunningly reasoned new book, Democracy at Work, he details how we get there from here — and why we absolutely must.”—Nomi Prins, Author of It Takes a Pillage and Black Tuesday'Richard Wolff is the leading socialist economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy!' - Cornel West'Ideas of economic democracy are very much in the air, as they should be,with increasing urgency in the midst of today's serious crises. Richard Wolff'sconstructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations formuch more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable development,ideas that can be implemented directly and carried forward. A very valuablecontribution in troubled times.' —Noam Chomsky“Bold, thoughtful, transformative—a powerful and challenging vision of that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!”—Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism; Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of MarylandPraise for Capitalism Hits the Fan (book and DVD)“With unerring coherence and unequaled breadth of knowledge, Rick Wolff offers a rich and much needed corrective to the views of mainstream economists and pundits. It would be difficult to come away from this... with anything but an acute appreciation of what is needed to get us out of this mess.”—Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, City University of New York Read more From the Inside Flap A new historical vista is opening before us in this time of change, Wolff writes in this compelling new manifesto for a democratic alternative based on workers managing their own workplaces.Capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid for political establishment. Neither serves the needs of our society. Whether it is secure, well-paid and meaningful jobs or a sustainable relationship with the natural environment that we depend on, our society is not delivering the results people need and deserve.One key cause for this intolerable state of affairs is the lack of genuine democracy in our economy as well as in our politics. The solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers managing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy.Here Wolff lays out a hopeful and concrete vision of how to make that possible, addressing the many people who have concluded economic inequality and politics as usual can no longer be tolerated and are looking for a concrete program of action.Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. Wolf is the author of many books, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian, Truthout.org, and the MRZine. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Value of Everything: Who Makes and Who Takes from the Real Economy

Pdf Politics The Value of Everything: Who Makes and Who Takes from the Real Economy

Pdf:The Value of Everything: Who Makes and Who Takes from the Real Economy.The Value of Everything argues that American companies have for too long been valued according to the amount of wealth they capture for themselves rather than for the value they create for the economy. In fact, Pfizer, Amazon, and other companies are actually dependent on public money, spend their resources on boosting share prices and executive pay, and reap ever-expanding rewards without offering the market value. In her previous work, The Entrepreneurial State, Mariana Mazzucato argued that public investment has been the most significant driver of innovation and product development. The iPhone as it exists would not have been possible without government-sponsored technology like Siri and Touch ID. Yet Apple today, like numerous other companies, is engaging in a massive repurchase scheme, and for the first time has prioritized value-extraction practices such as spending to boost shareholder profit-the very initiatives that funded their software. If private companies continue down this path, they will succeed in diminishing the size of their largest and most successful investor - the state - and will destroy powerful opportunities, shrivel markets, and depress wealth.

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The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Pdf Politics The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Pdf:The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy.Review A finalist for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award'A stimulating analysis of the underlying causes of inequality and growth which forces us to confront long-held beliefs about how economies work and who benefits'―Martin Wolf, Financial Times 'Mazzucato's mission is to overturn the now dominant neoclassical theory of value.'―George Eaton for New Statesman'Mariana Mazzucato offers an exposé of how value extractors and rent-seekers have been masquerading as value creators in the global economy. And, furthermore, how the conventional wisdom has indulged them in this.' ―Fran Boait for Prospect'[Mazzucato's] passionate call to empower policymakers to understand that the state's role is not secondary to the private sector is infectious.'―PROSPECT'Mazzucato is fast emerging as one of the world's leading public intellectuals... [she] has offered the left a positive vision of growth based on innovation and profit-sharing, rather than sterile and counter-productive analysis based on the politics of resentment and expropriation.'―SPECTATOR'Mazzucato sides with the actual makers, those who struggle in an economy tilted in favor of the ultrawealthy... she expresses specific incredulity about the banking sector's self-serving statements about wealth creation... She is especially eloquent when commenting on arrogant tech-giant billionaires such as Peter Thiel, who claims that his wealth accumulation occurred in spite of, rather than because of, government presence.'―KIRKUS REVIEWS'Mazzucato's trenchant analysis is a compelling call to reinvent value as a key concept to help us achieve the world we all want.'―NATURE'A fresh look at the meaning of value to the economy...This organized and easy-to-read book will appeal to curious readers as well as those interested in economics, investing, and public policy.'―Booklist'A fundamental re-think of what constitutes real value in the economy.'―Stephen Denning, Forbes.com Read more About the Author Mariana Mazzucato is professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she directs the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is the winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the 'three most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic. She advises global policy makers on innovation-driven inclusive growth and is Special Advisor to the EU commissioner for research, science and innovation. She is a coeditor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and the author of the award-winning The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. Read more

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf Politics Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf:Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.A New York Times Best SellerNamed one of The New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2018″Named one of NPR's "Best Books of 2018"Named one of the Financial Times "Books of the Year"Named one of The Washington Post's "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Best International Nonfiction" books of 2018One of the GreenBiz "10 Best Climate and Business Books of 2018"800-CEO-READ Business Book of the YearAn insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.  Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf Politics Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf:Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.Review A New York Times bestseller | Named one of The New York Times '100 Notable Books of 2018' | Named one of NPR's 'Best Books of 2018' | Named one of the Financial Times 'Books of the Year' | Named one of The Washington Post's '50 Notable Works of Nonfiction' | One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Best International Nonfiction” books of 2018 | One of the GreenBiz “10 Best Climate and Business Books of 2018” | 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year“Entertaining and gripping . . . For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring 'change agents' who believe they are helping but are actually making things worse, it’s time for a reckoning with their role in this spiraling dilemma. I suggest they might want to read a copy of this book while in the Hamptons this summer.” —Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Times Book Review  “Anand Giridharadas takes a swipe at the global elite in a trenchant, provocative and well-researched book about the people who are notionally generating social change . . . Read it and beware.” —Martha Lane Fox, Financial Times, “Books of the Year 2018”“A splendid polemic  . . . Giridharadas writes brilliantly on the parasitic philanthropy industry.” —The Economist“Impassioned . . . That Giridharadas questions an idea that has become part of the air we breathe is alone worth the price of the book, and his delicious skewering of the many who exalt their own goodness while making money from dubious business practices makes for entertaining reading.” —Bethany McLean, The Washington Post“One of the most insightful and provocative books about what’s going on in America that I’ve read in years.” —Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii)“The past years have seen some outstanding books on how philanthropists and their dollars have shaped public policy . . .  [Anand Giridharadas] zeros in on what he sees as a glaring hypocrisy among affluent elites: that while many well-meaning (and well-off) Americans claim to want to improve society's inequalities, they don't challenge the structures that preserve that inequality, not wanting to jeopardize their own privileged positions.” —Jessica Smith, NPR, “Best Books of 2018” “Important . . . [An] empathic tone gives the book its persuasive power to touch the hearts of even those readers, like myself, who are the targets of its criticism.” —Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review“An extraordinarily important book.” —Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief, Huffington Post“Important . . .  [Winners Take All] levels a devastating attack on philanthrocapitalism.” —Benjamin Soskis, The Chronicle of Philanthropy“Indispensable . . . A lacerating critique.” —Chris Lehmann, In These Times“Provocative and passionate . . . This damning portrait of contemporary American philanthropy is a must-read for anyone interested in ‘changing the world.’” —Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)“A challenging, provocative & bold book. I don’t agree with all of Anand’s critiques . . . but I encourage everyone to read the book & think hard about his take on the social sector.” —Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy“Giridharadas makes a compelling case  . . . [He] ultimately succeeds with Winners Take All by adopting a temperate approach that creates space for a conversation.” —David Talbot, Los Angeles Review of Books“Anyone following the debate about the role of philanthrocapitalists, corporate foundations or tech billionaires in solving the world's problems will want to watch for this new book.” —Jena McGregor, The Washington Post“[A] landmark new book.” —Darren Walker, president, The Ford Foundation   “[Giridharadas] has delivered a clarion call that will be a fixture on my syllabus and bookshelf.” —Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan“This is a very difficult subject to tackle, but Giridharadas executes it brilliantly . . . This must-have title will be of great interest to readers, from students to professionals and everyone in-between, interested in solutions to today’s complex problems . . . Winners Take All will be the starting point of conversations private and in groups on alternatives to the status quo and calls to action. An excellent book for troubled times.” —Booklist“In Anand’s thought-provoking book his fresh perspective on solving complex societal problems is admirable. I appreciate his commitment and dedication to spreading social justice.” —Bill Gates“An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy“A trenchant, humane, and often revelatory investigation by one of the wisest nonfiction writers going.” —Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers“Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.” —Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance   “A brilliant, rising voice of our era takes us on a journey among the global elite in his search for understanding of our tragic disconnect. Thought-provoking, expansive, and timely.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author, The Warmth of Other Suns“Winners Take All boldly exposes one of the great if little-reported scandals of the age of globalization: the domestication of the life of the mind by political and financial power and the substitution of ‘thought leaders’ for critical thinkers. It not only reorients us as we lurch out of a long ideological intoxication; it also embodies the values—intellectual autonomy and dissent—that we need to build a just society.” —Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger“In this trenchant and timely book, Anand Giridharadas shows how the winners of global capitalism seek to help the losers, but without disturbing the market-friendly arrangements that keep the winners on top. He gives us an incisive critique of corporate-sponsored charities that promote frictionless ‘win-win’ solutions to the world’s problems but disdain the hard, contentious work of democratic politics. An indispensable guide for those perplexed by the rising public anger toward ‘change-making’ elites.” —Michael J. Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets Read more About the Author ANAND GIRIDHARADAS is the author of The True American and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and a former McKinsey analyst. He teaches journalism at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Pdf Politics Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Pdf:Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.Review A dazzling barrage of words and ideas.-HistoryWell written and passionately stated, this is an intellectually honest and valuable study.-Library JournalA superbly written, excellently translated, and powerfully persuasive exposé which all students of Latin American and U.S. history must read.-Choice Read more Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: Spanish Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Pdf Politics Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Pdf:Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.A field guide to the 21st century, written by one of its most celebrated observers In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results. How do these changes interact, and how can we cope with them? To get a better purchase on the present, Friedman returns to his Minnesota childhood and sketches a world where politics worked and joining the middle class was an achievable goal. Today, by contrast, it is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter) but harder than ever to be a leader or merely average. Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). With vision, authority, and wit, Thank You for Being Late establishes a blueprint for how to think about our times.

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The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

Pdf Politics The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

Pdf:The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty.Review 'Clayton Christensen's latest book The Prosperity Paradox is a must-read. Powerful, persuasive, andwonderfully written, Christensen and his coauthors make a compelling case for the game-changing roleof innovation in some of the world's most desperate economies.'- Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman of Google and Alphabet'The Prosperity Paradox by Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon is a timely must-read onthe mindset change that turns poverty into opportunity and enables the creation of sustainableprosperity. As World Bank Treasurer, I saw first-hand how the innovative approaches described in thiscompelling easy to read primer empowers development practitioners and businesses to seek out theseprofitable opportunities.'- Arunma Oteh, World Bank Treasurer (30th September 2015 to 30th November 2018)'The Prosperity Paradox has the power to transform our thinking about philanthropy and social good. Aswe continue to grapple with how to lift people out of poverty, Clay Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and KarenDillon provide a new and innovative solution for millions of people around the world. It's a must-readfor anyone with an interest in global affairs who wants to create a truly thriving society.'- Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global'The rise of any economy, local or global, must be fueled by innovative entrepreneurs willing to buildnew markets. With The Prosperity Paradox, Christensen, Ojomo, and Dillon offer powerful insight andguidance on how we can channel our efforts to create jobs, generate growth, and impact individual livesall over the world.'- Steve Case, Chairman & CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL'The Prosperity Paradox is a manifesto and a call to action for those who recognize that our survivaldepends on creating opportunity. This book will help innovators be more compassionate. And thecompassionate be more innovative.'- Tom Fletcher, CMG, former UK Ambassador and author of The Naked Diplomat Read more About the Author CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN is the Kim B. Clark Professor at Harvard Business School, the author of 12 books, a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for Harvard Business Review's best article, and the cofounder of four companies, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight. He is repeatedly recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the most influential business thinkers in the world, who have noted that 'his influence on the business world has been profound.' EFOSA OJOMO works side-by-side with Christensen as a senior fellow at Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, where he leads the organization's Global Prosperity Practice. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Guardian, Quartz,CNBC Africa, and the Emerging Markets Business Review. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015. KAREN DILLON is the former editor of the Harvard Business Review and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller How Will You Measure Your Life? and Competing Against Luck. A graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she is also the Editorial Director of Banyan Global Family Business Advisors. She was named by Ashoka as one of the world's most influential and inspiring women. Read more

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

Pdf Politics Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

Pdf:Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword).Review 'Thomas L. Friedman is a self-­confessed 'explanatory journalist'―whose goal is to be a 'translator from English to English.' And he is extremely good at it . . . it is hard to think of any other journalist who has explained as many complicated subjects to so many people . . . Now he has written his most ambitious book―part personal odyssey, part commonsense manifesto . . . As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat.' ―John Micklethwait, The New York Times Book Review'[An] ambitious book . . . In a country torn by a divisive election, technological change and globalization, reconstructing social ties so that people feel respected and welcomed is more important than ever . . . Rather than build walls, [healthy communities] face their problems and solve them. In [Friedman's] telling, this is the way to make America great.' ―Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal'Engaging . . . in some senses Thank You For Being Late is an extension of [Friedman's] previous works, woven in with wonderful personal stories (including admirably honest discussions about the nature of being a columnist). What gives Friedman’s book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases . . . Friedman also argues that Americans need to discover their sense of 'community,' and uses his home town of Minneapolis to demonstrate this.' ―Gillian Tett, Financial Times 'The globe-trotting New York Times columnist’s most famous book was about the world being flat. This one is all about the world being fast . . . His main piece of advice for individuals, corporations, and countries is clear: Take a deep breath and adapt. This world isn’t going to wait for you.' ―Fortune'[A] humane and empathetic book.' ―David Henkin, The Washington Post'[Friedman's] latest engrossingly descriptive analysis of epic trends and their consequences . . . Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering 'moral innovation' and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry, which, like washing dirty windows, allows us to see far more clearly what we’ve been looking at all along . . . his latest must-read.' ―Booklist (starred review)'The three-time Pulitzer winner puts his familiar methodology―extensive travel, thorough reporting, interviews with the high-placed movers and shakers, conversations with the lowly moved and shaken―to especially good use here . . . He prescribes nothing less than a redesign of our workplaces, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and communities . . . Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'' ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Read more About the Author THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN is a recipeint of the American Bar Association's D'Alemberte-Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution, and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The World Is Flat. Read more

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Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy (Penguin Classics)

Pdf Politics Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy (Penguin Classics)

Pdf:Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy (Penguin Classics).Language Notes Text: English, German (translation) Read more About the Author Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, Germany and studied in Bonn and Berlin. Influenced by Hegel, he later reacted against idealist philosophy and began to develop his own theory of historical materialism. He related the state of society to its economic foundations and mode of production, and recommended armed revolution on the part of the proletariat. Together with Engels, who he met in Paris, he wrote the Manifesto of the Communist Party. He lived in England as a refugee until his death in 1888, after participating in an unsuccessful revolution in Germany. Ernst Mandel was a member of the Belgian TUV from 1954 to 1963 and was chosen for the annual Alfred Marshall Lectures by Cambridge University in 1978. He died in 1995 and the Guardian described him as 'one of the most creative and independent-minded revolutionary Marxist thinkers of the post-war world.' Read more

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf Politics Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Pdf:Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.Review A New York Times bestseller | Named one of The New York Times '100 Notable Books of 2018' | Named one of NPR's 'Best Books of 2018' | Named one of the Financial Times 'Books of the Year' | Named one of The Washington Post's '50 Notable Works of Nonfiction' | One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Best International Nonfiction” books of 2018 | One of the GreenBiz “10 Best Climate and Business Books of 2018” | 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year“Entertaining and gripping . . . For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring 'change agents' who believe they are helping but are actually making things worse, it’s time for a reckoning with their role in this spiraling dilemma. I suggest they might want to read a copy of this book while in the Hamptons this summer.” —Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Times Book Review  “Anand Giridharadas takes a swipe at the global elite in a trenchant, provocative and well-researched book about the people who are notionally generating social change . . . Read it and beware.” —Martha Lane Fox, Financial Times, “Books of the Year 2018”“A splendid polemic  . . . Giridharadas writes brilliantly on the parasitic philanthropy industry.” —The Economist“Impassioned . . . That Giridharadas questions an idea that has become part of the air we breathe is alone worth the price of the book, and his delicious skewering of the many who exalt their own goodness while making money from dubious business practices makes for entertaining reading.” —Bethany McLean, The Washington Post“One of the most insightful and provocative books about what’s going on in America that I’ve read in years.” —Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii)“The past years have seen some outstanding books on how philanthropists and their dollars have shaped public policy . . .  [Anand Giridharadas] zeros in on what he sees as a glaring hypocrisy among affluent elites: that while many well-meaning (and well-off) Americans claim to want to improve society's inequalities, they don't challenge the structures that preserve that inequality, not wanting to jeopardize their own privileged positions.” —Jessica Smith, NPR, “Best Books of 2018” “Important . . . [An] empathic tone gives the book its persuasive power to touch the hearts of even those readers, like myself, who are the targets of its criticism.” —Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review“An extraordinarily important book.” —Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief, Huffington Post“Important . . .  [Winners Take All] levels a devastating attack on philanthrocapitalism.” —Benjamin Soskis, The Chronicle of Philanthropy“Indispensable . . . A lacerating critique.” —Chris Lehmann, In These Times“Provocative and passionate . . . This damning portrait of contemporary American philanthropy is a must-read for anyone interested in ‘changing the world.’” —Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)“A challenging, provocative & bold book. I don’t agree with all of Anand’s critiques . . . but I encourage everyone to read the book & think hard about his take on the social sector.” —Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy“Giridharadas makes a compelling case  . . . [He] ultimately succeeds with Winners Take All by adopting a temperate approach that creates space for a conversation.” —David Talbot, Los Angeles Review of Books“Anyone following the debate about the role of philanthrocapitalists, corporate foundations or tech billionaires in solving the world's problems will want to watch for this new book.” —Jena McGregor, The Washington Post“[A] landmark new book.” —Darren Walker, president, The Ford Foundation   “[Giridharadas] has delivered a clarion call that will be a fixture on my syllabus and bookshelf.” —Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan“This is a very difficult subject to tackle, but Giridharadas executes it brilliantly . . . This must-have title will be of great interest to readers, from students to professionals and everyone in-between, interested in solutions to today’s complex problems . . . Winners Take All will be the starting point of conversations private and in groups on alternatives to the status quo and calls to action. An excellent book for troubled times.” —Booklist“In Anand’s thought-provoking book his fresh perspective on solving complex societal problems is admirable. I appreciate his commitment and dedication to spreading social justice.” —Bill Gates“An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy“A trenchant, humane, and often revelatory investigation by one of the wisest nonfiction writers going.” —Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers“Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.” —Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance   “A brilliant, rising voice of our era takes us on a journey among the global elite in his search for understanding of our tragic disconnect. Thought-provoking, expansive, and timely.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author, The Warmth of Other Suns“Winners Take All boldly exposes one of the great if little-reported scandals of the age of globalization: the domestication of the life of the mind by political and financial power and the substitution of ‘thought leaders’ for critical thinkers. It not only reorients us as we lurch out of a long ideological intoxication; it also embodies the values—intellectual autonomy and dissent—that we need to build a just society.” —Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger“In this trenchant and timely book, Anand Giridharadas shows how the winners of global capitalism seek to help the losers, but without disturbing the market-friendly arrangements that keep the winners on top. He gives us an incisive critique of corporate-sponsored charities that promote frictionless ‘win-win’ solutions to the world’s problems but disdain the hard, contentious work of democratic politics. An indispensable guide for those perplexed by the rising public anger toward ‘change-making’ elites.” —Michael J. Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets Read more About the Author ANAND GIRIDHARADAS is the author of The True American and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and a former McKinsey analyst. He teaches journalism at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America

Pdf Politics The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America

Pdf:The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.From CNN’s veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump’s war on truth. In Mr. Trump’s campaign against what he calls “Fake News,” CNN Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, is public enemy number one. From the moment Mr. Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he has attacked the media, calling journalists “the enemy of the people.” Acosta presents a damning examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same. At Mr. Trump’s most hated network, CNN, Acosta offers a never-before-reported account of what it’s like to be the President’s most hated correspondent. Acosta goes head-to-head with the White House, even after Trump supporters have threatened his life with words as well as physical violence. From the hazy denials and accusations meant to discredit the Mueller investigation, to the president’s scurrilous tweets, Jim Acosta is in the eye of the storm while reporting live to millions of people across the world. After spending hundreds of hours with the revolving door of White House personnel, Acosta paints portraits of the personalities of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner and more. Acosta is tenacious and unyielding in his public battle to preserve the First Amendment and #RealNews.

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The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

Pdf Politics The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right

Pdf:The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.Review “[A] lively memoir and acidic anti-Trump polemic…Like many of the best memoirs of ideas, Boot's story is one of conversion and de-conversion--of faith gained and then lost... Boot bolted. It was a decision both understandable and admirable. And he does a very good job of telling the story of what led him to it.” - Damon Linker, New York Times Book Review“Boot’s book attempts to answer a looming question for conservatives unhappy with the current occupant of the White House: What now? The Corrosion of Conservatism does double duty as a mea culpa memoir and a political manifesto, detailing Boot’s 'heartbreaking divorce' from the Republican Party after decades of unstinting loyalty…. [A] candid, reflective book.” - Jennifer Szalai, New York Times“[Boot] has written one of the most impressive and unflinching diagnoses of the pathologies in Republican politics that led to Trump’s rise. What makes Boot’s argument admirable is that he doesn’t simply follow his ideology in a mechanical fashion.... [he] accordingly retraces the steps both of his own career and the history of the movement he joined to try to discover where it all went wrong, what parts can be salvaged and which cannot…. Boot is making an astonishing break in his suggestion that the Republicanism of Eisenhower was actually good, and that the conservative alternative of McCarthy, Buckley, and Goldwater was misguided.... The truly radical act in The Corrosion of Conservatism is its clear-eyed excavation of the movement’s history.” - Jonathan Chait, New York“Max Boot came to America as a young refugee whose parents fled the old Soviet Union. A conservative inspired by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, Boot now finds himself a political refugee rightly offended by the excesses of Trump’s Republican Party and the continued collapse of American conservatism. His latest work is an important must-read for anyone hoping to better understand where the right went wrong and what the future of American politics has in store for us all.” - Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe“In this searching and heartfelt account of his personal political evolution, Max Boot has given us a particular story with universal import. In this chaotic time, his sane and sober voice is a vital one, and his story is testament to the battle our better angels must wage against the insidious forces of darkness.” - Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America“Boot has written the essential book of the Trump era, the one that needs to be read immediately by those of all political stripes.” - Allen Barra, Alternet“I found Boot’s book to be a valuable and provocative dissection of the things we had glossed over, rationalized, or ignored. He has sparked a debate that we need to have: to what extent does Trump retrospectively discredit the modern conservative movement?” - Charlie Sykes, Weekly Standard“In this poignant and brave political memoir, Max Boot digs deep and chronicles the intellectual journey that caused him to question previous beliefs and quit the Republican Party of Donald Trump. Both an intriguing confessional and an insightful behind-the-scenes exploration of how the conservative movement went awry, this candid, engaging, and important account provides critical lessons for the current moment and the days ahead.” - David Corn, co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump“'Bracingly honest.... If all the Never Trumpers had the humility that Max Boot has in The Corrosion of Conservatism, I think we’d go a long way to healing the breach on the right, which is deep. A brilliantly revealed memoir…. I want everyone to read [this] story.'” - Hugh Hewitt, The Hugh Hewitt Show“In The Corrosion of Conservatism, Boot charts his ideological odyssey. He deftly recounts his early attraction to the conservative cause and his revulsion at its embrace of Trump…. He explains what it was like to immerse himself in what amounted to a conservative madrassa. In describing his self-conversion from zealot to apostate, he emerges as the Candide of the right, offering fascinating insights into the psychology of a true believer.... His readiness to reexamine his old convictions is admirable.”” - Jacob Heilbrunn, Washington Monthly Read more About the Author Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. Read more

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The Common Good

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Pdf:The Common Good.Review “Against the grain of much liberal thinking . . . Reich’s proposals would make a good starting point for a new progressive political project.” —Michael J. Sandel, The New York Times Book Review“Very timely . . . Reich’s work is an important call for reform that should appeal to a wide audience disaffected with the status quo.” —Library Journal (starred review)“Reich’s lucidly defining and empowering call for revitalized civic awareness—complete with an enticing list of recommended reading and discussion guide—is an ideal catalyst for book-group conversations.” —Booklist  “Clear-voiced and accessible.” —Publishers Weekly “Brief but well-argued . . . a provocative essay.” —Kirkus Read more About the Author ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All and of the Netflix documentary Saving Capitalism, and is co-founder of Inequality Media. He lives in Berkeley and blogs at robertreich.org. Read more

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The Common Good

Pdf Politics The Common Good

Pdf:The Common Good.Review “Against the grain of much liberal thinking . . . Reich’s proposals would make a good starting point for a new progressive political project.” —Michael J. Sandel, The New York Times Book Review“Very timely . . . Reich’s work is an important call for reform that should appeal to a wide audience disaffected with the status quo.” —Library Journal (starred review)“Reich’s lucidly defining and empowering call for revitalized civic awareness—complete with an enticing list of recommended reading and discussion guide—is an ideal catalyst for book-group conversations.” —Booklist  “Clear-voiced and accessible.” —Publishers Weekly “Brief but well-argued . . . a provocative essay.” —Kirkus Read more About the Author ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All and of the Netflix documentary Saving Capitalism, and is co-founder of Inequality Media. He lives in Berkeley and blogs at robertreich.org. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Common Good

Pdf Politics The Common Good

Pdf:The Common Good.Robert B. Reich makes a powerful case for the expansion of America's moral imagination. Rooting his argument in common sense and everyday reality, he demonstrates that a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation. Societies, he says, undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce the common good as well as vicious cycles that undermine it, one of which America has been experiencing for the past five decades. This process can and must be reversed. But first we need to weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership. Powerful, urgent, and utterly vital, this is a heartfelt missive from one of our foremost political thinkers. 

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The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it

Pdf Politics The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it

Pdf:The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it.Review 'So what happened in America that so much is now lavished on the executive class? And does it matter? To the second question Steven Clifford, a former chief executive at King Broadcasting and now the author of “The CEO Pay Machine,” responds with an emphatic “yes.” The outsize income, he thinks, feeds inequality and mistrust in our democracy. In response to the first question he argues that a system of compensation has emerged over the past four decades that rewards mediocre executives by stiffing shareholders, employees and society at large.'--The Wall Street Journal'As Clifford shows with clarity and wit, using plentiful real-world examples, the [CEO Pay] Machine has mechanically and inexorably made CEO pay escalation a mathematical certainty...Passionate, provocative, and eye-opening, The CEO Pay Machine offers a clear and informed explanation of one of the most controversial economic and ethical issues of our time, which is sure to prompt renewed debate about a topic currently at the forefront of the national conversation.'--800CEORead/In the Books'Clifford’s book is enlivened by equal doses of whimsy and scorching rhetoric. But its main task is to pry apart the mechanisms by which companies enable CEOs to collect vast sums with little downside risk.'--Seattle Times“[Clifford] imagines a better future—one in which compensation packages would be simplified, CEO pay would be downsized, and incentives would be properly geared toward companies’ long-term success...The issue of executive pay is sometimes dismissed with the argument that in a big corporation a few million more or less doesn’t matter. But …[distorted incentives do matter. And] as we saw in November, Americans are angry and have stopped trusting the system. [Licensed larceny in the corner office helped elect a populist demagogue to the White House]. One step to winning back trust would be to insist that CEOs be treated like other mortals.'--Fortune'A former CEO of two corporations shatters the myths and explains the stupidity regarding astronomical salaries at the top of the business world...a well thought-out, clearly written exposé.'--Kirkus Reviews'An englightening and refreshingly candid look at the contentious topic of chief executive compensation.'--Publishers Weekly  Read more About the Author Steven Clifford served as CEO for King Broadcasting Company for five years and National Mobile Television for nine years. He has been a director of thirteen companies and has chaired the compensation committee for both public and private companies. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Barbarians in the Boardroom: Activist Investors and the battle for control of the world's most powerful companies (Financial Times Series)

Pdf Politics Barbarians in the Boardroom: Activist Investors and the battle for control of the world's most powerful companies (Financial Times Series)

Pdf:Barbarians in the Boardroom: Activist Investors and the battle for control of the world's most powerful companies (Financial Times Series).Review ·    ‘A terrific book about the personalities, strategies, and tactics of high-profile activist investors. The stories are fascinating about the activist game plan and how it is changing…’ Robert J. Swieringa, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University   ·    ‘Excellent overview of activist hedge funds - it tells readers how these funds brought about significant changes in corporate boardrooms.’  Robert C. Pozen. Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School, former Chair of MFS Investment Management   ·    'A great guide to how activist investors work - essential for corporate directors, investors and anyone with a passing interest. Filled with insights into a number of the most high-profile personality clashes and boardroom battles.' Barry Parr, Co-Chair of Pension Trustees AMNT and Non-Exec Director of CrowdBnk Ltd   ·    “Barbarians in the Boardroom is an excellent forensic analysis of the new era of activist investing and the first to cover campaigns that have ousted S&P 500 boards, promoted giant mergers and permanently changed the roles played by boards of directors.” Josh Black, Editor-in-Chief, Activist Insight   ·    ‘The rise of shareholders activists is one of the great capital market stories of the day. Packed with riveting tales from the activist battlefront, Owen Walker's book does it full justice.’  John Plender, Financial Times Columnist       Read more From the Back Cover Activist investors have sent shockwaves through corporations as they tirelessly target individual directors and executives at some of the world’s largest companies. No longer satisfied with operating on the fringes of business, they are now a firm fixture in the boardroom.   Barbarians in the Boardroom tells a captivating story of boardroom battles, discarded CEOs and ever more adventurous activists. Chronicling many of the foremost C Suite campaigns of recent years, it profiles and interviews the steadfast protagonists and tenacious mavericks from investor campaigns as diverse as Microsoft, Yahoo, Hewlett- Packard, Walgreens Boots, DuPont, Allergan, Alliance Trust and Darden Restaurants. Exposing what it is that activists typically demand from target companies and how they make them bend to their will, award-winning journalist Owen Walker reveals how some of the world’s largest companies fared when pursued by activists and discloses the sometimes startling and unintended outcomes once the hostilities are over. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Pdf Politics Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Pdf:Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results.Review  “I don't know of another book in this field that presents the ideas of systems thinking in such a clear and practical way, with so many real-world examples.'--Janice Molloy, managing editor, Reflections: The SoL NorthAmerica Journal on Knowledge, Learning, and ChangePublishers Weekly- 'This dense volume will be of genuine use to many in the nonprofit world ... Stroh has a valuable insight to impart: Becoming a more effective systems thinker is not just an analytical task 'but also an emotional, physical, and ultimately spiritual one.' For those dedicated enough to stay with Stroh's message, this book will be a useful beginning.”“Stroh has offered an important gem in his new book, Systems Thinking for Social Change. Both illuminating and immediately useful, the book shares the key dynamics and success factors gleaned from his long career of working with organizations struggling with society’s most persistent issues. A must read for anyone whose aim is to make a difference on the ground.”--Kristina Wile, co-president, Leverage Networks, and managing partner, Systems Thinking Collaborative“If there is only one book you read on systems thinking, it should be Systems Thinking for Social Change. If you’re new to systems thinking, I consider this a must read. If you’ve been involved in systems thinking for some time and want a renewed and extended perspective, I highly recommend it. Stroh’s new work covers all the relevant areas appropriate for a solid introduction to systems thinking, though it doesn’t stop there. It makes a serious contribution by detailing a number of real-world situations that have been investigated and improved using the approach presented in the book. And it does very well something that I’ve not seen done before: it not only shows how to map the current system, but also shows how to then create a revised map of how the system is intended to work in the future. This approach ends up identifying where measurements should be made on an ongoing basis to ascertain whether the system is undergoing the intended transformation.”--Gene Bellinger, director, Systems Thinking World, Inc.“The philanthropic sector has shifted from a ‘charity’ mindset to a focus on changing systems to create sustainable change. Systems Thinking for Social Change offers practical tools for those serious about improving communities and organizations. It doesn’t minimize the complexity, but rather empowers social-change agents with tools to understand the complexity and identify the leverage points.”--Teresa Behrens, director, Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning“Over fifteen years ago, David Stroh was instrumental in introducing systems thinking to the peace-building field, using tools that have proven to be powerful for improving the effectiveness of our work. This book is a valuable resource for our field ― a must read for all practitioners who have been seeking practical and easy-to-understand guidance on using systems thinking for conflict analysis and strategic planning for better impacts.”--Diana Chigas, professor of practice, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and co-director of collaborative learning, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects“This is a must read for public leaders and citizens who are interested in the learning disciplines required for a sustainable, proactive approach to preserving our shared resources.”--Georgianna Bishop, president, The Public Sector Consortium“For those who have worked for many years in the social-service sector, and who have grown cynical or disillusioned as to whether it is even possible to effect major social change, David Peter Stroh’s book, Systems Thinking for Social Change, is a must read―a clear, thoughtful, and practical guide for those desiring to create lasting social change. But reader beware! Systems thinking is more than a new way of thinking. As Stroh puts it, it is a new way of being. It requires the ability to look at things in a new way, to interact with others differently, to have a clear vision of where you want to go, a willingness to see things the way they are and, finally, the courage to take responsibility for why the system as is isn’t working. If you want to help create long-lasting, effective social change, if you want to say ‘we’re doing it―we’re actually making progress,’ then read this book.”--Anne Miskey, executive director, Funders Together to End Homelessness“David Stroh, in his invaluable new book, shows that good intentions are not enough for those who aspire to make lasting progress on fundamental social issues―and also how the language and tools of systems theory can provide a deeper understanding of the root causes and help identify the leverage points for productive and sustainable change.”--Russell Eisenstat, executive director, Center for Higher Ambition Leadership“Societal problems are a swirl of causes, effects, interactions, and contributing relationships.  Yet, too often, simplistic answers are applied by the well-intended that only touch on one strand of what is (in reality) a complex and interconnected web.  Stroh’s work provides an actionable guide on how to model these relationships―and more importantly how to have a meaningful and lasting impact on them.”--Jason E. Glass, superintendent and chief learner, Eagle County Schools  Read more About the Author David Peter Stroh is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners (www.bridgewaypartners.com) and a founding director of www.appliedsystemsthinking.com. He was also one of the founders of Innovation Associates, the consulting firm whose pioneering work in the area of organizational learning formed the basis for fellow cofounder Peter Senge’s management classic The Fifth Discipline. David is internationally recognized for his work in enabling people to apply systems thinking to achieve breakthroughs around chronic, complex problems and to develop strategies that improve system-wide performance over time. Read more

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Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place

Pdf Politics Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place

Pdf:Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place.Review “The time has come to put consumer power to good use. Whether we use our purchasing power to support small businesses and good causes, or to send a message to producers and companies, our potential for impact is massive. Buy the Change You Want to See is a powerful guide to shaping the world we want to see.” —Gayle Smith, President and CEO of the ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the US Agency for International Development'A must-read for anyone who believes in the power of the private sector to drive positive change in our world. This book makes it clear that doing well while doing good is not only easier than ever for businesses, but critical to market competitiveness.'—Cindy McCain, Chair of the McCain Institute for International Leadership'An inspiring voice for change. For any woman who doesn't feel like she has the power to change the world, Jane shows us she can.' —Ambassador Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues 'In Jane's insightful and provocative book, she shares fresh perspective on ethical sourcing—showing us how we can tap into the global artisan industry to disrupt traditional manufacturing. She showcases little known ways that the private sector has become an accelerator for change in developing economies. Read this book to be inspired and reminded of our individual and collective power to create change!' —Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA 'Conscious consumerism is a core component of the growing movement toward conscious capitalism. Jane Mosbacher Morris is a delightful and engaging storyteller, but she also shows her readers just how easy it is to make a difference with their everyday purchasing decisions. Her book is for anyone who wants to live their values, dollar by dollar.' —Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America and author of Unfinished Business“This book presents a truly big idea—using your buying power for good. It is also a window into a great entrepreneur’s journey, as Jane Mosbacher Morris turns that insight into truly big change across sectors.” —Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka “Buy the Change You Want to See opened my eyes to the power we have to contribute to causes we feel strongly about when we open up our wallets to purchase the necessities and extra goodies in our lives. An excellent blueprint for how to start the conversation to effect change.”  —Halle Stanford, President of Television, The Jim Henson Company“A marvelous and stimulating must-read. Jane connects rising suppliers in the developing world to global demand for ethically-sourced products. Time to not only look at ‘overlooked’ populations, but to embrace their astounding potential.” —Christopher M. Schroeder, author of Startup Rising Read more About the Author Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a company that connects businesses and consumers to ethically made products from around the world. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership and currently serves on the Institute's Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues. Morris is a member of VF Corporation's Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is proud to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.Wendy Paris is an author and journalist who has written on arts and culture, travel, business, and psychology for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and Psychology Today, among others. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Read more

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Emotional Intelligence: The Complete Psychologist's Guide to Mastering Social Skills, Improve Your Relationships, Boost Your EQ and Self Mastery ... ,self-discipline ,self-esteem, self-love)

Pdf Politics Emotional Intelligence: The Complete Psychologist's Guide to Mastering Social Skills, Improve Your Relationships, Boost Your EQ and Self Mastery ... ,self-discipline ,self-esteem, self-love)

Pdf:Emotional Intelligence: The Complete Psychologist's Guide to Mastering Social Skills, Improve Your Relationships, Boost Your EQ and Self Mastery ... ,self-discipline ,self-esteem, self-love).CONQUER YOUR EMOTIONS AND MASTER YOUR LIFE! If you were asked two decades ago "What are the factors that determine a person's overall success in life?" you would have said: a high intelligence quotient, good grades, and a higher education. It was natural to assume that people with high intelligence had higher chances of being successful. While it may not be as well-known as intellectual intelligence (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ) is responsible for making it possible for some people to more naturally connect with others in a productive way. EQ helps them effortlessly make the right choice in the moment and generally be able to create positive actions from good intentions.  These days companies aren’t necessarily looking for the strongest employees, or even the smartest ones but they are rather looking for people whose natural charisma allows them to easily navigate through interpersonal relationships, while also keeping their own emotions in check, which helps to ensure they are able to make the best possible choice, regardless of the situation. This ability is known as emotional intelligence, and if you are looking for a way to improve your own then this is the book you have been waiting for.  Here are some topics you can expect from this book: History of emotional intelligence models Power packed tips for boosting your emotional self-awareness  Enhancing social EQ with power-packed verbal and non-verbal tips Secrets for developing high social E.I. Emotional intelligence and delaying gratification. Improving relationships through emotional intelligence Solid tips for practicing empathy 

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Emotional Intelligence Mastery: 7 Manuscripts - Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Self-Discipline, How to ... (Psychotherapy & Psychology) (Volume 1)

Pdf Politics Emotional Intelligence Mastery: 7 Manuscripts - Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Self-Discipline, How to ... (Psychotherapy & Psychology) (Volume 1)

Pdf:Emotional Intelligence Mastery: 7 Manuscripts - Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Self-Discipline, How to ... (Psychotherapy & Psychology) (Volume 1).7 Manuscripts in 1 Book This boxset includes the most powerful collection of books that will help you improve every area of your emotional, personal, and relationship growth. It will quickly lead you to more rewarding and fulfilling relationships, as well as a more successful and enriching professional life.This book set includes:Book 1)   Emotional Intelligence: The Essential Guide to Improving Your Social Skills, Relationships and Boosting Your EQBook 2)   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Psychologist’s Guide to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety & Intrusive Thought Patterns – Effective Techniques for Rewiring your Brain Book 3)   Anger Management: A Psychologist’s Guide to Identifying and Controlling Anger - Master Your Emotions and Regain Control of Your LifeBook 4)   Self-Discipline: A 21 Day Step by Step Guide to Creating a Life Long Habit of Self-Discipline, Powerful Focus, and Extraordinary ProductivityBook 5)   How to Analyze People: A Psychologist’s Guide to Mastering the Art of Speed Reading People, Through Human Psychology & Analysis of Body LanguageBook 6)   Manipulation: A Psychologist’s Guide to Highly Effective Manipulation Techniques – Influence People with Persuasion, Mind Control, and NLPBook 7)   Empath: A Psychologist's Guide to Developing and Embracing your Gift – Effective Techniques for Thriving in Life as a Highly Sensitive Individual

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The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

Pdf Politics The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

Pdf:The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die.Review 'A persuasive and highly readable account of how rising inequality, and not just absolute poverty, is undermining our politics, social cohesion, long term prosperity, and general well-being.'—President Barack Obama“Brilliant. . . . an important, fascinating read arguing that inequality creates a public health crisis in America. . . . Payne challenges a common perception that the real problem isn’t inequality but poverty, and he’s persuasive that societies are shaped not just by disadvantage at the bottom but also by inequality across the spectrum. . . . So much of the national conversation now is focused on President Trump, for understandable reasons. But I suspect that he is a symptom as well as a cause, and that to uncover the root of our national dysfunctions we must go deeper than politics, deeper than poverty, deeper than demagoguery, and confront the inequality that is America today.” —Nicholas Kristof, New York Times“Authoritative, thought provoking, accessible and well worth a spot on your summer reading list. . . . Payne embraces the egalitarian view that inequality of income is problem in and of itself—economically, morally, politically. . . . Demonstrate[s] how much more interesting and enlightening the inequality debate has become since those early days when it was mostly labor economists debating how much inequality had increased and whether we should blame technology or trade. . . . While we have come to understand that a society can suffer from having either too much inequality or too little, the challenge now is identifying and getting to that sweet spot in between.” —Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post“Keith Payne is intent on showing how the problem of inequality operates within the human mind. . . . Beyond its case studies, the memoir portion of Payne’s book is compelling in its own way, and is a counternarrative to J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. The Broken Ladder is a liberal man’s view of his own rise. . . . Payne’s book will make its readers pause to consider the human condition in more depth.”—Nancy Isenberg, The American Scholar“Drawing on experimental psychology, Payne argues that the amount of money you have is not the main determinant of well-being; what matters is how you feel about it. The problem of inequality is relational, not economic. Poverty unquestionably harms health, encourages bad decisions and creates instability. But the key message of Payne’s book is that people who are not deprived may act as if they are—because they feel relatively poor.”—Aaron Reeves, Nature “An important and disturbing book to tell us how inequality is affecting Americans psychologically. . . . Payne, who grew up poor in Kentucky hill country, felt the injuries of class as a child. . . . As an adult, he is helping to create a new ‘science of inequality,’ by studying such subjects as the connection between social status and stress . . . and income inequality and life expectancy. . . . It is sobering stuff, and it should make us think about the hidden costs of growing income inequality—and about the messages society is sending to people about where they fit in.”—The National Book Review “Relying on dozens of experimental studies, which he describes in vivid and graspable narratives, Payne shows that even in a generally wealthy society, feeling poor relative to your neighbors will harm your health, impair your ability to make long-term plans, push you toward conspiracy theories and ultimately cause you to die sooner than you otherwise would. On measures of well-being, residents of the United States fare worse than residents of countries like Canada, Sweden or Japan, all of which are less wealthy but more equal. . . . Payne wants us to start ‘building a flatter ladder’ between rich and poor and ‘get better at living amid its rungs.’”—America Magazine “Payne’s writing on how inequality changes people’s decisions, beliefs, and even their health is eye-opening and efficient. . . . The Broken Ladder is a clear and useful book about the gap between the society we have and a society we want. It’s an important step toward understanding how these complicated issues affect our country—alongside books like Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, which takes a more narrative approach to the issue, and Per Molander’s The Anatomy of Inequality, which analyzes it from an economic point of view. Inequality can seem intractable, but these writers are steering us in the right direction. It is no doubt difficult to situate the problem of inequality in such a fraught political landscape, with a President so intent on hurting so many, but keeping an eye on a long-term vision of a more egalitarian society is necessary, too. Keeping Payne’s book on your bedside table is a good place to start.”—Bradley Babendir, The Rumpus “Inequality is like gravity in that it is a weighty and pervasive unseen force in daily life. . . . Payne makes a compelling case here for the invisible hand of inequality as a major factor in life—with predictable effects on life expectancy and social behavior—and an influence on political leanings. . . . [A]n engaging interdisciplinary blend of psychology, sociology, and economics that will also appeal to avid readers of politics.”—Booklist“In a wide-ranging exploration of how we view ourselves in relation to others, Payne shows that ‘the social comparisons we make can alter how we see the world.’ . . . Smartly blending personal observations with recent research in psychology and neuroscience (his own and that of others), he details how our perceived relative position in the scheme of things plays a ‘critical role’ in shaping our biases, habits, and ideas. . . . In revealing vignettes, Payne describes how feelings of inequality help account for our political choices, unhealthy behaviors, racial prejudices, and tendency to seek meaningful patterns. . . . [Payne] provides valuable psychological insights into our daily behaviors.”—Kirkus Reviews “The Broken Ladder advances a timely examination by a leading social scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality and the measures that people can take to lessen the harm done by inequality in their own lives.”—Publishers Weekly“Keith Payne has written an eye-opening book with profound resonance for the state of our world. We all know that income inequality has dire economic and societal consequences, but The Broken Ladder shows that it has deep psychological impact too, affecting our decision-making, our mood and our health. A thoughtful look — and a rallying cry — into the way our environment shapes us all.”—Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“The Broken Ladder’s examination of the consequences of inequality—of what it is like to be poor and to feel poor—is as profound as it is revelatory. Keith Payne is a lovely, graceful writer. Replete with gems of research studies, insights, and illuminating examples and implications, this book will change the way you think about your world.” —Sonja Lyubomirsky , Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness“The Broken Ladder is an important, timely, and beautifully written account of how inequality affects us all. Though it surely plagues the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, Keith Payne expertly and engagingly shows that it also touches the wealthy and privileged. Payne marshals the cutting edge in psychology and neuroscience research to explain how inequality influences our political and religious beliefs, how we perform at work, and how we respond to stress and physical threats—and how we can combat its most insidious effects on our lives.” —Adam Alter, Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School Business, and New York Times Bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink“Many books have been written on the effects of inequality on the economy. In The Broken Ladder, Keith Payne sheds fascinating insight into the pernicious effects of inequality on another complex system: human psychology.” —Michael Norton, co-author, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending Read more About the Author Keith Payne is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an international leader in the psychology of inequality and discrimination. His research has been featured in The Atlantic and The New York Times, and on NPR, and he has written for Scientific American and Psychology Today. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture)

Pdf Politics Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture)

Pdf:Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture).Review 'Deneen's book is valuable because it focuses on today's central issue. The important debates now are not about policy. They are about the basic values and structures of our social order.'—David Brooks, New York Times'Bracing. . . . Deneen comes as a Jeremiah to announce that Tocqueville's fear that liberalism would eventually dissolve all [its] inheritances . . . may now be fully upon us.'—Ross Douthat, New York Times'Mr. Deneen has written a serious book offering a radical critique of modernity, and he has taken the trouble to do so both concisely and engagingly. His insights as well as his crotchets in pursuit of his argument are often arresting. He writes compellingly on the growth of government in tandem with the spread of liberal market principles, for example, noting that a supposed preference for 'limited government' has been no match for the demand for expanding government enforcement of individual rights.'—Tod Lindberg, Wall Street Journal“One of the most talked-about books of the moment.”—Scott Reyburn, The New York Times'Why Liberalism Failed offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.'—President Barack Obama'[Deneen's] exhortations to embrace the local over the global and the cultural over the political are sound and well expressed.'—Barton Swaim, Wall Street Journal, Books on Politics: Best of 2018'Few books challenge the core assumptions of modern liberalism as unapologetically as the suggestively titled Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen.'—Shadi Hamid, TheAtlantic.com“The most electrifying book of cultural criticism published in some time, and it’s hard to imagine its radicalism being surpassed anytime soon.”—Damon Linker, Week“Vitally important for understanding the present crisis in Western politics.”—Gene Callahan, American Conservative'Today is the publication date of Notre Dame political theorist Patrick Deneen’s much-anticipated book, Why Liberalism Failed. I read an advance copy of it late last fall, and knew at once that it would be one of the most important political books of 2018. Not just among conservative books, but among political books, period.'—Rod Dreher, American Conservative'This is an essential book as we contemplate the future. Few readers will agree with everything in it, but even fewer will . . . fail to be informed and edified by it. . . . [T]he questions Deneen raises . . . are perhaps the deepest questions about our liberal politics and culture: Can liberalism be saved? Should it?'—Nathanael Blake, Federalist'Bold and provocative. . . . Why Liberalism Failed takes up the always necessary, increasingly urgent task of locating the deeper intellectual and cultural traditions that shape our everyday lives.'—Fred Bauer, National Review'A timely and radical book.'—Samuel Goldman, University Bookman“Why Liberalism Failed is a sobering look at an ideological turning point in history. It’s one of the few books deserving of being called revelatory. It’s a rare opportunity for a look at where we’re going. If liberalism is indeed on the way out, then it’s time to look ahead, past the end of history and beyond.”—Medium “Reading Deneen, I found myself thoroughly engaged, and I wish more books like this would come from the editorial offices of university presses.”--Alan Wolfe, Commonweal'Perhaps the most influential book to emerge so far from this anti-liberal ferment is Patrick J. Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, published in January by Yale University Press.'—Park MacDougald, New York Magazine Daily Intelligencer Blog'Deneen’s masterful study provides a compelling, clear, and scholarly analysis that helps people understand the failure of liberalism. He starts a much-needed conversation about America’s post-liberal future.'—John Horvat, Imaginative Conservative'In showing that radical individualism is in the water we drink and the air we breathe, Deneen may spur us to imagine a third way, an alternative that is neither 'liberal' nor 'conservative,' but more than either.'—Anthony B. Robinson, Christian Century“Why Liberalism Failed is an eminently worthy read. Today’s culture wars did not start in the 1960s or ’80s. They go back to the Founding, and Deneen offers us a useful doorway into that more difficult conversation.”—Jonathan Leeman, Christianity Today“A persuasive contribution to the ongoing political debate in North America.”—David Koyzis and Bruce Ashford, The Gospel Coalition'I commend Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed to anyone seeking an honest account of our current political, economic, and cultural predicaments. This book will not confirm the standard conservative narrative of events. However, it will challenge and enlighten any serious reader.'—Allan Carlson, Chronicles'In our apparently transitional political moment, Deneen’s book should encourage both Left and Right to reevaluate long-held social, political, and economic assumptions whose time may have passed.'—Alexander Stern, RealClearPolitics“A must read for all scholars who seek to understand the roots of our current, dreary socio-political landscape.”—Paul Allen, Reading Religion  “Add to cultural commentary a radical critique of modern political theory’s basic assumptions and you have the ingredients for a book more likely to generate cocktail hour banter than seminar debate.”—D. G. Hart, Journal of Markets and MoralityFinalist for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2018 Conservative Book of the Year prize, the Paolucci Book Award.“Liberalism is clearly in everybody’s sights, and Why Liberalism Failed will be an important contributor to the conversation, suggesting that we cannot work within the existing paradigm anymore. The philosophers will not solve our problems; working with our neighbors will.”—Joshua Mitchell, Professor of Political Theory, Georgetown University'Deneen writes with clarity, candor and superior scholarship to create one of the most absorbing political philosophy books of the past decade.  No one who reads it, no one who considers its substance, will be able to think about the dynamics and the consequences of the American democratic experiment in quite the same way.'—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, author of Author of Strangers in a Strange Land'This courageous and timely book is a major contribution to understanding the rude awakening in the Trump moment.  It shows that we must transcend the death grip of the two oscillating poles of classical liberalism (of Republican and Democratic parties) and examine the deep assumptions that hold us captive.  It also reveals that if we remain tied to liberalism's failure, more inequality, repression, and spiritual emptiness await us.'—Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard'Patrick Deneen is a probing and gifted cultural critic, afire with controlled moral passion. Why Liberalism Failed provides a bracing antidote to the pieties of left and right by showing how an impoverished, bipartisan conception of liberty has imprisoned the public life it claims to have set free. One could not ask for a timelier or more necessary enrichment of our depleted political discourse.'—Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University“A path-breaking book, boldly argued and expressed in terms that might justifiably be called prophetic in character.”—Wilfred M. McClay, G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma Read more About the Author Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His previous books include The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, and a number of edited volumes. He lives in South Bend, IN.   Read more

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Pdf Politics The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Pdf:The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.Review A New York Times Editors' ChoiceShortlisted for the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize“A brilliant and disturbing analysis, which should be read by anyone wishing to understand the political crisis currently engulfing the world.” —Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens“Combining topical reporting with delvings into the history of ideas and some political-philosophical musing in the author’s own voice, this relatively short book covers a vast canvas. . . . A roller-coaster world calls for a news editor’s skill in processing facts and a philosopher’s ability to dissect ideologies. Snyder has both.” —The Economist“The Road to Unfreedom is a rich and complex book, punctuated by epigrams that cast heroic clarity upon the disturbing distance the United States has already traveled to the sinister destination in Snyder’s title. If some of Snyder’s assessment seems overstated or premature, he can powerfully reply: He has perceived more accurately than his critics what has already happened. He has earned the right to be heard on what may lie ahead.” —David Frum, The Atlantic“The Road to Unfreedom offers a brief, potent and carefully documented history of Vladimir Putin’s consolidation of power in Russia, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” —The Chicago Tribune“We are living in dangerous times, Timothy Snyder argues forcefully and eloquently in his new book. . . . To understand Putin, Snyder argues persuasively, you must understand his ideas. . . . The Road to Unfreedom is a good wake-up call.” —Margaret MacMillan, The New York Times Book Review“Deluged by ugly headlines, readers need books that force us to pause, step back and understand how America arrived at this chaotic moment. One of the best such books this year is historian Timothy Snyder’s essential, penetrating look at how toxic ideas, autocratic power and fake news spread from Russia into Ukraine, Western Europe and now to the White House. At a time when the politics of apocalypse haunt American democracy, Snyder helps unpack how we got here—and, maybe, how we can get out.” —Lucas Wittmann, TIME'Snyder’s horror at what has happened in Russia—and at the risks to the US and Europe—gives his writing energy and passion. He is unsparing in his indictment of Putin’s Russia. . . .But he is also clear-eyed about the weaknesses of American society that have made the US vulnerable to Russian intervention and domestic populism.' —Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times'Essential reading. . . . Chilling and unignorable.' —The Guardian“Of all the books that seek to explain the current crisis of Western liberal democracy, none is more eloquent or frightening than Snyder’s The Road to Unfreedom.” —Foreign Affairs“Brilliant. . . . Bleak and eloquent. . . . Snyder’s account of the Trump ascendancy, and the many helping hands given from Russia, is vividly and insightfully told.” —Edward Lucas, The Times (London)Praise for Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny   “We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves.” —Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature   “A slim book that fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital. . . . Grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now.” —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post   “Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings.” —Masha Gessen, author of The Future Is History   “As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker   “Snyder knows this subject cold. . . . It is impossible to read aphorisms like ‘post-truth is pre-fascism’ and not feel a small chill about the current state of the Republic.” —Daniel W. Drezner, The New York Times Book Review“Snyder draws an unbroken line between the darkest events and personalities of the past and the ones that confront us in the here and now. . . . As he did in On Tyranny, Snyder argues that we are facing a challenge of potentially catastrophic proportions, but he refuses to despair.” –Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal Read more About the Author Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

Pdf Politics Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

Pdf:Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.Review 'A primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that “a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard, you get rich,” Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom to ensure that corporations always win.'—Billmoyers.com'Since Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, income inequality has not been novel material for a book. Nevertheless, the latest book from famed activist and linguist Chomsky (Who Rules the World?) seems fresher than almost any title on the subject in recent memory. The book, based on the documentary of the same name, is a compilation of interviews that the film’s directors conducted with Chomsky from 2011 to 2016. Chomsky observes the present-day United States with such lucid clarity that readers may feel they are viewing familiar terrain for the first time. He offers a “10 Principle” formula for how plutocratic interests operate (Principle No. 7 is “Engineer Elections”; Principle No. 3 is “Redesign the Economy”). Chomsky observes that much of what made the 1950s and ’60s the “Golden Age” of the U.S. economy was that, at the time, what was good for General Motors really was good for America: “When the U.S. was primarily a manufacturing center, it had to be concerned with its own consumers.” Chomsky also touches, fascinatingly, on subjects as diverse as “the psychology of nagging” (as employed by the advertising industry) and the disappearing sense of solidarity in our civic life. Chomsky and his collaborators have created a perceptive and revelatory examination of the forces driving America inequality.'—Publishers Weekly'Noam Chomsky in Requiem for the American Dream directs the fierce light of his intellect on the utopian ideology of neoliberalism, the absurd idea that markets should dictate all aspects of human society. He dissects the disastrous consequences of this ideology for our society, culture, and politics. He explains how corporations indoctrinated the public, academia, and the mass media to sign on for a project that has devastated the lives of working men and women and obliterated the common good. Every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie. Its power to write its own laws and regulations, Chomsky points out, has ultimately created a mafia economic system and a mafia political system that is exemplified in the rise to power of the demagogue Donald Trump.'—Chris Hedges, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt'While many books attempt to explain how we got to this political moment (some successfully), Noam Chomsky’s latest, Requiem for the American Dream, provides necessary historical context. Zooming in on ten ways that government and corporate interests have kept the American people down, Chomsky offers a compelling history that explains today’s economic and political landscape. At 157 pages, it’s a short, beautifully put together book.'—Huffington Post Read more About the Author Political philosopher, activist, and linguist NOAM CHOMSKY is beloved around the world for the strength of his personal commitment to the truth as he sees it and for the brilliance of his ideas. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928, he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and received his PhD there in 1955. Chomsky has taught at MIT for fifty years and is currently Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. His linguistics work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field, and his political writings have made important contributions for decades. In 2001, he published 9-11, which became his first international bestseller and was arguably the single most influential post–9-11 book. Chomsky is the author of many other best-selling political works, including Profit Over People, Media Control, Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, Masters of Mankind, What Kind of Creatures Are We?, and Who Rules the World?PETER HUTCHISON is an NYC-based filmmaker, educator, and activist. His documentary work includes What Would Jesus Buy? with producing partner Morgan Spurlock; Split: A Divided America; Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice; and Awake Zion: Rasta, Reggae & Judaism. KELLY NYKS is an award-winning writer/director of documentary films and has worked across Europe, Asia, and America. His prior films include The Age of Consequences, Disobedience, Disruption, Do the Math, Split: A Divided America, and Split: A Deeper Divide. Award-winning writer, director, and producer JARED P. SCOTT's other films include The Age of Consequences, Disruption, Do the Math, and The Artificial Leaf. His films have screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield, and IDFA, and have aired/streamed on Netflix, Starz, PBS, and Al Jazeera. Read more

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Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture)

Pdf Politics Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture)

Pdf:Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture).Review 'Why Liberalism Failed offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.'—President Barack Obama'Deneen's book is valuable because it focuses on today's central issue. The important debates now are not about policy. They are about the basic values and structures of our social order.'—David Brooks, New York Times'Bracing. . . . Deneen comes as a Jeremiah to announce that Tocqueville's fear that liberalism would eventually dissolve all [its] inheritances . . . may now be fully upon us.'—Ross Douthat, New York Times'Mr. Deneen has written a serious book offering a radical critique of modernity, and he has taken the trouble to do so both concisely and engagingly. His insights as well as his crotchets in pursuit of his argument are often arresting. He writes compellingly on the growth of government in tandem with the spread of liberal market principles, for example, noting that a supposed preference for 'limited government' has been no match for the demand for expanding government enforcement of individual rights.'—Tod Lindberg, Wall Street Journal“One of the most talked-about books of the moment.”—Scott Reyburn, The New York Times'[Deneen's] exhortations to embrace the local over the global and the cultural over the political are sound and well expressed.'—Barton Swaim, Wall Street Journal, Books on Politics: Best of 2018'Few books challenge the core assumptions of modern liberalism as unapologetically as the suggestively titled Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen.'—Shadi Hamid, TheAtlantic.com“The most electrifying book of cultural criticism published in some time, and it’s hard to imagine its radicalism being surpassed anytime soon.”—Damon Linker, Week“Vitally important for understanding the present crisis in Western politics.”—Gene Callahan, American Conservative'Today is the publication date of Notre Dame political theorist Patrick Deneen’s much-anticipated book, Why Liberalism Failed. I read an advance copy of it late last fall, and knew at once that it would be one of the most important political books of 2018. Not just among conservative books, but among political books, period.'—Rod Dreher, American Conservative'This is an essential book as we contemplate the future. Few readers will agree with everything in it, but even fewer will . . . fail to be informed and edified by it. . . . [T]he questions Deneen raises . . . are perhaps the deepest questions about our liberal politics and culture: Can liberalism be saved? Should it?'—Nathanael Blake, Federalist'Bold and provocative. . . . Why Liberalism Failed takes up the always necessary, increasingly urgent task of locating the deeper intellectual and cultural traditions that shape our everyday lives.'—Fred Bauer, National Review'A timely and radical book.'—Samuel Goldman, University Bookman“Why Liberalism Failed is a sobering look at an ideological turning point in history. It’s one of the few books deserving of being called revelatory. It’s a rare opportunity for a look at where we’re going. If liberalism is indeed on the way out, then it’s time to look ahead, past the end of history and beyond.”—Medium “Reading Deneen, I found myself thoroughly engaged, and I wish more books like this would come from the editorial offices of university presses.”--Alan Wolfe, Commonweal'Perhaps the most influential book to emerge so far from this anti-liberal ferment is Patrick J. Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, published in January by Yale University Press.'—Park MacDougald, New York Magazine Daily Intelligencer Blog'Deneen’s masterful study provides a compelling, clear, and scholarly analysis that helps people understand the failure of liberalism. He starts a much-needed conversation about America’s post-liberal future.'—John Horvat, Imaginative Conservative'In showing that radical individualism is in the water we drink and the air we breathe, Deneen may spur us to imagine a third way, an alternative that is neither 'liberal' nor 'conservative,' but more than either.'—Anthony B. Robinson, Christian Century“Why Liberalism Failed is an eminently worthy read. Today’s culture wars did not start in the 1960s or ’80s. They go back to the Founding, and Deneen offers us a useful doorway into that more difficult conversation.”—Jonathan Leeman, Christianity Today“A persuasive contribution to the ongoing political debate in North America.”—David Koyzis and Bruce Ashford, The Gospel Coalition'I commend Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed to anyone seeking an honest account of our current political, economic, and cultural predicaments. This book will not confirm the standard conservative narrative of events. However, it will challenge and enlighten any serious reader.'—Allan Carlson, Chronicles'In our apparently transitional political moment, Deneen’s book should encourage both Left and Right to reevaluate long-held social, political, and economic assumptions whose time may have passed.'—Alexander Stern, RealClearPolitics“Add to cultural commentary a radical critique of modern political theory’s basic assumptions and you have the ingredients for a book more likely to generate cocktail hour banter than seminar debate.”—D. G. Hart, Journal of Markets and Morality“Liberalism is clearly in everybody’s sights, and Why Liberalism Failed will be an important contributor to the conversation, suggesting that we cannot work within the existing paradigm anymore. The philosophers will not solve our problems; working with our neighbors will.”—Joshua Mitchell, Professor of Political Theory, Georgetown University'Deneen writes with clarity, candor and superior scholarship to create one of the most absorbing political philosophy books of the past decade.  No one who reads it, no one who considers its substance, will be able to think about the dynamics and the consequences of the American democratic experiment in quite the same way.'—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, author of Author of Strangers in a Strange Land'This courageous and timely book is a major contribution to understanding the rude awakening in the Trump moment.  It shows that we must transcend the death grip of the two oscillating poles of classical liberalism (of Republican and Democratic parties) and examine the deep assumptions that hold us captive.  It also reveals that if we remain tied to liberalism's failure, more inequality, repression, and spiritual emptiness await us.'—Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard'Patrick Deneen is a probing and gifted cultural critic, afire with controlled moral passion. Why Liberalism Failed provides a bracing antidote to the pieties of left and right by showing how an impoverished, bipartisan conception of liberty has imprisoned the public life it claims to have set free. One could not ask for a timelier or more necessary enrichment of our depleted political discourse.'—Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University“A path-breaking book, boldly argued and expressed in terms that might justifiably be called prophetic in character.”—Wilfred M. McClay, G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma Read more About the Author Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His previous books include The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, and a number of edited volumes. He lives in South Bend, IN.   Read more

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Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State

Pdf Politics Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State

Pdf:Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.Review “Stein’s lucid explanation for how we got to where we’re at shines urgent light on the origins and development of what he incisively calls ‘the Real Estate State.’ Capital City places gentrification in a structurally extensive and intensive urban geography of dispossession. All who struggle for the right to the city should read this book, and realize afresh how capitalism saving capitalism from capitalism must provoke our political imagination.” —Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag “Capital City casts a cold and brilliant light on the underlying political dynamics of global cities and rightly concludes that real estate and finance are in charge. This sobering book has to be part of our toolkit as we try to find the moorings for a powerful democratic pushback in local political struggles.” —Frances Fox Piven, co-author of Poor People’s Movements“Want to know why the rent’s so high? Samuel Stein meticulously documents and analyzes the rise of the rip-off ‘real estate state,’ the instruments of its power, the invidious ‘plansplaining’ arguments of its defenders, and, above all, its accelerating ethnic and class cleansing of American cities, gentrification-frenzied New York in the vanguard. This superbly succinct and incisive book couldn’t be more timely or urgent.” —Michael Sorkin, author of All Over the Map“Samuel Stein has written a book for those tired of merely describing gentrification and displacement, who are looking for explanations as well as new programs for action. Capital City puts it all together, the theory and the practices of urban transformation, with a timely and urgent appeal. This is a lively user’s guide to the changing landscape of the American city.”—Peter Marcuse, co-author of In Defense of Housing Read more About the Author Samuel Stein studies geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and teaches urban studies at Hunter College. His writing on planning politics has been published by Jacobin, The Journal of Urban Affairs, Metropolitics, and many other magazines and journals. Read more

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Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy

Pdf Politics Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy

Pdf:Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy.Review 'Raghuram G. Rajan, Winner of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics, The Center for Financial Studies''Winner of the 2010 Business Book of the Year Award, Financial Times and Goldman Sachs''Winner of the 2011 Gold Medal in Finance/Investment/Economics, Independent Publisher Book Awards''Winner of the 2010 PROSE Award in Economics, American Publishers Awards''Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal Book of the Year Award in Business & Economics, ForeWord Reviews''Finalist for the 2010 Paul A. Samuelson Award, TIAA-CREF''Finalist for the 2010 Book of the Year Award in Business and Economics, ForeWord Reviews''One of strategy+business magazine's Best Business Books of the Year for 2010''Best Crisis Book by an Economist and Named one of Bloomberg News's Thirty Business Books of the Year for 2010''One of Financial Times's Books of the Year in Business & Economics, Nonfiction Round-Up for 2010' Read more From the Back Cover 'Fault Lines provides an excellent analysis of the lessons to be learned from the financial crisis, and the difficult choices that lie ahead. Of the many books written in the wake of our recent economic meltdown, this is the one that gets it right.'--George A. Akerlof, coauthor of Animal Spirits and Identity Economics'Amidst the welter of books about our financial crisis, Rajan's book stands out for several reasons: the author's intellectual distinction, his academic and real-world involvement in the problems of finance and the macroeconomy, his global perspective, his search for the roots of the financial crisis in America's growing economic inequality, and also his prescience. In 2005, Rajan foresaw the coming financial collapse--and was fiercely criticized for his insight.'--Richard A. Posner, author of A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression'Beautifully clear, cogent, and highly readable. This is the best book out there on the global imbalances that gave us the last financial crisis and might well give us the next one.'--Kenneth S. Rogoff, coauthor of This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

Pdf Politics Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

Pdf:Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World.Review 'There are few people who know the world of illicit finance and money laundering like Oliver Bullough. He takes us on a journey through the maze of complicity and criminality that will upend all your confidence in the institutions that should be protecting us.' ―Bill Browder, author of Red Notice“Mr. Bullough gives tantalising accounts of two investigations into corrupt behaviour which never saw the light of day because of the mere threat of legal action.” ―The Economist“You cannot understand power, wealth and poverty without knowing about Moneyland.” ―The New Statesman“A concise, confident book ... pacy, clever and entertaining ... if you still have any illusions about the wonders of liberated capitalism, Moneyland will probably cure you.” ―The Guardian'An unflinching account of the power of offshore wealth...Moneyland, a gripping yet dispiriting book, is an excellent addition to the process of relearning these lessons.” ―The Times (UK) Read more About the Author OLIVER BULLOUGH is the author of non-fiction books on Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia, and Let Our Fame Be Great, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK and won the Cornelius Ryan in the US. Bullough is a writer for the Guardian, and his work has been published by British GQ, The New York Times, and the BBC. He lives in London. Read more

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Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

Pdf Politics Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

Pdf:Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.Review “Required reading to help repair a world in pieces and build a world at peace.” — António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General   “The best book yet on the waves Donald Trump rode to power. Ian Bremmer is right that rage and scorn are not plans. He provides good practical ideas for what can be done.” —Lawrence Summers, professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former director or the National Economic Council   “Few can beat Ian Bremmer in taking the pulse on the health of nations and the world. Here he dives into the divisions and disputes of the wave of protests and populism that gave the US Donald Trump and Europe Brexit.” —Carl Bildt, co-chair of European Council on Foreign Relations   “My favorite thinker on geopolitics offers a masterful analysis of why globalism crashed and populism has soared. This book won’t just help you predict the future of nations; it will play a role in shaping that future.” —Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg   “A crisp and compelling anatomy of present political ills across many countries. Bremmer’s discussion of global approaches to revising the social contract between government and citizen offers a welcome ray of light.” —Anne-Marie Slaughter, president & CEO of New America   “Global politics is a jungle today.  Thank goodness Ian Bremmer can be your guide.”  —David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee   'Once again, Ian Bremmer provides a striking preview of tomorrow's top stories. A timely warning, but also a source of hope, Us vs. Them is required reading for those worried about our world’s future.' —Nouriel Roubini, author of Crisis Economics; professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business; chairman of Roubini Macro Associates   “Ian Bremmer is provocative, controversial, and always intelligent about the state of our world, which he knows so well!” —Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Read more About the Author Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has published ten books, including Superpower and the national bestsellers The End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself. He lectures widely and writes a weekly foreign affairs column for TIME magazine, where he's editor at large. He lives in New York City. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age

Pdf Politics The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age

Pdf:The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age.A colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s. But the rewards of this growth have been far from evenly shared, and the country’s top 1% now own nearly 60% of its wealth. In megacities like Mumbai, where half the population live in slums, the extraordinary riches of India’s new dynasties echo the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers of America's Gilded Age, funneling profits from huge conglomerates into lifestyles of conspicuous consumption.   James Crabtree’s The Billionaire Raj takes readers on a personal journey to meet these reclusive billionaires, fugitive tycoons, and shadowy political power brokers. From the sky terrace of the world’s most expensive home to impoverished villages and mass political rallies, Crabtree dramatizes the battle between crony capitalists and economic reformers, revealing a tense struggle between equality and privilege playing out against a combustible backdrop of aspiration, class, and caste. The Billionaire Raj is a vivid account of a divided society on the cusp of transformation—and a struggle that will shape not just India’s future, but the world’s.

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf Politics Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Pdf:Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.Amazon.com Review Guest Reviewer: Charles C. Mann on Why Nations Fail Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. A few years ago, while I was researching a book on the history of globalization, I suddenly realized that I was seeing the same two names on a lot of the smartest stuff I was reading. The names belonged to two economists, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. Much of their work focused on a single question: Why are poor places poor, and is there something we can do about it? This is one of the most important questions imaginable in economics—indeed, in the world today. It is also one of the most politically fraught. In working on my book, I read numerous attempts by economists, historians and other researchers to explain why most of North America and Europe is wealthy and why most of Asia, Africa and Latin America is not. But these usually boiled down to claims that rich nations had won the game by cheating poor places or that poor places had inherently inferior cultures (or locations) which prevented them from rising. Conservative economists used the discussion as a chance to extol the wide-open markets they already believed in; liberal economists used it to make the attacks on unrestrained capitalism they were already making. And all too often both seemed wildly ignorant of history. I can’t recall encountering another subject on which so many people expended so much energy to generate so little light. Acemoglu and Robinson were in another category entirely. They assembled what is, in effect, a gigantic, super-complete database of every country’s history, and used it to ask questions—wicked smart questions. They found unexpected answers—ones that may not satisfy partisans of either side, but have the ring of truth. Why Nations Fail is full of astounding stories. I ended up carrying the book around, asking friends, “Did you know this?” The stories make it a pleasure to read. More important, though, Acemoglu and Robinson changed my perspective on how the world works. My suspicion is that I won’t be the only person to say this after reading Why Nations Fail. Read more Review 'Should be required reading for politicians and anyone concerned with economic development.' —Jared Diamond, New York Review of Books'...bracing, garrulous, wildly ambitious and ultimately hopeful. It may, in fact, be a bit of a masterpiece.'—Washington Post“For economics and political-science students, surely, but also for the general reader who will appreciate how gracefully the authors wear their erudition.”—Kirkus Reviews “Provocative stuff; backed by lots of brain power.”—Library Journal“This is an intellectually rich book that develops an important thesis with verve. It should be widely read.” —Financial Times“A probing . . . look at the roots of political and economic success . . . large and ambitious new book.” —The Daily“Why Nations Fail is a splendid piece of scholarship and a showcase of economic rigor.” —The Wall Street Journal'Ranging from imperial Rome to modern Botswana, this book will change the way people think about the wealth and poverty of nations...as ambitious as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel.'—Bloomberg BusinessWeek“The main strength of this book is beyond the power of summary: it is packed, from beginning to end, with historical vignettes that are both erudite and fascinating. As Jared Diamond says on the cover: 'It will make you a spellbinder at parties.' But it will also make you think.” —The  Observer (UK)'A brilliant book.” —Bloomberg (Jonathan Alter)“Why Nations Fail is a wildly ambitious work that hopscotches through history and around the world to answer the very big question of why some countries get rich and others don’t.” —The New York Times (Chrystia Freeland)'Why Nations Failis a truly awesome book. Acemoglu and Robinson tackle one of the most important problems in the social sciences—a question that has bedeviled leading thinkers for centuries—and offer an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity and power. A wonderfully readable mix of history, political science, and economics, this book will change the way we think about economic development. Why Nations Fail is a must-read book.' —Steven Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics 'You will have three reasons to love this book. It’s about national income differences within the modern world, perhaps the biggest problem facing the world today. It’s peppered with fascinating stories that will make you a spellbinder at cocktail parties—such as why Botswana is prospering and Sierra Leone isn’t. And it’s a great read. Like me, you may succumb to reading it in one go, and then you may come back to it again and again.' —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse 'A compelling and highly readable book. And [the] conclusion is a cheering one: the authoritarian ‘extractive’ institutions like the ones that drive growth in China today are bound to run out of steam. Without the inclusive institutions that first evolved in the West, sustainable growth is impossible, because only a truly free society can foster genuine innovation and the creative destruction that is its corollary.' —Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money 'Some time ago a little-known Scottish philosopher wrote a book on what makes nations succeed and what makes them fail. The Wealth of Nations is still being read today. With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have retackled this same question for our own times. Two centuries from now our great-great- . . . -great grandchildren will be, similarly, reading Why Nations Fail.' —George Akerlof, Nobel laureate in economics, 2001 'Why Nations Fail is so good in so many ways that I despair of listing them all. It explains huge swathes of human history. It is equally at home in Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is fair to left and right and every flavor in between. It doesn’t pull punches but doesn’t insult just to gain attention. It illuminates the past as it gives us a new way to think about the present. It is that rare book in economics that convinces the reader that the authors want the best for ordinary people. It will provide scholars with years of argument and ordinary readers with years of did-you-know-that dinner conversation. It has some jokes, which are always welcome. It is an excellent book and should be purchased forthwith, so to encourage the authors to keep working.' —Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493 “Imagine sitting around a table listening to Jared Diamond, Joseph Schumpeter, and James Madison reflect on over two thousand years of political and economic history.  Imagine that they weave their ideas into a coherent theoretical framework based on limiting extraction, promoting creative destruction, and creating strong political institutions that share power and you begin to see the contribution of this brilliant and engagingly written book.” —Scott E. Page, University of Michigan and Santa Fre Institute“This fascinating and readable book centers on the complex joint evolution of political and economic institutions, in good directions and bad. It strikes a delicate balance between the logic of political and economic behavior and the shifts in direction created by contingent historical events, large and small at ‘critical junctures.' Acemoglu and Robinson provide an enormous range of historical examples to show how such shifts can tilt toward favorable institutions, progressive innovation and economic success or toward repressive institutions and eventual decay or stagnation. Somehow they can generate both excitement and reflection.” —Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1987“It’s the politics, stupid! That is Acemoglu and Robinson’s simple yet compelling explanation for why so many countries fail to develop. From the absolutism of the Stuarts to the antebellum South, from Sierra Leone to Colombia, this magisterial work shows how powerful elites rig the rules to benefit themselves at the expense of the many.  Charting a careful course between the pessimists and optimists, the authors demonstrate history and geography need not be destiny. But they also document how sensible economic ideas and policies often achieve little in the absence of fundamental political change.”—Dani Rodrik, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University“Two of the world’s best and most erudite economists turn to the hardest  issue of all: why are some nations poor and others rich? Written with a deep knowledge of economics and political history, this is perhaps the most powerful statement made to date that ‘institutions matter.’  A provocative, instructive, yet thoroughly enthralling book.” —Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University“A brilliant and uplifting book—yet also a deeply disturbing wake-up call. Acemoglu and Robinson lay out a convincing theory of almost everything to do with economic development. Countries rise when they put in place the right pro-growth political institutions and they fail—often spectacularly—when those institutions ossify or fail to adapt.  Powerful people always and everywhere seek to grab complete control over government, undermining broader social progress for their own greed. Keep those people in check with effective democracy or watch your nation fail.” —Simon Johnson, co-author of 13 Bankers and professor at MIT Sloan“This important and insightful book, packed with historical examples, makes the case that inclusive political institutions in support of inclusive economic institutions is key to sustained prosperity. The book reviews how some good regimes got launched and then had a virtuous spiral, while bad regimes remain in a vicious spiral.  This is important analysis not to be missed.” —Peter Diamond, Nobel Laureate in Economics “Acemoglu and Robinson have made an important contribution to the debate as to why similar-looking nations differ so greatly in their economic and political development. Through a broad multiplicity of historical examples, they show how institutional developments, sometimes based on very accidental circumstances, have had enormous consequences. The openness of a society, its willingness to permit creative destruction, and the rule of  appear to be decisive for economic development.” —Kenneth Arrow, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1972 “Acemoglu and Robinson—two of the world's leading experts on development—reveal why it is not geography, disease, or culture which explains why some nations are rich and some poor, but rather a matter of institutions and politics. This highly accessible book provides welcome insight to specialists and general readers alike.” —Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man and The Origins of Political Order“Some time ago a little known Scottish philosopher wrote a book on what makes nations succeed and what makes them fail.  The Wealth of Nations is still being read today.  With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have re-tackled this same question for our own times.  Two centuries from now our great-great-…-great grandchildren will be, similarly, reading Why Nations Fail.” —George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 “In this stunningly wide ranging book Acemoglu and Robinson ask a simple but vital question, why do some nations become rich and others remain poor?  Their answer is also simple—because some polities develop more inclusive political institutions.  What is remarkable about the book is the crispness and clarity of the writing, the elegance of the argument, and the remarkable richness of historical detail.  This book is a must read at a moment where governments right across the western world must come up with the political will to deal with a debt crisis of unusual proportions.” —Steve Pincus, Bradford Durfee Professor of History and International and Area Studies, Yale University “The authors convincingly show that countries escape poverty only when they have appropriate economic institutions, especially private property and competition. More originally, they argue countries are more likely to develop the right institutions when they have an open pluralistic political system with competition for political office, a widespread electorate, and openness to new political leaders. This intimate connection between political and economic institutions is the heart of their major contribution, and has resulted in a study of great vitality on one of the crucial questions in economics and political economy.” — Gary S. Becker, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1992 “This not only a fascinating and interesting book: it is a really important one.  The highly original research that Professors Acemoglu and Robinson have done, and continue to do,  on how economic forces, politics and policy choices evolve together and constrain each other, and how institutions affect that evolution, is essential to understanding the successes and failures of societies and nations.  And here, in this book, these insights come in a highly accessible, indeed riveting form.  Those who pick this book up and start reading will have trouble putting it down.” ¯Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001'In this delightfully readable romp through 400 years of  history, two of the giants of contemporary social science bring us an inspiring and important message: it is freedom that makes the world rich. Let tyrants everywhere tremble!' —Ian Morris, Stanford University, author of Why the West Rules – For Now“Acemoglu and Robinson pose the fundamental question concerning the development of the bottom billion. Their answers are profound, lucid, and convincing.” ―Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University, and author of The Bottom Billion Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality

Pdf Politics Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality

Pdf:Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality.Review “With urgency and humanity, Katherine Newman paints a dire picture of retirement in communities across the United States, and challenges us to fix it. This book is a wake-up call for this country, and a clarion call for all of us to take action.”―Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation“With great skill and compelling evidence, Katherine Newman explains why most of the boomer generation doesn’t have enough money to retire on while CEOs and others at the top are socking away a fortune. And she offers some practical solutions. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and urgent.”―Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and author of The Common Good“Newman combines panoramic thinking about America with the most precise details about towns and companies. She shows us a country disregarding the needs of many of its citizens. As one of her subjects puts it, ‘I can’t go back to work. If I do, I’ll end up dead.’ After reading this book, you will never be able to unsee this growing social tragedy.”―Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed “Newman’s careful account of lost pensions blows past illusions that mainstream suggestions for fixing the retirement crisis – nudging people to save more and work for longer – have any bearing in reality. Vivid interviews with all types of workers point to swift federal action to expand Social Security, restore lost pensions, and provide retirement accounts for all Americans.”―Teresa Ghilarducci, coauthor of Rescuing Retirement“Katherine Newman tells searing stories of retirement insecurity, and makes clear why more than three-quarters of Americans fear retirement more than death. Happily, she also proposes practical solutions. Thanks to Newman’s meticulous research and compelling recommendations, we can make this a better country for our seniors and our families.”―Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, director of retirement security at the Economic Policy Institute“This book is urgently needed to awake citizens of all generations to the cruel consequences of inequality ravaging our already fragile social contract. And it offers wise and feasible reform ideas. America can do better; its workers deserve better.”―Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation“Downhill from Here describes the devastating impact on the lives of people when pensions fail, and sees real limits in asking those with low wages to save on their own. This book clearly shows how our retirement system, which works fine for some, fails for far too many.”―Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research and coauthor of Falling Short“This well-written and carefully researched book is just what is needed to spur an urgent debate on how to fix the long-overlooked shortcomings of our nation’s retirement programs.”―Karen Ferguson, director of the Pension Rights Center Read more About the Author Katherine S. Newman is the author of more than a dozen books, on topics ranging from urban poverty to middle-class economic insecurity to school violence. No Shame in My Game: the Working Poor in the Inner City received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Award. Newman, who has held positions at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Princeton, is currently senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Massachusetts system. Read more

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Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Pdf Politics Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Pdf:Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?.Review “Thoroughly entertaining . . . Frank delights in skewering the sacred cows of coastal liberalism. . . . He argues that the Democratic party―once 'the Party of the People'―now caters to the interests of a 'professional managerial class' consisting of lawyers, doctors, professors, scientists, programmers, even investment bankers. . . . A serious political critique.”―The New York Times Book Review (front page)“What makes Frank’s book new, different and important is its offer of a compelling theory as to how and why the party of Jefferson, Jackson and Roosevelt is now so unlikely to champion the economic needs of everyday people. . . . In such a looking-glass world, Listen, Liberal is a desperately needed corrective.”―History News Network“In his new book, progressive commentator Thomas Frank says Democrats need to take a good long look in the mirror if they want answers to why blue-collar workers are feeling abandoned and even infuriated by what used to be their party.”―New York Post“Over the past four decades, Frank argues, the Democrats have embraced a new favorite constituency: the professional class―the doctors, lawyers, engineers, programmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, financiers and other so-called creatives whose fetish for academic credentials and technological innovation has infected the party of the working class. . . . For that class, Frank argues, income and wealth inequality is not a problem but an inevitable condition.”―The Washington Post“An astute dissection of contemporary Democratic politics that demonstrates, cogently and at times acidly, how the party lost the allegiance of blue-collar Americans.”―Publishers Weekly“A tough and thought-provoking look at what’s wrong with America . . . Frank puts forth an impressive catalog of Democratic disappointments, more than enough to make liberals uncomfortable.”―Booklist“Important . . . Engaging . . . An edgy―even disturbing―analysis of the Democratic Party’s jilting of its traditional base.”―The National Book Review“Thomas Frank’s new book Listen, Liberal documents a half-century of work by the Democratic elite to belittle working people and exile their concerns to the fringes of the party’s platform. If the prevailing ideology of the Republican establishment is that of a sneering aristocracy, Democratic elites are all too often the purveyors of a smirking meritocracy that offers working people very little.”―The Huffington Post“Democrats often use the fact that Republicans have gone off the deep end to ignore their left flank, on the grounds that those liberals have nowhere else to go politically. Listen, Liberal contributes to the literature that expresses deep frustration with that decision, the fuel for a revolt.”―The Fiscal Times“As with Frank’s other books, Listen, Liberal is a piece of contemporary history that tells us not only what the powerful are up to, but how the trick is being pulled, with an admirable deployment of irony. . . . While his previous books are essentially about devils being devils, this one shows how the angels have fallen further than they realize.”―Prospect magazine (UK) Read more About the Author THOMAS FRANK is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?. A former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon. He lives outside Washington, D.C. Read more

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Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Pdf Politics Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Pdf:Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.Review '[Automating Inequality's] argument is that the use of automated decision-making in social service programs creates a 'digital poorhouse' that perpetuates the kinds of negative moral judgments that have always been attached to poverty in America...Eubanks proposes a Hippocratic oath for data scientists, whereby they would vow to respect all people and to not compound patterns of discrimination.' ―The New York Review of Books'Riveting (an accomplishment for a book on technology and policy). Its argument should be widely circulated, to poor people, social service workers and policymakers, but also throughout the professional classes. Everyone needs to understand that technology is no substitute for justice.” ―The New York Times Book Review'A brilliant book about how we penalize poverty. It would make a great pairing with Evicted.' ―Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed'An important book.' ―Pacific Standard'Investigates three experiments in which algorithms are replacing or augmenting human decision-making in public assistance.' ―Jacobin Magazine“Eubanks ably demonstrates why everyone should be very, very worried about the present and future of poverty management. Along with the personalized stories, her data exposes the political will, the ease of establishment and the ripe soil for letting cold math take our deepest biases and, in effect, render them into invisible cages for the most vulnerable.” ―NY Daily News'Eubanks's ability to combine beautiful biographic storytelling with keen observation and criticism makes this an indispensable addition to the literature on what Cathy O'Neil calls Weapons of Math Destruction' ―Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing'To call the stories and data Eubanks has collected infuriating feels like an understatement...marginalized people are often the first to face experiments in assessment and punishment through technological tools. ..What’s incisive about Automating Inequality is how it underscores the subtle ways technology is used to this end.' ―New Republic'Powerful...' ―The Progressive'Eubanks takes a hard look at some of the seemingly agnostic―and even well-meaning technologies―that promise to make the U.S. welfare apparatus well-oiled and efficient.' ―CityLab'Compelling.' ―Kronket Media“Computing has long been perceived to be a culture-free zone―this needs to change. But change will only occur when policymakers and voters understand the true scale of the problem. This is hard when we live in an era that likes to celebrate digitisation―and where the elites are usually shielded from the consequences of those algorithms. Except, of course, when random accidents occur. In that sense, Eubanks’ tale is a chilling lesson to us all.” ―The Financial Times'[A] must read...On par with Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed or Matthew Desmond’s Evicted. It’s rigorously researched, phenomenally accessible, and utterly humbling. While there are a lot of important books that touch on the costs and consequences of technology through case studies and well-reasoned logic, this book is the first one that I’ve read that really pulls you into the world of algorithmic decision-making and inequality, like a good ethnography should.' ―danah boyd, author of It's Complicated'Eubanks says we manage the poor so we don’t have to eradicate poverty....Eubanks explores three very different and widely separated approaches to managing, manipulating and controlling the poor in Indiana, the homeless in Los Angeles, and the child welfare in Pittsburgh.' ―San Francisco Review of Books'Eubanks argues that automated systems separate people from resources, classify and criminalize people, and invade privacy―and that these problems will affect everyone eventually, not just the poor. The book's final chapter offers strategies to dismantle the digital poorhouse.' ―Booklist (starred review)'Eubanks's advocacy for the Americans impacted by this trend is passionate and matched by incisive analysis and bolstered by impressive research.' ―Library Journal'This is the single most important book about technology you will read this year. Today everyone is worrying about the Internet’s impact on democracy, but Eubanks shows that the problems facing us run much deeper than “fake news”―automated systems entrench social and economic inequality by design and undermine private and public welfare. Eubanks dives into history and reports from the trenches, helping us better understand the political and digital forces we are up against so we can effectively fight back.' ―Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age'Income inequality relies on the lie of the neutrality of efficiency over the value of our common humanity. Automating Inequality exposes the deadly consequences of this plan and suggests another path. That Virginia Eubanks is our guide―a person so capable, ethical and whipsmart―is a rare combination indeed.' ―Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family'This book is downright scary―but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the 'digital poorhouse,' you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.' ―Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything“This book is for all of us: community leaders, scholars, lawyers, recipients of government assistance, and anyone alive whose survival depends upon a better understanding of how nations made wealthy by digital industries are using technology to create and maintain a permanent underclass. It is a book for our times.' ―Malkia A. Cyril, Executive Director and Co-founder, Center for Media Justice'Automating Inequality is one of the most important recent books for understanding the social implications of information technology for marginalized populations in the US . As we begin discussing the potential for AI to harm people, Eubanks's work should be required reading.' ―Ethan Zuckerman, Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT'Startling and brilliant... As Eubanks makes crystal clear, automation coupled with the new technologies of ethical abandonment and instrumental efficiency threaten not only the lives of millions who are viewed as disposable but also democracy itself. If you want to understand how this digital nightmare is reaching deep into the institutions that attempt to regulate our lives, and how you can challenge it, this is a must read.' ―Henry Giroux, McMaster University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy'Equal parts advocacy and analysis―a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare.' ―Kirkus Reviews'The most data is collected on the most marginalized groups...Eubanks' ethnography makes visible the politics behind our tools.' ―Internetactu.net'In this remarkable chronicle of 'how the other half lives' in the age of automation, Eubanks uncovers a new digital divide―a totalizing web of surveillance ensnaring our most marginalized communities. This powerful, sobering, and humane book exposes the dystopia of data-driven policy and urges us to create a more just society for all.' ―Alondra Nelson, author of The Social Life of DNA “In this illuminating book, Eubanks shows us that in spite of cosmetic reforms, our policies for the disadvantaged remain dominated by the ancient credo of the poor law, obsessed with the exclusion and punishment of the neediest in our communities.” ―Frances Fox Piven, author of Regulating the Poor'U.S. institutions from law enforcement to health care to social services increasing punish people- especially people of color - for being poor. Automating Inequality powerfully exposes how secret, high-tech monitoring systems facilitate this injustice. A must-read for everyone concerned about modern tools of inequality in America.' ―Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bond'Automating Inequality is a riveting, emotionally compelling story of vulnerable lives turned upside down by bad data, shoddy software, and bureaucrats too inept or corrupt to make things right. Systems billed as a way to protect the vulnerable in fact, all too often, do just the opposite, trapping them in a modern-day star chamber. Eubanks both gives voice to the marginalized, and offers a bold vision for dismantling the 'digital poorhouse.' We could all fall victim to the systems Eubanks condemns--and everyone should read this book to learn how modern governance, all too often shrouded behind impenetrable legal and computer code, actually works.' ―Frank Pasquale, author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information'Virginia Eubanks' new book shocks us with her gripping stories of the emerging surveillance state for managing poverty in the U.S. today. From single mothers on welfare, to homeless individuals on the streets, to parents suspected of child neglect, the 'digital poorhouse,' as Eubanks calls it, increasingly extends its web of surveillance from classifying to predicting the poor and their behavior, not so much to aid as to manage, discipline and punish them for the poverty society imposes on them. We learn once again that technology might be neutral but not the choices the powerful make to use it. Read this book and join with Eubanks in pushing back against the surveillance state and the injustice it sustains.' ―Sanford Schram, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY; Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center Read more About the Author Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She lives in Troy, NY. Read more

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Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality

Pdf Politics Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality

Pdf:Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.We've all heard that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favor, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we're told that we need to fight inequality through tax hikes, wealth redistribution schemes, and a far higher minimum wage. But what if that narrative is wrong? What if the real threat to the American Dream isn't rising income inequality - but an all-out war on success? In this timely and thought-provoking work, Don Watkins and Yaron Brook reveal that almost everything we've been taught about inequality is wrong. You'll discover: Why successful CEOs make so much money - and deserve to How the minimum wage hurts the very people it claims to help Why middle-class stagnation is a myth How the little-known history of Sweden reveals the dangers of forced equality The disturbing philosophy behind Obama's economic agenda. The critics of inequality are right about one thing: The American Dream is under attack. But instead of fighting to make America a place where anyone can achieve success, they are fighting to tear down those who already have. The real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success - not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality.

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The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

Pdf Politics The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

Pdf:The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.Review Joseph E. Stiglitz's new book, The Price of Inequality, is the single most comprehensive counterargument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories. While credible economists running the gamut from center right to center left describe our bleak present as the result of seemingly unstoppable developments--globalization and automation, a self-replicating establishment built on 'meritocratic' competition, the debt-driven collapse of 2008--Stiglitz stands apart in his defiant rejection of such notions of inevitability. He seeks to shift the terms of the debate. --Thomas B. EdsallStiglitz writes clearly and provocatively. He's the kind of economist who can talk about terms such as 'rent-seeking' and the 'euro crisis' and bring readers along for the ride... Stiglitz isn't just writing about people being hurt by inequality, he is also writing about the system itself being in jeopardy and what needs to be done to fix it. --Dante ChinniConcise and clearly argued.The single most comprehensive counterargument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories. While credible economists running the gamut from center right to center left describe our bleak present as the result of seemingly unstoppable developments globalization and automation, a self-replicating establishment built on 'meritocratic' competition, the debt-driven collapse of 2008 Stiglitz stands apart in his defiant rejection of such notions of inevitability. He seeks to shift the terms of the debate. --Thomas B. Edsall'An impassioned argument backed by rigorous economic analysis. ' Read more About the Author Joseph E. Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize–winning economist and the best-selling author of Globalization and its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Age of Trump, The Price of Inequality, and Freefall. He was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, chief economist of the World Bank, named by Time as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the world, and now teaches at Columbia University and is chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. Read more

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Pdf Politics The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Pdf:The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers. The Shock Doctrine retells the story of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free market economic revolution. In contrast to the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in many parts of the world, from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia and Iraq. At the core of disaster capitalism is the use of cataclysmic events to advance radical privatization, combined with the privatization of the disaster response itself. Klein argues that by capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy and is the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for 50 years.

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Pdf Politics The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Pdf:The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.Review “Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell.” ―John le Carré“Bold and brilliantly conceived . . . Klein may well have revealed the master narrative of our time.” ―William S. Kowinski, San Francisco Chronicle“This is a brilliant book, one of the most important I have read in a long time.” ―Howard Zinn“Klein provides a rich description of the political machinations required to force unsavory economic policies on resisting countries and of the human toll. She paints a disturbing portrait of hubris, not only on the part of Friedman but also of those who adopted his doctrines, sometimes to pursue more corporatist objectives.” ―Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Times Book Review“A brilliant, brave, and terrifying book. It's nothing less than the secret history of what we call the 'free market.' It should be compulsory reading.” ―Arundhati Roy“Pulls the curtain back on free-market myths and exposes the forces that are really driving our economy . . . Klein's book is powerful and prophetic. . . . A brilliant dissection.” ―Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post“Naomi Klein is one of the most important new voices in American journalism today.” ―Seymour M. Hersh“The Shock Doctrine is the defining, covert history of our era.” ―Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army Read more About the Author NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called 'a movement bible' by The New York Times. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper's Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina's occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia. Read more

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Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won't Make Us Poor

Pdf Politics Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won't Make Us Poor

Pdf:Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won't Make Us Poor.Review 'This book delivers a trenchant critique of the ravages of inequality and a passionate cry for greater balance. [A] powerful, idealistic book.' ―The Washington Post'Crisp and accessible... a provocative pulse-reading.' ―Kirkus Reviews'Americans have begun to lose faith in capitalism, and that has sapped our optimism and poisoned our politics. In this enlightening and important book, Steven Pearlstein explains how our economic system gradually has undermined our sense of community by glorifying greed rather than fairness. A respected economic journalist, Pearlstein offers sensible ideas for rescuing American capitalism by reconnecting it to our ideals of community, virtue, and responsibility.' ―Walter Isaacson'In the Venn diagram of 'economics' and 'interesting,' Steven Pearlstein occupies the (tiny) overlapping area in the middle.' ―Malcolm Gladwell'Steve Pearlstein has written an important book. With equal measures of passion and intelligence, he argues that today's capitalism has gone astray, that the social contract between businesses and society is broken, and that we need to rethink its moral foundations. Business has a big role to play in ensuring that both our economy and our democracy work for all and not just for those at the top. The book is both authoritative and fun to read, a rare combination.' ―Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution“For nearly four decades, Steven Pearlstein has ranked among our nation’s most learned analysts -- and advocates -- of the free market. This makes his trenchant critique of our economic system all the more powerful. Can American Capitalism Survive? is a bold, clear-eyed, brilliantly reported and captivating account of where capitalism has gone wrong, and what must be done to save it from itself.” ―E. J. Dionne, Jr., co-author of One Nation After Trump'Steven Pearlstein has written a smart, thoughtful, and practical book about what's wrong with American capitalism and how to fix it. In normal times, I'd strongly recommend. In these perilous times, it's a must read.' ―Robert Reich, author of The Common Good Read more About the Author Steven Pearlstein is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and the Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2008 for columns anticipating and explaining the financial crisis and global economic downturn. In 2006 he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for business and financial commentary, and five years later the Loeb Award for lifetime achievement. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on television and radio. He is the author of Can American Capitalism Survive? He lives in Washington with his wife, Wendy Gray. Read more

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A Brief History of Neoliberalism

Pdf Politics A Brief History of Neoliberalism

Pdf:A Brief History of Neoliberalism.Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. Through critical engagement with this history, he constructs a framework, not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.

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Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Pdf Politics Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Pdf:Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society.Revolutionary ideas on how to use markets to bring about fairness and prosperity for all Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking - and pretty much all conventional thinking about markets, both for and against - on its head. The book reveals bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone. It shows how the emancipatory force of genuinely open, free, and competitive markets can reawaken the dormant 19th century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation. Eric Posner and Glen Weyl demonstrate why private property is inherently monopolistic and how we would all be better off if private ownership were converted into a public auction for public benefit. They show how the principle of one person, one vote inhibits democracy, suggesting instead an ingenious way for voters to effectively influence the issues that matter most to them. They argue that every citizen of a host country should benefit from immigration - not just migrants and their capitalist employers. They propose leveraging antitrust laws to liberate markets from the grip of institutional investors and creating a data labor movement to force digital monopolies to compensate people for their electronic data. Only by radically expanding the scope of markets can we reduce inequality, restore robust economic growth, and resolve political conflicts. But to do that, we must replace our most sacred institutions with truly free and open competition - Radical Markets shows how.

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Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Pdf Politics Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Pdf:Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.In Saving Capitalism, Robert Reich reveals the entrenched cycles of power and influence that have damaged American capitalism, perpetuating a new oligarchy in which the 1 percent get ever richer and the rest - middle and working class alike - lose ever more economic agency, making for the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity since World War II. In brilliantly provocative detail, he shows how our misguided veneration of the "free market" has led us here and offers an empowering call to civic action as well as specific ideas for reform. A former White House advisor, talk show fixture, lecturer, and essayist and the star of last year's acclaimed documentary Inequality for All, Robert Reich is a beloved ambassador of progressive economics and a voice of reason in a media climate of fear mongering and finger pointing.

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The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

Pdf Politics The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

Pdf:The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties.From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of the United States and other Western societies: thriving cities versus rural counties, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit, and the return of the far-right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.In a passionate and polemical book, celebrated economist Paul Collier outlines brilliantly original and ethical ways of healing these rifts—economic, social and cultural—with the cool head of pragmatism, rather than the fervor of ideological revivalism. He reveals how he has personally lived across these three divides, moving from working-class Sheffield to hyper-competitive Oxford, and working between Britain and Africa, and acknowledges some of the failings of his profession.Drawing on his own solutions as well as ideas from some of the world’s most distinguished social scientists, he shows us how to save capitalism from itself—and free ourselves from the intellectual baggage of the twentieth century.

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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Pdf Politics Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Pdf:Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.Review “One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism—and on politics—that has ever been published.”—Professor Leonard Peikoff, Barron’s magazine Read more About the Author Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto. Read more

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Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order

Pdf Politics Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order

Pdf:Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order.About the Author Born in Philadelphia in 1928, NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political writings, activism, and for for his groundbreaking work in linguistics. A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955, Chomsky gained recognition in academic circles for his theory of transformational grammar, which drew attention to the syntactic universality of all human languages. But it is as a critic of unending war, corporate control and neoliberalism that Chomsky has become one of the country’s most well known public intellectuals. The 1969 publication of American Power and the New Mandarins marked the beginning of Chomsky’s rigorous public criticism of American hegemony and its lieges. Since then, with his tireless scholarship and an unflagging sense of moral responsibility, he has become one of the most influential writers in the world. Chomsky is the author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with Edward S. Herman), Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, and over one hundred other books. To this day Noam Chomsky remains an active and uncompromising voice of dissent. Read more

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Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Pdf Politics Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Pdf:Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.There is a Threat Lurking Online with the Power to Destroy Your Finances, Steal Your Personal Data, and Endanger Your Life. In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies - and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks - he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.

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Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Pdf Politics Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Pdf:Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.Review 'Armed with reams of information sent to him by feuding hackers and cybercrooks, Krebs explores just how and why these spammers get away with so much...By exposing our digital weaknesses and following the money, he presents a fascinating and entertaining cautionary tale. Krebs's work is timely, informative, and sadly relevant in our cyber-dependent age.' - Publishers Weekly'Krebs' guided tour of the cybercriminal underworld is a cautionary tale about menacing cultures of hackers, spammers and duplicitous digital network 'cybercrooks...' an eye-opening, immensely distressing expose on the current state of organized cyberspammers. ' - Kirkus' Read more About the Author Brian Krebs is an award-winning journalist, founder of the highly acclaimed cybersecurity blog KrebsonSecurity.com, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Spam Nation. For 14 years, Krebs was a reporter for The Washington Post, where he authored the acclaimed Security Fix blog. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, CNN, NPR, Fox, ABC News, and in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and more, and has been profiled in the New York Times and Bloomberg's BusinessWeek. Read more

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Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Pdf Politics Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Pdf:Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership.Review “Dempsey and Brafman offer current and aspiring leaders extraordinary insights.... There is great advice in these pages based on real-world experience.”ROBERT M. GATES, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2006–2011“An indispensable read for anyone in a leadership position today.”PATTY MCCORD, former chief talent officer, Netflix, and author of Powerful“Timely and relevant...a refreshing read!”KLAUS SCHWAB, founder and executive chairman, World Economic Forum“Radical Inclusion should be on the nightstand of anyone who aspires to lead.”MIKE KRZYZEWSKI, head coach, Duke University men’s basketball“Such a timely message for an age in desperate need of effective leaders.”FR. JOHN I. JENKINS, president, University of Notre Dame“Practical...fascinatingly counterintuitive...Radical Inclusion is the first thing I’ve read that feels like a light in the darkness for America in 2018 and beyond.”RACHEL MADDOW, host, The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC“Essential reading for leaders of all stripes.” MATTHEW STEPKA, venture investor and former vice president, Google“A playbook for leadership in the twenty- first century...concise and compelling.”ADAM SILVER, commissioner, National Basketball Association Read more About the Author General Martin E. Dempsey, named one of the most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine (2015), recently retired after 41 years of military service. During his time in the Army, he commanded various military units including United States Central Command, where he was responsible for securing U.S. interests in the Middle East and South Asia. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, accumulating 42 months in combat. In the past five years he served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff he was the senior officer in the armed forces and the principal military adviser to the president of the United States. General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has master’s degrees from Duke University in literature, from the Army Command & General Staff College in military science, and from the National War College in national security strategy. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in law from the University of Notre Dame. In 2016 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight of the British Empire.Ori Brafman is a researcher, entrepreneur, and author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations; Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior; and Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do. Brafman’s unique ideas on leadership, teamwork, cultural change, and innovation have been implemented by the U.S. government, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, the Chicago Bulls, Amazon, Facebook, Family Business Network, and PWC, among others. Brafman’s media appearances include the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and AP Video. He has presented before audiences at Fortune 500 companies, the White House, NATO, YPO, Harvard Business School, and others. Brafman is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at Duke University. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Read more

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We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

Pdf Politics We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

Pdf:We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.Review “A work that is both engrossing and surprising….As we await the Supreme Court’s decision in the critical case of whether a business can decline to serve a customer based on its distaste for same-sex marriages, all citizens would do well to pick up a copy of We the Corporations to understand the full implications of what it decides.” - Jonathan A. Knee, New York Times“Much of the value of Winkler’s book lies in his elegant stitching together of 400 years of diverse cases, allowing us to feel the sweep and flow of history and the constantly shifting legal approaches to understanding this unusual entity ― Blackstone’s ‘artificial person.’ Four hundred years is a lot of time, and Winkler does a wonderful job of finding illustrative details without drowning in them, and of giving each case enough attention to make it come alive…By nailing down the absurdities of the past, Winkler allows us to see how the future becomes more open.” - Zephyr Teachout, New York Times Book Review“Winkler’s deeply engaging legal history, authoritative but accessible to non-lawyers, takes readers inside courtrooms, judges’ chambers and corporate offices… The book offers new takes on familiar stories…as well as fascinating insights from largely forgotten moments… [A] meticulous, educational and thoroughly enjoyable retelling of our nation’s past.” - Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post“'Are corporations people?' That’s the provocative question Winkler poses at the outset of his impressive, engaging new book. . . . [Winkler] begins in Colonial America and provides a forceful and highly readable account of what he convincingly describes as a 'long, and long overlooked, corporate rights movement.'” - The National Book Review“An eye-opening account of how corporations became ‘persons’ entitled to constitutional rights and used those rights to impede efforts to regulate them in the interests of real people.” - David Cole, author of Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law“An incisive account of the unlikely rise of an idea that has nearly turned American politics upside down.” - Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman“This is a brilliant, beautifully written book on a topic affecting almost every area of law: how did corporations come to have rights under the Constitution? Professor Winkler carefully details this history from English law to the present, and the book is filled with new insights and information. Any future discussion of rights for corporations will be shaped by this wonderful book.” - Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law“Impressively thorough and wide-ranging. . . . Winkler employs an evocative, fast-paced storytelling style, making for an entertaining and enlightening book that will likely complicate the views of partisans on both sides of the issue.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review“A chronicle of the steady, willful process by which corporations became people―until, that is, you try to sue them. . . . Maddening for those who care about matters constitutional and an important document in the ongoing struggle to undo Citizens United.” - Kirkus Reviews“[A] timely, exciting book . . . . Constitutional law professor and legal commentator Winkler examines the history of the relationship between corporations and the Constitution, providing a field guide to the legal issues and an overview of a long-term corporate civil rights movement that employs techniques familiar from social justice movements. . . . Along the way, he presents a wide range of vividly drawn historical figures, bringing their philosophies, tactics, debates, and shenanigans to life while allowing readers to assess the ethics and implications of their work.” - Sara Jorgensen, Booklist Read more About the Author Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog. Read more

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The FBI Career Guide: Inside Information on Getting Chosen for and Succeeding in One of the Toughest, Most Prestigious Jobs in the World

Pdf Politics The FBI Career Guide: Inside Information on Getting Chosen for and Succeeding in One of the Toughest, Most Prestigious Jobs in the World

Pdf:The FBI Career Guide: Inside Information on Getting Chosen for and Succeeding in One of the Toughest, Most Prestigious Jobs in the World.Book Description 'In the three years following the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hired 2,200 new Special Agents. But that was out of more than 150,000 applicants, and you can be sure the successful candidates had not only relevant backgrounds, but also determination and a genuine desire to embark on one of the most coveted, rewarding, and challenging careers in the world. The FBI Career Guide spells out exactly what the Bureau is looking for in Special Agent candidates, and how to maximize your chances of being selected from the huge applicant pool. Joe Koletar, whose own blue-ribbon career at the Bureau is second to none, shows how to get the job—and how to thrive once you’ve got it. His inside look at the real FBI reveals: * Smart educational and career decisions to improve your odds of being hired * How to meet and network with current FBI agents * What Special Agents do, day-to-day, in different roles and environments * How undercover investigations, SWAT team operations, and specialty assignments work * What agents earn, and what benefits they receive * The prospects for advancement, and some typical (and not so typical) career paths * How the job may affect your personal and family life And much more The FBI Career Guide also reveals the common mistakes applicants make, and shows how to avoid them. And it gives you detailed information on excelling in the Agent Training Program. Finally, the book offers profiles of real agents who have gone on to successful post-FBI careers, and will help you lay the groundwork for a rewarding life after the Bureau. Above all, The FBI Career Guide will help you find out if you’ve got what it takes to succeed -- and if you do, how to show it.' Read more From the Back Cover In the three years following the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hired 2,200 new Special Agents.   But that was out of more than 150,000 applicants, and you can be sure the successful candidates had not only relevant backgrounds, but also determination and a genuine desire to embark on one of the most coveted, rewarding, and challenging careers in the world.   The FBI Career Guide spells out exactly what the Bureau is looking for in Special Agent candidates, and how to maximize your chances of being selected from the huge applicant pool.   Joe Koletar, whose own blue-ribbon career at the Bureau is second to none, shows how to get the job—and how to thrive once you’ve got it. His inside look at the real FBI reveals: ·         Smart educational and career decisions to improve your odds of being hired ·         How to meet and network with current FBI agents ·         What Special Agents do, day-to-day, in different roles and environments ·         How undercover investigations, SWAT team operations, and specialty assignments work ·         What agents earn, and what benefits they receive ·         The prospects for advancement, and some typical (and not so typical) career paths ·         How the job may affect your personal and family life ·         And much more   The FBI Career Guide also reveals the common mistakes applicants make, and shows how to avoid them. And it gives you detailed information on excelling in the Agent Training Program.   Finally, the book offers profiles of real agents who have gone on to successful post-FBI careers, and will help you lay the groundwork for a rewarding life after the Bureau. Above all, The FBI Career Guide will help you find out if you’ve got what it takes to succeed—and if you do, how to show it.   Joseph W. Koletar’s stellar FBI career spanned four decades, culminating in his role as Section Chief in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he was in charge of the Witness Protection Program, Criminal Undercover Operations, Aviation and Surveillance Operations, and the Strategic Intelligence Operations Center. Mr. Koletar lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Pdf Politics Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Pdf:Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.Review A Financial Times Best Book of 2014“He’s written a really good book — we might as well get that out of the way, as so much else about Timothy F. Geithner remains unsettled… There’s hardly a moment in Geithner’s story when the reader feels he is being anything but straightforward — a near-superhuman feat for someone who spent so much time in public life defending himself from careless and dishonest personal attacks. The decisions he made are easier to criticize than they are to improve upon. I doubt many readers will put his book down and think the man did anything but his best. On his feet he might have stammered and wavered. That in itself was always a sign he was unusually brave.” –Michael Lewis, New York Times Book Review“An intimate take on the financial crisis… gripping… conveys in visceral terms just how precarious things were during the crisis, just how frightened many first responders were, and just what an achievement it was to avert a major depression… [Geithner] demonstrates that he can discuss economics in an accessible fashion, making the situation the country faced in 2008 and 2009 tactile, comprehensible—and harrowing—to the lay reader. Along the way, he also gives us a telling portrait of himself.” –New York Times “A how-to manual for anyone faced with a financial crisis… Mr Geithner was known for his brutal candor, and as an author, he does not disappoint.” —The Economist “A fascinating memoir about life in the maelstrom of the financial crisis… Earlier books have described much of what happened that September, but Geithner was present for all the frantic meetings, the thousands of phone calls — and in the case of Lehman, the failure to find a buyer that could keep it alive. New problems cropped up almost weekly, if not daily. He explains each in easy-to-understand language and what the issues were that shaped the responses… There could be another crisis someday, of course, but what Geithner and his colleagues did has made one far less likely.” –USA Today“Sharply worded and candid memoir.” —Financial Times“Geithner does an admirable job of explaining the origins and complexities of the crisis for the average person. But there’s enough detail and retrospective lessons-learned to make it valuable for students of financial history….fast-paced and colorful….Stress Test goes beyond other crisis books.” –Los Angeles Times “Throughout Stress Test, one gains a deep appreciation for the heart-pumping decisions made by Geithner and his colleagues from 2007 through 2012. And he makes a compelling case that overhwelming force is necessary in crisis, and that the measures taken by the Fed and two successive administrations prevented even more pain for ordinary Americans.” –WashingtonPost.com“An unsparing insider’s account of the financial crisis from the former Secretary of the Treasury, unpacking the hard decisions and terrible trade-offs that devastated the economy but staved off a deep, lasting depression.” —TIME.com“The central irony of Stress Test, the new memoir by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is that a guy who was accused of being a lousy communicator while in office has penned a book that is such a good read…I’ve now read four or five of these first drafts of the history of the Great Recession, and I believe Stress Test represents the biggest contribution of the bunch.” —Bill Gates “Sensational . . . Tim’s book will forever be the definitive work on what causes financial panics and what must be done to stem them when they occur.” —Warren Buffett “Very few important subjects in American history have been the subject of as much disinformation and deliberate distortion as the events surrounding the financial crisis that broke in 2008. Tim Geithner’s candid, clear-headed, and refreshingly self-effacing account of his role in formulating the federal government’s response is a very welcome antidote. Geithner’s book is a triple threat: it is first-rate economic history, insightful political science, and, most important, a cogent exposition of the importance of adhering to the policies adopted in the aftermath of the crisis if we are to succeed in diminishing the likelihood of any recurrence.” —Barney Frank “Stress Test is an absolutely compelling account of the financial crisis, written in a clear, graceful style with striking honesty at every step along the way. Timothy Geithner brings a complex story to life with telling anecdotes and personal reflections.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin  “This is a lucid, fascinating, and extremely important book. Every American should read it. Geithner does something unusual: he engages in substance. With both insight and humility, plus a good dose of wry humor, he explains what really happened during the financial crisis. No matter your political persuasion, you will find this book educational, enlightening, and interesting.” —Walter Isaacson “The country owes Tim Geithner great appreciation for his role in overcoming the financial crisis of 2008.  He has now indebted it further with writing a thoughtful, very readable and informative account of the conduct of policy at the edge of disaster.” —Henry A. Kissinger   From the Hardcover edition. Read more About the Author TIMOTHY F. GEITHNER was the seventy-fifth secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He wrote this book as a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Read more

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Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Pdf Politics Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Pdf:Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership.Named by The Washington Post as one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018 Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today's leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders. Dempsey and Brafman persuasively explain that today's leaders are in competition for the trust and confidence of those they lead more than ever before. They assert that the nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone. They offer principles for adaptation and bring them to life with examples from business, academia, government, and the military. In building their argument, Dempsey and Brafman introduce several concepts that illuminate both the vulnerability and the opportunity in leading today: Radical Inclusion. Fear of losing control in our fast-paced, complex, highly scrutinized environment is pushing us toward exclusion - exactly the wrong direction. Leaders should instead develop an instinct for inclusion. The word "radical" emphasizes the urgency of doing so. The Era of the Digital Echo. The speed and accessibility of information create "digital echoes" that make facts vulnerable, eroding the trust between leader and follower. Relinquishing Control to Preserve Power. Power and control once went hand in hand, but no longer. In today's environment, control is seductive but unlikely to produce optimum, affordable, sustainable solutions. Leaders must relinquish and share control to build and preserve power. The principles discussed in Radical Inclusion are memorable and the book is full of engaging stories.

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Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy

Pdf Politics Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy

Pdf:Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy.Review “… high on readability… a lyrical manifesto.” — Financial Times“Concrete economics reflects the pragmatic policies responsible for American economic development from independence through the 1960’s It is the embodiment of Alexander Hamilton’s very visible hand expanding the economic space necessary for markets to flourish. Highly recommended. — CHOICE, the publication of the American Library Association“…a powerful little book with important messages to be debated.” — Marx and Philosophy Review of Books“…easy to read, and extremely informative… a worthy look at the history of the U.S. economy, and how and why it has grown as it has.” — Manhattan Book Review“a valuable lesson to people who run organizations of any type: public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit.” — strategy+business magazineADVANCE PRAISE for Concrete Economics:Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University—“Cohen and DeLong’s polemical style adds a distinctive voice to economic policy debates. This book may enlighten and infuriate. It is a bold effort by bold thinkers.”Michael Lind, author, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States—“In a dynamic economy, private enterprise and public leadership are partners, not adversaries. That is the lesson of the past for the future, drawn by two of the finest economic thinkers of the present in this timely and important book.” Read more About the Author Stephen S. Cohen is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is also codirector, and cofounder of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). He has written and edited several books, most recently The End of Influence with J. Bradford DeLong, and his articles have appeared in such publications as Science, Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, and the Wall Street Journal.J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury in the Clinton administration. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economi