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Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Be...
by Paul Krugman

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><strong>An accessible, compelling introduction to today鈥檚 major policy issues from the <em>New York Times</em> columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize鈥搘inning economist Paul Krugman.</strong></p><br /><p>There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won鈥檛 die.</p><br /><p>In <em>Arguing with Zombies</em>, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it鈥檚 headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular <em>New York Times</em> column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, <em>Arguing with Zombies</em> is Krugman at the height of his powers.</p><br /><p><em>Arguing with Zombies</em> puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades鈥?worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.</p>
Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfre...
by , Benjamin Powell

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

July 30, 2019

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The bastard step-child of Milton Friedman and Anthony Bourdain,聽<i>Socialism Sucks</i>聽is a聽bar-crawl through former, current, and wannabe socialist countries around the world. Free market economists聽Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell travel to countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, and Sweden to聽investigate the dangers and idiocies of socialism鈥攚hile drinking a lot of beer.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>and NPR</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
by Scott Galloway

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER<i><br /> USA TODAY聽</i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet.聽Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong.聽<br /></b><br />For all that鈥檚 been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. <br /><br /> Instead of buying the myths these compa顱nies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they鈥檙e almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world鈥檚 first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chal顱lenge them? <br /><br /> In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world鈥檚 most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can鈥檛 match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career. <br /><br /> Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four.
Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abund...
by Laurence B. Siegel

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English

Pages

459

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><b>How the world has become <i>much better </i>and why optimism is abundantly justified</b></p> <p>Why do so many people fear the future? Is their concern justified, or can we look forward to greater wealth and continued improvement in the way we live?</p> <p>Our world seems to be experiencing stagnant economic growth, climatic deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable level of population growth. The world is doomed, they argue, and there are just too many problems to overcome<i>. But is this really the case?</i> In <i>Fewer, Richer, Greener</i>, author Laurence B. Siegel reveals that the world has <i>improved</i>鈥攁nd will continue to improve鈥攊n almost every dimension imaginable.</p> <p>This practical yet lighthearted book makes a convincing case for having gratitude for today鈥檚 world and optimism about the bountiful world of tomorrow. Life has actually <i>improved</i> tremendously. We live in the safest, most prosperous time in all human history. Whatever the metric鈥攆ood, health, longevity, education, conflict鈥攊t is demonstrably true that <i>right now</i> is the best time to be alive. The recent, dramatic slowing in global population growth continues to spread prosperity from the developed to the developing world. Technology is helping billions of people rise above levels of mere subsistence. This technology of prosperity is cumulative and rapidly improving: we use it to solve problems in ways that would have be unimaginable only a few decades ago. An optimistic antidote for pessimism and fear, this book:</p> <ul> <li>Helps to restore and reinforce our faith in the future</li> <li>Documents and explains how global changes impact our present and influence our future</li> <li>Discusses the costs and unforeseen consequences of some of the changes occurring in the modern world</li> <li>Offers engaging narrative, accurate data and research, and an in-depth look at the best books on the topic by leading thinkers</li> <li>Traces the history of economic progress and explores its consequences for human life around the world</li> </ul> <p><i>Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance </i>is a must-read for anyone who wishes to regain hope for the present and wants to build a better future.</p>
The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing ...
by Andrew Yang

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, this thought-provoking and prescient call-to-action outlines the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income (UBI), to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation.</b><b><br /></b> The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? <br /><br /> In <i>The War on Normal People</i>, 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?<br /><br /> In <i>The War on Normal People</i>, 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."
The Fifth Risk
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

255

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p><strong>The <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller, with a new afterword<br /><br /><br /><br />"[Michael Lewis鈥檚] most ambitious and important book." 鈥擩oe Klein, <em>New York Times</em></strong></p><br /><p>Michael Lewis鈥檚 brilliant narrative of the Trump administration鈥檚 botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed. The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do. <em>The Fifth Risk</em> masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.</p>
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br /><i></i></b><b><i><br /></i></b><b><i>Evicted </i>meets <i>Nickel and Dimed</i> in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. <br /></b><b><br /></b>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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br /><i>Maid</i> 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. <br /><br />Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. <i>Maid</i> 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.
Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Broug...
by Christopher Knowlton

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English

Pages

426

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b>Christopher Knowlton, author of <i>Cattle Kingdom </i>and former <i>Fortune </i>writer, takes an in-depth look at the spectacular Florida land boom of the 1920s and shows how it led directly to the Great Depression.</b><br /><br />The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous collapse. The decade there produced the largest human migration in American history, far exceeding the settlement of the West, as millions flocked to the grand hotels and the new cities that rose rapidly from the teeming wetlands. The boom spawned a new subdivision civilization鈥攁nd the most egregious large-scale assault on the environment in the name of 鈥減rogress.鈥?Nowhere was the glitz and froth of the Roaring Twenties more excessive than in Florida. Here was Vegas before there was a Vegas: gambling was condoned and so was drinking, since prohibition was not enforced. Tycoons, crooks, and celebrities arrived en masse to promote or exploit this new and dazzling American frontier in the sunshine. Yet, the import and deep impact of these historical events have never been explored thoroughly until now.<br /> <br />In <i>Bubble in the Sun </i>Christopher Knowlton examines the grand artistic and entrepreneurial visions behind Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and other storied sites, as well as the darker side of the frenzy. For while giant fortunes were being made and lost and the nightlife raged more raucously than anywhere else, the pure beauty of the Everglades suffered wanton ruination and the workers, mostly black, who built and maintained the boom, endured grievous abuses. <br /> <br />Knowlton breathes dynamic life into the forces that made and wrecked Florida during the decade: the real estate moguls Carl Fisher, George Merrick, and Addison Mizner, and the once-in-a-century hurricane whose aftermath triggered the stock market crash. This essential account is a revelatory鈥攁nd riveting鈥攈istory of an era that still affects our country today.

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