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I Love Capitalism!: An American Story
by Ken Langone

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>Iconoclastic entrepreneur and New York legend Ken Langone tells the compelling story of how a poor boy from Long Island became one of America's most successful businessmen.</b><br /><br />Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream -- of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic. <br /><br />In a series of fascinating stories, Langone shows how he struggled to get an education, break into Wall Street, and scramble for an MBA at night while competing with privileged competitors by day. He shares how he learned how to evaluate what a business is worth and apply his street smarts to 8-figure and 9-figure deals . And he's not shy about discussing, for the first time, his epic legal and PR battle with former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer. <br /><br />His ultimate theme is that free enterprise is the key to giving everyone a leg up. As he writes:<br /><br /><i>This book is my love song to capitalism. Capitalism works! And I'm living proof -- it works for everybody. Absolutely anybody is entitled to dream big, and absolutely everybody </i>should <i>dream big. I did. Show me where the silver spoon was in my mouth. I've got to argue profoundly and passionately: I'm the American Dream.</i>
Bullshit Jobs: A Theory
by David Graeber

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.<BR><BR>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 seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.<BR> <BR>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.<BR> <BR>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. <i>Bullshit Jobs</i> 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.
Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just So...
by , E. Weyl

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English

Pages

356

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>Revolutionary ideas on how to use markets to bring about fairness and prosperity for all</b></p><p>Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? <i>Radical Markets</i> 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 nineteenth-century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation.</p><p>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.</p><p>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—<i>Radical Markets</i> shows how.</p>
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Work...
by Yanis Varoufakis

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><b>In <i>Talking to My Daughter About the Economy</i>, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister and the author of the international bestseller <i>Adults in the Room</i>, pens a series of letters to his young daughter, educating her about the business, politics, and corruption of world economics.</b> </p><p>Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and countless students around the world. Now, he faces his most important—and difficult—audience yet. Using clear language and vivid examples, Varoufakis offers a series of letters to his young daughter about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others. Taking bankers and politicians to task, he explains the historical origins of inequality among and within nations, questions the pervasive notion that everything has its price, and shows why economic instability is a chronic risk. Finally, he discusses the inability of market-driven policies to address the rapidly declining health of the planet his daughter’s generation stands to inherit. </p><p> Throughout, Varoufakis wears his expertise lightly. He writes as a parent whose aim is to instruct his daughter on the fundamental questions of our age—and through that knowledge, to equip her against the failures and obfuscations of our current system and point the way toward a more democratic alternative.</p>
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.<br /><br />"Crime thriller authors have nothing on Carreyrou's exquisite sense of suspenseful pacing and multifaceted character development in this riveting, read-in-one-sitting tour de force....Carreyrou's commitment to unraveling Holmes' crimes was literally of life-saving value." -<i>Booklist</i></b><br /><br />In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.<br /><br />A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Trump/Russia: A Definitive History
by Seth Hettena

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b><b><b>"Hettena is a first-rate reporter and wonderful story-teller, and the tale he tells here is mind-boggling."<b>—Jane Mayer, author of <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>Dark Money<br /><br /></i></b></b>Uncovering the sordid history of the decades-long association between Donald Trump and Russia</b><br /><br />"Seth Hettena skillfully weaves many threads—most fresh or previously hidden—into a rich tapestry tying together decades of Donald Trump s deep involvement with Russia." <br />      —DAVID CAY JOHNSTON , author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Making of Donald Trump </i><br /></b><br />Is the 45th President of the United States under the control of a foreign power? Award-winning Associated Press reporter Seth Hettena untangles the story of Donald Trump’s long involvement with Russia in damning detail—including new reporting never before published. <br /><br />As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the relationship between members of Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives continues, there is growing evidence that Trump has spent decades cultivating ties to corrupt Russians and the post-Soviet state. <br /><br />In <i>Trump/Russia: A Definitive History</i>, Seth Hettena chronicles the many years Trump has spent wooing Russian money and power. From the collapse of his casino empire—which left Trump desperate for cash—and his first contacts with Russian deal-makers and financiers, on up to the White House, Hettena reveals the myriad of shady people, convoluted dealings, and strange events that suggest how indebted to Russia our forty-fifth president might be. <br /><br />Using deeply researched reporting, along with newly uncovered information, court documents, and exclusive interviews with investigators and FBI agents, Hettena provides an expansive and essential primer to the Trump/Russia scandal, leaving no stone unturned.
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
by Robert Kuttner

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p>One of our leading social critics recounts capitalism’s finest hour, and shows us how we might achieve it once again.</p><br /><p>In the past few decades, the wages of most workers have stagnated, even as productivity increased. Social supports have been cut, while corporations have achieved record profits. Downward mobility has produced political backlash.</p><br /><p>What is going on? <em>Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?</em> argues that neither trade nor immigration nor technological change is responsible for the harm to workers’ prospects. According to Robert Kuttner, global capitalism is to blame. By limiting workers’ rights, liberating bankers, allowing corporations to evade taxation, and preventing nations from assuring economic security, raw capitalism strikes at the very foundation of a healthy democracy.</p><br /><p>The resurgence of predatory capitalism was not inevitable. After the Great Depression, the U.S. government harnessed capitalism to democracy. Under Roosevelt’s New Deal, labor unions were legalized, and capital regulated. Well into the 1950s and ’60s, the Western world combined a thriving economy with a secure and growing middle class.</p><br /><p>Beginning in the 1970s, as deregulated capitalism regained the upper hand, elites began to dominate politics once again; policy reversals followed. The inequality and instability that ensued would eventually, in 2016, cause disillusioned voters to support far-right faux populism. Is today’s poisonous alliance of reckless finance and ultranationalism inevitable? Or can we find the political will to make capitalism serve democracy, and not the other way around? Charting a plan for bold action based on political precedent, <em>Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?</em> is essential reading for anyone eager to reverse the decline of democracy in the West.</p>
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap.And Others Don't
by Jim Collins

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

July 19, 2011

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<p><strong>The Challenge </strong><br /><em>Built to Last,</em> the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. </p><p>But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? </p><p><strong>The Study </strong><br />For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? </p><p><strong>The Standards </strong><br />Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.</p><p><strong>The Comparisons <br /></strong>The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? </p><p>Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. </p><p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:</p><ul type="DISC"><li><strong>Level 5 Leaders:</strong> The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. </li><li><strong>The Hedgehog Concept</strong> (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. </li><li><strong>A Culture of Discipline:</strong> When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. </li><li><strong>The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:</strong> Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.</li></ul><p>“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” </p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>
Trump: The Art of the Deal
by , Tony Schwartz

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English

Pages

402

Publication Date

December 18, 2009

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<b>President Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work—a firsthand account of the rise of America’s foremost deal-maker.</b><br /><br /> <i>“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump</i><br /><br />Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it. <i>Trump: The Art of the Deal</i> is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur—the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Trump: The Art of the Deal</i></b><br /><br /> “Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.”<b><i>—The New York Times</i> </b><br /><br /> “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.”<b><i>—Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump’s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader’s attention is instantly and fully claimed.”<b><i>—Boston Herald</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography.”<b><i>—New York Post</i></b>
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall ...
by John Brooks

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English

Pages

468

Publication Date

July 08, 2014

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<DIV><B>“<I>Business Adventures</I> remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” —Bill Gates, <I>The Wall Street Journal</I></B><BR /><BR /> What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.<BR /><BR /> Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime <I>New Yorker </I>contributor John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.<BR /><BR /> Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . <I>Business Adventures</I> is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.</DIV>

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