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Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall-...
by Steven Brill

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of <i>America's Bitter Pill:</i> a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.</b><br /><br />In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half-century, America's core values--meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself--have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote. The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone's mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, <i>Tailspin</i> is a work of riveting journalism--and a welcome antidote to political despair.
The House of Rothschild: Volume 1: Money's Prophets: 1798-1848
by Niall Ferguson

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

November 01, 1999

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<b>From the bestselling author of <i>The Ascent of Money </i>and <i>The Square and the Tower</i></b><br /><br />In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, <i>The House of Rothschild</i> is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life.
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<div><b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /></div><div><br /></div>
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, Wall Street Journal</em>, and Amazon Charts Bestseller!<br /> 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>."—NPR 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 — 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>
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • A bold new work from the<i> </i>author of <i>The Black Swan </i>that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility</b><br /><br /> In his most provocative and practical book yet,<b> </b>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.<br /><br /> 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:<br /><br /> <b>• For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. </b>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.<br /> <b>• Ethical rules aren’t universal.</b> You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general.<br /> <b>• Minorities, not majorities, run the world. </b>The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others.<br /> <b>• You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot.</b> “Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-carb diets.<br /> <b>• Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find).</b> A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines.<br /> <b>• True religion is commitment, not just faith.</b> How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.<br /><br />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.”
Think In Systems: The Theory and Practice of Strategic Planning, ...
by Zoe McKey

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English

Pages

209

Publication Date

April 21, 2018

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<h2>Are you stuck in a rut despite your best efforts to get out? Looking for long-term solutions to your problems? </h2> <br /><br />We have the best of intentions to improve our conditions, but often our solutions fall short of improving our lives. Sometimes our best efforts can result in the opposite of what we want over time. How can we avoid these unwanted results? <br /><br />If we apply conventional thinking to complex issues, we often maintain or increase the very problems we want to fix. There is, however, a solution to get the desired results. <br /><br /><i>Think in Systems</i> is a concise information manual offering high-level problem-solving methods for personal and global issues. The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable and everyday manner, helping you to develop this skill top analysts and world leaders use. <br /><br />If you thought that complex thinking is only for people who deal with complex issues like running a company or country, think again. Every issue is complex. Running out of gas is a simple problem, but I’m sure you’re dealing with much greater headaches on a daily basis. <br /><br />Your life is a system. Everything that is connected to your system (life) is a part of it. However, you are just a subsystem in the larger picture. Your town, country, the world, the solar system are all bigger systems you are a part of. These systems are interconnected. Whatever you do will affect the system and whatever the system does will affect your life. <br /><br />Systems can have positive and negative effect on your life – or on the life of people generally. The greatest problems like hunger, war, and poverty are all failures in the system. Similarly, fights with your loved ones, being stuck in a rut at your job are also system failures. They are not only your fault. Thus they can’t be fixed with a simple cause-effect thinking. <br /><br /><u>Learn to use systems thinking in your business, relationships, friendships, and general political, socio-economic, and environmental issues. </u><br /><br />Systems thinking boosts your <b>critical thinking skills, makes you more logical, enhances your analytical abilities, and makes you more creative. </b><br /><br />Systems thinking won’t put extra pressure on your cognition. Quite the contrary, you’ll have fewer headaches knowing that you surely didn’t miss any detail when you tried to solve a problem.<br /><br /><br /><h2>"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein</h2><br />•Learn the main aspects, concepts, and models of systems thinking.<br />•<b>Design models and systems maps to solve your problems</b><br />•Find solutions to your underlying problems, not just the symptoms<br />•<b>Improve your mental health, wealth, and relationships</b><br /><br />Systems thinking is a relatively new discipline which doesn’t get the exposure it deserves. However, our world grows more connected, interdependent and complex with each passing day. Becoming a systems thinker will help you to overcome your confusion and fear of missing the whole picture, and help you find more effective solutions to your personal (and if you are up to it), global problems. <br /><br />•Widen your understanding of international economic, political, and socio-economic affairs<br />•<b>Manage your business better</b> <br />•The most helpful materials, books, and experts to learn even more about systems thinking <br /><br />Identify your problems more accurately. <b>Find solutions to your problems, don’t just treat the symptoms.</b> Map out a strategic action plan to change your circumstances. Become more patient by understanding the world – and your place in it – better. Shift your focus from the unimportant details and focus on the real issues. Stay a learner. <br /><br /><h2>Apply systems thinking in your problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without the need to become a technical professional. </h2><br />
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.
How to Day Trade for a Living: Tools, Tactics, Money Management, ...
by Andrew Aziz

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

July 22, 2015

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<p></p><br /><p>Very few careers can offer you the freedom, flexibility and income that day trading does. As a day trader, you can live and work anywhere in the world. You can decide when to work and when not to work. You only answer to yourself. That is the life of the successful day trader. Many people aspire to it, but very few succeed.<br /></p><br /><p>In the book, I describe the fundamentals of day trading, explain how day trading is different from other styles of trading and investment, and elaborate on important trading strategies that many traders use every day. I've kept the book short so you can actually finish reading it and not get bored by the middle.<br /></p><br /><p>For beginner traders, this book gives you an understanding of where to start, how to start, what to expect from day trading, and how to develop your strategy. Simply reading this book, however, will not make you a profitable trader. Profit in trading does not come with reading a book or two or browsing online. It comes with practice, the right tools and software and appropriate ongoing education.<br /></p><br /><p>Intermediate traders may benefit from the book's extensive overview of some of the classic strategies that the majority of retail traders regularly use with proven success. If you think you are beyond the stage of a novice trader, then you may want to jump ahead and start reading from Chapter 7 for an overview of the most important day trading strategies:<br /></p><br /><p>Day trading is not gambling or a hobby. You must approach trading very, very seriously. As such, I wake up early, go for a run, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, and fire up my trading station before the markets open in New York. I am awake. I am alert. I am motivated when I sit down and start working on the list of stocks I will watch that day. This morning routine has tremendously helped my mental preparation for coming into the market. Whatever your routine is, starting the morning in a similar fashion will pay invaluable dividends.<br /></p><br /><ol><br /><li>ABCD Pattern Trading</li><br /><li>Bull Flag Momentum Trading</li><br /><li>Top Reversal Trading</li><br /><li>Bottom Reversal Trading</li><br /><li>Moving Average Trend Trading</li><br /><li>VWAP Trading</li><br /><li>Support and Resistance Trading</li><br /></ol><br /><p>For each strategy, I explain:<br /></p><br /><ol><br /><li>How to find the Stock in Play for trade</li><br /><li>What indicators I am using on my charts</li><br /><li>When I enter the trade</li><br /><li>When I exit the trade (profit taking)</li><br /><li>What is my stop loss</li><br /></ol><br /><p>Day trading is not gambling. It’s not an online poker game. To be successful at day trading you need the right tools and you need to be motivated, to work hard, and to persevere.<br /></p><br /><p>And, as a purchaser of my book, you can join my community of day traders at <strong>www.Vancouver-Traders.com</strong>. You can monitor my screen in real time, watch me trade the strategies explained in his book, and ask questions of me and other traders in our private chat room.<br /></p><br /><p>I invite you to join me in the world of day trading. I’m a real person who you can connect with. I love what I do. You can follow my blog post under Author Updates on my Author page on Amazon. You’ll see I lose some days. You can read the reviews of my book. I know you will learn much about day trading and the stock market from studying my book. You can join at no cost and with no obligation my community of day traders at www.vancouver-traders.com. You can ask us questions. Practical, hands-on knowledge. That’s <em>How to Day Trade for a Living</em>.<br /></p>
Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intellige...
by , Avi Goldfarb

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<p><b>"What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out." -- Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google</b></p><p>Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible, magically bringing machines to life--driving cars, trading stocks, and teaching children. But facing the sea change that AI will bring can be paralyzing. How should companies set strategies, governments design policies, and people plan their lives for a world so different from what we know? In the face of such uncertainty, many analysts either cower in fear or predict an impossibly sunny future.</p><p>But in <i>Prediction Machines</i>, three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs.</p><p>When AI is framed as cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear:<ul><li>Prediction is at the heart of making decisions under uncertainty. Our businesses and personal lives are riddled with such decisions.<li>Prediction tools increase productivity--operating machines, handling documents, communicating with customers.<li>Uncertainty constrains strategy. Better prediction creates opportunities for new business structures and strategies to compete.</ul></p><p>Penetrating, fun, and always insightful and practical, <i>Prediction Machines</i> follows its inescapable logic to explain how to navigate the changes on the horizon. The impact of AI will be profound, but the economic framework for understanding it is surprisingly simple.</p>
The Killing of Uncle Sam : The Demise of the United States of Ame...
by , Paul L. Williams

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May 22, 2018

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<p>Pride, greed, and power have driven men to do the unthinkable–including selling out their nations and unsuspected citizens to the most corrupt and destructive “invisible” global leaders on Earth. But how did this happen on American soil? How did the downfall begin and who were the predators that the “land of the free and home of the brave” fell victim to? And is all hope lost?</p><br /><p>This book captures details of the last 200 years of American history that mainstream media does not want you to know. It dissects the “legalized” system of the private central banks that has gone unchecked, and delivers gut-wrenching truths about the real domestic and foreign enemies of the United States. With over 1000 footnotes and quotes from former presidents, prime ministers, and state officials, it will equip you with the facts that the elites have covered up for centuries and empower you to stand up for the truth.</p>

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