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The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste o...
by Bryan Caplan

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<p><b>Why we need to stop wasting public funds on education</b></p><p>Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative—education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity—in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As and casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.</p><p>Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society's top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.</p><p>Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense—<i>The Case against Education</i> points the way.</p>
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
by Scott Galloway

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<i><br /> USA TODAY </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. <br /></b><br />For all that’s 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 compa­nies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re 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’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chal­lenge them? <br /><br /> In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s 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’t 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.
Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyo...
by , Jack Tatar

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 20, 2017

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<p><b>The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class—from two experts on the cutting edge</b></p> <p>With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.</p> <p><i>Cryptoassets</i> gives you all the tools you need:</p> <p>* An actionable framework for investigating and valuing cryptoassets</p> <p>* Portfolio management techniques to maximize returns while managing risk</p> <p>* Historical context and tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias</p> <p>* Practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs</p> <p>* Predictions on how blockchain technology may disrupt current portfolios</p> <p>In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution. The authors define a clear and original cryptoasset taxonomy, composed of cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens, with insights into how each subset is blending technology and markets. You’ll find a variety of methods to invest in these assets, whether through global exchanges trading 24/7 or initial cryptoasset offerings (ICOs). By sequentially building on the concepts of each prior chapter, the book will provide you with a full understanding of the cryptoasset economy and the opportunities that await the innovative investor .</p> <p>Cryptoassets represent the future of money and markets. This book is your guide to that future.</p> <div><br /> </div>
Clean Protein: The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost ...
by , Bruce Friedrich

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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<div><b>Join the CLEAN PROTEIN revolution and lose weight, feel stronger, and live longer.<br /><br /></b>Food and wellness experts Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich have spent years researching the future of protein. They've talked to the food pioneers and the nutrition scientists, and now they've distilled what they've learned into a strength-building plan poised to reshape your body and change your world.<br /><br />Complete with delicious recipes and a detailed guide to food planning, <i>Clean Protein</i> explains everything you need to know in order to get lean, gain energy, and stay mentally sharp. You'll finally understand in simple terms why protein is essential, how much you should get, and where to find the best sources of it.<br /><br /><i>Clean Protein</i> is a powerful solution to excess weight and chronic health issues, and it's a cultural revolution that will be talked about for decades.<br /><br /></div>
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

399

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></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>
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by , Blake Masters

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English

Pages

223

Publication Date

September 16, 2014

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<p><b><i>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br /></i><br /><br />If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.<br /></b><br />The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In <b><i>Zero to One</i></b>, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. <br /><br />Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.<br /><br />Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. <br /><br /><i>Zero to One</i> presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.</p>
Janesville: An American Story
by Amy Goldstein

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b>* <i>Financial Times</i> and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Winner</b><BR> <b>* A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book</b><BR> <b>* NPR Best Books of 2017</b><BR> <BR>“A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, <i>The Washington Post</i>)—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.<BR><BR>This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.<BR> <BR>Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America’s biggest political issues. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.<BR> <BR>“Moving and magnificently well-researched...<i>Janesville</i> joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis” (Jennifer Senior, <i>The </i><i>New York Times</i>).<BR> <BR>“Anyone tempted to generalize about the American working class ought to meet the people in <i>Janesville</i>. The reporting behind this book is extraordinary and the story—a stark, heartbreaking reminder that political ideologies have real consequences—is told with rare sympathy and insight” (Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>The Soul of a New Machine</i>).
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the ...
by Thomas L. Friedman

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English

Pages

497

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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<p><b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller </b>• <b><i>Los Angeles Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>One of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>'s 10</b><b> Books to Read Now</b> • <b>One of </b><b><i>Kirkus Reviews</i>'s</b><b> Best Nonfiction Books of the Year</b> • <b>One of <i>Publishers Weekly</i>'s Most Anticipated Books of the Year</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b>Shortlisted for the OWL Business Book Award and Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b></p><p><b>Version 2.0, Updated and Expanded, with a New Afterword</b></p><p>We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.</p><p>In <i>Thank You for Being Late</i>, version 2.0, with a new afterword, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. The year 2007 was the major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is providing vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world—or to destroy it.</p><p>With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations—if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. <i>Thank You for Being Late</i> is an essential guide to the present and the future.</p>
Freakonomics Rev Ed: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side o...
by , Stephen J. Dubner

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English

Pages

340

Publication Date

February 17, 2010

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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.Bonus material added to the revised and expanded 2006 edition.The original New York Times Magazine article about Steven D. Levitt by Stephen J. Dubner, which led to the creation of this book.Seven “Freakonomics” columns written for the New York Times Magazine, published between August 2005 and April 2006.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

January 17, 2001

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<DIV><P><I>New York Times</I> Bestseller<BR /><BR /> “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . <I>Fast Food Nation</I> points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”—<I>Los Angeles Times</I><BR /><BR /> In 2001, <I>Fast Food Nation</I> was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.<BR /><BR /> In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. <I>Fast Food Nation</I> is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves.<BR /><BR /> “As disturbing as it is irresistible . . . Exhaustively researched, frighteningly convincing . . . channeling the spirits of Upton Sinclair and Rachel Carson.”—<I>San Francisco Chronicle</I><BR /><BR /> “Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape.”—<I>The New Yorker</I><BR /><BR /> Eric Schlosser is a contributing editor for the <I>Atlantic </I>and the author of <I>Fast Food Nation</I>, <I>Reefer Madness</I>, and <I>Chew on This</I> (with Charles Wilson).</P></DIV>

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