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Freakonomics
Steven Levitt
006073132X
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and...


Masters of Enterprise: How the Titans of American Business Shaped the U.S. Economy (Portable Professor Series)
H. W. Brands
0760753652
May 2004
Compact Disc
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Book Description
Unabridged, 8 CD's, 8 hrs 29 mn.


The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Thomas L. Friedman
0374292884

Hardcover
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Book Review
Thomas L. Friedman is not so much a futurist, which he is sometimes called, as a presentist. His aim, in his new book, The World Is Flat, as in his earlier, influential Lexus and the Olive Tree, is not to give you a speculative preview of the wonders that are sure to come in your lifetime, but rather to get you caught up on the wonders that are already here. The world isn't going to be flat, it is flat, which gives Friedman's breathless narrative much of its urgency, and which also saves it from the Epcot-style polyester sheen that futurists--the optimistic ones at least--are inevitably prey to.

What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with...



Three Billion New Capitalists
Clyde V. Prestowitz
0465062814
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ex-Reagan administration trade official Prestowitz follows up his critique of U.S. unilateralist foreign policy in Rogue Nation with this perceptive diagnosis of the nation's economic decline under globalization. While China and India focus on trade and industrial policies and turn out competent workers who put in long hours at a fraction of American wages, the U.S., Preston argues, struggles with crushing trade and budget deficits, a zero savings rate, failing schools, dwindling investments in scientific training and research, a collapsing dollar and a debt-dependent economy that will face an "economic 9/11" once foreign creditors bail out. The argument echoes Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat (Forecasts, Apr. 4), but Prestowitz's analysis is more thoughtful than Friedman's pro-globalization cheerleading. He...


An Economic Theory of Democracy
Anthony Downs
0060417501
January 1957
Textbook Paperback
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Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
Jim Collins
0977326403
November 30, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Jim Collins Answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. 30-50% of those who bought Good to Great work in the Social Sector. This monograph is a response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is not a new book. Jim Collins wants to avoid any confusion about the monograph being a book by limiting its distribution to online retailers. Based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders. The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones.

About the Author
Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies -- how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good...


The Coming Generational Storm
Laurence J. Kotlikoff
0262612089
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Review
"The Coming Generational Storm lays out the problems in understandable language and compelling detail." -- The Washington Post
"...Kotlikoff proffer plenty of evidence to back up their claims." -- Anne Wagner, National Journal
"The Coming Generational Storm...lays out in easy-to-understand prose why Social Security and Medicare need a comprehensive overhaul." -- Gregory D. Hess, Los Angeles Times
"This is a book any serious investor should absorb and act upon." -- Jonathan Chevreau, National Post
"...Filled with advice on protecting what you've got and making it grow before and during retirement." -- Chris Tucker, Dallas Morning News
"This may be the year's most important book. Essential." -- R. M. Whaples, CHOICE
"The policy solutions of Kotlikoff and Burns are specific and ingenious...." -- Michael...


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich
0805063897
May 1, 2002
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Essayist and cultural critic Barbara Ehrenreich has always specialized in turning received wisdom on its head with intelligence, clarity, and verve. With some 12 million women being pushed into the labor market by welfare reform, she decided to do some good old-fashioned journalism and find out just how they were going to survive on the wages of the unskilled--at $6 to $7 an hour, only half of what is considered a living wage. So she did what millions of Americans do, she looked for a job and a place to live, worked that job, and tried to make ends meet.

As a waitress in Florida, where her name is suddenly transposed to "girl," trailer trash becomes a demographic category to aspire to with rent at $675 per month. In Maine, where she ends up working as both a cleaning woman and a nursing home assistant,...



The Wealth of Nations (The Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading Series)
Adam Smith
0760757615
June 2004
Paperback
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The Wealth of Nations
Adam Smith
0553585975
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Review
"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Financial Management : Theory and Practice with Thomson ONE (Harcourt College Publishers Series in Finance)
Eugene F. Brigham, Michael C. Ehrhardt
0324259689
March 12, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This text remains the only text in the market that presents a balance of financial theory and applications. The authors maintain the same four goals as with the first edition: helping learners to make good financial decisions, providing a solid text for the introductory MBA course, motivating learners by demonstrating finance is relevant and interesting, and presenting the material clearly.

About the Author
Dr. Eugene F. Brigham is a Graduate Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1971. Dr. Brigham received his MBA and PhD from the University of California-Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Brigham held teaching positions at the University...


Property (SparkCharts)
SparkNotes Editors
1411402618
February 2005
Paperback
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Flat Tax Revolution
Steve Forbes
0895260409
July 2005
Hardcover
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From the Inside Flap
File your taxes on a postcard? Impossible! Guess again, says Steve Forbes, in his important new book Flat Tax Revolution. In fact, countries around the world have freed their taxpayers to do just that—and we can too with a simple flat tax that will slash tax rates, spur economic growth, and put the IRS out of business. In Flat Tax Revolution you’ll learn: · How a simple 17 percent flat tax will save you time, money, and worry · Why the Flat Tax will eliminate the IRS, its bureaucrats, its paperwork, its nightmares, and its hassles · Why the Flat Tax will create jobs, and bring back ones we’ve lost overseas · How other countries are already reaping the benefits of a flat tax system · How the flat tax will stop special interests getting tax breaks at your expense · How...


Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
William Bridges
0738208248
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Text explains in detail how successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in that change. Updated and expanded edition provides step-by-step strategies for reaching this goal and minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. Previous edition: c1991. Softcover.

Book Info
Text explains in detail how successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in that change. Updated and expanded edition provides step-by-step strategies for reaching this goal and minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. Previous edition: c1991. Softcover.

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The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth
Benjamin M. Friedman
0679448918
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Ever feel like you just can't get ahead with the bills? You're not alone. More than half of Americans believe the American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve. And two-thirds think this goal will be even harder for the next generation. (One reason for the gloominess--average full-time income has fallen 15 percent since 1975.) All this has Benjamin Friedman worried. In his hefty, 549-page tome, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, the acclaimed Harvard economist and advisor to the Federal Reserve Board says economic stagnation is bad for the moral health of a nation. Friedman, a former chair of Harvard's economics department, argues that economic growth is vital to social and political progress. Witness Hitler's Germany. Without growth, people look for answers in intolerance and fear. And that,...


The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations
James Surowiecki
0385503865
May 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
While our culture generally trusts experts and distrusts the wisdom of the masses, New Yorker business columnist Surowiecki argues that "under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them." To support this almost counterintuitive proposition, Surowiecki explores problems involving cognition (we're all trying to identify a correct answer), coordination (we need to synchronize our individual activities with others) and cooperation (we have to act together despite our self-interest). His rubric, then, covers a range of problems, including driving in traffic, competing on TV game shows, maximizing stock market performance, voting for political candidates, navigating busy sidewalks, tracking SARS and designing Internet search engines like Google. If...


The Coming Economic Collapse : How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs 200 a Barrel
Glen Strathy, Stephen Leeb
0446579785
February 21, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
With a nineteen-year history of making bold yet astonishingly accurate forecasts, it is little wonder that when Dr. Stephen Leeb speaks, smart investors take heed. In his 1986 book, Getting in on the Ground Floor, Dr. Leeb prophesied the great bull market of the 1990s. In his 1999 book, Defying the Market, he warned investors of the coming collapse in technology shares. And in February 2004, when crude oil cost under $33 a barrel, Dr. Leeb’s book The Oil Factor predicted soaring energy prices were just around the corner. Now, in THE COMING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, Dr. Leeb proves that the U.S. economy is standing on the brink of the biggest crisis in its history. As the fast-growing economies of China and India push global demand for oil beyond production capacity, Americans will experience a permanent energy...


How to Sell at Margins Higher Than Your Competitors: Winning Every Sale at Full Price, Rate, or Fee
Lawrence L. Steinmetz
0471744832
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Praise for How to Sell at Margins Higher Than Your Competitor

"This is the complete book for both new and experienced salespeople and business owners to learn and re-learn the essentials for success. How to Sell at Margins Higher Than Your Competitors emphasizes the pricing strategies and tactics to increase the market share and profits of any organization. This is a book that is as important to presidents as it is to salespeople."
--Bill Scales, CEO, Scales Industrial Technologies, Inc.

"As the largest service provider in our industry, we have a significant market advantage. However, we constantly walk the pricing tightrope because, as this book so clearly states, 'business is a game of margins . . . not a game of volume!'"
--John K. Harris, CEO, JK Harris & Company, LLC
...


The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
David S. Landes
0393318885
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Professor David S. Landes takes a historic approach to the analysis of the distribution of wealth in this landmark study of world economics. Landes argues that the key to today's disparity between the rich and poor nations of the world stems directly from the industrial revolution, in which some countries made the leap to industrialization and became fabulously rich, while other countries failed to adapt and remained poor. Why some countries were able to industrialize and others weren't has been the subject of much heated debate over the decades; climate, natural resources, and geography have all been put forward as explanations--and are all brushed aside by Landes in favor of his own controversial theory: that the ability to effect an industrial revolution is dependent on certain cultural traits, without which...


America Back on Track
Edward Kennedy
0670037648
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As the title implies, Senator Kennedy's book of political history, criticism and advice is an effort to reawaken the belief in progress that underlay politics in the 1960s, often lauding his brother's presidency and Johnson's just after. Kennedy presents some of his most important points in bulleted lists, giving the appearance of simplicity and clarity on complex topics like ways to adjust to globalization and "the shrinking world," steps to achieve "a sound energy conservation policy" and how to provide health care for all. Although Kennedy isn't often as clear as his bulleted points make it appear, his straightforward solutions—like equal federal, state and local government funding for education and an increase in the minimum wage to $7.25—are refreshing. Not unexpectedly, Kennedy's proposals also...


It's Not Luck: Author of the Goal
Eliyahu M. Goldratt
0884271153
January 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn more about the powerful techniques first presented in the best-selling business novel, The Goal. In this book, Dr. Goldratt, through examples in a variety of industries, shows how to apply TOC to sales and marketing, inventory control, and production distribution. In addition, techniques in conflict resolution are introduced on both a business and personal level. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author
One of the world's most sought after business leaders - author and educator, Dr. Eli Goldratt. Eli Goldratt had been described by Fortune Magazine as a "guru to industry" and by Business Week as a "genius." His charismatic, stimulating, yet sometimes unconventional style has captured the attention of audiences...


The Wealth of Nations
Adam Smith
0679424733
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Review
"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Review
"Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things."
--Robert L. Heilbroner


From the Trade Paperback edition.

See all Editorial Reviews


The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations
James Surowiecki
0385721706
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While our culture generally trusts experts and distrusts the wisdom of the masses, New Yorker business columnist Surowiecki argues that "under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them." To support this almost counterintuitive proposition, Surowiecki explores problems involving cognition (we're all trying to identify a correct answer), coordination (we need to synchronize our individual activities with others) and cooperation (we have to act together despite our self-interest). His rubric, then, covers a range of problems, including driving in traffic, competing on TV game shows, maximizing stock market performance, voting for political candidates, navigating busy sidewalks, tracking SARS and designing Internet search engines like Google. If...


The Commanding Heights
Daniel Yergin
068483569X
Apr 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
The "commanding heights," according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and international business advisor Joseph Stanislaw, are those dominant enterprises and industries that form the high economic ground in nations around the globe. In their analysis of the new world economy, The Commanding Heights: The Battle Between Government and the Marketplace That Is Remaking the Modern World, they examine "the individuals, the ideas, the conflicts, and the turning points" that are responsible. And by considering events such as the ongoing Asian monetary crisis, they suggest what the ultimate interconnection of financial markets might mean in the future. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Wall Street Journal, Kenneth Minogue


The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
C. K. Prahalad
0131467506
August 15, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Preface Preface This book is a result of a long and lonely journey for me. It started during the Christmas vacation of 1995. During that period of celebration and good cheer, one issue kept nagging me: What are we doing about the poorest people around the world? Why is it that with all our technology, managerial know-how, and investment capacity, we are unable to make even a minor contribution to the problem of pervasive global poverty and disenfranchisement? Why can t we create inclusive capitalism? Needless to say, these are not new questions. However, as one who is familiar with both the developed and the developing world, the contrasts kept gnawing at me. It became clear that finding a solution to the problems of those at the bottom of the economic pyramid around the world should be an integral part of my...


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Steven D. Levitt
0060776137
April 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to...


All the News That's Fit to Sell
James Hamilton
0691116806
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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Ken Auletta , Los Angeles Times Book Review
The bottom line is that news brims with conflict and the adversarial pose that substitutes for hard information.

Review
Ken Auletta Los Angeles Times Book Review : The bottom line is that news brims with conflict and the adversarial pose that substitutes for hard information.
Dilwyn Porter Business History : Hamilton takes the analysis of news stories back to basics . . . [and] he opens up abundant possibilities for parallel studies.

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