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The Cult of the Amateur
How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values
Written by Andrew Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52081-2 (0-385-52081-6)

A polemic describing the dark consequences of the new digital economy, dubbed Web 2.0, on our culture, our
standards, and our commerce. Building on the controversial arguments he posed in a much talked-about
2-part article that ran in The Weekly Standard in February 2006, Silicon Valley dissident Andrew Keen
condemns the new digital media... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Octopus
Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
Written by Guy Lawson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71608-8 (0-307-71608-2)

In Octopus, Rolling Stones investigative journalist Guy Lawson tells the story of Sam Israel, the manager of the Bayou Hedge Fund, and the Ponzi scheme that brought Israel to national attention. Through a narrative that includes the CIA, Wall Street, and European aristocrats, as well as exclusive information from Israel himself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ethical Oil
The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4643-8 (0-7710-4643-X)

Canada’s “no. 1 defender of freedom of speech” and the bestselling author of Shakedown makes the timely and provocative case that when it comes to oil, ethics matter just as much as the economy and the environment.

In 2009, Ezra Levant’s bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ethical Oil
The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4641-4 (0-7710-4641-3)

In 2009, Ezra Levant’s bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions and was declared the “most important public affairs book of the year.” In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Age of Greed
The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present
Written by Jeff Madrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7566-9 (1-4000-7566-1)

A vivid history of the economics of greed told through the stories of those major figures primarily responsible.

Age of Greed shows how the single-minded and selfish pursuit of immense personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States over the last forty years. Economic journalist Jeff Madrick tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mindful Economics
How the U.S. Economy Works, Why it Matters, and How it Could Be Different
Written by Joel Magnuson


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-847-0 (1-58322-847-0)

Are the huge profits garnered by corporations each year a case of a few bad apples in the business world taking advantage of unmonitored dealings? Is this consolidation of wealth made at the expense of the overall economy and the wellbeing of the average citizen? Will the planet be saved by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Quest for a Moral Compass
A Global History of Ethics
Written by Kenan Malik


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-403-5 (1-61219-403-6)

In this remarkable and groundbreaking book, Kenan Malik explores the history of moral thought as it has developed over three millennia, from Homer’s Greece to Mao’s China, from ancient India to modern America. It tells the stories of the great philosophers, and breathes life into their ideas, while also challenging many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Teapot Dome Scandal
How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
Written by Laton McCartney


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7337-2 (0-8129-7337-2)

Laton McCartney tells how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his “oil cabinet” made it possible for cronies to secure vast fuel reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
Written by Lawrence G. McDonald and Patrick Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58834-0 (0-307-58834-3)

One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail? Here, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers. The full significance of the dissolution of Lehman Brothers remains to be... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Billionaires' Ball
Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality
Written by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0343-5 (0-8070-0343-3)

A society top-heavy with billionaires may seem like a paradise of upward mobility, but it actually more closely resembles a boneyard of broken dreams for all but a lucky few. Between 1980 and 2008, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans grew by a meager 1 percent compared to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Billionaires' Ball
Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality
Written by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0339-8 (0-8070-0339-5)

The concentration of wealth today in such a small number of hands inevitably created a dynamic that led to freewheeling financial speculation–a dynamic that produced similarly disastrous results in the last great age of inequality, in the 1920s. Such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Not Turning Away
The Practice of Engaged Buddhism
Written by Susan Moon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-103-6 (1-59030-103-X)

"...compelling, often captivating accounts of individuals collectively trying to affect the world." —Publishers Weekly
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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8219-0 (0-8129-8219-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It... Read more >

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8144-5 (0-8129-8144-8)

Selected for common reading at Coastal Carolina University, Craven Coummunity College, Missouri State University, Philadelphia University, and SUNY Buffalo

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good

“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6918-7 (1-4000-6918-1)

Selected for Common Reading at Philadelphia University

Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.

What matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Told You So
The Big Book of Weekly Columns
Written by Ralph Nader
Introduction by Jim Hightower


Format: Trade Paperback, 540 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-474-9 (1-60980-474-0)

The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and Ralph Nader may be its most robust and forceful practitioner. Told You So presents a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society and provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Pursuit of the Common Good
Twenty-Five Years of Improving the World, One Bottle of Salad Dressing at a Time
Written by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2997-4 (0-7679-2997-7)

Shameless exploitation has never been more fun nor done more good for more people than when done by Newman’s Own—the first green food company to use all-natural ingredients, and still the most successful.

It was 1982 when Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner made their foray into local gourmet shops with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark Pools
The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market
Written by Scott Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88718-4 (0-307-88718-9)

An account of the global stock market's subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots"- artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who've created them.

Josh Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0324-4 (0-8070-0324-7)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0341-1 (0-8070-0341-7)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition
The Year's Best True Crime Reporting
Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71301-9 (0-375-71301-8)

This year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Consumer Republic
Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World
Written by Bruce Philp


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7004-4 (0-7710-7004-7)

In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, and for the same people who read Seth Godin and bought The Black Swan and How We Decide, this book breaks down the myth of brands and puts the power back in consumers' hands.

The foundation of Consumer Republic's message is this single, inarguable truth: Brands... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do You Sincerely Want to Be Rich?
The Full Story of Bernard Cornfeld and I.O.S.
Written by Charles Raw, Bruce Page and Godfrey Hodgson


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 17, 2005
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2006-3 (0-7679-2006-6)

In the fall of 1955, Bernard Cornfeld arrived in Paris with scant money in his pocket and a tenuous relationship with a New York firm to sell mutual funds overseas. Cornfeld, a former psychologist and social worker, knew how to make friends fast and soon targeted two groups of people who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Genome War
How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World
Written by James Shreeve


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43374-9 (0-345-43374-2)

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science the race to map the human genome.

On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming... Read more >

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High Stakes
The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction
Written by Sam Skolnik


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0629-0 (0-8070-0629-7)

America is becoming hooked on gambling. From the millions of dens and dorm rooms lit by online poker games to the neighborhoods transformed by new casinos and slot machine parlors, legalized gambling has become an integral part of our lives.

With a singular blend of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of gambling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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