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Rescuing Prometheus
Four Monumental Projects that Changed Our World
Written by Thomas P. Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73938-8 (0-679-73938-6)

In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the dangers posed by the "military-industrial-university complex."  His warning became a rallying cry of liberal dissent and, for some, this partnership became the most ominous aspect of what came to be known as the "establishment."

Rescuing Prometheus presents a radically different view of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Social Networking
Using the Whuffie Factor to Build Your Business
Written by Tara Hunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-44940-5 (0-307-44940-8)

Now in Paperback, this book was formerly titled The Whuffie Factor

Everyone knows about blogs and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. And they’ve heard about someone who has used them to grow a huge customer base. Everyone wants to be hands-on, grass roots and interactive. But what does this mean?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Borrow
The American Way of Debt
Written by Louis Hyman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74168-4 (0-307-74168-0)

In this lively history of consumer debt in America, economic historian Louis Hyman demonstrates that today’s problems are not as new as we think.

Borrow examines how the rise of consumer borrowing—virtually unknown before the twentieth century—has altered our culture and economy. Starting in the years before the Great Depression, increased... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crash Course
The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout-and Beyond
Written by Paul Ingrassia


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8075-2 (0-8129-8075-1)

With an updated Afterword by the author

This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Economy of Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1970
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70584-2 (0-394-70584-X)

"This book is radiant with ideas about what makes cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies."--The New Yorker Read more >

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Black Titan
A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire
Written by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45348-8 (0-345-45348-4)

The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A. G. Gaston died more than a century later with a fortune worth well over $130 million and a business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance. Gaston was, by any measure, a man whose wealth and influence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Soros
The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire
Written by Michael T. Kaufman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70549-6 (0-375-70549-X)

A penniless émigré who made a fortune and became one of the great philanthropists of the twentieth century, George Soros has led a remarkable life. This biography brings forth his story in unprecedented depth, from his childhood as a Jew in occupied Budapest during World War II to his conquests on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $14.00
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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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8600-1 (0-8070-8600-2)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice.

People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Birdseye
The Adventures of a Curious Man
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52705-7 (0-385-52705-5)

Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

"The first book-length biography of Clarence Birdseye. . . . [An] intriguing book that ... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
Written by David Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7215-3 (0-8129-7215-5)

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Squandering of America
How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity
Written by Robert Kuttner


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3363-8 (1-4000-3363-2)

In his past columns in Business Week, and in his present writings for The Boston Globe and The American Prospect, Robert Kuttner has established himself as a fresh thinker who is deeply concerned about how our economy, run by and for elites, leaves our society less equal and less democratic, but... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Profiting Without Producing
How Finance Exploits Us All
Written by Costas Lapavitsas


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-246-3 (1-78168-246-1)

Financialization is one of the most innovative concepts to emerge in the field of political economy during the last three decades, although there is no agreement on what exactly it is. Profiting Without Producing puts forth a distinctive view defining financialization in terms of the fundamental conduct of non-financial enterprises, banks... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Land of Desire
Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75411-4 (0-679-75411-3)

Finalist for the National Book Award

Land of Desire tells the story of a fundamental transformation in the culture and economy of America—the rise of mass-market consumerism and the attendant shift to a society preoccupied with consumption, well-being, luxury, and acquisition. Tracing the ascendancy of mass-market culture from its beginnings in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best Business Stories of the Year: 2002 Edition

Edited by Andrew Leckey and Ken Auletta


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72501-2 (0-375-72501-6)

“[The editors] cast their net wide, picking up some excellent stories from nontraditional sources that even avid readers of the business press may have missed.”–USA Today, on the 2001 edition

Series editor Andrew Leckey and guest editor Ken Auletta have scoured the print media, consulted with the editors of major business and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thieves of Bay Street
How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians
Written by Bruce Livesey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35964-3 (0-307-35964-6)

Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada’s banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When Genius Failed
The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
Written by Roger Lowenstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75825-6 (0-375-75825-9)

John Meriwether, a famously successful Wall Street trader, spent the 1980s as a partner at Salomon Brothers, establishing the best—and the brainiest—bond arbitrage group in the world. A mysterious and shy midwesterner, he knitted together a group of Ph.D.-certified arbitrageurs who rewarded him with filial devotion and fabulous profits. Then, in... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Revolt on Goose Island
The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis
Written by Kari Lydersen


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-82-4 (1-933633-82-4)

“I think they’re absolutely right... what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”
--President Barack Obama on the workers at Republic Windows & Doors

December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America's Game

Written by Michael MacCambridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72506-7 (0-375-72506-7)

It’s difficult to imagine today—when the Super Bowl has virtually become a national holiday and the National Football League is the country’s dominant sports entity—but pro football was once a ramshackle afterthought on the margins of the American sports landscape. In the span of a single generation in postwar America, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $16.95
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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Trade-Off
Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don't
Written by Kevin Maney
Foreword by Jim Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 17, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52595-4 (0-385-52595-8)

A Fresh and Important New Way to Understand Why We Buy

Why did the RAZR ultimately ruin Motorola? Why does Wal-Mart dominate rural and suburban areas but falter in large cities? Why did Starbucks stumble just when it seemed unstoppable?

The answer lies in the ever-present tension between fidelity (the quality of a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Money
The Unauthorized Biography
Written by Felix Martin


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96243-0 (0-307-96243-1)

From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind’s greatest inventions.

What is money, and how does it work? In this tour de force of political, cultural and economic history... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The End of Detroit
How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market
Written by Micheline Maynard


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50770-7 (0-385-50770-4)

In the 1990s, Detroit’s Big Three automobile companies were riding high. The introduction of the minivan and the SUV had revitalized the industry, and it was widely believed that Detroit had miraculously overcome the threat of foreign imports and regained its ascendant position. However, as business journalist Micheline Maynard makes brilliantly... 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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