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See America First
Tourism and National Identity 1880-1940
Written by Marguerite Shaffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 438 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2001
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56098-976-9 (1-56098-976-9)

In See America First, Marguerite Shaffer chronicles the birth of modern American tourism between 1880 and 1940, linking tourism to the simultaneous growth of national transportation systems, print media, a national market, and a middle class with money and time to spend on leisure. Focusing on the See America First slogan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Irrational Exuberance

Written by Robert J. Shiller


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2363-7 (0-7679-2363-4)

In this timely and prescient update of his celebrated 2000 bestseller, Robert Shiller returns to the topic that gained him international fame: market volatility. Having predicted the stock market collapse that began just one month after the first edition was published, he now expands the book to cover other markets that... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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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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The Upside
The 7 Strategies for Turning Big Threats into Growth Breakthroughs
Written by Adrian J. Slywotzky and Karl Weber


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-35101-2 (0-307-35101-7)

The world is moving so quickly that every business in every industry faces big threats. The music business is the victim of a technology shift; GM and Ford face customer shifts as the preferences and demographics of car buyers change; publishing, pharmaceuticals, and the movies make bets on blockbuster projects that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Who Stole the American Dream?

Written by Hedrick Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8205-3 (0-8129-8205-3)

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Billion Dollar Game
Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Day In American Sport - Super Bowl Sunday
Written by Allen St. John


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2815-1 (0-7679-2815-6)

A fascinating portrait of the National Football League, the Super Bowl, and all the position players who come together to create the biggest cultural phenomenon in American sports.

Think the Super Bowl is only about two teams of titans clashing on the field? Think again. The Super Bowl is about fans, hundreds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince of Providence
The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor
Written by Mike Stanton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75967-3 (0-375-75967-0)

In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano—a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Tycoon
The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Written by T.J. Stiles


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3174-0 (1-4000-3174-5)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The First Tycoon
The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Written by T.J. Stiles


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41542-5 (0-375-41542-4)

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt is an American icon. Humbly born on Staten Island during George Washington’s presidency, he rose from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Making of the American Mass Market
Written by Susan Strasser


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-146-4 (1-58834-146-1)

This sweeping history provides the reader with a better understanding of America’s consumer society, obsession with shopping, and devotion to brands. Focusing on the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Wrigley’s, Gillette, and Kodak, Strasser shows how companies created both national brands and national markets. These new brands eventually displaced generic manufacturers... Read more >

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Buying Time
The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
Written by Wolfgang Streeck


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-548-8 (1-78168-548-7)

The financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 still has the world on tenterhooks. The gravity of the situation is matched by a general paucity of understanding about what is happening and how it started. 

In this book, based on his 2012 Adorno Lectures given in Frankfurt, Wolfgang Streeck places the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Power Failure
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
Written by Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1368-3 (0-7679-1368-X)

“A lucid account of the Enron debacle that may be the best informed and best written to date.” —Andrew Hill, Financial Times

Written by prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz, and substantially based on the revelations of former Enron vice-president Sherron Watkins, as well as hundreds of other interviews, Power Failure is the fascinating... Read more >

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There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere
The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for the Digital Future
Written by Kara Swisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4964-6 (1-4000-4964-4)

Complete with new revelations and on-the-record interviews with key players, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere is the first detailed examination of the merger’s aftermath by journalist Kara Swisher.

On a quest to discover how the deal of the century became the messiest merger in history, Swisher delivers an engaging... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Divide
American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Written by Matt Taibbi
Illustrated by Molly Crabapple


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9342-4 (0-8129-9342-X)

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
 
In search of a solution, journalist... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Revolutionary Wealth
How it will be created and how it will change our lives
Written by Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52207-6 (0-385-52207-X)

Since the mid-1960s, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have predicted the far-reaching impact of emerging technological, economic, and social developments on our businesses, governments, families, and daily lives. In REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH, they once again demonstrate their unparalleled ability to illuminate current trends and anticipate what they mean for the future.

REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH... Read more >

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Final Accounting
Ambition, Greed and the Fall of Arthur Andersen
Written by Barbara Ley Toffler and Jennifer Reingold


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1383-6 (0-7679-1383-3)

Barbara Ley Toffler was partner-in-charge of Andersen's Ethics & Responsible Business Practices consulting services. Drawing on her expertise as a social scientist and her experience as an Andersen insider, Toffler reveals that the symptoms of Andersen's fatal disease were evident long before its ties to Enron were revealed and that it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Richest Woman in America
Hetty Green in the Gilded Age
Written by Janet Wallach


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47457-5 (0-307-47457-7)

No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green, America’s first female tycoon. A strong woman who forged her own path, she was worth at least $100 million by the end of her life in 1916—equal to about $2.5 billion today.

Green was mocked for her simple... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sam Walton
Made In America
Written by Sam Walton
Contribution by John Huey


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56283-5 (0-553-56283-5)

Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Father, Son & Co.
My Life at IBM and Beyond
Written by Thomas J. Watson and Peter Petre


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38083-5 (0-553-38083-4)

In this eloquent first-person account of a family drama that changed the face of American business, the man who transformed IBM into the world's largest computer company reflects on his lifelong partnership with his father--and how their management style and shared dedication to excellence united to create a unique corporate culture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The People's Tycoon
Henry Ford and the American Century
Written by Steven Watts


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70725-4 (0-375-70725-5)

How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography.

The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He... Read more >

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In FED We Trust
Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
Written by David Wessel


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45969-5 (0-307-45969-1)

“Whatever it takes...”

That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s vow as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression. Brilliant but temperamentally cautious, Bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the Depression... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The XX Factor
How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World
Written by Alison Wolf


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59040-4 (0-307-59040-2)

New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick

Long-listed for the George Orwell Prize


Noted British academic and journalist Alison Wolf offers a surprising and thoughtful study of the professional elite, and examines the causes—and limits—of women’s rise and the consequences of their difficult choices.


The gender gap is closing. Today, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Written by Tim Wu


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39099-8 (0-307-39099-3)

A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year

It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry—from the telephone to radio to film—once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Master Switch
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Written by Tim Wu


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26993-5 (0-307-26993-0)

A secret history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the twentieth century’s great information empires—Hollywood, the broadcast networks, and AT&T—asking one big question: Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information?

Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ponzi's Scheme
The True Story of a Financial Legend
Written by Mitchell Zuckoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6836-1 (0-8129-6836-0)

It was a time when anything seemed possible–instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury–and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors’ money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the “rob Peter to pay... Read more >
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