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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

Penguin Books, 2009

For fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow , a revelatory new look at how we make decisions A New York Times bestseller An Economist Best Book of the Year A Financial Times Best Book of the Year Nudge is about choices—how we make them and how we can make better ones. Drawing on decades of research in the fields of behavioral science and economics, authors Richard ...
  
  











  



  
The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Basic Books, 2014

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with “benevolent autocrats,” leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the ...
  
  











  



  
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

W. W. Norton & Company, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller A revolution is under way. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks ...
  
  











  



  
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't
Nate Silver

Penguin Press HC, The, 2012

"Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century." —Rachel Maddow, author of Drift Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com , where Silver is one of the nation’s most ...
  
  











  



  
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of ...
Jeremy Rifkin

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.   Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial ...
  
  











  



  
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty

Belknap Press, 2014

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from ...
  
  











  



  
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
Stephen J. Dubner

Harper Perennial, 2009

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is ...
  
  











  



  
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

Major New York Times bestseller Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012 Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title One of The Economist ’s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal 's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient In the international bestseller, ...
  
  











  



  
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely

Harper Perennial, 2010

Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common ...
  
  











  



  
The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and ...
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010

A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we—especially the experts—are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay, On Robustness and Fragility , which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.
  
  











  



  
Principles of Microeconomics
N. Gregory Mankiw

Cengage Learning, 2011

With its clear and engaging writing style, PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS, Sixth Edition, continues to be one of the most popular books on economics available today. Mankiw emphasizes material that you are likely to find interesting about the economy (particularly if you are studying economics for the first time), including real-life scenarios, useful facts, and the many ways economic concepts play a role in the decisions you make every day.
  
  











  



  
Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
Henry Hazlitt

Three Rivers Press, 1988

A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern “libertarian” economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others. Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the “Austrian School,” which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich (F.A.) Hayek, and others, Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian ...
  
  











  



  
The Road to Global Prosperity
Michael Mandelbaum

Simon & Schuster, 2014

IN That Used to Be Us , the bestseller Michael Mandelbaum wrote with Thomas L. Friedman, the authors analyzed the challenges America faces, including globalization, and described a path to recovering America’s greatness. In The Road to Global Prosperity , Mandelbaum, one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs, looks at recent developments that call into question our optimism about the world’s economic future: the ...
  
  











  



  
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated)
Charles Wheelan

W. W. Norton & Company, 2010

“Explains our global economy in a way that is (gasp!) actually entertaining.”— Book Magazine Finally! A book about economics that won’t put you to sleep. In fact, you won’t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it’s a necessary investment—with a blessedly sure rate of return. Demystifying buzzwords, laying bare ...
  
  











  



  
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis
James Rickards

Portfolio Trade, 2012

In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. At best, ...
  
  











  



  
The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Singles), 2014

In his sensational new book, Economist senior editor Edward Lucas lays bare the naïveté, hypocrisy and sinister background surrounding Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor now living in Moscow. "The Snowden Operation", demolishes Snowden's claim to be a whistleblower. Drawing on 30 years' experience observing the world of intelligence, Lucas depicts Snowden as at best reckless and naïve, and at worst a saboteur. He ...
  
  











  



  
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
John Perkins

Plume, 2005

From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man , comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current ...
  
  











  



  
The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy---How to Save Yourself and Your Country
Peter Schiff

St. Martin's Press, 2012

You might be thinking everything’s okay: the stock market is on the rise, jobs are growing, the worst of it is over.   You’d be wrong.   In The Real Crash , New York Times bestselling author Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode . . . with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. Schiff demonstrates how the infusion of billions of dollars of ...
  
  











  



  
GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
Diane Coyle

Princeton University Press, 2014

Why did the size of the U.S. economy increase by 3 percent on one day in mid-2013--or Ghana's balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the U.K. financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008--just as the world's financial system went into meltdown? And why was Greece's chief statistician charged with treason in 2013 for apparently doing nothing more than trying to accurately report the size of his country's ...
  
  











  



  
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
Joseph E. Stiglitz

W. W. Norton & Company, 2013

A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist. America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, among the advanced countries. While market forces play a role in this stark picture, politics has shaped those market forces. In this best-selling book, Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz exposes the efforts of well-heeled interests ...
  
  











  








   



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