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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Shoshana Zuboff - Jan 15, 2019
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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon t...
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty - Aug 14, 2017 (first published in 2013)
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A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times BestsellerWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy MedalFinalist, National Book Critics Circle Award"It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Cen...
The Theory Of Moral Sentiments
Adam Smith - Sep 10, 2010 (first published in 1759)
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What can he added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience? To one in this situation, all accessions of fortune may properly be said to be superfluous; and if he is much elevated upon account of them, it must be the effect of the most frivolous levity. This situation, however, may very well be cal...
The Passions and the Interests
Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph (Princeton Classics, 2)
Albert O. Hirschman - Oct 06, 2013 (first published in 1977)
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In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests--so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice--was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of...
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Fault Lines
How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
Raghuram G. Rajan - Aug 28, 2011
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Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it's tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill. In "Fault Lines," Rajan argues that serious flaws in the economy are also ...
The House of Morgan
An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
Ron Chernow - Jan 13, 2010 (first published in 1990)
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The winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as "brilliantly researched and written," the book tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms ...
Winner-Take-All Politics
How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
Jacob S. Hacker - Mar 15, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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This acclaimed paradigm-shifting work identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crises of our time—the growing inequality of incomes between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich.A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time— the growing inequality ...
The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith - Jan 18, 2018 (first published in 1776)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth, and is today a fun...