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Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who served as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books.
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"Yellow Kid" Weil
The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler (Nabat Books)
J. R. Weil - 2011-02-22 (first published in 2004)
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Bilked bankers, grifted gamblers, and swindled spinsters: welcome to the world of confidence men.You'll marvel at the elaborate schemes developed by The Yellow Kid and cry for the marks who lost it all to his ingenuity$8,000,000 by some estimations. Fixed horse races, bad real-estate deals, even a money-making machineall were tools of the trade for...
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@janeinak A classic. Love con artist books - Yellow Kid Weil's memoir is amazing.      source
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The Big Con
The Story of the Confidence Man
David Maurer - 1999-07-20 (first published in 1940)
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Shares insights from confidence men and swindlers on the schemes they used to cheat their victims....
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@eruditeknight You should read THE BIG CON, the best book written on this - it's a nonfiction anthropological study of gilded age con artists that was later adapted to become The Sting.      source
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Boundless Realm
Deep Explorations Inside Disney's Haunted Mansion (Theme Park Design Book)
Foxx Nolte - 2020-10-01
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"And now, a carriage approaches, to take you into the boundless realm of the supernatural..."Since its opening at Walt Disney World in 1971, more people from more places have experienced The Haunted Mansion than perhaps any piece of horror media ever created. This ride has legions of devoted fans and influenced tributes, spinoffs and an entire ente...
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X. BOUNDLESS REALM by @Passport2Dreams: There has never been a better book about the Haunted Mansion (indeed, this is one of the best books ever written about environmental design in general). Nolte goes WAY beyond trite wisdom about "storytelling." 20/      source
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Break 'Em Up
Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money
Zephyr Teachout - 2020-07-28
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"[We need] a grassroots, bottom-up movement that understands the challenge in front of us, and then organizes against monopoly power in communities across this country. This book is a blueprint for that organizing. In these pages, you will learn how monopolies and oligopolies have taken over almost every aspect of American life, and you will also l...
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IX. BREAK 'EM UP by @ZephyrTeachout: The most lucid, readable, infuriating, energizing book on the rise of monopolies. Teachout never loses sight of the systemic nature of the problem, even as she uses individual stories to tell the tale. 19/      source
Also recommended by
Bill McKibben
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Monopolies Suck
7 Ways Big Corporations Rule Your Life and How to Take Back Control
Sally Hubbard - 2020-10-27
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An urgent and witty manifesto, Monopolies Suck shows how monopoly power is harming everyday Americans and practical ways we can all fight back.Somethings not right. No matter how hard you work, life seems to only get harder. When your expenses keep going up but your income stays flat, when youre price-gouged buying medicine for your childs life-thr...
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VIII. MONOPOLIES SUCK by @Sally_Hubbard: There are plenty of GREAT books about monopolies and the resurgence in antitrust, but Hubbard's is the most practical, providing the reader with excellent advice for actually DOING SOMETHING about monopolism. 18/      source
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Scott Galloway
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The Ministry for the Future
A Novel
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2020-10-06
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From the visionary, New York Times bestselling author of New York 2140 comes a near-future novel that is a gripping exploration of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviors that drive these forces. Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the world's future generations and to protect a...
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It's an uncomfortable read. It's a brilliant book. If it indeed turns out to be Stan's last novel (oh please don't let it be Stan's last novel), it will be a fitting capstone. But the subtext of this book is that we are past the point of no return. 36/      source
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Kim Stanley Robinson - 2018-06-05
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From the acclaimed author of New York 2140 and Red Mars, this NYT bestselling novel tells the story of a future where humanity has populated miraculous new habitats engineered across the solar system -- and the one death that triggers a precarious chain of events that could destroy it all. The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances hav...
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And while PACIFIC EDGE is my favorite KSR novel, my favorite KSR series is the string of books that starts with 2012's 2312 - a string of books that really leans hard into imagining the actual end of capitalism. 8/      source
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Pacific Edge
Three Californias (Three Californias, 3)
Kim Stanley Robinson - 1995-05-15 (first published in 1990)
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2065: In a world that has rediscovered harmony with nature, the village of El Modena, California, is an ecotopia in the making. Kevin Claiborne, a young builder who has grown up in this "green" world, now finds himself caught up in the struggle to preserve his community's idyllic way of life from the resurgent forces of greed and exploitation....
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And while PACIFIC EDGE is my favorite KSR novel, my favorite KSR series is the string of books that starts with 2012's 2312 - a string of books that really leans hard into imagining the actual end of capitalism. 8/      source
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A Paradise Built in Hell
The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Rebecca Solnit - 2010-08-31 (first published in 2009)
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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." -Bill McKibben The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purp...
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The perfect book for this moment is Rebecca Solnit's "A Paradise Built in Hell," a meticulously researched history of disasters that uses primary sources to prove that in times of crisis, people help one another - rather than looting and pillaging. 1/      source
Also recommended by
Chris Hayes
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The Reactionary Mind
Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
Corey Robin - 2013-03-01 (first published in 2011)
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Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is "boring," said the founding father of the American right. "Devoting your life to it," as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. It's like sex." With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. Wh...
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"The Reactionary Mind," @CoreyRobin's magnificent 2011 book (updated 2017), traces the history of right-wing thought to find the factor that unites Dominionists, imperialists, white nationalists, libertarians and other strains of right-wing thought. 8/      source
The Mark Inside by Amy Reading
Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
That's Disgusting! by Bernadette Gervais