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Stephen Kinsella is an Irish economist. He is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School in Ireland and a columnist with Ireland's Sunday Business Post. He has written a number of books about the Irish economy.
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Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference
Innovation, Learning and Sense of Place in a Globalising Ireland
Finbarr Bradley, James J. Kennelly - 2009-02-23
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Just came across this classic book while looking for something else. Highly recommended to any ⁦@thecurrency⁩ readers interested in what a world post-corporate tax reform *could* look like, if we thought in a different way.      source
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Uncanny Valley
Anna Wiener - 2020-01-01
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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital ageIn her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial—left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New Yor...
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@zoebchance Books: I've been re-reading Robert Caro, starting with the Power Broker, 1 chapter a day. Salvador Dali's 50 secrets of craftsmanship is bonkers, Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley is eye-opening. Tufte's Seeing with Fresh Eyes similarly great. Movies: Crazy, Stupid Love has held up.      source
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Democracy For Sale
Dark Money and Dirty Politics
Peter Geoghegan - 2020-05-14
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'If you're concerned about the health of British democracy, read this book – it is thorough, gripping and vitally important' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland.Democracy is in crisis, and unaccountable and untraceable flows of money are helping to destroy it.Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions ...
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@carolmhunt @Conor_Devine Class book. Loved it.      source
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - 1975-07-12 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
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@FeargalORourke I read the first 2 LBJs yonks ago-but tbh I love The Power Broker the most as a book. It's such a study in power.      source
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The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Ron Chernow - 2004-03-30 (first published in 1998)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
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So you have the Jeff Bezos of his era being absolutely hammered by one of the first investigative journalists. I'd recommend reading/listening to Titan. But I'd love to see it on screen. Make it happen @Netflix.      source
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Smith Zadie - 2020-01-01
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Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our timeFrom the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and...
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A cool little book by Zadie Smith, with this quote from Kierkegaard on the necessity for delusions, even hypocrisies, to get us places.      source
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The Power of Infrastructure Space
Keller Easterling - 2016-08-16 (first published in 2014)
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Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it’s the key to power – and resistance – in the twenty-first century. Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us – free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and shopping malls. Extra...
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This book is turning into a delight. Thanks @Niamh_NicGhabh and colleagues for the recommendation.      source
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Champagne Football
John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football
Mark Tighe - 2020-12-17
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Over the course of fifteen years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and t...
Stephen Kinsella
Just finished Champagne Football by ⁦@marktigheST⁩ & ⁦@paulrowantree⁩. Spent most of the book saying ‘Jaysus’ out loud. For me it’s a perfect way to learn about governance by observing the consequences of the lack of governance.      source
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A Hopeful History
Rutger Bregman - 2020-06-02 (first published in 2019)
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From the author of New York Times bestseller UTOPIA FOR REALISTS, a revolutionary argument that the innate goodness and cooperation of human beings has been the greatest factor in our success.If one basic principle has served as the bedrock of bestselling author Rutger Bregman's thinking, it is that every progressive idea -- whether it was the abol...
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@adamdeeyto Yes. I think he over eggs it somewhat but it is well written and thought provoking. And destroys some of the basic bits of pop psychology I’ve always had a problem with.      source
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This is Going to Hurt
Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Adam Kay - 2018-01-01 (first published in 2017)
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Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. ...
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@eoinefla Yep, read that, then Henry Marsh's, then this one. Am on a sort of medical roll!      source
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Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07
Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence by Norman F Dixon
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Ireland, 1912-1985 by Joseph J. Lee