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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Mak...
by , Gabriel Zucman

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><strong>America鈥檚 runaway inequality has an engine: our unjust tax system.</strong></p><br /><p>Even as they became fabulously wealthy, the ultra-rich have had their taxes collapse to levels last seen in the 1920s. Meanwhile, working-class Americans have been asked to pay more. <em>The Triumph of Injustice</em> presents a forensic investigation into this dramatic transformation, written by two economists who revolutionized the study of inequality. Eschewing anecdotes and case studies, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman offer a comprehensive view of America鈥檚 tax system, based on new statistics covering all taxes paid at all levels of government. Their conclusion? For the first time in more than a century, billionaires now pay lower tax rates than their secretaries.</p><br /><p>Blending history and cutting-edge economic analysis, and writing in lively and jargon-free prose, Saez and Zucman dissect the deliberate choices (and sins of indecision) that have brought us to today: the gradual exemption of capital owners; the surge of a new tax avoidance industry, and the spiral of tax competition among nations. With clarity and concision, they explain how America turned away from the most progressive tax system in history to embrace policies that only serve to compound the wealth of a few.</p><br /><p>But <em>The Triumph of Injustice</em> is much more than a laser-sharp analysis of one of the great political and intellectual failures of our time. Saez and Zucman propose a visionary, democratic, and practical reinvention of taxes, outlining reforms that can allow tax justice to triumph in today鈥檚 globalized world and democracy to prevail over concentrated wealth.</p>
In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and ...
by Jack Goldsmith

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O鈥橞rien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected by the FBI of perpetrating Hoffa鈥檚 disappearance on behalf of the mob. It was only years later, when Goldsmith was serving as assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and questioning its misuse of surveillance and other powers, that he began to reconsider his stepfather, and to understand Hoffa鈥檚 true legacy. In Hoffa鈥檚 Shadow tells the moving story of how Goldsmith reunited with the stepfather he鈥檇 disowned and then set out to unravel one of the twentieth century鈥檚 most persistent mysteries and Chuckie鈥檚 role in it. Along the way, Goldsmith explores Hoffa鈥檚 rise and fall and why the golden age of blue-collar America came to an end, while also casting new light on the century-old surveillance state, the architects of Hoffa鈥檚 disappearance, and the heartrending complexities of love and loyalty.
Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economi...
by Robert J. Shiller

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English

Pages

388

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b>From Nobel Prize鈥搘inning economist and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Robert Shiller, a new way to think about how popular stories help drive economic events</b></p><p>In a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this groundbreaking book, Nobel Prize鈥搘inning economist and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Robert Shiller offers a new way to think about the economy and economic change. Using a rich array of historical examples and data, Shiller argues that studying popular stories that affect individual and collective economic behavior鈥攚hat he calls "narrative economics"鈥攈as the potential to vastly improve our ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of financial crises, recessions, depressions, and other major economic events.</p><p>Spread through the public in the form of popular stories, ideas can go viral and move markets鈥攚hether it's the belief that tech stocks can only go up, that housing prices never fall, or that some firms are too big to fail. Whether true or false, stories like these鈥攖ransmitted by word of mouth, by the news media, and increasingly by social media鈥攄rive the economy by driving our decisions about how and where to invest, how much to spend and save, and more. But despite the obvious importance of such stories, most economists have paid little attention to them. <i>Narrative Economics</i> sets out to change that by laying the foundation for a way of understanding how stories help propel economic events that have had led to war, mass unemployment, and increased inequality.</p><p>The stories people tell鈥攁bout economic confidence or panic, housing booms, the American dream, or Bitcoin鈥攁ffect economic outcomes. <i>Narrative Economics</i> explains how we can begin to take these stories seriously. It may be Robert Shiller's most important book to date.</p>
The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fract...
by Binyamin Appelbaum

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A <em>Wall Street Journal </em>Business Bestseller </b><b> <b><br /></b>In this "lively and entertaining" (Liaquat Ahamed, <i>The New Yorker</i>) history of ideas, <i>New York Times</i> editorial writer Binyamin Appelbaum tells the story of the people who sparked four decades of economic revolution.</b><br /><br />Before the 1960s, American politicians had never paid much attention to economists. But as the post-World War II boom began to sputter, economists gained influence and power.<br /><br />In <i>The Economists' Hour</i>, Binyamin Appelbaum traces the rise of the economists, first in the United States and then around the globe, as their ideas reshaped the modern world, curbing government, unleashing corporations and hastening globalization.<br /><br />Some leading figures are relatively well-known, such as Milton Friedman, the elfin libertarian who had a greater influence on American life than any other economist of his generation, and Arthur Laffer, who sketched a curve on a cocktail napkin that helped to make tax cuts a staple of conservative economic policy.<br /><br />Others stayed out of the limelight, but left a lasting impact on modern life: Walter Oi, a blind economist who dictated to his wife and assistants some of the calculations that persuaded President Nixon to end military conscription; Alfred Kahn, who deregulated air travel and rejoiced in the crowded cabins on commercial flights as the proof of his success; and Thomas Schelling, who put a dollar value on human life.<br /><br />Their fundamental belief? That government should stop trying to manage the economy.<br /><br />Their guiding principle? That markets would deliver steady growth, and ensure that all Americans shared in the benefits. <br /><br />But the Economists' Hour failed to deliver on its promise of broad prosperity. And the single-minded embrace of markets has come at the expense of economic equality, the health of liberal democracy, and future generations.<br /><br />Timely, engaging and expertly researched, <i>The Economists' Hour</i> is a reckoning-and a call for people to rewrite the rules of the market.
The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequ...
by Daniel Markovits

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b><b>A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy聽</b></b><br /><br />It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal 鈥?that social and economic rewards should follow achievement rather than breeding 鈥?reigns supreme.聽 Both Democrats and Republicans insistently repeat meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we are. It sustains the American dream.<br /> 聽<br /> But what if, both up and down the social ladder, meritocracy is a sham? Today, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations. Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the embattled middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy now ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich adults to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return. All this is not the result of deviations or retreats from meritocracy but rather stems directly from meritocracy鈥檚 successes.<br /> 聽<br /> This is the radical argument that聽Daniel Markovits prosecutes with rare force. Markovits is well placed to expose the sham of meritocracy. Having spent his life at elite universities, he knows from the inside the corrosive system we are trapped within. Markovits also knows that, if we understand that meritocratic inequality produces near-universal harm, we can cure it. When <i>The Meritocracy Trap </i>reveals the inner workings of the meritocratic machine, it also illuminates the first steps outward, towards a new world that might once again afford dignity and prosperity to the American people.
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
by Anand Giridharadas

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

August 28, 2018

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<b>The聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today鈥檚 news.</b><br /><br />Former <i>New York Times</i> columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity. <br /><br />Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.
Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Pow...
by Christopher Leonard

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English

Pages

705

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>Shortlisted for the 2019 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淪uperb鈥mong the best books ever written about an American corporation.鈥?<i>鈥?lt;/i>Bryan Burrough, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <br /><b>Just as Steve Coll told the story of globalization through ExxonMobil and Andrew Ross Sorkin told the story of Wall Street excess through <i>Too Big to Fail</i>, Christopher Leonard鈥檚 <i>Kochland </i>uses the extraordinary account of how one of the biggest private companies in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America.</b><br /><br />The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and US Steel combined. Koch is everywhere: from the fertilizers that make our food to the chemicals that make our pipes to the synthetics that make our carpets and diapers to the Wall Street trading in all these commodities. But few people know much about Koch Industries and that鈥檚 because the billionaire Koch brothers have wanted it that way.<br /> <br />For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. He鈥檚 a genius businessman: patient with earnings, able to learn from his mistakes, determined that his employees develop a reverence for free-market ruthlessness, and a master disrupter. These strategies made him and his brother David together richer than Bill Gates.<br /> <br />But there鈥檚 another side to this story. If you want to understand how we killed the unions in this country, how we widened the income divide, stalled progress on climate change, and how our corporations bought the influence industry, all you have to do is read this book.<br /> <br />Seven years in the making, <i>Kochland </i>鈥渋s a dazzling feat of investigative reporting and epic narrative writing, a tour de force that takes the reader deep inside the rise of a vastly powerful family corporation that has come to influence American workers, markets, elections, and the very ideas debated in our public square. Leonard鈥檚 work is fair and meticulous, even as it reveals the Kochs as industrial Citizens Kane of our time鈥?(Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning author of <i>Private Empire</i>).
On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
by Naomi Klein

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>#1 international and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of <i>The Shock Doctrine</i> and <i>This Changes Everything</i>, makes the case for a Green New Deal鈥攅xplaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.</b><br /><br />For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet鈥攁nd an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. <i>On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal </i>gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices.<br /> <br /> These long-form essays show Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one, as well. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 鈥減erpetual now,鈥?to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 鈥渃limate barbarism,鈥?this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink.<br /> <br /> With reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 鈥渆cological conversion,鈥?Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis.<br /> <br /> An expansive, far-ranging exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives, <i>On Fire</i> captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the fiery energy of a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal.

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