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House of Debt

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This extremely readable and short book uses the Great Recession of 2008-10 as a launchpad to offer convincing answers to some of the most important questions facing the modern economy today: Why do severe recessions happen? Could we have prevented the Great Recession of 2008-10 and its consequences? And what actions are needed to prevent such crises going forward?

House of Debt

by Atif Mian, Amir Sufi
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The Book
This extremely readable and short book uses the Great Recession of 2008-10 as a launchpad to offer convincing answers to some of the most important questions facing the modern economy today: Why do severe recessions happen? Could we have prevented the Great Recession of 2008-10 and its consequences? And what actions are needed to prevent such crises going forward?
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What Anat Admati says

An excellent book presenting compelling evidence that homeowners’ distress exacerbated and prolonged the 2008-10 US recession; exposes the continued distortions in the financial system and the failure of policy makers to learn essential lessons and take appropriate actions.

The Shifts and the Shocks

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The most persuasive and complete account yet of the 2007-10 crisis and the lessons it holds for us. It matches impressive analysis with no-holds-barred criticism and persuasive prescription for a more stable future. A book no one with an interest in global affairs will want to neglect.

The Shifts and the Shocks

by Martin Wolf
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The most persuasive and complete account yet of the 2007-10 crisis and the lessons it holds for us. It matches impressive analysis with no-holds-barred criticism and persuasive prescription for a more stable future. A book no one with an interest in global affairs will want to neglect.
What Mervyn King says

The best all-round account of the global financial crisis and what we should do to reduce the chances of a repetition.

What Anat Admati says

Wolf offers an insightful and brutal analysis of the broad political and economic forces that have shaped the global economy in recent years, particularly in Europe.

What Glenn Hubbard says

Wolf’s book sets the crisis in the context of structural problems that set the stage for the crisis, many of which have not been mitigated (indeed some amplified) by policy hyperactivity in the wake of the crisis. While not all of the diagnoses and future policy suggestions ring true, this book will stand the test of time as an introduction to the complexity of problems that presaged the crisis.

World Order

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Henry Kissinger draws on his deep experience to offer a profound meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. He reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

World Order

by Henry Kissinger
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Henry Kissinger draws on his deep experience to offer a profound meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. He reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.
What Stephen Schwarzmann says

At a time when the world has little or no order, Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” is indispensable reading. Informed by a long view of centuries of history, the author demonstrates why our diplomacy must be rooted in a genuine engagement between cultures, rigorous pragmatism and, yes, realpolitik. Henry makes clear the dangers of ambivalence in the face of the apparent landscape of disorder before us, and reminds us of the only path forward: If we are to defend our principles, we must set out to prove them.

What Lawrence Summers says

A profound meditation on the global system we need but may not have.

What Jeffrey Sachs says

Kissinger’s valuable reflections on geopolitics and the balance of power after a lifetime of research and experience.

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The Yucatán Peninsula is home to one of the world's great regional cuisines. An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling takes you on a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook, that is profusely illustrated and spiced with lively stories.
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The Yucatán Peninsula is home to one of the world's great regional cuisines. An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling takes you on a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook, that is profusely illustrated and spiced with lively stories.
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What Tyler Cowen says

This is ostensibly a cookbook, but the preparations are too complicated for most of us to actually cook from. Skip the recipes and enjoy this as a splendid cultural atlas of history, culture, and also photography. After you read this book, you will want to visit the region three more times and I don’t mean Cancun.

Business Adventures

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From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America. Each of these tales are an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety. These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Business Adventures

by John Brooks
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The Book
From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America. Each of these tales are an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety. These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
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What Bill Gates says

More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.

What Glenn Hubbard says

While Brooks died in 1993, this recently rereleased collection of business stories from his New Yorker articles decades ago brings classic explanations of growth (Xerox Corp.’s early years) and poor decisions (Ford Motor Co.’s problematic launch of the Edsel) that should inform and captivate business executives and students of business alike.

The Meaning of Human Existence

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How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, taking his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence—from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.

The Meaning of Human Existence

by Edward O. Wilson
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How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, taking his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence—from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.
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What Jeffrey Sachs says

Edward O. Wilson at his wisest, about the place of humanity in nature and the meaning of it all.

Consciousness and the Brain

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In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, this book will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.

Consciousness and the Brain

by Stanislas Dehaene
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The Book
In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, this book will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.
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What Jeffrey Sachs says

A remarkable account of consciousness by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists.

The Second Machine Age

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Two thinkers at the forefront of their field reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

The Second Machine Age

by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
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Two thinkers at the forefront of their field reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
What Mohamed El-Erian says

An optimistic analysis of the breathtaking technological changes that are changing both the workplace and our homes; provides us with a terrific feel for our rapidly changing world, including what it takes to better understand and navigate it.

What Dominic Barton says

I enjoyed how the authors describe that, unlike the Industrial Revolution, the digital revolution has created technology that replaces human labor instead of complementing it. The authors urge that this unprecedented pace of innovation should both excite us and prompt us to reflect on our values and choices.

What Jeffrey Sachs says

An important contribution to the economics of the new age of robotics and artificial intelligence.

What Marc Andreessen says

Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right; we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology. The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it.  I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t.