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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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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.

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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.

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.

Absalom, Absalom!

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Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”

Absalom, Absalom!

by William Faulkner
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Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”
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What Drew Gilpin Faust says

One of the great American novels, and perhaps the greatest to depict the American South and the Civil War. A meditation on what history is and why it matters.

An Incomplete Education

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As delightful as it is illuminating, ‘An Incomplete Education’ packs ten thousand years of culture into a single superbly readable volume with language full of wit, style and clarity. This is a book to celebrate, to share, to give and receive, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.

An Incomplete Education

by Judy Jones, William Wilson
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As delightful as it is illuminating, ‘An Incomplete Education’ packs ten thousand years of culture into a single superbly readable volume with language full of wit, style and clarity. This is a book to celebrate, to share, to give and receive, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.
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What David Kelley says

‘An Incomplete Education’ is probably my favourite book. It talks a little bit about everything from British history to the theory of relativity. I want to synthesize ideas. If I spend too much time in one area, I get uncomfortable.

Thoughts on Design

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One of the seminal texts of graphic design. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in this slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer.

Thoughts on Design

by Paul Rand
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One of the seminal texts of graphic design. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in this slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer.
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What John Maeda says

As a graduate student at MIT, I stumbled upon a thin, nondescript book called ‘Thoughts on Design’ by Paul Rand. At the time I was building a reputation for myself as being a gifted graphical user interface designer. As I flipped through Rand’s book I was humbled by the power with which he manipulated space and at the same time struck by the clarity of his accompanying prose. I was immediately inspired to pursue the field of graphic design.

Artful Sentences

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In this book, Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in more than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing.

Artful Sentences

by Virginia Tufte
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In this book, Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in more than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing.
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What John Maeda says

‘Artful Sentences’ by Virginia Tufte is a beautiful book about writing. She’s the mother of Edward Tufte, the visualization guru. Writing is what makes a difference in the end. Visuals help, but you have to have good content.