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The Woman Behind the New Deal

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Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people. Her ideas led to key social welfare legislation in USA's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week. Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins’s own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey gives us a riveting exploration of Perkins' career.

The Woman Behind the New Deal

by Kirstin Downey
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Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people. Her ideas led to key social welfare legislation in USA's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week. Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins’s own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey gives us a riveting exploration of Perkins' career.
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What Sarah Bloom Raskin says

This book landed mysteriously one day on a chair in my office at the Federal Reserve Board, without attribution, while I was awaiting Senate confirmation for the Treasury. By the end of the first chapter I found myself transfixed by the first female cabinet secretary, who in 1936 was maneuvering her way through a new administration.

A True Novel

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A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan. A True Novel is also a compelling examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class. The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.

A True Novel

by Minae Mizumura
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A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan. A True Novel is also a compelling examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class. The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.
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What Jason Furman says

A retelling of ‘Wuthering Heights’ set in postwar Japan. It had compelling characters, a unique mode of storytelling and an epic sweep.

Wild

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Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey – alone across thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State - that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Wild

by Cheryl Strayed
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Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey – alone across thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State - that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
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What Jim Yong Kim says

Any writer’s ability to be that honest is striking. I also really appreciated her own persistence in finishing the hike. It helped her deal with such profound issues, and it was a reminder to readers that there is a kind of a deep, sometime therapeutic value to persist in the face of an almost impossible task until you are done.

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.

Scarcity

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This provocative book showa that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.

Scarcity

by Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
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This provocative book showa that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.
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What Andy Haldane says

An extraordinary book. It has received, in my view, far too little attention. Scarcity of goods, services, resources and time have all been analyzed to death. The scarcity that exists between our ears — our cognitive bandwidth — has scarcely been analyzed at all. Mullainathan and Shafir show that this neurological constraint is fundamental in explaining all manner of behaviors and outcomes, from unaffordable borrowing to measured IQs. The public policy implications are potentially profound.

Building a Better Teacher

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What makes a teacher great? Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more? Building a Better Teacher introduces a new generation of educators exploring the intricate science underlying their art. In this provocative and hopeful book, Elizabeth Green provides a new way for parents to judge what their children need in the classroom and considers how to scale good ideas.

Building a Better Teacher

by Elizabeth Green
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What makes a teacher great? Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more? Building a Better Teacher introduces a new generation of educators exploring the intricate science underlying their art. In this provocative and hopeful book, Elizabeth Green provides a new way for parents to judge what their children need in the classroom and considers how to scale good ideas.
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What Amy Gutmann says

In this engaging and eye-opening investigation, author Green marshals clear evidence that great teaching is a learned skill and that movements to fire-and-hire our way to a better national teaching force are bound to come up short. A compelling case for why we must, and how we can advance the art and science of teaching in America.

The Great Deformation

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The Great Deformation is a searing look at Washington’s craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts and bond markets. The Great Deformation explains how we got here and why these warped, crony capitalist policies are an epochal threat to free market prosperity and American political democracy.

The Great Deformation

by David A. Stockman
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The Great Deformation is a searing look at Washington’s craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts and bond markets. The Great Deformation explains how we got here and why these warped, crony capitalist policies are an epochal threat to free market prosperity and American political democracy.
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What Sheila Bair says

The most overlooked book I’ve read. Critics try to marginalize him, but a lot of people are thinking what he has the courage to say. If you want to understand why income inequality is worsening and why boom/bust cycles are getting more and more severe, read his book.

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The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to become the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works. It is also a narrative about why an ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork is vital to enable and sustain innovation.
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The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to become the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works. It is also a narrative about why an ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork is vital to enable and sustain innovation.
What Abby Joseph Cohen says

A wonderful reminder of the genius in many endeavors that drove development of the digital world, beginning with Ada Lovelace in the mid-19th century.

What Henry 'Hank' Paulson says

…weaves together dozens of stories of the innovators who contributed to the development of computers and the Internet…all the narratives thoroughly engaged me. It brings technology to life using simple and easy to understand language. It is a compelling account of the different qualities of innovators and the collaborative process of innovation.