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Managing Director, McKinsey & Co.

Stress Test

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In a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes readers behind the scenes of the 2008 crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy. In this revealing memoir, Tim Geithner explains how America withstood the ultimate stress test of its political and financial systems.

Stress Test

by Timothy F. Geithner
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The Book
In a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes readers behind the scenes of the 2008 crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy. In this revealing memoir, Tim Geithner explains how America withstood the ultimate stress test of its political and financial systems.
What Dominic Barton says

…relives the Great Recession with what I found to be an enlightening journey through the key episodes, heated debates and winning arguments behind the sweeping U.S. financial reforms that resulted from the financial crisis.

The Silk Roads

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This epic, magisterial work illuminates how the Silk Roads -the crossroads of the world, the meeting place of East and West -perhaps more than anything else, shaped global history over the past two millennia. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. Peter Frankopan realigns the world, orienting us eastward, and illuminating how even the rise of the West five hundred years ago resulted from its efforts to gain access to and control of these Eurasian trading networks. In an increasingly globalized planet, where current events in Asia and the Middle East dominate the world's attention, this magnificent work of history is very much a work of our times.

The Silk Roads

by Peter Frankopan
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The Book
This epic, magisterial work illuminates how the Silk Roads -the crossroads of the world, the meeting place of East and West -perhaps more than anything else, shaped global history over the past two millennia. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. Peter Frankopan realigns the world, orienting us eastward, and illuminating how even the rise of the West five hundred years ago resulted from its efforts to gain access to and control of these Eurasian trading networks. In an increasingly globalized planet, where current events in Asia and the Middle East dominate the world's attention, this magnificent work of history is very much a work of our times.
What Dominic Barton says

Frankopan’s history of the Silk Road is a wide-ranging and incisive history of a region that has been and will be incredibly important, economically and culturally, for the world. The ‘re-rise’ of Asia and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative make this an especially timely account.

Creativity, Inc.

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From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, comes an incisive book about creativity in business. This is the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation. here, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable. It is, also in many ways, a book about how to build a creative culture in any company.

Creativity, Inc.

by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
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The Book
From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, comes an incisive book about creativity in business. This is the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation. here, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable. It is, also in many ways, a book about how to build a creative culture in any company.
What Dominic Barton says

How managers can build a “creative culture” that brings out the best in their employees. Two of his tips were especially resonant for me. 1) A manager’s job is not to prevent risks, but to make it safe for others to take them and 2) A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organization structure -– everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

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  • Mohamed El-Erian

    The inspiring story of Pixar, what has become the world-leading animation studio. By discussing the good, the bad and the ugly, it provides valuable insights into the management of transformational companies.

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 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.

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  • Mohamed El-Erian

    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.

  • Jeffrey Sachs

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

  • Marc Andreessen

    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.