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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 What do the 350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel the fast and incredible rise of Xerox and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common Each is 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 Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance John Brooks s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962 the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound one gets the sense that history repeats itself Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers Business Adventures is truly... financial journalism at its liveliest and best more
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day Chances are you don t All too often our natural talents go untapped From the cradle to the cubicle we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths To help people uncover their talents Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment StrengthsFinder in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents In its latest national bestseller StrengthsFinder 2 0 Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment language of 34 themes and much more see below for details While you can read this book in one sitting you ll use it as a reference for decades Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever Available exclusively in StrengthsFinder 2 0 using the unique access code included with each book A new and upgraded edition of the StrengthsFinder assessment A personalized Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying your strengths in the next week month and year A more customized version of your top five theme report 50 Ideas for... Action 10 strategies for building on each of your top five themes more
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality the concentration of wealth and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories In Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries ranging as far back as the eighteenth century to uncover key economic and social patterns His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II The main driver of inequality--the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth--today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values But economic trends are not acts of God Political action has curbed dangerous... inequalities in the past Piketty says and may do so again A work of extraordinary ambition originality and rigor Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today more
In this stunning new book Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers --the best and the brightest the most famous and the most successful He asks the question what makes high-achievers different His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from that is their culture their family their generation and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires what it takes to be a great soccer player why Asians are good at math and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band Brilliant and entertaining Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs educators and parents in short millions of people of all ages and occupations
This classic text is annotated to update Graham s timeless wisdom for today s market conditions The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide Graham s philosophy of value investing -- which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies -- has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949 Over the years market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham s strategies While preserving the integrity of Graham s original text this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig whose perspective incorporates the realities of today s market draws parallels between Graham s examples and today s financial headlines and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham s principles Vital and indispensable this HarperBusiness Essentials edition of The Intelligent Investor is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals
The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world exposing the hidden side of just about everything Then came SuperFreakonomics a documentary film an award-winning podcast and more Now with Think Like a Freak Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively more creatively more rationally to think that is like a Freak Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms As always no topic is off-limits They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics all with the goal of retraining your brain Along the way you ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they re from Nigeria Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak First put away your moral compass because it s hard to see a problem clearly if you ve already decided what to do about it Learn to... say I don t know for until you can admit what you don t yet know it s virtually impossible to learn what you need to Think like a child because you ll come up with better ideas and ask better questions Take a master class in incentives because for better or worse incentives rule our world Learn to persuade people who don t want to be persuaded because being right is rarely enough to carry the day Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting because you can t solve tomorrow s problem if you aren t willing to abandon today s dud Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else Now you can too Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing and so much fun to read more
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Four years after his 1 bestseller The Big Short Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U S stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that post financial crisis the markets have become not more free but less and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks Working at different firms they come to this realization separately but after they discover one another the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading source of the most intractable problems will have no advantage whatsoever The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous each completely different from what you think of when you think Wall Street guy Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks the world s stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the... financial world may not be good for your blood pressure because if you have any contact with the market even a retirement account this story is happening to you But in the end Flash Boys is an uplifting read Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don t get paid for that they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it more