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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
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
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
In Thrive Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today s world Arianna Huffington s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye -- the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group -- one of the fastest growing media companies in the world -- celebrated as one of the world s most influential women and gracing the covers of magazines she was by any traditional measure extraordinarily successful Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion she wondered is this really what success feels like As more and more people are coming to realize there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success -- money and power -- has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses and an erosion in the quality of our relationships family life and ironically our careers In being connected to the world 24... 7 we re losing our connection to what truly matters Our current definition of success is as Thrive shows literally killing us We need a new way forward In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013 she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool They may hold us up temporarily but sooner or later we re going to topple over We need a third leg -- a third metric for defining success -- to truly thrive That third metric she writes in Thrive includes our well-being our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom our sense of wonder and our capacity for compassion and giving As Arianna points out our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success They don t commemorate our long hours in the office our promotions or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder They are not about our resumes -- they are about cherished memories shared adventures small kindnesses and acts of generosity lifelong passions and the things that made us laugh In this deeply personal book Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters -- of juggling business deadlines and family crises a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her aha moment Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology sports sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation mindfulness unplugging and giving Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture our thinking our workplace and our lives more
A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis Over the last two decades America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery Poverty goes up Crime goes down The prison population doubles Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world s wealth The rich get massively richer No one goes to jail In search of a solution journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration come together driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished while turning poverty itself into a crime but it s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side In The Divide Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks and the story of a whistleblower who gets in... the way of the largest banks in America only to find herself in the crosshairs On the other side of the Divide Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense As he narrates these incredible stories he draws out and analyzes their common source a perverse new standard of justice based on a radical disturbing new vision of civil rights Through astonishing and enraging accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide s punishing logic Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy and implicates us all Praise for The Divide These are the stories that will keep you up at night The Divide is not just a report from the new America it is advocacy journalism at its finest Los Angeles Times Ambitious deeply reported highly compelling impossible to put down The New York Times Book Review Brilliant and enraging The Awl Praise for Matt Taibbi s Griftopia A stinging new history of the financial crisis that heralds a return of Menckenesque dirt-under-the-fingernails American journalism GQ A relentlessly disturbing penetrating exploration of the root causes of the trauma that upended economic security in millions of American homes a full-scale indictment of Wall Street and Washington The New York Times Book Review Matt Taibbi is Hunter S Thompson s heir Griftopia is the most lucid justifiably angry description of what happened and what continues to happen to our nation s economy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Taibbi chronicles the corruption of the political process with indignation and dark humor Timemore
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry This means that women s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg examines why women s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled explains the root causes and offers compelling commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World In 2010 she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers Her talk which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times encouraged women to sit at the table seek challenges take risks and pursue their goals with gusto In Lean In Sandberg digs deeper into these issues combining personal anecdotes hard data and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women She recounts her own decisions mistakes... and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself her career and her family She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques mentorship and building a satisfying career urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home Written with both humor and wisdom Sandberg s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can t do to what they can more
Researcher and thought leader Dr Bren Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly to embrace vulnerability and imperfection to live wholeheartedly and to courageously engage in our lives It is not the critic who counts not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly Theodore Roosevelt Every day we experience the uncertainty risks and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly Whether the arena is a new relationship an important meeting our creative process or a difficult family conversation we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts In Daring Greatly Dr Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability Based on twelve years of research she argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage engagement and meaningful connection The book that Dr Brown s many fans have... been waiting for Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth and trust in our organizations families schools and communities more
From Ed Catmull co-founder with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of Pixar Animation Studios comes an incisive book about creativity in business sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink Tom Peters and Chip and Dan Heath Creativity Inc is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation into the meetings postmortems and Braintrust sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made It is at heart a book about how to build a creative culture but it is also as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible For nearly twenty years Pixar has dominated the world of animation producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy Monsters Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Up and WALL-E which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards The joyousness of the storytelling the inventive plots the emotional authenticity In some ways Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is Here in this book Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired... and so profitable As a young man Ed Catmull had a dream to make the first computer-animated movie He nurtured that dream as a Ph D student at the University of Utah where many computer science pioneers got their start and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led indirectly to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986 Nine years later Toy Story was released changing animation forever The essential ingredient in that movie s success and in the thirteen movies that followed was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar based on philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention such as Give a good idea to a mediocre team and they will screw it up But give a mediocre idea to a great team and they will either fix it or come up with something better If you don t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature you will be ill prepared to lead It s not the manager s job to prevent risks It s the manager s job to make it safe for others to take them The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them A company s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure Everybody should be able to talk to anybody Do not assume that general agreement will lead to change it takes substantial energy to move a group even when all are on board Advance praise for Creativity Inc Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn t strictly a well of ideas but an alchemy of people In Creativity Inc Ed reveals with commonsense specificity and honesty examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art business and innovation George Lucas Business gurus love to tell stories about Pixar but this is our first chance to hear the real story from someone who lived it and led it Everyone interested in managing innovation or just good managing needs to read this book Chip Heath co-author of Switch and Decisivemore
Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze teach parents how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world In Smart Money Smart Kids financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money Starting with the basics like working spending saving and giving and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life paying cash for college and battling discontentment Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense common-sense approach for changing your family tree
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