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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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 The Divide is an important book Its documentation is powerful and shocking The Washington Post 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-Intelligencermore
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works and really doesn tAs a child in small-town Oklahoma Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher an ambitious goal given her family s modest means Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt Then came the phone call that changed her life could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled often dysfunctional ways of Washington She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it Finally at age 62 she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive and watched Senate race in the country In this passionate funny rabble-rousing book Warren shows why she has chosen... to fight tooth and nail for the middle class and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America s government can and must do better for working families more
All God s Dangers won the National Book Award in 1975 There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness Now there is another one Nate Shaw s New York Times On a cold January morning in 1969 a young white graduate student from Massachusetts stumbling along the dim trail of a long-defunct radical organization of the 1930s the Alabama Sharecropper Union heard that there was a survivor and went looking for him In a rural settlement 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he found him the man he calls Nate Shaw a black man 84 years old in full possession of every moment of his life and every facet of its meaning Theodore Rosengarten the student had found a black Homer bursting with his black Odyssey and able to tell it with awesome intellectual power with passion with the almost frightening power of memory in a man who could neither read nor write but who sensed that the substance of his own life and a million other black lives like his were the very fiber of the nation s history H Jack Geiger New York Times Book Review Extraordinarily rich and compelling possesses the same luminous power we associate with Faulkner Robert Coles Washington Post Book World Eloquent and revelatory This is an anthem to... human endurance Studs Terkel New Republic The authentic voice of a warm brave and decent individual A pleasure to read Shaw s observations on the life and people around him clothed in wonderfully expressive language are fresh and clear H W Bragdon Christian Science Monitor Astonishing Nate Shaw was a formidable bearer of memories Miraculously this man s wrenching tale sings of life s pleasures honest work the rhythm of the seasons the love of relatives and friends the stubborn persistence of hope when it should have vanished All God s Dangers is most valuable for its picture of pure courage Paul Grey Time A triumph of ideas and historical content as well of expression and style Randall Jarrell Harvard Educational Review Tremendous a testimony of human nobility the record of a heroic man with a phenomenal memory and a life experience of a kind of seldom set down in print a person of extraordinary stature industrious brave prudent and magnanimous One emerges from these hundred of pages wiser sadder and better because of them A unique triumph Alfred C Ames Chicago Tribune Book World Awesome and powerful A living history of nearly a century of cataclysmic change in the life of the Southerner both black and white Nate Shaw spans our history from slavery to Selma and he can evoke each age with an accuracy and poignancy so pure that we stand amazed Baltimore Sunmore
For more than sixty years the rock-solid time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century Learn Three fundamental techniques in handling people The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
The world s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious pervasive and ignored violation of basic human rights This is President Jimmy Carter s call to action President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and owned by men in others forced to suffer servitude child marriage and genital cutting The most vulnerable along with their children are trapped in war and violence A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women And in nations that accept or even glorify violence this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse President Carter and his wife Rosalynn have visited 145 countries and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them Around the world they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade This is true in both rich and... poor countries and among the citizens within them Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world more than half of all human beings are being denied equal rights This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering It affects us all more
Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will become filled with grace peace and unconditional love
In this essential manifesto of the new libertarian movement New York Times bestselling author and president of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe makes a stand for individual liberty and shows us what we must do to preserve our freedom Don t Hurt People and Don t Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded principles shared by citizens across the political spectrum The Constitution grants each American the right to self-determination to be protected from others whose actions are destructive to their lives and property Yet as Kibbe persuasively shows the political and corporate establishment consolidates its power by infringing upon our independence from taxes to regulations to spying ultimately eroding the ideals codified in law that have made the United States unique in history Kibbe offers a surefire plan for reclaiming our inalienable rights and regaining control of our lives grounded in six simple rules Don t hurt people Free people just want to be left alone not hassled or harmed by someone else with an agenda or designs over their life and property Don t take people s stuff America s founders fought to ensure property rights and our individual right to the fruits of... our labors Take responsibility Liberty takes responsibility Don t sit around waiting for someone else to solve your problems Work for it For every action there is an equal reaction Work hard and you ll be rewarded Mind your own business Free people live and let live Fight the power Thanks to the Internet and the decentralization of knowledge there are more opportunities than ever to take a stand against corrupt authority more
For those who want power watch power or want to arm themselves against power The 48 Laws of Power is The Rules for suits New York Magazine
Behind every awful dangerous decision lurks one evil beast the Cool From politics to the personal from fashion to food from the campus to the locker room the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives At its most harmless it is annoying At its worst it is deadly on a massive scale The Cool are the termites of life infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within The Cool report the news write the scripts teach our children run our government and each day they pass judgment on those who don t worship at the altar of their coolness The cool fawn over terrorists mock the military and denigrate employers They are in short awful people From what we wear and what we eat to what we smoke and who we poke pop culture is crafted and manipulated by the cool and to Greg Gutfeld that s Not Cool How do the cool enslave you By convincing you that - If you don t agree with them no one will like you - If you don t follow them you will miss out on life - If you don t listen to them you will die a lonely loserHow do you vanquish the cool and discover your own true self Read this book In Not Cool Greg Gutfeld bestselling author of The Joy Of Hate lays out the battle plan for reclaiming the real American ideal of... cool--building businesses protecting freedom at home and abroad taking responsibility for your actions and leaving other people alone to live as they damn well please Not Cool fights back against the culture of phonies elitists and creeps who want your soul It s not a book it s a weapon and one should be armed with it at all times more