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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
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
Millions of readers have thrilled by bestselling authors Bill O Reilly and historian Martin Dugard s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history Now the anchor of The O Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history Jesus of Nazareth Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers more than 2 2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus s life recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation... enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was and is God But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus s lifetime and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first A master explainer of Christian history texts and traditions Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God In a book that took eight years to research and write Ehrman sketches Jesus s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection Only when some of Jesus s followers had visions of him after his death alive again did anyone come to think that he the prophet from Galilee had become God And what they meant by that was not at all what people... mean today Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity Jesus was and is God more
In this magnificently illustrated cultural history the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience tracing it across three millennia from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day It is a story like no other an epic of endurance against destruction of creativity in oppression joy amidst grief the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds It spans the millennia and the continents from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford It takes you to unimagined places to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs And its voices ring loud and clear from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain In The Story of the Jews the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world candles are lit chants are sung mules are packed ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea And a great story unfolds Not as often... imagined of a culture apart but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled from the Egyptians to the Greeks from the Arabs to the Christians Which makes the story of the Jews everyone s story too more
George Will on baseball Perfect Los Angeles Times In A Nice Little Place on the North Side leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home Wrigley Field as it turns one hundred years old Baseball Will argues is full of metaphors for life religion and happiness and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces But what is its true hyperbole-free history Winding beautifully like Wrigley s iconic ivy Will s meditation on The Friendly Confines examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field s legend and the larger-than-life characters from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck Durocher and Banks who brought it glory heartbreak and scandal Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor Will also explores his childhood connections to the team the Cubs future and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility In the end A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark It is the story of Chicago of baseball and of America itself
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit and Unbroken the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler s 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans The sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin 1936 The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not for glory but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary eccentric British boat builder but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together a perfect melding of commitment determination and optimism Drawing on the boys own diaries and journals their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream The Boys... in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who in the depths of the Great Depression showed the world what true grit really meant It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson Timothy Egan James Bradley and David Halberstam s The Amateurs more
THE PRINCETON REVIEW GETS RESULTS Get all the prep you need to ace the AP U S History Exam with 2 full-length practice tests thorough topic reviews and proven techniques to help you score higher Inside the Book All the Practice Strategies You Need 2 full-length practice tests with detailed explanations Step-by-step strategies techniques for each section of the exam In-depth reviews of key terms and concepts such as economic social and political trends organized by time period 17th through early 21st centuries Practice drills for every content review chapter Detailed coverage of both essay types Expert guidance on how to pace yourself to get your best score Engaging review activities to help you critically assess your progress Answer keys explanations and scoring worksheets for the practice tests