• Pocket World in Figures 2020
    Pocket World in Figures 2020
    ISBN: 9781788162791
    Title: Pocket World in Figures 2020
    Author: THE ECONOMIST

    For more than 25 years, 'Pocket World in Figures' has been the indispensable handbook on the state of the world, covering demographics, industry, politics, geography, culture and more. Where else would you find out, in a single volume, that Zambia is the most entrepreneurial country on earth, that Qatar uses the most energy per head of population, and the Virgin Islands has the fourth highest murder rate of any region in the world? The new edition includes data from over 180 countries, presented in a series of rankings and country profiles. Updated, revised and expanded each year to include new rankings and features, it also includes detailed statistical profiles of more than 65 of the world's major economies, the euro area and the world itself. And, once again, the 2020 edition will showcase the Economist's strength in data journalism by including charts and graphs, and will invite readers to test their knowledge with its world rankings quiz.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Populism & Economics
    Populism & Economics
    ISBN: 9781788161893
    Title: Populism & Economics
    Author: DUMAS CHARLES

    The book argues that while globalization and the influence of new technology have pulled the world economy out of recession and while the benefits of world trade are now spread more widely, there is a perception of injustice because of inequality within individual nations. In a detailed region-by-region analysis of the current state of the world economy and using exclusive research carried out by TS Lombard, Dumas shows how the perception of inequality now threatens to destabilize not only politics but also the economic order itself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good
    Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good
    ISBN: 9780198824008
    Title: Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good
    Author: MAYER COLIN

    What is business for? Day one of a business course will tell you: it is to maximise shareholder profit. This single idea pervades all our thinking and teaching about business around the world but it is fundamentally wrong, Colin Mayer argues. It has had disastrous and damaging consequencesfor our economies, environment, politics, and societies

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Question of Power: Electricity & the Wealth of Nations
    Question of Power: Electricity & the Wealth of Nations
    ISBN: 9781610397490
    Title: Question of Power: Electricity & the Wealth of Nations
    Author: BRYCE ROBERT

    Historically, it was guns, germs, and steel that determined the fates of people and nations. Now, more than ever, it is electricity.

    Global demand for power is doubling every two decades, but electricity remains one of the most difficult forms of energy to supply and do so reliably. Today, some three billion people live in places where per-capita electricity use is less than what's used by an average American refrigerator. How we close the colossal gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor will determine our success in addressing issues like women's rights, inequality, and climate change.

    In A Question of Power, veteran journalist Robert Bryce tells the human story of electricity, the world's most important form of energy. Through onsite reporting from India, Iceland, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, New York, and Colorado, he shows how our cities, our money--our very lives--depend on reliable flows of electricity. He highlights the factors needed for successful electrification and explains why so many people are still stuck in the dark.

    With vivid writing and incisive analysis, he powerfully debunks the notion that our energy needs can be met solely with renewables and demonstrates why--if we are serious about addressing climate change--nuclear energy must play a much bigger role.

    Electricity has fueled a new epoch in the history of civilization. A Question of Power explains how that happened and what it means for our future.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism & Democracy for a Just Society
    Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism & Democracy for a Just Society
    ISBN: 9780691196060
    Title: Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism & Democracy for a Just Society
    Author: POSNER ERIC A; WEYL E. GLEN


    Revolutionary ideas on how to use markets to achieve fairness and prosperity for all


    Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking on its head. With a new foreword by Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier as well as a new afterword by Eric Posner and Glen Weyl, this provocative book reveals bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone. It shows how the emancipatory force of genuinely open, free, and competitive markets can reawaken the dormant nineteenth-century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation.


    Only by radically expanding the scope of markets can we reduce inequality, restore robust economic growth, and resolve political conflicts. But to do that, we must replace our most sacred institutions with truly free and open competition--Radical Markets shows how.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Reframing Poverty:  Reframing Poverty: New Thinking & Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge
    Reframing Poverty: Reframing Poverty: New Thinking & Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge
    ISBN: 9780578426921
    Title: Reframing Poverty: Reframing Poverty: New Thinking & Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge
    Author: MEADE ERIC

    "Everyone has an explanation for poverty. The poor lack personal responsibility. There aren't enough jobs. The stresses of poverty keep people poor. Poor people have a 'culture of poverty.' The debate among these different explanations has gone on for centuries without meaningfully improving our understanding of the issue ... By looking at why we each choose one of these views over the others, Eric Meade reveals what is valid in each of these views. He then combines them to create [an] ... explanation that can deepen our understanding of poverty and stimulate wiser action to reduce it"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy: An Agenda for Growth & Shared Prosperity
    Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy: An Agenda for Growth & Shared Prosperity
    ISBN: 9780393355635
    Title: Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy: An Agenda for Growth & Shared Prosperity
    Author: STIGLITZ JOSEPH E.

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, along with Carter Dougherty and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, lays out the economic framework for a Europe with faster growth that is more equitably shared.Europe is in crisis. Sluggish economic growth in many countries, widespread income stagnation, and recession have led to severe political and social consequences. Social protections for citizens have been cut back. Governments offer timid responses to deep-seated problems. These economic and political failures have contributed to the rise of extremist parties on the right. Marginalized populations are being made scapegoats for Europe's woes. But the problems of today's Europe stem from decisions based on a blind worship of markets in too many areas of policy.If Europe is to return to an innovative and dynamic economy-and if there is to be shared prosperity, social solidarity, and justice-then EU countries need to break with their current, destructive trajectory. This volume offers concrete strategies for renewal that would also reinvigorate the project of European integration, with fresh ideas in the areas of both macroeconomics and microeconomics, including central banking, public investment, corporate governance and competition policy, social policy, and international trade.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Sabotage: The Hidden Nature of Finance
    Sabotage: The Hidden Nature of Finance
    ISBN: 9780241308158
    Title: Sabotage: The Hidden Nature of Finance
    Author: NESVETAILOVA ANASTASIA & PALAN RONEN

    'I don't like the word "sabotage",' - a former Goldman Sachs trader admitted. 'It's just harsh . . . Though, frankly, how else do you make money in this business . . . I mean, realmoney . . . '

    Financial malpractice, we're told, is an aberration- the actions of a few bad apples deviating from the norms of a market-governed process and gaming the system. In Sabotage, political scientists Anastasia Nesvetailova and Ronen Palan blow this fiction apart, showing that sabotage is not an anomaly, but part of the business model of finance - and always has been. Abusive lending practices, misleading investors, manipulating prices, deliberately falsifying figures, cheating, obstruction and taking advantage of 'the dumbest person in the room' - they're actually the main source of profitability in finance, and the surest way to a bonus. If you want to make money in the industry, you need to find ways of sabotaging either your clients, your competitors or the government (or all three), and above all, the market itself. Talking to industry insiders, economists and high net worth customers, examining the history of finance and its workings today, the authors show us how the idea of sabotage not only makes sense of all past economic crises, but must also be at the heart of all future regulations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich
    Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich
    ISBN: 9781509526772
    Title: Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich
    Author: BATEMAN VICTORIA

    Why did the West become so rich? Why is inequality rising? How 'free' should markets be? And what does sex have to do with it?


    In this passionate and skilfully argued book, leading feminist Victoria Bateman shows how we can only understand the burning economic issues of our time if we put sex and gender - 'the sex factor' - at the heart of the picture. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman tells a bold story about how the status and freedom of women are central to our prosperity. Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognize the liberating potential of markets and smart government policies but also to challenge the double-standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body.


    This iconoclastic book is a devastating exposé of what we have lost from ignoring 'the sex factor' and of how reversing this neglect can drive the smart economic policies we need today.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
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  • Shorter
    Shorter
    ISBN: 9780241406786
    Title: Shorter
    Author: SOOJUNG-KIM PANG ALEX

    Forget the old concept of the 9-5. Companies around the world are redesigning the work week to increase efficiency, health and happiness in their workers.

    A growing number of businesses are shortening their working week to address problems with low productivity, poor mental health and unequal working opportunities. Workers are still paid the same salary for a four-day week and the results are revolutionary.

    In Shorter, bestselling author Alex Pang studies these trailblazing businesses where managers are reporting their teams to be-
    - More creative in their problem solving
    - Happier and with lower stress and anxiety and cases of burn out
    - More productive

    Pang will reveal step by step, how they have gone about making these changes, the challenges and solutions and, most importantly, how you can do the same.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Six Capitals Updated Edition The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have--Or Can Accountants Save the Planet?
    Six Capitals Updated Edition The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have--Or Can Accountants Save the Planet?
    ISBN: 9781760876784
    Title: Six Capitals Updated Edition The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have--Or Can Accountants Save the Planet?
    Author: GLEESON-WHITE JANE

    An accessible, timely and fascinating account of the revolution going on in the world of finance - and how accountants really can save the planet - from the acclaimed author of Double Entry.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Starting Out Starting Over: A Single Woman's Guide to Money in NZ
    Starting Out Starting Over: A Single Woman's Guide to Money in NZ
    ISBN: 9781869665074
    Title: Starting Out Starting Over: A Single Woman's Guide to Money in NZ
    Author: EDMUNDS SUSAN

    A comprehensive, practical guide to help women who are just starting out in their careers, or who have been faced with managing finances after being in a relationship so that they can make the most of what they earn, and plan a long-term strategy for a secure, independent financial future.

    This book challenges the stereotype that women aren’t good with money and offers advice on managing finances, investment, savings, budgets and mortgages, with case studies, exercises, worksheets and quizzes tailored specifically for women.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction
    Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction
    ISBN: 9781847947154
    Title: Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction
    Author: TETLOCK PHILIP E. & GARDNER DAN


    From one of the world's most highly regarded social scientists, a transformative book on the habits of mind that lead to the best predictions.
    Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight, and Tetlock has spent the past decade trying to figure out why. What makes some people so good? And can this talent be taught?
    In Superforecasting, Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner offer a masterwork on prediction, drawing on decades of research and the results of a massive, government-funded forecasting tournament. The Good Judgment Project involves tens of thousands of ordinary people including a Brooklyn filmmaker, a retired pipe installer, and a former ballroom dancer who set out to forecast global events. Some of the volunteers have turned out to be astonishingly good. They've beaten other benchmarks, competitors, and prediction markets. They've even beaten the collective judgment of intelligence analysts with access to classified information. They are "superforecasters."
    In this groundbreaking and accessible book, Tetlock and Gardner show us how we can learn from this elite group. Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life and is destined to become a modern classic.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • Superfreakonomics
    Superfreakonomics
    ISBN: 9780141030708
    Title: Superfreakonomics
    Author: LEVITT STEVEN D DUBNER STEPHEN J

    Steven Levitt, the original rogue economist, and Stephen Dubner have spent four years uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable TV to hurricanes. The result is Superfreakonomics. It reveals, among other things: - Why you are more likely to be killed walking drunk than driving drunk - How a prostitute is more likely to sleep with a policeman than be arrested by one- Why terrorists might be easier to track down than you would imagine- How a sex change could boost your salaryBecause sometimes the most superfreaky solution is the simplest.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
    System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
    ISBN: 9781529043716
    Title: System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
    Author: REICH ROBERT


    Millions of Americans have lost confidence in their political and economic system. After years of stagnant wages, volatile job markets, and an unwillingness by those in power to deal with profound threats such as climate change, there is a mounting sense that the system is fixed, serving only those select few with enough money to secure a controlling stake.


    In The System Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy. Addressing himself Jamie Dimon, the powerful banker and chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Reich exposes how those at the top, be they Democrats or Republicans, propagate myths about meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, and the 'free market' to distract most Americans from their own accumulation of extraordinary wealth, and their power over the system. Instead of answering the call to civic duty, they have chosen to uphold self-serving policies that line their own pockets and benefit their bottom line.


    Reich's objective is not to foster cynicism, but rather to demystify the system so that American voters might instill fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism
    Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism
    ISBN: 9781784705756
    Title: Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS


    'Why is there so much inequality?' Xenia asks her father, the world famous economist Yanis Varoufakis.


    Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales - from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix - Varoufakis explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times. In answering his daughter's deceptively simple questions, Varoufakis disentangles our troubling world with remarkable clarity, while inspiring us to make it a better one.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
    Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
    ISBN: 9780141985756
    Title: Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
    Author: FRIEDMAN THOMAS L


    A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers


    We all sense it--something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once--and it is dizzying.


    In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman's original analysis.


    Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world--how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial on that subject, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet's three largest forces--Moore's law (technology); the Market (globalization); and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)--are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.


    Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore's law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform -the supernova---for it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world--or to destroy it.


    Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It's also an argument for -being late---for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we're passing through and reflecting on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a -topsoil of trust- to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.


    With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations--if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman's most ambitious book--and an essential guide to the present and the future.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything
    Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything
    ISBN: 9780141980119
    Title: Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything
    Author: LEVITT STEVEN D & DUBNER STEPHEN J

    Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World
    Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World
    ISBN: 9780008276300
    Title: Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World
    Author: RAJAN RAGHURAM

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019


    From one of the most important economic thinkers of our time, a brilliant and far-seeing analysis of the current populist backlash against globalization and how revitalising community can save liberal market democracy.&


    Raghuram Rajan, author of the 2010 FT & Goldman-Sachs Book of the Year Fault Lines, has an unparalleled vantage point onto the social and economic consequences of globalization and their ultimate effect on politics and society.&


    In The Third Pillar he offers up a magnificent big-picture framework for understanding how three key forces - the economy, society, and the state - interact, why things begin to break down, and how we can find our way back to a more secure and stable plane.


    The 'third pillar' of the title is society. Economists all too often understand their field as the relationship between the market and government, and leave social issues for other people. That's not just myopic, Rajan argues; it's dangerous. All economics is actually socioeconomics - all markets are embedded in a web of human relations, values and norms. As he shows, throughout history, technological innovations have ripped the market out of old webs and led to violent backlashes, and to what we now call populism. Eventually, a new equilibrium is reached, but it can be ugly and messy, especially if done wrong.&


    Right now, we're doing it wrong. As markets scale up, government scales up with it, concentrating economic and political power in flourishing central hubs and leaving the periphery to decompose, figuratively and even literally. Instead, Rajan offers a way to rethink the relationship between the market and civil society and argues for a return to strengthening and empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest.


    The Third Pillar is a masterpiece of explication, a book that will be a classic of its kind for its offering of a wise, authoritative and humane explanation of the forces that have wrought such a sea change in our lives. His ultimate argument that decision-making has to be watered at the grass roots or our democracy will continue to wither is sure to be both provocative and agenda-setting across the world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
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  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
    This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
    ISBN: 9780241956182
    Title: This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
    Author: KLEIN NAOMI

    Naomi Klein's new international bestseller This Changes Everything is a must-read on our future, one of the defining and most hopeful books of this era. Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon - it's about capitalism.

    The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. Once a decade, Naomi Klein writes a book that redefines its era. No Logo did so for globalization.

    The Shock Doctrine changed the way we think about austerity. In This Changes Everything , her most provocative and optimistic book yet, Naomi Klein has upended the debate about the stormy era already upon us, exposing the myths that are clouding the climate debate. You have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day.

    You have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it - it just requires breaking every rule in the "free-market" playbook. You have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

    It's about changing the world, before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap - or we sink. This Changes Everything is a book that will redefine our era.

    "The most important book I've read all year - perhaps in a decade...crucially, she leaves the reader with a sense of optimism." (Stephanie Merritt, Observer, Books of the Year). "A book of such ambition and consequence it is almost unreviewable...The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring." (Rob Nixon, The New York Times). "Naomi is like a great doctor - she can diagnose problems nobody else sees." (Alfonso Cuaron).

    "Damn right, this changes everything...one of the greatest nonfiction works of all time...not just a book. It is a path of survival" (D. R.

    Tucker, Washington Monthly).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Trick: Why Some People Can Make Money & Other People Can't
    Trick: Why Some People Can Make Money & Other People Can't
    ISBN: 9781526619877
    Title: Trick: Why Some People Can Make Money & Other People Can't
    Author: LEITH WILLIAM

    Some people can make money. Other people can't. It's a thought that makes William Leith wake up in a cold sweat. He doesn't know why it makes him feel anxious. After all, money isn't real. We created it. Humans did. It's our masterpiece. But the desire for it is killing us. It is this dilemma that sets William Leith off on an adventure into the bizarre, morally dubious, yet highly desirable world of the mega-rich. He spends a day with the real-life Wolf of Wall Street who, not content with his hundreds of millions, devised a fraud so he could make hundreds of millions more. He visits a Baroque mansion where a Russian half-billionaire lives alone with his butler. He tours the estate of Felix Dennis, the maverick tycoon who commissioned an avenue of statues to tell the story of his life. He flies to private islands on private jets, meets private men in private clubs, experiencing the dizzy highs of a life without limits - but all it does is give him crippling anxiety. Throughout it all he asks himself: what makes these people wealthy? And how come I'm not?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Twenty Good Summers: Work Less, Live More & Make the Most of Your Money
    Twenty Good Summers: Work Less, Live More & Make the Most of Your Money
    ISBN: 9781742378060
    Title: Twenty Good Summers: Work Less, Live More & Make the Most of Your Money
    Author: HAWES MARTIN

    When financial expert Martin Hawes turned 50 he realized there were many more mountains he wanted to climb, but he wasn't getting any younger He knew he had to make the next twenty summers really count. The result was the bestselling title "Twenty Good Summers." Eight years later he is down to twelve good summers and this is the fully updated and revised edition of his book. It includes all the wisdom of the original book as well as new information that Martin has gleaned over the intervening years. "Twenty Good Summers" will show you how to free up your lifestyle and organize your money to get the income you need to get on with the rest of your life. Learn how to: plan the life you want, maximize your financial potential in your earning years, recognize when the time is right to make the break, reorganize your finances to sustain your new lifestyle, choose a financial advisor who will work best for you, and manage your investments during boom and gloom cycles.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Tyranny of Metrics
    Tyranny of Metrics
    ISBN: 9780691191911
    Title: Tyranny of Metrics
    Author: MULLER JERRY Z


    How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens business, medicine, education, government--and the quality of our lives


    Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself--and this tyranny of metrics now threatens the quality of our organizations and lives. In this brief, accessible, and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage metrics are causing and shows how we can begin to fix the problem. Filled with examples from business, medicine, education, government, and other fields, the book explains why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But Muller also shows that, when used as a complement to judgment based on personal experience, metrics can be beneficial, and he includes an invaluable checklist of when and how to use them. The result is an essential corrective to a harmful trend that increasingly affects us all.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
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  • Undercover Economist
    Undercover Economist
    ISBN: 9780349119854
    Title: Undercover Economist
    Author: HARFORD TIM

    Who makes most money from thedemand for cappuccinos early in the morning at WaterlooStation?Why is it impossible to get a foot on the propertyladder?How do the Mafia make money from laundries when streetgangs pushing drugs don't?Who really benefits from immigration?How can China, in just 50 years, go from theworld's worst famine to one of the greatesteconomic revolutions of all time, lifting a millionpeople out of poverty a month?Looking at familiar situations in unfamiliar ways, THEUNDERCOVER ECONOMIST is a fresh explanation of thefundamental principles of the modern economy, illuminatedby examples from the streets of London to the boomingskyscrapers of Shanghai to the sleepy canals of Bruges.Leaving behind textbook jargon and equations, Tim Harfordwill reveal the games of signals and negotiations,contests of strength and battles of wit that drive notonly the economy at large but the everyday choices wemake.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages
    We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages
    ISBN: 9780807081778
    Title: We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages
    Author: ORLECK ANNELISE

    The story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage.

    Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. With original photographs by Liz Cooke and drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

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  • What We Need to Do Now: A Green Deal to Ensure a Habitable Earth
    What We Need to Do Now: A Green Deal to Ensure a Habitable Earth
    ISBN: 9781788164719
    Title: What We Need to Do Now: A Green Deal to Ensure a Habitable Earth
    Author: GOODALL CHRIS

    What We Need To Do Now sets out a comprehensive programme of action to counter the threats to our environment. The book emphasises the importance, and relative simplicity, of decarbonising our energy supply but also stresses that this is a small part of the switch to a sustainable planet. Among many other urgent transitions, we also need to focus on changing the agricultural system and reducing our hugely wasteful use of resources. And, fundamentally, we need to ensure that the transition to a zero carbon world benefits the less well-off and reinvigorates the smaller cities and towns around the world that have been left behind.This is a practical, original and inspiring book: a new green deal for an inhabitable earth.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Why Superman Doesn't Take over the World: What Superheroes Can Tell Us about Economics
    Why Superman Doesn't Take over the World: What Superheroes Can Tell Us about Economics
    ISBN: 9780198829478
    Title: Why Superman Doesn't Take over the World: What Superheroes Can Tell Us about Economics
    Author: O'ROARK J. BRIAN

    Why do heroes fight each other?

    Why do villains keep trying even though they almost never win?

    Why don't heroes simply take over the world?

    Economics and comics may seem to be a world apart. But in the hands of economics professor and comic book hero aficionado Brian O. Roark, the two form a powerful alliance. With brilliant deadpan enthusiasm he shows how the travails of superheroes can explain the building blocks of economics, and how economics explains the mysteries of superhero behavior.

    Spider-Man's existential doubts revolve around opportunity costs; Wonder Woman doesnt have a sidekick because she has a comparative advantage; game theory sheds light on the battle between Captain America and Iron Man; the Joker keeps committing crimes because of the Peltzman effect; and utility curves help us decide who is the greatest superhero of all.

    Why Superman Doesn't Take Over the World probes the motivations of our favorite heroes, and reveals that the characters in the comics may have powers we dont, but they are still beholden to the laws of economics.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $36.00

    $36.00
  • Why We Can't Afford the Rich
    Why We Can't Afford the Rich
    ISBN: 9781447320869
    Title: Why We Can't Afford the Rich
    Author: SAYER ANDREW

    Even as inequalities widen, the effects of austerity deepen, and the consequences of recession linger, in many countries the wealth of the rich has soared. Why We Can't Afford the Rich exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others through the control of property and money. Leading social scientist Andrew Sayer shows how over the past three decades the rich worldwide have increased their ability to hide their wealth, create indebtedness, and expand their political influence.

    Aimed at all engaged citizens, this important and accessible book uses simple distinctions to burst the myth of the rich as especially talented wealth creators. But more than this, as the risk of runaway climate change grows, it shows how the rich are threatening the planet by banking on unsustainable growth. Forcefully arguing that the crises of economy and climate can only be resolved by radical change, Sayer makes clear that we must make economies sustainable, fair, and conducive to well being for all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Windows of Opportunity How Nations Make Wealth
    Windows of Opportunity How Nations Make Wealth
    ISBN: 9781788163842
    Title: Windows of Opportunity How Nations Make Wealth
    Author: SAINSBURY DAVID

    Is neoclassical economics dead? Why have the biggest industrial economies stagnated since the financial crisis? Is the competitive threat from China a tired metaphor or a genuine danger to our standard of living? Lord David Sainsbury draws on his experience in business and government to assemble the evidence and comes to some startling conclusions. In Windows of Opportunity, he argues that economic growth comes not as a steady process, but as a series of jumps, based on investment in high value-added firms. Because these firms are engaged in winner-takes-all competition, rapid growth in one country can indeed come at the expense of growth in another, contrary to the standard models. He suggests a new theory of growth and development, with a role for government in 'picking winners' at the level of technologies and industries rather than individual firms. With the role of industrial policy at the centre of the Brexit debate, but a significant intellectual gap in setting out what that policy should be, this book could not be more timely.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • World Without Work: Technology, Automation & How We Should Respond
    World Without Work: Technology, Automation & How We Should Respond
    ISBN: 9780241321096
    Title: World Without Work: Technology, Automation & How We Should Respond
    Author: SUSSKIND DANIEL

    From the spinning jenny to the combustion engine to the first computer, new technologies have always led workers to panic about being replaced by machines, and yet these fears have always been misplaced. In the past, new technology has always complemented the work of humans. In A World Without Work, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind shows why this time, with the rise of artificial intelligence, it will be different. The threat is real, but we haven't been asking the right questions about exactly what is at stake.

    Drawing on almost a decade of research into this topic, Susskind argues that a realistic vision of the future is not one in which machines do everything, but rather in which they do more. As they slowly, but relentlessly, take on more and more tasks, human beings will be forced to retreat to the shrinking set of activities that machines cannot do. And, as we move through the 21st century, the demand for the work of humans is likely to wither away. Yet Susskind reminds us that this technological progress will solve one of mankind's oldest problems - how to make the economic pie large enough for everyone to live on. The challenge now is to properly share out this new economic prosperity, constrain the burgeoning political power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world with less work.

    A World Without Work is an innovative, authoritative and optimistic guide to how we can rise to the challenge of automation. The task ahead, Susskind shows us, is to build a world where everyone can flourish.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Wunch of Bankers: A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    Wunch of Bankers: A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    ISBN: 9781925849363
    Title: Wunch of Bankers: A Year in the Hayne Royal Commission
    Author: ZIFFER DANIEL

    It wasn't just the long list of scandals exposed to a horrified nation - charging fees to dead people, ignoring blatant conflicts of interest, and taking $1 billion from customers in fees that banks were never entitled to.
    What made it so fascinating, so heart-breaking, and so enraging was the procession of faces through the witness box, and the team of counsel gazing into the dark heart of banking.
    Tearful victims, blank-faced executives, hapless regulators, and a couple of utter charlatans all had their day in court, watched by an audience of millions, and revealing - in their stories - the material to justify re-shaping the multi-trillion dollar financial-services industry that forms a pillar of Australian life.
    A Wunch of Bankers covers not just the big shocks, but the small moments - lost in the flurry of daily reporting - that reveal how companies have used the law, limp enforcement, and basic human behaviour to take advantage of customers.
    Is there a phrase that allows life-insurance spruikers in call centres to terrify you about your impending death - and the grief-stricken ruins of an estate you'll leave for your bereaved family - while still being legal? Yes, there is.
    Was there a meeting in which a bank's executives ignored a warning of 'Extreme' from its chief risk officer, to embark on a dodgy scheme that accrued $3.6 billion in funds? There was.
    In A Wunch of Bankers, the World's Oldest Debuting TV Reporter brings out the colour and grit of the royal commission's proceedings, and explores broader issues raised by the testimony. A compelling mixture of analysis, reportage, and observation, it is a revelatory work

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money
    You Are a Badass at Making Money
    ISBN: 9781473649569
    Title: You Are a Badass at Making Money
    Author: SINCERO JEN

    "A cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams." --New York Magazine

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass(R), a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you've only ever dreamed of.

    You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

    Learn to:

    - Uncover what's holding you back from making money
    - Give your doubts, fears, and excuses the heave-ho
    - Relate to money in a new (and lucrative) way
    - Shake up the cocktail of creation
    - Tap into your natural ability to grow rich
    - Shape your reality--stop playing victim to circumstance
    - Get as wealthy as you wanna be

    "This book truly crystallizes the concept that financial abundance is an inside job--in that it all begins with your mindset--and Sincero gets serious (in the funniest ways possible) about helping you identify your particular limiting beliefs surrounding money." --PopSugar

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

    $28.00
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