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Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times

Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times

Thomas Piketty

$29.99

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With Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty wrote a bestselling book that was widely agreed to be 'extraordinarily important' (Martin Wolf, Financial Times). His powerful, evidence-based analysis and solutions - including progressive wealth taxes to reduce inequality - were praised as much as his wonderful range of reference and panache.

Bringing readers the same expert eye, breadth of thought and practical ideas - but in very short pieces - Chronicles provides Piketty's analysis of the financial crisis, and of subjects and individuals, from productivity in Britain to Barack Obama. Comprising the very best of his writing for Liberation from the past ten years, translated into English for the first time, it will further cement Piketty's reputation as the leading thinker in the world today.
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Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What it is and Why it Matters

Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What it is and Why it Matters

Charles Wheelan

$39.95

We use money every day. Yet the practice of exchanging paper or bytes for goods and services seems absurd if you think about it. Naked Money explores why money exists and why it so often gets entire nations in trouble. Charles Wheelan explains with his trademark wit and refreshing clarity how our banks and monetary systems should work in ideal situations, and he reveals the havoc and suffering caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity and other monetary effects. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China and elsewhere around the world, Naked Money demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.
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The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Philipp H. Lepenies

$54.95

Since it was first widely used in the mid-twentieth century, GDP has become the most powerful statistical indicator of our time. Practically all governments adhere to the idea that GDP growth is a primary political target. And while criticism of this hegemonic measure has grown over the past decade, neither its champions nor its detractors deny its central importance in our political culture.

In The Power of a Single Number, Philipp Lepenies tells the lively, unpredictable history of GDP's political acceptance - and eventual dominance. From Renaissance England to 1960s America, Lepenies tracks the emergence of GDP and its precursors, focusing on the individuals central to this development. He considers William Petty's failed attempt to popularize national income measures in the seventeenth century and then looks at the statistical work of Colin Clark in the early 1900s. An ingenious lone wolf, Clark remained something of an outsider in the economic community, but his ideas were extended by John Maynard Keynes and advanced a more focused study of national income. This work was furthered by Simon Kuznets, who emphasized GDP's ties to social well-being and set the stage for its future ascent. GDP finally achieved its singular status during World War II, assuming the importance it retains today.

Lepenies's absorbing account helps us see this common measure anew and contextualizes current debates over the wisdom of the number's monolithic rule.
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Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Douglas Rushkoff

$34.99

Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies such as Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? How could things be different? In San Francisco in 2013 activists protesting against the gentrification of their city smashed the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work. But these protests weren't just a question of the activists versus the Googlers, or even the 99 per cent versus the 1 per cent. Rather they were symptomatic of the true conflict of our age, between humanity as a whole and a digital economy in which boundless growth is valued above all else. In this groundbreaking book, Douglas Rushkoff - named one of the world's ten most influential thinkers by MIT - lays out a ground plan for a different economic and social future. Ranging from big data to the rise of robots, from the gig economy to the collapse of the eurozone, Rushkoff shows how we can combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology to achieve a state of sustainable, distributed wealth. It's time the economy finally worked for the human beings it's supposed to serve. Douglas Rushkoff is one of today's most incisive media theorists and a provocative critic of our digital economy. He's also fun to read . (Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, The Aspen Institute, and author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators). If you don't know Rushkoff, you're not serious about figuring out what's going to happen next . (Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and Tribes).
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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues

Patrick Lencioni

$35.95

In his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player. In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.
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Warren Buffett's Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor

Warren Buffett's Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor

Jeremy Miller

$24.99

At the age of 26, Warren Buffett founded Buffett Partnership Limited, which lasted from 1956 to 1970. During this time he wrote 33 letters to his small but growing group of partners. These letters chronicle his thoughts, approaches and reflections in the period immediately prior to his Berkshire Hathaway tenure - one that saw an unprecedented record of investing success. This early period was astonishing: in 1968 he beat the Dow by more than 50%. Because Buffett wanted to ensure that his partners understood his process, he wrote letters. In them, he sets out what he termed ground rules for investing that remain startlingly relevant today for every type of investor - from beginners to sophisticated pros. Warren Buffett's Ground Rules brings together, for the first time, and with Buffett's blessing, the key investment principles and teachings the letters reveal. Here you will find the basis for Buffett's contrarian diversification strategy, his almost religious celebration of compounding interest and his tactics for bettering market results by at least 10% annually. Quoting extensively and directly from Buffett, equity research expert Jeremy Miller introduces us to the timeless advice the letters contain, demonstrating a set of highly effective investment strategies that continue to resonate today.
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Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can, Too)

Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can, Too)

David Butler ,  Linda Tischler

$24.99

Tomorrow's business winners need two things: scale and agility. The answer to both is design. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company has used design to scale its flagship brand to over 200 countries. And in recent years it has sustained that growth while becoming even more agile - something most established businesses struggle with. In Design to Grow, Coca-Cola's vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship David Butler gives an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at Coca-Cola's design-led strategy for growth. He shows how any business can use the same approach to get to the next level. Clear and actionable, this book is a must-read for leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs.
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The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

John C. Maxwell

$29.99

Don't wait for that promotion! Start leading NOW... right where you are! What's the number one question leadership expert John C. Maxwell is asked while conducting his leadership conferences? How can I implement what you teach when I'm not the top leader? . Is it possible to lead well when you're not the top dog? How about if the person you work for is a bad leader? The answer is a resounding yes! Welcome to The 360 Leader. People who desire to lead from the middle of organizations face unique challenges. And they are often held back by myths that prevent them from developing their influence. Dr. Maxwell, one of the globe's most trusted leadership mentors, debunks the myths, shows you how to overcome the challenges, and teaches you the skills you need to become a 360 leader. If you have found yourself trying to lead from the middle of the organization, as the vast majority of professionals do, then you need Maxwell's insights. You have a unique opportunity to exercise influence in all directions-up (to the boss), across (among your peers), and down (to those you lead). The good news is that your influence is greater than you know. Practice the disciplines of 360 leadership and the opportunities will be endless... for your organization, for your career, and for your life.
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Break Through: An Insider's View of the Climb to the Top

Break Through: An Insider's View of the Climb to the Top

Marina Go

$32.99

Leading Australian media executive Marina Go provides her personal tools, tips and advice to becoming a successful leader in this motivational career guide for women.

From editor of Dolly at the age of 23 to CEO of Australia’s leading digital publisher by her forties, Marina Go is here to inspire the next generation of female leaders to take their rightful place at the top.

In Break Through, Marina Go, general manager of Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and Cosmopolitan and the first female chair of Wests Tigers NRL Club, shares an in-depth analysis of the 20 leadership traits that make a successful woman – providing the tools to turn your personal vision of success into a reality.

Marina defines success as the ability to achieve the goals she sets for herself. In this deeply personal book, she talks candidly about the challenges and triumphs she has faced over her 30-year career as a leader in the media and publishing industry.

Venture inside the cutthroat world of Kerry Packer-era women’s magazines, the challenges of balancing a career with two sons and the backlash she’s received since becoming chair of a major NRL team.

Empowering, inspiring and hilariously candid, Break Through equips you with the skills needed to handle those inevitable career curveballs and gives you the confidence to smash stereotypes and barriers that get in the way of your success – all the while helping you discover the secret to a happy, balanced life along the way.
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Adventures in Coding

Adventures in Coding

Chris Minnick ,  Eva Holland

$35.95

Adventures in Coding is written specifically for young people who want to learn how to code, but don't know where to begin. No experience? No problem! This book starts from the very beginning to take you from newbie to app-builder in no time. You'll 'learn by doing' as you build projects designed to help you master fundamental programming skills—and you'll have a great time doing it. These skills form the foundation of any programmer's tool set, and you'll continue to use them as you graduate to other devices and more difficult projects. Each chapter includes a video to help clear up any confusion and make sure you really understand, so you can keep programming your way through every single project without hitting major roadblocks. If you're ready to start designing your own program, this book will help you get started today.

More and more kids are learning to code, and many schools offer basic programming classes as part of the regular curriculum. This book is structured like a class, starting with the basics and building skill upon skill, making it both a perfect accompaniment to formal instruction and an ideal guide for self-study.

    * Learn the basic programming skills you'll use everywhere
    * Build nine fun projects from super-basic to pretty challenging
    * Build the skills you need to create bigger and better apps
    * Watch video tutorials for extra help and explanations

How many times have you played with an app only to find yourself wishing it had this or that feature? If you learn how to code, you can be the creator of the next big app! But it all starts with that first small project. Adventures in Coding provides all the information you need, so let's get coding!
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