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 analyses 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.
What is economics? What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter? Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian. The Observer called his book 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was a no.1 bestseller, 'a witty and timely debunking of some of the biggest myths surrounding the global economy.' He won the Wassily Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought, and is a vocal critic of the failures of our current economic system.
Dysfunctional government has become a cliche, and it is all too easy to believe that nothing is ever going to change. Here, in an argument that spans the globe, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge show that the truth is very different. There have already been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. We are now in the midst of a fourth - and for the first time, Western governments risk being left behind. A country's success depends overwhelmingly on its ability to reinvent the state. But, while China is making rapid progress with government reform, gridlock in Washington is seeing America fall badly behind, and flailing democracies like India look enviously at China's state-of-the-art airports and expanding universities. The race to get government right is not just a race of efficiency. It is a race to see which political values will triumph in the twenty-first century: the liberal values of democracy and liberty, or the authoritarian values of command and control. The stakes could not be higher.
In The Reckoning, award-winning historian Jacob Soll shows how the use and misuse of financial bookkeeping has determined the fates of entire societies. Time and again, Soll reveals, good and honest accounting has been a tool to build successful companies, states and empires. Yet when it is neglected or falls into the wrong hands, accounting has contributed to cycles of destruction that continue to this day. Combining rigorous scholarship and fresh storytelling, The Reckoning traces the surprisingly powerful influence of accounting on financial and political stability, from the powerful Medici bank in 14th century Italy to the 2008 financial crisis.
Navigate the economy with this insightful new book The world is awash with economic information. Governments release reports. Pundits give their interpretation on television. And the stock market may go its own way, confusing everyone. How can you better understand what it means for you? Big Picture Economics , a new book by award-winning columnist and futurist Joel Naroff and veteran journalist Ron Scherer, says the thread that ties everything together is context. The authors show how consumers, business, the Federal Reserve, and government take into account what's going on around them to make critical decisions like buying new products, building new factories, changing interest rates, or setting budget goals. The book provides a clear roadmap to understanding the whole story behind the global economy. Big Picture Economics helps readers understand how context impacts decisions and decision makers. - The Federal Reserve and Congress in formulating economic policy - Consumers in a shopper nation and what makes us buy or not buy - Corporations making decisions on whether to build new factories and buy other companies - The federal budget that must deal with complex issues, including the reduction of health care spending - A simple test for tax cuts or increases: will they help the economy grow? - Where to produce and where to sell in a global economy that is more like a Mobius strip than a flat world - International events that can ripple through the economy and ultimately affect workers in the Midwest - Technology, such as intelligent drones to wearable computers, are changing the future Experts laud the book for its perceptive insights: It all sounds like common sense, but it is actually based on a close, expert reading of economic history and what that history implies for the future. Read this book to become a more educated judge of economic policy. --Robert Moffitt , Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University Naroff and Scherer show how seemingly unrelated things like an upgrade of the Panama Canal, a Tex-Mex restaurant's menu change, or how many Americans are overweight turn out to be intricately linked to our daily experiences. What brings the book to life is the authors' focus on these hidden interconnections. --Brendan Conway , blogger and columnist, Barron's
Plan! Strategize! Build Real Wealth! Be proactive in your quest to live the life you dream of. Holding three Masters' Degrees and a qualified Financial Planner, Mortgage Planner, Mortgage Broker, Estate Agent and Property Advisor, Andrew Crossley of the Australian Property Advisory Group has launched his powerful blueprint for Property Investment success. Learn how to understand what you're really buying, and dodge the traps of spruikers and their dreaded up-sell techniques. Understand property, contract and loans types, savings that can be made on taxation, and how to avoid the pitfalls of rental property investment before you make the purchase. Get to know the rationale behind out-performing suburbs and many different strategies, and wonder why nobody ever explained to you there's advice out there that ethically represents the buyer and not the seller. Becoming wealthy is a process, Andrew says. You need to follow proven strategies. It is recommended that you seek the right advice before moving forward with your next purchase. Property Investing Made Simple is all about lowering risk when it comes to property investment, arming yourself with the information you need to take away your fears, and reduce the impact investing can have on your lifestyle. There's also a BONUS tip included and FREE access to interviews with industry experts.
This is the illustrated guide to creating and managing a successful retail business. Retail 101 provides practical action steps for independent and specialty retailers to compete against big-box stores and shares expert insights on balancing inventory, management issues, and more. Retail 101 helps you keep your doors open, deal with wholesalers and suppliers, market your business, and provide the best in-store experience you can. Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the founder of the nation's only retail lifestyle publication and online community, Retail Minded, which supports small business owners. She is also co-founder of the Independent Retailer Conference. Jason A. Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, Inc, is the innovator behind the United States' top wholesale and manufacturer trade platforms. He is also the author of Wholesale 101: A Guide to Product Sourcing for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners.
The perfect pocketbook gift for the power-hungry - from 'the modern Machiavelli', Robert Greene, international bestselling sensation author of The 48 Laws of Power, Seduction and War. This concise version of the business classic Mastery provides a shortcut to Greene's powerful new tools for achieving greatness. Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. To see our uniqueness expressed in our achievements, we must first learn the rules - and then change them completely. Charles Darwin began as an underachieving schoolboy, Leonardo da Vinci as an illegitimate outcast. The secret of their eventual greatness lies in a 'rigorous apprenticeship': they learnt to master the 'hidden codes' which determine ultimate success or failure. Then, they rewrote the rules as a reflection of their own individuality. Told through Robert Greene's signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, Concise Mastery builds on the strategies outlined in The 48 Laws of Power to provide a practical guide to greatness - and learn how to start living by your own rules.
Based on the award-winning article in Harvard Business Review, from global leadership expert John Kotter. It's a familiar scene in organizations today: a new competitive threat or a big opportunity emerges. You quickly create a strategic initiative in response and appoint your best people to make change happen. And it does--but not fast enough. Or effectively enough. Real value gets lost and, ultimately, things drift back to the default status. Why is this scenario so frequently repeated in industries and organizations across the world? In the groundbreaking new book Accelerate (XLR8), leadership and change management expert, and best-selling author, John Kotter provides a fascinating answer--and a powerful new framework for competing and winning in a world of constant turbulence and disruption. Kotter explains how traditional organizational hierarchies evolved to meet the daily demands of running an enterprise. For most companies, the hierarchy is the singular operating system at the heart of the firm. But the reality is, this system simply is not built for an environment where change has become the norm. Kotter advocates a new system--a second, more agile, network-like structure that operates in concert with the hierarchy to create what he calls a dual operating system --one that allows companies to capitalize on rapid-fire strategic challenges and still make their numbers. Accelerate (XLR8) vividly illustrates the five core principles underlying the new network system, the eight Accelerators that drive it, and how leaders must create urgency in others through role modeling. And perhaps most crucial, the book reveals how the best companies focus and align their people's energy and urgency around what Kotter calls the big opportunity. If you're a pioneer, a leader who knows that bold change is necessary to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world, this book will help you accelerate into a better, more profitable future.
THREE TOP MBA PROFESSORS - ONE BIG ROAD TRIP Full of powerful insights about product differentiation, pricing, brand management and tactics for battling the 'Big Boys', The Roadside MBA takes the blue-chip knowledge and tactics of Wall Street, and brings them to the High Street. Paul Oyer, Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer have taught thousands of MBAs at some of the world's leading business schools. While travelling back from an economics conference together they dropped into a shoe store in Maine and chatted to the staff - and quickly realized that the strategic problems faced by small businesses are just as rich and compelling as anything challenging Microsoft or General Electric. These three wise men decided to go in search of real-world case studies that illustrate the key lessons of an MBA. The result is a rollicking American road trip that is both a great introduction for business owners who haven't done an MBA, and an entertaining refresher for those who have. 'An excellent primer' Financial Times 'The Roadside MBA succeeds admirably ...providing fresh examples to illustrate the basic tenets of MBA theory' Economist
This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in the research projects of the US government to the interactive online world we know and use today. Fully illustrated with images of early computing equipment and the inside story of the online worlds movers and shakers, the book explains the origins of the Webs key technologies, such as hypertext and mark-up language, the social ideas that underlie its networks, such as open source, and creative commons, and key moments in its development, such as the movement to broadband and the Dotcom Crash. Later ideas look at the origins of social networking and the latest developments on the Web, such as The Cloud and the Semantic Web. Following the design of the previous titles in the series, this book will be in a new, smaller format. It provides an informed and fascinating illustrated history of our most used and fastest-developing technology.
DESCRIPTION App Inventor is a free, user-friendly tool that makes it a snap to create Android apps using Android devices such as phones and tablets-no programming experience needed. Users decide what they want their app to do and then click together the colorful jigsaw-puzzle blocks that make it happen. After the project is finished and tested, App Inventor turns it into a real Android app that can be run on phones, shared with friends, or even sold in the Google Play store. Hello App Inventor! Android programming for kids and the rest of us introduces creative young and not so young readers to the world of mobile programming-no experience required! Featuring more than 30 fun invent-it-yourself projects, this book starts with the building blocks needed to create a few practice apps. Then, it teaches the skills needed to bring app ideas to life. Throughout the book, a special Learning Points feature makes sure readers understand important programming concepts used in any programming language. RETAIL SELLING POINTS A quick and easy guide to making Android apps Create cool apps to share and to sell Use free online user-friendly App Inventor tool AUDIENCE This book is written especially for kids, but it's perfect for educators or anyone who wants to learn a fast, comfortable way to write Android apps. App Inventor is totally graphical; apps can be built without learning a complicated programming language. ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY Android devices such as phones and tablets can be programmed using App Inventor, which lets users design and program an app using their web browser and a free downloadable Java program. Apps can be tested live on an android phone/tablet or on-screen in an android emulator and then packaged up and downloaded to the phone or tablet.
Make Microsoft's Surface work-and play-just the way you want it to Microsoft's Surface tablet has the features and personality you're looking for, with a robust environment for business computing that doesn't skimp on fun. Surface for Dummies, 2 nd Edition explains how Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows RT differ, and helps you decide which Surface model is best for you. Step by step, this book walks you through both the hardware and software features of the Surface, including the touch cover and type cover, Windows RT and Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems, and the coveted Office Home & Student 2013 software suite that's bundled with the Surface. Written by bestselling author Andy Rathbone, this easy-to-access book is filled with information on how to use the tablet, figure out the operating system, navigate the app environment, and take advantage of your exciting new Surface. The book is your personal guide to one the fastest, sleekest, and most powerful tablets on the market. Surface is designed to be thin, light, and with hours of battery life so you can power through your day with ease. With this handy reference, you'll be able to make quick work of your to-do list and have fun all at the same time! Create: release your inner artist with Fresh Paint, a touch-based art app Share: Multiple accounts offer privacy and security so you can share your Surface, but not your stuff Enjoy: Snap apps side by side to multi-task on the vivid HD screen Discover: New apps in the Windows Store so you can work efficiently and get more done With Surface For Dummies, 2 nd Edition you can navigate and enhance your entire Surface experience!