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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
by Adam Minter

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>From the author of <i>Junkyard Planet</i>, a journey into the surprising afterlives of our former possessions.</b><br /><br />Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent's death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.<br /><br />In <i>Secondhand</i>, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?<br /><i><br /></i><i>Secondhand</i> offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we've used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. <i>Secondhand</i> shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.<br /><b></b>
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's F...
by Bill Browder

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>THE BOOK THAT EXPLAINS WHY RUSSIANS WANTED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淧art John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淸<i>Red Notice</i>] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what <i>Liar鈥檚 Poker</i> did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder鈥檚 business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin鈥檚 Russia, making <i>Red Notice</i> an early candidate for any list of the year鈥檚 best books鈥?(<i>Fortune</i>).</b><br /><br />This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.<br /> <br /> Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn鈥檛 so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin鈥檚 number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States鈥擳he Magnitsky Act鈥攖hat punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer鈥檚 murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.<br /> <br />A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, <i>Red Notice</i> is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets
by Thomas Philippon

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English

Pages

344

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on competition. Thomas Philippon blames the unchecked efforts of corporate lobbyists. Instead of earning profits by investing and innovating, powerful firms use political pressure to secure their advantages. The result is less efficient markets, leading to higher prices and lower wages.
The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, An...
by Allan Dib

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English

Pages

234

Publication Date

January 25, 2016

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WARNING: Do Not Read This Book If You Hate Money<br /><br />To build a successful business, you need to stop doing random acts of marketing and start following a reliable plan for rapid business growth. Traditionally, creating a marketing plan has been a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why it often doesn't get done.<br /><br />In The 1-Page Marketing Plan, serial entrepreneur and rebellious marketer Allan Dib reveals a marketing implementation breakthrough that makes creating a marketing plan simple and fast. It's literally a single page, divided up into nine squares. With it you'll be able to map out your own sophisticated marketing plan and go from zero to marketing hero.<br /><br />Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced entrepreneur, The 1-Page Marketing Plan is the easiest and fastest way to create a marketing plan that will propel your business growth.<br /><br />In this groundbreaking new book you'll discover:<br /><br />鈥?How to get new customers, clients, or patients and how to make more profit from existing ones.<br />鈥?Why 鈥渂ig business鈥?style marketing could kill your business and strategies that actually work for small and medium-sized businesses.<br />鈥?How to close sales without being pushy, needy, or obnoxious while turning the tables and having prospects begging you to take their money.<br />鈥?A simple step-by-step process for creating your own personalized marketing plan that is literally one page. Simply follow along and fill in each of the nine squares that make up your own 1-Page Marketing Plan.<br />鈥?How to annihilate competitors and make yourself the only logical choice.<br />鈥?How to get amazing results on a small budget using the secrets of direct response marketing.<br />鈥?How to charge high prices for your products and services and have customers actually thank you for it.
Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept
by Robert Spalding

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English

Pages

255

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><b>China expert Robert Spalding reveals the shocking success China has had infiltrating American institutions and compromising our national security.</b></b><br /><br />The media often suggest that Russia poses the greatest threat to America's national security, but the real danger lies farther east. While those in power have been distracted and disorderly, China has waged a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure--and they're winning. It's almost too late to undo the shocking, though nearly invisible, victories of the Chinese. <br /><br />In <i>Stealth War</i>, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding reveals China's motives and secret attacks on the West. Chronicling how our leaders have failed to protect us over recent decades, he provides shocking evidence of some of China's most brilliant ploys, including:<br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燩lacing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States that serve to monitor and control Chinese students on campus and spread communist narratives to unsuspecting American students.<br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燨ffering enormous sums to American experts who create investment funds that funnel technology to China.<br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燬igning a thirty-year agreement with the US that allows China to share peaceful nuclear technology, ensuring that they have access to American nuclear know-how.<br /><br />Spalding's concern isn't merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights. <br /><br />Despite all the damage done so far, Spalding shows how it's still possible for the U.S. and the rest of the free world to combat--and win--China's stealth war.
Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis
by Guy Snodgrass

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>"This is the memoir America wishes Jim Mattis had written."聽<b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />An insider's sometimes shocking account of how Defense Secretary James Mattis led the US military through global challenges while serving as a crucial check on the Trump Administration.</b><br /><br />For nearly two years as Trump's Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis maintained a complicated relationship with the President. A lifelong Marine widely considered to be one of America's greatest generals, Mattis was committed to keeping America safe. Yet he served a President whose actions were frequently unpredictable and impulsive with far-reaching consequences. <br /><br />Often described as the administration's "adult in the room," Mattis has said very little about his difficult role, and since his resignation has kept his views of the President and his policies private. Now, Mattis's former chief speechwriter and communications director, Guy M. Snodgrass, brings readers behind that curtain. Drawing on his seventeen months working with Mattis, Snodgrass reveals how one of the nation's greatest generals walked a political tightrope while leading the world's most powerful military.<br /><br />Snodgrass gives us a fly-on-the-wall view as Mattis...<br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燫eacted when learning about major policy decisions via Twitter rather than from the White House.<br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燤inimized the damage done to our allies and diplomatic partners.<br />聽聽鈥⒙犅燬low-rolled some of Trump's most controversial measures, with no intention of following through.<br /><br />As the first book written by an insider with firsthand knowledge of key decisions and moments in history, <i>Holding the Line </i>is a must-read for those who care about the presidency and America's national security. It's filled with never-before-told stories that will both alarm and reassure, a testament to the quiet and steady efforts of General Mattis and the dedicated men and women he led at the Department of Defense.
Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested ...
by , Ren茅e A. Mauborgne

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

January 20, 2014

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<p><b><i>OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD<br />WALL STREET JOURNAL AND BUSINESSWEEK BESTSELLER<br />RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND IMPACTFUL STRATEGY BOOKS EVER WRITTEN</i></b></p><p><b>The global phenomenon that has sold over 4 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 46 languages and is a bestseller across five continents--now updated and expanded with new content. Named by <i>Fast Company</i> as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. A strategy classic.</b></p><p>In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, <b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b>, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating "blue oceans"--untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.</p><p><b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b> presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes:</p><ul><li>A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red</li><li>Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time</li><li>Two new chapters and an expanded third one--Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps --that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years</li></ul><p></p><p>A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space--and making the competition irrelevant.</p><p>To learn more about the power of <b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b>, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you'll find all the resources you need--from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.</p>
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
by , James A. Robinson

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English

Pages

556

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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<b>Brilliant and engagingly written, <i>Why Nations Fail </i>answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? <br /><i><br /></i></b>Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? <br /><br />Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? <br /><br />Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. <br /><br />The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions鈥攚ith no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. <br /><br />Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: <br /><br />- China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and聽overwhelm the West? <br /><br />- Are America鈥檚 best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority? <br /><br />- What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson鈥檚 breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? <br /><br /><b><i>Why Nations Fail </i>will change the way you look at鈥攁nd understand鈥攖he world.聽</b>
Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding America's Destruction?
by Michelle Malkin

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English

Pages

468

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>Follow the money, find the truth. That鈥檚 Michelle Malkin鈥檚 journalistic mantra, and in her stunning new book,聽Open Borders Inc., she puts it to work with a shocking, comprehensive expos茅聽of who鈥檚 behind our immigration crisis.</b><br /> <br />In the name of compassion鈥攂ut driven by financial profit鈥攇lobalist elites, Silicon Valley, and the radical Left are conspiring to undo the rule of law, subvert our homeland security, shut down free speech, and make gobs of money off the backs of illegal aliens, refugees, and low-wage guest workers.<br /> <br />Politicians want cheap votes or cheap labor. Church leaders want pew-fillers and collection plate donors. Social justice militants, working with corporate America, want to silence free speech they deem 鈥渉ateful,鈥?while raking in tens of millions of dollars promoting mass, uncontrolled immigration both legal and illegal.<br /> <br />Malkin names names鈥攆rom Pope Francis to George Clooney, from George Soros to the Koch brothers, from Jack Dorsey to Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg. Enlightening as it is infuriating,聽Open Borders Inc.聽reveals the powerful forces working to erase America.
Measuring What Counts: The Global Movement for Well-Being
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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English

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Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><strong>A bold agenda for a better way to assess societal well-being, by three of the world鈥檚 leading economists and statisticians</strong></p> <p><strong>"If we want to put people first, we have to know what matters to them, what improves their well-being, and how we can supply more of whatever that is."<br /></strong><strong>鈥擩oseph E. Stiglitz</strong><br /><br />In 2009, a group of economists led by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen issued a report challenging gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of progress and well-being. Published as <em>Mismeasuring Our Lives</em> by The New Press, the book sparked a global conversation about GDP and a major movement among scholars, policy makers, and activists to change the way we measure our economies.<br /><br /><br /><br />Now, in <em>Measuring What Counts</em>, Stiglitz, Fitoussi, and Martine Durand鈥攕ummarizing the deliberations of a panel of experts on the measurement of economic performance and social progress hosted at the OECD, the international organization incorporating the most economically advanced countries鈥攑ropose a new, 鈥渂eyond GDP鈥?agenda. This book provides an accessible overview of the last decade鈥檚 global movement, sparked by the original critique of GDP, and proposes a new 鈥渄ashboard鈥?of metrics to assess a society鈥檚 health, including measures of inequality and economic vulnerability, whether growth is environmentally sustainable, and how people feel about their lives. Essential reading for our time, it also serves as a guide for policy makers and others on how to use these new tools to fundamentally change the way we measure our lives鈥攁nd to plot a radically new path forward.</p>

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