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Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable Cover Image
By Jeffrey D. Sachs, Bernie Sanders (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780231184045
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 7th, 2017

My father famously declared that GDP "measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile." Jeffrey Sachs presents an economic vision beyond GDP, one that is based on compassion and sustainability, and that aligns with the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. This is a roadmap for America's future economic strategy.

--Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Spy Sites of Washington, DC: A Guide to the Capital Region's Secret History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626163768
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Published: Georgetown University Press - February 2nd, 2017

Wallace and Melton are expert chroniclers of the spy business. "Spy Sites of Washington, DC" is admirably detailed and thoroughly enjoyable. If you loved their book "Spycraft" on the intricate world of espionage tradecraft, you will find "Spy Sites" an essential guide to the intelligence landmarks of Washington.

The Constitution: An Introduction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465094103
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Published: Basic Books - January 3rd, 2017

This readable history of the Constitution as it has evolved over more than two centuries corrects many false beliefs about that document and its applicability to every corner of American life. Written in a style that makes it accessible to readers at several levels, this book tells the human story of the ways in which the world's oldest written constitution has shaped our experience.
James M. McPherson, Professor of History Emeritus, Princeton University, and Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done about It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465019328
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Published: Basic Books - January 3rd, 2017

No technologically advanced society exists without reading. This is the remarkable story of why and how it all works. From David Letterman s irony to posited Sumerian patent trolls, the writing is lively, informative, and supremely entertaining.
Daniel J. Levitin, best-selling author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674971134
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 2nd, 2017

Gewirtz takes us on a grand tour of the historic efforts made by Chinese leaders to confect a new economic model, reminding us also of the critical role played by foreign ideas and advisors. If you are confused by the complicated evolution of China s economy, this wonderfully meaty book will serve as a fascinating road map.--Orville Schell, Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society"

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254594
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 6th, 2016

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind s view of its own mind.

Central Banks and Gold: How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501704949
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Published: Cornell University Press - December 20th, 2016

"Central Banks and Gold is a game changer. Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler convincingly upset conventional interpretations of many issues concerning international finance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with findings that have profound implications for global financial trends in recent decades." Steven J. Ericson, Dartmouth College, author of The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan"



How Change Happens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780198785392
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 2016

"In How Change Happens, Duncan Green points to a simple truth: that positive social change requires power, and hence attention on the part of reformers to politics and the institutions within which power is exercised. It is an indispensable guide for activists and change-makers everywhere." -- Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501120046
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - November 15th, 2016

Bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined.

The Wild and the Wicked: On Nature and Human Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262035408
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Published: Mit Press - December 10th, 2016

A fun, funny, and accessible trip through Benjamin Hale's philosophical argument for being green -- even though Nature itself is amoral. The duty-based position he favors is sketched out through a series of fascinating and inventive cases -- both real and fictional. You may never buy eggs the same way again.

Paternalism Beyond Borders Cover Image
By Michael N. Barnett (Editor)
ISBN: 9781316625712
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Published: Cambridge University Press - January 3rd, 2017

'We all want to end world poverty and misery. But who is this 'we, ' and who put us in charge? This brilliant volume shows how the humanitarian movement, despite progress against the old racism and colonialism, remains too often oblivious to who has the power and who does not. As a result, it argues, paternalism is alive and well. The logic of humanitarian action can overwhelm the best of anti-paternalist intentions. The volume offers no easy answers but it will leave the reader with a greatly enriched understanding of the values of dignity and autonomy for every individual everywhere.' William Easterly, New York University

Asteroid Hunters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501120084
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - March 14th, 2017

Dr. Carrie Nugent is a scientist that works on discovering and finding asteroids. She works on NASA's NEOWISE mission, which uses a space-based infrared telescope to discover, track, and characterize asteroids. She is a 2016 TED fellow, and hosts and produces Spacepod, a podcast about space exploration. She even has an asteroid named after her: 8801 Nugent. Asteroid Hunters is her first book.

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