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After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality Cover Image
By Heather Boushey (Editor), J. Bradford DeLong (Editor), Marshall Steinbaum (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674504776
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Published: Harvard University Press - May 8th, 2017

Piketty s work did what decades of rising disparities couldn t do: it reminded macroeconomists that inequality matters. More starkly, it laid bare just how ill-equipped our existing frameworks are for understanding, predicting, and changing inequality. This extraordinary collection shows that our most nimble social scientists are responding to the challenge, collecting ideas about capital, technology, power, gender, race, and privilege that might help inform a broader understanding.--Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan"

The Calculus of Happiness: How a Mathematical Approach to Life Adds Up to Health, Wealth, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691168630
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 11th, 2017

Readers are sure to get a sense of how content from algebra and precalculus can help inform us about important decisions that are almost universally relevant." --Jason M. Graham, MAA Reviews

Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Cover Image
By Ronald Rael, Teddy Cruz (Preface by), Marcello Di Cintio (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780520283947
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Published: University of California Press - April 4th, 2017

A fascinating book, astonishing and magical: a realm where the absurdity of a wall is transformed from obstructive and negative to an affirmation of shared humanity.---Judith Torrea, journalist and author based in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674971998
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 27th, 2017

As a child in the 1960s, I was aware of both NASA s achievements and social unrest, but unaware of the clashes between those two historical currents. Maher does yeoman work in capturing the maelstrom of the 1960s and 1970s as it collided with NASA s program for human spaceflight.--George Zamka, Colonel USMC (Ret.) and former NASA astronaut"

Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674052284
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 20th, 2017

In this important introduction to the 'basic income' initiative--an economic proposal that may radically transform the nature of the modern economy and society--two leading social scientists examine the ethics and economics of the proposed move. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the problems of deprivation and unfreedom that survive even in the richest countries in the world. The remedial reasoning presented by Van Parijs and Vanderborght is powerful as well as highly engaging--a brilliant book.--Amartya Sen, Harvard University

A Colony in a Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254228
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 21st, 2017

A Colony in a Nation is a highly original analysis of America's arbitrary and erratic criminal justice system. Indeed, by Hayes's lights, the system is not erratic at all--it treats one group of Americans as citizens, and another as the colonized. This is an essential and ground-breaking text in the effort to understand how American criminal justice went so badly awry. --Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me

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.

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.

Clean Power Politics: The Democratization of Energy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781316642139
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Published: Cambridge University Press - March 6th, 2017

Clean Power Politics explains clean energy policy and the need for a successful transition to clean energy in the future.

Paternalism Beyond Borders Cover Image
By Michael N. Barnett (Editor)
ISBN: 9781316625712
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Published: Cambridge University Press - November 14th, 2016

'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

Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674504431
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 13th, 2017

In his journey through the millennia of human evolution, from the forests of Amazonia to the deserts of Australia, ever in search of a better understanding of human diversity, Caleb Everett presents a breathtaking narrative of how the human species developed one of its most distinct cognitive and linguistic achievements: to count and to use concepts of quantity to expand and enrich a wide range of cultural activities.--Bernd Heine, University of Cologne

One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691167435
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 21st, 2017

-At a time of deep social and political division, along comes a much-needed book to steer us toward solutions to five very difficult national problems. There could be no better guide for this endeavor than Peter Schuck, one of the clearest and most thoughtful legal and policy scholars of this or any generation. Every policymaker at every level of government, and ideally every citizen, should read this book.---Robert E. Litan, author of Trillion Dollar Economists

Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300208443
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Published: Yale University Press - March 21st, 2017

A penetrating look into the unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West


Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353328
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Everything Under the Heavens is the most persuasive account I've ever read of how China's history shapes its foreign policy and that of its neighbors today. A subtle and beautifully written book that offers surprising lessons for how Americans and Asians should respond to China's rise. Strongly recommended for policy makers and citizens alike.- --Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Center, University of California-San Diego 

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

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