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Financial Crises

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by prizewinning economic historian, Adam Tooze, is an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis (and its ten-year aftermath) as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today.   The author explains that how living in a world where dramatic shifts in the domestic and global economy command the headlines, from rollbacks in US banking regulations to tariffs that may ignite international trade wars. Read more…

John D. Rockefeller

Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire

In Breaking Rockefeller we follow the rise of Marcus Samuel, Jr., an unorthodox Jewish merchant trader and Henri Deterding, a take-no-prisoners oilman. There lives become intertwined in 1889, with John D. Rockefeller at the peak of his power. Having annihilated all competition and possessing near-total domination of the market, even the U.S. government is wary of challenging the great “anaconda” of Standard Oil. The Standard never loses—that is until Samuel and Deterding team up to form Royal Dutch Shell. Read more…

South Korean History

South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success

In South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success we learn that its extraordinary economic and technological transformation after the Korean War (1950-1953) is often referred to by observers and historians as the “Miracle on the Han River.” The nation underwent an extraordinary makeover from being one of the poorest countries to become the 12th largest economy in the world and 4th in Asia. South Korea also became one of the most technologically advanced countries in a short span. Read more…

John Maynard Keynes

The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

As we learn in The Price of Peace, John Maynard Keynes’ journey began at the dawn of World War I with an odd, frantic trip in the sidecar of his brother-in-law’s motorcycle that would change the course of history. Swept away from his placid home at Cambridge University by the currents of the conflict, Keynes found himself thrust into the halls of European treasuries to arrange emergency loans and packed off to America to negotiate the terms of economic combat. Read more…

Ian Bremmer

The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?

The End of the Free Market details the growing phenomenon of state capitalism, a system in which governments drive local economies through ownership of market-dominant companies and large pools of excess capital, using them for political gain. This trend threatens America’s competitive edge and the conduct of free markets everywhere. An expert on the intersection of economics and politics, Ian Bremmer has followed the rise of state-owned firms in China, Russia, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Venezuela, and elsewhere. He demonstrates the growing challenge that state capitalism will pose for the entire global economy. Read more…

Global Economy

Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy

As Failure to Adjust illustrates, the vast benefits promised by the supporters of globalization, and by their own government, have never materialized for many Americans. Edward Alden provides a compelling history of the last four decades of US economic and trade policies that have left too many Americans unable to adapt to or compete in the current global marketplace. He tells the story of what went wrong and how to correct the course. Originally published on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Alden’s book captured the zeitgeist that would propel Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Read more…

Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition  by Dave Ramsey you will learn to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget. And you’ll learn how to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? By now, you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Read more…

Cornelius Vanderbilt

The Last Tycoon

Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself. In this groundbreaking, Pulitzer prize-winning biography, T.J. Read more…

Stock Market Intelligence

Stock Market Intelligence: Investing Made Easy

Have you ever felt stuck with trying to pick stocks in today’s fast growing tech companies? This book teaches you the 5 investing filters you need in your toolkit before you invest in stocks. Warren Buffett is the master of Benjamin Graham’s value approach as described in “The Intelligent Investor.” This approach worked well for companies that dominated our economy 75 years ago, but the method was not updated to use on fast-growing tech companies — “The Intelligent Investor” and Warren Buffett’s application of value investing were enormously successful but this was before the Internet existed. Today’s tech companies change rapidly. Read more…

The Economists Hour

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

Before the 1960s, American politicians had never paid much attention to economists. But as the post-World War II boom began to sputter, economists gained influence and power. In The Economists’ Hour, Binyamin Appelbaum traces the rise of the economists, first in the United States and then around the globe, as their ideas reshaped the modern world, curbing government, unleashing corporations and hastening globalization. Read more…