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The great degeneration: how institutions decay and economies die
Par Niall Ferguson. 2013
An examination of institutional dysfunction in the Western world argues that such values as a free market and representative government…are being compromised while future generations are inheriting unmanageable levels of debt. 2013.
The frackers: the outrageous inside story of the new billionaire wildcatters
Par Gregory Zuckerman. 2014
In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable…hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world's fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world- and made astonishing fortunes in the process. Zuckerman's exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he's now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them. He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow. 2014.
The forgotten man: a new history of the Great Depression
Par Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened…its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
The end of growth
Par Jeff Rubin. 2012
Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world's governments are getting it wrong - instead of moving…us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources, but that era is over. The end of cheap oil signals the end of growth - and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity. c2012.
The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability
Par Paul Hawken. 1993
Provides a blueprint for a marketplace where businesses and environmentalists work together, showing companies how to redesign and manufacture products…in innovative ways, re-educate customers, and work closely with government toward a profitable, productive, and ecologically sound future. 2005, c1993.
The Darwin economy: liberty, competition, and the common good (Your coach in a box)
Par Robert H Frank. 2011
Frank looks at how economic competition is actually hindering the "common good." He explains that Charles Darwin's theory on the…clash between individual and group interests is a perfect analogy for today's economic landscape. 2011.
The cult of impotence: selling the myth of powerlessness in the global economy
Par Linda McQuaig. 1998
McQuaig looks into the popular belief that the Canadian economy is beyond Canada's control, held at the mercy of globalization…and technology. Instead, she argues, the international community has the tools to regulate the world financial system to everyone's benefit, as was done in the decades after World War II. 1998.
The collapse of globalism: and the reinvention of the world
Par John Ralston Saul. 2005
Globalism, where world markets would supplant nation-states, has failed even as it succeeded, by increasing GDP or individual wealth in…some countries while allowing the paralyzing accumulation of debt in the third world. In the meantime, economies have artificially inflated and imploded. The author also faults a system where multinational corporations attempt to replace government infrastructure and "overly complex" management is mistaken for leadership. 2005.
The cash nexus: money and power in the modern world, 1700-2000 (Allen Lane History Ser.)
Par Niall Ferguson. 2001
Throughout modern history, the way states have managed their money has been crucial to their survival and success. It has…been finance as much as firepower that has decided the fates of nations in the supreme test of war. The cash nexus is the crucial point where money and power meet. But does money make the political world go round? Does the success of democracy depend on economic growth? Does victory always go to the richest of the great powers? Or are financial markets the true 'masters' of the modern world? 2001.
The carbon bubble: what happens to us when it bursts
Par Jeff Rubin. 2015
The author vehemently believes that Stephen Harper's economic vision for our country is dead wrong. Changes in energy markets in…the US - where domestic production is booming while demand for oil is shrinking - are quickly turning Harper's dream into an economic nightmare. The same trade and investment ties to oil that pushed the Canadian dollar to record highs are now pulling it down. But the very climate change that will leave much of the country's carbon unburnable could at the same time make some of Canada's other resource assets more valuable: our water and our land. Canada won't be an energy superpower, but it has the potential to be one of the world's great breadbaskets. And in the global climate that the world's carbon emissions are inexorably creating, food will soon be a lot more valuable than oil. Bestseller. 2015.
The ascent of money: a financial history of the world
Par Niall Ferguson. 2009
Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of human progress and reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind…all history. The evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization, from ancient Babylon to the silver mines of Bolivia. 2009.
The age of uncertainty
Par John Kenneth Galbraith. 1977
Traces the history of ideas held by economists and social philosophers that have influenced the world in the last two…hundred years. Based on the BBC series released in 1977. 1977.
The $12 million stuffed shark: the curious economics of contemporary art
Par Donald N Thompson. 2008
Delves into the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world - artists, dealers, auction houses, and wealthy collectors. If…it's true that 85 percent of new contemporary art is bad, why were record prices achieved at auction in 2006 and 2007? Explores money, lust, and the self-aggrandizement of possession in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work of art valuable while others are ignored. 2008.
Super freakonomics: global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance
Par Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner. 2009
Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming…or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is - good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky. 2009.
Squeezed: why our families can't afford America
Par Alissa Quart. 2018
Alissa Quart weaves together intimate reporting with sharp and lively critique to show how the high cost of parenthood and…our increasingly unstable job market have imploded the middle-class American Dream for many families, and offers surprising solutions for how we might change things. 2018.
Staples, markets, and cultural change: selected essays (Innis centenary series)
Par Daniel Drache, Harold A Innis. 1995
A selection of Harold Innis' most significant and representative writing. One of Canada's most influential thinkers, Innis was deeply interested…in understanding how economic and social forces interacted and shaped the modern world. 1995.
Shoptimism: why the American consumer will keep on buying no matter what
Par Lee Eisenberg. 2009
Secret ingredients: the brave new world of industrial farming
Par Stuart Laidlaw. 2003
A vivid portrait of what modern industrial farming is, what it is doing to the environment, to farmers, to the…plants and livestock we eat, and to us as consumers and as citizens. The author takes us from the dairy farms of Pennsylvania to Canada's prairie wheatfields, from the tomato greenhouses of southern Ontario to the potato fields of P.E.I. All along the way, he shows us food's secret ingredient - its hidden costs. 2003.
Searching for certainty: inside the new Canadian mindset
Par Edward Greenspon, Darrell Jay Bricker. 2001
A comprehensive report on the new economic, social and cultural Canada, resulting from changes wrought by globalization and technological innovation…over the last two decades. Canada has emerged from the late twentieth century a stronger and more dynamic society, with a mindset steeped in Canadian traditions of tolerance and community. A fact-filled account of how these changes affect us now and will determine how we feel and what we want tomorrow. 2001.
Saving capitalism: for the many, not the few
Par Robert B Reich. 2015
Reich outlines how the American economic system is failing, with increasing income inequality and a shrinking middle class, and reveals…how a market designed for broad prosperity can reverse the trend toward diminished opportunity. Bestseller. 2015.