What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.
"The most talked about non-fiction book this year"
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. Includes more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point.
Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.
"makes sense to me"
A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.
"Informative and fascinating"
Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.
"One of the best communication books ever written"
Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.
"Excellent Car Journey Material"
Robbie, aka the Naked Trader, is your expert and highly entertaining guide to the often baffling world of the stock market. In between cups of tea, rounds of toast and the occasional 'cuddle' with Mrs Naked Trader, he describes the straightforward techniques that have enabled him to succeed in the markets, escape the rat race and make a lot of money.
"a must read for all investors"
Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...
"Good book, not enthusiast about the narration"
Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.
"What went wrong, in a way you'll understand."
This edition features four great business articles. In our first article, we'll find out the difference between having what it takes to be considered for a CEO position, and actually getting it. Also, we'll find out what turns smart, ambitious people into underachievers, as well as how the right autobiographical story can help you in your personal life and your career. Plus, you'll learn how to critically re-assess your priorities before an unforeseen crisis forces you to.
Linda A. Hill, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Greg Brandeau, head of technology at Pixar, Emily Truelove, a researcher and a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kent Lineback, a manager and executive with over 25 years of experience, write about how smart leaders of innovation don't set a vision and motivate others to follow it; they create a community that is both willing and able to innovate.
In 2000, the total GDP of Earth was $36 trillion. At the start of 2007 it was $70 trillion. Today that growth has gone suddenly and sharply into decline. John Lanchester travels with a cast of characters - including reckless bankers, snoozing regulators, complacent politicians, predatory lenders, credit-drunk spendthrifts, and innocent bystanders, to understand deeply and genuinely what is happening and why we feel the way we do.
"Elegance and charm, jazzing on a well-known theme"
Stefan Michel, a professor of marketing and service management at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland, writes about how a new framework can help businesses spot missed opportunities.
The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.
The knock on most business leaders is that they don't take the long view - that they're fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift they pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides and objective answer.
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.
"Can't beat a bit of Godin..."
Business authors Jack and Suzy Welch return, nearly a decade after publishing their international bestseller, Winning, to tackle the most pressing business challenges in the modern world. From creating winning strategies to leading and managing others, The Real Life MBA acts as an essential guide for every person in business today - and tomorrow.
Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.
"Sharp, fun and informative"
Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.
"To pay, or not to pay tax ...?"
On American Public Media's Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O'Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.
In this issue: "High Yield on Main Street: Investors Earn 12% Lending to Small Business, When Banks Won't" by Laura Shin. "Message to Ambitious Countries: Clean Up Your Money Messes" by Steve Forbes. "How Donald Trump Bought a Mansion Once Listed At $100 Million for Pennies on the Dollar" by Erin Carlyle. "20 Stocks the Richest Hedge Fund Billionaires Are Buying and Selling Now" by Liyan Chen and Nathan Vardi. "Martha Stewart Preps Sale of Empire Once Worth $2 Billion" by Clare O'Connor. "Upholding International Law" by Paul Johnson. "The Birth of Bond" by Rich Karlgaard.
Successful ecommerce businesses follow a pattern: the eCommerce MasterPlan. This book identifies the seven ecommerce business structures used by successful ecommerce businesses. These structures influence everything else in your ecommerce business.
This book will help anyone learn the basics of economics, no matter what age you are. Economics can be the hardest business subject to understand, and it's also a nightmare for many college students. This book helps you understand the basics, and it's the basic foundation that allows you to easily stem to more advanced terms and economic concepts.
Power Profits! Cash Flow Revolution digs deep into the subject and science of how to find top-producing locations for your vending machines. You'll learn what to say to prospective location owners and even how to get the endorsement of major charities, which will make your income skyrocket! You'll also learn the well-kept secrets the pros use and discover just what it takes to pull a steady six figure income from this multibillion-dollar industry!
Financial advisor and author of the best-selling Power Profits series, Dan Howe has advised some of the wealthiest people in America for well over a decade and has distilled their knowledge into 10 core principles that the top 1 percent of America's earners use to build and maintain their vast fortunes in good times and bad.
In Think Like a Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, and Sell Your Book, Randy Davila explains the nuances of the publishing industry in plain English and gives authors all the tools necessary to be successful in today's rapidly changing publishing world.
Managed Services in a Month is a no-nonsense guide to building a successful managed services practice. Whether you are just starting out or converting your existing break/fix technology consulting business to managed services, this audiobook will show you the way. The newly revised and expanded second edition has nine new chapters covering the latest products and services available today, including cloud technologies. Karl shows you how to transform your business step by step.
The tips and strategies for broker price opinions will give you a competitive advantage over other investors and realtors in your area. Cory has cracked the code on BPO real estate and is now sharing his knowledge with thousands of real estate professionals across the country in this information-packed audiobook. This audiobook will make you an expert in the broker price opinion process and is written in a clear and concise way to give you the most value. The bottom line is that Magic BPO Success Secrets is a must-hear for any serious real estate professional.
Jobs feel safe. We show up, do what we're supposed to do, and a check for the same amount comes in every couple of weeks. We can feel safe, secure, and comfortable with that. We can budget for housing, transportation, and food. We might even get a few weeks of vacation each year and have enough left over to go somewhere nice. So, what's the problem? The problem is that average just isn't satisfying. We can be thankful that we're not homeless or completely impoverished all we want, but that still doesn't scratch the itch we all have to live an extraordinary life.
This audiobook will tell you how you can take advantage of FBA Amazon to start generating income online while working from home!
In this issue: "To Innovate Better Find Divergent Thinkers" "You Need an Innovation Strategy" by Gary P. Pisano. "A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy" by Niraj Dawar and Charan K. Bagga. "Luxury's Talent Factories" by Andrew Shipilov and Frédéric Godart.
Americans are taught to believe that upward mobility is possible for anyone who is willing to work hard, regardless of their social status. Yet it is often those from affluent backgrounds who land the best jobs. Pedigree takes listeners behind the closed doors of top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms to reveal the truth about who really gets hired for the nation's highest-paying entry-level jobs, who doesn't, and why.
Wagner and Martin Weitzman explore in lively, clear terms the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences. They show that the longer we wait to act, the more likely an extreme event will happen. A city might go underwater.
Famines are becoming smaller and rarer, but optimism about the possibility of a famine-free future must be tempered by the threat of global warming. That is just one of the arguments that Cormac Ó Gráda, one of the world's leading authorities on the history and economics of famine, develops in this wide-ranging audiobook, which provides crucial new perspectives on key questions raised by famines around the globe between the 17th and 21st centuries.
Surviving an economic collapse requires that you be prepared. This small guide will enable you to formulate a plan, allowing you to be proactive instead of reactive to a catastrophic financial crisis. In four chapters, you will gain invaluable knowledge and insight into what it takes to ensure you and your family have the tools necessary to survive the devastating impact of the loss of paper assets. Discover the skills you need to withstand the perils of a vulnerable financial system.
3D printing is dubbed the "democracy of manufacturing". Imagine, anyone can design and create anything for anyone, anywhere. This audiobook is the first guide on how to monetize your 3D printing skills. In addition to describing the technology in detail, it walks you through all the practical steps of turning your 3D printing skills into a business. The book will benefit both complete beginners and those more advanced in 3D printing technology. It also includes a list of the best software and hardware on the market today.
The world is full of potential financial opportunities. One could invest in real estate, the stock market, or insurance policies, or one could invest in franchises or other business opportunities. Franchise investments have the best history of success and also a history of high monetary return. A lot of people, young and old, could think about this on a daily basis, but there's no need to because the solution to your decision-making troubles is right here.
In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.
"Interesting and informative"
Economics matters. But with confusing things like GDP and interest rates, it's often hard to get you head around. So What do you really need to know about economics?
"very good insight into economics "
In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.
"Very Interesting and Relevant"
The 10th edition of the long-established definitive guide to the EU. From its original six members (who formed the European Economic Community in 1957) what became the European Union had grown to 27 members in 2007, with several more candidates for membership standing in the wings.
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.
"Interesting and insightful"
An acclaimed classic detailing the economic history of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who changed the world. Frederick Lewis Allen's insightful financial history of the United States - from the late 1800s through the stock market collapse of 1929 - remains a seminal work on what brought on America's worst economic disaster: the Great Depression.
The Big Data-Driven Business: How to Use Big Data to Win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits makes the case that big data is for real, and more than just big hype. The audiobook uses real-life examples - from Nate Silver to Copernicus, and Apple to Blackberry - to demonstrate how the winners of the future will use big data to seek the truth.
China's economic growth is sputtering, the Euro is under threat, and the United States is combating serious trade disadvantages. Another Great Depression? Not quite. Noted economist and China expert Michael Pettis argues instead that we are undergoing a critical rebalancing of the world economies.
One of the most lucrative fields in business, investment banking frequently perplexes even banking professionals working within its complex laws. Investment Banking For Dummies remedies common misconceptions with a straightforward assessment of banking fundamentals. Written by experts in stock market proceedings, this book runs parallel to an introductory course in investment banking.
The importance of a business's culture to sustainable success. An organisation's culture either gives it a competitive advantage or a competitive disadvantage. It is a crucial factor in determining how successful a business is and how much people want to work for an organisation. That is why managers are putting more and more emphasis on getting their organisation's culture right.
In Smart Pricing, Wharton professors and renowned pricing experts Jagmohan Raju and Z. John Zhang draw on examples from high tech to low tech, from consumer markets to business markets, and from U.S. to abroad, to tell the stories of how innovative pricing strategies can help companies create and capture value as well as customers. They teach the pricing principles behind those innovative ideas and practices.
Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.
The Cluetrain Manifesto is all the buzz. This iconoclastic look at business in the Internet age has a special eye for debunking old views of customers and service. Download and listen now - an audible.com audio exclusive.Plus, check out the rants of Cluetrain co-author Christopher Locke, a.k.a. RageBoy
"Powerful annoyingly read"