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The Anxious triumph: the making of global capitalism, 1880-1914 by Donald Sassoon

Overview: The long-awaited magnum opus of one of Britain’s most wide-ranging historians. Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s when, in different forms and supported by different political forces, states all over the world developed their modern political …
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Firefighting: the financial crisis and its lessons by Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner, and Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Overview: From the three primary architects of the American policy response to the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, a magnificent big-picture synthesis–from why it happened to where we are now. In 2018, Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Hank Paulson came together to reflect on the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis ten years …
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Humble leadership: the powers of relationships, openness, and trust by Edgar H. Schein and Peter Schein

Overview: Bestselling author and father of organizational culture studies, Edgar Schein and Peter Schein trail-blaze with a creative perspective on leadership that encourages vulnerability and empathy as a form of strength. The more traditional forms of leadership that are based on static hierarchies and professional distance between leaders and followers are growing increasingly outdated and …
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The globotics upheaval: globalization, robotics, and the future of work by Richard Baldwin

Overview: At the root of inequality, unemployment, and populism are radical changes in the world economy. Digital technology is allowing talented foreigners to telecommute into our workplaces and compete for service and professional jobs. Instant machine translation is melting language barriers, so the ranks of these “tele-migrants” will soon include almost every educated person in …
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AI superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the new world order by Kai-Fu Lee

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us …
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The enlightened capitalists: cautionary tales of business pioneers who tried to do well by doing good by James O’Toole

Overview: An expert on ethical leadership analyzes the complicated history of business people who tried to marry the pursuit of profits with virtuous organizational practices—from British industrialist Robert Owen to American retailer John Cash Penney and jeans maker Levi Strauss to such modern-day entrepreneurs Anita Roddick and Tom Chappell. Today’s business leaders are increasingly pressured …
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The prosperity paradox by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon

Overview: Clayton M. Christensen, the author of such business classics as The Innovator’s Dilemma and the New York Times bestseller How Will You Measure Your Life, and co-authors Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon reveal why so many investments in economic development fail to generate sustainable prosperity, and offers a groundbreaking solution for true and lasting change. …
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Dare to lead: brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts by Brené Brown

Overview: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the …
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When: the scientific secrets of perfect timing by Daniel H. Pink

Overview: “Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice.” —The Wall Street Journal Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we …
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Enlightenment now: the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress by Steven Pinker

Overview: INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 ONE OF THE ECONOMIST’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR “My new favorite book of all time.” —Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our …
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