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305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Part one. The three and a half revolutions
  • Thomas Hobbes and the rise of the nation-state
  • John Stuart Mill and the liberal state
  • Beatrice Webb and the welfare state
  • Milton Friedman's Paradise lost
  • Part two. From the west to the east. The seven deadly Sins--and one great virtue--of California government
  • The Asian alternative
  • Part three. The winds of change. The place where the future happened first
  • Fixing Leviathan
  • What is the State for?
  • Conclusion: The democratic deficit.
"From the bestselling authors of The Right Nation, a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state. Dysfunctional government: It's become a cliche. And most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing is ever going to change. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge show us, that is a seriously limited view of things. In fact, there have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. The West has led these revolutions, but now we are in the midst of a fourth revolution, and it is Western government that is in danger of being left behind. Now, things really are different. The West's debt load is unsustainable. The developing world has harvested the low-hanging fruits. Industrialization has transformed all the peasant economies it had left to transform, and the toxic side effects of rapid developing world growth are adding to the bill. From Washington to Detroit, from Brasilia to New Delhi, there is a dual crisis of political legitimacy and political effectiveness. The Fourth Revolution crystallizes the scope of the crisis and points forward to our future.The authors enjoy extraordinary access to influential figures and forces the world over, and the book is a global tour of the innovators in how power is to be wielded. The age of big government is over; the age of smart government has begun. Many of the ideas the authors discuss seem outlandish now, but the center of gravity is moving quickly. This tour drives home a powerful argument: that countries' success depends overwhelmingly on their ability to reinvent the state. And that much of the West--and particularly the United States--is failing badly in its task. China is making rapid progress with government reform at the same time as America is falling badly behind. Washington is gridlocked, and America is in danger of squandering its huge advantages from its powerful economy because of failing government. And flailing democracies like India look enviously at China's state-of-the-art airports and expanding universities. The race to get government right is not just a race of efficiency. It is a race to see which political values will triumph in the twenty-first century--the liberal values of democracy and liberty or the authoritarian values of command and control. The stakes could not be higher"-- Provided by publisher.
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2. The innovators [2014]

Book
viii, 542 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Ada, Countess of Lovelace
  • The computer
  • Programming
  • The transistor
  • The microchip
  • Video games
  • The Internet
  • The personal computer
  • Software
  • Online
  • The Web
  • Ada forever.
"Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen"-- Provided by publisher.
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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Book
580 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: The bombs
  • An American abroad
  • An education in crisis
  • Leaning against the wind
  • Letting it burn
  • The fall
  • "We're going to fix this"
  • Into the fire
  • Plan beats no plan
  • Getting better, feeling worse
  • The fight for reform
  • Aftershocks
  • Epilogue: Reflections on financial crises.
From the former Treasury Secretary, the definitive account of the unprecedented effort to save the U.S. economy from collapse in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression.
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xxviii, 186 pages ; 21 cm.
  • The future of China
  • The future of the United States
  • The future of U.S.-China relations
  • The future of India
  • The future of Islamic extremism
  • The future of national economic growth
  • The future of geopolitics and globalization
  • The future of democracy
  • How Lee Kuan Yew thinks
  • Conclusion.
When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format. Lee offers his assessment of China's future, asserting, among other things, that "China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S." He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader -- including the one who takes the oath of office on January 20, 2013.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262019125 20160612
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6. On China [2012]

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xviii, 604 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 22 cm
  • The singularity of China
  • The Kowtow question and the opium war
  • From preeminence to decline
  • Mao's continuous revolution
  • Triangular diplomacy and the Korean War
  • China confronts both superpowers
  • A decade of crises
  • The road to reconciliation
  • Resumption of relations : first encounters with Mao and Zhou
  • The quasi-alliance : conversations with Mao
  • The end of the Mao era
  • The indestructible Deng
  • "Touching the tiger's buttocks" : the third Vietnam War
  • Reagan and the advent of normalcy
  • Tiananmen
  • What kind of reform? Deng's southern tour
  • A roller coaster ride toward another reconciliation : the Jiang Zemin era
  • The new millennium
  • Epilogue: Does history repeat itself? : the Crowe memorandum
  • Afterword to the paperback edition.
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Book
92 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Technology's influence on employment and the economy
  • Humanity and technology on the second half of the chessboard
  • Creative destruction : the economics of accelerating technology and disappearing jobs
  • What is to be done? : prescriptions and recommendations
  • Conclusion: The digital frontier.
Examines how information technologies are affecting jobs, skills, wages, and the economy. As one of the most important forces in the economy today, digital technologies are transforming the world of work and are key drivers of productivity and growth.
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Book
xiii, 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Chapter 1: "One short nap took me all the way back to before 1949". 1978-2008: 30 years of Opening. 1992-2005: 13 years of Reform. 2005: the end of Reform. China is a family business. Chapter 2: China's fortress banking system. Banks are China's financial system. Crisis and bank reform, 1994 and 1998. China's fortress banking system in 2009. The sudden thirst for capital and cash dividends, 2010. Chapter 3: The fragile fortress. The foundation of China's banking machine. Bad bank performance and its implications, 2009. The "perpetual put" option to PBOC. China's new post-Lehman Brothers banking model. Implications. Chapter 4: China's captive bond market. Why does China have a bond market? Yield curves in China. The base of the Pyramid: "protecting" household depositors. Chapter 5: The struggle over China's bond markets. China Development Bank, the Ministry of Finance and the Big 4 Banks. People's Bank of China, NDRC and CSRC: corporate bonds. Local governments unleashed. China Investment Corporation: the lynchpin of China's financial system. Cycles in China's financial markets. Chapter 6: Western finance, SOE reform and China's stock markets. Why does China have stock markets? What the stock markets gave China. Chapter 7: The National Team is China's government. The National Team, the Organization Department, Huijin and SASAC. Chinese stock markets: Who benefits? A casino or a success or both? Implications. Chapter 8: The Forbidden City. The Emperor of Finance. Behind the vermillion walls. Red capitalism means leverage. The Emperor's new financial playthings. Appendices.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470825860 20160605
In Red Capitalism, Carl Walter and Fraser Howie detail how the Chinese government reformed and modeled its financial system in the 30 years since it began its policy of engagement with the west. Instead of a stable series of policies producing steady growth, China's financial sector has boomed and gone bust with regularity in each decade. The latest decade is little different. Chinese banks have become objects of political struggle while they totter under balance sheets bloated by the excessive state-directed lending and bond issuance of 2009. Looking forward, the government's response to the global financial crisis has created a banking system the stability of which can be maintained only behind the walls of a non-convertible currency, a myriad of off-balance sheet arrangements with non-public state entities and the strong support of its best borrowers--the politically potent National Champions--who are the greatest beneficiaries of the financial status quo. China's financial system is not a model for the west and, indeed, is not a sustainable arrangement for China itself as it seeks increasingly to assert its influence internationally. This is not a story of impending collapse, but of frustrated reforms that suggests that any full opening and meaningful reform of the financial sector is not, indeed cannot be, on the government's agenda anytime soon.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470825860 20160605
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Book
xlv, 463 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Varieties of crises and their dates
  • Debt intolerance : the genesis of serial default
  • A global database on financial crises with a long-term view
  • A digression on the theoretical underpinnings of debt crises
  • Cycles of sovereign default on external debt
  • External default through history
  • The stylized facts of domestic debt and default
  • Domestic debt : the missing link explaining external default and high inflation
  • Domestic debt and external default : which is worse? who is senior?
  • Banking crises
  • Default through debasement : an "old world" favorite
  • Inflation and modern currency crashes
  • The U.S. subprime crisis : an international and historical comparison
  • The aftermath of financial crises
  • The international dimensions of the subprime crisis : the results of contagion or common fundamentals?
  • Composite measures of financial turmoil
  • Reflections on early warnings, gradation, policy responses, and the foibles of human nature.
Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff definitively prove them wrong. Covering sixty-six countries across five continents, This Time Is Different presents a comprehensive look at the varieties of financial crises, and guides us through eight astonishing centuries of government defaults, banking panics, and inflationary spikes--from medieval currency debasements to today's subprime catastrophe. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, leading economists whose work has been influential in the policy debate concerning the current financial crisis, provocatively argue that financial combustions are universal rites of passage for emerging and established market nations. The authors draw important lessons from history to show us how much--or how little--we have learned. Using clear, sharp analysis and comprehensive data, Reinhart and Rogoff document that financial fallouts occur in clusters and strike with surprisingly consistent frequency, duration, and ferocity. They examine the patterns of currency crashes, high and hyperinflation, and government defaults on international and domestic debts--as well as the cycles in housing and equity prices, capital flows, unemployment, and government revenues around these crises. While countries do weather their financial storms, Reinhart and Rogoff prove that short memories make it all too easy for crises to recur. An important book that will affect policy discussions for a long time to come, This Time Is Different exposes centuries of financial missteps.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691142166 20160605
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xviii, 380 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • The three amigos
  • "Ground Zero, baby"
  • The big, fat gap
  • Risky business
  • A nice little BISTRO
  • The wizard of Fed
  • The committee to save the world
  • Why everyone loved Moody's
  • "I like big bucks and I cannot lie"
  • The carnival barker
  • Goldman envy
  • The Fannie follies
  • The wrap
  • Mr. Ambassador
  • "When I look a homeowner in the eye--"
  • Hank Paulson takes the plunge
  • "I'm short your house"
  • The smart guys
  • The gathering storm
  • The dumb guys
  • Collateral damage
  • The volcano erupts
  • Epilogue: Rage at the machine.
This surprising narrative goes back more than twenty years to reveal, in rich, anecdotal detail, how Wall Street, the mortgage industry, and the government conspired to change the way Americans bought their homes, creating a perfect storm. The authors take us inside elusive institutions such as Goldman Sachs, AIG, and Fannie Mae, to reveal who changed the game and why.
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x, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: Let Them Eat Credit 21 CHAPTER TWO: Exporting to Grow 46 CHAPTER THREE: Flighty Foreign Financing 68 CHAPTER FOUR: A Weak Safety Net 83 CHAPTER FIVE: From Bubble to Bubble 101 CHAPTER SIX: When Money Is the Measure of All Worth 120 CHAPTER SEVEN: Betting the Bank 134 CHAPTER EIGHT: Reforming Finance 154 CHAPTER NINE: Improving Access to Opportunity in America 183 CHAPTER TEN: The Fable of the Bees Replayed 202 Epilogue 225 Notes 231.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691146836 20160604
Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it's tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill. In Fault Lines, Rajan argues that serious flaws in the economy are also to blame, and warns that a potentially more devastating crisis awaits us if they aren't fixed. Rajan shows how the individual choices that collectively brought about the economic meltdown--made by bankers, government officials, and ordinary homeowners--were rational responses to a flawed global financial order in which the incentives to take on risk are incredibly out of step with the dangers those risks pose. He traces the deepening fault lines in a world overly dependent on the indebted American consumer to power global economic growth and stave off global downturns. He exposes a system where America's growing inequality and thin social safety net create tremendous political pressure to encourage easy credit and keep job creation robust, no matter what the consequences to the economy's long-term health; and where the U.S. financial sector, with its skewed incentives, is the critical but unstable link between an overstimulated America and an underconsuming world. In Fault Lines, Rajan demonstrates how unequal access to education and health care in the United States puts us all in deeper financial peril, even as the economic choices of countries like Germany, Japan, and China place an undue burden on America to get its policies right. He outlines the hard choices we need to make to ensure a more stable world economy and restore lasting prosperity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691146836 20160604
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564 p.: ill. ; 25 cm.
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xiv, 226 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
  • Perspectives. A story of success: healthy people in a healthy economy
  • The iceberg ahead
  • Age and the labor force
  • Social security. Income for retirement
  • Principles for reforming Social Security
  • Plans for reforming Social Security
  • America's system of health care. The past is prologue
  • How to improve health care
  • First steps toward change
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and health care reform
  • Conclusions.
Of all the issues swirling around the 2008 election, the staggering projected costs for the upkeep of America's largest entitlement programs-Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid-loom with gathering intensity. Government revenues alone cannot solve the problem, but a solution must be found. In this book George P. Shultz and John B. Shoven take a practical-and optimistic-look at the issues at hand, offering an agenda for reform that will make these essential programs solvent. Drawing on a trove of original research, they take stock of the current situation, consider plans on offer from major thinkers in the field, and chart a course toward a system that provides income for the elderly and universal access to health care in ways that are fiscally sound. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to make an informed decision about the country's future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393066029 20160617
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Book
xiii, 427 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
  • A note from the author
  • The first crisis of the twenty-first century
  • A market education
  • Inside and outside Goldman Sachs
  • A political education
  • White House life
  • Confidence and credibility
  • Talking softly
  • World on the brink
  • A crisis considered
  • Hitting bottom
  • Politics and business
  • Greed, fear, and complacency
  • They called it Rubinomics
  • A declaration of independence.
Publisher's description: Robert Rubin was sworn in as the seventieth U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in January 1995 in a brisk ceremony attended only by his wife and a few colleagues. As soon as the ceremony was over, he began an emergency meeting with President Bill Clinton on the financial crisis in Mexico. This was not only a harbinger of things to come during what would prove to be a rocky period in the global economy; it also captured the essence of Rubin himself--short on formality, quick to get into the nitty-gritty. From his early years in the storied arbitrage department at Goldman Sachs to his current position as chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup, Robert Rubin has been a major figure at the center of the American financial system. He was a key player in the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. With In an Uncertain World, Rubin offers a shrewd, keen analysis of some of the most important events in recent American history and presents a clear, consistent approach to thinking about markets and dealing with the new risks of the global economy. Rubin's fundamental philosophy is that nothing is provably certain. Probabilistic thinking has guided his career in both business and government. We see that discipline at work in meetings with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji, Alan Greenspan, Lawrence Summers, Newt Gingrich, Sanford Weill, and the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We see Rubin apply it time and again while facing financial crises in Asia, Russia, and Brazil; the federal government shutdown; the rise and fall of the stock market; the challenges of the post-September 11 world; the ongoing struggle over fiscal policy; and many other momentous economic and political events. With a compelling and candid voice and a sharp eye for detail, Rubin portrays the daily life of the White House-confronting matters both mighty and mundane--as astutely as he examines the challenges that lie ahead for the nation. Part political memoir, part prescriptive economic analysis, and part personal look at business problems, In an Uncertain World is a deep examination of Washington and Wall Street by a figure who for three decades has been at the center of both worlds.
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xix, 198 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction - an interpretation-- technological revolutions as successive great surges of development-- technological revolutions and the changing behaviour of financial capital-- the recurring sequence, its causes and implications-- epilogue - the world at the turning point.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781843763314 20160527
"Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital" presents a novel interpretation of the good and bad times in the economy, taking a long-term perspective and linking technology and finance in an original and convincing way. Carlota Perez draws upon Schumpeter's theories of the clustering of innovations to explain why each technological revolution gives rise to a paradigm shift and a "New Economy" and how these "opportunity explosions", focused on specific industries, also lead to the recurrence of financial bubbles and crises. These findings are illustrated with examples from the past two centuries: the industrial revolution, the age of steam and railways, the age of steel and electricity, the emergence of mass production and automobiles, and the current information revolution/knowledge society. By analyzing the changing relationship between finance capital and production capital during the emergence, diffusion and assimilation of new technologies throughout the global economic system, this book sheds light on some of the most pressing economic problems of today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781843763314 20160527
This work traces the long-term historical relationship between technical change and the behaviour of financial markets. Based on Schumpeter's theories of the clustering of innovations and with illustrations from the past two centuries, it explains why each technological revolution gives rise to a paradigm shift and a "New Economy" and how these "opportunity explosions", focused on specific industries, also lead to the recurrence of financial bubbles and crises. By analyzing the changing relationship between finance capital and production capital during the emergence, diffusion and assimilation of new technologies throughout the global economic system, this book sheds light on some of the puzzling economic phenomena of our times.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781840649222 20160527
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xi, 383 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • TO 1200: BEGINNINGS. The Winds of the Greeks and the Role of the Dice. As Easy As I, II, III. 1200-1700: A THOUSAND OUTSTANDING FACTS. The Renaissance Gambler. The French Connection. The Remarkable Notions of the Remarkable Notions Man. 1700-1900: MEASUREMENT UNLIMITED. Considering the Nature of Man. The Search for Moral Certainty. The Supreme Law of Unreason. The Man with the Sprained Brain. Peapods and Perils. The Fabric of Felicity. 1900-1960: CLOUDS OF VAGUENESS AND THE DEMAND FOR PRECISION. The Measure of Our Ignorance. The Radically Distinct Notion. The Man Who Counted Everything Except Calories. The Strange Case of the Anonymous Stockbroker. DEGREES OF BELIEF: EXPLORING UNCERTAINTY. The Failure of Invariance. The Theory Police. The Fantastic System of Side Bets. Awaiting The Wildness. Notes. Bibliography. Indexes.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780471121046 20160610
A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller "Ambitious and readable ...an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The New York Times "An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The Wall Street Journal "A lively panoramic book ...Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week "Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -The Economist "[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world." -Worth "No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers "With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today. "An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's "Fascinating ...this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money "A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement "There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company." -The Australian.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780471121046 20160610
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