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China Airborne

China Airborne

by James Fallows

Paperback, 268 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • James Fallows

In 2011, China announced its 12th Five-Year Plan, which included the commitment to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. In China Airborne, James Fallows documents the extraordinary scale of China's project, making clear how it stands to catalyze the nation's hypergrowth and hyperurbanization, revolutionizing China in ways analogous to the building of America's transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

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The Wizard of Lies

The Wizard of Lies

Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

by Diana B. Henriques

Paperback, 437 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
  • Diana B. Henriques

Examines the life, career, and notorious multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of the formerly prominent New York financier, as well as the tragic consequences of his criminal activity.

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How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-looking Than Your Parents

How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

by Zac Bissonnette

Paperback, 240 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Zac Bissonnette

The best-selling author of Debt-Free U offers an entertaining finance guide for twentysomethings, which covers everything from buying a car to job hunting to saving for retirement.

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Private Empire

Private Empire

ExxonMobil and American Power

by Steve Coll

Hardcover, 685 pages, Penguin Group USA, $36, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • ExxonMobil and American Power
  • Steve Coll

An investigation into the secretive corporation traces the period between the Exxon Valdez accident and the Deepwater Horizion spill to profile chief executives Lee Raymond and Rex Tillerson as well as the company's role in violent international incidents.

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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

by Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson

Hardcover, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
  • Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson

An oral history of a definitive era in television pays tribute to the producers, actors, and programs that established new understandings of broadcast networking, sharing insider perspectives on how NBC subsequently lost its dominant standing.

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The Art of the Sale

The Art Of The Sale

Learning From The Masters About The Business Of Life

by Philip Delves Broughton

Hardcover, 291 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 12 2012 | purchase
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  • Learning From The Masters About The Business Of Life
  • Philip Delves Broughton

An analysis of the role of persuasion in everyday life and the qualities of effective salespeople traces the author's international travels to learn the art and science of selling, providing coverage of such topics as the importance of a good narrative, the cultural influence of sales and role of sales as social discourse.

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White House Burning

White House Burning

The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

by Simon Johnson and James Kwak

Hardcover, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You
  • Simon Johnson and James Kwak

The author of the best-selling 13 Bankers present a sobering account of America's debt crisis that argues for specific measures to prevent a loss of the nation's superpower status, identifying the role of the national debt in the lives of everyday citizens while analyzing the government practices that are preventing debt reductions. 75,000 first printing.

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The Mark Inside

The Mark Inside

A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, And A Small History Of The Big Con

by Amy Reading

Hardcover, 290 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 6 2012 | purchase
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  • A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, And A Small History Of The Big Con
  • Amy Reading

A narrative history of con artistry in America documents the early twentieth-century efforts of J. Frank Norfleet to track down a gang of confidence men who swindled him out of everything he had.

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Imagine

Imagine

How Creativity Works

by Jonah Lehrer

Hardcover, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published March 19 2012 | purchase
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  • How Creativity Works
  • Jonah Lehrer

An examination of the new science of creativity explains how it involves distinct thought processes that can be tapped by anyone, revealing the practices of successful companies and creative individuals while considering how to use scientific principles to increase creativity.NPR Bestseller

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American Icon

American Icon

Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

by Bryce G. Hoffman

Hardcover, 422 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
  • Bryce G. Hoffman

An account of the near-collapse of Ford in 2008 outlines the efforts of CEO Alan Mulally to save the company, describing Ford's subsequent transformation into the world's most profitable automobile business.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Biography
  • Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.NPR Bestseller

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Kahneman

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.NPR Bestseller

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The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Paperback, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Charles Duhigg

New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.NPR Bestseller

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The Big Thirst

The Big Thirst

The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

by Charles Fishman

Paperback, 388 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
  • Charles Fishman

Explores every facet of water and examines the issues surrounding water scarcity and what can be done to ensure that humans have plenty of clean water in the future. By the best-selling author of The Wal-Mart Effect. 60,000 first printing.

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My Korean Deli

My Korean Deli

Risking It All for a Convenience Store

by Ben Ryder Howe

Paperback, 304 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Risking It All for a Convenience Store
  • Ben Ryder Howe

A former senior editor of The Paris Review recounts his participation in a family effort to buy and run a Korean convenience store for his in-laws, a pursuit that raised issues about work and family while he shuttled between two divergent cultural arenas. 50,000 first printing.

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