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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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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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Netflixed

Netflixed

The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

by Gina Keating

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Gina Keating

In Netflixed, Gina Keating traces Netflix's rise throughout a decade-long war against Blockbuster. Keating analyzes its polarizing founders while evaluating how the company has become subject to competition with and marketing by cable companies and telecoms.

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Bend, Not Break

Bend, Not Break

A Life in Two Worlds

by Ping Fu and Meimei Fox

Hardcover, 276 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published December 31 2012 | purchase
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  • A Life in Two Worlds
  • Ping Fu and Meimei Fox

Traces the author's rise from a survivor of China's Cultural Revolution to an Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, member of Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship advisory council and proud U.S. citizen, describing the harrowing circumstances that led to her exile from her homeland and the compassionate, visionary leadership style that enabled her remarkable career.

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The Org

The Org

The Underlying Logic of the Office

by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan

Hardcover, 308 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • The Underlying Logic of the Office
  • Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan

Ray Fisman, a professor at Columbia Business School, and Tim Sullivan, editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press, describe how the everyday dysfunction inherent in all organizations is actually a necessary part of work. Using case studies from McDonald's, Google and even al-Qaida, they explain how the red tape, meetings and management all serve a purpose.

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Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism

Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

Paperback, 344 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
  • John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

Raj Sisodia and Whole Foods founder John Mackey argue that businesses should pursue a higher purpose than just money, including better care of employees and customers.

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To Sell Is Human

To Sell Is Human

The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

by Daniel H. Pink

Hardcover, 260 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $26.95, published December 31 2012 | purchase
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  • The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
  • Daniel H. Pink

The best-selling author of Drive explores the power of selling while arguing that everyone, including non-professional salespeople, engages in persuasive or "moving" behaviors, in a guide that counsels readers on how to navigate powerful economic changes while building modern negotiating skills.

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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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Bitter Brew

Bitter Brew

The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

by William Knoedelseder

Paperback, 396 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
  • William Knoedelseder

Part cautionary tale, part business manual, William Knoedelseder's Bitter Brew tells the story of how five generations of men took a small, bankrupt brewery on the banks of the Mississippi and turned it into an international empire.

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Soccernomics

Soccernomics

Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey—and Even Iraq—are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport

by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Paperback, 438 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
  • Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game of soccer works, "Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about the world's most popular game. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup.

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Plutocrats

Plutocrats

The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

by Chrystia Freeland

Hardcover, 330 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
  • Chrystia Freeland

A journalist and industry specialist for Reuters examines the growing disparity between the rich and the poor, taking a non-partisan look into the businesspeople who are amassing today's colossal fortunes and preferring the company of similar people around the world.

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Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

Secrets They Won't Teach You At Business School

by Richard Branson

Paperback, 343 pages, Portfolio Trade, $16, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Secrets They Won't Teach You At Business School
  • Richard Branson

The Virgin Group entrepreneur offers advice, shares his experiences and discusses business insights collected from his syndicated New York Times column.

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The Immigrant Exodus

The Immigrant Exodus

Why America Is Losing The Global Race To Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

by Vivek Wadhwa

Paperback, 106 pages, Wharton Digital Press, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Immigrant Exodus
  • Why America Is Losing The Global Race To Capture Entrepreneurial Talent
  • Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa draws on his new research to show that the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented halt in high-growth, immigrant-founded startups. He argues that U.S. immigration policies and increased competition from countries like China and India are leaving some of the most educated and talented entrepreneurial immigrants with no choice but to take their innovation elsewhere.

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When America First Met China

When America First Met China

An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

by Eric Jay Dolin

Hardcover, 394 pages, Liveright, $27.95, published September 10 2012 | purchase
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  • An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
  • Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin traces the history of the relationship between America and China back to its earliest days, when the United States traded with China for furs, opium and rare sea cucumbers, but left an ecological and human rights disaster that still reverberates today.

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Boomerang

Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World

by Michael Lewis

Paperback, 216 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Travels in the New Third World
  • Michael Lewis

The author of The Big Short describes the effect that the bubble of cheap credit — readily available to almost anyone from 2002 to 2008 — had on countries besides the U.S., including Iceland, Greece and Germany.NPR Bestseller

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