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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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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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Lean In

Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's chief operating officer shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women, urging them to take risks and seek new challenges to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.NPR Bestseller

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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters To A Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson

Hardcover, 244 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $21.95, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Edward O. Wilson

A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist weaves together letters that highlight his childhood, career and why he became a biologist, in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.NPR Bestseller

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Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

by Mark Pendergrast

Paperback, 424 pages, Perseus Books Group, $19.95, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Mark Pendergrast
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Without Reservations

Without Reservations

How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company

by J. W., Jr. Marriott and Kathi Ann Brown

Hardcover, 191 pages, Atlasbooks Dist Serv, $19.99, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company
  • J. W., Jr. Marriott and Kathi Ann Brown

Chronicles the history of leading hospitality company Marriott International while revealing J.W. Marriott, Jr.'s thoughts on his health, the impact of 9/11 on the industry, and the 2011 appointment of a CEO from outside of the family.

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The Alchemists

The Alchemists

Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire

by Neil Irwin

Paperback, 430 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire
  • Neil Irwin

In May 2010, the world's most powerful central bankers met in Basel, Switzerland: the European Central Bank's Jean-Claude Trichet, the Bank of England's Mervyn King and the Federal Reserve's Ben Bernanke. The Washington Post's Neil Irwin explores the role this meeting played in safeguarding the global economy.

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Other People's Money

Other People's Money

Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made

by Charles V. Bagli

Paperback, 402 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made
  • Charles V. Bagli

In 2006, the middle-income, New York City housing projects Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village came to epitomize the lunatic excess of the housing boom when their 11,232 apartments sold for $5.4 billion. The New York Times' Charles Bagli tells the story of how that biggest-ever real estate deal came together and then spectacularly came apart.

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Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

Hardcover, 446 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • Michael Moss

A New York Times reporter traces the rise of the processed food industry and how addictive salt, sugar and fat have enabled its dominance in the past half-century. He identifies deliberate corporate practices behind current trends in obesity, diabetes and other health challenges.NPR Bestseller

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The Bankers' New Clothes

The Bankers' New Clothes

What's Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It

by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig

Hardcover, 398 pages, Princeton Univ Pr, $29.95, published February 24 2013 | purchase
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  • What's Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It
  • Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig

Looks at the problems with today's banking system, examining and the arguments used to justify the lack of reform after the recent financial crises, and suggesting things that may be done to prevent future crises.

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Can't Buy Me Like

Can't Buy Me Like

How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results

by Bob Garfield and Doug Levy

Hardcover, 229 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published March 7 2013 | purchase
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  • How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results
  • Bob Garfield and Doug Levy

In Can't Buy Me Like, advertising experts Bob Garfield and Doug Levy discuss how businesses can develop authentic relationships with their customers in order to stay relevant and sustain growth. They cite Krispy Kreme's loyal Facebook following and Zappos' excellent customer service, as examples of atypical advertising strategies that work.

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Big Data

Big Data

A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Hardcover, 242 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.

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Hacking Your Education

Hacking Your Education

Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

by Dale J. Stephens

Paperback, 194 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will
  • Dale J. Stephens

The creator of the UnCollege.org project presents a handbook for young adults that challenges outdated linear paths for career success through education while outlining practical tips for acquiring real-world skills and making educational systems meet individual needs.

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