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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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Average Is over

Average Is Over

Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

by Tyler Cowen

Hardcover, 290 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Average Is Over
  • Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
  • Tyler Cowen

Describes the post-recession job market that is erasing the middle range, leaving only high-earning jobs that utilize machine intelligence and data analysis and low-earning jobs for those who are not learning and adopting the new technologies.

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On the Map

On The Map

A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks

by Simon Garfield

Hardcover, 464 pages, Gotham, $27.50, published December 27 2012 | purchase
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  • A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks
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Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.

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Anything That Moves

Anything That Moves

Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

by Dana Goodyear

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published November 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
  • Dana Goodyear

A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

by Nick Turse

Paperback, 376 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Kill Anything That Moves
  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • Nick Turse

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.

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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar

Cybersecurity And Cyberwar

What Everyone Needs to Know

by P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

Paperback, 306 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $16.95, published January 3 2014 | purchase
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  • What Everyone Needs to Know
  • P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

This authoritative, single-volume introduction to cybersecurity addresses topics ranging from phishing and electrical grid takedowns to cybercrime and online freedom.

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Dragnet Nation

Dragnet Nation

A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

by Julia Angwin

Hardcover, 289 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
  • Julia Angwin

An investigative journalist offers a revealing look at the surveillance economy in America that captures what citizens actions online and off, putting individual freedoms at risk and discusses results from a number of experiments she conducted to try and protect herself.

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It's Complicated

It's Complicated

The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by Danah Boyd

Hardcover, 281 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $25, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Social Lives of Networked Teens
  • Danah Boyd

Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.

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