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Business Books from "The Economist," January 12, 2013
For those interested in the articles, you can find them through some of our electronic resources (I recommend our Custom Newspapers database, available from home with a library card or on The Economist's website (if you're a subscriber). For those who are too impatient to read those, I've included for each book, based on the articles, a short squib.
Click on any of the titles below and place a hold to request the item. Remember to update your contact information (phone number or e-mail address), so you are notified when the book arrives for you at your local library. Don't have a library card yet? It's simple! Find out how to get one.
"By the time clients have bought all the books, [and] attended the courses... someone has definitely become rich, though probably not the saver."
Market Sense and Nonsense: How the Markets Really Work (and How They Don't), by Jack Schwager (Should be available from NYPL soon.)
"Oddly, this curate's egg of a book [ ] veers off in... a lengthy description and defence of the hedge-fund industry."
Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds, by Ping Fu
After surviving the horrors of Mao's cultural revolution (and other perils) in China, Ms. Fu fled to America; ultimately became a successful entrepreneur and CEO in technology. This book offers some advice from her life experiences.
The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World, by Marina Gorbis (to be published in April)
Predictions rooted on current trends lead to the thought that "[i]f individuals can bypass government and the market to finance music videos and art projects, surely the same can be done in other fields."
Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, by Steven Johnson
"[I]n an age of shrinking government budgets and disillusionment with free markets, creating platforms for people to solve things together may be the best way to fill any gaps."
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, by A.G Lafley and Roger Martin
Seen through the lens of Procter & Gamble (where Mr. Lafley was CEO until 2009), "[t]his is a fascinating tale, featuring a cast of familiar brands, including Pampers, Tide and Olay, each of which went through a transformation under Mr. Lafley's eye."