Book Summaries

Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem and How to Fix It

Maelle Gavet
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November 6, 2020

About three centuries ago this nation was ruled by the British monarchy, steeped in extracting excessive rent from every subject under its control. The monopolies granted by the monarchy were so absolute that their tentacles extended to every aspect of people’s lives and dominated every aspect...

Maelle Gavet

Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II

Madhusree Mukerjee
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October 29, 2020

Never in the history of mankind was a system of extraction, looting and plunder so perfected as practiced by the British aristocrats in managing occupied India for nearly two centuries. Not only did British aristocrats systematically steal grains from farms often at gun point, confiscate raw m...

Madhusree Mukerjee

Liberty from All Masters: The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People

Barry C. Lynn
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October 15, 2020

Big Tobacco, Big News, Big Banks, Big Oil, Big Stores, Big Motors and now we have Big Data too.  Over the past century, family controlled businesses were the driving force behind our economic system, and over the years that force was either dissipated or undermined by the emergency of big busi...

Barry C. Lynn

Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas

Marc Levinson
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October 9, 2020

As long as we need and want products and services that others make or create, globalization is here to stay. Nations have explored the earth to reach other civilizations and at times gone to wars, whether it is for spices, silk or precious metals like gold and silver. Civilizations have been s...

Marc Levinson

The Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry

David Polfeldt
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September 1, 2020

Merely two decades ago, computer games were still just a form of entertainment with primitive graphics, limited storytelling and little interactivity. With the advanced computing, enticing animation and multi-media capabilities, games have since evolved as an addictive medium for many. However...

David Polfeldt

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, The Factory, and The Future of The World

Dexter Roberts
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June 9, 2020

While gleaming towers, high speed trains and expressways of urban China are well known, there is another China that most of us know very little about. In the last three decades, the rural interior of China has seen a mass exodus of people as factories in coastal regions promise a dream of risi...

Dexter Roberts

Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia

Chris Miller
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June 5, 2020

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left Russia with economic malaise, rapid inflation and a sharp escalation in foreign debt. Even after the collapse, the Russian Federation, the country with the largest land mass, a population of 143 million and spanning multiple continents with 11 time...

Chris Miller

China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia

Daniel S. Markey
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May 20, 2020

China’s rapid economic development over the past three decades has enabled Beijing to spread its wings abroad, allowing the trading giant to secure its routes to world markets. Most of China’s trade with the rest of the world is through maritime links that connect Chinese ports on the eastern ...

Daniel S. Markey

The Globalization of Russian Gas: Political and Commercial Catalysts

James Henderson
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May 14, 2020

For the last five decades natural gas export has added significant foreign currency to treasuries of the ex-USSR and now Russia. By tapping the vast natural gas fields, Gazprom provides natural gas to more than 70% of homes and industries in Russia. Through the steady development of its distri...

James Henderson

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR (The New Cold War History)

Chris Miller
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May 12, 2020

Only a hundred years ago, Russia was just another large country and was neither a powerful nation nor a regional or a super power. However, after World War I, Lenin and then Stalin quickly consolidated resources and focused on building an effective infrastructure that led to the steady rise of...

Chris Miller

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

John M. Barry
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May 8, 2020

Viruses may be lethal, but it is the deadly combination of powerful lies, ignorance and fear that eventually kills more people. The flu outbreak in the spring of 1918 rapidly became a pandemic that ended up killing more people in 24 weeks than the HIV virus has killed in as many years. While t...

John M. Barry

American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds Of The 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Nancy K. Bristow
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April 14, 2020

The 1918 influenza pandemic is widely believed to have originated in Kansas before it gained worldwide reputation as Spanish flu, killing at least 50 million people around the globe including 700,000 Americans. With World War I raging for a fourth year, the U.S. leadership and military unwitti...

Nancy K. Bristow

Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present and Future

Michael B. A. Oldstone
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April 3, 2020

Although viral outbreaks have been around for centuries, we still know so little about these giant killers. As people continue to reach the far corners of the world and are increasingly encroaching on more and more wildlife habitats, viral plagues are only going to intensify and become deadlie...

Michael B. A. Oldstone

The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World

Suman Sarkar
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August 9, 2018

As manufacturing becomes more global, supply chains are becoming increasingly critical. What is more, supply chains are getting elongated with the separation of design and manufacturing from customers and markets. In ...

Suman Sarkar

Never Stop Learning – Stay Relevant, Reinvest Yourself and Thrive

Bradley R. Staats
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August 6, 2018

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Bradley R. Staats

High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia

Will Doig
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July 13, 2018

China’s growing ability in developing massive infrastructure has helped the country to modernize its rail, port and road network. In the last five decades, China has successfully built a number of large infrastructure projects at home and now increasingly in other countries as well. In ...

Will Doig

Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange

Barak D. Richman
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July 11, 2018

Most industries have evolved from the reliance on ethnic trading networks that once dominated, including grain, cotton and gold marketplaces. However, in the diamond and gem industries these networks continue to dominate and thrive to date. Once the domain of a handful of Jewish families in Te...

Barak D. Richman

The Cuban Economy in a New Era: An Agenda for Change toward Durable Development (Series on Latin American Studies)

Jorge I. Domínguez
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July 5, 2018

In the last five decades, Cuba has struggled to develop a diversified and growing economy in an attempt to lift living standards. With an average daily income of only one dollar, most Cuban citizens are barely getting by even after decades of reforms. In 2008, expectations ran high when Raul C...

Jorge I. Domínguez

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

David Sax
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April 11, 2018

As the digital era grinds on and the Internet takes over more of our daily life’s activities, something seems to be missing. The technology that was supposed to liberate us from the drudgery of life has become a distraction, which in turn prevents us from enjoying our solitude or companionship...

David Sax

Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

David Dayen
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April 10, 2018

The global economic crisis in 2007 had its origin in the U.S. housing market, but very few of us know the role played by courts and judges in cascading this crisis to a global proportion. While battling with the largest banks, three ordinary Americans faced with the prospect of losing their ho...

David Dayen