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The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown

Blaire Briody
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April 3, 2018

In less than a decade, the United States rose to the top of oil producing nations, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Much of this boom is driven by the discovery of shale oil and the introduction of the hydraulic fracturing process, so much so that nearly 9 out of 10 oil and gas wells in the c...

Blaire Briody

Like I See It: Obstacles and Opportunities Shaping the Future of Retail Automotive

Dale Pollak
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April 2, 2018

Buying a car can be a gut-wrenching experience with so many models and options to choose from. And that is well before price negotiations have even started. For decades, dealers have been accustomed to setting the right price at the right time. However, dictating terms of negotiations is now u...

Dale Pollak

The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--and Spawned a Global Crisis

Michael W. Hudson
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March 26, 2018

Before the housing crisis erupted in late 2007, there was a decade-long period of subprime lending targeted at the most vulnerable members of society. The elderly, those facing financial difficulties, and families in transition were forced to pay significantly higher borrowing costs to compens...

Michael W. Hudson

Coffee for One: How the New Way to Make Your Morning Brew Became a Tempest in a Coffee Pod

KJ Fallon
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March 23, 2018

Not only has coffee-drinking gained the status of a morning ritual for most Americans, but admirers of the invigorating beverage are increasingly opting for gourmet variety. Whether at home or in the office, coffee machines are ubiquitous, and their latest version has, in fact, arrived home vi...

KJ Fallon

Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms

Richard Schmalensee
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March 6, 2018

Matchmakers have been around since the dawn of time, but in recent years they have turbocharged their business growth leveraging all the latest technologies. Matchmakers, marketplace operators or platform developers are all focused on connecting demand with supply, offering access to two group...

Richard Schmalensee

Mysteries of the Mall: And Other Essays

Witold Rybczynski
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February 26, 2018

Not many of us pay attention to the architecture surrounding us in our daily lives as we stream in and out of supermarkets, gas stations and other commercial and public places. Much of the architecture we inhabit is increasingly defined by the technology of the time along with the pace of chan...

Witold Rybczynski

How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention

Daniel L. Everett
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February 15, 2018

All animals communicate, yet only humans have language. With this sophisticated verbal instrument, we convey our inventions, progress and accumulate knowledge, an innate human faculty. In ...

Daniel L. Everett

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

Richard O. Prum
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February 13, 2018

In his seminal work, Richard O. Prum, an ornithology professor at Yale University and a widely-respected evolutionary biologist, has written ...

Richard O. Prum

Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World's Greatest Concentrated Value Investors

Allen C. Benello
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February 12, 2018

For decades investors have been told to diversify among a large number of holdings because financial markets are inherently fragile and volatile. However, many value investors have amassed large amounts of wealth by simply ignoring this principle and keeping their focus on what they know well ...

Allen C. Benello

Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

Gina Keating
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November 9, 2017

Before Amazon disrupted the retail industry, Netflix was the bête noire of the movie industry. Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings co-founded a movie rental service that simply sent discs by mail. The business took off because customers loved a subscription model with no late fees. As Netflix buil...

Gina Keating

Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel

Sam Zell
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November 1, 2017

Sam Zell, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, learned to take risks from his parents at an early age, and rarely missed an opportunity to make profit. Known for creating the largest real estate companies in commercial real estate, Zell went on to find even greater success in other indust...

Sam Zell

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It

Larrie D. Ferreiro
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October 25, 2017

The American Revolutionary War was anything but a lonely struggle, as it is widely believed. In fact, the fight for independence was multi-faced, fought on many fronts, and almost of global proportions. In an interview with Readara, historian and author Larrie D. Ferreiro pierces the popular m...

Larrie D. Ferreiro

Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, Big Oil and the World

Brian Blum
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October 23, 2017

In 2008, Shai Agassi set out to build electric car infrastructure with a grand vision to change the world but without any experience in the auto industry. A born salesman, young Agassi had the necessary tech savvy and political connections, but went on to build a company that lacked specific p...

Brian Blum

BRICS or Bust?: Escaping the Middle-Income Trap 1st Edition

Hartmut Elsenhans
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October 20, 2017

Generally, the implementation of developing technologies that the majority of the population can use to improve productivity is key to the continual success of an economy. Western Europe and the United States of America developed an array of technologies that continue to advance their economie...

Hartmut Elsenhans

A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World

Erika Rappaport
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October 18, 2017

Tea was first introduced to Britain and Europe in the early 1800s and quickly came to be seen as a civilizing force among its noble and merchant classes. With the rising popularity of tea, the European merchants rushed to import tea from China, before seeking help from the ruling class to find...

Erika Rappaport

Will China′s Economy Collapse? (The Future of Capitalism)

Ann Lee
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October 13, 2017

In a relatively short period of three decades, China has emerged as the largest trading nation and the second largest economy in the world, a feat that no other nation has been able to achieve in modern history. Previously, China suffered humiliating defeats in two opium wars, and leaders of t...

Ann Lee

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Brad Stone
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October 12, 2017

Small startups can end up not only disrupting but also reordering economic segments, especially when capital, technology and entrepreneurship come together. In the last decade, advances in smart phones, animal spirits of young entrepreneurs and surge in venture capital led the rise of two comp...

Brad Stone

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

Gretchen Bakke Ph.D.
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October 9, 2017

In our modern world where most of us take electricity for granted, the constant availability of power that drives our lives is rarely noticed except when the supply breaks down. That constant flow of electricity determines where we live, what we eat, what we read and watch, and what we purchas...

Gretchen Bakke Ph.D.

The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

Henry Petroski
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April 3, 2017

History of the network of bridges and highways that span four million miles to the four corners of the United States is rarely chronicled from the perspective of infrastructure. In fact the use of term is only three-decade old.  ...

Henry Petroski

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

John Edward Huth
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March 21, 2017

Today and just as thousands of years ago we are constantly finding our way in our environment. We commute, travel short distances or sometimes take long road trips with the help of modern technology and devices and constantly accessing the GPS on our phones.  ...

John Edward Huth