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Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism
by Kevin Phillips (Hardcover - April 15, 2008). Viking Adult (April 15, 2008).

In American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned us of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the increasing cost of scarce oil. The current housing and mortgage debacle is proof once more of Phillips’s prescience, and only the first harbinger of a national crisis. Information 

Creating a World without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives by Muhammad Yunus (MP3 CD - Jan 7, 2008). Blackstone Audio Inc.; Unabridged edition (January 7, 2008).
Muhammad Yunus is a practical visionary who has improved the lives of millions of people in his native Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world. Banker to the Poor is well reasoned yet passionate. Information  

Economics of Public Issues, The (15th Edition) by Roger LeRoy Miller, Daniel K. Benjamin, and Douglass C. North (Paperback - Jul 20, 2007). Addison Wesley; 15 edition (July 20, 2007).
The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues courses. Information 

Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes, Revised and Updated Edition by Michael J. Panzner (Paperback - May 6, 2008). Kaplan Publishing; Rev Upd edition (May 6, 2008).
This is an informative work with much food for thought and excellent advice in preparing for the coming financial storm. Information

Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World (2nd Edition) by Lester Rowntree, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, and William Wyckoff (Paperback - Mar 1, 2007). Prentice Hall; 2 edition (March 1, 2007).
Globalization and Diversity is an exciting contemporary approach to World Regional Geography that explicitly acknowledges the geographic changes that accompany today's rapid rate of globalization. Information 

The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith (Paperback - Jun 2, 2008). W. W. Norton (June 2, 2008).
Meredith, who covers India and China for Forbes, upends conventional wisdom in this well-reported book, arguing that the U.S. shouldn't fear these two rising economic powers. Information 

The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World for the Next 5, 10, and 20 Years by James Canton (Hardcover - Sep 21, 2006). Dutton Adult (September 21, 2006).
Canton, global futurist and business advisor, offers a forecasting road map for the twenty-first century that includes 10 top trends of the extreme future. Information  

The Lexus and the Olive Tree [Revised Edition]: Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. Friedman (Hardcover - Jun 15, 2000). Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Revised and Updated edition (June 15, 2000).
Friedman, the well-traveled New York Times foreign-affairs columnist, peppers The Lexus and the Olive Tree with stories that illustrate his central theme: that globalization--the Lexus--is the central organizing principle of the post-cold war world, even though many individuals and nations resist by holding onto what has traditionally mattered to them--the olive tree. Information 

The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream by John Zogby (Hardcover - Aug 12, 2008). Random House (August 12, 2008).
A New American Consensus is emerging, according to the author; shared economic hardships are uniting people commonly perceived to be at odds, and self-defined identities such as investor are becoming more reliable predictors of worldviews than race or gender. Information 

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels (Hardcover - April 27, 2008). Princeton University Press (April 27, 2008).
Lest anyone think this book is a partisan hit job by a left-wing academic, Bartels goes to great pains in his introduction to preempt the counterattack he expects from critics on the right. The most important issue rarely mentioned on the campaign trail this year is the gap between rich and poor in America. It is important for two reasons: The gap has been growing, and the choice between John McCain and Barack Obama likely will affect whether it narrows or expands. Information 


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