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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307719225
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Published: Currency - September 17th, 2013

A thoroughly researched, brilliantly realized dive into the economic and political history of countries both rich and poor, all in an effort to answer the titular question: why do nations fail? Needless to say, I certainly found out why.

With each chapter, I realized how wrong my assumptions about the world were. This book took me by the shoulders and shook me, yelling “OPEN YOUR EYES FOOL” as it revealed the understory of the world’s economy before my very eyes. However, if you’re thinking economics is all well and good, but I’m more of a history buff, fear not! This book features many fan-favorite historical events alongside its economic insights. Black plague? Queen Elizabeth? Scramble for Africa? Check, check, and check! Not only are these things described in wonderful detail, but authors Robinson and Acemoglu demonstrate the ways in which these events from long ago still impact our modern economy today. It truly is fascinating.

In conclusion, if you've ever wondered why countries across the globe look and act the way that they do, this book has the answer for you. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest by Charles Schwab - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822543
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Published: Currency - October 8th, 2019

Charles Schwab hired me for my first 'adult job' when I was not yet 19. The discount brokerage Schwab had created and named after himself contracted me and about a dozen others to convert paper pages and handwritten data into a fledgling computer program he had purchased, at a new office building he had leased outside San Francisco's business district. Everything about this company was innovative, including how Schwab logged hours alongside the hired staff. Throughout the forty years since, "Chuck" Schwab has amassed a fortune pursuing inventive, and often high-risk, ideas, all of which he highlights in his autobiography, Invested. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work by Alison Green - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399181818
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

Pulled from a popular blog of the same name, Ask a Manager is exactly what you'd think it is. Quick, to the point answers and advice for all those sticky situations that pop up in the workplace. Typical things like loud chewers, stinky co-workers and the like are covered as well as some outrageous cases that were sent in the to author by her fans. How do you deal with a co-worker in a sub/dom relationship who insists on calling her SO "master" 24/7, including work events? How do you tell your boss you can hear his NC-17 conversations with his wife when he has the office door open? This book is full or practical (and entertaining advice) and its listicle-like nature make it a quick, breezy read. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735210622
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 9th, 2018

Mastering time, a centuries-old human endeavor, is not always futile...if your timing is right. Citing scientific, social, and economic studies, Pink reveals how times of the day impact emotions, decision-making, creativity, and other traits. According to Pink, enhancement comes from learning how to tell time. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735222977
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Published: Viking - April 18th, 2017

Following after her NYTimes best-selling book You are a Badass, Jen talks about what it takes to go from struggling financially to becoming the most successful, funny, self-help guru today! Her sassy wit and thorough knowledge of exactly what we go through to make big changes in our lives will inspire and entertain you! ~ Reviewed by Fran Tobia


Black Edge By Sheelah Kolhatkar - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812995800
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Published: Random House - February 7th, 2017

"Black Edge" is the kind of book that simultaneously satisfies and confounds the reader. I was fascinated by the complex network of events that led up to the arrests of numerous greedy, cheating hedge fund traders after a ten-year joint SEC/FBI investigation. It was, however, a grievous blow to realize that many of the subsequent convictions have since been vacated and the targets of the investigation freed. And in the end, the primary target, Steven A. Cohen, suffered only monetary penalties. An eye-opening read for certain! ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


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