10 years ago

The clever investors who made fortunes from the Great Recession

If you’ve heard of Michael Burry, Steve Eisman, Charlie Ledley, Jamie Mai, or Ben Hockett, there may be something wrong with you. Knowing one or more of these characters might suggest you’ve spent far too much time on the fringes of Wall Street, because it’s unlikely you would have encountered any of them unless you […]

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10 years ago

An authoritative insider’s take on the threat of cyber war

BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. If you’ve been conjuring up nightmare visions of terrorists toting suitcase nukes to Chicago or San Francisco, get ready for an even more ominous threat. The term of art is “cyber war,” and because in theory it poses no direct threat to human life, it may strike the casual observer […]

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10 years ago

Historical perspective on the surprising rise of Barack Obama

The White House has been home to many colorful characters in the more than two centuries since it was first occupied in 1800—think of the polymath Thomas Jefferson, the swashbuckling Andrew Jackson, and the big game hunter and peacemaker Teddy Roosevelt—but Barack Obama is at least their equal. With a life story no Hollywood screenwriter […]

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11 years ago

The ins and outs of community organizing from a longtime expert

There’s a little something for just about everybody in Si Kahn’s delightful little memoir, Creative Community Organizing. In the space of a couple of hours of reading, you can gain a front-row seat on history from the vantage-point of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the most militant elements in the civil rights […]

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11 years ago

Seth Godin: “Managers make widgets. Leaders make change.”

Leaders have followers,” Seth Godin writes. “Managers have employees. Managers make widgets. Leaders make change.” Tribes, one of Godin’s recent efforts to enlighten humanity with the wisdom of Silicon Valley, builds on this underwhelming insight to paint a picture of leadership that seems limited to questioning conventional wisdom and making a pest of yourself. There’s […]

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11 years ago

Philanthropy and Social Investing: Blueprint 2010 by Lucy Bernholz

Lucy Bernholz is a blogger with a Stanford Ph.D. who has been consulting with foundations about program research and design or otherwise working in the foundation sector for two decades. In this brief monograph, published online by the Stanford Social Innovation Review and available for the Amazon Kindle and as a PDF, she examines the […]

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11 years ago

Chip Heath and Dan Heath: how to change things when change is hard

Here we’ve got a professor of organizational management and a high-powered management consultant, both young (at least from the perspective of my advanced age), who can actually write in an engaging and entertaining way — and they deliver a message that is truly both profound and practical. Switch is one of the most useful books […]

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11 years ago

A stirring account of the watershed 2008 election

If you want to know what really went on behind the scenes in the historic presidential election campaign of 2008, read this book. But don’t expect an uplifting tale that restores your confidence in American democracy: practically none of the candidates or their spouses comes off well in this no-holds-barred saga of the political clusterf*** […]

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