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Age Of Greed

Author : Jeff Madrick
ISBN : 9780307596710
Genre : Business & Economics
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A vividly told history of how greed bred America’s economic ills over the last forty years, and of the men most responsible for them. As Jeff Madrick makes clear in a narrative at once sweeping, fast-paced, and incisive, the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s, led by a few individuals who have argued that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These stewards of American capitalism have insisted on the central and essential place of accumulated wealth through the booms, busts, and recessions of the last half century, giving rise to our current woes. In telling the stories of these politicians, economists, and financiers who declared a moral battle for freedom but instead gave rise to an age of greed, Madrick traces the lineage of some of our nation’s most pressing economic problems. He begins with Walter Wriston, head of what would become Citicorp, who led the battle against government regulation. He examines the ideas of economist Milton Friedman, who created the plan for an anti-Rooseveltian America; the politically expedient decisions of Richard Nixon that fueled inflation; the philosophy of Alan Greenspan, on whose libertarian ideology a house of cards was built on Wall Street; and the actions of Sandy Weill, who constructed the largest financial institution in the world, which would have gone bankrupt in 2008 without a federal bailout of $45 billion. Significant figures including Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Jack Welch, and Ronald Reagan play key roles as well. Intense economic inequity and instability is the story of our age, and Jeff Madrick tells it with style, clarity, and an unerring command of his subject. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Business & Economics

Age Of Greed

Author : Jeffrey G. Madrick
ISBN : 9781400041718
Genre : Business & Economics
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Madrick makes clear that the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth did not start in the 2000s but has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s. In telling the stories of these politicians, economists, and financiers--who declared a moral battle for freedom but gave rise to an age of greed--he traces the lineage of some of the nation's most pressing economic problems.
Category: Business & Economics

Against The Terror Of Neoliberalism

Author : Henry A. Giroux
ISBN : 9781317264088
Genre : Social Science
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With its dream worlds of power, commercialization, and profit making, neoliberalism has ushered in new Gilded Age in which the logic of the market now governs every aspect of media, culture, and social life-from schooling to health care to old age. As the social contract becomes a distant memory, the new "corporate state" distances itself from workers and minority groups, who become more disposable in a new age of uncertainty and manufactured fear. This is the only book to connect the history, ideology, and consequences of neoliberal policies to education and cultural issues that pervade almost every aspect of daily life. A significantly revised and updated new version of Giroux's 2003 book, The Terror of Neoliberalism, this book points to ways in which neoliberal ideology can be resisted, and how new forms of citizenship and collective struggles can be forged, to reclaim the meaning both of a substantive politics and of a democratic society. Against the Terror of Neoliberalism was featured in the New York Times in the Stanley Fish blog: Stanley Fish Blog
Category: Social Science

Meltdown

Author : Paul Mason
ISBN : 1844676536
Genre : Business & Economics
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Presents a sobering account of the global financial collapse that has pushed the world economy toward a major recession, identifying what the author believes to be the sources of the collapse while making cautionary predictions about a potential rise of hyper-regulated capitalism, in an updated edition that looks at the credit crunch and its impact on capitalism. Original.
Category: Business & Economics

High Crimes

Author : Michael Kodas
ISBN : 9781401395414
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature. In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It's likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world's most majestic mountain. High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author's own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Hunger For More

Author : Laurence Shames
ISBN : 1508581002
Genre : Social Science
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In the lyrical yet tough-minded tradition of Thoreau, this prescient and impassioned volume, written by a former Ethics columnist for Esquire magazine, examines the myths and follies of a culture that celebrates greed and defines success solely in terms of wealth. As timely today as it was upon its original release in 1989, the book examines the corrosive effects of money-worship on the social fabric and warns of the consequences of pursuing a lifestyle rather than building a life. Written in a lively, journalistic style, and filled with telling observations, the volume takes an unsparing look at the world as it is---and also points the way toward the more humane and fulfilling world that is in our power to create. Said The New York Times, “Shames' critique is on the mark…concrete, compelling reading.”“A scathing indictment of the excesses of our time as well as a prophecy of changes ahead.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Bankers Bagmen And Bandits

Author : R. T. Naylor
ISBN : 0921689764
Genre : Business & Economics
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Based on Naylor's widely read column, this book is designed to give the news behind the news, to put back into the stories the "awkward" details the main stream media find convenient to omit. "An eminently readable book, with outré insights into the corrupt underside of world affairs in each chapter."--Canadian Book Review Annual
Category: Business & Economics

Greed

Author : James M. Childs
ISBN : 1451410522
Genre : Business & Economics
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"In this book, Childs probes this disturbing development in its economic and cultural dimensions, gauging contemporary ways in light of Christian ethical principles. Investigating such issues as corporate downsizing, executive compensation, health-care delivery, and global economic disparities mirrored in hunger, Childs also offers a biblically-based alternative vision of sharing and community."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Business & Economics

Civic Empowerment In An Age Of Corporate Greed

Author : Edward C. Lorenz
ISBN : 9781609173227
Genre : Business & Economics
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A thought-provoking investigation of an urgent issue facing American communities today, Edward C. Lorenz’s book examines the intersection of corporate irresponsibility and civic engagement. At the heart of this case study is a group of firms responsible for seven of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, the largest food contamination accident in U.S. history, stunning stock and financial manipulations, and a massive shift of jobs off shore. In the face of these egregious environmental, employee, and investor abuses, several communities impacted by these firms organized to confront and combat failures in corporate and bureaucratic leadership, winning notable victories over major financiers, lobbyists, and indifferent or ineffective government agencies. A critical analysis of public and private leadership, business and economic ethics, and civic life, this book concludes with a stirring blueprint for other communities facing similarly overwhelming opposition.
Category: Business & Economics

T Dliche Beute

Author : Clive Cussler
ISBN : 9783641132682
Genre : Fiction
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Ein Schiff von radikalen Umweltschützern rammt im Nordmeer ein dänisches Schiff und versenkt es mitsamt Mannschaft. In einer dramatischen Rettungsaktion versuchen Kurt Austin und die NUMA-Crew die Seeleute zu bergen. Da tauchen feindselig gesonnene Eskimos vom Stamm der Kiolyas auf – und mit ihnen ihr Anführer Toonook, ein Genforscher, der aus purer Geldgier Lachse in Monster verwandeln will. Der Ernst der Lage wird schlagartig klar, als das Numa-Boot explodiert. Knapp dem Tod entronnen, sind Kurt und seine Leute entschlossen, den Eskimos das Handwerk zu legen ...
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