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  1. 10.5 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Unintended Consequences comes another bold and contrarian book by the man who famously defended capitalism and the one percent at the height of the Occupy movement.Conventional wisdom says income inequality is rising and harmful to nearly everyone, and the rich are to blame. But as Ed Conard shows, anyone who can produce a product valued by the entire economy will find his or her income growing faster than those who are limited by the number of customers they can serve, such as schoolteachers, plumbers, doctors, and lawyers. Consider Taylor Swift, the current queen of pop, who made $64 million in 2014. She earns more because her audience is huge, not because she takes anything away from the tens of millions of fans who happily pay for all those concert tickets, iTunes downloads, and souvenir t-shirts. Her ability to generate value can scale with the economy. The same is true for others who improve the lives of millions, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook. The growing success of innovators doesn’t hurt the rest of the workforce. In fact, the opposite is true—their success increases the demand for our middle and working class labor. Challenging the arguments of liberal economists like Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, Conard reveals the truth about the income inequality panic. And by drawing on a historical study of the ebbs and flows of our economy, he proposes ways to grow the economy faster, which will benefit everyone on the income spectrum.

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    The Upside of Inequality

    10.5 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.2 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Author of the extremely popular “Dear Economist” column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it’s nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car. Supermarkets, coffee houses, airlines, insurance companies and more are sucking money from our wallets. To protect ourselves and our bank accounts, we must better understand why companies do what they do. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “unequaled in its accessibility,” The Undercover Economist is a sheer delight—and the one book on economics that every American should read.

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    The Undercover Economist

    10.2 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 14.6 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Translated into 100 languages, winner of the National Book Award, and named one of the 100 Most Influential Books since World War II by the Times Literary Supplement, Anarchy, State and Utopia remains one of the most theoretically trenchant and philosophically rich defenses of economic liberalism to date, as well as a foundational text in classical libertarian thought. With a new introduction by the philosopher Thomas Nagel, this revised edition will introduce Nozick and his work to a new generation of listeners.

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    Anarchy, State, and Utopia

    14.6 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 13.4 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned—and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate ALL American businesses,  putting us on a collision course for another cataclysmic meltdown. Drawing on in-depth reporting and exclusive interviews at the highest rungs of Wall Street and Washington, Time assistant managing editor and economic columnist Rana Foroohar shows how the “financialization of America” - the trend by which finance and its way of thinking have come to reign supreme - is perpetuating Wall Street's reign over Main Street, widening the gap between rich and poor, and threatening the future of the American Dream. Policy makers get caught up in the details of regulating “Too Big To Fail” banks, but the problems in our market system go much broader and deeper than that. Consider that: · Thanks to 40 years of policy changes and bad decisions, only about 15 % of all the money in our market system actually ends up in the real economy – the rest stays within the closed loop of finance itself. · The financial sector takes a quarter of all corporate profits in this country while creating only 4 % of American jobs. · The tax code continues to favor debt over equity, making it easier for companies to hoard cash overseas rather than reinvest it on our shores. · Our biggest and most profitable corporations are investing more money in stock buybacks than in research and innovation. · And, still, the majority of the financial regulations promised after the 2008 meltdown have yet come to pass, thanks to cozy relationship between our lawmakers and the country’s wealthiest financiers.       Exploring these forces, which have have led American businesses to favor balancing-sheet engineering over the actual kind and the pursuit of short-term corporate profits over job creation, Foroohar shows how financialization has so gravely harmed our society, and why reversing this trend is of grave importance to us all. Through colorful stories of both "Takers” and "Makers,” she’ll reveal how we change the system for a better and more sustainable shared economic future.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Makers and Takers

    13.4 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.5 hrs • 4/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Over the years, bestselling author and renowned Harvard economist Harry Dent has accurately predicted the dot com bust of the early 2000’s, the crash of the U.S. housing market in 2006, the financial meltdown of 2008 and the plummet in crude oil prices in 2015. Now he’s back with a bold new forecast—one that calls for gold to take a disastrous dive in price, all the way down to $250. In his brand new audiobook, How to Survive (and Thrive) During the Great Gold Bust Ahead, Harry warns investors that moving their assets into gold isn’t the safe haven they think it is. And why it won’t protect them from the biggest market collapse since The Great Depression, set to hit in 2016. In this shocking audio program you’ll discover:The unstoppable economic forces heading our way that will result in a collapse in gold prices (Chapter 1)Why the inflation crisis in America is a myth, despite our money overprinting and how gold will suffer because of it (Chapter 2)Exactly how low gold prices will drop in the next five years (Chapter 3)The predictable 30-year cycle gold follows and where we fall in it right now (Chapter 4) PLUS: details on his “trade of the decade” which could be the safest (and best value) investment you can make over the next ten years. But there’s a limited window to get in on it! (Chapter 6)

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    How to Survive (and Thrive) During the Great Gold Bust Ahead

    by Harry S. Dent Jr.
    read by Harry S. Dent Jr.
    2.5 hrs • 4/1/16 • Unabridged
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    5.9 hrs • 11/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Inequality is a choice. The United States bills itself as the land of opportunity, a place where anyone can achieve success and a better life through hard work and determination. But the facts tell a different story—the US today lags behind most other developed nations in measures of inequality and economic mobility. For decades, wages have stagnated for the majority of workers while economic gains have disproportionately gone to the top one percent. Education, housing, and health care—essential ingredients for individual success—are growing ever more expensive. Deeply rooted structural discrimination continues to hold down women and people of color, and more than one-fifth of all American children now live in poverty. These trends are on track to become even worse in the future. Some economists claim that today’s bleak conditions are inevitable consequences of market outcomes, globalization, and technological progress. If we want greater equality, they argue, we have to sacrifice growth. This is simply not true. American inequality is the result of misguided structural rules that actually constrict economic growth. We have stripped away worker protections and family support systems, created a tax system that rewards short-term gains over long-term investment, offered a de facto public safety net to too-big-to-fail financial institutions, and chosen monetary and fiscal policies that promote wealth over full employment.

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    Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy

    5.9 hrs • 11/2/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 2.8 hrs • 11/1/2015

    Harry Dent has been predicting for some time that we are about to enter a prolonged downturn, one that will be looked at by historians as a classic economic depression, due to demographic factors. One of the largest generations in history—the Baby Boomers—are leaving the workplace, either due to planned retirement or involuntarily (due to layoffs or not being able to find work), which will have a profound impact on all sectors of our economy. This economic downturn could have been swifter and the pain much less, had the Fed allowed it to happen naturally. However, due to several rounds of quantitative easing, essentially pumping “free money” into the economy, the Fed has not only delayed the inevitable, but they have ensured that the downturn will be much longer and much more severe than it could have been. Harry Dent believes that the Fed cannot keep the bubble from popping much longer—and when it does pop—every individual will need to be prepared for a period he calls an “economic winter.” In this program, you’ll learn the personal and business strategies that will be essential to protect and preserve your assets, and the few areas of the economy which will still do well during this winter period. This is essential listening for every American citizen.

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    What to Do When the Bubble Pops

    Presented by Harry S. Dent Jr.
    2.8 hrs • 11/1/15
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  8. 4.8 hrs • 11/1/2015

    In this nine-session course from Harry Dent, you learn what to expect in the winter economic season and the best business strategies to stay ahead of your competition. Is your business prepared to survive and prosper in the winter season of our economy? How do demographic trends impact your business? If you knew that we are heading into another financial bust, how prepared is your business to stay ahead of your competition? What do you know about the spending wave, S-curve, sunspot, geopolitical, and Treasury bond cycles? How are you applying the new direct model of business to your own business? We all know it can be very difficult and time consuming to understand our economy. But we also know that whatever state our economy is in - now and, more importantly, in the future - we have to be prepared and adapt accordingly. The Dent Business Academy: Business Strategies for the Winter Season is Harry Dent’s first audio course designed to help small business owners understand the winter season of our economy and how to survive and prosper in the years ahead. In this nine-session course, you will learn how the use of demographics and other cycles can help predict (with more certainty) what to expect in this winter season and the best strategies to use in order to evaluate, manage, and possibly change your business plan and stay ahead of your competition. Course outline: Session 1: Four-Season of the Economy: Different Stages for Each Season Session 2: The Macro Economic Cycles That Drive Our Economy: Boom and Bust Periods and How We Can See the Winter Season Ahead Session 3: Summary Strategies for Surviving and Prospering in the Winter Season Session 4: S-Curve and Product Life Cycles for Business Micro Seasons and Strategies Session 5: Consumer Life Cycle and Micro Demographic Opportunities Session 6: Immigration, Migration, and Local Demographic Trends Session 7: International Trends: Emerging Markets Will Dominate Growth Moving Forward Session 8: The New Direct Model of Business: The Marketing Revolution Session 9: The New Network Organization: Bottoms-Up Not Top-Down

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    Dent Business Academy

    4.8 hrs • 11/1/15
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  9. 6.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A guide for protecting your wealth in an age of turbulent business cycles In Prosperity in the Age of Decline, Brian and Alan Beaulieu—the CEO and the president of the Institute for Trend Research (ITR)—offer an informed, meticulously researched look at the future and the coming Great Depression. Drawing on ITR’s 94 percent forecast accuracy rate, the book outlines specific, actionable strategies for capitalizing on cyclical opportunities and dodging economic danger. In this important resource, the authors reveal what it will take for individual investors and business leaders to prosper as the economy heats up prior to the next predicted downturn, preserve wealth in the upcoming Great Depression, and profit on the way out of the depression. The imbalances and maladjustments have a while to play out, and the authors pinpoint the investment opportunities to be had in the countdown period. The Beaulieus examine the major economic trends at play, such as low interest rates, burgeoning government debt, and an aging population. They discuss which trends will last and what investors should do with this knowledge in order to thrive. The book also reviews the group of leading economic indicators that most consistently achieve reliable results for predicting where the economy is headed. Designed as a useful tool for investors, the book includes a working list of key trends, describes the upside potential of each, and explains the potential threat stemming from that particular trend. Understanding how to capitalize on these trends and knowing how to avoid the common pitfalls are the keys to creating a solid economic future for individual investors and business leaders. This guide includes strategies for capitalizing on cyclical opportunities and avoiding economic dangers,an examination of major economic trends, andinformation on the leading economic indicators that most reliably achieve results. This comprehensive resource shows how to preserve wealth and avoid the most common investing pitfalls, offering guidelines for averting cyclical downturns and building on rising industry trends.

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    Prosperity in the Age of Decline by Brian Beaulieu, Alan Beaulieu
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  10. 6.3 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    In American Dreams, Florida senator Marco Rubio asks: What kind of country are we going to be? Will we allow politics to kill the american dream? Or will we rise to the challenge—and take back our legacy as the only nation on earth that offers unrestricted opportunity to all?

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    American Dreams

    6.3 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.3 hrs • 6/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst onto the scene, when businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or when vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble sawtooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different, the data tells us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital, and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, the cost of capital was falling, labor and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation is gone; the cost of capital may rise, the price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile, the world’s labor force could shrink, and individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that by 2025 a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of Sweden. In the decades ahead, half of the world’s economic growth will come from 440 cities, including Kumasi in Ghana and Santa Carina in Brazil—cities that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life—facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

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    No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel

    No Ordinary Disruption

    8.3 hrs • 6/1/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.1 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa. During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other “emerging markets” have transformed their economies, Africa’s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. While Africa accounts for about 30 percent of the world’s reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals and 14 percent of the world’s population, its share of global manufacturing stood in 2011 exactly where it stood in 2000: at 1 percent. In his first book, The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis exposes the truth about the African development miracle: for the resource states, it’s a mirage. The oil, copper, diamonds, gold and coltan deposits attract a global network of traders, bankers, corporate extractors and investors who combine with venal political cabals to loot the states’ value. And the vagaries of resource-dependent economies could pitch Africa’s new middle class back into destitution just as quickly as they climbed out of it. The ground beneath their feet is as precarious as a Congolese mine shaft; their prosperity could spill away like crude from a busted pipeline. This catastrophic social disintegration is not merely a continuation of Africa’s past as a colonial victim. The looting now is accelerating as never before. As global demand for Africa’s resources rises, a handful of Africans are becoming legitimately rich but the vast majority, like the continent as a whole, is being fleeced. Outsiders tend to think of Africa as a great drain of philanthropy. But look more closely at the resource industry and the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world looks rather different. In 2010, fuel and mineral exports from Africa were worth $333 billion, more than seven times the value of the aid that went in the opposite direction. But who received the money? For every Frenchwoman who dies in childbirth, 100 die in Nigeria alone, the former French colony whose uranium fuels France’s nuclear reactors. In petro-states like Angola three-quarters of government revenue comes from oil. The government is not funded by the people, and as result it is not beholden to them. A score of African countries whose economies depend on resources are rentier states; their people are largely serfs. The resource curse is not merely some unfortunate economic phenomenon, the product of an intangible force. What is happening in Africa’s resource states is systematic looting.

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    The Looting Machine

    11.1 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.8 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    We humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time. Korten calls our current story “Sacred Money and Markets.” Money, it tells us, is the measure of all worth and the source of all happiness. Earth is simply a source of raw materials. Inequality and environmental destruction are unfortunate but unavoidable. Although many recognize that this story promotes bad ethics, bad science, and bad economics, it will remain our guiding story until replaced by one that aligns with our deepest understanding of the universe and our relationship to it. Offering a hopeful vision, Korten lays out the transformative impact adopting this story will have on every aspect of human life and society.

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    Change the Story, Change the Future by David C. Korten

    Change the Story, Change the Future

    3.8 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.2 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Enough of the imbalance that is causing the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right and paralysis in the political center. We require an unprecedented form of radical renewal. Henry Mintzberg offers a new understanding of the root of our current crisis and a strategy for restoring the balance so vital to the survival of our progeny and our planet. With the collapse of the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, Western pundits declared that capitalism had triumphed. They were wrong—balance triumphed. A healthy society balances a public sector of respected governments, a private sector of responsible businesses, and a plural sector of robust communities. Communism collapsed under the weight of its overbearing public sector. Now the “liberal democracies” are threatened—socially, politically, even economically—by the unchecked excesses of the private sector. Radical renewal will have to begin in the plural sector, which alone has the inclination and the independence to challenge unacceptable practices and develop better ones. Too many governments have been co-opted by the private sector. And corporate social responsibility can’t compensate for the corporate social irresponsibility we see around us. They won’t do it. We shall have to do it, each of us and all of us, not as passive human resources, but as resourceful human beings. Tom Paine wrote in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” He was right then. Can we be right again now? Can we afford not to be?

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    Rebalancing Society

    2.2 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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    14.1 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the wild east of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. Bill Browder’s journey started on the south side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s. It continued in Moscow, where Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union’s collapse. But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing, Vladimir Putin turned on him and in 2005, had him expelled from Russia. In 2007 a group of law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. Browder glimpsed the heart of darkness, and it transformed his life: he embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei’s name, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.

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    Red Notice

    14.1 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 18.3 hrs • 2/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A forecast of the most important, game-changing trends—and how to manage and profit from them to improve your life. We live in a time of complex and radical change. Those that are ill-prepared for the seismic shifts set to occur over the next thirty years will be in for a rough ride. From leading global futurist and advisor James Canton, the acclaimed author of The Extreme Future and Technofutures, comes Future Smart: the essential blueprint on what’s coming next. It details the key changes—in health and medicine, technology and communication, the global economy, the earth’s climate, energy, and business—that every person, company, and government must understand in order to not only adapt accordingly but thrive in the coming decades. Going beyond prediction, Canton shows listeners how to get “future-smart” with strategic steps they can take today to navigate tomorrow successfully.

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    Future Smart by James Canton

    Future Smart

    18.3 hrs • 2/1/15 • Unabridged
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