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    42.7 hrs • 6/28/2010 • Unabridged

    Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics, and Human Action is his greatest work. It is a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in English in 1949, it was a sensation, the largest and most scientific defense of human freedom ever published, igniting an eruption of critical acclaim. For instance, Rose Wilder Lane wrote, “I think Human Action is unquestionably the most powerful product of the human mind in our time, and I believe it will change human life for the better during the coming centuries as profoundly as Marxism has changed all of our lives for the worse in this century.” Henry Hazlitt wrote, “It should become the leading text of anyone who believes in freedom, in individualism and in a free market economy.” The acclaim has not ceased, and the book is universally recognized as a classic in the field of modern economics.

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    Human Action, Third Revised Edition by Ludwig von Mises

    Human Action, Third Revised Edition

    42.7 hrs • 6/28/10 • Unabridged
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    24.1 hrs • 8/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies. With this monumental work, Mises laid the foundations for free society. Socialism has influenced scores of influential thinkers, including Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman. It is read over and over again today, all over the world, inspiring throngs of new defenders of freedom.

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    Socialism by Ludwig von Mises

    Socialism

    Foreword by Friedrich A. Hayek
    24.1 hrs • 8/20/12 • Unabridged
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    9.5 hrs • 10/1/2008 • Unabridged

    This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’s new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today’s economy and marketplace. Innovation and Entrepreneurship deals with “what, when and why,” policies and decisions, opportunities and risks, structures and strategies, staffing, and compensation and rewards. In addition to managers in all types of business, lecturers and students of management and business studies will find this a revealing and exciting work. Highly critical in approach, it is nevertheless a practical and illuminating study of an area crucial for today’s world.

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    Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    9.5 hrs • 10/1/08 • Unabridged
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    6.9 hrs • 4/1/2009 • Unabridged

    A million-copy seller, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern “libertarian” economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others. Called by H. L. Mencken “one of the few economists in history who could really write,” Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for this brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession, as well as illustrating the destructive effects of taxes, rent and price controls, inflation, trade restrictions, and minimum-wage laws. Economics in One Lesson is deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy. Many current economic commentators across the political spectrum have credited Hazlitt with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy, which occurred more than fifty years after the initial publication of this seminal work. Hazlitt’s focus on non-governmental solutions, strong—and strongly reasoned—antideficit position, and general emphasis on free markets, economic liberty of individuals, and the dangers of government intervention make Economics in One Lesson every bit as relevant and valuable today as it has been since publication.

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    Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

    Economics in One Lesson

    6.9 hrs • 4/1/09 • Unabridged
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    5.0 hrs • 12/3/2008 • Unabridged

    “Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth,” wrote Ayn Rand. In the title essay of this collection, Leonard Peikoff applies this principle to the world of business. He shows that certain philosophic ideas, such as reason, egoism, and individualism, are needed to defend and protect the freedom of businessmen, while the opposite ideas, such as mysticism, altruism, and collectivism (which dominate our universities), destroy that freedom. Other essays in this volume will help businessmen understand the crucial role of philosophy in free trade, free markets, health care, and business ethics. Why Businessmen Need Philosophy is important reading for any businessman who wants to defend his freedom—and anyone else who wants to understand and defend business.

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    Why Businessmen Need Philosophy and Other Essays by Ayn Rand, various authors, Leonard Peikoff, Harry Binswanger, Edwin A. Locke, Dr. John Ridpath, Richard M. Salsman, Dr. Jaana Woiceshyn

    Why Businessmen Need Philosophy and Other Essays

    By Ayn Rand, with additional essays by various authors
    5.0 hrs • 12/3/08 • Unabridged
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    14.3 hrs • 9/1/2000 • Unabridged

    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world’s collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In her series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. This collection of twenty-six essays includes twenty by Ayn Rand as well as three essays by Alan Greenspan, two by Nathaniel Branden, and one by Robert Hessen. These essays are a challenging look at modern society by some of America’s most provocative intellectuals.

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    Capitalism by Ayn Rand

    Capitalism

    With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen
    Read by Anna Fields
    14.3 hrs • 9/1/00 • Unabridged
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    19.8 hrs • 8/1/2002 • Unabridged

    This bold history of economics tells the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer. Unlike other economics histories, Skousen’s book provides a running plot with a singular heroic figure, Adam Smith, at the center of the discipline. Skousen unites the great thinkers by ranking them for or against Adam Smith and his “system of natural liberty.” He shows how Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, John Maynard Keynes, and even laissez-faire disciples Robert Malthus and David Ricardo detracted from Adam Smith’s classical model of democratic capitalism, while Alfred Marshall, Irving Fisher, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman, among others, remodeled and improved upon Smithian economics. Highlights include humorous anecdotes and exciting new revelations about the lives of the great economists.

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    The Making of Modern Economics by Mark Skousen

    The Making of Modern Economics

    19.8 hrs • 8/1/02 • Unabridged
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    12.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    All who listen to this masterful and lucid polemic for a free-market economy will never question Milton Friedman’s Nobel Prize in economics. Milton Friedman and his wife Rose team up to write a most convincing and readable guide that illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith’s capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations. While a large central government may have good intentions, the results it produces are lamentable. More than another indictment of government planning and bureaucracy, however, Free to Choose offers several convincing and creative remedies to the world’s woes. Powerful and persuasive, here is the important analysis of what has gone wrong in America in the past and what is necessary for our economic health to flourish.

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    Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedman

    Free to Choose

    12.3 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    6.5 hrs • 5/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and nastiest standards war was fought between alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison bet wrong in the fierce war between supporters of alternating current and direct current. The savagery of this electrical battle can hardly be imagined today. The showdown between AC and DC began as a rather straightforward conflict between technical standards, a battle of competing methods to deliver essentially the same product, electricity. But the skirmish soon metastasized into something bigger and darker. In the AC/DC battle, the worst aspects of human nature somehow got caught up in the wires: a silent, deadly flow of arrogance, vanity, and cruelty. Following the path of least resistance, the war of currents soon settled around the most primal of human emotions: fear. AC/DC serves as an object lesson in bad business strategy and poor decision making. Edison’s inability to see his mistake was a key factor in his loss of control over the “operating system” for his future inventions—not to mention the company he founded, which would later become General Electric. The battle over whether alternating or direct current would be the standard for transmitting electricity around the world changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standards wars to follow. Today’s Digital Age wizards can take lessons from Edison’s fierce battle: control an invention’s technical standard and you control the market.

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    AC/DC by Tom McNichol

    AC/DC

    6.5 hrs • 5/1/08 • Unabridged
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    11.7 hrs • 4/28/2009 • Unabridged

    Newly revised and updated, this is the acclaimed companion volume to the hugely successful Basic Economics, by one of America’s most revered economists. Applied Economics is an accessible guide to how our economic decisions develop. It explains the application of economics to major world problems, including housing, medical care, discrimination, and the economic development of nations, illustrated with examples from around the world. This new, expanded edition has been updated to address economic questions that are particularly relevant to our times, with chapters on the economics of immigration, the economics of organ transplants, the “creative” financing of home buying that led to the mortgage crisis, and the political and economic incentives that lead to money earmarked for highways being diverted to mass transit and to a general neglect of infrastructure. The book retains its easy readability, even for people with no prior knowledge of economics.

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    Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell

    Applied Economics

    11.7 hrs • 4/28/09 • Unabridged
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    4.7 hrs • 1/25/2010 • Unabridged

    Before you launch your start-up, begin with Gerber. All too often, entrepreneurs begin a small business to create a sense of security. They become sole proprietors or perhaps employ only one or two people. The business becomes a perpetual existence, like a mechanic, a doctor, a therapist, or a retailer who does the same thing over and over again to generate a stream of income. The small businessperson fails to grow, marking time by repeating the same service in a perpetual cycle throughout the life of the business. Gerber’s ten principles will help you to break out of this vicious cycle before it starts in your new business. He’ll help you to embrace the energy of exploration with a road map for taking your vision beyond the obvious. Only then can you build a company that provides continuous fulfillment and personal growth and can expand its income, services, and positive contributions to your employees and community. Gerber’s ten principles will help you: –Identify your company’s essential “system”—its highly differentiated way of doing business that will be the cornerstone of your success –Build a business of great imagination; a self-reliant “reach” that will create economic certainty in any climate –Create a center of growth and learning for your employees, that will in turn develop your business beyond any standard that formerly existed –Instill a higher purpose that can move yourself, your business, and your customers to greater levels of fulfillment and growth From identifying opportunities to viable business design to field-testing your ideas, Gerber offers a dynamic message for creating the most successful small business in the world—not only providing you with economic certainty, for which he believes all persons are capable, but empowering you to achieve your fullest potential.

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    The Most Successful Small Business in the World by Michael E. Gerber

    The Most Successful Small Business in the World

    4.7 hrs • 1/25/10 • Unabridged
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    8.1 hrs • 7/18/2011

    Includes a bonus DVD and bonus PDF workbook! Benefit from the perspectives of nine management experts and bestselling authors, each with a unique viewpoint on becoming the most effective manager for your company. With these perspectives on twenty-first century management, your team will get recognized and promoted by top management faster than ever before. High-performing teams with great morale do not happen by accident, nor are they the result of your charisma. It takes systems, processes, and the ability to motivate the team to generate the mindset to go the extra mile for your company. With expert training, your success is guaranteed in today’s business climate of double digit quarterly earnings growth, KPI management, and the soft skills of expert management. Like a management retreat in a box, this program brings the collective expertise of a $100,000 training seminar into the front seat of your car for about the price of a business lunch.

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    Management 101

    Produced by Made for Success
    8.1 hrs • 7/18/11
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    9.5 hrs • 4/3/2012 • Unabridged

    Inside the making of the multibillion-dollar Grand Theft Auto video game empire Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial video game franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes. Jacked tells the turbulent and mostly unknown story of GTA’s wildly ambitious creators, Rockstar Games, the invention and evolution of the franchise, and the cultural and political backlash it has provoked. –Explains how British prep school brothers Sam and Dan Houser took their dream of fame, fortune, and the glamor of American pop culture and transformed it into a worldwide video game blockbuster –Written by David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom and a top journalist on gaming, and drawn from over ten years of interviews and research, including firsthand knowledge of Grand Theft Auto’s creators and detractors –Offers inside details on key episodes in the development of the series, including the financial turmoil of Rockstar games, the infamous “Hot Coffee” sex minigame incident, and more Whether you love Grand Theft Auto or hate it—or just want to understand the defining entertainment product of a generation—you’ll want to read Jacked and get the real story behind this boundary-pushing game.

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    Jacked by David Kushner

    Jacked

    9.5 hrs • 4/3/12 • Unabridged
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    9.4 hrs • 7/24/2012 • Unabridged

    An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks. In vivid behind-the-scenes detail he reveals how they steadfastly failed to hold the banks accountable even as they disregarded major job losses caused by the auto bailouts and refused to help struggling homeowners. He discloses how the team at the Treasury under Secretary Timothy Geithner worked with Wall Street executives to design programs that would have funneled vast amounts of taxpayer money to their firms and allowed them to game the markets and make huge profits with almost no risk and no accountability. Providing stark details about how—through a combination of sheer incompetence and a profound disregard of the plight of homeowners—the interests of the broader public were betrayed, he recounts how an increasingly aggressive war was waged by the Treasury against his efforts to raise the alarm about the failures. Bailout is a riveting account of his plunge into the political meat grinder of Washington, as well as a vital revelation of just how captive to Wall Street our political system is and why the too-big-to-fail banks have only become bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis.

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    Bailout by Neil Barofsky

    Bailout

    9.4 hrs • 7/24/12 • Unabridged
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    7.7 hrs • 4/1/2006 • Unabridged

    In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. In Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? In Blink, we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; and the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing,” filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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    Blink

    7.7 hrs • 4/1/06 • Unabridged
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    7.2 hrs • 10/4/2011 • Unabridged

    True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than a boss people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in and inspire people. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership, where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others. The 5 Levels of Leadership are: 1. Position – People follow because they have to. 2. Permission – People follow because they want to. 3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organization. 4. People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. 5. Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

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    The 5 Levels of Leadership

    7.2 hrs • 10/4/11 • Unabridged
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