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  1. 1.2 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: us. Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us.And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion. As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare. Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. The Billion is a snapshot of our planet—and our species—approaching a crisis, and it serves as a stark analysis of where this leaves us. The Billion is not another climate book. Ten Billion is a book about us.

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    Ten Billion

    1.2 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
  2. 16.6 hrs • 10/19/2010 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling author of China, Inc. reports on the astounding economic and political ramifications of our aging world. The world’s population is rapidly aging—by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. And for the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than that of those under age seventeen. Few of us understand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families, or grasp how our most personal decisions both age the world and drive unprecedented change in the global economy. Veteran journalist Ted C. Fishman masterfully explains how the shrinking of our families and the lengthening of our life spans change nearly every important relationship we have—to ourselves, our families, our communities, our workplaces, our nations, and the world. What happens when too few young people must support older people? How do smaller families cope with aging loved ones? What happens when countries need millions of young workers but lack them? How are entire industries being both created and destroyed by demographic change? How do communities and countries remake themselves for ever-growing populations of older citizens? Who will suffer? Who will benefit? With vivid reporting from American cities and around the world, and through compelling interviews with families, employers, workers, economists, gerontologists, health-care professionals, corporate executives, and small business owners, Fishman reveals the astonishing and interconnected effects of global aging, and why nations, cultures, and crucial human relationships are changing in this timely, brilliant, and important read.

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    Shock of Gray

    16.6 hrs • 10/19/10 • Unabridged
  3. 8.7 hrs • 9/30/2010 • Unabridged

    In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic uncertainty, America is often reduced to a simplistic schism between red states and blue states. In response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel to launch the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and probe American communities in depth. The result is Our Patchwork Nation, a refreshing, sometimes startling look at how America’s diversities often defy conventional wisdom. Looking at the data, they recognized that the country breaks into twelve distinct types of communities, and old categories like “soccer mom” and “working class” don’t matter as much as we think. These communities includeboom towns,evangelical epicenters,military bastions,service worker centers,campus and careers,immigration nation,minority central,tractor community,Mormon outposts,emptying nests,industrial metropolises, andmonied burbs. By examining these populations, the authors demonstrate that the subtle distinctions in how Americans vote, invest, shop, and otherwise behave reflect what they experience on their local streets and in their daily lives. Our Patchwork Nation is a brilliant new way to debate and examine the issues that matter most to our communities—and to our nation.

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    Our Patchwork Nation

    8.7 hrs • 9/30/10 • Unabridged
  4. 7.0 hrs • 11/6/2008 • Unabridged

    The first wave of the Millennial Generation—born between the early 1980s and 2002—is just graduating from college and entering the workforce. Employers, meantime, are bracing for some of the biggest management challenges they've ever faced: Integrating the most demanding and most protected generation in history into a workplace shaped by the driven baby-boom generation. Like them or not, millennials are America's future workforce. They are actually a larger group than the boomers—about 80 million vs. 76 million. The millennials are a complex group—although they're hard-working achievers, most millennials don't excel at leadership and independent problem solving. They want the freedom and flexibility of a virtual office but they also want rules and responsibilities to be spelled out explicitly. "It's all about me," might seem to be the mantra of this demanding bunch of young people, yet they also tend to be very civic-minded and philanthropic.

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    The Trophy Kids Grow Up

    7.0 hrs • 11/6/08 • Unabridged
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