Best Upcoming Biography and History Books of October 2016

  • Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy
    Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank SecrecyAs a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland’s shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him.
  • An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy
    An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary EconomyThe decades after World War II were a golden age across much of the world. The golden age would not come back again. A sweeping reappraisal of the last sixty years of world history, An Extraordinary Time offers forces us to come to terms with how little control we actually have over the economy.
  • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism [Read online]
    The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American CapitalismTold through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American Historians Winner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize Bloomberg View Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2014 Daily Beast Best Nonfiction Books of 2014.
  • A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy
    A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern EconomyDuring the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. In this groundbreaking book, celebrated economic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive technological and economic development. This political fragmentation and the supportive intellectual environment explain how the Industrial Revolution happened in Europe but not China, despite similar levels of technology and intellectual activity.
  • Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success [Read online]
    Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into SuccessDevelop the Scaramucci mindset that drives entrepreneurial success Hopping over the Rabbit Hole chronicles the rise, fall, and resurgence of SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, giving you a primer on how to thrive in an unpredictable business environment. Things happen. You make a bad hire, a bad strategic decision, or suffer the consequences of an unforeseen market crash.
  • Out of the Desert: My Journey From Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil
    Out of the Desert: My Journey From Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global OilThe extraordinary memoir of global oil’s central banker Until 7 May 2016, Ali Al-Naimi was Saudi oil minister – and OPEC kingpin – a position he has held for 20 years. As global oil’s central banker, Al-Naimi moved markets with the briefest of utterances. Described by Alan Greenspan as ‘the most powerful man you’ve never heard of’, Al-Naimi’s incredible journey proves that anyone can make it – even a poor Bedouin shepherd boy.
  • Jo Malone: My Story
    Jo Malone: My StoryKnown around the world for her eponymous brand of fragrances and now her brand-new venture Jo Loves (soon to debut in the US), Jo Malone tells the remarkable and inspiring story of her rise from humble beginnings to beloved business success. She opened her first store in London in 1994, and in 1999 she sold the Jo Malone London brand to Estee Lauder Companies. Recently, she launched a new brand, Jo Loves, igniting the excitement of fashion and beauty converts all over the world.
  • Re-Thinking Economics: Exploring the Work of Pierre Bourdieu [Read online]
    Re-Thinking Economics: Exploring the Work of Pierre BourdieuOnce again, mainstream economics has proved its inadequacy. Mainstream economics turns a blind eye to society. For the first time, this volume fills this gap in economics by featuring state-of-the-art research and experts from different social science disciplines.
  • Timberline Lodge (Images of America)
    Timberline Lodge (Images of America)Timberline is a ski lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Oregon, only 65 miles from Portland. Timberline stands today as an icon of New Deal art and Cascadian architecture.
  • Developing: My Life
    Developing: My LifeWide-ranging, captivating, and deeply introspective, the memoir of William Zeckendorf Jr. (1929-2014) documents the celebrated real estate developer’s impact on New York City, Washington, D. ; and numerous projects in Santa Fe, his beloved second home.

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