Best Upcoming Biography and History Books of October 2016
- The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. Mallaby’s story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to damage Alan Greenspan’s reputation. Because perhaps Mallaby’s greatest lesson is that economic statesmanship, like political statesmanship, is the art of the possible.
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism [Read online]
Told 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
During 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.
- Jo Malone: My Story
Known 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.
- To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
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- Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away
Thedramaticrelationship between Ray Kroc, the man who amassed afortune as chairman of one of America’s most controversial and iconic companies—McDonald’s—and the passionate woman, his wife, Joan, who then gave that fortune away. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous and instantly problematic. To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving.
- The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
Attention merchant: an industrial-scale harvester of human attention. A firm whose business model is the mass capture of attention for resale to advertisers. But he makes clear that attention merchants grow ever-new heads, and their means of harvesting our attention have given rise to the defining industries of our time, changing our nature–cognitive, social, and otherwise–in ways unimaginable even a generation ago.
- Developing: My Life
Wide-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.
- No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea
For centuries we’ve believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance–in a word, character. In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world–and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.
- Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy
As 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.
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