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Anne Hoag

Anne Hoag State College, PA Member Since 2002

Anne in Happy Valley

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  • "Worst Employee Ever??? That's the P..."

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    I tried to read the previous review as if the reviewer was employing a little irony, but somehow I think s/he didn't get the joke. Of course Mike Daisey would be an employer's worst nightmare -- but even bad employees should be allowed to tell their stories, especially when they are so hilarious. I thought this book was wonderful on two fronts: a) it's a cautionary tale for today's corporate employers who create soul-less, morale-defeating, cubicle-ridden workplaces (and I was one so I know from whence I speak); b) it's an insightful, way funny story.

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    21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com

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    Mike Daisey worked at Amazon.com for nearly two years during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. Now that his nondisclosure agreement has expired, he can tell the real story - one that blends tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, and venture capitalism into a surreal cocktail of delusion.

    Victoria says: "21 Dogs Years"
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A Peek at David's Bookshelf

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  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    "Terrible waste $ and a lot of time"

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    This is my first time ever writing a review. I am taking the time to do this to save you, the stranger I don't even know the horror of this lame and useless book. Hours and hours of droning on about these few boring people who magically were successful after going to Harvard Business School!? Give me a break, this book is insulting to me and to all the men and women who start businesses with little formal eduction, credit cards for financing and their spare room as an office. Instead of this pile of cow dung go read Rich Dad/Poor Dad before you quit your job, The 4 Hour Work week by Timothy Ferris, Rework by Jason Fried, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, and The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Unless you went to Harvard Business school, then read this and call all your friends and laugh about how fun it is to part of the ruling class in this country. Bill Murphy, you have brought shame on your family... fall on your sword.

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  • "What would we do without Google?"

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    This is great read on the history of Google, it's founders (Larry Page and Sergey Brin), and search technology. In the early days of the internet if you had typed in "newspaper," you would not have gotten "New York Times" or "LA Times" because they didn't have "newspaper" in its title. You had to know exactly what key words would generate the results you wanted. It's amazing to think how far search engines have come -- as you type, they predict what you want and populate key words for you. It is due to Google's extreme focus on technology and goals (speed, measurement, refinement, and openness). And there are many more amazing Google technologies that work seamlessly into our lives, which I have forgotten about -- Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Translate....

    There is a lot of reference to "Googley" people and culture and the company's motto of "don't be evil." I think some readers will find it as a bias towards Google. I think it simply describes a workforce obsessively dedicated to doing what they love. For example, many might argue that Google's entry into China was a major stumble and the book doesn't place much accountability on the executives of Google. I think it was daring that Google did that. Selling technology in China is a high-risk proposition. Corruption and copyright infringements turn many companies away from China. Google had to know failure was very likely. Google took a chance to do something for the people of China. Although they censored results as required by the Chinese government, the users were informed on the page whenever results were censored. It was a small step... but an important step to reflect the value of openness -- the Chinese people were told when they weren't getting everything they wanted to see because the government was censoring it.

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    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"

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    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
  • 4.2 (583 ratings)
    When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management (






UNABRIDGED) by Roger Lowenstein Narrated by Roger Lowenstein

    When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

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    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
  • 4.3 (549 ratings)
    Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Sowell Narrated by Tom Weiner

    Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
  • 4.3 (407 ratings)
    Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Senor, Saul Singer Narrated by Sean Pratt

    Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

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    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    morton says: "A Remarkable Audio!"
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    How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities (






UNABRIDGED) by John Cassidy Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities

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    Behind the alarming headlines about job losses, bank bailouts, and corporate greed, there is a little-known story of bad ideas. For 50 years or more, economists have been busy developing elegant theories of how markets work - how they facilitate innovation, wealth creation, and an efficient allocation of society's resources. But what about when markets don't work?

    Ben says: "Way more than I expected"
  • 4.3 (238 ratings)
    The Housing Boom and Bust (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Sowell Narrated by Robertson Dean

    The Housing Boom and Bust

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    There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

    Adolphe says: "Inciteful Non partisan blame"
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    Your Mac Life, 1-Month Subscription  by Shawn King

    Your Mac Life, 1-Month Subscription

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    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    James says: "Fun to listen, and sometimes I learn stuff"
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator) Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Kazuhiko says: "Audio format still useful to get the gist of it"
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System (






UNABRIDGED) by James Rickards Narrated by Sean Pratt

    The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

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    • By James Rickards
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    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
  • Made to Stick (






UNABRIDGED) by Chip Heath, Dan Heath Narrated by Charles Kahlenberg

    Made to Stick

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    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
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  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power (






UNABRIDGED) by Nomi Prins Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

    All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

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    Nomi Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how financiers have retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation.

    PHIL says: "Good big-picture view, not spoiled by the biases"
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve (






UNABRIDGED) by G. Edward Griffin Narrated by Mark Bramhall

    The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

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    This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

    Charyn says: "Prepare to be amazed"
  • Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town (






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    Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town

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    With over $500 million a year in sales, the Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. But beginning in the 1980s, the Bassett company suffered from an influx of cheap Chinese furniture as the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately was forced to send its production offshore to Asia. Only one man fought back. That man is John Bassett III, a descendant of the Bassetts who is now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of over $90 million.

    rightmuch says: "Simply fascinating."
  • The New York Times Audio Digest, 1-Month Subscription

    The New York Times Audio Digest, 1-Month Subscription

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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

    George says: "It's Great!"
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  • After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead (






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    After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

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    Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.

    Elaine says: "One of the best books on the Financial Crisis"
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven Levy Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Edwards Narrated by Douglas Edwards

    I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

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    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
  • Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack (






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    Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack

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    Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: >Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn’t Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn’t Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!

    michael says: "...a very long sales pitch!"
  • Creditocracy: And the Case for Debt Refusal (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Ross Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin

    Creditocracy: And the Case for Debt Refusal

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    It seems like pretty much everybody - homeowners, students, those who are ill and without health insurance, and, of course, credit card holders - is up to their neck in debt that can never be repaid. 77% of US households are seriously indebted and one in seven Americans has been pursued by debt collectors. The major banks are bigger and more profitable than before the 2008 crash, and legislators are all but powerless to bring them to heel.

  • Marketplace Weekend, August 15, 2014  by Lizzie O'Leary Narrated by Lizzie O'Leary

    Marketplace Weekend, August 15, 2014

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    On American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend™ host Lizzie O’Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.

  • Marketplace Weekend, August 08, 2014  by Lizzie O'Leary Narrated by Lizzie O'Leary

    Marketplace Weekend, August 08, 2014

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    On American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend™ host Lizzie O’Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.

  • Forbes, August 4, 2014  by Forbes Narrated by Ken Borgers

    Forbes, August 4, 2014

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    Welcome to Forbes for August 4th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we'll tell you about "The Recession Generation: How Millennials Are Changing Money Management Forever" - They're richer than you think. They're more scared than their elders. And they're ripe for the picking. Inside the race to cash in on Millennials' trillions.

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  • Marketplace Weekend, August 01, 2014  by Lizzie O'Leary Narrated by Lizzie O'Leary

    Marketplace Weekend, August 01, 2014

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    On American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend™ host Lizzie O’Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.

  • When Rice Shakes the World: The Importance of the First Grain to World Economic & Political Stability (






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    When Rice Shakes the World: The Importance of the First Grain to World Economic & Political Stability

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    Today the food and agricultural markets of India and China are in motion. The history of agricultural change is littered with hunger, poverty, and failure. Will that curse pass itself on to this Asian generation? Or is there a brighter future ahead of us? Now China is rapidly becoming the wealthiest country in the world. China's water shortages and its rice market are fault lines that finger their way beneath the surface of the world economy.

  • Marketplace Weekend, July 25, 2014  by Lizzie O'Leary Narrated by Lizzie O'Leary

    Marketplace Weekend, July 25, 2014

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    On American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend™ host Lizzie O’Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.