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  • "timely"

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    Because this is a newly published book, it is a timely update on how China has broken into the 21st century and its implications for not only the US, but also the rest of the world.
    The book is long and somewhat detailed, but very informative. The narration is similar to listening to a dull professor giving a lecture.

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    China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
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    This book provides a close up look at a range of studies focused on the bottom billion. In it, you'll learn a bit about randomized control testing (RCT) and its strength as a research tool. Moreover, you'll get a glimpse into what various researchers have learned about the causes and effects surrounding hunger, disease prevention, economic progress, as well as how the poorest parents make family planning decisions.

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    Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning....

    D. Martin says: "Excellent for non-economists"
  • "crowdsourcing and symbiosis in natu..."

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    Super narration! Resilience does a great job of laying out the benefits of crowdsourcing and symbiosis in nature and humanity. Tons of great examples of what prevents total catastrophe, as well as strategies for rapid recovery when things go wrong.

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    Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Katrina. Haiti. BP. Fukushima. The Great Recession. Those are just a few of the catastrophic disruptions the world has endured in recent years. As we try to respond to such crises, key questions arise: What causes one system to break under great stress and another to rebound? How much change can a complex system absorb while still retaining its purpose and function? What characteristics make it adaptive to change? Provocative and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on the nature of change.

    Doug says: "Totally Misleading Title"
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D. Littman's greatest hits:
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"

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    This book has a funny title, This Time is Different, but as you read it, it will become plain why it is appropriate. Because, as the authors argue very effectively, everytime an economy has been on the verge of a bubble, and a precious few prognosticators are calling it, the mass of investors say, "this time is different." Certainly true of the present bubble (or the present aftermath) and of 10s and 100s before.

    This book is also approachable for the non-economist (I am an economist) if you skip the chunks that the authors themselves recommend you skip in the early parts. That is harder to do with an audiobook, but it can be done (the audiobook is sectioned).

    I gave this book 3 stars not because it is bad, or mediocre, but because the actual book is laden with tables and charts. To do it justice I found it necessary to listen to it and look at the book every once in awhile to see the figures (it helped that my employer's research library had a copy). When the narrator, who is good, tries to relate what is in the tables and charts, things get ponderous.

    I highly recommend the book. The audiobook is a good complement to it, or vice versa. The audiobook alone is what gets the 3 stars.

  • Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

    "A great, anecdote-rich layman's guide to trade"

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    This is a great introduction to international trade for the layman, and a nice reminder of its intricacies even for an economist like myself. I would recommend it both to those people who have glued themselves with fervent religiosity to the idealization of free trade (as have many economists) and also to those sophomoric protestors who think that products sold at Wal-Mart (and many other places) and made in the Third World are objects produced by slaves without any free will and exploited by their home governments.

    The real world is, as always, so much more complicated. And so much more interesting. Rivoli takes the example of t-shirt production, from cotton (in Texas) to fabric manufacture & basic t-shirt assembly (in China) to import & customization (back in the US) to the use of discarded (but still intact) t-shirts from the US (back to the Third World). This illustration, while not a perfect representation of every product and every trade war, does very well in showing the complexities to both extremes I mentioned above, and also lifting the scales from the eyes of people without fervent beliefs, but tending to one side or the other (free trade or exploitation).

    The book is well-narrated. And the book is comprehensive, insofar as its vertical following of cotton plants to discarded t-shirts is concerned. I did find the author rambled a bit in sections, annoying, which is the only reason I knocked a star off from the "5." I do think this rambling will make it more enjoyable, less dense, for the lay reader than for the professional though.

  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    "Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis"

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    I had been resisting Michael Lewis book because there is just so much in the space, good, bad and endless. But on a colleague's recommendation I plunged in. And I was very pleased. Michael Lewis has plumbed a part of the crisis that I had not read about or heard much about before, and he does it with unparalleled humanity and suspense. Like reading a novel. You will not get the broad-brush treatment of the crisis from Lewis' book. For that, the best work I've listened to is Gillian Tett's book (also on Audible). But her book is scholarly in a way that Lewis's is exciting and impossible to put down. I recommend them both. Now I will have to go on and read the Quants (also on Audible), recommended to me by another person I trust at work.

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

    "Excellent finance/economics piece"

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    This is an excellent journalistic economics/finance piece that anyone with an interest in finance or economics would find to be a "must-read," and even those ordinarily intimidated by such subjects would find to be a rivetting human story. It is also a little-known financial failure ... even for me, deeply ensconced in the subject of banking, I was distracted at the very same time by President Clinton's dominance of the airwaves with the Lewinsky scandal. LTCM did receive its share of business page headlines, but was overwhelmed by this other event in the popular mind. The book moves along & is very well read too.

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  • "A Rip Snorting Story"

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    Steven Levy has successfully gathered all the details necessary to tell the story of Google - to the present in early 2011. The most interesting sections deal with Google's experience in China, insights into the Google culture in the US and abroad, and how particular decisions were made from the beginning. The growth of Google is here, conflict along the way is presented, and the ethical and technological challenges covered. The only downside of the book - it is too early to know how Google will adjust to being a a "big company." A benefit of the Audible version is the "extra" interview section at the end. The reading of L. J. Ganser is excellent, the writing is engaging, and the book informative.

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

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    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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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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    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.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
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    Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

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    • By Thomas Sowell
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    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
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    Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

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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"
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    The Housing Boom and Bust

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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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

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    • By Shawn King
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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"
  • 4.3 (147 ratings)

    Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One: Second Edition

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
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    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. The book is based on an international view of economics, includes examples from around the world, and shows how certain incentives and constraints produce similar outcomes among disparate peoples and cultures.

    Eunice says: "Look at the long term...it's important!"
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

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    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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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.

    Jacob Radkiewicz says: "Would you rather know what is going on or not?"
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
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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.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
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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"
  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Vogelstein
    • Narrated By J. P. Demont
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    Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology. The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.

    Bradley says: "Great book, But Narrator Needs Technical Help"
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  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
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    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

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    • By G. Edward Griffin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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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"
  • Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Tony Schwartz
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Increasing your energy capacity is the best way to get more work done faster and better. From the October 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review.

    Carolyn says: "Everyone Should Read This!"
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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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 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!"
  • Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kevin Roose
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tecosky
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    Becoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world's most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world's financial giants, where they're taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money - as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers. But they experience something new, too: an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work.

  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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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"
  • Impact Your Business: An Allegory of an Entrepreneur's Journey to Clarity, Cash, Profit, Family, and Success

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    • By Ken Kaufman
    • Narrated By Spencer Cannon
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    Steve Loveland, the owner of a software firm, has hit bottom. He's about to lose his company and family, and he's desperate to turn things around. Jennifer Silverstone, a finance-savvy consultant, helps him implement the six essential dashboards every business needs. This transition to running a business with numbers, which every entrepreneur must eventually make, gives him the clarity required to save his business.

  • The Business You Were Born to Create: How to Make Your Living Doing the Work You Were Born For

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    • By Nick Williams
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    What work were you put on this planet to do? How can you build a successful business around that work? Best-selling author Nick Williams reveals how this is the time to start your own inspired business, doing work that you love. As well as provide you income, your inspired business can be an immensely meaningful activity that allows you to share your unique gifts, make a difference to others, and serve a higher purpose. It will empower you to become the best that you can be. But this requires a different approach to work.

  • Harvard Business Review, April 2014

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    "Creating a Culture of Quality" by Ashwin Srinivasan and Bryan Kurey. "Making Business Personal" by Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and Andy Fleming. "The Limits of Scale" by Hanna Halaburda and Felix Oberholzer-Gee. "Coaching the Toxic Leader" by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries.

  • Making Business Personal (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and others
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    Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, and Matthew Miller, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Andy Fleming, CEO of Way to Grow, Inc, report on how a close examination of two very different companies suggests that melding business excellence with personal development can create a new kind of competitive advantage.

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  • Coaching the Toxic Leader (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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    Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, a professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at Insead, reports on how bosses who suffer from narcissism, manic depression, and other serious disorders can make organizations miserable.

  • The Limits of Scale (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and others
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    Hanna Halaburda, an economist at the Bank of Canada, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee, a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, write about how the well-known strategic rules of markets with network effects – move first and get big – are often dead wrong.

  • High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry

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    • By Jim Motavalli
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
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    A behind-the-scenes look at the robustly competitive race to dominate the market for electric cars, the larger-than-life moguls behind them, and the changes that are transforming the auto industry. In the 1980s, it was unimaginable that the home computer would become as common and easy to use as a toaster. Today, plug-in charging stations and smart grids seem like something still far off in the future. But by 2020, the auto industry will look very different from today's field of troubled auto giants.