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William

William SALEM, OREGON, United States
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  • "Excellent story of three of the greats"

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    This book consists of three excellent bios on some of the greats in the finance world. It consists of George Soros, Warren Buffett, and Paul Volker. The first two focus upon investing, and the third on government policies that impact the financial world.

    The book then concludes with a discussion of economics and the role economists play in public policy... this is where the author falls short. While his central thesis is valid (economics, like any discipline that attempts to measure or predict the human mind or behavior, should not rely upon mathematical models... such models are inherently flawed), he mis-characterizes the ideas of Keynes. Mr. Keynes, while being an accomplished mathematician himself, would argue against reliance on precise mathematical models in the application of economic policy. Keynes argued that government stimulus of aggregate demand could be done (tax cuts and spending increases... incidentally, not only the policies that got America out of the Great Depression, but also used to spur and create the 'Age of Prosperity' in the post WW2 to the early 1970s, and forming much of the cornerstone of the economic policies of Ronald Reagan, who also cut taxes and increased spending)... but then when the economy is growing, we should raise taxes back and cut bac on government spending to pay back the accumulated national debt and help bring down aggregate demand to reduce inflationary pressure. This two step approach was not often done... as our government is far quicker to do the tax cuts and increased spending, and slow to raise taxes and cut spending (it was done under the Clinton Administration to great effect).

    The unfair presentation of Keynes aside (blaming him for policies that were merely claimed by politicians to be "Keynesian" but in fact were only one half of the prescription), this is an excellent book for its coverage of these three greats.

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    Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets

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    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Three titans of finance predicted the current economic crisis several years ago, but their warnings went unheeded. A New York Times best-selling author distills the wisdom of all three.

    Throughout the violent financial disruptions of the past several years, three men have stood out as beacons of judgment and wisdom: Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Paul Volcker.

    William says: "Excellent story of three of the greats"
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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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    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.

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    Ben says: "Way more than I expected"
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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.

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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"
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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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    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.

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  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

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    • By Fred Vogelstein
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    • By G. Edward Griffin
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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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    George says: "It's Great!"
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    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
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    • By Ben Hewitt
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    • Narrated By Ken Borgers
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    Welcome to Forbes for April 21st, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we'll tell you about, “Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery” – Harold Hamm has transformed the U-S oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low--and making himself a $16.9 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning. Also, “A Lucky Drug Made Pharmacyclics' Robert Duggan a Billionaire. Will Long-Term Success Follow?” - Since Duggan took the helm at Pharmacyclics in 2008, its stock has risen fortyfold. But can a manager with no experience hunting for drugs build a successful new drug company?

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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.

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  • Harvard Business Review, April 2014

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    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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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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    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.

  • The Limits of Scale (Harvard Business Review)

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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.

  • Coaching the Toxic Leader (Harvard Business Review)

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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.