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Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems
Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems
by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.19
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable guide for tomorrow's innovators, March 27, 2012
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We all know that innovation is important; without it, raising standards of living would be a zero-sum game. But how much do we know about the actual mechanisms of innovation, the ways we might encourage it, and the risks it could entail? These are the pivotal topics of Vaitheeswaran's excellent new book.

Innovation is an inescapable byword of the global market for ideas, that great cacophony fueled by Twitter, the blogosphere, and endlessly proliferating conferences such as TED, SXSW, Pop Tech, and The Economist's "Ideas Economy" series, which Vaitheeswaran has led. And Vaitheeswaran dutifully touches on dozens of the theories and stories of innovation that have made the rounds in these circles. Importantly, however, his book is not just a summary. Rather, it is a critical appraisal that does not take the merits of these ideas, no matter how famous their proponents, for granted. In this, the book may be the first of its kind, and much overdue at that.

Vaitheeswaran writes in bite-size passages, each with vivid examples and a clear point. He takes apart a basket of myths about innovation, some more believable than others, and leaves the reader with realistic strategies for pursuing a more innovative future. For those hoping not just to stay abreast of the TED set but also to see where its fads have gone wrong, this is an engaging and practical reference.


Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
by Jennifer Vanderbes
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvel of literary structure, April 5, 2011
This is a very special novel. It would be remarkable enough to have created its structure - a story told in many directions at once, from the point of view of many characters at once - but the writing is immediate, the dialogue believable, and the setting as carefully drawn as an obsessive director's notes on a screenplay. The author uses momentum judiciously, and impressively so... the suspense builds gradually and then races to a stunning conclusion. This is no thrill-a-minute beach paperback, and that's a good thing. For those who appreciate depth of characters, subtlety of psychology, and masterful plotting, it's all there for your enjoyment.


You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity
You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity
by Robert Lane Greene
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.97
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoever thought linguistics could be so much fun?, April 5, 2011
I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to the English language. But Lane Greene has turned me around. His book presents such a positive and life-affirming view of language as an evolving phenomenon that it's going to be hard to cringe the next time I hear someone say "irregardless". And the book is full of fun: stories, jokes, and strange factoids from what is, for most of us, a very esoteric field of study.

Greene also exposes those who would use language (nefariously) for political gain or (unfairly) to denigrate social groups. This book should open our minds to the richness of language in all of its forms, and to the people who speak it in ways different from our own. Those who read it are taking a step towards healthier discourse and a more meritocratic world.


How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
by Parag Khanna
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear-eyed glimpse into an unsettled future, April 5, 2011
Parag Khanna has marked himself out as one of the foremost young thinkers on geopolitics. There is more food for thought here than in a dozen political science textbooks; Khanna's ideas are provocative, even if deliberately so. They ought to launch a slew of debates about how we prepare for the power balance of the future. You don't have to agree with Khanna's view of the world to appreciate his far-reaching thinking. He is sure to be a prominent voice in geopolitics for decades to come - get a preview of what's to come, from the world and from him, by racing through this fast-reading tour of his thinking.


India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
by Anand Giridharadas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely engaging and entertaining, April 5, 2011
What a pleasure to have Anand Giridharadas as your guide through such an endlessly fascinating country at such a pivotal stage in its evolution. He brings a delightfully rich cast of characters to life as you follow him through his personal voyage. You can almost imagine yourself sitting down to dinner with all of them at an improvised cafe in a faraway rural village, or riding with them through the suffocating city traffic. Even if you're an expert on India, the sheer enjoyment of good writing will keep you reading this book. It's a treasure trove of anecdotes, vignettes, and trenchant observations that will be the envy of novelists and policy wonks alike.


Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books)
Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books)
by Edward Miguel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.98
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hopeful and accessible read, December 28, 2010
Edward Miguel knows sub-Saharan Africa, and the signs of economic progress that he sees there are unmistakeable. He and his assembled academic colleagues - including stars like William Easterly and Paul Collier - offer conclusive evidence to combat the outdated idea that sub-Saharan Africa is somehow a hopeless case... but also some reservations. Since 2000, the region has made remarkable progress, though it's not always clear that the institutions, policies, and economic conditions that made this progress possible have real staying power. The variety of voices here is both enlightening and stimulating - highly recommended for those interested in the region's development and economic development in general.


The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top
The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top
by Matthew Bishop
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent starting point for future policy discussions, December 28, 2010
Bishop and Green have done it again with a carefully researched and entertaining book on the way out of the world's financial morass. It's more than a roadmap, though; it's a call to action. The authors argue convincingly that capitalism has to be inclusive and more mindful of its own long-term interests in order to endure and thrive - and that everyone, especially in mature economies like the United States, can help to make that change happen.


The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
by Ian Bremmer
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sourcebook for those interested in emerging markets, December 28, 2010
Bremmer has a provocative point, and reading his arguments will definitely set you to thinking. But the real strength of this book is his set of country case-studies. If you're wondering what will happen in the world's major emerging economies - and how much the state's involvement could affect your investments - then you'll find plenty of answers here. This book is a great resource both for portfolio investors and for executives considering direct investments abroad.


ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future
ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future
by Iain Carson
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative text on a topic of paramount importance, December 28, 2010
You couldn't really ask for two better-qualified writers on this topic than Vaitheeswaran and Carson. Put together the longtime energy & environment correspondent and industry editor from The Economist, and what do you get? An exceptionally well-written and thoughtful look into the future of fuel and transportation. If you want to know what's going to be making our wheels turn in the future, this is the book for you - fantastic insights for consumers, investors, and people looking to make a career in our greener future.


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