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Other People’s Houses

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In the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008, many claimed that it had been inevitable, that no one saw it coming and that subprime borrowers were to blame. This book is a response to such unfounded claims by Jennifer Taub, an associate professor at Vermont Law School. Drawing on her experience as a corporate lawyer, investment firm counsel, and scholar of business law…  More About: Other People’s Houses

House of Debt

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The Great American Recession resulted in the loss of eight million jobs between 2007 and 2009. More than four million homes were lost to foreclosures. Is it a coincidence that the United States witnessed a dramatic rise in household debt in the years before the recession—that the total amount of debt for American households doubled between 2000 and 2007 to $14 trillion? Atif Mian…  More About: House of Debt

Trillions

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There are already many more computing devices in the world than there are people. In a few more years, their number will climb into the trillions. We put microprocessors into nearly every significant thing that we manufacture, and the cost of routine computing and storage is rapidly becoming negligible.  We have literally permeated our world with computation.

But more significant than mere numbers…  More About: Trillions

Worth It ... Not Worth It?

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Worth It ... Not Worth It? Simple & Profitable Answers to Life’s Tough Financial Questions aims to demystify complex, real-world dilemmas and break down the answers into simple, Do This/Not That solutions. Organized around six basic topics-Getting Started, Shelter, Automotive, Investing, Family Matters, and Retirement-this handy book is the Swiss Army knife of personal finance. Credit or debit? Rent or buy a house? Buy or lease…  More About: Worth It ... Not Worth It?

After the Music Stopped

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Alan S. Blinder, esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board offers a comprehensive narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we can do from here.

Blinder shows us how the U.S. financial system, which had grown far too complex for…  More About: After the Music Stopped

Financial Justice

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Financial Justice: The People's Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse tells the inside story of how an alliance of progressive consumer, civil rights, labor and fair lending groups (including Consumer Action) challenged Wall Street and the financial services industry in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-2009. To the surprise of many who had underestimated the frustration of consumers and the power of non-profit…  More About: Financial Justice

The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement

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If you’re one of the 25 million single women over the age of 45 living in the United States today, AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement addresses many pertinent issues about feathering your nest. In fact, you don't have to be "mature" or single to find this book useful.

Walking you through the challenges of retired or pre-retired life, from managing your…  More About: The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement

The End of Privacy

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Now in paperback, Reg Whitaker's book provides a sobering look at the threats to privacy posed by the new information technologies. The End of Privacy shows how a vast amount of personal information—much of it information people don't even recognize as being personally vulnerable—is moving into corporate hands. Once there, this data can be combined and used to develop electronic profiles of individuals and…  More About: The End of Privacy

How Wall Street Rips You Off

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This book makes important points, albeit in scary fashion via horror stories that have happened to ordinary investors who trust the institutions and industry-run regulators who are "Wall Street". It walks readers through obstacles faced by the average investor in dealing with Wall Street and explores the ways in which Wall Street rips off investors. Importantly, it attempts to debunk the myth that the…  More About: How Wall Street Rips You Off

Shopping for Good

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Consumers are urged by activists to buy local, green, fair trade and sustainable products. Is the ethical consumption movement effective in changing consumer's behavior in the market ? Can consumers create fair and sustainable supply chains by shopping selectively?

Dara O'Rourke, who first broke the news about Nike's sweatshops in the 1990s, has written this book about the promise of ethical consumption --…  More About: Shopping for Good

 

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