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The Financial Diaries

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The American Dream is backed by the belief that hard work and steady saving will ensure a comfortable retirement and a better life for one's children. But in a nation experiencing unprecedented prosperity, even for many families who seem to be doing everything right, this ideal is still out of reach.

The Financial Diaries draws on information from the U.S. Financial Diaries, which follow the lives…  More About: The Financial Diaries

Our Bodies, Our Data

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Hidden to consumers, patient medical data has become a multibillion-dollar worldwide trade industry between our health-care providers, drug companies and a complex web of middlemen. This medical-data bazaar sells copies of the prescription you recently filled, your hospital records, insurance claims, blood-test results and more—stripped of your name but possibly with identifiers such as year of birth, gender and doctor. As computing grows ever more…  More About: Our Bodies, Our Data

Captured

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse employs history, legal scholarship and personal experiences to provide an in-depth explanation of what’s gone wrong with the corporate influence game. He and his co-author Melanie Wachtell Stinnett expose multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the founders, and examines how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear…  More About: Captured

How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler

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One of our favorite consumer advocates, travel expert Christopher Elliott shares the smartest ways to travel in this tip-packed guide from National Geographic. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a consumer travel advocate, Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to navigate the landmines of travel, with detailed advice on airlines, car rentals, cruises, hotels, the TSA and security, vacation rentals, passports and visas and much more!

We…  More About: How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler

Weapons of Math Destruction

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In Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, a former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life. This is about the "dark side" of Big Data.

This is the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much…  More About: Weapons of Math Destruction

Chain of Title

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"Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud" reveals the story of the enormous foreclosure fraud that caused millions of families to lose their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies. The lenders had no legal right to foreclose—they messed up the chain of title to the properties by failing to adequately review and sign the documents. The ensuing scandal implicated dozens…  More About: Chain of Title

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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"Evicted" is an eye-opening trip to the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee via the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of…  More About: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

All You Can Pay

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You might not care who can access your data because you have nothing to hide. But you should care, because corporations are using your data to control your decisions. As millions of consumers carry on unaware, powerful corporations race to collect more and more data about our behaviors, needs and desires. This massive trove of data is a valuable business asset and one that milks consumers as the…  More About: All You Can Pay

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time

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This book investigates the minds, motives and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for…  More About: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time

Swiped

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Author Adam Levin's new book, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, addresses an unfortunate fact of life: identity theft here to stay. Passwords and aggressive spam folders are good but it's going to be difficult if not impossible to stop bad actors who steal identities for a living.

Swiped tells the story of a nameless…  More About: Swiped

 

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