Title Author Publication Year Original Language Publisher ISBN More Info Synopsis  
1632 Eric Flint 2000 English Baen 1416532811
(ISBN13: 9781416532811)
More Info FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN STYLE 1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy. 2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time. THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED... When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.  
1633 Eric Flint
David Weber
2002 English Baen 0743471555
(ISBN13: 9780743471558)
More Info AMERICAN FREEDOM AND JUSTICE VS. SEVENTEENTH CENTURY TYRANNY - The new Confederated Principalities of Europe-an alliance between Gustavus,king of Sweden, and the West Virginia town, led by Mike Stearns, which was hurled back through time to the thirty years war - has big problems. As the greatest naval war in European history erupts, Cardinal Richelieu has created an alliance to destroy the CPE, and only American technology can save Gustavus from ruin. Meanwhile Mike's wife Rebecca is trapped in war-torn Amsterdam, and his sister Rita is imprisoned in the tower of London. And much as Mike wants to reform tyrannical 17th-century Europe by Sweet Reason, he finds comfort in the fact that Julie, who trained as an Olympic marksman, still has her rifle...  
1984 George Orwell 1949 English (Republished July 1st, 1950 by Signet) 0451524934
(ISBN13: 9780451524935)
More Info The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of «negative utopia» - a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.  
1634: The Baltic War Eric Flint
David Weber
2007 English Baen 141652102X
(ISBN13: 9781416521020)
More Info At the close of 1633, Grantville and her downtimer allies had won key victories, first the naval battle of Wismar and then a more subtle political victory in the streets of Magdeburg, capital of the new nation they are hammering out. But as Michael Stearns was warned at the end of the original 1632, winning a battle is not the same as winning the war. And it was still all too very possible to lose the real war they were fighting, the long-term one to change the fundamental structures of European society in order to extend fundamental freedom and dignity to everyone. [...]  
1634: The Bavarian Crisis Eric Flint
Virginia DeMarce
2007 English Baen 1416542531
(ISBN13: 9781416542537)
More Info «1634: The Bavarian Crisis» is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce and Eric Flint as sequel to Flint's novella «The Wallenstein Gambit»; several short stories by DeMarce in «The Grantville Gazettes»; «1634: The Ram Rebellion»; and «1634: The Baltic War». The novel's first draft was completed in 2005, before work on The Baltic War began. Many chapters of that 'early draft version' were available on line, but the final production reached print on 1 October 2007.  
1634: The Galileo Affair Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
2004 English Baen 0743499190
(ISBN13: 9780743499194)
More Info «1634: The Galileo Affair» is the fourth book and third novel published in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis. It follows the activities of an embassy party sent from the United States of Europe (Grantville) to Venice, Italy, where the three young Stone brothers become involved with the local Committees of Correspondence and the Inquisition's trial of Galileo Galilei.  
1634: The Ram Rebellion Eric Flint
Virginia DeMarce
2006 English Baen 1416520600
(ISBN13: 9781416520603)
More Info The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. Inspired by the example of American freedom and justice, a movement in Franconia among the peasants, who have revolted several times even before the arrival from the future of the town of Grantville, an independent revolutionary movement has arisen, flying the banner of the head of a ram. The West Virginians fully approve of liberating the peasants from the nobility, but they are also aware of how revolutionary movements can lead to bloodbaths. And avoiding that deadly possibility will require all of their future knowledge and all their plain old American horse-trading diplomacy...  
1635: Cannon Law Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
2006 English Baen 1416509380
(ISBN13: 9781416509387)
More Info Rome, 1635, and Grantville's diplomatic team, headed by Sharon Nichols, are making scant headway now it has become politically inexpedient for Pope Urban VIII to talk to them any more. Sharon doesn't mind, she has a wedding to plan. Frank Stone has moved to Rome and is attempting to bring about the revolution one pizza at a time. Cardinal Borja is gathering votes to bring the Church's reformers to a halt in their tracks, on the orders of the King of Spain. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the streets, shadowy agitators are stirring up trouble and Spain's armies are massed across the border in the Kingdom of Naples, Cardinal Barberini wants the pamphleteers to stop slandering him and it looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer. Except that Cardinal Borja has more ambitions than his masters in Madrid know about, and has the assistance of Spain's most notorious secret agent to bring about his sinister designs.  
1635: Papal Stakes Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
2012 English Baen 1451638396
(ISBN13: 9781451638394)
More Info The story of «1635: The Papal Stakes» follows the exploits of younger members of the Stone family in Italy and describes the impact of Grantville on the Roman Catholic church and on the patchwork of independent countries in the Italian peninsula.  
1635: The Dreeson Incident Eric Flint
Virginia DeMarce
2008 English Baen 1416555897
(ISBN13: 9781416555896)
More Info The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. While the old entrenched rulers and manipulators continue to plot against this new upstart nation, everyday life goes on in Grantville, the town lost in time, with librarians, firefighters, and garbage collectors trying to make do under unusual circumstances. And what better place for an undercover spy from France than working with the garbage collectors, examining 20th century machines that others throw out and copying the technology.  
1635: The Eastern Front Eric Flint 2010 English Baen 1439133891
(ISBN13: 9781439133897)
More Info Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, has with the aid of the time-displaced citizens of Grantville, West Virginia, tipped the balance in the Thirty Years' War and become emperor of much of Germany, now reorganized as the United States of Europe. Having at least temporarily knocked Austria and France, the main enemies of the new state, out of the war, he is free to turn his attention to the rebellious states of Brandenburg and Saxony and pursue his dream of conquering Poland. The former are duly reconquered and the latter invaded. […]  
1635: The Tangled Web Eric Flint
Virginia DeMarce
2009 English Baen 1439133085
(ISBN13: 9781439133088)
More Info Though the Thirty Years War continues to rave 17th-century Europe, history as it once happened has been derailed by a new force: the United States of Europe, an alliance between the King of Sweden and a group of accidental time-travellers from 20th-century West Virginia.  
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
2014 English Baen 1476736782
(ISBN13: 9781476736785)
More Info The story follows the adventures of Eddie Cantrell a supporting character in «1633» and «1634: The Baltic War». Eddie is married to the daughter of the Danish King and is sent to America to set up a colony and to explore for oil in the Gulf of Mexico while defending against the Spanish and even pirates.  
1636: Seas of Fortune Iver Cooper 2013 English Baen 1451639392
(ISBN13: 9781451639391)
More Info After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, the up-timers and their allies take on continental America and the Japan. «1636: Seas of Fortune» is divided into two roughly equal novella-length parts, «Stretching Out» and «Rising Sun». Each part ('braid') consists of several linked ('braided') short stories. The first is set in northern South America and the Caribbean while the second is set in Japan, in the North Pacific, and on the west coast of North America.  
1636: The Devil's Opera Eric Flint
David Carrico
2013 English Baen 1451639287
(ISBN13: 9781451639285)
More Info After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia take on a murderous conspiracy of operatic proportions in Magdeburg, the capital of the United States of Europe.  
1636: The Kremlin Games Eric Flint
Gorg Huff
Paula Goodlett
2012 English Baen 1451637764
(ISBN13: 9781451637762)
More Info 1636. Grantville has bounced back and established its new mission and identity, but it seems some have been left behind people like Bernie Zeppi, courageous in the battle, but unable to figure out what to do with himself in a world that's utterly changed. Then Russian emissary Vladimir Gorchacov arrives in Grantville and hires Bernie to journey to Moscow and bring the future to a Russia mired in slavish serfdom and byzantine imperial plots. Bernie jumps at the chance. He figures it to be an easy gig, complete with high pay and hot-and-cold running women. But one thing Bernie hasn't counted on is the chance to find his purpose in Mother Russia, from fighting the needless death of children from typhoid to building the first dirigible in Russian history. And then there's love. Just as Bernie realizes his feeling for a certain Russian noblewoman may have gone way beyond respect, he finds them both enmeshed in the deadly politics of Kremlin power struggles.  
1636: The Saxon Uprising Eric Flint 2011 English Baen 1439134251
(ISBN13: 9781439134252)
More Info The West Virginia town of Grantville, torn from the twentieth century and hurled back into seventeenth century Europe has allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, in the United States of Europe. So, when Gustavus invades Poland, managing to unite all the squabbling Polish factions into repelling the common enemy, the time-lost Americans have to worry about getting dragged into the fight along with the Swedish forces. […]  
1636: The Viennese Waltz Eric Flint
Gorg Huff
Paula Goodlett
2014 English Baen 1476736871
(ISBN13: 9781476736877)
More Info After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia contend with aristocratic forces determined to keep their grip on power whatever it takes.  
A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age Richard Rayner 2009 English Doubleday 0385509707
(ISBN13: 9780385509701)
More Info Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, celebrity scandals, and religious fervor. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials.  
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr.
Mary Doria Russell
1959 English (Published May 9th 2006 by HarperCollins EOS) 0060892994
(ISBN13: 9780060892999)
More Info «A Canticle for Leibowitz» is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the fictional Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.  
A Conspiracy of Paper David Liss 2000 English (Republished in 2001 by Time Warner Books UK) 034911420X
(ISBN13: 9780349114200)
More Info Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family-until he is asked to investigate his father's sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his father's footsteps-and they just might lead him to his own grave. An enthralling historical thriller, A Conspiracy of Paper will leave readers wondering just how much has changed in the stock market in the last three hundred years...  
A Spectacle of Corruption David Liss 2004 English (Republished in May 5th, 2005 by Abacus) 0349118310
(ISBN13: 9780349118314)
More Info «A Spectacle of Corruption» is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in 18th century London. It is the middle of three novels containing the memoir of the fictional Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish former bare-knuckle boxer and current 'thief-taker' (private investigator).  
Animal Farm George Orwell 1945 English (Republished May 6th 2003 by Plume) 0452284244
(ISBN13: 9780452284241)
More Info Behavior, character, or axioms are here referred to the animals that will one day decide to take over the farm (after prompting by a very talkative boar Major, who promised to include a better future production growth, equal rights). When the manager is banished, the animals together to form the seven basic principles that write on the wall of the barn, so that no one has forgotten. The primary was: All animals are equal. With time, everything begins to change, and announced idyll turns out antyutopi?. Boar Napoleon by terror makes a leader, chased his former co-worker, with time breaks more points previously established law, telling the animals that make everything according to the law (starts to consume alcohol, contact with people, occupies the house, sleeping in the bed and starts walk on two legs). The whole story refers to Soviet communism.  
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957 English (Republished by Plume on January 1st, 1999) 0452011876
(ISBN13: 9780452011878)
More Info This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story. Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life — from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy — to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction — to the philosopher who becomes a pirate — to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph — to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad — to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels. […]  
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream Barbara Ehrenreich 2006 English Holt Paperbacks 0805081240
(ISBN13: 9780805081244)
More Info Americans' working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and pensions once guaranteed by «middle-class» jobs are a thing of the past. In Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed.  
Chapterhouse: Dune Frank Herbert 1985 English (Republished July 1st, 1987 by Ace Books) 0441102670
(ISBN13: 9780441102679)
More Info The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world--and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Here is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death. A stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever...  
Children of Dune Frank Herbert 1976 English (Republished in May 15th, 1987 by Ace Books) 0441104029
(ISBN13: 9780441104024)
More Info The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possesing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs. But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...  
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles Mike Davis 1992 English Vintage 0679738061
(ISBN13: 9780679738060)
More Info The hidden story of L.A. Mike davis shows us where the city's money comes form and who controls it while also exposing the brutal ongoing struggle between L.A.'s haves and have-nots.  
Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City Elijah Anderson 2000 English W. W. Norton & Company  0393320782
(ISBN13: 9780393320787)
More Info Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence, but in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. The book delineates the code and examines it as a response to the lack of jobs that pay a living wage, to the stigma of race, to rampant drug use, to alienation and lack of hope.  
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson 1999 English (Republished on November 1st 2002 by Avon) 0060512806
(ISBN13: 9780060512804)
More Info In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse—mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy—is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702—commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.  
Dogs and Demons: Tales From the Dark Side of Modern Japan Alex Kerr 2001 English Hill and Wang 0809039435
(ISBN13: 9780809039432)
More Info It reveals Japan's recent, and chronic, crises - from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. A full report on the nation's endangered environment - its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains - as well as its 'monument frenzy,' the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. The writer says, 'is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this -- for us.'  
Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista Matthew Bracken 2006 English Steelcutter Publishing 0972831029
(ISBN13: 9780972831024)
More Info DOMESTIC ENEMIES: THE RECONQUISTA is a novel set in the near future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign And Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.  
Dune Frank Herbert 1965 English (Republished in June 1st, 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton) 0340839937
(ISBN13: 9780340839935)
More Info Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the 'spice' melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.  
Dune Messiah Frank Herbert 1969 English (Republished in July 15th 1987 by Ace Books) 0441172695
(ISBN13: 9780441172696)
More Info Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a super-being.  
Economic Lives:
How Culture Shapes the Economy
Viviana A. Zelizer 2010 English Princeton University Press ISBN: 9780691139364 More Info Economic Lives shows how shared cultural understandings and interpersonal relations shape everyday economic activities. Far from being simple responses to narrow individual incentives and preferences, economic actions emerge, persist, and are transformed by our relations to others. Distilling three decades of research, the book offers a distinctive vision of economic activity that brings out the hidden meanings and social actions behind the supposedly impersonal worlds of production, consumption, and asset transfer. Economic Lives ranges broadly from life insurance marketing, corporate ethics, household budgets, and migrant remittances to caring labor, workplace romance, baby markets, and payments for sex. These examples demonstrate an alternative approach to explaining how we manage economic activity--as well as a different way of understanding why conventional economic theory has proved incapable of predicting or responding to recent economic crises.  
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II John W. Dower 1999 English W. W. Norton & Company  0393320278                     (ISBN13: 9780393320275) More Info This is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has called 'America's foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,' gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.  
Enemies Foreign And Domestic Matthew Bracken 2003 English (Republished in December 12th, 2003 by Steelcutter Publishing) 0972831010
(ISBN13: 9780972831017)
More Info Enemies Foreign And Domestic is a domestic terrorism thriller set «in the near future.» The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence. The plot revolves around the true identity of the actual sniper. The alleged sniper killed at the scene may be a patsy, and many Americans refuse to turn in their banned weapons, leading to a civil crisis in the nation between supporters of the 2nd Amendment and a federal government trending toward tyranny.  
Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness Helena Norberg-Hodge 2014 English Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture                           -    More Info This report summarizes the many negative impacts of globalization, followed by a detailed listing of concrete steps—in both personal and political domains—that can be taken to shift towards the local.  
Eugénie Grandet Honoré de Balzac 1833 French (Republished by Oxford University Press on August 28th 2003) 019280474X
(ISBN13: 9780192804747)
More Info Who is going to marry Eugenie Grandet?' - This is the question that fills the minds of the inhabitants of Saumur, the setting for Eugenie Grandet (1833), one of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's Comedie humaine. The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugenie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. Eugenie's emotional awakening, stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel. Eugenie's moving story is set against the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It is both a poignant portrayal of private life and a vigorous fictional document of its age.  
Expatriates James Wesley Rawles 2013 English (Republished October 1st 2013 by Dutton) 0525953906
(ISBN13: 9780525953906)
More Info When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invades the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone. In the thick of these political maneuvers, an American family of missionaries living in the Philippines and a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia must face the fear of being strangers in a world in flux. Are their relatives back home healthy and safe? Will they ever see them again? In its depiction of the authentic survivalist skills and techniques needed to survive a global socioeconomic meltdown, Expatriates is as informative as it is suspense-filled.  
Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform Sharon Hays 2004 English Oxford University Press, USA 0195176014
8ISBN13: 9780195176018)
More Info Hailed as a great success, welfare reform resulted in a dramatic decline in the welfare rolls. In Flat Broke With Children, Sharon Hays tells us the story of welfare reform from inside the welfare office and inside the lives of welfare mothers, describing the challenges that welfare recipients face in managing their work, their families, and the rules and regulations of welfare reform. The majority of adult welfare clients are mothers--over 90 percent--and the time limits imposed by welfare reform throw millions of these mostly unmarried, desperate women into the labor market, where they must accept low wages, the most menial work, the poorest hours, with no benefits, and little flexibility.  
Foreign Enemies And Traitors Matthew Bracken 2011 English Steelcutter Publishing 0972831037
(ISBN13: 9780972831031)
More Info Foreign Enemies And Traitors is set in the near future in an America that is creeping steadily toward socialist tyranny, in the midst of the second Great Depression. A year after earthquakes have devastated the Tennessee Valley, survivors are resisting demands by the federal government to relocate to FEMA refugee centers. United States National Guard units have proven ineffective at forcing these survivors out of the earthquake-damaged regions, due to their reluctance to employ deadly force against fellow Americans. As a result, the president has invited so-called foreign peacekeeping battalions to do the work of forcibly relocating the holdouts. The novel follows a small group of determined survivors in their resistance to the foreign enemies, and the American traitors who are their allies.  
Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse James Wesley Rawles 2012 English Atria/Emily Bestler Books 143917282X
(ISBN13: 9781439172827)
More Info THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS GONE. It's the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America's fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.  
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven Levitt
Stephen J. Dubner
2001 English William Morrow 0061234001
(ISBN13: 9780061234002)
More Info The book is a collection of «economic» articles written by Levitt, an expert who has already gained a reputation for applying economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by «traditional» economists; he does, however, accept the standard neoclassical microeconomic model of rational utility-maximization. In Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner argue that economics is, at root, the study of incentives.  
From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places Elmira Bayrasli 2015 English PublicAffairs   1610393031
(ISBN13: 9781610393034)
More Info Elmira Bayrasli’s worldview was turned upside down when a woman in Bosnia told her, “thanks for the help. But we need work and jobs, not foreign aid.” That prompted Bayrasli to embark on a worldwide quest to find how talented people have overcome insurmountable obstacles to build high-growth businesses that are driving wealth and building communities, regions and countries. Through seven remarkable stories, Elmira Bayrasli shows why the next Steve Jobs and the next Apple, Google or Facebook is as likely to come from Nigeria, Pakistan or Mexico as Silicon Valley.  
God Emperor of Dune Frank Herbert 1981 English (Republished March 13th, 2003 by Victor Gollancz) 0575075066
(ISBN13: 9780575075061)
More Info More than three thousand years have passed since the first events recorded in DUNE. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species. But to achieve his final victory, Leto Atreides must also bring about his own downfall...  
Heretics of Dune Frank Herbert 1984 English (Republished August 15th, 1987 by Ace Books) 0441328008
(ISBN13: 9780441328000)
More Info Fifteen hundred years have passed since the 3,500-year reign of the God Emperor Leto Atreides II ended with his assassination; humanity is firmly on the Golden Path, Leto's plan to save humanity from destruction. By crushing the aspirations of humans for over three thousand years, Leto caused the Scattering, an explosion of humanity into the rest of the universe upon his death. Now, some of those who went out into the universe are coming back, bent on conquest. Only the Bene Gesserit perceive the Golden Path and are therefore faced with a choice: keep to their traditional role of hidden manipulators who quietly ease tensions and guide human progress while struggling for their own survival, or embrace the Golden Path and push humanity onward into a new future where humans are free from the threat of extinction.  
Hunters of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
2006 English (Republished in August 22nd, 2006 by Tor Books) 0765312921
(ISBN13: 9780765312921)
More Info «Hunters of Dune» and the concluding volume, «Sandworms of Dune», bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.  
I, Pencil: My Family Tree As Told to Leonard E. Read Leonard E. Read 1958 English - 1572462094
(ISBN13: 9781572462090)
More Info Leonard E. Read skillfully teaches a lesson in economics, through the story of a pencil and its makers. «Not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me».  
In Real Life Cory Doctorow
Jen Wang
2014 English First Second 1596436581
(ISBN13: 9781596436589)
More Info Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. She can be whoever she wants. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer-a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn,wich is forbiden.Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.  
In This Tough Economy Eric Kelly 2014 English Createspace 1500839345
(ISBN13: 9781500839345)
More Info The book takes a humorous look at unemployment through the eyes of Graphic Designer Stan Smith. Stan had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder…until it was kicked out from under him! After coming to work one morning Stan realized something wasn't right. This was especially true after H.R. handed Stan his walking papers and threw him out in the street, literally!  
Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy Corinne Goria 2014 English McSweeney's 1938073908
(ISBN13: 9781938073908)
More Info The men and women in Invisible Hands reveal the human rights abuses occurring behind the scenes of the global economy. These narrators - including phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh, and farmers around the world - reveal the secret history of the things we buy, including lives and communities devastated by low wages, environmental degradation, and political repression.  
Japan: Its History and Culture W. Scott Morton,
J. Kenneth Olenik
1970 English McGraw-Hill Education  0071412808
(ISBN13: 9780071412803)
More Info The position of Japan on the international scene has changed markedly since 1994: Japan had been a star of postwar industrial production and methods; over the past few years, it has encountered serious trouble with market forces; its financial practices, particularly the tacit collaboration between powerful factions in government and industry, has come under question and even attack. Departure from tradition have begun to have a significant presence.  
John Hopkins's Notions on Political Economy Jane Haldimand Marcet 1833 English Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman 1432544411
(ISBN13: 9781432544416)
More Info These economic fairy tales and parables published by Jane Marcet in the 1830s charm with their light-hearted wit. In language less difficult than that of Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, and Mill, she illustrates such topics as the economics of wages and income distribution. The John Hopkins series reprinted and expanded on the popular earlier Glamorgan Essays. Marcet originally earned her fame by writing about chemistry for the layman (in the process influencing Michael Faraday), and branched out with equal success to other fields, including primarily economics.  
L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City John Buntin 2009 English Crown 0307352072
(ISBN13: 9780307352071)
More Info Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as 'the white spot of America,' a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world’s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of 'pleasure girls' and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men–one L.A.’s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief–each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.  
La dame aux camèlias (The Lady of the Camellias) Alexandre Dumas 1848 French (Published March 30th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA) 0192836382
(ISBN13: 9780192836380) 
More Info One of the greatest love stories of all time, this novel has fascinated generations of readers. Dumas's subtle and moving portrait of a woman in love is based on his own love affair with one of the most desirable courtesans in Paris. It’s a history of economic differences which shows that love conquers all.  
La Peste (The Plague) Albert Camus 1947 French (Reublished March 1991 by Vintage International) 0679720219
(ISBN13: 9780679720218) 
More Info A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death, The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel, eloquently understated and epic in scope, and a parable of ageless moral resonance, profoundly relevant to our times. In Oran, a coastal town in North Africa, the plague begins as a series of portents, unheeded by the people. It gradually becomes a omnipresent reality, obliterating all traces of the past and driving its victims to almost unearthly extremes of suffering, madness, and compassion.  
Lalka (The Doll) Bolesław Prus 1890 Polish (Published December 19th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA) 1858660653
(ISBN13: 9781858660653)
More Info The novel shows two roads to wealth and social position. Minclowie - a family of German / Jewish shopkeepers, is an example of making small amounts of money from generation to generation. They are distinguished by characteristics such as: hard working, scrupulosity, saving and perfection in trade. Another example is Wokulski. Within a few months he earns ten times more money than two generations if Mincels fmily. Heis characterized by risk, playing the V-Banq and courage (supplies for the army during the war is not easy thing). But we can not forget about the simple concepts of economics: the founding capital, initial capital, own contribution. It's hard to start from scratch. There would be a spectacular success Wokulskiego if not for the hard work of two generations of Mincels.  
L'Avare (The Miser) Molière 1668 French (Republished January 30th 2015 by Createspace) 1507783590
(ISBN13: 9781507783597) 
More Info Molière's «The Miser» (in French, L'avare) is a five-act stage play generally classified as a comedy of manners. Throughout the play, the author brilliantly blends satire and farce with a fast-moving plot that features many surprises. It was first performed on September 9, 1668, at the court of the French king, Louis XIV.  
Liberators James Wesley Rawles 2014 English Dutton 0525953914
(ISBN13: 9780525953913)
More Info The latest survivalist thriller from the New York Times bestselling author and founder of survivalblog.com gives readers an unprecedented look into a post-apocalyptic world resulting from an all-too-real disaster scenario. Liberators depicts a world that is all too conceivable and terrifyingly familiar. Fastpaced and packed with authentic information on outdoor survival, self-sufficiency, and small-unit tactics, James Wesley, Rawles's latest thriller will resonate with his dedicated fanbase and encourage new readers to prepare for anything from lesser disasters to the dreaded worst-case scenario.  
Mollie's Job: A Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line William M. Adler 2001 English Scribner 0743200306
(ISBN13: 9780743200301) 
More Info Following the flight of one woman's factory job from the United States to Mexico, this compelling work offers a revealing and unprecedented look at the flesh-and-blood consequences of globalization. The story of Mollie James, Dorothy Carter, and Balbina Duque, their company, and their communities provides an ideal prism through which to explore the larger issues at the heart of the new economy: the decline of unions and the middle class, the growing gap between rich and poor, public policies rewarding U.S. companies for transferring jobs abroad, and the ways in which «free trade» undermines stable businesses and communities.  
No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City Katherine Newman 2000 English Vintage 0375703799
(ISBN13: 9780375703799) 
More Info In No Shame in My Game, Harvard anthropologist Katherine Newman gives voice to a population for whom work, family, and self-esteem are top priorities despite all the factors that make earning a living next to impossible--minimum wage, lack of child care and health care, and a desperate shortage of even low-paying jobs.  
O Homem que Calculava (The Man Who Counted) Malba Tahan (Júlio César de Mello e Souza) 1938 Portuguese (Published January 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company) 0393309347
(ISBN13: 9780393309348)
More Info Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller. The adventures of Beremiz Samir, The Man Who Counted, take the reader on an exotic journey in which, time and again, he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame and fortune. In the grace of their telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader.  
O Vencedor Está Só (The Winner Stands Alone) Paulo Coelho 2008 Portuguese (Republished April 7th 2009 by Harper) 0061750441
(ISBN13: 9780061750441)
More Info The Winner Stands Alone is a faithful portrait of the modern world, where tinsel, vanity and hypocrisy, supplanted the true values, in which a man in pursuit of illusory happiness and money lost sense of right and wrong, lost it myself. It is a story. This is a story about a man who made a fortune out of nothing.  
Odalisque Neal Stephenson 2005 English (Republished in March 28th, 2006 by HarperTorch) 0060833181
(ISBN13: 9780060833183)
More Info The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one hundredfold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities -- as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.  
Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor Sudhir Venkatesh 2009 English Harvard University Press 0674023552
(ISBN13: 9780674023550)
More Info In this revelatory book, Sudhir Venkatesh takes us into Maquis Park, a poor black neighborhood on Chicago's Southside, to explore the desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which a community survives. We find there an entire world of unregulated, unreported, and untaxed work, a system of living off the books that is daily life in the ghetto.Book offers a devastating critique of the entrenched poverty that we so often ignore in America, and reveals how the underground economy is an inevitable response to the ghetto's appalling isolation from the rest of the country.  
Paris: After the Liberation 1944-1949 Antony Beevor
Artemis Cooper
1994 English Penguin Books  0142437921
(ISBN13: 9780142437926)
More Info In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores were settled in a rough and uneven justice, black marketers grew rich on the misery of the population, and a growing number of intellectual luminaries and artists including Hemingway, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Cocteau, and Picassocontributed new ideas and a renewed vitality to this extraordinary moment in time.  
Patriots James Wesley Rawles 1998 English (Republished in May 1st, 2009 by Ulysses Press) 156975229X
(ISBN13: 9781569752296)
More Info America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse--the stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city. As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.  
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman Walter M. Miller Jr.
Terry Bisson
1997 English (Republished in January 11th, 2000 by Bantam) 0553380796
(ISBN13: 9780553380798)
More Info «Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman» is a follow-up to Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s 1959 book «A Canticle for Leibowitz», where in a world struggling to transcend a terrifying legacy of darkness — a world torn between love and violence, good and evil — one man undertakes an odyssey of adventure and discovery that promises to alter not only his destiny but the destiny of humankind as well...  
Sandworms of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
2007 English Tor Books 076531293X
(ISBN13: 9780765312938)
More Info Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, «Sandworms of Dune» will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine. This breathtaking new novel in Frank Herbert's Dune series has enough surprises and plot twists to please even the most demanding reader.  
Satan’s Bushel Garet Garrett 1924 English (Republished in 2007 by Ludwig von MIses Institute) - More Info This dazzling work in economic fiction is the third of Garet Garrett's novel trilogy, written and first published in 1924. Like the others, Satan's Bushel is a splendid book, not just from the point of view of economics but also as a piece of literature. What is Satan's Bushel? It is the last bushel that the farmer puts on the market that «breaks the price» — that is reduces it to the point that wheat farming is no longer profitable. The puzzle that afflicts the wheat farmers is that they sell their goods when the price is low and have no goods to sell when the price is high. Withholding goods from the market is one answer but why should any farmer do that? What is the answer to this problem? Working from this premise, then, as implausible as it may sound, but the central figure in this book is the price of wheat. It is the main source of drama.  
Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation Michael Zielenziger 2006 English Nan A. Talese 0385513038                      (ISBN13: 9780385513036) More Info The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends. Japan has the highest suicide rate and lowest birthrate of all industrialized countries, and a rising incidence of untreated cases of depression. Equally as troubling are the more than one million young men who shut themselves in their rooms, withdrawing from society, and the growing numbers of parasite singles, the name given to single women who refuse to leave home, marry, or bear children.  
Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America Peter Andreas  2013 English Oxford University Press, USA 0199746885
(ISBN13: 9780199746880)
More Info Providing a sweeping narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation is the first book to retell the story of America--and of its engagement with its neighbors and the rest of the world--as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. As Peter Andreas demonstrates in this provocative and fascinating account, smuggling has played a pivotal and too often overlooked role in America's birth, westward expansion, and economic development, while anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically enhanced the federal government's policing powers.  
Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse James Wesley Rawles 2011 English (Republished in October 4th, 2011 by Atria Books) 1439172803
(ISBN13: 9781439172803)
More Info WHAT IF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT ENDED TOMORROW? The America we are accustomed to is no more. Practically overnight the stock market has plummeted, hyperinflation has crippled commerce, and the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure have fallen. The power grids are down. Brutal rioting and looting grip every major city. The volatile era known as «the Crunch» has begun, and this new period in our history will leave no one untouched. In this unfamiliar environment, only a handful of individuals are equipped to survive. Andrew Laine, a resourceful young U.S. Army officer stationed overseas in Afghanistan, wants nothing more than to return home to Bloomfield, New Mexico. With the world in turmoil and all air and sea traffic to America suspended, Laine must rely on his own ingenuity and the help of good Samaritans to reach his family. […]  
Tango Sławomir Mrożek 1964 Polish (Republished 2011 by Noir Sur Blanc) (ISBN 13: 9788373922846) More Info The story tells of the struggle of generations in contemporary society, the conflict between conformism, anarchy and entropy formalism. Looking for the answer to the question about the meaning and place of the intellectual in that environment. Problems Tanga refers to the work of Witkiewicz.  
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Niall Ferguson 2008 English Penguin Press 1594201927
(ISBN13: 9781594201929)
More Info 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.  
The Cinder Buggy: A Fable in Iron and Steel Garet Garrett 1923 English (Republished in 2007 by  The Ludwig von Mises Institute) - More Info This is the second of three novels with a free market theme written by the author in the early 1920's, the first being «The Driver» and the last «Satan's Bushel». «The Cinder Buggy»'s plot revolves around the historic quest to perfect the manufacture of steel rails for the rapidly growing railroad industry, which initially used only iron rails. The steel age that would follow was the most dynamic in human history, as mighty skyscrapers, bridges, sailing vessels, and many other things which could only be dreamt of in the past, could now be built. Garrett was a fine novelist, and successfully mixed in believable action and love sequences into his stories about the wonders of capitalism in a way that Ayn Rand could only envy. The writing style is a bit old-fashioned, but easy to read and follow. «The Cinder Buggy» is great reading from the historical perspective, as well as a fine novel.  
The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy Daniel Yergin
Joseph Stanislaw
1998 English        068483569X
(ISBN13: 9780684835693)
More Info The Commanding Heights is a brilliant narrative history about the most powerful economic forces at work in the world today. The ideas that are shaping the future and the people who create them. Across the globe, it has become increasingly accepted dogma that economic activities should be dominated by market forces, not political concerns. With chapters on Europe, the US, Britain, the Third World, the Arab States, Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the former communist countries, Yergin and Stanislaw provide an incisive overview of the state of the economy, and of the battles between governments and markets in each region.The Commanding Heights explains a revolution which is unfolding before our very eyes.  
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power Joel Bakan 2005 English Free Press 0743247469
(ISBN13: 9780743247467)
More Info Over the last 150 years the corporation has risen from relative obscurity to become the world's dominant economic institution. Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that today's corporation is a pathological institution, a dangerous possessor of the great power it wields over people and societies. But Bakan believes change is possible and he outlines a far-reaching program of achievable reforms through legal regulation and democratic control.  
The Days of Noah, Book Two: Persecution Mark Goodwin 2015 English - ASIN B00UCU20CO More Info In The Days of Noah, Book Two: Persecution, a globalist conspiracy transpires by way of a false flag attack against America's energy infrastructure. Noah and Cassandra Parker witness a complete economic meltdown which is intentionally triggered by the event. The assault is blamed on patriots and Christians who are rounded up into detention centers across the country. Noah and his friends must take action to prepare for the meltdown and defend against the totalitarian regime which is gunning for their freedom, and quite possibly, their very lives.  
The Days of Noah: Book One: Conspiracy Mark Goodwin 2014 English - ASIN B00P7XU9L0 More Info Is there a secret cabal working to collapse the international economy in order to usher in a global government and one-world currency? Noah Parker, like many in the United States, has been asleep at the wheel. During his complacency, the founding precepts of America have been slowly, systematically destroyed by a conspiracy that dates back hundreds of years. The signs can no longer be ignored and Noah is forced to prepare for the cataclysmic period of financial and political upheaval ahead. Watch through the eyes of Noah as the world descends into chaos, a global empire takes shape, ancient writings are fulfilled and the last days fall upon the once great, United States of America.  The Days of Noah, Book One: Conspiracy, by Mark Goodwin is a fast paced fiction thriller which looks at how modern conspiracies can play into Biblical prophecy concerning the end times.  
The Devil's Company David Liss 2007 English (Republished in July 7th, 2009 by Ballantine Books (T) ) 1400064198
(ISBN13: 9781400064199)
More Info From the acclaimed author of «The Whiskey Rebels» and «A Conspiracy of Paper» comes a superb new historical thriller set in the splendor and squalor of eighteenth-century London. In Benjamin Weaver, David Liss has created one of fiction’s most enthralling characters.  
The Dragon Syndicates: The Global Phenomenon of the Triads Martin Booth 1999 English  Basic Books 0786708697                       (ISBN13: 9780786708697) More Info From San Francisco to Amsterdam to Bangkok to Johannesburg, everywhere, everyday, the Triads are turning crimes like extortion, gambling, international prostitution, illegal immigrant smuggling, money laundering, fraud, corruption, arms, and narcotics into vast profits. This comprehensive history of the Triads traces their evolution over more than two thousand years from obscure parochial Chinese brotherhoods to an international criminal organization. It examines the archaic quasi-religious rituals that have for centuries bound the members of this now global fraternity. It recounts the exploits of patriots and outlaws.  
The Driver Garet Garrett 1922 English (Republished by April 1st 2008 by Ad Publishing) 8792295045
(ISBN13: 9788792295040)
More Info The Driver is a classic novel, original written in the 1920s by famous economist of the period, Garet Garrett. It tells the story of a well-known and widely criticised entrepreneur who takes over a failing railway and turns it into a hugely successful business, along with the major boost it gives the wider economy. A classic in the tale of how misunderstood the role of entrepreneurs in our lives is, and the challenges they face to achieve.  
The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation Karel Van Wolferen
Marty Ashner 
1989 English Vintage 0679728023
(ISBN13: 9780679728023)
More Info Examination of the inner workings of Japan's political and industrial system.  
The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia Mike Dash 2009 English Random House 1400067227
(ISBN13: 9781400067220)
More Info Before the notorious Five Families who dominated U.S. organized crime for a bloody half century, there was the one-fingered criminal genius Giuseppe Morello–known as 'The Clutch Hand'–and his lethal coterie of associates. In The First Family, brings to life this little-known story, following the rise of the Mafia in America from the 1890s to the 1920s, from the lawless villages of Sicily to the streets of Little Italy. Using an impressive array of primary sources–hitherto untapped Secret Service archives, prison records, trial transcripts, and interviews with surviving family members–this is the first Mafia history that applies scholarly rigor to the story of the Morello syndicate and the birth of organized crime on these shores.  
The Flight of the Barbarous Relic George Ford Smith 2008 English Createspace 1438202547
(ISBN13: 9781438202549)
More Info We're told by experts that the Fed is our number one inflation fighter, our protector against economic meltdown. Certainly, any person who cares about our country would accord it only the highest respect. But Preston Mathews wants to destroy the Fed. And he's apparently surrendered everything -- including the woman he loves -- to do so. Who is this renegade who wishes to bring back the dark days of despair, as his critics charge? He's the Fed's top gun, the lord of interest rates... the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Combining a high-energy plot with scholarly research, The Flight of the Barbarous Relic pits the entrenched forces of inflation against a growing underground movement that builds to a showdown between the world's two most powerful men... with the fate of the country hanging on the outcome.  
The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance Russell Roberts 2001 English (Republished on February 22nd, 2002 by MIT Press) 0262681358
(ISBN13: 9780262681353)
More Info A love story that embraces the business and economic issues of the day? The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C. Sam lives and breathes capitalism. He believes that our humanity flourishes under economic freedom. Laura prefers Wordsworth to the Wall Street Journal. Where Sam sees victors, she sees victims. She wants the government to protect consumers and workers from the excesses of Sam's beloved marketplace. While Sam and Laura argue about how to make the world a better place, a parallel story unfolds across town. Erica Baldwin, the crusading head of a government watchdog agency, tries to bring Charles Krauss, a ruthless CEO, to justice. How are these two dramas connected? The Invisible Heart give the reader a richer appreciation for how business and the marketplace transform our lives.  
The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates Peter Leeson 2011 English Princeton University Press 0691137471
(ISBN13: 9780691137476) 
More Info The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior.The Invisible Hook uses economics to examine these and other infamous aspects of piracy. Leeson argues that the pirate customs we know and love resulted from pirates responding rationally to prevailing economic conditions in the pursuit of profits.  
The Japanese Mafia: Yakuza, Law, and the State Peter B.E. Hill 2001 English  Oxford University Press, USA  0199291616
(ISBN13: 9780199291618)
More Info Although the yakuza's protective mafia role has existed at least since the end of the Second World War,their sources of income have not remained constant. The yakuza have undergone considerable change in their business activities over the last half-century. The two key factors driving this evolution have been the changes in the legal, and law-enforcement environment within which these groups must operate, and the economic opportunities available to them. This first factor demonstrates that the complex and ambiguous relationship between the yakuza and the state has always been more than purely symbiotic. With the introduction of the boryokudan (yakuza) countermeasures law in 1992, the relationship between the yakuza and the state has become more unambiguously antagonistic. Assessing the impact of this law is problematic; the contemporaneous bursting of Japan's economic bubble at the beginning of the 1990s also profoundly and adversely influenced yakuza sources of income.  
The King of the Vagabonds Neal Stephenson 2004 English (Reublished in February 28th, 2006 by HarperTorch) 0060833173
(ISBN13: 9780060833176)
More Info A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of «Half-Cocked Jack» Shaftoe -- London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.  
The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse Mohamed A El-Erian 2016 English Random House 081299762X
(ISBN13: 9780812997620)
More Info The Only Game in Town, casts his gaze toward the future of the global economy and markets, outlining the choices we face both individually and collectively in an era of economic uncertainty and financial insecurity. Beginning with the response to the 2008 global crisis, its explained how and why our central banks became the critical policy actors—and, most important, why they cannot continue is this role alone. They saved the financial system from collapse in 2008 and a multiyear economic depression, but lack the tools to enable a return to high inclusive growth and durable financial stability. The future is not predestined. It is up to us to decide where we will go from here as households, investors, companies, and governments. Using a mix of insights from economics, finance, and behavioral science, this book gives us the tools we need to properly understand this turning point, prepare for it, and come out of it stronger.  
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Patrick Radden Keefe  2009 English  Doubleday 0385521308
(ISBN13: 9780385521307)
More Info THE SNAKEHEAD is a panoramic tale of international intrigue and a dramatic portrait of the underground economy in which America’s twelve million illegal immigrants live. It offers an intimate tour of life on the mean streets of Chinatown, a vivid blueprint of organized crime in an age of globalization and a masterful exploration of the ways in which illegal immigration affects us all.The figure who came to dominate this Chinese underworld was a middle-aged grandmother known as Sister Ping. Her path to the American dream began with an unusual business run out of a tiny noodle store on Hester Street. From her perch above the shop, Sister Ping ran a full-service underground bank for illegal Chinese immigrants. But her real business-a business that earned an estimated $40 million-was smuggling people.  
The Undercover Economist  Tim Harford 2005 English  Oxford University Press, USA 0195189779
(ISBN13: 9780195189773)
More Info The Undercover Economist is for anyone who's wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why they can't seem to find a decent second-hand car, or how to outwit Starbucks. This book offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford ranges from Africa, Asia, Europe, and of course the United States to reveal how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains--to name just a few--are vacuuming money from our wallets. Harford punctures the myths surrounding some of today's biggest controversies, including the high cost of health-care; he reveals why certain environmental laws can put a smile on a landlord's face; and he explains why some industries can have high profits for innocent reasons, while in other industries something sinister is going on.  
This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang Samuel Logan 2009 English Hachette Books 1401323243
(ISBN13: 9781401323240)
More Info Brenda and her friends belonged to the Mara Salvatrucha--the MS-13--the most violent gang in America, and in addition to enjoying the things that all teenagers do, her friends were thieves, drug dealers, human traffickers, and murderers. A street gang that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread across the United States and Central America with startling speed, boasting tens of thousands of members. They deal ruthlessly with competing gangs and any members who display disloyalty, often leaving a trail of dismembered corpses in their wake. They are poised to surpass the Mafia as the country's most organized criminal network. And by operating within the insular Central American immigrant communities, the Mara Salvatrucha has been able to easily elude law enforcement. All that changed when Brenda Paz turned informant for the FBI, exposing the incredible scope of the gang's operations. But Brenda's cooperation with the FBI was only the beginning.  
Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan Robert Whiting 1999 English Vintage 0375724893
(ISBN13: 9780375724893)
More Info A former GI, former black marketer, failed professional wrestler, bungling diamond thief who turned himself into 'the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi,' we meet the players and the losers in the high-stakes game of postwar finance, politics, and criminal corruption in which he thrived. Here's the story of the Imperial Hotel diamond robbers, who attempted (and may have accomplished) the biggest heist in Tokyo's history. Here is Rikidozan, the professional wrestler who almost single-handedly revived Japanese pride, but whose own ethnicity had to be kept secret. And here is the story of the intimate relationships shared by Japan's ruling party, its financial combines, its ruthless criminal gangs, the CIA, American Big Business, and perhaps at least one presidential relative. Here is the underside of postwar Japan, which is only now coming to light.  
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan Jake Adelstein 2009 English Pantheon 0307378799
(ISBN13: 9780307378798)
More Info Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.  
Walden Two B.F. Skinner 1948 English (Republished in July 15th, 2005 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.) 0872207781
(ISBN13: 9780872207783)
More Info This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct.  
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty Daron Acemoğlu
James A. Robinson
2012 English  Crown Business  0307719219
 (ISBN13: 9780307719218)
More Info Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people.  
Yakuza Diary: Doing Time in the Japanese Underworld Christopher Seymour 1996 English Atlantic Monthly Press 087113604X                       (ISBN13: 9780871136046) More Info Japanese gangsters,the Yukuza,make up the biggest, richest, and most secretive organized crime syndicates in the world. The combined Yakuza is ten times larger than the American mafia, with profits that would rival any Fortune 500 company.  
Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld David E. Kaplan
Alec Dubro 
1986 English University of California Press 0520215621
(ISBN13: 9780520215627)
More Info Known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strong--more than four times the size of the American mafia. Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Yakuza is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, it was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years. But in the west it has long served as the standard reference on Japanese organized crime and has inspired novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition tells the full story or Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.  
Ziemia Obiecana (The Promissed Land) Władysław Reymont 1899 Polish (Republished 1927 by A.A. Knopf) - More Info A novel about the beginnings of the city of Lodz and the textile industry. Film about how the city grows among fields. There is a lot of competition (Jews, Germans, Poles) but also friendship in business.  
Żona modna Ignacy Krasicki 1784 Polish - - - This is a story about a woman for whom the most important were the economic goods and fashion. She lost luck family and things what are really important.  
Анна Каренина (Anna Karenina) Leo Tolstoy 1878 Russian (Reublished October 16th 2012 by Vintage) 0345803922
(ISBN13: 9780345803924)
More Info Thanks to this wonderful story we can see life the 70th nineteenth century Russia. Changes in economic conditions and the lives of people from different social classes.  
Доктор Живаго ( Doctor Zhivago) Boris Pasternak 1957 Russian Pantheon 0679774386                    (ISBN13: 9780679774389) More Info This tale give us a vision of the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family.  
Жизнь и судьба (Life and Fate)  Vasily Grossman 1980 Russian Vintage Classics 0099506165              
(ISBN13: 9780099506164)
More Info This novel on the epic scale is a powerful, deeply moving and devastating depiction of a world torn apart by war and ideological tyranny. It is, as well, perhaps the most complete condemnation of totalitarianism to emerge from Russia, for the message that the Vasily Grossman—of Jewish origin and once an honored Soviet writer—delivers is that Stalinism and Nazism, in their falsehood, cruelty, and inhumanity, closely resemble each other.