Flash Boys By Michael Lewis Audiobook


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  • Duration: 10 hours, 0 minutes
  • Writer: Michael Lewis
  • Publisher: March 2014
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Flash Boys By Michael Lewis Audiobook

2015 Audie Award Finalist for Nonfiction

From the #1 bestselling author of The Blind Side and Moneyball

Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the US stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post-financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover each other, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever.

The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous, each completely different from what you think of when you think “Wall Street guy.” Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year. From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks, the world’s stock exchanges, and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated, and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits.

The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the financial world may not be good for your blood pressure, because if you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you. But in the end, Flash Boys is an uplifting story. Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don’t get paid for that; they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it.

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Steven D. Levitt Audiobook


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  • Duration: 7 hours, 52 minutes
  • Writer: Steven D. Levitt
  • Publisher: August 2011
  • Narrators: Stephen J. Dubner
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Steven D. Levitt Audiobook

Brought to you by Penguin.

Assume nothing, question everything.

This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner’s rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone’s view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon.

‘Prepare to be dazzled’ Malcolm Gladwell

‘A sensation … you’ll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Has you chuckling one minute and gasping in amazement the next’ Wall Street Journal

‘Dazzling … a delight’ Economist

‘Made me laugh out loud’ Scotland on Sunday

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years By David Graeber Audiobook


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  • Duration: 17 hours, 25 minutes
  • Writer: David Graeber
  • Publisher: June 2013
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years By David Graeber Audiobook

Before there was money, there was debt.

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history-as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

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Religion and the Rise of Capitalism By Benjamin M. Friedman Audiobook


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  • Duration: 18 hours, 15 minutes
  • Writer: Benjamin M. Friedman
  • Publisher: January 2021
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Religion and the Rise of Capitalism By Benjamin M. Friedman Audiobook

From one of the nation’s preeminent experts on economic policy, a major reassessment of the foundations of modern economic thinking that explores the profound influence of an until-now unrecognized force—religion.

‘Friedman has given us an original and brilliant new perspective on the terrifying divisions of our own times. No book could be more important.” —George A. Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics
 
Critics of contemporary economics complain that belief in free markets—among economists as well as many ordinary citizens—is a form of religion. And, it turns out, that in a deeper, more historically grounded sense there is something to that idea.
 
Contrary to the conventional historical view of economics as an entirely secular product of the Enlightenment, Benjamin M. Friedman demonstrates that religion exerted a powerful influence from the outset. Friedman makes clear how the foundational transition in thinking about what we now call economics, beginning in the eighteenth century, was decisively shaped by the hotly contended lines of religious thought within the English-speaking Protestant world. Beliefs about God-given human character, about the after-life, and about the purpose of our existence, were all under scrutiny in the world in which Adam Smith and his contemporaries lived.
 
Friedman explores how those debates go far in explaining the puzzling behavior of so many of our fellow citizens whose views about economic policies—and whose voting behavior—seems sharply at odds with what would be to their own economic benefit. Illuminating the origins of the relationship between religious thinking and economic thinking, together with its ongoing consequences, Friedman provides invaluable insights into our current economic policy debates and demonstrates ways to shape more functional policies for all citizens.

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The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy By Stephanie Kelton Audiobook


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  • Duration: 10 hours, 52 minutes
  • Writer: Stephanie Kelton
  • Publisher: June 2020
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The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy By Stephanie Kelton Audiobook

A New York Times Bestseller
The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory — the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades — delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.
Stephanie Kelton’s brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MMT) dramatically changes our understanding of how we can best deal with crucial issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs, expanding health care coverage, climate change, and building resilient infrastructure. Any ambitious proposal, however, inevitably runs into the buzz saw of how to find the money to pay for it, rooted in myths about deficits that are hobbling us as a country.
Kelton busts through the myths that prevent us from taking action: that the federal government should budget like a household, that deficits will harm the next generation, crowd out private investment, and undermine long-term growth, and that entitlements are propelling us toward a grave fiscal crisis.
MMT, as Kelton shows, shifts the terrain from narrow budgetary questions to one of broader economic and social benefits. With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT redefines how to responsibly use our resources so that we can maximize our potential as a society. MMT gives us the power to imagine a new politics and a new economy and move from a narrative of scarcity to one of opportunity.

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The Killing of Uncle Sam By Rodney Howard-Browne Audiobook


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  • Duration: 14 hours, 6 minutes
  • Writer: Rodney Howard-Browne
  • Publisher: April 2018
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The Killing of Uncle Sam By Rodney Howard-Browne Audiobook

The Expanded Edition includes a new epilogue in 4 parts, adding an extra hour to the audiobook.
Pride, greed, and power have driven men to do the unthinkable-including selling out their nations and unsuspected citizens to the most corrupt and destructive “invisible” global leaders on Earth. But how did this happen on American soil? How did the downfall begin and who were the predators that the “land of the free and home of the brave” fell victim to? And is all hope lost?
This Audiobook captures details of the last 200 years of American history that mainstream media does not want you to know. It dissects the “legalized” system of the private central banks that has gone unchecked, and delivers gut-wrenching truths about the real domestic and foreign enemies of the United States. With countless quotes from former presidents, prime ministers, and state officials, it will equip you with the facts that the elites have covered up for centuries and empower you to stand up for the truth.
Included with this 13-hour Unabridged Audiobook is a BONUS PDF filled with high-resolution pictures, over 1000 detailed footnotes, and other supporting content.
(Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne)

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The Wealth of Nations By Adam Smith Audiobook


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  • Writer: Adam Smith
  • Publisher: December 2010
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The Wealth of Nations By Adam Smith Audiobook

The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words. Smith details his argument in five books:

Book I. Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Power of Labour

Book II. Of the Nature, Accumulation, and Employment of Stock Introduction

Book III. Of the Different Progress of Opulence in Different Nations

Book IV. Of Systems of Political Economy

Book V. Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth

Taken together, these books form a giant leap forward in the field of economics. A product of the ‘Age of Enlightenment,’ The Wealth of Nations is a must for all who wish to gain a better understanding of the principles upon which all modern capitalistic economies have been founded and the process of wealth creation that is engendered by those principles.

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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist By Kate Raworth Audiobook


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  • Duration: 10 hours, 51 minutes
  • Writer: Kate Raworth
  • Publisher: November 2017
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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist By Kate Raworth Audiobook

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Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures.

Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources – and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.

Ambitious, radical and rigorously argued, Doughnut Economics promises to reframe and redraw the future of economics for a new generation.

Includes a supplementary PDF of graphs and diagrams.

The Sunday Times bestseller

Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2017

‘The John Maynard Keynes of the 21st century.’ George Monbiot, Guardian

‘This is sharp, significant scholarship . . . Thrilling.’ Times Higher Education

‘A really important economic and political thinker.’ Andrew Marr

‘An innovative vision about how we could refocus away from growth to thriving.’ Daily Mail

‘An admirable attempt to broaden the horizons of economic thinking.’ Martin Wolf, Financial Times

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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy By Cathy O’neil Audiobook


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  • Duration: 6 hours, 23 minutes
  • Writer: Cathy O’neil
  • Publisher: September 2016
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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy By Cathy O’neil Audiobook

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A former Wall Street quant sounds the alarm on Big Data and the mathematical models that threaten to rip apart our social fabric—with a new afterword
 
“A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen . . . relevant and urgent.”—Financial Times
 
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • Wired • Fortune • Kirkus Reviews • The Guardian • Nature • On Point
 
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules.
 
But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination—propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Audiobook


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  • Duration: 8 hours, 58 minutes
  • Writer: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Publisher: January 2019
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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Audiobook

Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are The Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and The Bed of Procrustes.

Now in a striking new hardcover edition, Fooled by Randomness is the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world. Nassim Nicholas Taleb–veteran trader, renowned risk expert, polymathic scholar, erudite raconteur, and New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan–has written a modern classic that turns on its head what we believe about luck and skill.

This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–Fooled by Randomness provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.

The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.

However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.” Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru’s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.

Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading Fooled by Randomness we can be a little better prepared.

Includes bonus pdf of tables and figures.

PRAISE FOR FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS:

Named by Fortune One of the Smartest Books of All Time

A Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year

“[Fooled by Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses were to the Catholic Church.”
–Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink

“The book that rolled down Wall Street like a hand grenade.”
–Maggie Mahar, author of Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982—1999

“Fascinating . . . Taleb will grab you.”
–Peter L. Bernstein, author of Capital Ideas Evolving

“Recalls the best of scientist/essayists like Richard Dawkins . . . and Stephen Jay Gould.”
–Michael Schrage, author of Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate

“We need a book like this. . . . Fun to read, refreshingly independent-minded.”
–Robert J. Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance

“Powerful . . . loaded with crackling little insights [and] extreme brilliance.”
–National Review

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