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  • November 18, 2015

    The Margin of Safety

    by David J. Lynch
    In his new book, Wall Street Journal veteran Greg Ip makes the counterintuitive argument that the preventive efforts that makes us safe can encourage dangerous risk taking.
  • November 4, 2015

    The Fed’s Original Intent

    by Neil Irwin
    In his new book, Roger Lowenstein describes how financial crises and political tensions spurred the creation of the U.S.’s central bank.
  • October 28, 2015

    My Tunes

    by Jon Fine
    In his new book, Stephen Witt offers a compelling tale of how music industry executives, technologists, and pirates upended the business of selling recorded music.
  • October 20, 2015

    Breaking Bad Barriers

    by Paul Barnett
    In her new book, journalist Gillian Tett convincingly shows how companies can be constrained by silos that inhibit collaboration — and how they can break out of them.
  • September 29, 2015

    The Empathy Solution

    by Edward H. Baker
    Ever-smarter computers may be poised to steal the jobs of a rising number of people. In a new book, Geoff Colvin argues that humans can deploy a secret weapon: their ability to care.
  • September 23, 2015

    Aqua Culture

    by Charles Fishman
    A new book describes how Israel has relied on technology and smart incentives to turn a water deficit into a liquid surplus. Can California and other arid areas learn the same lessons?
  • September 9, 2015

    Go North, Lost Leader

    by Tom Brown
    Former CEO Bill George argues that leadership is a journey that requires a special compass if it is to be authentic.
  • August 26, 2015

    American Ends with “I Can”!

    by Lydia DePillis
    A collective intellectual effort offers self-help for a nation struggling to adapt to a new global climate.
  • June 30, 2015

    Currency Events

    by Michael Santoli
    Since its introduction in 2008, bitcoin has enjoyed a rapid and tumultuous rise. Is the digital currency built to last?
  • June 16, 2015

    Why Less Is More

    by Deepali Srivastava
    In his new book, marketing guru Philip Kotler identifies debt-supported consumer spending as a flaw of capitalism — along with 13 other shortcomings.
  • June 9, 2015

    A Snack Bar Aims to Change the World

    by Marc Gunther
    KIND has sold a billion snack bars and clusters. Daniel Lubetzky, its founder and CEO, has bigger things in mind.
  • June 3, 2015

    The Prescriptions of Dr. Sachs

    by David K. Hurst
    The eminent — and controversial — economist offers a set of cures for the ills of global poverty. It’s not clear the medicine works.
  • May 26, 2015

    It’s Getting Hot in Here

    by Katie Fehrenbacher
    Addressing climate change with a sense of urgency isn’t a matter of morality, two economists argue. It’s about managing risk.
  • May 11, 2015

    The Mindful Manager

    by Zachary Karabell
    New York Times reporter David Gelles investigates the rising use of meditation in corporate America.
  • April 27, 2015

    The Race Goes to the Bold

    by Allison Schrager
    Thriving amid rapid change, authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler argue, requires a fearlessness that borders on hubris.
  • April 13, 2015

    Dancing with Yourself

    by Seth Stevenson
    Negotiation guru William Ury argues that self-knowledge is a crucial tool for deal making.
  • April 6, 2015

    Everyone Profits from the Return on Character

    by Tom Brown
    Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and customers — and deliver better returns.
  • April 1, 2015

    The Ghost of Financial Crises Past

    by Marc Levinson
    Economic historian Barry Eichengreen finds telling parallels between the botched responses to the stock market crash of 1929 and the financial crisis of 2008.
  • February 23, 2015

    What’s Wrong with the Internet?

    by Edward H. Baker
    Author Andrew Keen offers a stirring guide to how the Internet has changed everything — mostly for the worse.
  • February 9, 2015

    Creating Resilient Organizations

    by David K. Hurst
    Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, describes how to build the capacity to survive disastrous events.
  • January 28, 2015

    The Hard Work of Invention

    by Marc Levinson
    Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Steve Jobs, plumbs the history of digitization to get to the roots of successful innovation.
  • January 12, 2015

    A Sprinter’s Guide to Project Management

    by Edward H. Baker
    Jeff Sutherland, codeveloper of scrum, explains how to raise the success rate of your company’s initiatives using the software development method.