The Evolution of Wealth (Jerry D. Ward)

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The Evolution of Wealth

“This is the story of how people much like us progressed from stone tools and hard lives to levels of almost unbelievable wealth and comfort—at least for those of us born in the right place. It was not a planned transition; it was the result of the natural behavior of people in reacting to the circumstance of the moment, sometimes successfully, often not. The recounting of the high points of this evolution illuminates how today’s technology and the practices of our political economy came into being. Continue reading…

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything (Stephen M.R. Covey)

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The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

“Stephen M.R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients and, employees—is essential to a successful organization.

With nearly 750,000 copies in print, this instant classic shows that establishing trust is ‘the one thing that changes everything’ (Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) in both business and life.

Trust, says Stephen M.R. Covey, is the very basis of the new global economy, and he shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and constituents—is the essential ingredient for any high-performance, successful organization. Continue reading…

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (David Miller)

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Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

“This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as ‘how should we live together in society?’ It looks at political authority, the reasons why we need politics at all, the limitations of politics, and whether there are areas of life that shouldn’t be governed by politics. It explores the connections between political authority and justice, a constant theme in political philosophy, and the ways in which social justice can be used to regulate rather than destroy a market economy. Continue reading…

Imagine: How Creativity Works (Jonah Lehrer)

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Imagine: How Creativity Works

“Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?

From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative ‘types,’ Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Continue reading…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Mark Manson)

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

“In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. ‘F**k positivity,’ Mark Manson says. ‘Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.’ In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. Continue reading…

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant)

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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

“After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. ‘I was in the void,’ she writes, ‘a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.’ Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Continue reading…

The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic (Robert C. Knapp)

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The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic

“Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar ways. Traditional interactions provided stability even in times of crisis, while changing a relationship risked catastrophe for the individual, his family, and his community. However, people in both traditions did at times leave behind their long-honored rites to try something new. Continue reading…

The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations (Thomas Morris)

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The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

“For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. The following decades saw the mysteries of the heart exposed, thanks to pioneering surgeons, brave patients and even sacrificial dogs. In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity: the trail-blazing ‘blue baby’ procedure that transformed wheezing infants into pink, healthy children; the first human heart transplant, which made headline news around the globe. Continue reading…

Where Do All the Books Come From?

So as New Books Playground is starting and we’re still owing you more explanations about our ideas and goals, here’s where we currently pull our book suggestions from:

  1. We do believe that the New York Times bestsellers list is useful, especially since we keep on finding some of our favorites here.

  2. Waterstones non-fiction books caught our eye when researching additional, you guessed it, non-fiction books. So far we haven’t been disappointed.

  3. We also appreciate IndieBound’s bestellers for they give us a glimpse at some other parts of the American and international books landscape.

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Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment (Yanis Varoufakis)

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Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

“What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe’s hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power. Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. Continue reading…