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Exploring the 'Beautiful Ruins' of the American Dream

Aug 17, 2012
In his new book, novelist Jess Walter crosses the globe and four decades, digging into the American Dream and what it means to succeed -- and fail -- in love and work.
Posted In: American dream, novel
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How privacy is viewed today

Aug 13, 2012
Author Garret Keizer on the price of privacy and whether it is less valued today than in the past.
Posted In: privacy
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Marketer explains how he manipulated the mass media

Jul 25, 2012
Former marketing director for American Apparel, Ryan Holiday, explains how he leaked fake information and lied to reporters. And he says, what he's done is the rule, not the exception.
Posted In: lying, media
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Turning tchotchkes into significant objects

Jul 19, 2012
Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn's new book, "Significant Objects," is an experiment in good storytelling and a good sales pitch.
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In Dave Eggers' 'Hologram,' the fall of U.S. manufacturing

Jul 18, 2012
In his new novel, "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers muses on manufacturing and the global economy though the eyes of a struggling American businessman in Saudi Arabia.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Economic City, Economy, Dave Eggers
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Building business in Ghana, one battery at a time

Jul 17, 2012
After Whit Alexander found success co-creating the board game Cranium, he found a calling in social entrepreneurship. The story of the battery business he built in Ghana is told in a new book by his brother Max.
Posted In: Ghana, Entrepreneurship, Africa
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This election? James Carville says it's all about the middle class

Jul 12, 2012
Liberal pundit James Carville explains why class matters in this year's presidential election in his new book, ''It's the Middle Class, Stupid!''
Posted In: james carville, middle class, 2012 election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Democrats, Republicans
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Why you should delay: The upsides to procrastination

Jul 2, 2012
Author Frank Partnoy on how slowing down in a fast-paced world can actually help with decision making.
Posted In: waiting, delay
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In 'Capital,' remembering what we really have

Jun 25, 2012
Author John Lanchester's new novel explores the lives of a group of people living in London on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. He discusses themes from the book: the London property bubble and capital's role in our lives.
Posted In: London, capital, Britain, U.K.
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Why geography matters in fixing U.S. unemployment

May 31, 2012
Location, location, location. Economist Enrico Moretti says in his new book that it's more important than ever to move to areas with highly educated workers in order to find employment.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, Silicon Valley

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