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Current World Policy Books
In New Slow City, William Powers explores a new sustainable, "slow" living approach to one of the busiest cities in the world: New York. Downshifting to a 20-hour workweek and 350 square foot apartment, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, and rooftop gardening and beekeeping.
"Powers places the difficult decisions we face on a daily basis into an equation that should provide us all with an optimistic glimpse of how to slow our lives down. Read New Slow City and watch as its insights pepper your daily decisions while you navigate the folly of the fast life.”— Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA
In From the Other Side of the world: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, Elmira Bayrasli profiles seven entrepreneurs in seven countries, explaining how the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos or Lahore as he is from Silicon Valley.
“From the Other Side of the World challenges Americans in one of the few areas we are still convinced we are world-beaters: technological innovation. Elmira Bayrasli tells engaging stories of seven entrepreneurs from around the world and harvests a rich trove of insights about what it really takes to create something new and turn it into a successful venture. It’s an engaging and instructive read for business leaders and foreign-policy mavens alike.” —Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO, New America and Professor Emerita, Princeton University
In Brave New Math, based on his thought-provoking 2012 article for the World Policy Journal, Peter Marber attacks conventional wisdom and recommends new metrics and policies to promote broader prosperity in the 21st century. Amid globalization, traditional economic measures, unemployment, and stock markets leave us with a distorted worldview—and a shaky foundation for policy decisions. In the Information Age, aren't there better indicators to manage our country's well-being?
"An original take on our current malaise with thoughtful recommendations on how to align policies to our new 21st century realities. A must read."- Moises Naim, Carnegie Endowment and author of The End of Power
In A Deluge of Consequences, intrepid journalist and veteran World Policy Journal reporter Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet’s next environmental disaster is set to unfold.
"Jacques Leslie has done it again with another engaging book. In A Deluge of Consequences, he describes how climate change and the 2,700 newly formed glacial lakes in the mountain kingdom of Bhutan are hanging over the country’s future like a sword of Damocles." —Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute and author of 29 books including Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
In Pax Ethnica, World Policy Journal Editor-at-Large Karl Meyer, along with co-author Shareen Brysac, undertook a two-year exploration of oases of civility, places notable for minimal violence, rising life-expectancy, high literacy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights. Through scores of interviews, they document ways and means that have proven successful in defusing ethnic tensions.
"Given the clashing creeds, cultures and ethnicities that plague our planet, is peace possible? It's hard to imagine a more thoughtful and creative attempt to answer this question than the original, surprising and sophisticated case studies ...that Meyer and Brysac provide in thoughtful and accessible prose, in this oddly reassuring book." --Victor Navasky, former Editor of The Nation Magazine
Jeff Madrick's latest book Age of Greed, published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2011, has been well-received with coverage by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The LA Times, and The New York Review of Books and was recently selected as a Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for Spring 2011.
“The timing could not be better for a book like Age of Greed . . . A solid review of half a century of economic history . . . A commendable compendium.” -- Adam Lashinsky, San Francisco Chronicle
“A penetrating account of what it’s like to move to the margins in our particular time and place. It will make you think, hard.” -- Bill McKibben.
Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? was featured in The Wall Street Journal's best sellers list and received enthusiastic reviews from The Washington Times, The Economist, and the Huffington Post.
“An essential guide to the future of the world economy, The End of the Free Market describes the coming war for the soul of capitalism. It offers useful insights for investors, business leaders, and anyone interested in how to survive this coming global confrontation.” -- David Smick.
- -Listed at #3 on the Business Book Bestseller List.
- -Appeared on the WSJ bestseller list 3 days after its release.
Seymour Topping’s On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam was published in March 2010 and reviewed by the San Francisco Examiner.
"This book is terrific. Few journalists have ever witnessed as many epic turning points in history from the front line. There's no substitute for having a first-rate mind on the scene. No one in government or the press over the last half century has confronted the haunting lessons of leadership--success and failure--better." --Tom Curley, President and CEO, The Associated Press.
Stephanie Elizondo Griest's anthology Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 is a compilation of women’s contemporary travel literature set in the most far-flung of places, from an icy Ecuadoran volcano-top to a cozy Persian kitchen.
-Won the Gold Prize for Best Travel Essay in the Independent Book Publishers Awards.
“A timely and provocative book about a subject that affects all of us. Higher Education? is a thoroughly researched and welcome addition to the debate.” --Joseph E. Stiglitz
“Karabell excels at weaving in glitzy tales of the brave new China against the larger backdrop of the Middle Kingdom's forceful but cautious economic liberalization and the often tortuous, frequently saber-rattling politics of U.S.-China relations.” -- Lee Drutman
- -Named one of the best 142 books by Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers Book Club.
Patrick Radden Keefe's book Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld & the American Dream received rave reviews in New York Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek.
“In a formidably well-researched book that is as much a paean to its author's industriousness as it is a chronicle of crime, Mr. Keefe outlines the way in which the Fujianese were forced out of China, driven to take desperately roundabout and dangerous travel routes and eventually arrived in America courtesy of the lucrative human smuggling business.” -- Janet Maslin.
- -Named as one of the American Library Association's Notable Books of 2010.
- -Received the 2010 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Honorable Mention from Columbia University’s Journalism School.
- -One of CSMonitor’s Best Books of 2009 Nonfiction.
"The Fat Tail delivers practical wisdom on the impact of political risk on firms of every description and valuable advice on how to use it. Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat offer innovative thinking and useful insight that will help business decision-makers find fresh answers to questions they may not know they have." --Fareed Zakaria.
Peter Marber's Seeing the Elephant was published by Wiley in February 2009.
"Creative and accessible…Peter Marber has earned his insights into globalization as a practitioner who studied emerging markets long before they became fashionable in the West. An inspiring, terrific book about the most important subject of our era." --Steve Coll.
“Written before Barack Obama's won in the general election, free of campaign cant, this is a serious book for serious readers. Wolfe writes-usually accessibly, always penetratingly-as an intellectual committed to a set of ideas and social mores that have been tested and reformulated since the Enlightenment.” -- Scott H. Silverman.
- -A Progressive Book Club Selection.