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Jan 8, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, William Knoedelseder looks at the family behind Budweiser, Charles Duhigg delves into the science of habit, Fred Kaplan explores an Army revolution, and Whole Foods' founder argues for businesses pursuing a higher purpose. In fiction, George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories.
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Jan 16, 2013 — The outspoken Whole Foods founder tells us why he hates "Obamacare" and why we have trouble cutting the sugar, fat and salt out of our diets. But now he's told CBS he used a poor choice of words when referring to the health law as fascism.
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Apr 21, 2011 — Peter Mountford's impressive debut is set in the familiar context of the financial meltdown, but it explores new territory. The story takes the protagonist to Bolivia and back, with several laughs along the way.
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May 17, 2010 — U.S. corporations face a growing threat from countries where governments control big multinational corporations and use them for political gain, author Ian Bremmer says. In China, for example, U.S. firms compete against government-backed domestic auto and aircraft manufacturers.
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Feb 22, 2010 — A book by the chairman of HSBC proposes a "new capitalism" that brings good business and good ethics together. In an NPR interview, Green, who is also an ordained priest in the Church of England, says moral and spiritual values should take precedence over immediate profit for the world's major banks.
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Jun 23, 2009 — The steps taken to prevent an economic collapse have challenged longstanding assumptions about the operation of modern free-market capitalism championed by Adam Smith, and the role of the government in the economy.
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May 9, 2009 — Richard Posner is one of the county's leading libertarian thinkers. He and his compatriots at the University of Chicago have put their trust in free, unfettered and barely regulated markets. But the title of his new book suggests a recent change of heart. It's called A Failure of Capitalism.
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Nov 12, 2007 — Author Robert Kuttner writes in The Squandering of America that many of the economic policies and regulations established during the New Deal have since been replaced by a more business-friendly free market system. Kuttner is the founder and co-editor of The American Prospect.
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Oct 2, 2007 — As consumers, we look for great deals at Wal-Mart. As citizens, we're dismayed over Main Street's demise. In his new book, Supercapitalism, economist Robert Reich looks at the growing tension between democracy and capitalism.
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Sep 11, 2007 — We love low prices, sure, but we frown at the things companies do to get us good deals — like paying low wages. In his book Supercapitalism, economist Robert Reich looks at the divided mind of the consumer and citizen.
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