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Top Ten Books This Week - December 19, 2016
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Dec 19, 2016

 

Non Fiction
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1.The Undoing Project:A Friendship that changed the World:Michael Lewis:Rs 799.00

There are geniuses who work on their own. Together, we are exceptional.' Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctive blur of energy. In this breathtaking new book, Michael Lewis tells the story of how their unlikely friendship became one of the greatest partnerships in science - until, tragically, it started to unravel. Their ideas, shows Lewis, helped shape our world - revolutionizing everything from Big Data to medicine, money to sport - and changed humankind's view of its own mind.

2.The Road to Ruin:The Global Elite's Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis:James Rickards:Rs 799.00

The global economy has made what seems like an incredible comeback after the financial crisis of 2008. Yet this comeback is artificial. Central banks have propped up markets by keeping interest rates low and the supply of money free-flowing. They won't bail us out again next time. And there will be a next time - soon.In The Road to Ruin, bestselling author James Rickards identifies how governments around the world are secretly preparing an alternative strategy for the next big crisis: a lockdown. Instead of printing money to reliquify markets and prop up assets, governments are preparing to close banks, shut down exchanges and order powerful asset managers not to sell. They're putting provisions in place that will allow them to do so legally. What's more, the global elite has already started making their own preparations, including hoarding cash and hard assets.
When the next one comes, it will be the average investor who suffers most - unless he or she heeds Rickards' warning and prepares accordingly.

3.Tools of Titans:The Tactics,Routines and Habits of Billionaires,Icons and World-Class Performers:Tim Ferriss:Rs 799.00

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast,The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and the show is on the cusp of passing 100 million downloads.“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines looklike, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

4.The Man Who Knew:The Life & Times of Alan Greenspan:Sebastian Mallaby:Rs 699.00

Winner of the 2016FT & McKinsey Business Book of the year Award, this is the biography of one of the titans of financial history over the last fifty years.Born in 1926, Alan Greenspan was raised in Manhattan by a single mother and immigrant grandparents during the Great Depression but by quiet force of intellect, rose to become a global financial ‘maestro’. Appointed by Ronald Reagan to Chairman of the Federal Reserve, a post he held for eighteen years, he presided over an unprecedented period of stability and low inflation, was revered by economists, adored by investors and consulted by leaders from Beijing to Frankfurt.Both data-hound and eligible society bachelor, Greenspan was a man of contradictions. His great success was to prove the very idea he, an advocate of the Gold standard, doubted: that the discretionary judgements of a money-printing central bank could stabilise an economy. He resigned in 2006, having overseen tumultuous changes in the world’s most powerful economy. Yet when the great crash happened only two years later many blamed him, even though he had warned early on of irrational exuberance in the market place.Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly shows the subtlety and complexity of Alan Greenspan’s legacy. Full of beautifully rendered high-octane political infighting, hard hitting dialogue and stories, The Man Who Knew is superbly researched, enormously gripping and the story of the making of modern finance.

5.50 Capitalism Ideas You Really Need to Know:Jonathan Portes: Rs 499.00

50 key ideas that explain capitalism: its concepts, its weaknesses, its past, its future• Part of a hugely successful series - over a million copies sold across 20 territories• Jonathan Portes is a frequent media commentator on economic issues• Covers a topic of constant media interest and debateAbout the Book:Controversial and unavoidable, it shapes our society and our lives - but what really is capitalism? Does it mean greed is good? Are inequality and poverty its inevitable consequences? Can economic growth continue forever or are constant cycles of boom and bust a foregone conclusion? Indeed is capitalism in a fatal crisis - and what, if any, are the alternatives? From capitalism's history, core theories and key institutions to its current-day political power and social impact, this book explains everything you need to understand the world's dominant economic system. Jonathan Portes demystifes the fundamental concepts of capital, creative destruction, the market and the invisible hand; dissects the rival ideologies of socialism, liberalism and Keynesianism; predicts what capitalism means for immigration, the environment and the future of work and much more - all in 50 concise and authoritative essays. Here is the essential one-volume guide to capitalism: Its strengths and weaknesses, past and future - a future that will affect us all.
Fiction
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1.Girl Online:Going Solo:Zoe Sugg :Rs 499.00

Penny's life is back to normal. As Penny starts the school year she's ready to face the world - alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan's invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends. Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy - Elliot needs her friendship more than ever and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah's shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

2.The Four Legendary Kingdoms:Matthew Reilly:Rs 499.00

A thrilling new Jack West adventure from the bestselling author of the Great Zoo of China and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. The last thing Jack West Jnr remembers is arriving in Pine Gap for a top-secret meeting with military personnel. Now he awakes to find himself locked in a cell, forced to fight for his life against a masked, semi-human assailant and finally confronted with an arena where he is one of fifteen 'champions' who will fight to the death in the 'Underworld'.

3.No Man's Land:David Baldacci :Rs 599.00

The fourth title in the John Puller series to follow Zero Day, the Forgotten and the Escape. No Man's Land by David Baldacci is an exciting thriller featuring special investigator John Puller, who is pursuing a case that will send him deep into his own troubled past. John Puller's mother disappeared nearly thirty years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife.
Puller is officially barred from working on the case - and faces a potential court martial if he disobeys orders - but he knows he can't sit this investigation out. When intelligence operative Veronica Knox turns up, Puller realizes that there is far more to this case than he had originally thought. He will stop at nothing to discover the truth about what happened to his mother . . . Even if it means proving that his father is a killer.

4.All Rights Reserved For You:Sudeep Nagarkar :Rs 199.00

Every relationship requires effort but a long-distance relationship requires extra effort.Aditya is a writer while the mere thought of reading repels Jasmine. They have absolutely nothing in common. Not even the cities they live in. Yet nothing can stop them from falling head over heels for each other.
With distance playing spoilsport, they must forget all conventional logic and give their relationship a real shot through Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. But can you trust your partner who’s miles away from you? Can a long-distance relationship really work?All Rights Reserved for You is the heart-warming real-life story of a couple who is separated by distance but is never really far apart.

5.The Sleeping Beauty Killer:Mary Higgins Clark:Rs 550.00

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé – famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III – fifteen years ago. And Casey claims – has always claimed – she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living ‘under suspicion.’ Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team – it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name and Laurie pledges to exonerate her. An egomaniacal new boss, a relentless gossip columnist who seems to have all the dirt (and a surprising informant) and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right, to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence – that is, if she’s innocent…The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you guessing until the very end.
 
 
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