Three titles for today’s release (total of 8 books) for the MiniBookExpo: Business Edition. Not sure what that is? Get the deets.
Think! Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada
Outraged by the downward spiral of intellect and culture, Michael LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling phenomenon, Blink, which theorized that our best decision-making is done on impulse, without factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning has become a lost art in the daily life of people everywhere.
Somewhere along the line, the Age of Reason morphed into the Age of Emotion; this systemic erosion is costing time, money, jobs, and lives in the twenty-first century, leading to less fulfilment and growing dysfunction. LeGault provides a bold, controversial, and objective analysis of the causes and solutions for some of the biggest problems facing Western culture in the 21st century. From the over- load of reality TV shows and gossip magazines that have rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit obsolete to permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children, LeGault looks at all aspects of modern lives and points to how and where it all went wrong.
1 copy availableThis book is CLAIMED.
- Publisher: Threshold Editions (October 24, 2006)
- Shipping within Canada sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada
The Way Ahead: Meeting Canada’s Productivity Challenge (Governance Series) by Tom Brzustowski
Courtesy of University of Ottawa Press
Canada is a prosperous country, but this prosperity is being stressed by demographics, pressures on the public purse, and low productivity growth. To maintain the nation’s high quality of life, prosperity must increase while remaining sustainable.
Ultimately, increasing prosperity will require a new level of
understanding, strategic coherence, and mutual support between the
private and public sectors in Canada, a challenge that the author feels
Canada is prepared to and absolutely must face.
The Way Ahead articulates a strategy to strengthen the Canadian economy, focusing on innovation and productivity that will ensure and increase prosperity in the 21st century.
5 copies4 copies available
- Publisher: University of Ottawa Press (January 22, 2008)
- Shipping within Canada & the US sponsored by University of Ottawa Press
The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason
Courtesy of Simon Schuster Canada
In The Pirate’s Dilemma, VICE magazine’s Matt Mason — poised to become the Malcolm Gladwell of the iPod Generation — brings the exuberance of a passionate music fan and the technological savvy of an IT wizard to the task of sorting through the changes brought about by the interface of pop culture and innovation. He charts the rise of various youth movements — from pirate radio to remix culture — and tracks their ripple effect throughout larger society.
Mason brings a passion and a breadth of intelligence to questions such as the following: How did a male model who messed with disco records in the 1970s influence the way Boeing designs airplanes? Who was the nun who invented dance music, and how is her influence undermining capitalism as we know it? Did three high school kids who remixed Nazis into Smurfs in the 1980s change the future of the video game industry? Can hip-hop really bring about world peace? Each chapter crystallizes the idea behind one of these fringe movements and shows how it combined with technology to subvert old hierarchies and empower the individual.
2 copies availableThis book is CLAIMED.
- Publisher: Free Press (January 8, 2008)
- Shipping within Canada sponsored by Simon Schuster Canada