Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover: 
1. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich
4. INFILTRATED, by Jay W. Richards
5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabac
Spotlight:
INFILTRATED
By Jay W. Richards

What Every American Needs to Know About the War on Free Enterprise--and Freedom Itself America: be warned.
A new wave of financial reformers has infiltrated our public institutions at both the state and national levels. A growing army of self-proclaimed activists, philanthropists, and politicians has infiltrated not only the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the FDIC, the Treasury, and other regulatory agencies. This explosive new book from "New York Times" bestselling author Jay W. Richards reveals the shocking truth about: The latest financial regulations--what every consumer and businessperson needs to know The Dodd-Frank Reform Act--how it targets the wrong people and problems Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau--what they're really up to Consumer credit and debt--why we need to stop blaming the banks The war against free enterprise--what you can do to fight back

This startling account walks you through America's government and financial industry from the inside out--exposing the surprising history, the colorful characters, and the earthshaking events that got us where we are today.

You'll meet the political ideologues and extremists whose good intentions paved the road to financial hell. You'll witness the "blame game" in action, as politicians and the media use the 2008 meltdown as an excuse to further their own agendas. You'll learn about the terrible consequences that sweeping government reforms have on small businesses and other industries that had nothing to do with the financial crisis.

Finally, you'll find a special resource section of positive actions and ideas to help you stand up and speak out for your rights.

America is at a crossroads. It is time for us to choose between stricter government control that limits our freedom or a more open free market that is the key to prosperity. This book could make all the difference.

FREE ENTERPRISE IS UNDER ATTACK. THIS BOOK IS AMERICA'S WAKE-UP CALL.

"Big government statists have created a destructive myth that deregulation and greed caused the financial crisis. Richards demonstrates that altruistic government policies supported by crony socialists were the primary cause of the crisis. It is important to debunk the statist myth, because it has been the justification for extremely harmful public policies."
John Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute, and "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure"

""Infiltrated" strips the pretense of compassion from 'community action' and rips away the patina of idealism from housing 'fairness' hustles. . . . While naming the names and crimes of housing 'charity' scammers, Richards expounds an inspiring liberation philosophy of true economic compassion and win-win economic growth for all."
George Gilder, author of "Knowledge and Power"

"Fearless and brilliant. Dr. Richards boldly addresses important consumer lending issues in a detailed and exhaustive manner. You may not like his conclusions, but to detractors I say prove him wrong. The absolute best book of its kind."
Harold A. Black, PhD, Smith Professor of Finance (Emeritus), University of Tennessee

"If you want to know why the popular wisdom about the causes and effects of the financial crisis is mostly wrong, and how such myths will help facilitate similar crises in the future, Jay Richards's Infiltrated is an eye-opener."
Samuel Gregg, author of "Becoming Europe"


Paperback: 
1. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
3. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls
Spotlight:
BRAIN ON FIRE
By Susannah Cahalan

A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science.

One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.

Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.

E-Book: 
1. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
2. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
3. MERLE'S DOOR, by Ted Kerasote
4. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich
5. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander

Spotlight:
MERLE'S DOOR
By Ted Kerasote

While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle’s native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in.A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author, Merle’s Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons can be applied universally.

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com

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