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2011.12.13 New Arrivals

The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking

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AUTHOR: Mark Bauerlein
PUBLISHER: Tarcher

This definitive work on the perils and promise of the social-media revolution collects writings by today’s best thinkers and cultural commentators. Framing the discussion so that leading voices from across the spectrum, supporters and detractors alike, have the opportunity to weigh in on the profound issues raised by the new media - from questions of reading skills and attention span, to cyberbullying and the digital playground - Bauerlein’s new book takes the debate to a higher ground.

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

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AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
PUBLISHER: Free Press

Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality - science. Packed with clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, this book explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. This is a page-turning, graphic detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

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AUTHOR: Peter Bregman
PUBLISHER: Business Plus

Bregman works from the premise that the best way to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one’s own. Based upon a series of short, bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of e-mails, text messages, phone calls and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing on those things that are truly important to us.

Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy

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AUTHOR: Daniel Altman
PUBLISHER: Times Books

As individuals, companies, and countries struggle to recover from the economic crisis, many are narrowly focused on forecasts for the next week, month, or quarter. Yet they should be asking what the global economy will look like in the years to come - where will the long-term risks and opportunities arise? These are the questions Altman confronts in his provocative and indispensable book.

The fate of the global economy, Altman argues, will be determined by deeper factors than those that move markets from moment to moment.

His incisive analysis brings together hidden trends, societal pressures and policy endgames to make 12 surprising but logical predictions about the years ahead.
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