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The Great Convergence
From 1820 to 1990 the share of world income going to today’s wealthy nations soared from 20% to 70%. That share has recently plummeted. Richard Baldwin shows how the combination of high tech with low wages propelled industrialization in developing nations, deindustrialization in developed nations, and a commodity supercycle that is petering out.
Published by: Harvard University Press | Publication date: 11/14/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 344 pages

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work
At the root of inequality, unemployment, and populism are radical changes in the world economy. Digital technology is allowing talented foreigners to telecommute into our workplaces and compete for service and professional jobs. Instant machine translation is melting language barriers, so the ranks of these "tele-migrants" will soon include almost every educated person in the world. Computing power is dissolving humans' monopoly on thinking, enabling AI-trained computers to compete for many of the same white-collar jobs. The combination of globalization and robotics is creating the globotics upheaval, and it threatens the very foundations of the liberal welfare-state.Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. From computers in the office to automatic ordering systems in restaurants, we are familiar with the how digital technologies offer convenience while also eliminating jobs. Globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of white-collar workers much faster than automation, industrialization, and globalization disrupted the lives of factory workers in previous centuries. The result will be a backlash. Professional, white-collar, and service workers will agitate for a slowing of the unprecedented pace of disruption, as factory workers have done in years past.Baldwin argues that the globotics upheaval will be countered in the short run by "shelter-ism" - government policies that shelter some service jobs from tele-migrants and thinking computers. In the long run, people will work in more human jobs-activities that require real people to use the uniquely human ability of independent thought-and this will strengthen bonds in local communities. Offering effective strategies such as focusing on the social value of work, The Globotics Upheaval will help people prepare for the oncoming wave of an advanced robotic workforce.
Published by: Oxford University Press | Publication date: 01/09/2019
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Deaf and Dead (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 19)
Dead and Deaf is Baldwin’s nineteenth cozy Michigan-based mystery. Gayle Anderson, a high school senior in Davison, Michigan, is studying her family genealogy when she discovers a great-great- grandfather died at age 31 at the School for the Deaf in Flint, Michigan. She suspects the death is not natural. She along with her boyfriend, Philip Esterling solicit help from legendary private detective, Lou Searing. The three of them work to discover the cause of death. Readers will receive what they expect from a Baldwin mystery: suspense, intrigue, interesting characters, and a twist or two. Most of all, readers will enjoy an entertaining mystery.
Published by: Buttonwood Press, LLC | Publication date: 12/10/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages

The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
The twenty-first century has seen a rise in the global middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values. Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. We are creating a new global civilization. Eighty-eight percent of the world's population outside the West is rising to Western living standards, and sharing Western aspirations. Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes.Policymakers all over the world must change their preconceptions and accept that we live in one world. National interests must be balanced with global interests. Power must be shared. The U.S. and Europe must cede some power. China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated. Mahbubani urges that only through these actions can we create a world that converges benignly. This timely book explains how to move forward and confront many pressing global challenges.
Published by: PublicAffairs | Publication date: 02/05/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Murder at the Craft Show (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 20)
Murder at the Craft Show is Baldwin’s 20th Lou Searing mystery. Under the cover of darkness, an unpopular vendor, Stan Fedewa, is murdered in his booth at a show in Farmington Hills, Michigan. A vendor who confronted him earlier is suspect number one. He joins others who have reason to commit the crime. Lou Searing is asked to investigate. What Lou uncovers is disturbing, but in the end, justice is served. This book brings to an end the Lou Searing mysteries. But a surprise ending may lead to one more book.
Published by: Buttonwood Press | Publication date: 08/10/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Made a Killing in Copper: Murder on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 16)
Copper Harbor, a peaceful and tranquil community is at the heart of this story with interesting characters, plenty of drama, and a Finnish family who has their tranquil existence torn apart by their son’s role in a murder.The beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula is often referred to as “Copper Country” and aptly so, as copper mines there have yielded tons of ore. Karl Carlson, a retired police officer smelts copper and sells it to jewelers in Europe. He depends on a supply of copper coming to him from a number of thieves who decide they want to partner with him. But, Karl calls them, “Good for nothings” and refuses to create a partnership. Thus the problem; and murder appears to be the only solution. This story, like the previous 15 Lou Searing Mysteries provides readers with a safe read complete with twists and turns as Detectives Lou Searing and Belle Franklin bring justice to Upper Michigan.
Published by: Buttonwood Press, LLC | Publication date: 06/03/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 312 pages

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • “In all of the literature addressing education, race, poverty, and criminal justice, there has been nothing quite like Reading with Patrick.”—The AtlanticA memoir of the life-changing friendship between an idealistic young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder in the Mississippi Delta Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening. Convinced she can make a difference in the lives of her teenaged students, Michelle Kuo puts her heart into her work, using quiet reading time and guided writing to foster a sense of self in students left behind by a broken school system. Though Michelle loses some students to truancy and even gun violence, she is inspired by some such as Patrick. Fifteen and in the eighth grade, Patrick begins to thrive under Michelle’s exacting attention. However, after two years of teaching, Michelle feels pressure from her parents and the draw of opportunities outside the Delta and leaves Arkansas to attend law school. Then, on the eve of her law-school graduation, Michelle learns that Patrick has been jailed for murder. Feeling that she left the Delta prematurely and determined to fix her mistake, Michelle returns to Helena and resumes Patrick’s education—even as he sits in a jail cell awaiting trial. Every day for the next seven months they pore over classic novels, poems, and works of history. Little by little, Patrick grows into a confident, expressive writer and a dedicated reader galvanized by the works of Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, W. S. Merwin, and others. In her time reading with Patrick, Michelle is herself transformed, contending with the legacy of racism and the questions of what constitutes a “good” life and what the privileged owe to those with bleaker prospects.“A powerful meditation on how one person can affect the life of another . . . One of the great strengths of Reading with Patrick is its portrayal of the risk inherent to teaching.”—The Seattle Times“[A] tender memoir.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
Author: Michelle Kuo
Published by: Random House | Publication date: 07/11/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 319 pages

Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis  Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement’s spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength. Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page of The New York Times, James Reston marks the movement’s apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded “I Have a Dream” speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement’s progress a decade later in her article “Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington.” And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed. Voices in Our Blood is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and Voices in Our Blood tells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.Praise for Voices in Our Blood “Jon Meacham . . . has done about the best job of anthologizing the movement that I’ve ever seen.”—Tom Wicker, Mother Jones   “Compelling . . . Acting as a maestro for an orchestra of gifted writers, Meacham succeeds at transporting the reader to the confused heart of American race relations, down to the core of the misunderstandings, the invitations to hate, and the violence.”—Juan Williams, The Washington Monthly   “A collection of first-rate writings by gifted authors on America’s struggle for racial justice.”—James Ralph, Chicago Tribune “The writing in this collection sparkles.”—Robert Joiner, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: Jon Meacham
Published by: Random House | Publication date: 02/15/2001
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 576 pages

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton “An enthralling memoir.” —Booklist (starred review) To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.” From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time. She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.
Published by: Touchstone | Publication date: 04/03/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 290 pages

Richard III
The first biography to show what Richard III was really like. Not many people would claim to be saints, or alternatively, consider themselves entirely without redeeming qualities. Some are unquestionably worse than others, but few have been held in greater infamy than Richard Plantagenet, afterwards Duke of Gloucester and, later still, King Richard III. Richard's character has been besmirched as often as it has been defended, and the arguments between his detractors and supporters still rage after several centuries. Was he a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne, a paragon of virtue who became a victim of Tudor propaganda, or (as seems more likely) something in between? Some would argue that a true biography is impossible because the letters and other personal documents required for this purpose are simply not available; but David Baldwin has overcome this by an in-depth study of his dealings with his contemporaries. The fundamental question he has answered is 'what was Richard III really like'.The Kindle Edition of 'Richard III' contains 20 black and white and 60 colour illustrations
Published by: Amberley Publishing | Publication date: 05/02/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
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