August 27, 2013
A Mayor's Life by David N. Dinkins has been selected as one of the Atlantic's Fall Essential Books of 2013.
August 24, 2013
The Economist reviews Our Political Nature by Avi Tuschman:
"Sages from philosophers to pollsters have long struggled to explain what makes voters lean left or right. As political animals, people are unpredictable. Why do conservative poor people vote against their economic interests? Why do privileged young intellectuals stump for the welfare state?
Some political scientists like to believe political preferences are rooted in “rational choices”. Sociologists claim that political inclinations are informed by a person’s home, institutions and social groups. Now it is time for the biologists and psychologists to weigh in, argues Avi Tuschman in his new book “Our Political Nature”. An anthropologist by training, he claims that evolutionary instincts shape political preferences—and inform partisanship—far more than income or what people watch on television...."
April 19, 2013
Adam Grant's Give and Take debuts at #2 on the April 28th New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list (right behind Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In).
Congratulations to Adam and to the Viking/Penguin team!
March 27, 2013
This Sunday's New York Times Magazine cover story ( "Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?") is a 6,000+ word Susan Dominus profile of Adam Grant, author of GIVE AND TAKE: A Revolutionary Approach to Success (Viking Penguin; pub date: Tuesday, April 9th).
Grant, 31, is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton. He is also one of the most prolific academics in his field, organizational psychology, the study of workplace dynamics. Grant took three years to get his Ph.D., and in the seven years since, he has published more papers in his field’s top-tier journals than colleagues who have won lifetime-achievement awards. His influence extends beyond academia. He regularly advises companies about how to get the most out of their employees and how to help their employees get the most out of their jobs. It is Grant whom Google calls when “we are thinking about big problems we are trying to solve,” says Prasad Setty, who heads Google’s people analytics group. Plenty of people have made piles of money by promising the secrets to getting things done or working a four-hour week or figuring out what color your parachute is or how to be a brilliant one-minute manager. But in an academic field that is preoccupied with the study of efficiency and productivity, Grant would seem to be the most efficient and productive.. ...“Give and Take” incorporates scores of studies and personal case histories that suggest the benefits of an attitude of extreme giving at work.
Read the full piece here: http://nyti.ms/10iga66.
March 14, 2013
Douglas Rushkoff writes in this morning's Wall Street Journal about one of the themes in PRESENT SHOCK, our misunderstanding of how technology helps and hinders our well being.
"Technology has always given us more control over time—especially now at the dawn of the digital age. But no matter how precisely we can count our milliseconds, neither our bodies nor our businesses are proving as programmable as our computers.
Digital technology tends to make one minute look the same as any other. Still, try as we might to ignore them, the people who work for us, invest in us, and buy from us are guided by rhythms we ignore at our peril."
For full article (behind a firewall): http://on.wsj.com/15NsXBk
March 14, 2013
PRESENT SHOCK by Douglas Rushkoff gets a fantastic review by Janet Maslin in today's New York Times:
“Present Shock” is one of those invaluable books that make sense of what we already half-know. Playing on the title of Alvin Toffler’s influential 1970 “Future Shock,” which sounded an alarm about what Mr. Toffler called “a personal perception of too much change in too short a period of time,” Douglas Rushkoff analyzes a very different phenomenon. The future arrived a little while ago, he posits — maybe with Y2K, maybe with Sept. 11. Now it’s here. And we are stuck with “a diminishment of everything that isn’t happening right now — and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.”
For the full review: http://nyti.ms/X9Ek0J
January 25, 2013
Jeff Connaughton, author of THE PAYOFF: Why Wall Street Always Wins, plays a major role in this week's Frontline documentary, "The Untouchables." http://to.pbs.org/XB18VV
December 13, 2012
The Economist names Vivek Wadhwa's The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent (Wharton Digital Press) one of the best books of 2012!
November 12, 2012
Dan Hunter, co-author of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business, talks about trash cans with sound effects and other examples of gamification on American Public Media's Marketplace this morning.
October 22, 2012
George Packer dedicates 18-pages to his profile of Jeff Connaughton (author of THE PAYOFF) in this week's New Yorker. Packer's piece and Connaughton's book both tell the story of Connaughton's and Senator Ted Kaufman's frustrated attempts to reform Wall Street.
September 18, 2012
Matt Taibbi reviews THE PAYOFF: Why Wall Street Always Wins by Jeff Connaughton today:
"The great mystery story in American politics these days is why, over the course of two presidential administrations (one from each party), there’s been no serious federal criminal investigation of Wall Street during a period of what appears to be epic corruption. People on the outside have speculated and come up with dozens of possible reasons, some plausible, some tending toward the conspiratorial – but there have been very few who've come at the issue from the inside.
We get one of those rare inside accounts in The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins, a new book by Jeff Connaughton, the former aide to Senators Ted Kaufman and Joe Biden. Jeff is well known to reporters like me; during a period when most government officials double-talked or downplayed the Wall Street corruption problem, Jeff was one of the few voices on the Hill who always talked about the subject with appropriate alarm...."
Taibbi goes on to say that "those interested in understanding the mindset of the people who should be leading the anti-corruption charge ought to read this book," and that the book is "scary, and definitely worth a read."
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/a-rare-look-at-why-the-government-wont-fight-wall-street-20120918#ixzz26rHICJK6