"An award-winning New York Times reporter Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal reveals the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system, and tells us exactly what we can do to solve its myriad of problems. It is well documented that our healthcare system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactlyhow to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate a byzantine system and also to demand far-reaching reform. Breaking down the monolithic business into its individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal tells the story of the history of American medicine as never before. The situation is far worse than we think, and it has become like that much more recently than we realize. Hospitals, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Americans are dying from routine medical conditions when affordable and straightforward solutions exist. Dr. Rosenthal explains for the first time how various social and financial incentives have encouraged a disastrous and immoral system to spring up organically in a shockingly short span of time. The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart"—
Presents an international investigation into America's failing tax code to share plainspoken assessments of current problems and what can be learned from other democratic nations.
Author Tyler Cowen examines the trend of Americans pulling away from the traditionally mobile, risk-accepting and adaptable tendencies that defined them for much of recent history, and toward stagnation and comfort, and how this development has the potential to make future changes more disruptive.
Drawing on a wealth of sources, an advertising and digital studies expert presents an eye-opening book that shows how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants is already using data mining, in-store tracking and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy and define our reputations.
Traces the rise and fall of stock trader Steven Cohen and his hedge fund, SAC Capital, to offer insight into personalities behind the largest insider-trading investigation in Wall Street history while revealing how Cohen continues to make billions as a free man.
Traces the downfall of once-idyllic Lancaster, Ohio, exploring how the financial problems of primary employer Anchor Hocking Glass Company and the challenges of local corruption, the drug trade and evolving technologies have illuminated the vulnerabilities of inequality in rural America.
The best-selling author of The Blind Side examines how a Nobel Prize-winning theory by Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky created the field of behavioral economics and has had a lasting influence on evidence-based regulation.
A deeply researched portrait of the famed author of Sex and the Single Girl examines her role in advancing civil-rights feminism, tracing her rags-to-riches story, transformation of Cosmopolitan and relationships with such figures as Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt and Barbara Walters.
Lucie Amundsen describes how she and her husband quit their primary source of income to launch a commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg farm in spite of no agricultural experience.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the truths and challenges behind our modern world of transportation, describes the car culture that built modern America and predicts a coming revolution that stands to change every aspect of our lives. 30,000 first printing.
An uproarious memoir of life inside the tech bubble by the Silicon Valley writer and co-producer describes how after being downsized he took a wacky job selling email spam with a tech company rife with cultish millennials, absent bosses and venture capital amenities. 75,000 first printing.
From Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's global economy, the author recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled human lives over the past 600 years.
A longtime NPR correspondent chronicles her journey into an aging military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow, home to the Russian nuclear program, to chart the social and political aftershocks of the USSR's collapse.
Adam Grant draws on studies and stories spanning a range of disciplines to explain how to recognize a good idea, speak up, build allies, choose a time to act, and manage doubts.
The co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity draws on current psychological and sociological research to demonstrate how better success and effective leadership can be enabled through the development of personal strengths that are not constrained by average curves.
An assessment of the multi-billion-dollar international drug industry examines its dynamics from a business perspective to consider how it might be more appropriately countered through strategic understandings of supply and demand, research and development, and human resources. 25,000 first printing.