New non-fiction books: The Models edition…

New non-fiction books, including “52 models to explain our world”; and a model created “for developing economies to achieve success and sustainability”.

Syndetics book coverBeyond the Arab spring : authoritarianism & democratization in the Arab world / Rex Brynen … [et al.].
“”The popular uprisings that shook the Arab world in 2011 were remarkable both in their scope and in their intensity. They unleashed decades of frustration by popular forces and average citizens who had been thwarted in the realization of their sociopolitical and economic aspirations by brutal dictatorial regimes, many of which were staunch allies of the West. Appeals for dignity, justice, and accountability were common themes of all of these uprisings. In countries like Tunisia and Egypt, Western-supported dictatorships were overthrown mostly by peaceful means, while in Libya and Yemen regime change came through violence. Arab monarchies in the Gulf, such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have so far withstood popular uprisings among their own populations by resorting to violence and brute force. … Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe quest for prosperity : how developing economies can take off / Justin Yifu Lin.
“”Here, Lin, … a former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, explains here in detail the model he created there for developing economies to achieve success and sustainability. …Within Lin’s model, much of the power to make decisions about both capital (e.g., the ability to choose from whom to borrow) and industry (e.g., the ability to encourage certain sectors or businesses) belongs to developing nations. The book is well organized and thus it is easy for readers to find information discussed throughout the book as a whole. VERDICT Lin’s use of history and popular culture metaphors make complex economic concepts more accessible to lay readers, especially in his analysis of global economics…. Meghan -Dowell, New York (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover2052 : a global forecast for the next forty years / Jorgan Randers.
“”In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Limits to Growth (CH, Nov’73), Randers …forecasts changes in population, consumption, energy use, emissions, quality of life, and climate over the next 40 years. …Regional scenarios highlight the distribution of benefits and costs from climate change across the globe, underscoring the distinct consequences on the developed and developing world. The author emphasizes that shortsighted decision making associated with democracy is ill suited to handle climate change, given its long-term outcomes. A novel feature of this work is the inclusion of predictions from more than two dozen experts…(and) are woven into the larger story to provide comparison with the author’s predictions. … K. S. Evans St. Lawrence UniversityCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great convergence : Asia, the West, and the logic of one world / Kishore Mahbubani.
“The world is coming together with a reconfiguration of power that the West should accommodate, …Mahbubani surveys hopeful statistics on global peace and prosperity, showing that wars are growing less frequent while poverty worldwide is declining and trade, education, tourism, and the middle class are swelling. That “new global civilization,” he contends, creates new problems: global warming; alienation in the Muslim world; anxieties over China’s influence; most of all, the West’s continuing disproportionate power over international institutions and failure to adjust self-interested policies… to global needs. …Agent: Janklow & Nesbit. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) ” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe economics book / [Niall Kishtainy, consultant editor ; George Abbot … [et al.], contributors].
“”*Starred Review* … The Economics Book takes a unique approach to elucidating this often murky subject through well-written entries. Arranged by both subtopic and time frame, the history of economic theory, notable world events, and biographies of key players are presented in six chapters… The book’s brilliance lies in its packaging of economic theory into easily digestible essays (e.g. The Economy is a Yo-Yo: Boom and Bust ; Make the Polluter Pay: External Costs ; Crowds Breed Collective Insanity: Economic Bubbles ). Overall, this book will make economics not only accessible but potentially even fascinating to a wide range of readers at and above a high-school reading level.–Michaelson, Jennifer Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOverheated : the human cost of climate change / Andrew T. Guzman.
“”Guzman offers a clearly written explanation of the devastating effects of global climate change on human society. Even the optimistic prediction of a two-degree rise in temperature, he explains, will have profound negative effects on humans and the environment. Rising sea levels will cause the disappearance of some Pacific island nations, as well as losses of land along low-lying coastal nations such as Bangladesh. Salt-water seepage into fresh-water supplies will also affect agricultural production. Millions of hungry, thirsty, displaced refugees will destabilize already weak governments and menace others in what the author describes as climate wars. Guzman also scrutinizes the spread of infectious diseases and global pandemics likely to arise and be compounded by the warming climate…. VERDICT This fact-filled, thought-provoking book will appeal to general readers and offers insight on a complex topic.-Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe change book / Mikael Krogerus & Roman Tschäppeler ; translated by Jenny Piening ; with illustrations by Philip Earnhart and Dag Grødal.
“52 models to explain our world…. Drawing on expert advice and often complex theories, the authors of the bestselling Decision Book present 52 simple and effective models to help us make sense of change in our world. It is happening all around us, in every sphere from the personal and political to economics and the environment. In The Change Book you’ll find models explaining the financial crisis, why biotechnology is the industry of the future and why cities are the new nations. Whether you’re buying a new car, deciding who to vote for, or making an investment, this smart little black book will offer surprisingly simple explanations of our complicated world – and radically challenge some of your preconceived ideas.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe future / Al Gore.
“”Former Vice President Gore draws links and offers cautionary advice for individuals and governments alike in this exhaustive, historically-grounded argument about six concepts that he believes will exert the greatest influence on humanity’s future. The global economy, the proliferation of the Internet and intelligent machines, a shift in the balance of global power, unsustainable growth and consumption, the rise of biotechnology, and the relationship between man and Earth’s ecological systems are the broad areas explored here. With echoes of his previous books’ calls for restrained consumption and the reestablishment of a “healthy and balanced relationship” between humanity and the natural world, Gore makes the seemingly contradictory argument that a properly restrained democratic capitalism “can serve the world better than any other economic system.”… Agent: Andrew Wylie, The Wylie Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower systems : conversations on global democratic uprisings and the new challenges to U.S. empire : interviews with David Barsamian / Noam Chomsky.
“”For decades, famed MIT linguist and political critic Chomsky has provided a sober perspective on U.S. policy. In this set of interviews (from 2010 to 2012) with journalist Barsamian (director of Alternative Radio), Chomsky (Hegemony or Survival) cuts through bipartisan centrism while exploring such urgent concerns as the power shift from sovereign nations to multinational corporate entities, “from the global workforce to the owners of the world: transnational capital, global financial institutions.” (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFortress Europe : dispatches from a gated continent / Matthew Carr.
“In this expose of European immigration policy and its devastating effects, British journalist Carr… investigates the “contradictory character” of the 1985 Schengen Agreement, which opened borders between 25 European states with the idealistic aim of transforming the European Union into a common “‘area of freedom, security, and justice.'” However, according to Carr, Schengen required countries on the outer edge to seal their borders against unwanted visitors and enforce the E.U.’s immigration restrictions to address concerns about national security…. Carr travels to remote borderlands of Poland, Spain, Greece, and Malta; Schengen-bordering countries like Turkey and Morocco that collaborate in enforcement; and the heart of western Europe and Britain to meet immigrants stuck in remote detention centers or “living rough” on city streets for years, as well as temporary workers and sex slaves abused by their handlers and abandoned by governments. But Carr also depicts ordinary Europeans who have gone to great lengths to help these stranded travelers. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 ways to protect your identity in a digital age : new financial threats you need to know and how to avoid them / Steve Weisman.
“”It is better to stop identity theft from happening in the first place than have to fix or repair the situation afterwards. Steve Weisman reveals the threats of new identity theft attacks based on use of Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android, cloud apps, iPod, and other new technologies — and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you’ve already been attacked! Discover why ID theft is more dangerous than ever, and discover today’s most dangerous new threats…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)”

China’s silent army : the pioneers, traders, fixers and workers who are remaking the world in Beijing’s image / Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo ; translated by Catherine Mansfield ; photographs by Luis de las Alas.
China’s Silent Army is a revealing and gripping piece of investigative journalism into the unknown extent of China’s global power, from China-based reporters Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo. This book stems from the remarkable, determined work of these two China-based journalists who, frustrated by the facile, pro-business commentary of so much writing on China and the evasions of Beijing’s official pronouncements, took a drastic decision: to see for themselves just how rapidly China is spreading its influence around the world. Many thousands of miles and twenty-five countries later, China’s Silent Army is the result: an unprecedented attempt to meet the many Chinese who, through hard work, ingenuity and ruthless business practices are rapidly moving much of the world into Beijing’s orbit. ….” (adapted from Syndetics summary)