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"As long as we can click on the truths we want, as long as truth is imagined as a desire satisfied in a politically and commercially saturated market, we will have a superabundance of facts that people hold as true. Everyone will get what he wants, and the public — and its trust in truth — will fall apart."

When Truth Becomes a Commodity

"This is a book written by an optimist and a citizen of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the world: the broad sense it conveys of a more just economy is one of its many appealing qualities. It will stand as a model whatever the outcome of one election or another."

A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society

"The 50-year-old rules for racial advancement are obsolete. There is no racial barrier left to break... Instead, we must confront structural racism and the values of our institutions."

No Racial Barrier Left to Break (Except All of Them)

"To be fully honored, Iris Bohnet's methods must be put into practice. So, while we believe WHAT WORKS was indeed the business book of the year in 2016, we also hope others find it’s the best business book for them and their organizations in 2017, and ’18, and on, and on… until gender equality is realized. Our collective future depends on it."

The 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year

Why "telerobotics"—robots controlled not by artificial intelligence but by humans in remote locations—will be a massive shock to living standards, jobs, and the social fabric:

Forget A.I. 'Remote Intelligence' Will Be Much More Disruptive

William Sisler, director of the Harvard University Press, will retire at the end of the academic year. He led the publisher through an era of major transitions in the field.

Director to retire from Harvard University Press

"To understand how China found its way, it is also necessary to recognise the influence of foreign ideas. In some cases the impact was immediate... More often, the impact was diffuse."

Outsiders and the Middle Kingdom: Western economists and China’s rise | The Economist

The news out of Washington, D.C. is dominated by dispiriting dispatches from the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and Trump’s ...

This 4-Year-Old Honorary Librarian May Already Have Read More Books Than You

"How could Rorty have celebrated the rise of identity politics in the university while also deriding the major trends in critical theory as illiberal and decadent?"

Richard Rorty’s Philosophical Argument for National Pride

Data is increasingly a focus of technology competition. And academics and some policy makers are considering whether big internet companies like Google and Facebook might use their data resources as a barrier to new entrants and innovation.

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Although the free-market model isn’t a good fit for schools, there are five business concepts that should be embraced by education reformers and policymakers:

Forget charter schools and vouchers — here are five business ideas school reformers should adopt

Editors at the annual meeting are constantly on the prowl for the next great book in the field, writes Nancy Toff from Oxford Univ. Press.

Hunting and Gathering: An Editor’s Life at the Annual Meeting - American Historical Association

"2016 has been a wake-up call in the U.S., U.K. and beyond on the pain felt by many people from global trade. But this could be just the beginning."

Bush economist warns: Be 'very afraid' about globalization's next phase

“We are Big Brother incarnate – but trust us, because our motives are purely financial.”

On the facile mirage of competition in digital markets:

Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy, by Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice E. Stucke

Seven steps for making new habits stick, from the guys who wrote the book on it.

Seven science-backed tips for forming habits that stick

"A towering achievement in the field of cultural history and philology that is a compelling evolution of one of the oldest languages in the world from antiquity to modernity."

Indologist Shulmans 'Tamil' Dismantles Tamil Nationalism and Questions Its Legacy

"It is fortunate that humans invented money: it allows them not to detest themselves too much."

The Wisdom of Money — Pascal Bruckner | Harvard University Press

2017 Reading Resolutions from Inkwood NJ, via Shelf Awareness
RIP Sir Tony Atkinson, dubbed the "father of modern inequality research."

Sir Tony Atkinson, economist and campaigner, 1944-2017