The Professional

The Professional is always concerned with the now or looking forward to the next big thing; interested in architecture, current events, science/technology and, always the entrepreneur, business; wants to know how the man-made world works and how that knowledge can be used to their advantage 

Atlas of Cities By Paul Knox (Editor), Richard Florida (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Knox (Editor), Richard Florida (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780691157818
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 24th, 2014

A brilliant and unique atlas of urbanism and the evolution of cities. THE ATLAS OF CITIES is divided by category--networked, foundational, green, and more--and postulates what cities of the future might be like. No other book on cities is quite like this one. This indispensable volume and a perfect gift idea for architects and anyone interested in urban studies.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804139298
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Published: Currency - September 16th, 2014

From Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and invested in a nacent Facebook, ZERO TO ONE is an empowering business guide to creating and developing successful start-ups. Thiel puts the focus on the next big thing as opposed to recreating what's already been done. This is the business book and inspirational guide for any forward-thinking creative-type who wants to help build the future.

How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market By Mark Payne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804138734
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Published: Crown Business - October 7th, 2014

Today's fast-paced business world revolves around one concept--innovation. And no one is better about developing and marketing innovative products successfully than Fahrenheit 212 founder, Mark Payne. In HOW TO KILL A UNICORN, Payne guides the reader step-by-step through the process of his groundbreaking firm, presenting their unique methodology of combining creativity and business acumen. And you got to love that title!

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success By Shane Snow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062302458
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Harper Business - September 9th, 2014

Drawing on examples from business, world history and celebrity icons, prolific business/technology writer Shane Snow explores people who accomplish amazing things in very short periods of time. SMARTCUTS is written in the style of an adventure narrative that's as fun to read as it is informative. The perfect gift for the up-and-coming entrepeneur striving to make their mark.

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World By Steven Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632969
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 30th, 2014

Our world is filled with technologies we take for granted—refrigerators, clocks, purified water—but have you ever wondered about the origins of such ubiquitous features of modern life? This book, written in a fast and appealing style, traces the development of some of today’s key technologies. A perfect book for thoughtful people who like to slow down and analyze the world.

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us By Nicholas Carr Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240764
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 29th, 2014

Pulitzer finalist Carr, explores the benefits and drawbacks of our ever more automated world in THE GLASS CAGE. Drawing on extensive neurological, psychological and historical research, he makes the case for reconsidering automation's dominion over our lives. A cogent, timely book by an expert science writer, THE GLASS CAGE is perfect for readers interested in the intersection between technology, philosophy and human behavior.

How Google Works By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455582341
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 23rd, 2014

From the bigwigs at Google comes this revealing look into the working environment and creative philosophy that have made Google the giant success it is. Replete with insider anecdotes and the stratagems that have helped to encourage and develop Google's numerous innovations, HOW GOOGLE WORKS is the perfect gift for anyone looking for inspiration to take their business practices to the nth degree.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl Wudunn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349918
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 23rd, 2014

From the authors of Half the Sky, a new book on how to become a global citizen and a positive force through philanthropy. A PATH APPEARS spans the earth, profiling numerous individuals working for the collective good and providing practical advice for making a difference yourself. An inspirational affirmation of what people can accomplish together, A PATH APPEARS is just the gift for idealists who want to help change the world for the better.

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia By Peter Pomerantsev Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610394550
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: PublicAffairs - November 11th, 2014

Part travelogue, part expose of the strange new world that is modern Russia, NOTHING IS TRUE AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE just might be the most interesting book you read this year. Religious biker gangs, Putin's propagandists, Russia's new elites with untold amounts of money, they all play a part in this surreal odyssey. Perfect for readers of current events, world history and cultural studies--or anyone who believes truth is stranger than fiction.

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free By Héctor Tobar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 7th, 2014

LA Times book editor and author Hector Tobar was the only journalist granted exclusive access to the stories of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months when their shoddy mine collapsed in 2010. A riveting work of reportage, DEEP DOWN DARK is the only authorized account of this real-life adventure story that captivated the world. A great idea for readers of survial stories, current events and tales of human endurance.

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